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90 lose jobs in Witter Towbars Romania move

The Witter Towbars plant in Deeside Credit: Google Maps

A Flintshire firm has announced it will move to Romania, resulting in 90 job losses.

The closure of the Witter Towbars plant in Deeside has been called a 'betrayal' by Unite the union.

Jo Goodchild Regional Officer said:

The employees and their families are devastated, as you would expect. It is ironic that one of Horizon Global’s core values is to be ‘Socially Responsible’.

Decent, skilled jobs are being lost and this is a betrayal of the Witter’s employees who have worked hard to make this site and the Witter brand a success over the last 50 years.

– Unite, Jo Goodchild


Man arrested after paper mill death released without charge

A man arrested after a worker was hit by a HGV at a paper mill in Deeside yesterday, has been released without charge.

Emergency services were called to UPM Shotton Paper Mill yesterday morning. The man, who was a contract worker at the mill, died at the scene.

Read more: Man dies after collision with heavy goods vehicle

North Wales Police says the arrested man has now been released without charge and there will be not further police action. The Health and Safety Executive has taken over the investigation.

We are all deeply shocked by this tragic incident. We made the decision to close the whole mill overnight as a mark of respect for the deceased and his family. Staff affected by the incident will be offered support going forward, including counselling as required. We will continue to work closely with all parties to identify the cause of the incident.

– David Ingham, UPM Shotton general manager

Patrols stepped up after spate of distraction burglaries

Police have stepped up foot and vehicle patrols Credit: PA

Elderly and vulnerable people are being advised on how to spot distraction burglars.

North Wales Police are increasing the number of patrols to combat offenders after a series of distraction burglaries in Deeside.

Since we began these patrols there has been a significant reduction in this type of offence.

I would advise anyone dealing with cold callers not to let them into your house. If you have a spy hole in your door or a door chain, please use them.

Ask to see the caller’s identity card and check it carefully. Genuine callers won’t mind this. If in doubt, close your door.

– PC Mike Wilson, North Wales Police
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