Friday, 30 August 2019

Llandudno...Police officer spotted banned driver delivering takeaways!

Mrs, Colwyn Bay Says...Llandudno again, in the news for all the wrong reasons!
A disqualified driver was spotted carrying out his new job – delivering for a Chinese takeaway.
Unfortunately for Michael Jones he was seen by the police officer who had been involved in the case which led to his being banned.
At Llandudno magistrates’ court, Jones, 60, of Maesdu Road, Llandudno, pleaded guilty to driving whilst disqualified in Norman Road on July 13.
The court heard that in April he was banned for 18 months for drink-driving and lost the two delivery jobs he had previously held.
His solicitor Graham Parry said his client knew he should not have driven but was simply trying to make ends meet.
Jones was banned for a further six months and ordered to carry out 150 hours of unpaid work. He must also pay costs of £85 and a £90 surcharge.

Snowdonia North Wales... Litter and defecating in the bushes at a beauty spot!

Mrs, Colwyn Bay Says,,,I do recall an article so months hence that the council was going to remove most of these bins! Just the same as the bright idea Conwy Council had to enforce monthly bin collections and as these and other photographs show we are swimming in filth! I do however agree that all Camper vans need to be banned from parking anywhere other than Caravan sites.

A petition against litter, traffic chaos and defecating in the bushes at a beauty spot has been started amid outrage at problems over the bank holiday weekend.
Matt Vernon started the petition on after pictures emerged over the weekend of litter piled high against bins around Llyn Padarn in Llanberis in Gwynedd .
After the photos were shared on the Snowdonia Mountain Community Facebook page, there was criticism of those who left the rubbish and the council.
Critics accused the council of not providing enough bins, not emptying them regularly, and not enforcing byelaws on refuse and camper vans parking overnight.
Gwynedd Council said it would introduce "additional measures" to curb camper vans parking overnight and "continue to consider how to change people’s behaviour and attitudes" towards litter.
Rubbish left by overflowing bins at Llyn Padarn
Picture: Facebook/Snowdonia Mountain Community/Katie Pattullo and Eric Baylis

Mr Vernon started his petition, which asks for a park and ride to curb traffic in the village, more bins and longer toilet opening times - on Tuesday morning.
He said: "People of Llanberis are rightly fed up with traffic chaos around the lagoons and in the centre of Llanberis.
"We ask Gwynedd Council to create a park and ride at Glyn Rhonwy to alleviate the issues. Who knows, businesses might actually take interest if there is footfall up there and it's maintained.
"Llanberis needs adequate bin capacity/collection if they wish to keep the area tidy, inviting to tourists and pleasant for local residents.
"Toilets should be opened earlier and shut later to prevent people defecating in the undergrowth."
Rubbish left by overflowing bins at Llyn Padarn
Credit: Facebook/Snowdonia Mountain Community/Katie Pattullo and Eric Baylis

The pictures shared online showed litter strewn around the Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) over the Bank Holiday weekend.

Commenters called for more bins, more collections at peak times, and wardens to patrol the area to tackle the litter problem.
A spokeswoman for Gwynedd Council said: "The August bank holiday period was exceptionally busy with thousands of people enjoying the good weather and the fantastic resources at Parc Padarn.
Rubbish left by overflowing bins at Llyn Padarn
Picture: Facebook/Snowdonia Mountain Community/Katie Pattullo and Eric Baylis"We do urge visitors to treat the area with respect and ensure that they dispose of any litter responsibly - either by taking it home or using the proper bins.
"The amount of litter being left is a concern. We continue to consider how to change people’s behaviour and attitudes as part of the solution.
"The council proposes to introduce new arrangements at Y Glyn during 2020, which will include parking fees, improvements on the highway and additional measures against unauthorised overnight camping."

Llandudno..Drug dealer stuffed £350 worth of cocaine and heroin into his mouth to hide stash from police!

Mrs. Colwyn Bay Says,,, Well at least it makes a change to the other place where they usually hide it! Talk about abuse of the rear cavity!

A drug dealer tried to hide illegal drugs in his mouth when he was arrested by the police.
Stephen Lewis Ferguson was seen by officers at a Colwyn Bay car park and approached him when they suspected he was dealing drugs, a court heard.
The 42-year-old, of Glyn y Marl Road, Llandudno Junction was found to have eight wraps of heroin and 23 wraps of crack cocaine, valued at about £350, which he tried to hide in his mouth.
Prosecutor Patrick Gartland said he later spat the bag out and was arrested.
The barrister said a mobile phone was seized and analyzed which showed messages indicative of Ferguson selling drugs to an "established customer base".
Stephen Lewis Ferguson
Stephen Lewis Ferguson 
Despite being unemployed Ferguson was found to have £80 cash on him and this, and the drugs were ordered to be forfeited by the judge at Caernarfon Crown Court .
It was there that Ferguson admitted two charges of possessing Class A drugs with intent to supply and was locked up for 32 months.
Defense counsel Simon Rogers asked the judge to accept he had been selling drugs for only a short time.
"He was misusing drugs and fell into the trap of selling drugs to fund his own habit," he said.
Since his arrest, Ferguson had taken steps to address his abuse of drugs and was at a residential center.
"This is not a soft option and he has abided by everything required of him. These include regular testing for drugs and alcohol," said Mr. Rogers.
Jailing Ferguson, Judge Huw Rees said selling drugs had been a "serious lapse of judgment."

Llandudno...Frustration at vandalised public toilets which remain out of order in West Shore!

Mrs, Colwyn Bay Says...West Shore is a total mess these days, it is all flats and dog poo! So the toilets have been vandalized again! What a shock! Another example of the "Fading Queen of Welsh Resorts" at its best!

FRUSTRATION is building over public toilets in the town that continue to be closed after becoming a target for vandals. 
Residents and tourists have taken to Facebook to voice their annoyance that a number of public toilets on West Shore are closed.
A sign is in place which states - please note 'Out of Order Awaiting Repairs. Sorry for the inconvenience.'
A spokesperson from Conwy County Borough Council said the local authority is experiencing continuing issues with the toilets which is due to damage and vandalism. Door bolts, handles and locks have been broken.
The accessible toilet has also had toilet seats damaged and stolen, and the support arm broken.
Sandra Hamilton visited Llandudno between August 10 and 17. She said three out of the four toilets at West Shore were closed - including the disabled toilet.
Speaking to the Pioneer, Sandra, who grew up in Llandudno and has spent the last 30 years living on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada, said: "Both my parents are now well into their 80's. While visiting West Shore, I was appalled to see three of the four toilets, including the disabled toilet, closed.
North Wales Pioneer:
Sandra Hamilton shared this photograph of one of the closed toilets
"Our family has lived in Llandudno for many generations. I come home regularly and I have been bringing my parents back home to Llandudno for a one week visit at least twice a year for several years now.
"We love coming back.
"The toilets were closed, it is frustrating and delivered a very sloppy image of the town, which should be putting it's best foot forward in August.
"There was a queue of about eight people," Sandra added.
"All of whom complained about the general lack of toilets in Llandudno, especially along the prom, and specifically the number of West Shore toilets that were closed, particularly during the height of the season.
"Clearly, with such a queue, everyone was holding the door for one another and no one was paying the ridiculous 30p fee."
Sandra added: "The general sentiment was that the hoteliers and private businesses are doing their bit to keep Llandudno looking pretty and making it attractive to visitors and yet they are being badly let down by the sloppy operational standards of Conwy Council."
Taking to the You Know You are from Llandudno Facebook page, other residents shared their views on the ongoing issue.
Kerry Ibrahim said: "I agree. We visit regularly and always have problems finding toilets especially now the ones on arcade at start of the pier have gone, even more so now with my disability both West Shore and Colwyn bay disabled toilets closed on all my visits."
Janet Williams said: "Passed today noticed quite a queue for a toilet. Why haven't they provided Portaloos while they sort out the problem?"
Graham T Parry posted: "That's absolutely disgusting. Height of the season. There are firms out there hiring Portaloos. There is no excuse."
Conwy Council has currently run a public toilet survey.
A spokesperson for the local authority added: "We continue to make repairs but there can be a few days delay while we wait for spare parts.
"We have confirmed with our contractor that the current repairs should be completed by Friday."

Sunday, 25 August 2019

Abergele, North Wales,,,Driver deliberately lures seagull into path of traffic then laughs as it’s run over!

Mrs, Colwyn Bay Says,,, I hope this lowlife is caught and jailed, someone should do the same to him!

A man filmed himself luring seagulls into a busy road with chips before laughing when a passing car hit one of them at high speed. In the video, the man, who is parked in a van on the side of a busy road, throws chips out of his window and is heard saying: ‘I don’t care if a f****** car comes, watch this.’ Filmed on Towyn Road in Abergele, Wales, in mid-July, the video captures seagulls circling in the sky, occasionally swooping down into the road to pick at the chips. Eventually, one of the birds is hit when it flies down into the road just as a car drives past. The footage was posted on a public Facebook profile with crying laughing emojis before it was taken down. The man posting it online said he felt no remorse because the birds had stolen his chips, writing: ‘I warned them I’d get revenge.’ The video has since been removed by Facebook.

All birds, their nests and eggs are protected by law under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981, making it a criminal offense to intentionally kill or injure any wild bird. Anyone found guilty under the act could be sentenced to up to six months in prison, given an unlimited fine, or both. An officer from the RSPCA described the video as ‘shocking’ and has urged anyone with information to come forward. The officer told ‘There is absolutely no justification for this behavior where gulls have been tempted with food towards a dangerous road and then laughing as a bird is seriously injured by a fast-moving car. ‘We are shocked by this footage and are keen for anyone with information to contact us 0300 1234 999, in confidence.’

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North Wales ...Businesses hit by robberies, assaults, and thefts - with nearly 20 crimes a day!

Mrs, Colwyn Bay Says.. Terrible and it is getting worse, a lot worse.

More than 6,000 crimes were committed against firms in North Wales last year – with shoplifting the biggest scourge of the business community.
Traders were hit by robberies, assaults, and thefts - with nearly 20 crimes a day against companies.
The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) said it wanted a “more robust” approach from the police and the courts.
Police and Community Support Officers walk around the One Stop convenience shop in Connah's Quay after an attempted robbery there this morning.
Police at One-Stop convenience shop in Connah's Quay after an attempted robbery 
Ben Cottam, FSB Wales Head of External Affairs, said: “FSB data found that the average cost of crime to a business is nearly £3,000 per victim business per year.
“These figures do not account for the full cost of crime to a small business however, as they do not factor in in-direct negative impacts such as reputational damage that can follow the perpetration of a crime, the lost hours and days and canceled or delayed business plans that often follow from being subject to a criminal act.
FSB's Ben Cottam 
“We’ve called for more robust police and prosecutorial response to crime against smaller firms, with such crimes given a higher priority than currently, recognizing it has a serious impact on individuals, communities and the economy both locally and nationally.
"Action can also be taken directly by small businesses, such as by implementing better security measures to protect themselves.”
The study of police-recorded crimes in the region found that in 2018/19, there were 6,445 crimes committed against businesses - an increase on the previous year when there were 6,237. Of these, there were 4,341 shoplifting crimes and nearly 1,000 burglaries.
But the number of crimes per 100,000 of the population is lower than the UK average. The figure for North Wales was 926 per 100,000 compared to a UK average of 1,032.
The highest rate of business crime per person is actually in Cleveland, where there were 1,948 for every 100,000 people - more than double the rate in North Wales.
A National Police Chiefs’ Council spokesman said: “The National Business Crime Centre works closely with businesses and police forces to help raise standards and prevent and combat crime.
“We encourage businesses to report all crimes to their local police force and we are currently looking at ways to make online reporting easier to ensure that we have a better understanding of the extent of crimes against business and can develop a joint response to tackle them.”

Llandudno..Ban for Rhos-on-Sea OAP found to be well over the drink drive limit!

Mrs, Colwyn Bay Says...Who says common sense comes with age?

A PENSIONER stopped for driving suspiciously slowly was found to be well over the drink-drive limit, a court heard.
Magistrates in Llandudno were told that Joy Pyatt, was seen traveling at about 15mph in Penrhyn Avenue, Rhos-on-Sea, on August 3.
The 73-year-old was found to have 64 microgrammes of alcohol per 100 milliliters of breath, the legal limit being 35.
Pyatt, of Penrhyn Park, Rhos-on-Sea, pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol and was banned from driving for three years.
She had a previous conviction in 2012.
She was also fined £150 and ordered to pay costs of £85 and a £32 surcharge.
Alex Fitzgerald, defending, said Pyatt was “mortified” to appear in court but had had “a pretty traumatic 18 months”.
Pyatt, he said, also cared for an elderly neighbor who sometimes called her out in the middle of the night and she suffered from insomnia.

Llandudno....A Man was carrying three knives when he called at police station!

Mrs, Colwyn Bay Says...3 Knives is normal for Llandudno residents! But no drugs? Now that is a shock! But no prison? If you carry weapons clearly you intend to use them! But with the Wrexham Jail full to capacity criminals are getting off lightly! 

A Llandudno man who called at the town’s police station for help was arrested after officers inside saw on CCTV that he was carrying three knives.
Magistrates heard Michael Storer had taken the kitchen knives from his partner’s house while feeling upset about not seeing his son.
He intended to harm himself but after causing minor cuts to his wrists decided instead to seek assistance from the police.
“He was quite surprised to be arrested,” said his solicitor Richard Williams.
Storer, 35, of Dinas Road, was given a 12-week prison sentence, suspended for 12 months after pleading guilty to possessing a bladed article in Oxford Road on August 5.
Prosecutor James Neary said Storer rang the doorbell and put the knives on the ground when told to do so by officers. He explained he had had an argument with his former partner over access to their son and that led to a disagreement with his current partner.
“He said he was going to kill himself or go to the police station and was not going to use the knives on anyone else,” said Mr. Neary.
Storer told a probation officer he had been drinking and become increasingly depressed.
He was ordered to attend a 10-day rehabilitation program and pay costs of £85 and a £122 surcharge. 

Llandudno..Man in court over knifepoint robberies at shops in Conwy!

Mrs, Colwyn Bay Says... Terrible thing to be robbed at knifepoint, poor staff.

A man has appeared in court accused of two knifepoint robberies in two days at shops in Conwy county.
Leon Carl Jones, 42, of Beresford Road, Oxton, Birkenhead, did not apply for bail when he appeared at court in Llandudno, and was sent to Caernarfon crown court in custody. He will appear there on September 16.
Angharad Mullarkey, prosecuting at the special weekend court, said that, on Monday, John Parkinson was robbed of £258 at the Broadway store in Penrhyn Bay and, on Wednesday, Sunny Thomas was robbed of £140 at Billy Mac's in Llandudno.
Nia Dawson, defending, said Jones does not accept his guilt.

Llandudno...Woman who defied Sexual Harm prevention Order spared jail!

 Mrs, Colwyn Bay Says...Another delightful Llandudno resident! She looks absolutely lovely, doesn't she? I wonder if she had been male would she have still got off with the same thing???
A woman who breached a court order for the third time has been spared jail.
Kayley Anne Davies is subject to a Sexual Harm Prevention Order preventing her from having unsupervised contact with any female child under the age of 16.
She admitted being in the company of a 15-year-old girl on a bus in Bangor in June this year when she appeared from custody at Caernarfon Crown Court.
The 24-year-old, of Ffordd Penrhyn, Llandudno, also admitted being in breach of a suspended sentence imposed by magistrates at Blackburn in January this year.
The court heard Davies had been made the subject of the order at Mold Crown Court in May 2015 after she was convicted of sexually assaulting a teenage girl.
Ryan Rothwell, prosecuting, said she had breached the order in July 2016. She had refused to hand over her mobile phone to police officers carrying out a compliance visit last November.
The magistrates in Lancashire heard her reluctance was because there were embarrassing photographs of her on the device.
She was sentenced to 20 weeks in prison suspended for 12 months and ordered to complete 30 days' rehabilitation activity requirement.
Mr. Rothwell added Davies had previous convictions for violence and public order offenses.
Defense counsel Simon Rogers noted Davies had been on remand for more than two months and had served the equivalent of the suspended sentence.
He said she was making good progress with the Probation Service and asked for a full report in order for further proposals on support and assistance to be prepared.
Sentencing Davies, Judge Huw Rees said he saw little purpose in keeping her in prison.
He warned her to make decisions about the direction of her life.
"If you carry on and do not abide by court orders the sentences will get longer and longer. You need to grow up," he said.
Davies was handed an eight-month prison term which was suspended for 12 months and must carry out a further 27 days' rehabilitation activity requirement.

Conwy, North Wales...Burglar was part of 'mini crime wave' targeting post office and hotel

Mrs, Colwyn Bay Says..Another lowlife to be locked up!

A burglar who was part of a "mini crime spree" that saw a post office and a hotel raided is behind bars.
Alexander Nicholson and another man broke into the post office at Talybont and the sheds at the Park Hall hotel.
They were caught red handed with the items they had stolen when they drove out of the caravan park they were staying at.
Other items, including gloves and a crowbar, were found in the mobile home at Ty Mawr.
The car Nicholson was driving had false number plates and no insurance.
Mold crown court heard Nicholson, 27, was responsible for stealing climbing gear, boots and a spirit level from sheds at the hotel and cash, tobacco and a lap top from the post office.
The judge, Mr Recorder Greg Bull QC, told him that he and another had been responsible for "a mini crime spree"in North Wales.

He said the contents of their caravan showed that it was planned.
There had been long delays in the case and in the meantime the defendant had been jailed for four years and eight months in Plymouth for drugs and other offences.

His earliest release date was in June 2021.

He had pleaded guilty to the burglaries but the evidence against him was overwhelming.
They were planned burglaries, for which he would receive a 16 month prison sentence.

But the judge ordered it to be served concurrently to his present sentence.
Nicholson, of Lakenheath Road in Liverpool, admitted both burglaries dating back to October of last year.

Llandudno ...Two Large Hotels Bay Hotel and Queens Hotel go into administration!

Mrs, Colwyn Bay Says....Another Nail in the Coffin for the "Fading Queen Of Welsh Resorts"  Sad that the staff will lose their jobs. Let us hope the hotels are converted and not demolished for blocks of flats!

Two Llandudno hotels owned by Gavin Woodhouse's company Northern Powerhouse Developments have gone into administration.
Last week North Wales Live revealed that Caer Rhun Hall in the Conwy Valley had gone into administration with Philip Francis Duffy and Sarah Helen Bell, of Duff & Phelps Ltd, appointed as administrators.
Now Duff & Phelps have also been appointed as administrators of Llandudno Bay Hotel and Queens Hotel in Llandudno.
Llandudno Bay hotel, Llandudno
Llandudno Bay hotel, Llandudno 
Other hotels owned by NPD in South Wales and Yorkshire have also gone into adminstration.
All of the hotels continue to trade and all bookings will be honoured.
Gavin Woodhouse's company Northern Powerhouse Developments(NPD) bought up the sites between 2014 and 2016.
Gavin Woodhouse, chair of Northern Powerhouse Developments 
They opened the Llandudno Bay Hotel in 2015 after a revamp of the former Regency Royal Hotel on the promenade of the seaside resort.
It is understood the Queens was bought the following year as well as Caer Rhun Hall, where they were carrying out a redevelopment into a luxury hotel.
Queen's Hotel in Llandudno
Queen's Hotel in Llandudno
But a probe was started into the finances of NPD after insolvency practitioners Duff & Phelps were appointed interim managers by the High Court.
The Serious Fraud Office is also considering whether to investigate Gavin Woodhouse's hotel and care home businesses. This followed a referral by Labour MP John Mann, a long-standing member of parliament’s Treasury select committee.
Duff and Phelps said: "Philip Duffy and Sarah Bell, both of Duff & Phelps, were appointed Joint Administrators of the hotels detailed in the below schedule on the respective dates and whilst the hotels are trading under the control of the Joint Administrators all room and event bookings are being honoured."
They added: "Please note that the Atlantic Bay Hotel in Woolacombe is a non-operational hotel."
The list of NPD hotels where Duff & Phelps have been appointed as administrators.
HotelDate of Appointment 
Pennine Manor Hotel Limited, Huddersfield 16/07/2019 
Caer Rhun Hotel Management Ltd08/08/2019 
Atlantic Bay Hotel (Woolacombe) Ltd08/08/2019 
Fourcroft Hotel (Tenby) Ltd08/08/2019 
The Old Golf House Hotel Management Ltd , Huddersfield 09/08/2019 
LBHS Management Ltd (Llandudno Bay Hotel)13/08/2019 
Fishguard Bay Hotel Limited16/08/2019 
Queens Hotel (Llandudno) Management Ltd16/08/2019