Category: Abergele

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Drink and drug drive arrests over the Easter weekend

A HGV driver was remanded to appear before Magistrates after being charged with drink driving on Good Friday.

40-year-old Nicolae Gorea, who is from Moldova, was arrested after driving his HGV down the wrong way of the A548 dual carriageway in Deeside.

Police were called shortly after 10pm on Friday 14th April to a report of a HGV being driven down the wrong way. Officers attended an arrested Gorea who was later charged with drink driving, dangerous driving and a fraud offence. He was remanded to appear before Mold Magistrates yesterday (Monday, April 17th).

During the early hours of Saturday, April 15th a 29-year-old man was stopped by local officers in Abergele. The Roads Policing Unit were called to carry out a drug swipe test, which proved positive for both cannabis and cocaine. During a search of the vehicle a quantity of Class A and B drugs were found and the man was also arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply. He has since been released on police bail pending further enquiries.

Shortly before 11am on Easter Sunday, a 36-year-old man from Northop Hall was arrested after testing positive for cannabis and cocaine after being stopped on the A55 at Rhuallt. He has since been released on police bail pending the results of further tests.

Shortly before midnight on the same day a 38-year-old man was arrested on North Road, Caernarfon by the Roads Policing Unit after testing positive for cocaine. He has since been bailed pending the results of further tests.

A 32-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of drink-driving after she was stopped by officers during the early hours of Bank Holiday Monday whilst on the A525 in St Asaph. She has since been charged and bailed to appear before Llandudno Magistrates on May 3rd.

On Monday afternoon a man was stopped whilst on the A55 near Caerwys. The 29-year-old man, who is from the Winsford area of Cheshire was arrested on suspicion of drink-driving. He later provided a lower breath test reading in police custody and no further action will be taken. However, he was also arrested for driving whilst disqualified driving, breach of bail and two counts of theft of number plates.

He has since been charged with driving whilst disqualified and driving without insurance. He has been bailed to appear before Llandudno Magistrates on May 3rd. The number plate offences are now being dealt with by another police force.

Speed checks were carried out in the Bontnewydd area of Caernarfon on Monday evening with 14 TORs (Traffic Offence Reports) being given to people for driving at excess speed. The highest speed recorded was 63mph in a 30mph zone.

Further Operation Darwen patrols continued over the weekend with TORs (Traffic Offence Reports) being given to motorcyclists for number plate and exhaust offences, speeding and contravening white lines.

Inspector Alun Davies of the Roads Policing Unit said: “It is disappointing that we continue to arrest people for drink and drug drive offences. Despite our repeated messages people are still being reckless and risking their own lives and the lives of other road users by choosing to take to the roads whilst under the influence.

“Driving with excess alcohol or under the influence of drugs is not just a criminal offence but also completely unacceptable and we will continue to target those breaking the law as part of daily policing.

“The poor weather also meant not as many motorcyclists were out enjoying the region’s roads over the weekend. However, that did not deter a small minority who were caught speeding by the Go Safe van that was parked on the A5 at Dinmael on Saturday. One was caught riding at 112mph which is unacceptable.

“We also continue to see a trend in number plate offences and illegal exhausts on motorcycles and this is something that we will also continue to target. Some of the plates we have seen have tiny letters and figures which some riders believe can’t be read by speed cameras. The issue of noisy exhausts is regularly raised by local residents. TORs will be issued to anybody caught with an illegal number plate or a defective exhaust.

“Reducing casualties remains one of our top priorities and we will continue to take action against drivers who commit offences on our roads.”

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Dying Anglesey man ‘made to sleep in hospital storeroom’

A dying man was made to sleep in a hospital storeroom without even a bell to alert staff, claims his widow.

John Gibbs, who suffered from dementia, heart failure, chronic kidney disease and diabetes, had been admitted to Ysbyty Gwynedd[1] after 20 years of being cared for at home by his wife Mavis.

Following the 79-year-old’s death on the Glyder ward on March 29, 2016, Mrs Gibbs complained to the Public Services Ombudsman about his treatment in the preceding weeks.

At the end of his life, the former HGV driver was too weak to even speak, but Mrs Gibbs claims some hospital staff were “desperate” to move him out of hospital and into a hospice or nursing home.

Mrs Gibbs claims her husband was made to sleep in a "storeroom"

Mrs Gibbs claims her husband was made to sleep in a “storeroom” (Photo: Mavis Gibbs)

Mrs Gibbs says that, about two weeks before his death, she found her husband had been moved from the general ward to what she described as a “storeroom”.

The 81-year-old said: “In regards to his general care, I have no complaints about the doctors and nurses and thought they were very good.

“But, when visiting him one day, I was shocked to find he’d been moved from the shared open ward to what I could only call a storeroom of some sort.

“It wasn’t a private ward at all. It even had filing cabinets still in there with hardly enough room to swing a cat.

“What concerned me most of all was that, while he was on the general ward, the other patients were happy to help in any way if they could see he was in discomfort.

“But, in that room where he’d been left all alone overnight, unable to speak, with staff not even providing him with a bell, he had no way of letting anyone know if he needed help.”

Mavis Gibbs

Mavis Gibbs

Mr Gibbs was moved back onto the ward after his wife complained to staff, but she says the hospital’s discharge co-ordinators tried to move him to a hospice or nursing home despite his weakened state.

“It was plain to anyone that he was much too weak to cope with a move at that stage,” she said.

“But some of the staff seemed determined to move him out, even though I was adamant he was in no fit state.”

In her complaint to the Ombudsman, Mrs Gibbs said a discharge co-ordinator continued to offer him a place at a nursing home in Rhyl[2] – 40 miles away from her home in Dwyran in Anglesey[3].

Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board says staff merely offered her a list of hospices and nursing homes across Anglesey, Gwynedd[4] and Conwy[5].

However, they did admit that a discharge co-ordinator approached Mrs Gibbs with a map of an Anglesey nursing home, when it had already been established that her husband was too unwell to be moved.

“It is the health board’s opinion the care Mrs Gibbs received fell below the standard reasonably expected”

In the board’s response to Mrs Gibbs’ complaint, director of corporate services Chris Wright said: “It is recognised that it was unfortunate that the Discharge Coordinator had approached Mrs Gibbs with the map when it was evident Mr Gibbs was too unwell.

“This has been addressed to the staff member who has reflected and learnt from this experience and would like to apologise for any distress she may have caused Mrs Gibbs.

“I would like to sincerely apologise for the distress caused to Mrs Gibbs in the last days of her husband’s life.

“It is the health board’s opinion that the care and service Mrs Gibbs received fell below the standard reasonably expected, which amounts to a breach of duty of care.”

Mrs Gibbs complained to the ombudsman about her husband's treatment

Mrs Gibbs complained to the ombudsman about her husband’s treatment (Photo: Mavis Gibbs)

Mr Wright went on to say, however, that an investigation had established there had been no breach of the duty of care to Mr Gibbs.

A spokesperson for the health board said: “In order to meet patient demand in times of peak pressure on our hospitals, occasionally we will convert clinical areas such as treatment and assessment rooms into temporary bed space.

“This process is fully risk assessed, complies with infection prevention and control requirements, and is always in consideration of the wellbeing of our patients.

“Our ward staff work extremely hard to ensure any patients occupying temporary bed space receive the same levels of care as any other patient on our wards.”

References

  1. ^ Ysbyty Gwynedd (www.dailypost.co.uk)
  2. ^ Rhyl (www.dailypost.co.uk)
  3. ^ Anglesey (www.dailypost.co.uk)
  4. ^ Gwynedd (www.dailypost.co.uk)
  5. ^ Conwy (www.dailypost.co.uk)
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Woman who died in Abergele crash is named

A woman who died following a road traffic collision in Abergele on Thursday has been named as Hilda Ann Blythin. She was 69-years-old and was local to the area.

The collision happened at the junction of Water Street and Bridge Street and involved an articulated low loader HGV and two cars.

Mrs Blythin, died at the scene.

Sergeant Jason Diamond from the Roads Policing Unit said: “We are appealing for help in determining the circumstances which led to the collision.

“We are particularly keen on speaking to any pedestrians who were in or around the area of Market Street, Bridge Street or Water Street around the time of the collision.