CATHERINE GOWING: Police holding press conference at 6.15pm
our reporter Hywel Trewyn is heading over to the police press conference and will bring you more when things start
Latest from the Catherine Gowing press conference coming shortly
Clive Sharpe charged with the murder of Catherine Gowing
He will appear before Mold Magistrates tomorrow morning
CATHERINE GOWING: A man was charged tonight with the murder of missing vet Catherine Gowing.
Ms Gowing, 37, has been missing since she failed to arrive at work at the Evans Veterinary Practice in Mold, Flintshire, on Monday.
Clive Sharpe, 46, from Bethesda, Gwynedd, will appear before Mold magistrates tomorrow morning, the Crown Prosecution Service said.
CASUALTIES: A man was arrested after a number of road traffic accidents. South Wales Police said the incident involved “a number of casualties” in the Ely and Leckwith areas of Cardiff.
Early reports said there were around five different “hit and run” locations - with eyewitnesses saying they had seen “at least seven ambulances”.
ROAD CLOSED: Westbound A55 at Rhuallt Hill temporary closed to traffic. It looks like remains of a broken down lorry is being picked up by Welsh Government road officers.
ALL QUIET: Emergency services report that they are "busy but routine" as I am signing off.
FIRE: WOMAN aged 20 and boy of four and a two year old girl have died and two people have been arrested after a house fire in Prestatyn.
Firefighters were called to the blaze in a property in Maes y Groes at 10pm last night.
Two fire crews from Rhyl and a crew from Prestatyn wearing breathing apparatus entered the property using hose reel water jets to extinguish the fire and search for any casualties
On entering the property the crews recovered five people who were transferred to hospital by paramedics.
A North Wales fire and rescue service spokeswoman said: "A 20 year female and two children, a boy aged four and a girl aged two, were pronounced dead. A 23 year old male and a 15 month old baby boy have since been transferred to specialist hospitals for treatment."
A joint investigation is now being carried out into the cause of the fire by North Wales Fire and Rescue Service and North Wales Police.
North Wales Police have arrested two people in connection with the incident.
FIRE: I'm trying to get more information from Wales Ambulance Service about the terrible fire in Maes y Groes, Prestatyn. The surviving baby boy is believed to have been transferred to Alder Hey children's hospital on Merseyside. Please bear with us.
ACCIDENT: Motorcyclist hurt in crash with car in Llandegla on A525 outside The Crown pub at 7.36pm last night. Not life threatening injuries. Police appealing for witnesses to ring 101.
FIRE: I've got that update now from Wales Ambulance Services:
The Welsh Ambulance Service was called to a fire at a flat on Maes Y Groes, Prestatyn. The five casualties were initially taken to Glan Clwyd Hospital.
A spokesman said: "Sadly, two children and a woman died. A man was transferred to Whiston Hospital and a third child has been transferred to Alder Hey Children's Hospital, both with serious injuries."
FIRE: I'm going to the scene of the flat fire now. Will pass on any more details as soon as we have them.
We will be bringing you all the very latest today from the tragic news overnight that a woman and two children have died in a house fire in Prestatyn. A 23-year-old man another young child are seriously ill
Will also update soon on the man in court charged with the murder of missing Flintshire vet Catherine Gowing
have just heard from David Powell at the secene in Prestatyn. He has spoken to a neighbour of those involved in the tragic fire overnight. Jim Coates, 34, said: I am shocked and I have already put something on Facebook this morning sending my condolences to the family. This is a quiet, uneventful neighbourhood."
David also spoke to Julie Jones 28 from Gwaenysgor who said: 'It's horrific, I was in the 236 Bistro last night and we saw blue flashing lights go past at 11.30, then the taxi driver told us a child's body had been carried out. It is devastating for the local community because this kind of thing doesn't happen in Prestayn very often."
Just heard armed police in Balmoral Grove Rhyl police have now also cordoned off Sandringham Avenue also in Rhyl.
Daily Post have had information of a hostage situation involving armed police on Balmoral Grove Rhyl. North Wales Police say they are unable to confirm situation at the moment but police have now also cordoned off Sandringham Avenue also in Rhyl.
Reports on social media say a man with a gun has a hostage at an apparent armed police siege on Balmoral Grove Rhyl. This HAS NOT been confirmed by North Wales Police who have cordoned off nearby Sandringham Avenue.
More from David Powell at the scene in Prestatyn, Adele Gordon, 25, said: "We have single glazed windows and when we heard a noise last we thought it was just people kicking off on a Friday night. Five minutes later there was lots of shouting at the front and I said to my partner 'that's not normal, they're screams'. We saw a lot of people in the street and firefighters were smashing windows trying their best to get everybody out, but there was so much black smoke."
One, 25-year-old family friend is a mum of two small children and lives near family of the 20-year-old woman and two children killed in the fire last night.
"I feel hurt and upset. I saw the children only yesterday visiting their family. Everyone feels shocked and hurt. It's horrible.They are a lovely family and they've been taken away."
Update reports suggest the two arrested in connection with the fatal Prestatyn fire are a 45-year-old man and a 42-year-old woman. More to follow.
Armed police have arrested a man on Balmoral Grove, Rhyl this morning in connection with a crime committed earlier this week. Residents had been evacuated from their homes but police say there was no hostage involved.
Man, 45, and woman, 42, arrested on suspicion of murder are ground floor flat neighbours of Prestatyn fatal fire victims.
Prestatyn Fire update. Statement North Wales Police:
North Wales Police can confirm that the two people in custody following last night’s fire in Prestatyn are a 45 year old man and a 42 year old woman and they have been arrested on suspicion of murder.
The property involved in the incident at Maes y Groes in Prestatyn is a house which has been converted into ground floor and first floor flats.
The victims of the fire lived in the first floor flat. Those arrested were residing in the ground floor flat.
The 15 month old baby boy is said to be in a critical condition. He is the son of the 20 year woman who died in the fire and her 23 year old partner who is receiving treatment for his injuries which are described as serious.
Although related to the two children who died as a result of the fire, the 20 year old woman is not their mother. Her partner is not related to the two children who died.
All casualties are local to the Prestatyn area.
The joint police and fire and rescue service investigation continues into the incident.
Det Sup John Chapman said: “We would appeal for anyone who may have seen anything suspicious in the Maes y Groes area of Prestatyn yesterday evening to get in contact as soon as possible by calling us on 101.
“We are deploying Family Liaison Officers to work closely with the next of kin at this difficult time.
“There is a team of dedicated officers working on specific lines of enquiry in relation to this incident.”
There is no further information at this time
Armed police have arrested a man on Balmoral Grove, Rhyl this morning in connection with a crime committed earlier this week.
Residents had been evacuated from their homes. Police say there wasn't a hostage involved and that no shots were fired.
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