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Rail line not to reopen before summer due to Storm Gareth

Damage to the tracks

** Conwy Valley's rail line was affected by Storm Gareth **


Conwy Valley's rail line will not reopen before summer because of flooding damage caused by Storm Gareth last month.

Network Rail said six miles of its track, two stations and eight level crossings on the line between Llandudno Junction and Blaenau Ffestiniog needed significant repair.

A spokeswoman said a programme of work for the line had been developed.

The section north of Llanrwst is expected to reopen by August.


This would be in time for the National Eisteddfod of Wales, which is being held in the town earlier that month.

Since the line closed during the storm, teams have been assessing the damage including using drones in areas made inaccessible by the water.

A Network Rail spokeswoman said: "Specialist engineers have now developed a programme of work which will see the line reopen this summer and teams have been busy setting up worksites and sourcing the machinery and materials needed for the repairs, including more than 2,000 tonnes of ballast, to safely restore the track."


From BBC News




Armed Robbery With Firearm at Flint Games Exchange Flint North Wales

Police on Church Street in Flint on Wednesday, April 3


We apologies for not updating this as it happened at the time as details of the Armed Robbery at Games Exchange in Flint today: 4/3/19 at around 1:55pm BST Time. Here is the information below. And also the updates from what the public said about the Armed Robbery. 


A man threatened a female shop worker with a gun during a "traumatic" armed robbery.

North Wales Police issued a statement urging people to avoid Church Street in Flint "at all costs" following the incident at The Games Exchange at 1.55pm today.

Officers said that a man wearing a black balaclava carrying what appeared to be a silver-coloured hand gun threatened a female member of staff before making off on foot with cash.

He is described as 5ft 7ins tall and was wearing a green hoody, and blue trainers.

DI Jane Burns of North Wales Police said: “This was a traumatic experience for the shopkeeper and thankfully no one was was harmed.

"If anyone has information please contact 101 or https://www.north-wales.police.uk/contact/live-chat-support quoting reference X044606."

North Flintshire Police issued a statement on Facebook, it said: "There is an ongoing incident in Church Street Flint now and there will be a large Police Presence there shortly.

"We would urge people to avoid the area at all costs for the next 2 hours if possible and will provide more details shortly."


Town 'shocked' as 'despicable' masked gunman targets Flint shop in broad daylight

Residents and community leaders have told of their shock and 'disgust' after a masked gunman targeted a shop in broad daylight.

Police were called to The Games Exchange on Church Street in Flint at 1.55pm today (April 3).

Detectives are continuing their hunt for the gunman who is alleged to have threatened a female member of staff before fleeing on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash.

County councillor Paul Cunningham blasted the thief as "despicable".

He said: "I am shocked. I really am - hearing the news has really upset me. You just don't expect it to happen in our town. For this to happen at 2pm in the middle of the day is also really shocking. What is happening in our town? I am really disgusted this is despicable. We are all in the same boat and we all trying to earn a living so for someone to do this just beggars belief. I hope the lady is okay and gets over her shock rapidly."

Town councillor Mel Buckley added that she was alarmed by the incident but thankful to police for their swift response.

She said: "As a resident and also as a retail worker within the town I am most concerned and alarmed by the number of incidents that seem to be occurring of late. This latest incident reportedly involving a firearm is most worrying, however I am pleased with how swiftly the police responded and contained the incident. I would like to thank North Wales Police for their rapid response and also thankful that ‘armed’ incidents are still very few and far between in our community. I hope the female member of staff is safe and recovers quickly from this."

Police earlier urged people in the town to stay away from the area "at all costs" with workers in nearby shops claiming they had been ordered to remain indoors.

A server at the Old Courthouse Cafe said: "We were told it was an armed robbery on one of the shops, I heard someone say the game shop. We can't really see from here but the police told us to stay inside and away from that part of the street."

Another witness said: "I saw the Facebook post from the police saying to stay clear of the area so I decided to have a look since I live near. I think it was at The Game Exchange because they were going between there and the hairdressers opposite."

He added that he had seen police checking CCTV at the nearby library.

Another witness said: "I saw the Facebook post from the police saying to stay clear of the area so I decided to have a look since I live near. I think it was at The Game Exchange because they were going between there and the hairdressers opposite."

He added that he had seen police checking CCTV at the nearby library.

The Games Exchange owns three stores in North Wales in Flint, Rhyl and Colwyn Bay.

The Flint store has been on Church Street for 20 years and sells new and used games, mobile phones, iPods, tablets, laptops and trading cards.

The manager of The Games Exchange in Rhyl said they are aware of the incident in Flint but could not comment further.

If you see anyone matching description of suspect, please contact North Wales Police 101 with Ref Number: X044606 or if its an emergency, then dial 999 if you believe you are in danger. 


Daily Post North Wales 





Rhyl car park to open Friday after major renovation

The car park has been transformed and has a new name. Picture: Geoff Abbott

The car park has been transformed and has a new name. Picture: Geoff Abbott


A CAR park is set to reopen this week after major renovation work.

Rhyl Central Car Park, the former Underground Car Park, will open on Friday – the same day the town’s new £1 5million SC2 water park opens its doors to the public.

The area now benefits from improved signage, two new pedestrian entrances and an additional ramp to improve accessibility, new lighting, ventilation, and improved CCTV coverage.

New pay and display machines have been installed which accept chip and pin card and contactless payment in addition to cash.

Denbighshire County Council leader Cllr Hugh Evans said: “This work has transformed the car park, offering residents and visitors to Rhyl a better experience. The car park has been fitted with new energy efficient lighting and we have ensured the car park feels safer and looks more attractive.

“I’d like to thank everyone for their patience while this work was carried out. The current regeneration programme for Rhyl aims to increase the number of tourists and visitors to the resort and this car park helps accommodate those visitors while improving traffic management in the town.”

Nadeem Ahmad, chairman of the Rhyl Business Improvement District, and owner of Chrome Menswear and the Jean Emporium, said: “A lot of hard work has gone into its modernisation, providing a user friendly, safe and secure parking space, linking well with the High Street with clearly displayed and multiple, up-to-date payment options.”

The car park will be free throughout April but further minor renovation work will continue.


Reporting From Rhyl Journal


Wrexham News: Deployment of armed officers in Gresford

Police are continuing their enquiries after a man was seen allegedly carrying a firearm in Gresford, Wrexham.

A motorist and passenger reported that a man pointed what looked like a handgun at their vehicle as it travelled through Gresford near the Beeches hotel before he boarded a number one bus towards Chester at around 5.02pm yesterday, Sunday March 31.

Armed officers stopped and searched the bus before it left North Wales and searched several other buses on the route, but no suspect was found or firearm located.

Supt Mark Pierce said; “I’d like to reassure the public that no one was hurt and enquires are ongoing to establish the circumstances. If anyone has information please call 101 or contact https://www.north-wales.police.uk/contact/live-chat-support  quoting reference X043252.”


Reporting From News & Appeals on https://www.north-wales.police.uk  


Horse rider airlifted to hospital after beach fall Talacre Beach

Members of the public and coastguard officers helped the rider following an Incident at Talacre Beach, North Wales.


A rider had to be airlifted to hospital after falling from their horse.

Coastguard teams were called to the incident on Talacre Beach just before 2.20pm today.

Officers from Flint and Rhyl gave first aid to the injured person but, due to the casualty's condition, it was decided that the Rescue 936 helicopter was needed.

Members of the public, including a nurse, also helped at the scene.

A Flint Coastguard Rescue Team spokesman said: "Team tasked by UK Coastguard along with Rhyl Coastguard Rescue Team to reports of a person fallen from a horse on Talacre Beach, on scene casualty was located west of the lighthouse.


"Due to the injuries, Coastguard Rescue Officers gave immediate first aid until the arrival of Coastguard Rescue Helicopter 936, who then transported the casualty to hospital."

He added: "We wish the person a speedy recovery and we would also like to thank the members of public who gave assistance." 


Reporting From Daily Post North Wales. 


Rhyl Incident : Police close off Rhyl street as they deal with an incident

Police say that an incident in John Street, Rhyl, on Sunday, where a man had been seen throwing knives from an upstairs window, is now resolved.

In a tweet at 4.35pm police said: "The incident on John Street in #Rhyl has now been resolved. Thank you.£

Earlier today, an eyewitness said that a man could be seen and heard shouting at officers below who were asking him to give himself up.

Two armed response vehicles were also in the street which was closed off to the public

In a tweet, North Wales Police said: "Officers are currently dealing with an incident on John Street, Rhyl. No risk to the public.

"The road is closed, but please avoid the area."

North Wales Fire and Rescue Service have a fire crew at the scene and there is also an ambulance along with as many as eight or nine police vehicles.


Reporting From Rhyl, Prestatyn & Abergele Journal


Met Office's UK weather forecast shows just how warm it's going to be

Temperatures are set to reach a balmy 16C in North Wales - and it's looking nice in other parts as well,


Temperatures are set to rise to 19C in the UK today - but it's not good news for everyone.

The Met Office is predicting another lovely day in North Wales today in a week where temperatures have remained in the low to mid teens.

Conditions will remain warm today after temperatures of around 15C were recorded throughout North Wales.

Forecasters believe that temperatures will be around 16C today in North Wales - hotter than Istanbul and Athens.

Nationally, it could reach 19C in places.

The warmer climes might not be such good news for people who suffer from hay fever, with the Met Office warning that pollen levels are rising.


Moderate levels


Traeth Lafan nature reserve near Tal-y-Bont, Bangor (Image: David Powell/North Wales Live)

A spokesman for the Met Office said that levels of pollen are currently "moderate", and will remain so for the coming days.

They said: "The tree pollen risk will increase to high during dry, sunny weather.

"Birch, ash, hornbeam and willow will be airborne."

Although some people will start to experience the symptoms of hay fever this week, most sufferers are allergic to grass pollen specifically.

The season for grass pollen is not due to start until mid-May.

It is thought that the warm conditions experienced in February and into this month have brought the pollen season forward this year.

Today's weather

Following a glorious day yesterday in North Wales, people can expect more of the same today.

Conditions are likely to be warmest inland in areas such as Ruthin , where temperatures will rise to 16C.

Everyone will see temperatures above 11C, but it could feel a little cooler along the coast.

Clouds over Snowdonia on a warm spring day in March (Image: Ian Cooper/Daily Post Wales)

Temperatures dropped to around freezing overnight, but it will soon warm up.

A Met Office spokesman said: "Early fog may linger for a while as well as a little low cloud in the northwest.

"However, most of Wales will have another warm sunny day."

Elsewhere in the UK, it is set to be as warm as 18C, but there is a divide, with cooler conditions in parts of Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Weekend weather

Things are going to be slightly cooler by the weekend - but conditions should not be too bad.

It will be cloudier, and temperatures will be closer to 10C.

Next week

By next week, snow could have returned.

The Met Office said: "A front will bring a drop in temperatures and outbreaks of rain as it pushes southeastwards on Tuesday.

"Sunshine and showers following, these occasionally heavy and thundery, especially in the north/northeast, with some sleet and snow over hills.

"After a cold and frosty start, Wednesday will bring further showers though it should turn drier in the northwest before further rain arrives later.

"Through the rest of the period it is most likely to remain unsettled with showers or bands of rain pushing in from the west.

"The showers will be heaviest in the north/northwest with hail and thunder, and wintry over the hills.

"It is likely to remain rather cold with overnight frosts likely. It will also become generally windy, with gales possible, especially towards the northwest."


Reporting From Daily Post North Wales. 


Reports Of Jogging Thief

There has been a thief roaming Prestatyn area and has been nicknamed the “Jogging Thief” I only knew about this individual on Tuesday 26th March, 2019, and just checked the daily mail north wales news now apparently this individual is at it again.


Another Incident took place on Bishopswood Road, News to follow below. 


North Wales Police are investigating the alleged theft outside a home on Bishopswood Road


This is the moment a jogger appears to brazenly steal a parcel from a letter box.

CCTV footage uploaded to social media shows a man looking behind him before he approaches a property on Bishopswood Road, Prestatyn and pulls a package from the mailbox before appearing to stuff it up his top.

He leaves a pile of post littered on the floor as he jogs away during the incident, which happened at around 10.50am on Sunday morning.

Ironically, the parcel contained a pair of £15 jogging pants for homeowner, Nick Gibbs' son.

He said: "I only checked the footage when my son asked if his parcel had arrived.

"I could see the package sticking out of the letter box so watched the footage in the hours that followed and was shocked to see a jogger clearly run up, check behind him before taking it out of the letter box and sticking it up his jumper, leaving the other contents of the mail box on the floor.


"I couldn't believe the bare brazen cheek of him doing that in broad daylight when there are cameras all over the house," he claimed.

Mr Gibbs added: "I'm not taking the law into my own hands by any means but I wanted to share this footage to shame this person, if nothing else.

"The post box had a lock on it but whoever posted the parcel left it sticking out so this was probably an opportunist thing.

"I will now be investing in a bigger letter box."

North Wales Police are investigating the alleged theft.

A spokesman said: "We received reports from an address in Prestatyn about the theft of some items from a mail box.


"Enquiries are ongoing."

Anyone with information is urged to call police on 101 quoting incident reference number X040562.


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