North West Wales

Police witness appeal after three die in A470 collision

Police want to speak to another driver after a two-vehicle crash in the Conwy Valley claimed three lives on Friday.

Tributes have been paid to local man David Lesley Crapper, 56, who died later in hospital.

John and Jean Gilleland, both 76 and from the Chester area, died at the scene on the A470.

Officers called the man they are seeking a "significant witness".

"We are also appealing for the male driver of the red Vauxhall Vectra, who was travelling from Llanrwst in the general direction of Llandudno at the time of the incident and who is a significant witness, to contact us as a matter of urgency," said a spokesperson for North Wales Police.

Mr Crapper, who was known as Lesley, died in Ysbyty Gwynedd Hospital in Bangor on Saturday morning.

Image caption Police and ambulance crews were called to the A470 at Maenan near Llanrwst on Friday afternoon

He was the son of Elvira and the late Trefor Crapper from the Eglwysbach area of Conwy county

In a tribute issued via police his family said: "Les Min-Afon, as he was known locally, was a larger than life character who was well known in the Conwy Valley."

The family said he was a member of the community based team at Rhyd-y-Creuau, a centre owned by the environmental education charity The Field Studies Council.

"He loved his music and he took part in many voluntary run organisations.

"He will be sorely missed by everyone but he will never be forgotten," the family added.


The woman driver of the Land Rover Freelander, in which Mr Crapper was a passenger, is in hospital in a serious but stable condition.

Police and ambulance crews were called to the A470 at Maenan near Llanrwst at 1541 BST on Friday.

Mr and Mrs Gilleland, who were in a Vauxhall Meriva, were regular visitors to the area, police said.

The road was closed for several hours for police investigations.

The Vauxhall Meriva was being driven in the direction of Llanrwst while the Freelander was heading in the opposite direction.

Any witnesses to the incident are asked to contact police on 101 (if in Wales) or 0845 6071002.

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