Sad news to start the day with the death of young Craig Collin from Anglesey who lost his fight for life after receiving devastating injuries in a motorbike accident on November 11. Our thoughts are with his family. Tomorrow the blog will be updated by Steve Bagnall and Owen Hughes. Contact them with breaking news from your area.
TRAFFIC: Morning - I'll be keeping you updated on any developments throughout the day. First off delays on the A55 around Colwyn Bay in both directions due to road works
TRAFFIC: Half marathon in Conwy causing massive tailbacks around Llandudno Junction Tesco roundabout
EMERGENCY SERVICES: Seems pretty quiet on the emergecny services front across North Wales with nothing much to report
RESCUES: Both Moelfre RNLI Lifeboats were called into action yesterday following reports of two persons trapped and surrounded by the incoming tide.
A man and woman were standing on a submerged wreck near the Red Wharf bay area and were plucked to safety.
SHOWBIZ: Strictly Come Dancing maintained its dominance in the ratings last night with another lead of almost two million over its rival The X Factor.
An average of 10.3 million tuned in to see the highest score of the BBC series as Denise Van Outen dazzled the judges with her Charleston, which pulled in three perfect 10 scores from Len Goodman, Darcey Bussell and Bruno Tonioli.
The X Factor drew 8.4 million viewers on ITV1 (including the audience of its +1 catch-up channel), which is down 2.3 million compared to this stage in 2011.
FURBY FEVER: The return of one of the biggest toy crazes of the 1990s has given a festive boost to sales at department store John Lewis.
The retailer increased overall takings by 7.6% on a year ago to £91.7 million in the week to Saturday, with the Furby the must-have toy for Christmas.
It added that tablet PCs continue to be the “hero product” of the season after a 22% jump in electrical and home technology sales over the week.
JUMBO ART: A new star is causing a stampede on the abstract art scene.
Asian elephant Karishma is being trumpeted as a pachyderm Picasso, with her latest masterpiece going under the hammer on eBay.
The fourteen-year-old animal, who lives at Whipsnade Zoo near Dunstable in Bedfordshire, created the piece by giving a colourful splash to a large wooden elephant.
CLUNES DROPPED: Actor Martin Clunes has been dropped from a car insurance campaign after being disqualified from driving.
The Men Behaving Badly and Doc Martin star had featured in Churchill Insurance’s television adverts alongside the company’s trademark nodding dog for almost a year.
But it is understood the 50-year-old, who lives with his family in Dorset, was deemed no longer compatible with car insurance advertising.
The decision was taken after he told the company he had reached 12 points on his licence for speeding offences and was banned by magistrates under totting up rules.
FIRES: Fire crews were called to two small electric fires this afternoon, One involved a microwave in Llandudno, the other a washing maching in Amlwch. Nobody injured and no serious damage reported.
FIRE: Firecrews currently in attendance at flat in Greenfield Road Coedpoeth. Elderly woman has been treated for smoke inhalation. More details to follow.
RAIL CROSSING: The future of a rail crossing is under review because of safety fears.
Network Rail is seeking views from the people of Prestatyn about the future of the Sandy Lane Footpath Crossing.
A public meeting will take place at the Prestatyn Nova Centre on Thursday November 22 at 7pm.
SCHOOLS: Anglesey council will this week consider the future of schools in the south east of the island.
The Education and Leisure Scrutiny Committee will consider recommendations on the future of Ysgol Beaumaris, Ysgol Llangoed and Ysgol Llanddona in a meeting on Wednesday.
ACCIDENT: Five people were injured in a crash at Minera, near Wrexham. The ambulance service said they were called to a crash in the village at 5.30pm. They took five people to Wrexham Maelor Hospital with minor injuries.
ACCIDENT: Ambulance service has been called to a crash at Northop Hall, more details to follow.
ACCIDENT: Reports of another crash at Loggerheads, between Mold and Ruthin.
NORTHOP HALL CRASH: Ambulance service say theyhave taken one man to hospital with multiple injuries after a crash at Northop Hall, Flintshire. The man in his 20s has been taken to the Countess of Chester Hospital.
RUGBY DEAL: Chief executive Roger Lewis expects the Welsh Rugby Union and the nation's financially-troubled regions to sign a fresh accord before Christmas.
He says the regions' plight demands a "more central attitude" to managing the game, including which teams players and coaches join.
Lewis said: "I'm pretty confident that this side of Christmas, we will sign a new accord."
The interview is on the Wales Report, BBC One Wales from 22:25pm tonight.
BOND VISIT: Bond star Daniel Craig today went on Her Majesty’s secret service as he paid a surprise to British personnel stationed at Camp Bastion in Afghanistan.
The 007 actor joined 800 soldiers, sailors and airmen at the base in Helmand Province as they prepared to watch the latest instalment in the spy series, Skyfall.
Craig, 44, went on a “morale-boosting” tour of the camp.
FIRE SERVICE: North Wales Fire Authority executive committee are meeting on Monday afternoon. The fire service budget is on the agenda.
RUGBY: Welsh centre Jamie Roberts says World Cup holders New Zealand represent "exactly the game" Wales need in the wake of defeats by Samoa and Argentina.
And he says only players are to blame for the Grand Slam holders' slump.
"It's exactly the game we need to wake up and smell the coffee, really," said the player.
AIRLIFT: A woman was airlfited to hospital after she was injured when she fell off a horse.
The incident happened at Rhes-y-Cae quarry, Flintshire. She was treated by the ambulance service and airlifted to Ysbyty Glan Clwyd by the RAF Valley search and rescue with spinal pain.
LIVERPOOL FC: Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher believes the club could be playing in the Champions League next year with a top-four finish not out of reach.
After struggling early in the season, victory over Wigan left the Reds four points behind usual qualifiers Arsenal.
"From our own point of view, we now want to kick on and make a challenge for that top four place because it seems that everyone is throwing it away." the 34-year-old told BBC Radio 5 live's Sportsweek.
ACCIDENT: A man in his 20s has been taken to hospital by the ambulance after the crash at Loggerheads, between Mold and Ruthin. The ambuance service said he had suffered a cut and was complaining of neck pains.
Signing off for the evening, David Powell will be updating the blog from 6.30am tomorrow morning.
Among the stories in the paper on Monday will be tributes to 17-year-old Anglesey motorcyclist Craig Collin who sadly died over the weekend.
There is also news on a consultation on the future of primary schools in the Ruthin area.
Enjoy what is left of the weekend. Good night.
GOOD MORNING: Hope everyone's well. Just doing a round of calls.
ACCIDENT: A PEDESTRIAN is critically ill in hospital after a collision with a car on Anglesey last night.
He was struck between Llangefni and Penymynydd on the B5420 Ffordd Penymynydd at about 8.30pm.
The driver was uninjured.
Paramedics took the injured male pedestrian to Ysbyty Gwynedd in Bangor. His condition is 'critical'.
The road was closed for four hours for a 'full forensic collision investigation' to take place, say police.
Officers are appealing for witnesses or anyone who was travelling on that road at about 8.30pm to ring 101, quoting incident number RC12191140.
FIRE: A CAR was torched in Wrexham last night.
The firebug set fire to the Rover on Troedle in Ponciau.
One crew from Johnstown was called to put it out at 4.28am.
A North Wales Fire and Rescue Service spokewoman said the fire damaged the engine compartment and was 'suspicious'.
North Wales Police and North Wales Fire and Rescue Service have begun a joint investigation into the attack.
STREET TRADING: A Conwy Council committee meets today over setting up a street trading policy.
Councillors on the licensing and regulation committee want to balance street trading, premises-based trading, be sensitive to residents' needs, widen consumers' choice, and boost the character of the area.
The meeting is at Llandudno Town Hall at 6pm.
MIDDLE EAST: Foreign Secretary William Hague has led fresh calls for a ceasefire in the Middle East after the bloodiest day of the Gaza crisis increased growing concerns over the safety of innocent civilians caught up in the conflict.
He warned Israel that it risked losing international sympathy if it escalated its campaign against Palestinian militants into a ground invasion.
But he repeated his insistence that Hamas bore "principal responsibility” for the violence and urged its leaders to cease a barrage of missiles still being fired at Tel Aviv and other areas.
PLANNING RULES: A crackdown on 'time-wasting' legal challenges to planning decisions and other public policies will be promised by David Cameron today as part of efforts to boost economic recovery.
Opponents will be given less time to apply for judicial review, face higher fees and see the chances to appeal halved under proposals to be published by the Ministry of Justice.
The Prime Minister will tell business leaders that he is determined to 'get a grip' on the process after the number of applications almost trebled in a decade, delaying major projects.
ALCOHOL: Young people in the UK are more likely to have been drunk by the age of 13 than those in almost any other country, according to a study.
Those aged 15 to 16 are more likely to have been drunk at least once in the last month than their counterparts, while young people agree that 'drinking to get drunk' is the defining feature of their relationship with alcohol, the survey for the charity Alcohol Concern found.
Only Estonia, Malta and the Isle of Man have recorded higher figures
CASTLE PLAN: An exciting plan to turn Gwrych Castle near Abergele into a hotel goes to Conwy Council on Wednesday.
The applicant wants to repair, renovate and extend the landmark with parking and landscaping.
The ruin was built in 1819 by Lloyd Hesketh Bamford-Hesketh, grandfather of Winifred, Countess of Dundonald, off Llanddulas Road, Abergele.
It later attracted thousands of visitors and was used as a training base by boxer Randolph Turpin.
A few more of our staff are trickling into the office. Most start a little later. Early newspapers have arrived.
ACID: AN investigation has been launched into a chemical leak that forced road closures and an emergency evacuation in Greater Manchester.
Householders living near a chemical plant in Trafford Park were warned to stay indoors after hydrochloric acid leaked on the premises.
Emergency services were called to the building in the Tenax Road area shortly after 6.15pm on Friday and ordered an immediate evacuation.
A large number of roads were also closed as a precaution and motorists were asked to avoid the area, Greater Manchester Police said.
ROADS: High winds have caused a 30mph restriction to be imposed both ways on the A55 Britannia Bridge across the Menai Strait. That's expected to be lifted by lunchtime as winds ease but we'll keep you posted.
WEATHER: The Met Office reckon it's a wet and windy outlook for much of the week ahead, sadly - this morning's gales are meant to ease through the day, but it's likely to stay unsettled for several days. If it's any consolation it will be mild for the time of year, with most places escaping overnight frosts.
HOUSING MARKET: House sellers in Wales dropped their asking prices by 3.1% in November to an average £162,912 , but the fall was the least severe in November for three years, Rightmove said today. It's a bigger month-on-month fall than the England and Wales average of 2.6%.
But despite the monthly fall, the average property price across England and Wales is 2% higher year-on-year at £236,761 - the largest annual rise since 2007.
Miles Shipside, director and housing market analyst at Rightmove, said the figures suggest the market is in good shape overall as it enters the winter, with particular buoyancy in cheaper flats and terraced homes - seen as a positive sign.
PIER: The Victorian pier in Hastings, East Sussex, is to be resurrected following the award of a grant of more than £11 million towards restoration costs of £13.9 million, the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has announced.
The details are obviously different, but I'm sure that will be noted with interest by those concerned with the fate of Colwyn Bay Pier.
DEVOLUTION: The all-party Silk Commission's just-published report says the Welsh Assembly should be given a range of tax and borrowing powers.
Read more on our website very shortly and full analysis and reaction in your Daily Post tomorrow.
LIFEBOAT: Two people aboard a 15ft boat had to be towed to safety when their engine broke down.
Conwy RNLI lifeboat was launched to the boat which appeared to be in difficulty by the Perch Light in the Conwy River.
The lifeboat with a crew of three reached the vessel within five minutes at 4.55pm on Saturday.
It found that the two sailors were unable to start the engine and had dropped the anchor.
It was lifted and they were towed to moorings opposite the Liverpool Arms in Conwy.
ACCIDENT: Update on the Llangefni accident. The male pedestrian in a critical condition in hospital is a man in his mid-30s.
He was taken to Ysbyty Gwynedd with multiple serious injuries after last night's smash on the Llangefni to Penymynydd Road.
Paramedics were called at 8.09pm.
Police are appealing for witnesses to ring 101.
SEVEN people have been arrested by police investigating suspected car arson attacks.
Officers swooped over the incidents in the Caia Park area of Wrexham in recent weeks.
Four youths were arrested on Friday and another three over the weekend.
Six of them have been released on police bail pending further inquiries and one has been released with no further action to be taken.
The arrests are not being linked to the car arson at the Orchards in the Whitegate /Hightown area of Wrexham on November 13.
The investigation into that incident continues and a youth arrested in connection with that inquiry has been released on police bail.
*Anyone with information about the incidents is asked to call North Wales Police on 101.