A man has been found not guilty of raping a woman in an alley and attempting to rape her in a disused toilet block.

Norman Sharples, 52, had denied committing either offence after meeting the woman by chance in a cafe in Rhyl last September 14.

But during a trial at Caernarfon Crown Court he had insisted that the woman, who cannot be named to protect her identity, had winked and smiled at him in the cafe and made suggestive comments.

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The court heard they had gone into an alley near Lloyds Bank in Rhyl and that he had held two shopping bags of Iceland groceries in one hand while the "giggly and excited" woman performed a sex act on him. Sharples insisted it was with her consent.

The prosecution claimed that they had then entered a disabled toilet block where Sharples was alleged to have blocked the exit with a traffic cone and attempted to rape the woman.

But the court heard police checking CCTV footage had to deduce which block it must have been. When they settled on one, no DNA was found there belonging to either Sharples or the woman. Sharples was adamant that that alleged incident never happened.

The court heard Sharples, of Crescent Road, Rhyl, who is registered disabled following a back injury from a car crash, had erectile dysfunction and had been trying to "get rid" of the woman.

Today a jury of five men and five women returned a not guilty verdict after five and a half hours of deliberations.

The judge Her Honour Nicola Saffman thanked the jury for being so diligent.

After the acquittals, a relative of Sharples told North Wales Live: "I am overwhelmed and overjoyed. I always knew he was innocent. I don't think he will ever talk to another woman randomly again."