POLICE AUTHORITY: Owen Hughes reports: Extra probationary officers will be taken on.
POLICE AUTHORITY: Owen Hughes reports: They are now looking at the police budget. The Force is £3m underspent - this is due to more officers retiring than expected
RNLI: RNLI crews in Moelfre are in jubilant mood after receiving a letter officially allocating the station a £2.7M Tamar class lifeboat. The lifeboat will be named RNLB Kiwi and has been funded by the generous bequest of the late Reginald James Clark, who died in June 2004. Mr Clark, who was a merchant seaman, had been rescued by the RNLI after his ship was torpedoed during the war. Mr Clark originally came from New Zealand and his family have requested that the lifeboat be named RNLB Kiwi in recognition of his origins. The service plans to invest £42.5m in its fleet.
POLICE AUTHORITY: Owen Hughes reports: There was a warning over an increase in costs due to the recent major investigations, particulary overtime
POLICE AUTHORITY: Owen Hughes reports: They are now looking at a staff survey. It shows there is an issue with morale due to Government cuts, but Chief Con Mark Polin said the position was not as bad as many other forces.
POLICE AUTHORITY: Owen Hughes reports: Chairman Alun Lewis thanks all authority members for their hard work over the years.
POLICE AUTHORITY: Owen Hughes reports: Members thank the chairman for his own hard work. He said 'All things come to an end'.
CRASH UPDATE: THE A541 at Pontblyddyn, Mold still closed. Police carrying out investigation work as it took place near the site where a pregnant woman and her unborn child was killed last month. One man was hurt and it was a one, not two vehicle accident. Story to follow
BUSINESS: Over £46million of lending has now been secured from NatWest and RBS by businesses in Wales under the government’s Funding for Lending (FFL) scheme.
In a league table produced by the banks to show differing demand across the UK, Llandudno sits 57th out of 107 towns and cities nationwide. Cardiff is in 11th place. Over 3,900 UK SMEs have now, between them, secured £1bn in finance from NatWest and Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) since August 1. Story to follow.
POLICE AUTHORITY: Owen Hughes reports: Chief Constable thanks authority for its loyalty and support. New Police and Crime Commissioner Winston Roddick gives a glowing tribute to the work of the authority. That's it. Farewell to the Police Authority.
IRELAND: An off-duty pilot stepped in to help land a plane being diverted to Dublin Airport after a co-pilot fell ill. The officer had been travelling as a passenger on a Lufthansa 747 flying from Newark to Frankfurt yesterday morning when it is understood the crew member suffered a severe migraine and was incapacitated.
COURTS: A rogue trader who lost £1.4 billion in bad deals which nearly brought down a major international bank was found guilty of fraud today. At one point rising star City trader Kweku Adoboli, 32, stood to run up losses of 12 billion US dollars (£7.5 billion) for employer UBS.
PAYDAY LOANS: Several payday lenders are facing formal investigations over the use of “aggressive debt collection” methods, the trading watchdog said today. The Office of Fair Trading (OFT), which is carrying out a compliance review into the industry, is also writing to all 240 lenders in the market to outline its concerns about poor practices in the sector.
RUGBY: Jonathan Davies could be in line for a timely return to Wales colours when head coach Warren Gatland names his side to face world champions New Zealand later today.
COURT: The owner of an Aberystwyth hair salon has been ordered to pay two of its workers over £1,800 for failing to pay the National Minimum Wage.
Nick Shaw Consultancy Ltd, trading as Richard Lloyd Hairdressing in Pier Street, Aberystwyth, failed to pay wage arrears of £1,826.45 to the workers. As a result HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) sought a County Court Judgement against the company.
SHOWBIZ: The Jacksons are to bring their reunion tour to the UK with five newly-announced dates next year. The Unity Tour calls at Birmingham’s National Indoor Arena on February 26, before moving on to Manchester O2 Apollo, Glasgow Clyde Auditorium, Bournemouth International Centre and finishing at London’s Hammersmith Apollo on March 3. Tickets go on sale on Friday morning.
BOOKS: Two comic-style books have been shortlisted for this year’s Costa Book Awards alongside the latest novel by double Man Booker winner Hilary Mantel. A graphic novel about the mother-son relationship, Days Of The Bagnold Summer by Joff Winterhart, and a graphic biography on James Joyce’s daughter, Dotter Of Her Father’s Eyes by husband and wife Mary M and Bryan Talbot, are both in the running, in a first for the prize.
SYRIA: Britain is to offer support to a coalition of Syrian rebels after recognising it as the “sole legitimate representative” of the Syrian people, Foreign Secretary William Hague announced today.
COURTS: A man accused of trying to access bank accounts of an engineer’s family the day after he was murdered in the French Alps was remanded in custody today. Nigerian-born Abiodun David John, 33, is charged with eight counts of fraud by false representation after allegedly trying to get into accounts in the name of Saad al-Hilli before and after his death on September 5.
RUGBY Wales have announced their team to face New Zealand at the weekend, it is: WALES: Leigh Halfpenny; Alex Cuthbert, Jonathan Davies, Jamie Roberts, George North, Rhys Priestland, Mike Phillips; Paul James, Matthew Rees, Aaron Jarvis, Bradley Davies, Luke Charteris, Ryan Jones, Sam Warburton (C), Toby Faletau
VATICAN: The Pope has completed his trilogy on the life of Jesus Christ with a new book exploring his birth and insisting on its significance for Christians today. “The Infancy Narratives: Jesus of Nazareth” hits bookstores in 50 countries tomorrow, the third and final instalment of a project the 85-year-old pope conceived a decade ago and began writing soon after he became pope in 2005.
POLICE: Teenage Premier League star Raheem Sterling was interviewed by police over an alleged attack on a woman. The 17-year-old Liverpool and England star was questioned under caution after Merseyside Police received a complaint of assault. He was not arrested and attended the police station by prior appointment, Merseyside Police said.
DEFENCE: Attorney General Dominic Grieve said today it would be “inappropriate” for him to review the decision to prosecute an SAS sergeant for illegal possession of a weapon. Defence Secretary Philip Hammond wrote to Mr Grieve today, asking him to review if proper consideration was given to the question of whether a prosecution of Sgt Danny Nightingale was in the public interest before the case was brought to court martial.
COURT: The mother of a 17-year-old Wirral girl murdered by her boyfriend broke down in tears after he was jailed for at least 22 years at Liverpool Crown Court. Speaking outside court, Hannah Windsor’s mother, Gaynor Murray, said: “He deserved what he got and I’m so made up. Eighteeen year old Adam Lewis from Moreton, attacked Hannah with a knife.
HILLSBOROUGH: “Good progress” has been made on preparing an application to the High Court for new inquests into the Hillsborough disaster and it is expected to be done next month, the Attorney General said today.
GAZA: The BBC is reporting that Egyptian President Mohammed Mursi expects Israel air strikes in Gaza to end later on Tuesday.
AIR AMBULANCE: The charity says last weekend it was called out to: an elderly lady suffering epileptic fits in the Gower; a horse riding incident in Wrexham; a patient under cardiac arrest; a rugby player with spinal injuries in Caernarfon and a baby suffering from respiratory problems in Holyhead.
CITY: Hewlett-Packard took an 8.8 billion US dollar (£5.5 billion) hit today as it accused former staff at a UK software company it bought last year of cooking the books. HP acquired Cambridge-based Autonomy in a £7.1 billion deal that saw its founder Dr Mike Lynch pocket around £500 million.