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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."