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Man's body found in police HQ car park

Police Divisional headquarters in Llay
Police Divisional headquarters in Llay

In other news, the body of a man has been found in a vehicle in a police headquarters car park.

The man's body was found yesterday at the Police Divisional HQ in Llay, Wrexham, at about 09:45 BST.

The man has been identified and was local, not a member of North Wales Police, and his death is not being treated as suspicious.

The coroner has been informed.

North Wales drive-through test centre to open

A drive-through testing centre for people with suspected coronavirus will open in north Wales tomorrow.

The facility will open at Builder Street coach park, in Llandudno, on Wednesday.

NHS staff, police, firefighters and care home workers showing symptoms associated with the virus will be the first to be tested at the site.

They will be able to drive on to the site and self-swab without leaving their vehicles, North Wales Resilience Forum said.

Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board’s Executive Director of Public Health, Teresa Owen, said the new facility would play "an integral part" in the region's response to the pandemic.

North Wales Police's Assistant Chief Constable, Sacha Hatchett, who chairs the North Wales Resilience Forum, added, “The demand for coronavirus testing amongst our critical workers is growing.

"This new centre allows us to provide coronavirus testing in a convenient, timely and, above all else, a safe way for all involved in the process.”

A nurse tests someone through their car window
Swansea Bay University Health Board
Similar drive-through facilities have already opened in Swansea

Chief constable raises £1,000 as part of national challenge

Chief Constable Carl Foulkes
North Wales Police

More than £1,000 has been raised for a national charity fundraising campaign by North Wales Police's chief constable.

The 2.6 challenge was launched on Sunday - the day the 40th London Marathon was due to take place before it was postponed because of the coronavirus crisis.

The idea of the challenge - created to help cash-strapped charities during the pandemic - was to undertake any task connected to the number 26, the number of whole miles run in a marathon.

But Chief Constable Carl Foulkes took it a step further, taking part with a 126.26 mile indoor cycling challenge, to raise money for the Care of Police Survivors (COPS) charity

He said: “Thousands of fundraising events across the UK have been cancelled due to Covid-19, with a devastating impact on charity incomes.

"In this really difficult time I wanted to do something to support COPS, who do such a fantastic job in supporting those who have lost loved ones in the line of duty."

VE Day celebrations 'should be postponed'

Arfon Jones
North Wales Police

A police chief is calling for celebrations on May 8 to mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day to be postponed and for the new three-week lockdown be extended for at least another week.

North Wales Police and Crime Commissioner Arfon Jones said it was essential to send out a clear message about the importance of staying home to avoid causing a second wave of the coronavirus.

“If we relax the restrictions ahead of the bank holiday weekend, everybody is going to want to get out," he said.

“We must send out the same message as the one we sent out ahead of the Easter weekend and we must be just as robust in our enforcement of the lockdown.

“There are risks and deadly consequences if people do not respect the lockdown and don’t stay put."

Mr Jones and the three other Welsh police and crime commissioners have already raised the matter with the Welsh Government and will be seeking the support of UK Policing Minister Kit Malthouse when they have a conference call with him on Thursday.

Tributes paid to NHS staff who have died with virus

Tributes have been paid today to several NHS staff who have died with coronavirus - with more planned this evening.

Church bells will ring out in Coychurch, near Bridgend, tonight for a nurse who died with Covid-19.

Leilani Medel, originally from the Philippines, worked at a number of local hospitals and care homes for more than 10 years.

Her husband, Jonny, is currently fighting the disease in hospital.

Donna Campbell
The NHS trust said staff at the hospital were "completely heartbroken" at Donna Campbell's death

And staff at Velindre Cancer Centre will clap in memory of a support worker at Velindre who died from Covid-19.

Donna Campbell worked for many years at the centre in Cardiff - which will be lit blue tonight for the clapping at 20:00 - having initially joined as a volunteer.

The 54-year-old died at University Hospital of Wales on Friday.

Andy and Emily Treble
Family photo
Andy Treble's daughter, Emily, said he was "such a lovely man"

At Wrexham Maelor hospital, there will be a clap in honour of a "hardworking, caring and compassionate” theatre assistant who has also died after testing positive for coronavirus.

Betsi Cadwaladr health board said Andy Treble, 57, died in the critical care unit at Wrexham Maelor Hospital on Wednesday.

He had worked at the hospital for almost 40 years.

In a tribute, his 17-year-old daughter, Emily Treble, said: “He was such a lovely man, I’m proud to call him my father."

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Meanwhile further tributes have been paid to a "warm and caring" mum who worked for the NHS for 30 years who has died after contracting coronavirus.

Julianne Cadby, 49, worked in a string of roles at her health board for three decades and was a "much-loved" member of her team.

She started her career as a medical secretary before becoming a business manager at the specialist Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services.

Ms Cadby, of Cardiff, was described by her colleagues as "always ensuring we are delivering the best service we can for children and young people".

Theatre assistant, 57, dies after coronavirus diagnosis

A "hardworking, caring and compassionate” theatre assistant has died after testing positive for coronavirus.

Betsi Cadwaladr health board said Andy Treble, 57, died in the critical care unit at Wrexham Maelor Hospital on Wednesday,

He had worked at the hospital for almost 40 years.

In a tribute, his 17-year-old daughter, Emily Treble, said: “He was such a lovely man, I’m proud to call him my father.

“He’s helped me through so much and he has always been there for me.

"He always cheered me up by watching Laurel and Hardy together. He was so kind, so loving and he will be missed forever.”

His sister, Maria Molloy, said: “Andy absolutely loved working at the Maelor, his colleagues were his other family.

“We are devastated by his loss but would like to thank the critical care team who did their very best for Andy and above all were there for him at the very end. We will be forever grateful to them.”

David Bevan, theatre manager at the hospital, said: “Andy was a well-loved colleague and friend to us all. His loss has left a hole in his theatre family and he will be sadly missed by everyone."

In a joint statement, the health board's Chief Executive Simon Dean and Chairman Mark Polin, said: “We offer our deepest condolences to Andy’s family, friends and colleagues at this terribly sad time. Every death from Covid-19 is devastating for loved ones, but when it is a colleague, it is all the more poignant."

Andy with his daughter Emily
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Police officer thanks people for staying off the roads

The deputy chief constable of North Wales Police, Richard Debicki reports seeing very little traffic while out on patrol.

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