Friday, 31 August 2018

Colwyn Bay... Carlsberg anyone?


Mrs Colwyn Bay Says...This is where gangs of youths hang out of an evening here in Colwyn Bay! There are always cans and crates littering the area just across the road from Theatr Colwyn!


Colwyn Bay....Giant Colwyn letters labelled silly by former calligrapher


Mrs Colwyn Bay Says....I Think tacky would be a better word!

A new structure to be installed on the Colwyn Bay promenade has been labelled "silly" by a former calligrapher.

Works are underway to install giant letters spelling COLWYN on the promenade near the new kiosk.
The proposed letters measure between 1.4 and 1.95metres (m) in width by 0.45m in depth by 2m in height and will span a distance of 17.5m.
The lettering is constructed from pre-cast concrete and is fixed to the ground.
However the structure, which was designed by Glyndwr University architecture student, Nichola Hilton - who came up with the idea for the kiosk design as well, has been labelled silly by Morris Greenwood, because of the lower case 'n' on the end of the structure.
Mr Greenwood said: "I can't see how they thought this up, it just looks silly to me.
"I don't mind the idea, all capitals would be ok but as far as I'm concerned it seems silly to have a lower case letter at the end."
Mr Greenwood used to teach calligraphy at College Llandrillo and has been a part of the arts department for 15 years.
These letters have been in planning since late 2016 and a report presented to the council said the feature would be a point of interest to this part of the promenade and would contribute towards the continuing regeneration of the promenade.

Quite like this comment...from Philip Barr
7 hrs ago
 0Agree they do look cheap and tacky, as does the Skip on the prom!

Llandudno...Convicted stalker who was refused bail phones victim from prison!


Mrs Colwyn Bay Says...Are criminals allowed phones in prison? Is it just me or are prisons becoming more like holidays for criminals with all mod cons included? So wrong.

A stalker who was remanded in custody because it was feared that he would contact his victim again called her just a few hours later – from prison.

Carla Cox burst into tears and hung up, but later told police: “I can’t believe that even when he is in prison he is still contacting me.”
Magistrates in Llandudno , who jailed Jonathan Edwards-Hughes for 16 weeks, heard that restraining orders were already in place preventing him from contacting three other victims of his stalking and harassment.
Edwards-Hughes, 36, appeared at a special court last Saturday when he pleaded guilty to stalking Miss Cox, whom he had met through a dating website.
He was refused bail pending a pre-sentence report but prosecutor James Neary told magistrates that at 5.40pm on Saturday he phoned Miss Cox and said: “Do you know where I am? I’m in prison.”
He told her: “I just want to say I’m sorry. I should not have called.”
The court heard their relationship began in April, 2016, but after 10 weeks Edwards-Hughes started becoming aggressive, accusing her of cheating on him.
Miss Cox ended the relationship after four months but he kept pressurizing her, so on June 23 this year she reported him to the police. On June 29 he called her 49 times and sent her 56 texts.
Despite her protestations he bombarded her with calls and texts, left balloons and flowers on her car and waited for her to finish work at a hairdresser’s in Russell Road, Rhyl.
Mr Neary said that to escape from him she went to stray with her sister in Kinmel Bay, but Edwards-Hughes was spotted driving up and down outside the house.
On July 9 the defendant’s mother contacted Miss Cox to apologise for his behaviour and said he had never been happier than when he was with her – but Mr Neary told the court that she had done the same thing in relation to his previous victims.
In one call Edwards-Hughes, an HGV driver, of Liddell Drive, Llandudno, suggested he would kill himself, and told Miss Cox: “Tell Mum and Dad I love them” – just as he had told previous victims.
In an impact statement Miss Cox, who had met him secretly on occasions because she knew that her family hated him, said: “His behaviour has become unbearable.”
She said she was shocked to learn from the police about his previous convictions – and as she left the police station Edwards-Hughes was waiting outside for her.
Mr Neary said that on his release from prison he had been ordered not to enter a romantic relationship within eight weeks, but he had done so within a week.
“There are currently three other victims being protected by the courts through restraining orders,” he said.
The court was told that Edwards-Hughes had been complying with community punishments but chairman Sandra Ogden-Jones said that only a custodial sentence was justified.
Edwards-Hughes was jailed for 16 weeks and ordered to pay Miss Cox compensation of 500 pounds. He must also pay costs of 85 pounds and a surcharge of 115 pounds.
The Bench also imposed a restraining order prohibiting him from contacting Miss Cox, entering Russell Road, Rhyl, or the Kinmel Bay road where her sister lives.

Llandudno...Needles, human excrement, broken glass and general waste found on rugby clubs pitch!


Mrs Colwyn Bay says...This keeps happening! So what will be done about it? And what was done the time before that? Nothing!
Needles, human excrement, broken glass and general waste are among the some of the objects left on a Llandudno rugby clubs pitch.
More than 200 juniors and 50 seniors have been forced to put up with the issue at the Llandudno Rugby Union Club for a number of years and it was only getting worse.
Club chairman Robbie Shields said it has been a "historical issue" and it was getting worse.
He said: "It is very worrying. We get 300 to 400 children playing rugby on the pitches and we have to walk across each of them before every match to makes sure there is nothing on them.
"We had an incident a few years ago when a player fell on his face and got a nasty gash from a tin that was left on the ground."
Mr Shields said they had been looking at putting a fence up around the pitches so they could manage the area for the community, but due to various reasons had been unable erect one yet.
He said: "We haven't been able to fence it off but we are in discussions and are having a look at ways to sort it out.
"Maybe we can install fencing or CCTV cameras."
The main concern was people walking across the pitch with their dogs and leaving their excrement on the ground.
Mr Shields said it was then up to volunteers to walk across the grounds to pick up everything they could see using rubber gloves and buckets.
But even then he said, they couldn't collect everything raising concerns for players.
Mayor of Llandudno Cllr David Hawkins said it was a terrible situation for the rugby club to have to be in.
He said: "It's terrible the rugby club and others using the field have to sweep the area first to ensure there's no dog fouling, needles or glass.
"I think the council could step up patrolling of the area for litter cleansing and we'd love them to introduce a fenced off dog run like they've done in Maes Derw in the Junction.
"David and I both think it's a shame as the vast majority of dog owners are responsible it's just the inconsiderate few that spoil it for others."
Not only is the waste and dog fouling an issue, but residents have also recently been filmed hanging from the crossbar of the rugby posts – causing them to bend.
Mr Shields said luckily the council had come to the rescue fixing the problem the day after they were made aware of the issue.
Cllr Ronnie Hughes, Conwy county borough councillor for the Tudno Ward, said a lot of work had been done to the rugby club over the years and it was disappointing this continued to be an issue.
He said he had held meetings with the community in the past but nothing had changed.
Cllr Hughes said: "I have helped the rugby club before, but it needs to be the community that makes the change."

Llandudno...The "Fading Queen Of Welsh Resorts" Great Orme a 'magnet for drug users' & discarded needles!


Mrs Colwyn Bay Says...The "Fading Queen Of Welsh Resorts" is falling by the day! It's known as Brown town and this and many other areas in the town are no go areas except if your a criminal or drug addict!
Shocking photographs have emerged showing how a beauty spot has become a magnet for drug users.
A path on the Great Orme in Llandudno is littered with discarded drug paraphernalia.
Photographs taken by local campaigner Jenni Cox show the state of the area near Haulfre Gardens, which is managed by Conwy Council.
She says she took the images to highlight the problem, because she believes the police and Conwy County Council are turning a blind eye to the problem.
Ms Cox said: “I hate how some of my favourite wildlife spots are also drug users favourite spots.
“The path near Haulfre Gardens is trashed and the problem is getting worse.
Discarded needles and drug parapernalia on a path near the Great Orme 
“I try and clear the rubbish on the Orme, but it’s getting too dangerous for me to be searching around there as I’m worried I’ll be pricked by one of the needles.”
Ms Cox is also worried that children and dogs could also be injured there: “I lost count of the empty syringe packets so the syringes will be hidden everywhere.”
Jenni says she has seen drug-taking in the area but is too scared to approach those doing it.
“It’s terrible. I help look after some of the parks, we are always finding needles. Drug users are there a lot.”
A discarded needle 
She added: “I gave up phoning the police a while ago as nothing happens. I did report it loads before it got as bad as it is now.
“I’ve also informed the warden on the Orme but the path is out of their area of jurisdiction, so really it’s up to the police and Conwy Council to sort out.
“The situation has been reported to Conwy Council too.”
Drug paraphernalia on the Great Orme 
A Conwy Council spokeswoman said: “If anyone finds syringes or needles they should phone the Council on (01492) 575337 with a detailed description of the location so that a trained officer can remove the item. Don’t pick it up or touch it.”
Julie Sheard, District Inspector West Conwy Coastal, said: “I can confirm that the local safer neighbourhood teams are aware of the issue. We had a similar report from the Daily Post of needles seen on the beach in Llandudno and the safer neighbourhood team have liaised directly with Conwy Council and the Harbour Master.
“They will continue to conduct proactive patrols in the area.”

North Wales....Man stabbed as he walked to his van in 'unprovoked attack'


Mrs Colwyn Bay Says...This is just awful, lets hope they get this deranged attacker as soon as possible.
A man was stabbed in what police called a ‘cowardly, unprovoked attack’.
The investigation began after a man turned up at Penrhos Stanley Hospital in Holyhead after being attacked with a knife nearby.
The victim was walking towards his van when he was approached from behind and stabbed.
After turning up at the local hospital, he was taken to Ysbyty Gwynedd .
Police are now focusing their investigation on a red Ford Fiesta that the suspect and his accomplices used to escape following the attack, the police said.
PC Debbie Moore said: “We are appealing for any witnesses who noticed anything suspicious in the vicinity of the old public toilets by Penrhos Beach Road or adjoining area between 8pm and 8.45pm on Sunday to come forward.
The public toilets on Penrhos Beach Road, near to where a man was stabbed
The public toilets on Penrhos Beach Road, near to where a man was stabbed 
"The victim was approaching his Vauxhall Astra van, which was parked by the toilets, when a male approached from behind and stabbed him.
“We are particularly keen to identify a red Ford Fiesta used by the suspect and his two accomplices to escape following the attack.”
DCI Brian Kearney added: “North West Wales remains one of the safest parts of the UK and we would appeal to our local community to come forward in confidence with any information on the identity of the attackers.
“While incidents of this nature are rare, stabbing a person in an unprovoked attack is a cowardly act.
“We can only solve such knife related crimes with the full support and assistance of our community.”
Anyone with information should call PC Debbie Moore at Llangefni CID on 101, quoting reference W121624.
Information can also be passed to police via the web live chat http://www.north-wales.police.uk/contact/chat-support.aspx. Alternatively call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

Rhos On Sea,North Wales ...Youths Destroy Historic 15th century manor house!


Mrs Colwyn Bay Says....Such a shame, I always felt that they should rebuild this, the way Rhos on Sea is going it's just a matter of time before the whole site ends up in someone's rockery! And on top of that there are gangs of youths everywhere up there!
The remains of a medieval manor house which once belonged to a Welsh nobleman have been attacked and damaged by vandals.
Llys Euryn in Rhos on Sea was a fortified manor house built in the mid 15th century for Robin, eldest son of Gruffydd Goch, who led the old Welsh tribal division of Rhos.
The house at Bryn Euryn was a huge and extravagant building for the time and was designed to be defensible due to the conflict in North Wales during the Wars of the Roses.
The house was probably derelict by 1763 but, although any useful material has been taken away, the shell remains.
However, in recent weeks, vandals have repeatedly targeted the remains.
The remains of the 15th Century house Llys Euryn in Rhos on Sea which had been vandalised. Image: David Powell
The remains of the manor house have been vandalised 
Large medieval bricks have been loosened and removed from the walls to be used as seats, while the one surviving internal wall has been reduced in height, with bricks smashed off and then thrown repeatedly until broken.
Stones that could have been recovered have been used to build a fire and burnt.
Sue Jones, who has an allotment at Bryn Euryn, said: “It’s such a shame that people don’t know how to respect old buildings.
The site has been popular these past few years for all the wrong reasons, and I feel sorry for the people living so close to the site.”
Conwy council spokeswoman said: “We are aware of incidents of anti-social behaviour at Llys Euryn, with a number of stones knocked from a low wall at the site.
The remains of the 15th Century house Llys Euryn in Rhos on Sea which had been vandalised. Image: David Powell
The council says the area is being closely monitored 
“The Countryside Warden has confirmed that North Wales Police, Cadw’s Field Monument Warden and Bryn Euryn Users Association are also aware of the problem, and the area is being closely monitored.”
Some archaeologists believe Llys Euryn was built on the site of a 13th-century castle which belonged to Ednyfed Fychan, who was Seneschal (akin to a Chancellor) to Llywelyn the Great.
He was an ancestor of Henry VII and Henry VIII; his grandson Tudur is where the Tudor name came from.
It is believed some of the stone from his castle would have been used to build Llys Euryn.

Llandudno..Man racks up FOURTH restraining order as he's jailed for stalking ex!


Mrs Colwyn Bay Says, He looks a Charmer doesn't he!!!
A truck driver has been jailed for stalking a woman he met on a dating site, racking up his fourth restraining order.
Jonathan Edwards-Hughes even called Carla Cox from behind bars last week, after he’d been remanded ahead of being sentenced for harassing her.
Miss Cox, who burst into tears when she heard Edwards-Hughes say “Do you know where I am? I’m in prison”, told police: “I can’t believe that even when he is in prison he is still contacting me.”
Today, at Llandudno magistrates court, 36-year-old Edwards was jailed for 16 weeks.
The court heard the relationship began in April, 2016, after Edwards-Hughes met Miss Cox through a dating website.
But after 10 weeks Edwards-Hughes started becoming aggressive, accusing her of cheating in him.
Miss Cox ended the relationship after four months but he kept pressurizing her, so on June 23 this year she reported him to the police. On June 29 he called her 49 times and sent her 56 texts .
Jonathan Edwards-Hughes has racked up his fourth restraining order
Jonathan Edwards-Hughes has racked up his fourth restraining order 
Despite her protestations he bombarded her with calls and texts, left balloons and flowers on her car, and waited for her to finish work at a hairdresser’s in Russell Road, Rhyl .
Mr Neary said that to escape from him she went to stray with her sister in Kinmel Bay , but Edwards-Hughes was spotted driving up and down outside the house.
On July 9 the defendant’s mother contacted Miss Cox to apologise for his behaviour and said he had never been happier than when he was with her – but Mr Neary told the court that she had done the same thing in relation to his previous victims.
In one call Edwards-Hughes, an HGV driver, of Liddell Drive, Llandudno , suggested he would kill himself, and told Miss Cox: “Tell Mum and Dad I love them” – just as he had told previous victims.
In an impact statement Miss Cox, who had met him secretly on occasions because she knew that her family hated him, said: “His behaviour has become unbearable.”
She said she was shocked to learn from the police about his previous convictions – and as she left the police station Edwards-Hughes was waiting outside for her.
Mr Neary said that on his release from prison he had been ordered not to enter a romantic relationship within eight weeks, but he had done so within a week.
“There are currently three other victims being protected by the courts through restraining orders,” he said.
The court was told that Edwards-Hughes had been complying with community punishments but chairman Sandra Ogden-Jones said that only a custodial sentence was justified.
Edwards-Hughes was jailed for 16 weeks and ordered to pay Miss Cox compensation of 500 pounds. He must also pay costs of 85 pounds and a surcharge of 115 pounds.
The Bench also imposed a restraining order prohibiting him from contacting Miss Cox, entering Russell Road, Rhyl, or the Kinmel Bay road where her sister lives.

Colwyn Bay...Thieves target 'high performance' cars in spate of burglaries


Mrs Colwyn Bay Says..Not nice, so they are doing the rounds again! Total Scum
Burglars have targeted high performance cars in a spate of break-ins over the Bank Holiday weekend.
Police are appealing for information after an increase in burglaries in the Rhyl , Rhos-on-Sea and Colwyn Bay areas over the last few days.
During the early hours of Sunday morning, thieves struck on Dyserth Road in Rhyl and on Llandudno Road in Rhos-on-Sea and targeted high-end vehicles.
There was then a second spate of incidents during the early hours of Monday morning in Colwyn Bay on Pen y Bryn Road and the Old Highway, where items including jewellery and cash were taken
Officers said they are “keeping an open mind” as to whether the incidents are linked.
Detective Sergeant Christopher Williams said: “Over recent days we’ve seen a rise in the number of burglaries, where the offenders have entered the properties through conservatories and insecure windows and doors.
“We are currently keeping an open mind as to whether the incidents are linked. We ask people to be vigilant and look out for anyone acting suspiciously around their local areas, in particular those where the elderly are living.
We are determined to catch those responsible, but we are reliant on public support and appeal to anyone with information to contact us immediately.
“We are urging people to ensure they lock their doors and close their windows as opportunist thieves will take advantage of an insecure property, which can have a devastating effect.”
Anyone with information relating to the burglaries or who witnessed any suspicious behaviour or activity is asked to contact Central CID on 101, or via the live web chat at north-wales.police.uk/contact/chat-support.aspx.
Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Wednesday, 29 August 2018

North Wales...Police officers eyes gouged, head butted, bruised, and scratched in "unacceptable" level of assaults on police over bank holiday


Mrs Colwyn Bay Says...This is just awful, how dumb are these people? They will get an even harsher sentence for assaulting an officer. Also the police are only doing their jobs. If you don't commit crimes they seldom bother you, so If you don't like seeing the police don't break the law, simple! I hope the officers will all be okay, and well done on doing a continued great job in very difficult and demanding times.
Police in the region were assaulted seven times over the busy weekend with one officer having his eye gouged. Others were head butted, kicked, pushed and scratched, resulting in a broken nose, cuts and bruises, during incidents in Caernarfon, Bangor, Bala, Wrexham and Flintshire.
Four people have been charged with five assaults on officers in Gwynedd, a further two offenders have been arrested in Wrexham and work continues to apprehend others suspected to be involved in the other incidents.
The assaults were discussed by senior officers this morning (Tuesday) with representatives from the Police Federation.
A specialist group is being established to review the assaults in detail and will report to the Force Operations Committee.
Temporary Chief Constable Gareth Pritchard said: “This is completely unacceptable and very concerning.
"Our officers are out there doing a demanding job, working hard to protect the most vulnerable and to keep people safe.
"An assault of any kind should never be considered “part of the job”.
"Our officers get good training and equipment and we seek to ensure that welfare arrangements are readily available when they become victims of an assault. These attacks leave their mark physically and mentally on the officers and in some cases their families.
"Some of the assaults are very serious and we include impact statements on these assaults to ensure the courts are fully sighted on the effect on the officers and their families.
"I have today signed an impact statement on a serious assault an officer suffered, as I feel that as Chief Constable it is my duty to support my officers and highlight to the courts the effect of those injuries on our staff who are working hard to safeguard the public.”
To improve the safety of officers the number of Taser trained officers has increased to nearly 300 in local policing spread across the force area, with additional cover from our firearms officers.
Chief Constable Pritchard said: "What we want is to make sure that our officers are equipped to protect themselves as best they can and to feel confident out on duty on our streets.
"Tasers and also body worn video play an important part in this."

Tuesday, 28 August 2018

North Wales ...Licenses are being issued to allow ravens to be killed to protect Pheasant Shoots!


Mrs Colwyn Bay Says...This is criminal, all to protect the joys of shooting Pheasants!
Licenses are being issued to allow ravens to be killed in North Wales, sparking concerns.
Four licences have been granted by Natural Resources Wales (NRW) to cull the birds since 2016.
Two have been issued in Denbighshire , one in Gwynedd and one in the Vale of Glamorgan.
They allowed up to 80 birds and a nest to be destroyed, with 54 reported killed, figures under a Freedom of Information (FOI) request revealed.
It has not been disclosed which individuals or organisations applied for the licences.
According to details released as part of the FOI request, the nest was removed for “health and safety” reasons.
Two of the licenses licences were issued to protect livestock while another was issued to protect pheasants.
NRW chiefs insisted they only issued licences to kill the birds as “a last resort”.
The raven is a protected species
But consultant conservationist Rob Sheldon, who put in the FOI, was worried by the high numbers culled and also permission being granted to kill them to protect pheasants.
“I am concerned that two of the licences seem to have far higher numbers of ravens to be killed than would be expected,” said Mr Sheldon, who has worked for the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) and the Zoological Society of London (ZSL).
“I also think the fact that the killing of a native predator to protect a non native species - a pheasant - which is being bred so it can be shot for fun, is not acceptable.”
A National Resources Wales spokesman said: “Issuing a licence to kill wild birds will always be a last resort for us, and we’ll only grant it if the applicant can clearly demonstrate there is a need, and that all other options have been exhausted.
“There are many reasons why people apply for licences.
“In the case of these licences, it was to prevent damage to their livestock.
A Raven over the hills of North Wales
A raven over the hills of North Wales 
“According to legislation, this covers farm animals such as sheep and cows, but also non-native birds such as pheasants if they are being used as part of a game reserve.
“The number of licences we have issued for ravens is very low, and before we gave any permissions we consulted with an ornithologist to make sure that wider populations would not be affected.”