Page last updated at 08:01 GMT, Wednesday, 25 June 2008 09:01 UK

Roofer's 5,000 bats offence fine

A roofing contractor has been fined 5,000 for disturbing bats while working at a village church.

Llandudno magistrates said Malcolm Gibson, 62, of Wrexham, intentionally wrecked the roost at St Sannan's church at Llansannan, near Abergele.

He admitted two offences of damaging or destroying a breeding or resting site.

His solicitor blamed a "breakdown of communication" with a surveyor. Ten long-eared bats and 20 rarer Natter's bats were missing after the work.


Car attack damages five vehicles

Five cars have been gutted by fire in Llanfairfechan, Conwy, after one of them was deliberately set ablaze.

North Wales Fire Service said they believed one car was set alight on Llanerch Road and the flames spread to four others parked nearby.

A spokeswoman said four of the cars were completely destroyed and the fifth vehicle was damaged at the rear.

An investigation has begun into the cause of the incident. The alarm was raised early on Wednesday.


Man is winched free from manhole

A man has been rescued by the emergency services after becoming trapped in a manhole in Swansea.

Fire crews were called around 1135 BST on Tuesday morning after the man became jammed by the shoulders down the manhole in Dilwyn Street, Sandfields.

A spokesman for Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service said they had managed to free the man after about 25 minutes using winching apparatus.

He was given medical checks at the scene by paramedics.


Appeal follows man's window fall

Police are investigating an incident after a man is believed to have fallen from the window of a third floor flat in Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire.

The injured 24-year-old is receiving treatment at Morriston Hospital, Swansea, where his condition is described as serious.

The incident happened in the College Court area early on Sunday morning.

Officers want anybody with information to contact Haverfordwest CID: 0845 330 2000 or Crimestoppers: 0800 555 111.


Man's bath drowning after drinks

A verdict of accidental death has been recorded on a reveller who fell asleep in the bath and drowned.

Taxi driver Karl Webber, 22, was found dead by his twin sister Kelly at their home in Dowlais, Merthyr Tydfil after a lunchtime drinking session in the pub.

The inquest in the town was told the alcohol may have slowed his responses and he drowned in the bath water.

A post mortem examination revealed Mr Webber was two-and-a half times over the drink-drive limit.



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