Thursday, 31 January 2019

Llandudno...Debenhams ban for woman after Llandudno store theft

A 53-year-old woman who claimed she went on a £1,500 shoplifting spree to help pay for her father’s headstone was banned by a court on Monday from every Debenhams in England and Wales.
Marie Gallagher, who is unemployed, of Pinetop Close, Manchester, admitted stealing perfumes and other items at the retailer's Llandudno store on January 14.
Prosecutor James Neary at Llandudno court said she was going to sell the perfumes but was stopped with a hold-all when she left the store located on Units 1- 3 Llandudno Retail Park, Mostyn Broadway.
"It’s obviously a pre-planned expedition," said Mr Neary.
Deborah Davies, defending, said Gallagher had stayed out of trouble for 17 years and was ashamed of the theft.
A suspended jail term of 26-weeks was imposed by a district judge together with a twelve-month ban on entering Debenhams stores.
Gallagher was also told she must pay £200 in costs.

Llandudno..Cashier had neck grabbed in attempted robbery at Llandudno Junction Iceland

A man grabbed a cashier around the neck during an attempted robbery at a Llandudno Junction supermarket.
The offender was arrested following the incident at Iceland on Saturday, January 26, at about 5.40pm.
No money was taken and no one injured in the attempted robbery despite the offender grabbing the cashier around the neck from behind as the cashier opened the till - in an attempt to steal money from it.
DC 2935 James Stamatiou said: “We are appealing to anyone who may have witnessed the incident and are particularly keen to speak to a man who was paying for items at the till at the time.”
Anyone with information is asked to call DC Stamatiou in Central CID on 101 quoting reference 19100026626 or use the live webchat
Iceland in Llandudno Junction has been the target
Attempt robbery at Iceland Monday 28 Jan 2019
Police are appealing for witnesses following an attempt robbery at Iceland Supermarket in Llandudno Junction.
The incident happened at 5.40pm on Saturday 26th January when a man
No money was taken and no-one was injured.
The offender was later arrested and charged with attempt robbery

Conwy...Conwy council to consider charging for garden waste collection

Mrs Colwyn Bay Says...Let's just remind ourselves "What do we pay our council tax for?" And this follows four weekly enforced bin collections!

Think it's high time they started sacking the managers in the council to save money, not reduce our services due to their incompetence!

Conwy county residents could be forced to pay for the collection of their domestic garden waste.
Just months after Conwy County Borough Council (CCBC) introduced four-weekly waste collection councillors are now set to vote on a paid garden waste pick up.
Councillors voted to consider the paid collection as part of a forward work programme last month and an item with the full details will be presented to a full committee meeting on March 20 and then cabinet on April 9.
A CCBC spokesperson said: "Councillors will be considering the issue of whether to introduce a chargeable domestic garden waste collection service for Conwy County.
"All the options will be explored in a report which is scheduled to go through the Council’s democratic process for discussion before any decisions are made."
If the paid garden collection scheme is voted in, it will also add to the charges for dumping certain items at CCBC tips.
However, CCBC wouldn't be the first county to charge for garden waste collections.
Denbighshire County Council already charge for garden waste collection, with residents paying between £22 and £36 a year, depending on how many 140L green bins or dumpy sack bags they have, if they sign up for the service.

Colwyn Bay.....Number plates being stolen in Conwy and Denbighshire!

Mrs Colwyn Bay Says....I wonder what someone want's them for?

Number plates are being stolen from cars in Conwy and Denbighshire.
North Wales Police said they have received increasing reports of number plates being removed from vehicles across the tow counties.
Police, attempting to provide a solution to the problem, said: "Try using tamper proof screws such to make it harder for criminals.
They are inexpensive and easy to install yourself."

Colwyn Bay...Conwy Council Are Struggling Financially But Still find money to Create New Managers Posts In IT Department!

Mrs Colwyn Bay Says... The following information was sent in by a concerned reader who works within the "Authority"

In todays paper we read

"Eleventh hour hand off of services by Conwy county refused"

Which basically means that the council are struggling financially and want to get rid of some services by dumping them on the Town Council! The council are legendary for wasting our money, as the overspend at "The Temple of Doom" Or "Trump Towers" above showed.

So council tax will now rise due to this!

But wait there is more!!!

The council are currently reorganising or restructuring jobs and in the IT Department they will be creating a brand new batch of IT Managers with large salaries to go with it.
Apparently the "Boys" are  being lined up ready for the jobs and the selected one's are those favoured by the heads of service (apparently!) Many within the department who know the "boys" basically say that "The sun shines through their arses!" and thus the jobs await them!

This is not good news and the public should know where this money is coming from, and should have a say if these posts are needed as there are a vast number of "Managers" already in the department.
I think it's time the whole IT Service went out to tender, as waste like this cannot be allowed.

Not only this but a Manager within IT Recently spent over £800 on a Digital box for the roof at Trump Towers, for one Screen in reception purchased by a manager!

We have also seen a vast amount of desk top lamps purchased and paid for having then to be removed and replaced as they did not meet health and safety standards at a substantial cost!

And then we have the electrics having to be relayed outside! If this was someone's business they would have gone under, so how is this allowed to happen and public money wasted in such a fashion? 

Any thoughts?

Tuesday, 29 January 2019

Llandudno...Llandudno Juntion heroin addict jailed after driving car into ditch

A 40-year-old heroin addict swore at police and refused to give a blood sample after a car he was driving ended up in a ditch on the A470 near Llanrwst, a court heard on Wednesday.
Paul Egan, of Cae Derw, Llandudno Junction, on benefit, was jailed for 18 weeks by a magistrates at Llandudno.
He admitted failing to provide the specimen in custody at St Asaph, being uninsured and having no licence.
Prosecutor James Neary said an off-duty policeman came across the car, Egan and a female passenger.
Egan’s speech was slurred and he was argumentative in custody. He told police he took heroin every day.
Defence solicitor Simon Sargent said no other vehicle was involved in what occurred on a bend.
Court chairman Darren Campbell told Egan: “We find a high level of impairment.”
He was banned for 165 weeks and ordered to pay £200 costs.

Colwyn Bay, Rhos-on-Sea....Women given suspended jail terms for posting picture on Facebook of another women's breasts after row

A snap of a woman’s breasts had been posted on Facebook by two other women after an exchange of text messages, a court heard on Friday.
Judge Huw Rees told married Kimberley Ross, 35, of Ffordd Dawel, Colwyn Bay, and Lisa Jones, 40, of Bryn Eglwys, Rhos-on-Sea, who admitted disclosing a private photograph: "How people can behave in such an immature way at your age beggars belief.”
Ross got a 20 weeks suspended jail term and Jones a twelve weeks suspended sentence.
Caernarfon crown court heard the victim had sent pictures to Ross’s husband when he and the defendant were separated briefly but later there had been an on-line row between the women.
Facebook removed the image but Ross posted it again, the prosecution said.
Ross claimed the pictures were sent by the victim to upset her.

Colwyn Bay..Man arrested on suspicion of murder after reporting dead body to police

A man who walked into Bangor police station to report a dead body in his flat was arrested on suspicion of murder, an inquest heard.
When police entered the flat in Sea View Road, Colwyn Bay, on August 21 last year they found the badly decomposed body of 32-year-old Ioan Andreas Roberts. He was identified by a Celtic tattoo on his arm.
But Home Office pathologist Dr Brian Rodgers, who carried out a post-mortem examination, found no evidence of trauma and gave the cause of death as simply heroin toxicity.
At the hearing in Ruthin John Gittins, coroner for North Wales East and Central, said that John Whitford Roberts, tenant of the housing association flat in Llys Trefor, told the police that he had found the man's body on his bed.
"It was treated at the time as a murder investigation," he said.
Police near Sea View Road in Colwyn Bay where a man's body was found in August 
House-to-house enquiries were carried out and town centre CCTV footage last showed Ioan Roberts taking money from an ATM machine in Penrhyn Road on August 15.
He then walked towards Sea View Road with some other men.
Roberts, who had no fixed address but had been living in Upper Mostyn Street, Llandudno, had returned to North Wales the previous day after undergoing drug detoxification in South Wales.
His family told police that he was originally from Penmachno and began using cannabis when he was 13 before becoming dependent on heroin and alcohol.
He had spent spells in Hergest and Ablett psychiatric units.
Neighbours in Sea View Road said there had been a lot of "coming and going" around the flat, where drug-taking was suspected.
The coroner recorded a conclusion of a drug-related death.

Llandudno...Lack of police blamed for anti-social behavior in Llandudno Junction

A lack of police presence is being blamed for anti-social behaviour and youth gangs gathering in Llandudno Junction.
North Wales Police put a dispersal order in place in the Llandudno Junction area on Friday and Saturday following anti-social behaviour with youths congregating near McDonalds, KFC, Cineworld and in the Llandudno Junction area.
The order was in affect from 5.30pm on Friday, January 11, to 10pm on Saturday, January 12, and police said only one call of antisocial behaviour relating to youths, was received in Llandudno Junction.
Inspector Julie Sheard said: “This proves the success of the order. Overall there was positive feedback from the several businesses on the Cineworld complex and managers were happy to see officers out enforcing it.
"The PCSOs who worked throughout the course of the weekend saw many positives, which were highlighted by the gratitude of businesses in the most targeted areas.
"They realise that it is a difficult place to have such an order but appreciated the effort made by North Wales Police."
But Conwy County Borough Councillor (CCBC), for Marl Ward, Mike Priestly said this order wouldn't have even been needed if there were more police officers on the ground in the area.
Cllr Priestly said: "I have been made aware of anti-social behaviour in the Llandudno Junction area and I think this is because of the fact there is the lack of police officers walking the streets . We don't see them as often as we used to.
"The dispersal order is a short term solution but the public needs this problem resolved long term.
"This area has to be policed, we need staff in the area more regularly."
But Insp Sheard said the increase in reports of anti-social behaviour had seen an increase in officers in the area and they would continue to utilize existing resources to the best effect.
She said: "With austerity cuts to the North Wales Police budget since 2010, there is a constant need to assess where the district’s finite resources are best deployed in order to deal with our competing demands and priorities.
"The increase in reported ASB in Llandudno Junction resulted in the need to place additional officers in the area, complimented by the proportionate tactic of authorizing a Dispersal Order.
"We will continue to prioritise and respond dynamically to existing and emerging incidents that occur throughout West Conwy, utilising our existing resources to best effect."

Thursday, 17 January 2019

Colwyn Bay....Police have asked the owner of a cannabis farm discovered in a drugs raid to get in touch if they want to "report it missing".

Mrs Colwyn Bay Says....Funny!
Police have asked the owner of a cannabis farm discovered in a drugs raid to get in touch if they want to "report it missing".
The tongue-in-cheek comment was made by officers following the raid in Llysfaen in Conwy this afternoon.
On Facebook, police said the owner could get in touch by calling them on 101.
The force said: "A great result for Rota 2 West Conwy Response Team this afternoon.
"Acting on intelligence, they successfully executed a drugs warrant in the Llysfaen area where cannabis plants were located within a property.
Cannabis plants were discovered following a drugs raid in Llysfaen on January 4
Cannabis plants were discovered 
"This is a positive result stopping these drugs getting on to the streets through local distribution."
An image from the scene showed a large quantity of cannabis, as well as paraphernalia associated with the growing of the drug.
Cannabis plants were discovered following a drugs raid in Llysfaen on January 4
Police offered their assistance to the owner 
The spokesman added: "No arrests have yet been made, however should the owner wish to contact us via 101 to report his items missing we would be glad to assist."
The force said anyone with information relating to drug dealing should contact them.
They said: "We cannot act alone and we rely on information from the public to tell us where drugs are being cultivated and distributed.
"If you have information that could assist us, please let us know."

Penmaenmawr,Llandudno... Cartrefi Cymunedol Gwynedd Destroy Historic Hotel For Flats!

Mrs Colwyn Bay Says....Very sad news indeed, Penmaenmawr will never again be a tourist town, but you would have hoped that  Cartrefi Cymunedol Gwynedd would have at the very least converted the Historic Edwardian Hall rather than demolition. The town doesn't need another huge Carbuncle and more social housing, but do they care? No let's be honest they don't, the town has lost some stunning buildings and all for much cheaper rubbish. It was once such a grand place, now it seems anything left that was nice they want to destroy!


Llandudno...Cafe left counting the cost after thieves smash door down

Mrs Colwyn Bay Says....Heartbreaking, how can you try to make a living when brain dead thugs do this? My heart goes out to them.
A cafe is counting the cost after thieves smashed down the door to steal booze.
The owners of Bistro Bach on Mostyn Avenue in Craig y Don have been left devastated following the break-in, which happened overnight.
After smashing down the front door of the business, thieves took around six bottles of alcohol and left the cafe floor covered in glass.
Bobby Sirrah, business partner at Bistro Bach, said: "We turned up this morning to find the door smashed and they had taken a load of booze.
"They've probably taken half a dozen bottles, which is a piddly amount, and they ignored all of the expensive bottles of whiskey.
Damage caused at Bistro Bach in Llandundo following a break-in
Damage caused at Bistro Bach 
"The door had to be boarded up at about 12.55am.
"We've had to close for the day so we've had to ring all of our bookings to cancel, which has included birthday parties. We've lost a day of takings as well as the alcohol.
"A new door is going to have to be fitted but, at this stage, we're not sure how much that will cost. Luckily, we have some really good friends who have been helping us out."
Police are appealing for any witnesses to come forward.
North Wales Police spokesman said: "We were called at 12.12am to reports of a break-in at a cafe on Mostyn Avenue. Our enquiries are ongoing.
"Anyone who has information or saw anyone in the area acting suspiciously should call 101 quoting reference X006519."

Colwyn Bay....Dancefloor assault at Old Colwyn pub left man needing 20 stitches

Mrs Colwyn Bay Says....Terrible, the Plough used to be a lovely food venue.

A man who was assaulted while enjoying a dance at an Old Colwyn pub needed 20 stitches to his face, a court was told.

After hearing of the physical and psychological impact on victim Paulo Pereira District Judge Gwyn Jones, sitting at Llandudno magistrates’ court, ordered his assailant, David Graham Owen, to pay him £1,500 in compensation.
Self-employed builder Owen, 47, pleaded guilty to assault occasioning actual bodily harm following the incident at the Plough Hotel on July 14 last year.
He was given a 26-week jail sentence, suspended for 12 months, must carry out 180 hours of unpaid work and also observe an 8pm – 6am curfew for 14 weeks.
The District Judge also banned him from entering the Plough Hotel for 12 months.
Prosecutor James Neary said that Mr Pereira had gone to the pub with his girlfriend but was dancing alone when he was suddenly punched twice to the face. He didn’t know who had done it or why.
He went to hospital by taxi and needed 20 stitches to the inside and outside of his lips. His teeth were also loosened.
In a victim impact statement Mr Pereira said he had suffered nightmares following the incident, which was completely unprovoked. He described it as a “cowardly attack”.
“Not knowing who it was has made us both very nervous,” he said.
Owen, of Wern Road, Llanddulas, was identified on the pub’s CCTV and when interviewed accepted that his behaviour had been “unreasonable”.
He said he and his girlfriend had been dancing and that Mr Pereira had bumped into them several times.
Passing sentence, the District Judge said an immediate custodial sentence was justified but Owen had co-operated with the police and there had been no further incidents.
“This was an unprovoked attack upon a member of the public enjoying himself and causing no offence to you,” he said.

Wednesday, 16 January 2019

Llandudno...Conwy council say monthly bin collections are not to blame for fly-tipping!

Mrs Colwyn Bay Says...How very clever of Conwy Council to blame everything outside of a black bin to be fly tipping! This will of course means that the stats will show the new four weekly enforced bin collections are working, and everything else is just fly tipping! Do you think the country watching this fiasco will be stupid enough to believe this? Watch this space!

Conwy council have defended their new monthly bin collections and said the scheme is not to blame for a rise in fly-tipping.

In September the county became the first in Wales to introduce four weekly black bin collections for non-recyclable waste, prompting fears it could lead to an increase in illegal fly-tipping.
New figures released by Conwy Council to the BBC Local Democracy Service show there has been a slight rise in the number of incidents reported to the authority.
But it said the rise was negligible and the new scheme was proving to be a success.
There were 214 incidents reported in October/November 2017, compared with 250 incidents in October/November 2018 – a 16% increase.
For these months in both years, more than half of these incidents involved bulky household items, such as white goods, sofas, bikes, carpet, mattresses and prams.
Black bin waste accounted for 22% of the 2017 incidents, and 25% of the 2018 incidents – only a 3% increase.
The council also said black bins often contained recyclable items such as tin cans, clothing, bottles and food waste, which are collected weekly in household recycling collections.
Jim Espley, waste manager, Conwy County Borough Council, said: “Fly-tipping is a growing problem across the UK. But it is clear from these figures that four-weekly refuse collections have not had an impact on fly tipping – general household waste remains at a quarter of all fly tipping incidents. Rather, the majority of incidents are people dumping items that are free for residents to take to the household recycling centres.
“Often though, the problem is unscrupulous traders who offer house clearance services but do not dispose of the waste properly, preferring to blight our beautiful countryside.”
Pat Jennings, head of policy and communications, at the Chartered Institute of Waste Management said: “Overall, the figures for Conwy are broadly in line with the wider UK situation, where household waste continues to account for around two-thirds of fly-tipping incidents.”
Aberconwy AM, Janet Finch- Saunders said it was “extremely worrying” that fly-tipping has increased in the county.
“We all have a personal responsibility to ensure that we are not contributing to the situation, and report any waste we see”, she said.
“Indeed, it is shocking the number of black bag waste incidents increased also.  Whilst it cannot be assumed that the perpetrators live here in Conwy, I do believe that four-weekly collections are a contributory factor.”
She added: “I believe that the situation would improve if we were to move to two weekly black bin collections.  However, the report that abandoned black bags often contain recyclable items cannot be ignored.
“Therefore, I encourage residents struggling with four weekly collections to report their situation to the local authority or me so that alternative solutions can be pursued, such as an extra bin.”

Llandudno...Dispersal order put in place for Llandudno Junction!

Mrs Colwyn Bay Says...Where else is there for the delinquents to hang out?

A dispersal order has been put in place in the Llandudno Junction beginning Friday.

North Wales Police said the dispersal order comes following anti-social behaviour with youths congregating near McDonalds, KFC, Cineworld and the Llandudno Junction area.
On Twitter, the Police West Conwy Coastal account, said: "Between 5.30pm on January 11 to 10pm on January 12 there is a dispersal order in place in the area outlined.
"Any groups found congregating will be requested to leave immediately. Failure to co-operate may result in arrest."
Police added they would see what effect the dispersal order had this weekend as to whether they ran it again.

Colwyn Bay....Six months jail for man found with camping knife in Old Colwyn

Mrs Colwyn Bay Says...Just six months?

A 33-year-old man who admitted having a knife in public at Old Colwyn in October 2017 paid the price when he was jailed for six months.

Nicholas Hornby, of no fixed address, used the camping knife to cut string at work but accepted he shouldn’t have possessed it in Ellis Avenue, magistrates at Llandudno heard.
The defendant said he was a self-harmer, too.
Defence solicitor Nia Dawson said he handed the knife to police and suggested the court could make a community order.

Thursday, 10 January 2019

Snowdonia....Car Crime Warning!

Mrs Colwyn Bay Says....On the weekend we decided to go for a drive and take the dogs for a long walk. We couldn't believe how many of these car crime posters there were! They were everywhere. However we rather sniggered at the Bollock to Brexit sticker!

Llandudno..."No reason to believe there are any concerns" say police over white powder markings!

Mrs Colwyn Bay Says...One has to laugh! What a fuss over nothing, maybe one of the many drug users or dealers in the "Fading Queen Of Welsh Resorts" spilled some crack cocaine?

WHITE powder and markings have been discovered near some houses in Llandudno.

It is not known where in the town the white powder markings have been seen, but North Wales Police said they had received reports of them causing "suspicion" and "anxiety".
The force posted on Facebook: "Reports being received in Llandudno of houses with white powder/markings near to entrances causing suspicion and anxiety.
"There is no reason to believe there are any concerns and any such substances can be washed away or removed in whatever manner suitable by the home owner."