COURT: A man charged with robbery has been further remanded in custody today. Defendant Anthony Ashley Roberts (26) of Brighton Road, Rhyl, appeared at a preliminary hearing at Mold Crown Court. Judge Rhys Rowlands said a plea and case management hearing would be held at the end of December when he would be asked to enter a plea. A trial, if needed, would be held in April, he said.
By-ELECTION: Labour seized the Corby constituency from the Conservatives by a margin of almost 8,000 votes today, in a result which will give a major boost to leader Ed Miliband. It was the first time in 15 years that Labour has won a House of Commons seat from the Tories in a by-election, and victorious candidate Andy Sawford suggested it had set the party on track for a successful general election in 2015, declaring: “The road to Downing Street runs through Corby.”
WREXHAM FIRES: Three youths have been arrested in connection with a spate of vehicle arsons on a housing estate. The males, all local to Caia Park, were today being questioned at Wrexham police station. They are in connection with a spate of arson attacks in and around Caia Park, and more arrests were expected. The arrests were not being linked to a car arson at The Orchards in the Whitegate/ Hightown area of Wrexham on Tuesday morning.
I'm signing off the Daily Post Liveblog for the day now, and will leave you in the capable hands of reporters David Powell (Twitter: @DailyPostConwy) and Alex Hickey (@AlexHickeyDP)
AWARD: Flintshire Neighbourhood Watch Association (FNWA) have won the Community Safety Award at the prestigious National Personal Safety Awards ceremony, which took place in central London yesterday.
DENTIST JAILED: A dentist has been jailed for two years for having a catalogue of terrorist material on his computer.
Dr Umer Farooq, 34, who was doing a two-year Masters degree course in public health at university in Wrexham, was said to have an interest in manuals on explosives, guns, poisons and unarmed combat beyond that of curiosity.
He pleaded guilty to 14 counts of possessing material likely to be useful in terrorism.
The Old Bailey was told this included copies of al Qaida magazine Inspire, the Terrorist Handbook Of Explosives, and other documents.
John Sandiford, prosecuting, said the Pakistani national was due to go back to Pakistan shortly after the house where he was staying in Stockport, was raided by police in June.
His computer files had been encrypted and officers were only able to access them after finding a reference in another computer.
Timothy Green, defending, said most of the material was freely available on the internet.Farooq was served with deportation documents and will be sent back to Pakistan after serving his sentence.
WALKER: A walker in his 70s suffered serious, life threatening injuries after plunging several hundred feet down a slope on Y Garn in Snowdonia this afternoon. Will bring you more details as we have it.
BLAIR: Tony Blair’s father Leo has died, the former prime minister’s office announced today.
Mr Blair, who was with his father when he passed away earlier today, said he was “privileged to have him as a Dad”. The former PM said: “He was a remarkable man. Raised in a poor part of Glasgow, he worked his way up from nothing, with great ambitions dashed by serious illness on the very brink of their fulfilment."
POLICE POLL: Lord Prescott has failed in his bid to become police commissioner for Humberside, losing out to Tory Matthew Grove.
FALL: The walker who fell from Y Garn in Snowdonia this afternoon has died. A spokeswoman from Ysbyty Gwynedd said the man in his 70s, was pronounced dead on arrival. He was walking with a party of five friends when he fell 200 feet, suffering fatal head injuries
POLICE POLL: Speaking after his defeat in the Humberside Police Commissioner election, Lord Prescott said he did not think he would be standing for election again.
ROADS: A4086 Gwynedd - A4086 Ffordd Llanberis (Llanberis Road) in Caernarfon closed and heavy traffic in both directions between Bethel Road and the Lon Ysgol Rad junction, because of accident investigation work.
SHOWBIZ: Robbie Williams has teased fans with the prospect of another reunion with Take That pal Gary Barlow after posting a picture online of the two of them rehearsing. The duo are seen singing on a podium together surrounded by musicians in the image which was posted on Twitter earlier today, sparking speculation they will perform in the next few days.
ROADS: A55 Gwynedd - A55 closed westbound at J12, Roman (Tal-Y-Bont), because of an accident involving eight vehicles.
CRASH: Eight car crash just after j12 on A55 westbound. Police diverting traffic off at j12 and back on to A55 after j13. No reports yet of casualties. Will keep you posted.
RUGBY: Wales v Samoa just about to start. Digi editor Dan Owen punches the wall in the office after making schoolboy error. He thought the kick off was 8pm.
RUGBY: Try Samoa and they've kicked the conversion. Wales 0 Samoa 7
RUGBY: Try scorer for Samoa was the fullback Autagavaia. Pisi kicked the conversion
RUGBY: Halfpenny kicks a penalty in front of the posts. Wales 3 Samoa 7
CRASH: A55 still closed westbound at j12 Talybont but damaged vehicles being moved on to recovery trucks. Still no news of injuries.
RUGBY: Wales now in front Asahley Beck runs 80 yards to score with an interception try. Halfpenny kicks the conversion to an earleir penalty. Wales now 13-7 up.
CRASH: A55 still closed westbound at j12. I'm signing off now to try to negotiate my way home. If there are any developments Dan Beavan will update via Twitter @dailypostwales. Goodnight and thanks for your company. Judith Philips will be looking after the blog on Saturday and Steve Bagnall and Owen Hughes will be your breaking news reporters on Sunday. Have a great weekend.
A Love Your Lungs campaign means that until November 25 people in North Wales have can visit their local chemist and take a simple test of their respiratory health, and learn how they can improve it.
The campaign is is organised by Public Health Wales, Health Boards and Community Pharmacy Wales, representing the 714 community pharmacies in Wales, and is supported by the British Lung Foundation Wales.
Sad news this morning that a 17 year old who was involved in a horrific motorcycle crash has lost his fight for life. Coleg Menai student Craig Collin from Anglesey received severe head injuries and a snapped spinal cord in the accident near Benllech on November 11. He was transferred to by RAF rescue helicopter to a spinal injuries unit in Stoke on Trent where he had been in a coma. His Mum, April who had been at his bedside, contacted the Daily Post to say he slipped away late last night (Friday). "He passed away last night. I want to thank the emergency services and the doctors. They did everything they could but he was too seriously injured," she said.
A 10-year old boy has been transferred to Alder Hey Children's Hospital in Liverpool after he was seriously injured after colliding with a car while apparently crossing the road in Caernarfon. The A4086 Ffordd Llanberis (Llanberis Road) was closed in both directions between Bethel Road and the Lon Ysgol Rad junction for several hours after the accident which occurred at around 4pm.
North Wales Police are asking for information from anyone who may have witnessed an accident in Llanberis Road, Caernarfon yesterday (Friday) afternoon in which a 10 year old boy was seriously injured. Dial 101 if you can help.
Brilliantly sunny day for Llandudno's Christmas Fair and Santa Grotto. Meet the Daily Post team at their booth there.
North Wales Police is hosting this year’s All Wales Special Awards tomorrow (Sunday).
The third All Wales Special Constabulary Regional Awards Ceremony is being held at Soughton Hall, Northop, and for the first time this year British Transport Police are involved in the ceremony.
Gareth Pritchard, Assistant Chief Constable of North Wales Police, said: "The Special Constabulary has a long and proud history of policing since the first legislation relating to Special Constables was enacted in 1831. Clearly much has changed since that time. The continued development of the Special Constabulary is a crucial part of ensuring the future success of policing and never has this been more important than in today’s society.”
It's the Conwy Half Marathon tomorrow (Sunday). Voted in the top five most scenic Half Marathons in the UK it starts and finishes in Conwy in front of the castle.
The route runs next to the River Conwy toDeganwy beach and the West Shore in Llandudno, from then along Church Walks towards the pier, around the Great Orme taking in views of the Isle of Anglesey, Puffin Island and the surrounding North Wales coastline, then back to Conwy and the finish line.
A closing down sale has started at the Comet store in Wrexham after the joint administrators of the electrical goods retailer today confirmed plans to close 41 stores by the end of November, unless a buyer can be found for the business in the meantime. A sale with increased discounts began in 27 stores today (Saturday) and will begin in a further 14 stores early next week. No information is yet available on other North Wales stores in the chain.
A James Bond themed dance is to take place on November 24 to raise funds to redecorate and carpets the stairs in the Criccieth Memorial Hall. There will be dancing to music from the Bond movies and people are being asked to dress as their favourite character.
Blood donors are needed in North Wales in the run up to Christmas. Those wanting to show some festive spirit by rolling up their sleeves can do so at one of many donor sessions being held in December. Details of session locations, dates and times can be found by visiting www.blood.co.uk or by calling 0300 123 23 23.
Don't forget to visit the Daily Post cabin at Llandudno's Victorian themed Christmas Fair in Madoc Street between 10.30am and 4.30pm on Sunday. You'll get a warm welcome.