Police investigating Catherine Gowing's disappearance want to know if you've seen this car, reg 00D 99970. If you have, phone the incident room on 101
POLICE HELICOPTER above Northop. North Wales Police have confirmed that the force's helicopter is out tonight assisting in the investigaton of Catherine Gowing's disappearance. The Mold vet has been missing since Friday. Policy want to know if you've seen her purple-coloured Renault Clio car, reg 00D 99970 which is also missing. If you have, phone the incident room on 101
NORTH Wales Police have confirmed tonight that they have secured an extra 12 hours to question a 46-year-old man from Gwynedd about the disappearance of Mold vet Catherine Gowing, 37. The man has been arrested on suspicion of her murder and is currently being questioned at a local police station. He was arrested at 6pm on Tuesday evening and will now be held until 6am tomorrow. Ms Gowing has been missing since Friday. Police want to know if you've seen her purple-coloured Renault Clio car, reg 00D 99970 which is also missing. If you have, phone the incident room on 101
THE order to print ballot papers for next month's police commissioner elections has now been laid in Parliament, Welsh Secretary David Jones said today. He's hoping the process will be completed by October 30 – just in time for the first ones to sent out to postal voters the following day. The polls take place on November 15. See tomorrow's Daily Post for a special report on the elections.
The Lord Lieutenant of Gwynedd today hosted a special ceremony to present SVB (Student Volunteering Bangor) at Bangor University, with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service 2012.
The prestigious national honour is the MBE for groups of volunteers who work in their local community for the benefit of others. It sets the national benchmark for excellence in volunteering, with the work of those awarded judged to be of the highest standard.
The Bangor University Students’ Union group was bestowed with an exclusive commemorative crystal alongside a certificate signed by Queen Elizabeth, in recognition of their outstanding contribution.
Among the projects currently run by SVB are: Splodge, a project which Organises arts, crafts and general fun and games for local 5–7 year olds Sbectrwm, which delivers play and activity sessions for children with Autism and Aspersers’ Syndrome; Dragon Sports, which nurtures the next generation of sporting superheroes through organising after school sports activities at local primary schools once a week. Out and About takes a group of local pensioners out on trips to local attractions. Beach Clean enables students to visit Anglesey and Gwynedd’s many stunning beaches to help improve and protect the environment, while Greener Gwynedd provides the means for students to take part in conservation activities in partnership with other local organisations.
MAN HELD OVER 'NEW YORK BOMB PLOT -
US authorities have arrested a man they say was plotting to blow up the Federal Reserve building in New York city, just blocks from the World Trade Centre site.
Authorities say 21-year-old Quazi Nafis was arrested this morning after a sting operation that involved the FBI and New York Police Department.
The suspect parked a van filled with what he believed were explosives outside the building and tried to detonate it.
His associates were actually undercover officers who arrested him at the scene - and the bomb was not real.
Federal prosecutors say the man was monitored closely by the FBI in New York and members of the Joint Terrorism Task Force, and the public was never in danger.
Just called the emergency services - it's all quiet apart from search still on for missing Mold vet Catherine Gowing, 37, and her car.
Beautiful, clear starry night over Anglesey and Gwynedd has given way to heavy rain over Conwy and Llandudno. The A55 was clear eastbound but a short section of roadworks between Junction 11, Llandegai and the Junction 10a, the Tesco turnoff, may cause some delays. If anyone spots a traffic problem let us know on 01492 574491 or send a text to 0776 967 1968. Please make sure its safe and legal for you to use a phone and take care.
WEATHER: WE'll have sunhine and scattered heavy showers, some perhaps locally thundery. Strong southerly winds will gradually ease during the afternoon. Most of the showers should ease during the late afternoon.
Tonight will becoming largely dry with clear spells but a few heavy showers may continue in the west, particularly around Anglesey and Gwynedd.
Current temperature across the region is 10C. This should rise to about 14C during the day.
FIRE: Three cars were damaged in two separate arson attacks last night.
Fire fighters were called Highfields in Chirk at 10.33pm last night after reports a vehicle was ablaze. Upon arrival they found the vehicle well alight and fire had spread to a second vehicle.
A North Wales Fire Service spokeswoman said the first car was extensively damaged. The second vehicle suffered damage to its rear.
Earlier, at 10pm, fire crews were sent to School Lane, Greenfield after a 999 call reporting a vehicle on fire . On arrival they extinguished the blaze but the vehicle was destroyed. An investigation found the vehicle had been set on fire deliberately.
Police have been informed of both incidents.
AUDIT REPORT: Officials failed to act on warnings before a race equality body was engulfed by a funding scandal because they feared being accused of discrimination, a report has found.
Some civil servants were worried about criticism if they tackled the All Wales Ethnic Minority Association (Awema).
The body was wound up in February after "significant and fundamental failures".
A Wales Audit Office (WAO) report has now said officials failed to heed a number of warnings over a decade.
Swansea-based Awema, set up in 1999 to promote racial equality, was at the centre of controversy earlier this year following claims of financial mismanagement.
ARREST: More details later this morning on the arrest of a man on suspicion of murder, following the dissapearance of Catherine Gowing. Detectives had been given until 6am to question the 46-year-old from Gwynedd after his arrest on Tuesday afternoon.
hief Superintendent Simon Shaw tweeted this morning "Another day committed to supporting the search for Catherine Gowing."
Police's top priority is finding her car,a purple Clio with an Irish reg plate 00D99970. Anyone seeing it is asked to ring 101
NATIONAL EISTEDDFOD: Businesses in Denbighshire are attending a "Meet the Buyer" event this afternoon to see what the 2013 Eisteddfod has to offer.
With less than a year before the Denbighshire and District National Eisteddfod, the festival, Denbighshire Council and Welsh Government Supplier Development Service, have organised the event for local businesses and companies to find out more about the services and products the Eisteddfod will require over the next few months.
Eisteddfod Chief Executive, Elfed Roberts, said: “We will be looking for a wide range of services and products as the Eisteddfod approaches, especially as work progresses on the site itself. We are always keen to hear from local companies who can offer these services for a competitive price.“
Details of all the services we will need are available in the business section on the Eisteddfod website. .
The Meet the Buyer session is held at Technium OPTiC, St Asaph Business Park at 1pm. For more details ring the Eisteddfod office on 0845 4090 400.
BRIDGE: A bridge, damaged by severe winter weather, is due to re-open as work to repair the structure near completion.
Aberbechan Bridge near Newtown was originally closed in January 2011 after cracks appeared in the Grade II listed bridge when the county experienced one of the worst cold weather periods for a generation.
The listed bridge, on the B4389, was temporarily re-opened last October (2011). The structure was then closed again back in April for the final repair works to take place.
Cllr Barry Thomas, Powys Council Cabinet Member for Highways, said: “We fully appreciate the inconvenience caused by the closure of the bridge for such a lengthy period but restoration of listed structures requires a careful and meticulous approach to meet the stringent conservation standards and approvals.
“Aberbechan Bridge is of special architectural and historic interest and the repair plans had to meet Cadw’s requirements before works could proceed. Once the work is completed the bridge will be re-opened to two-way traffic.”
BABY JOY: The mum of conjoined twins has described her joy after a successful operation to separate them.
Rosie and Ruby Formosa were born joined at the abdomen and sharing part of the intestine.
The twins, now 12 weeks old, were operated on at London's Great Ormond Street Hospital the day after they were born in July.
Their mother Angela, from Bexleyheath in south-east London, said the "smiling bubbly babies" were doing well. The twins needed an emergency operation to separate them.
SEARCH: British police are to help dig up land on a Greek island close to where Sheffield toddler Ben Needham disappeared 21 years ago.
Ben vanished on the island of Kos in July 1991, when he was 21 months old.
In May, his mother Kerry dismissed a report he could have died in a building site accident near the family's house.
Experts from police forces from across the UK have flown out to assist Greek authorities in their search of the area which is due to start tomorrow.
Mrs Needham will arrive on Kos, supported by a police family liaison officer, during the search.
CONFERENCE: The annual Scottish National Party conference is to get under way in Perth later today.
It is being held a few days after First Minister Alex Salmond and Prime Minister David Cameron signed a deal to deliver an independence referendum in 2014.
Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said independence was "there to be won".
After signing the referendum agreement on Monday, Mr Cameron said he hoped Scotland would vote to "keep this United Kingdom together".
But Ms Sturgeon said she believed Scots would opt instead for independence when given the opportunity at the ballot box.
EURO CRISIS: EU leaders are to hold a two-day summit in Brussels that will focus on issues surrounding the eurozone crisis.
They will discuss plans for a eurozone banking union, seen as a key element in restoring confidence in the euro.
In the run-up to the summit, Germany has been urging EU states to consider pooling more economic sovereignty.
Meanwhile Greece, which is at the centre of the European debt crisis, is braced for another general strike. It will be its 20th since the debt crisis erupted in the country two years ago.
The Brussels talks are also expected to focus on banking supervision, stricter fiscal oversight and direct recapitalisation of banks from rescue funds.
INQUEST: A coroner will hear details of how award-winning school choir conductor died after an incident at her home.
Elen Meirion, 43, taught at Ysgol Pen Barras, Ruthin, and directed the school's choir to the BBC's Songs of Praise junior school choir of the year title in 2011.
She was the sister of operatic tenor Rhys Meirion.
The hearing is at Llandudno and our reporter, David Powell, will be attending.
Good morning from the Daily Post Live blog team. Your team today is reporters Eryl Crump and David Powell and shift editor Steve Stratford. If you know of anything happening in your area today, call us on 01492 574491 or @dailypostwales or via Facebook.
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ARREST: Police tells us the 46-year-old man arrested on Tuesday afternoon on suspicion of murder remains in custody. Detectives had until 6am to question him following the disappearance of vet Catherine Gowing.
A police spokesman said detectives have a period of grace before the man, who has not been named, has to be taken before a magistrates court for an application for more time or released.
He added Catherine Gowing remains missing and officers are still searching for her and her car, a purple Clio with an Irish reg plate 00D99970. Anyone seeing it is asked to ring 101by eryl.crump 10/18/2012 6:31:15 AM 7:31 AM
Coming up today we have the retail sales figures for September released by the Office of National Statistics at 9.30am, and for a bit of light relief the pop band Steps - including Llanrwst resident H (Ian Watkins) - will be launching their own perfume fragrance in London at 5pm. It's called Guilty Pleasure ...
FATAL: A motorcyclist has died after colliding with a camper van on a road near Welshpool.
The crash happened just before 3pm yesterday on the A483 at the junction with the B4390 at Berriew.
The motorcyclist was pronounced dead at the scene.
One person from the camper van was taken by ambulance to the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital for treatment.
The road was closed while emergency services dealt with the incident and accident investigators carried out a detailed examination of the scene.
ACCIDENT: A woman suffered minor injuries after two vehicles collided in Albert Street, Llandudno.
The emergency services were alerted at 8.21am after two cars, both believed to be Citroens, collided.
A North Wales Police spokesman said the woman driver of one of the vehciles was injured and taken to hospital by ambulance for checks.
The road was blocked for a time.
INSPIRATION: Students at Coleg Menai will take a walk with former solider Phil Packer during the next couple of days.
Phil was a Major in the Army for 17 years but retired after suffering severe spinal cord injuries whilst on active service in Iraq in February 2008.
He is walking 2012 miles across the UK this year in order to raise awareness of adversity and trauma in young people. This challenge is particularly inspirational as, only four years ago, Phil was told that he would be unlikely to walk again.
But in 2009, he rowed the Channel, walked the London Marathon over 14 days and hauled himself up El Capitan. He has raised £1.3 million for the wounded and was awarded Fundraiser of the Year at the Pride of Britain Awards 2009.
Phil has devoted this year to meeting young people and learning from them, and has spent the
month of October walking in each county in Wales.
NEWSAR: The friends and family of 25-year old David Platt, who died tragically last month in an incident at the River Clywedog, are helping NEWSAR in his memory.
Team members searched through the night for David and eventually located his body on September 27. His friends and family asked for donations to be made in his memory and yesterday presented the team with almost £1,300 – with the request that it be spent on water rescue equipment.
The donation has been welcomed and kick-starts a new appeal by the team to raise £6,000.00 to replace critical equipment.
RNLI: The inshore lifeboat at Aberdyfi was launched this morning after reports of an upturned dinghy.
The volunteer crew investigated but found no one in the water and concluded the boat had broken free of its mooring.
A MIlford Haven Coastguard spokesman said the vessel was towed ashore.
ECONOMY: Shoppers buying warmer clothing and back-to-school attire helped the wider retail sector enjoy a better-than-expected bounce-back to sales growth last month, official figures revealed today. Retail sales volumes rose 0.6% in September, following an upwardly revised 0.1% fall in August, the Office for National Statistics said. City experts had predicted a 0.4% increase.
CRIME: The number of crimes recorded by police has dropped by a third over the last decade, latest figures show. The overall crime recorded by police forces in England and Wales dropped to 3.9 million offences in the year to June, a third lower than in 2002/03.
POLITICS: House of Commons Speaker John Bercow is trying to block the publication of details of MPs' expenses which could show if they are renting their taxpayer-funded homes to each other. Mr Bercow has written to the regulator urging it not to release documents revealing the identities of MPs’ landlords for security reasons, according to the Daily Telegraph.