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April 2016

Police appeal for missing teenager Courtney Norris from Ferryside

Dyfed-Powys Police say they are concerned for a teenager who has gone missing from Ferryside, Carmarthenshire. Courtney Norris, 15, was last seen in Carmarthen at approx. 1.15pm on Saturday. She is described as about 5ft tall, with very long straight ...and more »

Beaumaris lifeboat crew completed three rescues all in the space of 90 minutes

Volunteer crew members with the RNLI Beaumaris Lifeboat completed not one but three rescues on Saturday afternoon - all in the space of an hour and a half. The crew was called in by HM Coastguards just after 4pm on Saturday to go to the aid of a vessel ...

The bizarre sights and sounds of Judgement Day in Cardiff

Monmouthshire · Neath Port Talbot · Newport · Pembrokeshire · Powys · Rhondda · Pontypridd · Torfaen · Vale of Glamorgan · Wrexham. Trending Tata job losses Crime Transport Francesco Guidolin · Sport. Sections Latest Sport Rugby Football Cardiff City ...and more »

Major promotion setback for Pontypool as Bargoed secure Principality Premiership rugby next season

Bargoed will be playing Principality Premiership rugby next season after defeating Pontypool 17-8 in their winner-takes-all Swalec Championship clash at Bargoed Park. No.8 Lewis Wayman got the Bargoed try with fly-half Calum Jones booting four ...and more »

This is how many times police in Wales used tasers and firearms on animals in a year

Police have used firearms and Tasers to deal with dangerous, aggressive and hazardous animals on numerous occasions in the past year. Official figures reveal that eight incidents where firearms or tasers were used on animals in 2015, one of which ...

The shocking moment a violent mass brawl erupts between a Welsh football team and fans during 7

This is the shocking moment violence erupted between a Welsh football team and watching fans after a 7-0 home defeat today. Wrexham-based side Cefn Druids were humbled by Caernarfon Town as a number of fans clashed with the players near the end of ...and more »

Hundreds of activists descend on Merthyr Tydfil in attempt to shut down the UK's largest opencast mine

Hundreds of eco-activists have descended on Merthyr Tydfil as they prepare to occupy the UK's largest opencast coal mine. Protestors set up camp on Saturday, erecting tents and setting up compost toilets, four marquees and a wind turbine near Ffos-y ...

This artist makes very revealing plaster casts of female body parts and is on the look out for volunteers

Hollie Osborne, Heath, Cardiff, who creates casts from genitals and nipples. Pic by Rob Browne. Open minded Hollie Osborne is hoping to make a name for herself - by creating casts of her friends' vaginas. The 26-year-old student appealed on Facebook ...and more »

The oldest ever rugby jersey to go on public sale could fetch as much as £20000

The oldest ever rugby jersey to ever go on public sale could fetch as much as £20,000 at an auction next month. The 1894 top worn by Welsh international Fred Hutchinson on his debut is one of 50 sporting lots going under the hammer near Cardiff .and more »

This is what fed

It's Judgement Day in Cardiff and tens of thousands of rugby fans are converging on the capital to watch Cardiff Blues v Ospreys and Newport Gwent Dragons v Scarlets. However, not all the carnage has been confined to the pitch with many disgruntled ...and more »

Father and son named as fishermen on board boat which sank off the coast of Pembrokeshire

Two men who were aboard a fishing boat which sank off the coast of Pembrokeshire have been named as a local father and son. Gareth Willington drowned and his son Daniel is still missing after their fishing boat hit rocks on Thursday. It is understood ...and more »

The giant photospheres you can walk around and interact with that are stunning visitors to Swansea

Eight giant photospheres that look like giant beach balls have been spellbinding visitors to the National Waterfront Museum in Swansea. For the past 10 years Cardiff-based visual artist Matt Wright has been drawing inspiration from the landscapes and ...

The family who set up an award

When you think of a vineyard, you probably imagine sun-drenched France or beautiful Spain. When you think of someone setting up their first vineyard, you probably imagine someone realising a long held ambition dreamt up over a few bottles of red. Well ...

Why a festival in a small town in mid Wales is attracting some of Britain's favourite comics

From humble beginnings it has grown into one of the major events on the UK comedy circuit – and put an historic mid Wales town on the entertainment map. The Machynlleth Comedy Festival, which is on this weekend – the seventh annual instalment of the ...and more »

Benedict Cumberbatch waves to fans as he films Sherlock series four in Cardiff

Benedict Cumberbatch has been spotted filming in Cardiff for a new season of Sherlock wearing what looked to be a curly brunette wig. The new look was revealed as the new series began filming in the Cyncoed area of the capital recently. Cumberbatch ...

Labour's 17

Carwyn Jones and Rhodri Morgan are two of the most famous figures in Wales' devolution story - but will the First Minister always be a Labour AM? If Labour wins the looming Assembly election, the party will have been in power in Wales for 22 years by ...

Was 1999 the best ever year to be Welsh?

Monmouthshire · Neath Port Talbot · Newport · Pembrokeshire · Powys · Rhondda · Pontypridd · Torfaen · Vale of Glamorgan · Wrexham. Trending RHS Flower Show Stuff to do in Wales Things To Do in Wales Restaurants & BARS · Sport. Sections Latest ...

Nominate a star who goes above and beyond

Council leader Rhondda Geekie said: “All of our employees do a great job and our STARs Awards have been designed to recognise outstanding contributions and celebrate employee success. It is ever more important to formally recognise those that go the ...and more »

Wales breaking news plus live traffic, weather and M4 updates (Saturday, April 30)

Wales' live news service featuring all the latest traffic, weather, M4, showbiz and sport updates from across the country. You can contribute to the live blog by posting your comment below or you can also tweet us @walesonline to share the news that's ...and more »

REVIEW: The Solid Silver '60s Show, St David's Hall, Cardiff

I've thought for a while that it was time to call it a day as the stars from the swinging sixties head into their 70s. But there may be life left in this annual extravaganza – thanks to one Peter Noone. The former Herman's Hermits lead singer exudes ...

Our city will be safe for huge Euro 2016 tie between Wales and England, French mayor promises

Lens has a similar number of residents as Pontypridd or Aberdare and its stadium has a capacity – of 35,000 – larger than the city's population although it has hosted high-profile games in international tournaments before, including World Cups in ...

Election countdown

It will be a busy day at the polling stations on Thursday, May 5, as elections for the National Assembly for Wales take place on the same day. Here we take a look at the local Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire candidates for the Assembly:.

Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood's pre

Bad weather won't stop Leanne campaigning - but will her message connect with the Welsh public? This election represents the greatest opportunity in the Assembly's history to chart a new course for our nation. After 17 years of unbroken Labour rule, we ...and more »

More than 100 march through the streets of Cardiff in a call to end violence against women

More than 100 people took to the streets of Cardiff last night to call for violence against women to end. The Reclaim the Night event took place in city centre, wit the aim of giving woman a platform to speak out against the violence inflicted upon ...

Welsh Labour moves to calm the storm after Jeremy Corbyn's Wales no

Welsh Labour leader Carwyn Jones has called on Jeremy Corbyn to sort out the crisis the party faces over anti-semitism – and reiterated his call for Ken Livingstone to be expelled. Mr Jones appeared on Friday at the Pencoed campus of Bridgend College ...and more »

18 of the best images from behind the scenes as regions prepare for Welsh rugby's big day out

On the eve of Welsh rugby's big day out at the national stadium, the four Welsh regions have been adding the final touches to their gameplans and preparing for a day of derbies. First up this morning, the Cardiff Blues were out on the paddock going ...and more »

This is how you can pass your exams this summer

Then train like an Olympian – give up the booze, get enough sleep, focus, and plan. All common sense advice that works according to a Welsh psychologist working with elite athletes. Dr David Shearer, who helps Olympic and Paralympic athletes develop ...

Bev Price has taken a taxi to the World Snooker finals in Sheffield every year for the last 17 years

A snooker-mad South Wales woman will watch the World Championship final in Sheffield this weekend for the 17th year in a row. And she gets there every year by forking out on a taxi. Bev Price, 52, from Talbot Green, who uses a wheelchair, will watch ...and more »



Aberdare RFC have come out on top of the SSE SWALEC Division 3 East Central A league, securing their promotion to Division 2.

This watersports centre at a popular reservoir has been named Building of the Year at Welsh Architecture Awards 2016

It's an oasis of rural peace plus a well-loved centre for learning water sports and now Llandegfedd Visitor and Watersports Centre near Pontypool can add Welsh 'Building of the Year' to its list of achievements. The Royal Society of Architects in Wales ...

Newport skipper Clayden says side are 'in it to win it'

In Division Two, Panteg, who just missed out on the title and promotion behind Swansea in 2015, begin their new campaign at Aberdare (12.30pm). Panteg, led by Ian Bird, were just seven points adrift of Swansea at the end of last term, while only Tata ...and more »

UK manufacturers produced one car every 16 seconds in March

The figures, based on the first quarter of 2016, reveal some record results for UK car manufacturers. Shares; Comments. Get daily news by email. One car was built every 16 seconds in the UK this March, the highest number in 12 years, new figures have ...and more »

10 reasons why we should all Loves The 'Diff

St David's shopping centre have teamed up with cult brand, I Loves The 'Diff, to celebrate everything we "loves" about our fabulous capital city. Whether you 'Loves' food, fashion, beauty - or everything in between - there'll be something for everyone ...

RCT council reveals 'concept designs' for Pontypridd precinct which could include a bridge from Ynysangharad Park to ...

Rhondda Cynon Taf council has revealed 'concept designs' outlining its visions of how the boarded-up complex could be developed. It is almost a year to the day that the local authority became the outright owner of the site which once held the 1960s ...

Man dies after fishing boat sinks off coast of Pembrokeshire while search for missing crew member is scaled back

A crew member who was on board a fishing boat which sank off the coast of Pembrokeshire has died. Dyfed-Powys Police said the man, who was found and taken to hospital on Thursday, has now died. Meanwhile the search for another missing crew ...and more »

Cynon Valley cyclist Dean Ware speeds round the Top Gear track as part of his latest 370

Cynon Valley cyclist Dean Ware has had his name added to the Top Gear leaderboard after speeding around the show's famous track. The Cwmbach fundraiser, 34, cycled for almost 24 hours from the Cynon Valley to Surrey and back clocking up 370 miles ...

This is the ultimate Welsh regional dream team as selected by the fans

Monmouthshire · Neath Port Talbot · Newport · Pembrokeshire · Powys · Rhondda · Pontypridd · Torfaen · Vale of Glamorgan · Wrexham. Trending Six Nations Francesco Guidolin Wales Rugby Team Swansea City FC Cardiff City Barclay's Premier League.

West Wales ice cream maker scoops contract to supply 120 Co

One of Wales' oldest ice cream makers has seen its expansion plans boosted by scooping a new contract to supply Co-op food stores across Wales. Frank's Ice Cream based in Ammanford, Carmarthenshire, will supply around 120 Co-op food stores in ...

National Assembly election 2016: Who are the candidates standing in Bridgend?

Four years ago, Mr Jones won his biggest majority yet with a 28% margin over his Conservative rival. In last year's Westminster election, the seat was held by Labour's Madeleine Moon. The result four years ago. 2011 National Assembly election ...

Assault on a female in the Ferndale area

Officers are appealing for information following an assault on a female in the Ferndale area.

Wales Election 2016: Manifestos at a glance

Still confused about who to vote for in the Welsh Assembly election?

Tom James on his Six Nations heartbreak as he looks to stake Wales claim again with Cardiff Blues

Wales wing Tom James has revealed he still hasn't been able to watch a replay of the “try” he missed out on in the Six Nations clash with Scotland. The Cardiff Blues flier James looked set to go the distance at the Principality Stadium in February when ...

Llanishen High students are the latest school to rule at WalesOnline

Seven Llanishen High School students were given the opportunity to experience a morning at the WalesOnline office in Cardiff. The teenagers were able to observe all different aspects of the industry, from sports to video editing and social media to ...

Wales star Scott Williams back for Scarlets to face Dragons after seven months out with knee injury

Wales star Scott Williams will make a welcome return to action for the Scarlets in tomorrow's Judgement Day clash with the Dragons at the Principality Stadium. The 34-cap centre has been sidelined since suffering serious knee ligament damage in the ...and more »

Bank Holiday weather forecast for Wales: Met Office forecasts sunny spells and scattered wintry showers

We should expect a mixed bag of hail, thunder, sunny spells and scattered wintry showers over the bank holiday weekend. We have seen an unseasonal mix of snowfall and sleet , with the Met Office issuing yellow warnings of snow in parts of England and ...and more »

The heart

They are two villages just a few miles apart from each other in what is known locally as the Taff-Merthyr Valley. They also share similar histories, with both places founded on old mining communities. And on Sunday all roads will lead to Cardiff for ...and more »

Everything you need to know about Judgement Day IV in Cardiff

Cardiff is set to welcome tens of thousands of rugby fans who will be in the capital tomorrow to support their teams as they face each other on Judgement Day IV. Judgement Day is the day our four regional rugby teams - which include many Welsh ...and more »

Watch the brilliant video for this Welsh football Euro 2016 song that sounds like Oasis recorded it

The musician, from Aberdare , is confident the tub-thumping tune he has penned to celebrate the stunning achievement of Chris Coleman 's Red Dragons in reaching their first major finals since the World Cup in 1958, will join the hallowed ranks of such ...and more »

National Assembly election 2016: Who is standing for election in Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney?

Services between Merthyr Tydfil/Aberdare and Barry Island and between Bargoed/Rhymney and Penarth have been affected. College footballers were ordered to the principal's office - but then they were greeted by Wales boss Chris Coleman · Hundreds of ...

First look inside the new Greggs near Cardiff Central Station

One of the most popular Greggs outlets in Cardiff has relocated to a new home - and there's even seating so customers can enjoy their steak bakes at the premises. There was disappointment when the old outlet in Wood Street - a popular haunt for ...and more »

It's more like 28 Days Later than a city centre office

It looks more like a scene from 28 Days Later than a city centre office block. But these are the eerie images from inside Marland House in Cardiff city centre. Close to Cardiff Central train station, the building will be demolished from next week – and ...and more »

Eddie Jones wants English players to emulate Welsh 2013 Lions dominance on next year's New Zealand tour

Eddie Jones wants his England players to emulate Welsh dominance of the 2013 Lions having as many as 15 Red Rose players in the party for the next year's tour to New Zealand. The famous series victory in Australia was achieved with no fewer ...and more »

The ex

One was a member of the Pontypool front-row for eight seasons and the other club captain for two years.... but next Saturday afternoon Bargoed coaches Gareth Gunter and David Lynch will be doing their utmost to keep the fallen giants of Welsh rugby on ...and more »

Wales breaking news plus live traffic, weather and M4 updates (Friday, April 29)

Wales' live news service featuring all the latest traffic, weather, M4, showbiz and sport updates from across the country. You can contribute to the live blog by posting your comment below or you can also tweet us @walesonline to share the news that's ...

The Big Gig returns to unearth the stars of tomorrow

Entry opens today for the hugely respected new band competition which returns for a sixth year this summer as part of the Cardiff Festival. A host of prizes are up for grabs in the Cardiff council talent search which has helped acts such as Rusty ...

Independent school pupil numbers fall in Wales as public funding squeezed

The number of pupils enrolled at independent schools in Wales has fallen, with experts blaming a squeeze on public finances. Figures published today by the Independent Schools Council (ISC) show there are now 7,538 independent school pupils in Wales ...

How almost half of first

New research by Post Office Money reveals that in 2015 only 48% of first-time buyers could afford to purchase a property in Cardiff compared to 90% 20 years ago. And this isn't the only shocking Welsh statistic the Priced Out survey has published today.and more »

Hurrah for 'Mr Swansea' but now his beloved club has tough decision

In wartime Swansea, while enemy planes were stalking the South Wales skies, a young Mel Nurse was developing his football skills using a tennis ball. He grew up in Alice Street, Cwmdu, to the north of Swansea, a street where an incredible seven ...and more »

Live updates as coastguard search for crew of fishing vessel seen sinking off Pembrokeshire coast

The Coastguard received a 999 call from a member of the public at around 2.30pm to say a vessel was in difficulty near the rocks at St David's Head. The vessel then sunk and it is unknown how many are on board. The Coastguard search and rescue ...and more »

School praised by inspector for bucking trend of poor progress in maths

A school in the Vale of Glamorgan is succeeding where many others fail and helping pupils develop a good understanding of numeracy. St Andrews Major CIW Primary School, in Dinas Powys, was praised by inspectors who recognised the “consistently good ...

This is what's become of Welsh rugby's biggest clubs in the 13 years since the game went regional

Monmouthshire · Neath Port Talbot · Newport · Pembrokeshire · Powys · Rhondda · Pontypridd · Torfaen · Vale of Glamorgan · Wrexham. Trending Six Nations Francesco Guidolin Wales Rugby Team Swansea City FC Cardiff City Barclay's Premier League.

When is the best time to buy yourself your dream home in Wales?

Monmouthshire · Neath Port Talbot · Newport · Pembrokeshire · Powys · Rhondda · Pontypridd · Torfaen · Vale of Glamorgan · Wrexham. Trending RHS Flower Show Stuff to do in Wales Things To Do in Wales Restaurants & BARS · Sport. Sections Latest ...

A postal vote mix

Rhondda Cynon Taf council says it has resolved 'a small number of issues' which it was feared would prevent some postal voters from voting in next week's National Assembly election. The local authority - which covers the constituencies of Cynon Valley ...

Centenary of the bloody battle of Mametz Wood marked with new exhibition in Cardiff

A major exhibition marking the start of events to remember the centenary of one of the bloodiest battles fought by Welsh soldiers during World War One opens at the National Museum in Cardiff on Saturday. War's Hell!: The Battle of Mametz Wood in Art ...

This stunning 4000

Dr Martin Bates and a team of research staff from the School of Archaeology, History and Anthropology at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) in Lampeter are currently examining a large skull and antlers. The skull was first spotted on ...and more »


Join a cast of thousands on the streets of Cardiff, see the city through the eyes of one of its most well-known sons,

The new plan the Circuit of Wales hopes will resurrect the £370m racetrack

The company behind the proposed £370m Circuit of Wales race track project in Blaenau Gwent has submitted a revised funding offer to the Welsh Government. The new offer significantly reduces the required financial guarantee provided by the taxpayer.and more »

DEFECTION: Plaid Cymru Councillor joins Welsh Conservatives, highlighting how Party is only alternative to Labour

A Plaid Cymru Councillor has today announced his defection to the Welsh Conservatives, declaring an ambitious policy platform “proves the Party is the only alternative to five more years of Labour failure”.

Illegal Off Roading will not be tolerated in Cynon Valley

Attended Aberaman South PACT meeting yesterday 27 April 2016  disappointed with the attendance as only 2 local residents attended along with the 2 Aberaman South councilors and the 2 local PCSO’s, I assume everyone in the area is satisfied with the policing and what RCTC are doing.

Narrative conclusion at inquest after body of Bridgend man found in sea

Speaking at the coroner's court in Aberdare on Thursday, Charlotte James said: “We booked cinema tickets for the Saturday to take the kids to the cinema.” Charlotte said it was usual for Mr James to go away for a period of time and would regularly go ...

GPs in Wales are struggling to work five days a week and 'stay sane', says top doctor

A lack of resources and staff shortages in general practice are putting patient care at risk, a new poll has revealed. The Royal College of GPs (RCGP), which represents a network of around 2,000 doctors in Wales, asked 100 GPs in March and April about ...and more »

The clubhouse at Cefn Coed is being sold off by Merthyr council and families are furious

Parents of children who play for a local rugby team have sounded their “utter disbelief” that the council is to auction off the side's clubhouse. Cefn Coed RFC's clubhouse will go up for auction on May 9 after the decision was made by Merthyr Tydfil ...and more »

Cartwright Travel named as Wales' Top Travel Agency

Cartwright Travel has been named as Wales' Top Travel Agency in a new power-list of the UK & Ireland's best agents. The agency beat off competition from four other high street agent finalists in Wales to take the trophy. TTG's Top 50 Travel Agencies ...

Revealed! The incredible worldwide sale of tickets for Welsh rugby's Judgement Day

The remarkable reach of Judgement Day has been revealed by the far flung destinations around the world people are travelling from to attend the Welsh double-header. Tickets have been purchased from Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, ...and more »

Welsh family beaten unconscious during horrifically violent attack in Thailand

Four men have been arrested and charged after a sickening attack on a Welsh family who were on holiday in Thailand. The elderly couple and their son, who are from Wenvoe, in the Vale of Glamorgan , were knocked unconscious. The family were named by ...and more »

How Merthyr Half Marathon winning teacher Matthew Jacklin inspired his school to get running

It started off with one teacher's desire to take up a new sport but it has gone on to capture the imagination of a whole school. Now fresh from the success of winning two Merthyr Half Marathons and achieving a time of under three hours in the London ...

The full emotional statement of a Welsh rugby international devastated at having to retire at 23

Welsh international Harry Robinson has opened up on his “utter devastation” at having to retire from playing rugby at 23. The Scarlets winger has had to admit defeat after a 10 month battle to regain full fitness following a serious neck injury. He did ...and more »

National Assembly election 2016: Who is standing for election in Blaenau Gwent?

It's exactly a week until Blaenau Gwent votes to elect its Assembly Member for the next five years. Labour's Alun Davies was elected in the last Assembly election in 2011, when he gained the seat from Blaenau Gwent People's Voice. The Member of ...

A council is posting pictures of people it thinks are guilty of littering, fly

These are the people a Welsh council would like to speak to about littering offences, dog fouling and fly-tipping across the area. RCT council is cracking down on suspected individuals - and they need your help to identify them. These images are the ...and more »

RCT council has posted more pictures of people it suspects are guilty of littering, fly

These are the people Rhondda Cynon Taf council would like to speak to about littering offences, dog fouling and fly-tipping across the area. RCT council is cracking down on suspected individuals - and they need your help to identify them. These images ...and more »

A council is posting pictures of people it suspects are guilty of littering, fly

These are the people a Welsh council would like to speak to about littering offences, dog fouling and fly-tipping across the area. RCT council is cracking down on suspected individuals - and they need your help to identify them. These images are the ...and more »

Welsh rugby player banned for two years for doping offence

Pontypool RFC have confirmed that one of their now former players has been banned for two years for a doping offence. Second row Adam Scanlon tested positive for Clomiphene after providing a sample following Pooler's Championship fixture against ...and more »

Motorcyclist taken to hospital after coming off his bike on the A470 in Merthyr

A motorcyclist has been injured after coming off his bike on a main road near Merthyr. The motorbike was the only vehicle involved in the accident on the A480 near the Cefn Coed roundabout. South Wales Police said that the motorcyclist was taken to ...

Pontypridd Lido up for planning excellence award after restoration of 1920s baths

The National Lido of Wales in Pontypridd is in the running for a UK-wide award for 'planning excellence.' The impressive £6.3m building, known as Lido Ponty , was opened by Rhondda Cynon Taf council in August 2015 after restoration of the 1920s ...

No deadline for sale of steel works but we cannot 'bleed' indefinitely, new Tata UK boss tells MPs

The new head of Tata in the UK has told MPs that the company only decided to sell its UK plants because it was losing money. Tata Steel UK's recently appointed chief executive said that Tata would be £40m better off if energy prices here were the same ...and more »

Wales and Lions legend, who's played at Eden Park, with eyes firmly on showdown at Bargoed Park this weekend

Lions legend Graham Price has faced some pretty daunting Saturdays in his illustrious Welsh rugby career that spanned close to a quarter of a century. There's his assignments with the brutal French front-row of the 1970s, some tasty Welsh derbies ...

The tiny Welsh village club, an epic movie trailer and a story that shows just why rugby is so special

It's the stuff that dreams are made of. And Taffs Well, a small village north of Cardiff, will have their own on screen magical moment when they travel to play Burry Port in the Swalec Bowl final at the Principality Stadium on Sunday. Taffs Well have ...and more »

A Welsh male choir paid tribute to the victims of Hillsborough and it's magnificent

This week, the families of the 96 victims of the Hillsborough disaster got the verdict they'd always wanted. After 27 years, an inquest jury ruled their loved ones had been unlawfully killed. The city of Liverpool has been unwavering in its support and ...and more »

Ellis Jenkins v James Davies: Which brilliant young flanker should Wales take to New Zealand?

Monmouthshire · Neath Port Talbot · Newport · Pembrokeshire · Powys · Rhondda · Pontypridd · Torfaen · Vale of Glamorgan · Wrexham. Trending Six Nations Francesco Guidolin Wales Rugby Team Swansea City FC Cardiff City Barclay's Premier League.and more »

Wales breaking news plus live traffic, weather and M4 updates (Thursday, April 28)

Wales' live news service featuring all the latest traffic, weather, M4, showbiz and sport updates from across the country. You can contribute to the live blog by posting your comment below or you can also tweet us @walesonline to share the news that's ...

Where to find a #TogetherStronger wristband to show support for Tenovus and Wales during Euro 2016

WalesOnline has linked up with the FAW, Tenovus Cancer Care and Brains Brewery to create a charity #TogetherStronger wristband so people can show their support for the Welsh team at the European Championship this Summer. By donating just £1, ...and more »

Application submitted to build 25 homes on Cardiff rugby club's pitch

An application has been submitted to build 25 new homes on the pitch of a Cardiff rugby club. The application, for land off Usk Road at Llanishen Rugby Club, is for 20 private homes and five affordable homes. The application site also includes a ...


People in Port Talbot are being asked to help police find a man who demanded cash from a 65-year-old man in the steel town's Taibach area. A South Wales Police spokesman said: “At around 3pm on Tuesday, April 26, a 65-year-old man was out walking on ...and more »

Labourer who was allegedly forced to work for Cardiff family describes repeated 'escapes'

A labourer has told a jury he escaped three times from a Cardiff family accused of forcing him to work for them – only to be kidnapped back. The fourth time he jumped from a moving car and stopped a bus half-full of passengers to make sure he got away.and more »


Mr Stark, aged 37 and Mr Sheldon, 35 were both from Mountain Ash in south Wales, and Mr Williams, 36, was from Trecynon, near Aberdare. Two of the victims were pronounced dead at the scene of the crash while a third died a couple of days later in ...and more »

Cult US one man band who hides his identity behind a crash helmet to play Newport and Cardiff

Gruff Rhys from Super Furry Animals might have a fondness for wearing weird head gear on stage, but at least he takes his off sometimes. Not so Bob Log III, the American blues rock sensation who's become a bit of an enigma on the international music ...


Cymru Alliance club Gresford Athletic have sacked striker Jonny Taylor over comments he made on Twitter about the Hillsborough disaster. The player has since deleted the tweet and it's unclear what the comments were. A jury at an inquest in Warrington ...and more »

Drug dealers who set up shop in a Cardiff hotel jailed for total of nearly 30 years

The London drug dealers who set up shop in a Cardiff hotel to deal heroin and crack cocaine. Left to right top row, Mohamed Ahmed, Ahmed Ali, Hashi Abdi, bottom row, Yassin Ahmed, Jamal Yusuf, Callum Alex-Hunt. London drug dealers who thought they ...and more »

The 38 players who are definitely leaving the four Welsh regions this summer

Aaron Jarvis - The Wales prop is leaving the Liberty Stadium and will link up with French giants Clermont. The tight-head void will be filled by the arrival of Rhodri Jones from the Scarlets. Richard Fussell - The former Dragons full-back has spent six ...and more »

Girl knocked over on busy Cardiff road as witness describes her being 'thrown up into the air'

The accident happened around the time that pupils finish school. It happened on Caerphilly Road, on the stretch between the Aneurin Bevan and Birchgrove pubs. A driver who was passing at the time said she saw the girl being hit by a car as she crossed ...

Tributes paid to 'proper gentleman' fishmonger who had worked in town since 1948

Tributes have been paid to a “proper gentleman” and much-loved Aberdare fishmonger known in the town as 'Bill the Fish', who died last month. Bill Webber, originally from Mountain Ash , worked at E. Webber & Sons on Canon Street in Aberdare since ...

Be one of the first in Wales to see Captain America: Civil War with these midnight screenings

It's one of the most hotly anticipated films of the year starring three of the biggest Hollywood stars around so there's no surprise that cinemas up and down the country are screening Captain America: Civil War as soon as they can get their hands on it ...and more »

Dig deep to help crowdfund Cardiff's first Cat Cafe and this is what you'll get

A cat cafe earmarked for Cardiff is making a final push with a series of cat related perks to help reach its crowdfunding target. The Feline Good Cat Cafe is raising money via Indiegogo , a crowdfunding platform which allows supporters of small ...

Young women heading to Magaluf 'are being preyed on by porn film makers'

Loads of young Welsh women will be heading to Magaluf this summer, but there are warnings they could be preyed on by hardcore porn film makers. Authorities are urging young Brits to be on their guard as they flock to the popular resort, as 'creepy ...and more »

Firms in Wales need chief technology officers to inject digital know

Once upon a time, the digital technology being created today seemed about as realistic as that enjoyed by George Jetson and his family in Orbit City. Now, driverless cars are a reality, our homes can “smart” operate themselves and you can print food to ...and more »

The most expensive homes for sale in Cardiff right now

If you have a budget-busting £1 million or more for your next property purchase, then you might be interested in one of these. And if not, well there's no harm in taking a look. From a mini Downton Abbey style manor house to a contemporary mansion with ...

The inside story of how Welsh rugby's Judgement Day has gone from flop to record

Two years ago just 30,000 people turned up for the event amid fears it could be scrapped. Now, as Simon Thomas charts, it is in record-breaking territory. Shares; Comments. Get rugby news by email. Cardiff Blues Gethin Jenkins, Ospreys Ben John ...and more »

Man who remains in Spanish hospital after collapsing 'desperate' to come home to die

A Swansea man who collapsed on a Spanish holiday six months ago has pleaded to be taken home to die. Tony Harries, 57, is in a Barcelona hospital because he is too ill to fly home. His family are desperately trying to raise £5,000 to pay for a private ...and more »

Tributes to 'loving and kind' 25

A man who died following a devastating car crash near a small village in Neath , has been named as 25-year-old David Griffiths. The road traffic collision happened at around 6.45pm on Saturday on the B4242, just north of the Abergarwed village.and more »

Statement on March 2016's performance figures

THE Welsh Ambulance Service met its target for the most serious calls for the sixth consecutive month, according to figures published today.

Village pub gets new lease of life as HQ for legal firm

A legal costs business is to create investment and employment in a Powys village by relocating its headquarters into a former pub. The decision by Auxilium Legal to locate its HQ in Abermule, Powys, has seen it acquire the former Waterloo Arms. It will ...

Could Tata do a huge corporate U

Could Tata be considering a huge corporate U-turn by keeping ownership of the Port Talbot steelworks? It might sound highly improbable as Tata's share price has been boosted considerably since it confirmed last month it was selling its UK business ...and more »

Classic musical Annie to be staged at reopened Pontypridd arts centre

The first musical to be staged at Pontypridd's Muni Arts Centre since it reopened will be performed next month. Pontypridd Theatre Company have joined forces with its youth company to bring classic musical Annie to the stage. “After the success of the ...

The fans' combined Welsh regional XV: Who would you pick in your team?

If you were asked to select the strongest possible side from the four Welsh regions for a one-off match against a touring national team, who would you go for? Shares; Comments. Get rugby news by email. Scott Baldwin and the man who wants his Wales ...

Weddings in Wales: I gave him 'gentle push' to propose

If you tied the knot like Gemma and Ewan, we'd love to share in your celebrations . To take part, just fill in the simple form at the end of this story. And if you're from the South Wales Echo area, you will be featured in our newspaper, too. It doesn ...

More snow, sleet and hail hits Wales as Arctic snap continues

The unseasonable weather has hit many parts of the country again today, but when will it warm up? Shares; Comments. Get daily news by email. Snow falls in West Wales Video loading. The video will start in 8s Cancel. Click to play. The Live Event you ...and more »

How Wales will be inspired by Brian Clough's Nottingham Forest at Euro 2016 finals

Chris Coleman's Wales will draw on the inspiration of Brian Clough's double European Cup winning Nottingham Forest side at the Euro 2016 finals. The team have been sent a batch of DVDs of the smash hit documentary film I Believe in Miracles, which ...

Welsh Hearts May Day Carnival returns for a 3rd Year

The Welsh Hearts May Day Carnival returns to Whitchurch Common for a third year this bank holiday. The day will be hosted by TV’s Sue Charles and includes entertainment from X-Factor's Helen Fulthorpe and The Voice's Ragsy performing live on stage.

Hear ye, hear ye! Pembrokeshire to host Wales' first celebration of town criers

Decibels will be raised and colourful characters are expected to flock to north Pembrokeshire next month, as the county hosts Wales' first celebration of town criers. Town criers and mayors from across Wales and England will be welcomed to the event in ...

Second Welsh beach introduces voluntary smoking ban

Smoking is to be banned on a second Welsh beach from today, in a bid to reduce smoking around children and to help safeguard the environment. Swansea council selected Caswell Bay for its pilot voluntary smoking ban because it is popular with families.and more »

Swimmer Jazz Carlin makes Team GB 50p coin at Royal Mint

Welsh swimmer Jazz Carlin has helped to strike an official Team GB commemorative 50p coin at the Royal Mint. Carlin, who secured her Olympic place earlier this month, produced a gold edition 50p at the mint in Llantrisant, Rhondda Cynon Taff.

Four year old girl may have to travel 25 MINUTES to go to school after being denied a place at her preferred primaries

Rob and Eilidh Meyers, of Roath Park, Cardiff, have had their application for their three choices of school turned down by Cardiff council. They are pictured with their daughters Grace and Ella. A dad-of-two has hit out at Cardiff council after his ...and more »

How one sheepdog who travelled 240 miles back to Wales embodied the spirit of hiraeth

I was desperately homesick. I put a map of the Rhondda above my desk with Llwynypia ringed in gold marker pen. If I held the radio aerial out the window I could pick up the comforting crackle of a distant Radio Wales signal transmitting the velvet ...and more »

Remain campaign retakes EU referendum lead in Wales

The Remain campaign has snatched back the lead from Leave in a poll on voting intention in Wales for June's EU referendum . The poll – carried out by YouGov for ITV Wales and Cardiff University's Wales Governance Centre, shows Remain: on 41% (+3 in ...

Why are high street names such as HSBC leaving towns like Aberdare? One businessman thinks he knows the answer

Jim Bradley, who runs Peppers and Bradley's Coffee shop in the town and is president of Aberdare Business and Tourism Association, made the claim after HSBC closed for good in the town on Friday after more than 100 years serving the community.

These Rhymney military students have been recognised at a special ceremony at Cardiff City Stadium

The achievements of more than 20 students from a Rhymney military college have been recognised at a special ceremony with six mayors, two major generals and a regimental Royal Welsh goat among the VIPs. The group of students were among those from ...

Welsh football legends are a big hit in Mountain Ash

As the build-up to Euro 2016 begins, two icons of Welsh football visited Mountain Ash to regale a sold out crowd with tales from their illustrious careers. As Wales prepare for their first appearance at a major international tournament since 1958 ...

'I wouldn't have put my dog in the caravan I was forced to live in' Alleged forced labour victim describes living ...

A man alleged to have been treated as a “captive employee” for years has told a court he lived in a caravan which wasn't fit for a dog. Four men are on trial at Cardiff Crown Court accused of forcing two men to work for them for tiny sums over a period ...and more »

Hundreds are expected to protest at UK's largest opencast mine in an attempt to shut it down

Hundreds of people are expected to protest at the UK's largest opencast coal mine in Merthyr Tydfil this weekend in an attempt to shut it down. Climate activist group Reclaim the Power say they are attempting to halt mining operations at the Ffos-y ...

Too much talking and not enough Manchester

Decision makers in Wales need more of a “doing culture” like Manchester when it comes to supporting business investment says chief executive of financial services giant Legal & General Nigel Wilson. And Mr Wilson said that is was vital that investors ...

Linesman for crucial Sheffield Wednesday v Cardiff City clash DROPPED after revelation he is from Sheffield

One of the linesmen has been changed for Cardiff City's crunch play-off showdown with Sheffield Wednesday after WalesOnline revealed he comes from the steel city. James Bell has been stood down for the huge Hillsborough clash in his home-town and ...and more »

Inmates at Bridgend Parc Prison are helping their children gain a Duke of Edinburgh's Award

Inmates at Bridgend 's Parc Prison have been helping guide their children through the Duke of Edinburgh Award – and gaining leadership qualifications themselves. The unique project has been delivered by the prison' Family Intervention Unit since 2014 ...

Police investigate alleged sexual assault of a woman in Port Talbot

The 41-year-old woman was outside Port Talbot railway station when she got into a bronze five-door saloon car, which was being driven by a man and had another man as a front seat passenger. The car was driven from the town centre at around 10.45pm on ...and more »

'Port Talbot's steelworks is only open today because of the UK Government' says David Cameron

Prime Minister David Cameron pictured during a visit to Toyoda Gosei, car parts manufacturing plant at Gorseinon. David Cameron has vowed to “go the extra mile” to secure the future of the steelworks in Port Talbot – and insisted it is only open today ...and more »

Swansea is getting a FootGolf course that will open at the start of May

There are already FootGolf course in Wales, including Dryffyn Clwyd Footgolf in Ruthin, St Mary's Golf Club in Bridgend, Storws Wen in Anglesey, Silver Birch Footgolf in Abergele, Cardiff Footgolf and Rhondda Footgolf in Ferndale . Swansea FootGolf ...

A time capsule has been buried at Bridgend's £9m Rhiw development... and it won't be opened for 50 years

Young carers joined Coastal Housing Group to bury their very own time capsule at the town centre development and it was filled with a range of personal items supplied by the young people including poems, drawings and writing about their families.

'Record Judgement Day crowd is proof the much

WRU chairman Gareth Davies says the record crowd for Judgement Day IV is proof that the “much maligned” regional game in Wales is on the up. Close on 65,000 tickets have been sold for Saturday's regional double header at the Principality Stadium when ...and more »

Police appeal after a 50

Police are appealing for information to locate a 50-year-old man who has been reported missing from the Bridgend area. Martin Heryet, who is from Aberkenfig, was last seen in Pyle on Monday. The 50 year-old, who is 5ft 5ins tall, is known to frequent ...

How this Cardiff charity continues to help children affected by the Chernobyl disaster

A Cardiff-based charity is heading out to Belarus for the 11th consecutive year to help severely ill children - 30 years on from the Chernobyl disaster. Chernobyl Children Cancer Care Cardiff (Five Cs), based in Llanishen , will fly 15 volunteers to ...and more »

Labour MP Frank Field predicts Scotland will become independent

Field's comments come a week after Mary Lockhart, Scottish Labour candidate for Mid Scotland and Fife, said she would campaign for independence within her party. Discussing differing views on the EU with SNP MP Alex Salmond on the BBC's Daily Politics ...and more »

Your chance to have your say on what happens next to Cwmaman Institute

The people of Cwmaman are being asked how they want to see the closed 1890s institute brought back to life. The Coalfields Regeneration Trust wants to consult with local people before they move forward with any plans to revitalise the old Cwmaman ...

One year on – change to nuisance marketing law leads to £2 million in fines

The Information Commissioner has made good on a promise made a year ago to make the most of a new law designed to

Rhondda author will have one of his books turned into a film by Aberdare director

The twist in Gary's latest tale came when he met Welsh director Neil Jones, who was born in Aberdare but grew up in Merthyr , when he had a small acting role on Neil's film RISEN: The Howard Winstone Story. Gary, said: “That's how I met Neil and I told ...

Welsh Conservatives challenge voters to embrace “real change” or risk long-term future with Labour

Welsh Conservatives have unveiled their latest Advan in the Gower, which will present voters with a stark choice between “5 more years of Labour” or “Real change with the Welsh Conservatives”, ahead of the Welsh Assembly elections on May 5th.

Research warns of 'grim' outlook for council spending

Councils may be unable to fund services such as parks, highways and refuse colle

Welsh international 'seeking a fresh challenge' as he heads to Japan at the end of the season

Wales international Dominic Day is heading to Japan at the end of the season, Bath Rugby have confirmed. The 30-year-old is 'seeking a fresh challenge' as he makes the move to The Land of the Rising Sun, where Welsh legend Shane Williams ended his ...and more »

Police issue CCTV of man they want to speak to after Caerphilly assault

Police have issued a CCTV image of a man police would like to speak to after an assault in Caerphilly . A 34-year-old man, from Lansbury Park, was taken to hospital with facial injuries after the attack on Cardiff Road outside the Courthouse pub in ...and more »

The sickening and obscene racist rant launched at a Cardiff taxi driver

This is the moment a Cardiff taxi driver was subjected to a barrage of vile racist abuse by a passenger as he was driven home. The footage shows the passenger insulting the cabbie, who is understood to be a Muslim, within seconds of the film beginning.and more »

These power lifters from Blaenau Gwent have qualified for the British and World Championships

Power lifters from Blaenau Gwent have qualified for the British and World Championships next year. The five men, who train in Cwm, all qualified from their respective categories after their qualification meet in front of hundreds of spectators in ...


The crown for Miss Rhondda Cynon Taff 2016 has been handed out – and it's been given to a rugby-playing beauty queen from Tonyrefail. Chloe Dobbin made headlines in September last year when she scored the first-ever try when Taffs Well RFC ...

Wales' first nature kindergarten could be opened in Dare Valley Park, bringing new jobs to Aberdare

A Cynon Valley park hopes to open Wales' first nature kindergarten which could bring a number of jobs to the area. The moves comes after a nature-based parent and toddler group was set up at Dare Valley Park in Aberdare after a Scandinavian Early Years ...

A festival celebrating gin AND vodka is heading to Cardiff

A gin and vodka festival that promotes the distillers, history and unique flavours of two of our most popular spirits is heading to Cardiff for the first time. Details have yet to be finalised but we do know that a Cardiff date is on the cards for ...

Work is almost complete on Ebbw Vale Sports Centre after its ceiling collapsed in February

Repairs on Ebbw Vale Sports Centre, which was forced to close on February 6 after the “significant flooding incident”, is progressing “quickly”, and the centre has announced a number of operations will be carried out this week. The heavy rain meant ...and more »

'What the hell is going on here?' It's nearly May but snow is falling in Wales as Arctic blast defies spring

Monmouthshire · Neath Port Talbot · Newport · Pembrokeshire · Powys · Rhondda · Pontypridd · Torfaen · Vale of Glamorgan · Wrexham. Trending Tata job losses Crime Transport Francesco Guidolin · Sport. Sections Latest Sport Rugby Football Cardiff City ...and more »

This spectacular virtual fly

Next month up to 18,000 cyclists will take to the roads of South Wales for the 2016 Velothon, and this brilliant video shows the stunning route they will tackle on May 22. The 140km route includes two famous climbs and will see riders leave Cardiff ...

Here's where visitors to Wales come from and the reasons they come

The aim is to try and understand visitors in more detail - where they come from, where they go and why they come. Visitors from overseas as well as visitors from the UK are approached. This is what the most recent survey found.

Cardiff City should go to Hillsborough with no fear... Sheffield Wednesday have got it to lose

Cardiff City are favourites to win their crunch Championship clash with Sheffield Wednesday according to former boss Dave Jones. Russell Slade's Bluebirds head to Hillsborough on Saturday needing a win, then to beat Birmingham on the last day whilst ...and more »

Yes, that IS the Guinness PRO12 trophy at a shop in Pontypridd

Rugby fever has hit Specsavers in Pontypridd ahead of the hotly-anticipated rugby derby event, Judgement Day, as the store welcomed customers, a local rugby star and the Guinness PRO12 trophy. The acclaimed silverware was hosted by the Taff Street ...

Welsh Hills take part in Brecon Awareness Week Walk 2016

To mark Coeliac UK Awareness Week, staff from dedicated gluten-free manufacturer, Welsh Hills Bakery, are preparing to trek 10km around the beautiful Usk Valley.

South Wales Echo letters: Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Our MP Steve Doughty is correct to publicly question Cardiff council over the Coal Exchange building. It was owned by the then Cardiff Bay Development Corporation, and then it became under the Welsh Office and was sold to a development group.

Western Mail letters: Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Much has been made of the expected low turnout in the forthcoming Police & Crime Commissioner elections. After my own recent experiences, I'm tempted to ask whether this is any great surprise. I contacted all five candidates standing in South Wales to ...

Snow forecast for Wales as Arctic blast defies spring and brings very low temperatures

But there is snow falling in parts of Wales today. And there could be more wintry weather on the way. This video shows snow falling in south-west Wales. Video loading. Forecasters are warning that rain, sleet, snow, hail and thunder are all possible.and more »

School pupils produce films to take on homophobic bullying

Pupils across Wales have been producing anti-homophobic films as part of a project tackling bullying in schools. Figures released by equality charity Stonewall, found over half to young gay people experience homophobic bullying and 40 per cent of those ...and more »

Wales' universities given more than £5m in charitable donations in a year

Wales' first nature kindergarten could be opened in Dare Valley Park, bringing new jobs to Aberdare. Dare Valley Park has seen a demand for their LadyBirds sessions and hope to open Wales' first nature kindergartens. Welsh students make West End debut ...

The far right is on the move in Europe

Has the time come to think hard about the rights that any citizen of the UK should expect, even if that constrains the power of devolved governments? Shares; Comments. Get daily news by email. Shirley Bassey performing at the 1999 concert to mark the ...and more »

Struggling families will soon be able to get free fuel vouchers from Cardiff foodbank

People who are able to access much-needed supplies at foodbanks in Cardiff will now be able to receive energy so they no longer have to choose between “heating and eating”. Npower will give credits worth £30 from this month to the end of October, ...and more »

Forced labour accused invited alleged victim to his daughter's wedding

A man who alleges he was treated as a “slave” and beaten by a Cardiff father he worked for has accepted he was once a guest at a wedding in the accused's family. But Michael Hughes, 46, who claims he was forced to work for little or no money and ...and more »

National Museum Wales staff to take indefinite action over weekend payments row

Museum staff across Wales are stepping up their programme of strikes by taking indefinite action in a row over the removal of weekend payments. Members of the Public and Commercial Services union (PCS) will take open-ended strike action at all National ...and more »

Valleys music festival grows so big it has to move venue for 2016

A music festival promoted by students at Coleg Y Cymoedd has grown so quickly in the last three years it has now moved to a new venue. Valleys Soundfest was originally staged at the college's Rhondda campus in Llwynypia, but will this year be held at ...

How the redevelopment of Cardiff Arms Park could form part of a much larger scheme to rival Central Square and ...

The redevelopment of the historic Arms Park site in the centre of Cardiff has been talked about for years. But last December there was a positive step forward with an agreement in principle between tenants of the rugby ground, the Cardiff Blues, and ...and more »

Aberthaw power station changes could affect Welsh coal producers

Aberthaw power station will switch to a new way of working which could affect coal miners in Wales, according to reports. From next April Wales' biggest coal-fired power station will focus on generating electricity over the winter and during periods of ...and more »

Assembly election candidates quizzed on bovine TB at election hustings in Ceredigion

Farmers in Ceredigion asked their local Assembly election candidates what they would do about bovine TB at a hustings event held by the county branch of the Farmers' Union of Wales. The event at Lampeter Rugby Club saw representatives from all the ...and more »

Police appeal for sightings as 15

People in the city are being asked to help police trace the whereabouts of 15-year-old Alisha Shannon-Wilson. Alisha, who is from Gorseinon, was last seen at 12.15pm on Sunday in the Portmead area of the city.and more »

This sheepdog managed to make its own way back to Wales...from its new home in Cumbria

It's a 240-mile journey but this sheepdog managed to make its way back to Wales - from its new home in Cumbria. Pero, a four-year-old working sheepdog, escaped from Cockermouth on April 8 only to reappear on the doorstep of Alan and Shan James' Farm ...and more »

National Assembly election 2016: Who is standing in Newport West?

Dame Rosemary Butler , the National Assembly's Presiding Officer, has represented Newport West since 1999 but is not standing again this year. She won the seat four years ago with a majority of 18.3% over the Conservative Party. In Westminster, the ...and more »

Burglars take charity boxes after failing to get into safe at vets practice

Burglars who got into a Merthyr Tydfil vets practice couldn't break into the safe so stole charity boxes instead. Police were alerted after the alarm at Ash Veterinary Surgery on Aberdare Road was activated on Sunday and arrived to find donations to ...

Police in Aberdare are appealing for information to help trace a woman

Police in Aberdare are appealing for information to help trace a woman wanted for breaching bail conditions.

Exciting times ahead: ProMo-Cymru wins new contract for Meic,

We’re proud to announce that after a tendering process by Welsh Government, ProMo-Cymru was successful with its submission to continue to provide the Meic service for the benefit of young people across Wal

Welsh election: Labour support ‘lowest since 2010’

Labour support in Wales has fallen to its lowest level since before the 2010 genera

Charities campaigning for change should think hard before pursuing court cases

Getting involved in legal action comes with risks and no guarantees of victory, but it can be a powerful weapon.

National Assembly election 2016: Who are the candidates standing in Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire?

I joined the Party of Wales in 1989 and my first party conference was at the Coliseum in Aberdare in 1994. Why are you/would you be a good Assembly Member? I have had the experience of making laws and scrutinising Governments in Westminster and ...and more »

Each political party has its say on cancer care in Wales ahead of the Assembly elections

Health and the state of the NHS are two of the main priorities for voters ahead of May's Assembly elections. But there are differing views as to how cancer services, in particular, should be run in Wales. Here a health spokesperson from each of the ...and more »

Commercial properties muscle in on the auction scene

Compton House, Victoria Square, Aberdare, is an office building in the heart of the town. The three storey period building offers a total of 7,441 sq ft of space across the three floors currently returning an annual rental of £37,500 with scope to ...

Someone has gone around Cardiff taking down Plaid Cymru election placards

Monmouthshire · Neath Port Talbot · Newport · Pembrokeshire · Powys · Rhondda · Pontypridd · Torfaen · Vale of Glamorgan · Wrexham. Trending Tata job losses Crime Transport Francesco Guidolin · Sport. Sections Latest Sport Rugby Football Cardiff City ...

Assault in Ebbw Vale leaves 53

Police are appealing for information after a man was left in a critical condition in hospital following an assault by an “unknown male” in Ebbw Vale . The incident happened at a property in Mount Pleasant Road at 9.20pm on Sunday, and a 53-year-old ...and more »

This is the last bank in the village

It's the only bank left in Cross Hands in Carmarthenshire - but with only 18 regular customers left, it's about to shut its doors. The closure of this branch of Lloyds has been described as a blow to the residents and businesses who use it. Customers ...

We tried Deliveroo in Cardiff and this is what happened

... right now · 14 amazing Indian dishes in Cardiff you just have to try · The boozy tour of Wales: 28 vineyards, breweries and festivals you need to visit in 2016 · Watch Paul Potts sing fantastic version of Be My Love at Rhondda choir's 92nd ...

The Scottish baby box lights up a dreary election

I love the baby in a box idea from the SNP. At last, a manifesto commitment in this sorry election campaign that is clear, simple, costed and encapsulates a direction of travel that takes the rhetoric out of the concept of 'cradle to grave' and makes ...and more »

Welsh athletes shine in America

At the Chula Vista Throws/Vault event in California, discus thrower Brett Morse recorded a season's best of 63.08m. In the pole vault, Commonwealth Games silver medallist Sally Peake was just two cms short of her lifetime best as she cleared 4.40m to ...

Tata's UK steel business moving close to profitability as Port Talbot smashes all time production record

Tata's up for sale UK steel business, which employs 6,000 directly in Wales, has been narrowing losses for months and is closing in on profitability. In announcing its decision to sell the business last month, Tata bosses in India said the strip steel ...and more »

Bear Grylls to host edge

Adventurer Bear Grylls has announced he will appear in Cardiff as part of his very first live arena tour. The globe-trotting survivalist, daredevil and author , along with a cast of expert aerial artists and stunt crew, promises to take audiences on an ...and more »

Young named as new Wales skipper

Cardiff and British Lions prop David Young was tonight appointed as Wales captain for the Six Nations Championship. Young's shock promotion was confirmed tonight by Wales coach Graham Henry. The 32-year-old replaces his Cardiff colleague Rob ...and more »

Loads of people think the BGT judges got it wrong about this singing Merthyr teacher

Simon Cowell and his fellow BGT judges were BOOED when they rejected the student teacher after her performance of the Ed Sheeran song, Thinking Out Loud. The audience turned on the panel when they said no to the 24-year-old, who comes from ...

Excalibur Steel UK putting employees at the heart of bid for Tata's UK steel business

Monmouthshire · Neath Port Talbot · Newport · Pembrokeshire · Powys · Rhondda · Pontypridd · Torfaen · Vale of Glamorgan · Wrexham. Trending Tata job losses RHS Flower Show Stuff to do in Wales · Sport. Sections Latest Sport Rugby Football Cardiff City ...and more »

Women are defending 10 out of 11 marginal Assembly seats in Wales (men got most of the safe ones)

The cause of gender balance at the National Assembly could be dealt a blow at next month's election, with women more likely to be fighting for victory in marginal and vulnerable seats while men have an easier ride in safe seats. A report from Electoral ...and more »

South Wales Echo letters: Saturday, April 23, 2016

the old one, but sadly that's not the case and most people in Caerphilly feel betrayed. There is not even a 24-hour A&E service. This means patients who travel by car to the Royal Gwent Hospital find it almost impossible to find a parking space. Those ...

'Very worrying' rise in the number of children sexting reported to Welsh police

There has been a 'very worrying' rise in the number of under-18s being reported to Welsh police for distributing indecent images, according to the NSPCC . A Freedom of Information request by the charity revealed that the number of children reported to ...and more »

Wales breaking news plus live traffic, weather and M4 updates (Monday, April 25)

Wales' live news service featuring all the latest traffic, weather, M4, showbiz and sport updates from across the country. You can contribute to the live blog by posting your comment below or you can also tweet us @walesonline to share the news that's ...

Plaid Cymru and Conservatives put forward visions to get Wales building

Parties will today outline plans to boost housebuilding and infrastructure investment as the May 5 Assembly election looms closer. The Conservatives will argue 70,000 new homes are needed over the next Assembly term and Plaid Cymru has outlined ...and more »

Care home crisis tightens its grip as cuts bite and living wage adds to costs

The number of care home insolvencies increased by almost a fifth last year amid a fall in local authority funding, a new study has revealed. A total of 47 care homes became insolvent in England and Wales, up from 40 in the previous year and 35 in 2012 ...and more »

Labour unveils plan to get Welsh children coding

Labour will today unveil plans to get children across Wales coding so they will have critical digital skills to succeed in the economy of the future. The party wants to raise up a generation who can write “code” used to program smartphones and ...and more »

Thousands turn to charity for help with beds, washing machines and cookers

Cardiff, Rhondda Cynon Taf and Swansea are home to the most “families in crisis” within Wales, according to a leading children's charity. Buttle UK provides support for children who need help because of poverty and family circumstances. Since 2006, the ...

Mixed fortunes for Welsh universities in the latest higher education league table

Universities in Wales have recorded mixed fortunes in a new higher education league table published today. Cardiff University retains its position as the best in Wales, according to the Complete University Guide, but has fallen for the second ...and more »

Ponty Youth claim vital win at Rumney

Pontypridd Youth travelled to face Rumney Youth on Saturday 23d April - an important fixture in their bid to win the Blues A league title. Their hosts in recent weeks had put in some impressive performances but not always getting the results their ...

These inspiring community groups have received £100000 in funding from Sport Relief

Nearly 100 inspiring community groups in Wales have received funding from Sport Relief to help them continue their good work. WalesOnline worked with Comic Relief and the Community Foundation Wales to distribute £100,000 to deserving projects across ...and more »

Seven great cycle routes for families in Wales that are near to cafés

A family bike ride is a great way to get some fresh air and exercise and explore interesting places together. Wales has some fantastic new and established traffic-free cycle routes in and around the country. Many of them are close to cafes so you can ...

More than half of people in Wales do absolutely no exercise at all

Wales is a nation of couch potatoes, with more than half of the population failing to take any cardiovascular exercise, according to new research. The study, carried out by YouGov, revealed that 51% of people in Wales never take any cardio exercise ...and more »

TV presenter explains why it would be a 'sad, dark day for Wales' if 685 homes were built on Caerphilly mountain

A BBC presenter has criticised proposals to build a housing development on Caerphilly Mountain in an open letter. Dr Rhys Jones, known for appearing on the BBC programme Rhys Jones' Wildlife Patrol, has objected to plans by Caerphilly council to build ...

It isn't just about the men... meet the women of Port Talbot's steelworks

When engineer Kate Jauncey hears colleagues talk about “my men” or “the lads”, even when the team includes women, she feels annoyed but says the culture at Port Talbot steelworks is not sexist. Women make up 40% of the workforce in a range of jobs ...and more »

Newport lecturer visits physics centre CERN

Learners at the college, which has campuses in Aberdare, Nantgarw, Rhondda and Ystrad Mynach, will now benefit from the lecturer's trip. Mr Mitchell was one of 24 teachers from across Wales to visit CERN to explore further research into particle physics.and more »

Recession fuels boom in young people staying at home

Young people in their late 20s in Wales are nearly 50% more likely to be living with their parents than before the financial crisis. One in four (26.3%) 25 to 29-year-olds lived at home with their parents in 2014-2015, up 47% from one in six (17.9%) in ...

Sometimes it snows in April! Snow and sleet are on the way for parts of Wales next week

Sometimes it snows in April! Snow and sleet are on the way for parts of Wales next week. 15:25, 24 Apr 2016; Updated 15:26, 24 Apr 2016; By Abbie Wightwick. Wintry showers forecast as spring shows no sign of warming up. Shares; Comments. Get daily ...and more »

The uncapped young New Zealand fliers being tipped to play against Wales as Steve Hansen reshapes his team

Wales could face a couple of lesser-known New Zealand young guns this summer after they were tipped to play a part in the three-Test showdown. Former New Zealand hard-man and great Richard Loe believes 21-year-old fliers Damian McKenzie and ...

Wales' historic Euro 2016 qualification recreated in brilliant detail... in Lego!

It was a qualification campaign no-one will forget and now, thanks to the creative brilliance of one fan, it has been immortalised in Lego. Ashley Weaver has recreated all the twists and turns as Wales qualified for its first major tournament in 58 ...

Area sealed off after gas cylinders found at garage fire in Ogmore Vale

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Wales needs to be an economy where doing business is simple

In less than two weeks, people across Wales will be heading to the polling booths to make a decision about the country's future. Last year's general election saw 2.2 million people in Wales cast their vote, and now the country's major parties will ...and more »

Leicester City v Swansea City LIVE: Updates from King Power Stadium as Swans take centre stage in title race

Welcome to our live coverage from the King Power Stadium as Swansea City take on title-chasing Leicester. Whilst they aren't mathematically safe, it would take an almighty collapse in both form and fortune for the Swans to be dragged into the drop zone.and more »

Newport Gwent Dragons crash out of Europe... but who follows Lyn Jones into the Rodney Parade hot

Monmouthshire · Neath Port Talbot · Newport · Pembrokeshire · Powys · Rhondda · Pontypridd · Torfaen · Vale of Glamorgan · Wrexham. Trending Six Nations Francesco Guidolin Wales Rugby Team Swansea City FC Cardiff City Barclay's Premier League.and more »

Barack Obama in fresh warning over the UK quitting the EU saying it could take a decade to sign a trade deal

US president Barack Obama has launched a fresh intervention into the Brexit battle, warning the UK would have to wait up to a decade for a trade deal with America if it quits the EU. Unbowed by a furious backlash from the Leave camp against his ...

Wales better than Scotland for encouraging business investment say UK chairman of Deloitte

IN contrast to Scotland, Wales has created an environment giving business confidence to invest, says chairman in the UK for professional advisory firm Deloitte Nick Owen. The firm has invested significantly in Cardiff, where it now has a delivery ...

Stella actress Di Botcher remembers her first job at Port Talbot steelworks

The future of the Port Talbot steel works may be in doubt but Welsh actress Di Botcher will always remember it as a coming of age part of her past. Di, who has appeared on stage, film and in hit television series including Stella, Little Britain ...

Man dies of his injuries after devastating car crash which closed road for several hours

A man has died following a devastating car crash near a small village in Neath Port Talbot, police have confirmed. South Wales Police are appealing for witnesses to the crash which took place at 6.45pm on Saturday, April 23 on the B4242 north of ...and more »

Roath Bake Off winners announced as the 2016 event is described as 'better than ever'

Monmouthshire · Neath Port Talbot · Newport · Pembrokeshire · Powys · Rhondda · Pontypridd · Torfaen · Vale of Glamorgan · Wrexham. Trending Tata job losses RHS Flower Show Stuff to do in Wales · Sport. Sections Latest Sport Rugby Football Cardiff City ...

Students in Cardiff have been given safety advice as police investigate alleged sex attack

Police are investigating reports a 25-year-old woman was sexually assaulted on Senghennydd Road at around 3am on Friday. It is thought the victim is not a student at Cardiff University , but because it is near the students' union advice has been sent out.and more »

Road to be closed 'for some hours' as air ambulance called to serious crash

Motorists have been warned that a road is likely to be closed "for some hours" after a serious crash in the Neath area. South Wales Police said Neath Road in Abergarwed will be closed for some time while the air ambulance lands. A spokeswoman said the ...and more »

The Greggs that every Cardiff commuter has visited has closed its doors for the final time

A Greggs that's probably been used by every Cardiff central station commuter has closed its doors for the last time. The Wood Street bakery is moving to make way for the new developments outside Central Station. But commuters needn't worry too much as ...

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Llandovery travelled to the capital seeking a victory to put them in good heart for the Principality Premiership them but the hosts had different ideas and after a hard-fought 80 minutes it was Cardiff who emerged worthy victors. Cardiff opened the ...

A pensioner has died after the mobility scooter he was on crashed into a wall

A 72-year-old man has died after the mobility scooter he was on crashed into a wall in Llangunnor, Carmarthenshire . Dyfed-Powys Police said the local man was riding a mobility scooter at the time of the incident. They said no other vehicles were ...and more »

The Wales star who has become a key dressing room driving force behind Leicester City's Premier League title charge

Think of Premier League title heir apparents Leicester City and the names of Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez automatically slip off the tongue. Then there are the lesser lights such as skipper Wes Morgan, his centre-back partner Robert Huth, new England ...and more »

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Pontypridd stormed into the Principality Premiership play-off final with home advantage thanks to a rousing bonus point victory over hard-working Bedwas. Ponty crossed for seven tries – five in the second half- with powerful left wing Dale Stuckey ...and more »

Saracens' Chris Ashton and Wasps' Christian Wade press England claims

The big, barrel-chested “Mayor of Aberdare” comes from a parallel rugby universe to his quicksilver winger but the former Wales and Lions prop instinctively understands what makes Wade tick. Make him feel confident and wanted and the tries will flow ...and more »

Why was this Stormtrooper walking around Cardiff city centre on Saturday?

As shoppers made the most of the weekend sun in Cardiff, many of them bumped into people dressed as fictional characters... but why? Shares; Comments. Get What's On news by email. Stormtrooper in Cardiff. It's not every day you see a Stormtrooper ...

National Assembly election 2016: Who is standing for election in Pontypridd?

These will be updated as candidates send through their responses. All party press offices have been contacted and independent candidates are welcome to submit theirs. Chad Rickard, Pontypridd. Chad Rickard, Plaid Cymru. 28, single no children. What is ...

What you said as you tried Uber on its first day in Cardiff

The San Francisoco cab firm's Cardiff boss, Fouzan Ali, had warned customers they would need to be patient. And it seems he was right. @Uber why launch in Cardiff when you clearly don't have the drivers? Not even 10:30 from the centre and 'no cars ...and more »

A myth

She created a company whose ethos is to create theatre and life story work with people at the margins of society. And now Karin Diamond, and her theatre group Re-Live, are about to embark on a tour with a new myth-busting play based around dementia, ...

12 inspirational people from Wales who are running the London Marathon this weekend

Thousands of people will run through the streets of London on Sunday as they take on the London Marathon. Here's some of the people from Wales who will be running the 26.2 miles. So whether you're watching from home or travelling down, here's who you ...and more »

Is road, rail or air the cheapest way for Welsh footie fans to get to France for Euro 2016?

The near six decades of waiting is almost over. And after the ecstasy of qualification Wales' football fans now have to turn their minds to more mundane matters - like how to get to France. Research shows Welsh fans mulling over whether to take the ...and more »

Police find 'no offence' after family complained over threats in horse selfie row

Police will take no action after the owners of a grinning horse at the centre of a selfie photo-bombing row said they received a deluge of abuse on social media. Phillip Dunn, of Prestatyn, contacted North Wales Police after claiming threats were made ...and more »

How Wales is marking 400 years since Shakespeare's death

Shakespeare died on April 23, 2016 and now exactly 400 years on, there are many commemorations taking place to mark the famous Bard. Here are the highlights... Television. The BBC has an entire season of events planned around the 400th anniversary of ...and more »

The elusive story of William Shakespeare's Welsh gran

Across the world today, lovers of language, literature and life mark the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare on April 23, 1616. He was an Englishman, born and raised in Stratford upon Avon, whose influence on the English language ...and more »

The boy who thinks he could be Wales' first Tory First Minister

The childhood album of Andrew RT Davies, the Welsh Conservative leader shows the earnest grin of a young boy who grew up in a close family. Pictures show him as a boy with his mother sat on a tractor on the family's farm in the Vale of Glamorgan.and more »

This is what happened when we tried out Uber on its first night in Cardiff

Aberdare · An elderly woman had her purse stolen in Aberdare and police want to speak to this man · Tredegar · Barn containing 500 hay bales and tractor destroyed by fire started deliberately in the early hours · Ebbw Vale · This Ebbw Vale cafe missed ...and more »

This is what Wales would look like under a Tory Government

The idea of a Welsh Conservative Government is one that many will find implausible – the party has never won a majority of seats in Wales since property qualifications to vote were abolished. But Andrew RT Davies, the party's Welsh leader, has made a ...and more »

Paedophile who was 'too fat to sentence' is finally jailed

AN overweight paedophile who was “too fat to be sentenced” earlier this month has finally been given a four-and-a-half-year jail term for serious sex offences against children dating back to the 1970s and 1980s. Gerald Picton, 66, of Observatory Avenue ...and more »

Hallam Amos: Newport Gwent Dragons have potential to be Wales' top region

Hallam Amos has made a startling prediction about the future of Newport Gwent Dragons ... insisting they can become Wales' top region! The Wales international made his bold claim despite talisman Taulupe Faletau joining Bath at the end of the campaign, ...and more »

Pedestrian access to Cardiff Central train station will be changing so demolition work can start nearby

Bulldozers are set to start demolishing an eyesore city centre block in just a few weeks to make way for Cardiff's new bus station. Marland House has become familiar to city centre residents and visitors as the rundown row of shops and officers they ...

This brilliant poster features 60 iconic images of Cardiff but how many can you name?

From Castell Coc h and the Brains tower to the magic roundabout and our very own South Wales Echo, 60 Cardiff icons have been celebrated in a new poster. Creator Chris Amodeo, founder of cult brand I Loves The 'Diff , admits he had sleepless nights ...

The Morning Star Inn, where a man was murdered, WILL be converted into flats

Neighbour rescues elderly woman from rogue trader · Aberdare · An elderly woman had her purse stolen in Aberdare and police want to speak to this man · Canton · Meet Cardiff's 'Dolly the dressmaker' who never leaves the house without her make-up ...

Teenager who reached 100mph in police chase while over the limit avoids detention

A teenager who drove at speeds in excess of 100mph in a police chase while under the influence of alcohol has avoided immediate detention at a young offenders' institute. Jack Deane, 19, was sentenced at Cardiff Crown Court today after pleading guilty ...and more »

It’s what they don’t say

The Labour party has published its manifesto for the Assembly election on 5 May. It is full of all sorts of promises and also lots about what they say they have achieved in government in Wales.

Fresh staff cuts at EHRC ‘will undermine its vital work’

The equality watchdog is set to make nearly 30 members of staff redundant, in what critics say is a blow to its effo

Home Office targets public officials with plans for ‘illicit enrichment’ offence

The Government is consulting on the creation of an illicit enrichment offence, “for use when a public official has a significant and inexplicable increase in their assets”.

National Assembly election 2016: Who are the candidates standing in Caerphilly?

The seat has been held by two different Labour AMs since 1999, Ron Davies and Jeff Cuthbert, and this year Labour has a new candidate Hefin David. At last year's General Election, it was held for Labour by sitting MP Wayne David.and more »

Have you heard of Beatball, the new initiative combining dance and football for girls in RCT?

A total of 50 primary schools in Rhondda have been offered free girls football coaching sessions and seven community hubs have been established to deliver Beatball for a total of 10 weeks in towns including Tonyrefail, Aberdare, Hawthorn, Pontypridd, ...

When a woman refused to high

A soldier who attacked a woman with a glass bottle on a night out after she refused to give him a high-five has been jailed. Mark Griffiths, 37, was found guilty of attempting to cause grievous bodily harm and of occasioning actual bodily harm ...and more »

The world's first 'anti

A delicious gin that is meant to be anti-ageing? It sounds like a dream come true for fans of the tipple. But that's exactly what guests at a hotel in Denbighshire are now able to enjoy. Newly-refurbished Bodelwyddan Castle has launched the new spirit ...and more »

She's her football club's only girl and plays in a boys' team... now Alice Griffiths is excelling in the red of Wales

The St John Baptist Church in Wales High School student is Welsh League side AFC Llwydcoed's only female player, and plays week-in week-out in the Aberdare Rhondda Junior Football League – an under-16s competition primarily for boys.

Prime development site in the centre of Cardiff being brought to market

It's one of Wales' prime development sites and now a parcel of land at Callaghan Square in the centre of Cardiff is being brought to market. The site, at the south side of Callaghan Square, was acquired by the Welsh Government three years ago.

Meet Cardiff's 'Dolly the dressmaker' who never leaves the house without her make

A former seamstress from Cardiff has celebrated her 100th birthday with multiple parties surrounded by friends and family to help her mark becoming a centenarian. Dorothy Dacey, born and bred in Canton , marked the milestone on March 21. Known as Dolly ...

We asked the statisticians whether Cardiff City would make the play

Cardiff City manager Russell Slade has claimed his side still have a hope of making the play-offs – and he's right after Cardiff University number crunchers revealed the Bluebirds have just a FIVE PER CENT chance of finishing in the top six. Recent ...and more »

BikePark Wales bids to more than double the number of cycle trails at its Merthyr site

A South Wales bike park is bidding to add 23 new trails to its current operations, more than doubling the current number its cyclists can use. It means BikePark Wales in Merthyr Tydfil , which claims its site is “unlike anything” else in the UK, will ...and more »

Here's how you can get £15 off your first Uber ride in Cardiff

After months of speculation, taxi app Uber will launch in Cardiff this Friday at 4pm. The app links passengers with drivers through GPS on their phones. The company say they have had one of the biggest reactions they have ever seen ahead of a launch in ...and more »

Scientists at Cardiff University make major breakthrough in asthma treatment

Scientists at Cardiff University have made a discovery that could lead to improved treatment for asthma sufferers. They have found that blocking a certain “signalling molecule” can alleviate symptoms such as mucus production, swelling, and constriction ...

Llantrisant war memorial WILL be placed on Bull Ring despite site row... but what happens next?

Aberdare · An elderly woman had her purse stolen in Aberdare and police want to speak to this man · Aberdare · She's her football club's only girl and plays in a boys' team... now Alice Griffiths is excelling in the red of Wales · Pontypridd · The ...

Gelligaer hepatitis A outbreak at school sparks inquiry

An investigation has been launched into an outbreak of hepatitis A at a Caerphilly school. Four cases have been identified at Glyn-Gaer Primary School, in Gelligaer, according to Public Health Wales. Pupils and staff who may be at risk have been ...and more »

An elderly woman dropped her purse on the floor and here's what happened

Police want to speak to the man in this video in connection with the theft of a purse outside a Cardiff post office. The CCTV shows an elderly woman turning her back for a couple of seconds near a cashpoint. The woman appears to be organising her bags ...and more »

Swansea's smallest pub The Mumbles Ale House is named Pub of The Year (and it doesn't even sell lager)

It may be the smallest pub in the city but The Mumbles Ale House has been voted the best in Swansea this year. A large crowd of enthusiastic real ale fans gathered to see the pioneering Mumbles Ale House being awarded Swansea Camra's Pub of the Year ...and more »

'The whole country will be against you!' Shane Williams' lowdown on the torturous task Wales face in New Zealand

Shane Williams has spent three months touring New Zealand so he knows a little bit about the trials and tribulations of tackling the All Blacks in their own backyard. Although he missed Wales' two-Test tour in 2010, just 12 months later Williams was ...and more »

Welsh weightlifters produce promising performances at European Championships

The Welsh contingent of Team GB provided fine performances at the European Weightlifting Championships held in Forde, Norway. Gareth Evans had recently recovered from surgery to compete and made a super 261 total which considering his lack of ...

Three men have been arrested after thefts of railway cable in Rhondda Cynon Taf

British Transport Police recently appealed for information following a number of cable thefts in RCT which caused more than 15 hours of disruption to Valleys Lines services and offered a £1,000 reward.

The £1.7m dream home that comes with its very own island

Well now you can if you purchase a £1.7m Georgian dream home in North Wales. And it has a castillated folly tower too, the perfect look out post to spot passing pirate ships. Strutt and Parker Dream home with island for sale Aberdovey Wales Strutt and ...

Police in Cardiff investigating alleged sex assault in city centre

South Wales Police confirmed they were called just before 3am this morning to the Senghennydd Road area in Cathays and have said that the victim is a 25-year-old woman. There was a police presence near the entrance to Cathays train station, near ...

The five reasons Barack Obama gave for the UK staying in the EU in a passionate article

He will meet David Cameron to discuss the fight against Islamic State (IS) in the Middle East. And he is set to have a private lunch with The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh to mark her 90th birthday . But he has also used his visit to urge the UK to ...

Wales breaking news plus live traffic, weather and M4 updates (Friday, April 22)

Wales' live news service featuring all the latest traffic, weather, M4, showbiz and sport updates from across the country. You can contribute to the live blog by posting your comment below or you can also tweet us @walesonline to share the news that's ...and more »

Wales men defeat French hockey rivals in Cardiff

Wales Men secured a 1-0 win against Fracme in the first of two international test matches at the National Hockey Centre in Cardiff today. For Wales head coach Zak Jones, it was a promising result for a young side ahead of a busy summer of international ...and more »

Soldier who lost both legs and his eyesight while serving in Afghanistan takes on huge challenge for charity

Former soldier Shaun Stocker from Acton, Wrexham badly injured in Afghanistan will be organising a 100k fundraising walk to raise funds for Blind Veterans UK. A soldier who was blinded and lost both legs and his reproductive organs when he was blown up ...

Transformation of Maelfa shopping centre in Cardiff given approval

One described the plans for new homes and shops at the site in the Llanedeyrn area of Cardiff as a way to “bring it back to life”. Read more: Transformation of Maelfa shopping centre in Cardiff looks set to be given approval. After years of debate, the ...

Shane Williams challenges Wales wing contenders to grab vacant starting spot in New Zealand

Shane Williams has declared it's time Wales hopefuls like Tom James and Hallam Amos take their chance and grab his old vacant wing starting spot on the summer tour of New Zealand. Cardiff Blues wing Alex Cuthbert has been ruled out of the three-Test ...

These seeds have been into space

Rocket seeds which have shot up to space on the International Space Station (ISS) have been planted by schoolchildren back on earth - Cardiff , to be precise - in a live science experiment. Coed Glas Primary School in Llanishen , Cardiff, is one of the ...and more »

Mahindra e20 arrives in Britain

In India the e2o costs around £6000. But the car that is launching now in the UK costs over double that. However your entry-level price of £12,995 (including government grant) buys you a noticeably upgraded vehicle to the one running on Indian streets.and more »

Watch guns being fired at Cardiff Castle to salute the Queen

And if you didn't hear about that then chances are you probably heard the gun salute which took place at Cardiff Castle today. The special 21-gun salute took place at midday to celebrate Her Majesty's milestone birthday - and, as you can imagine, the ...



Welsh Conservatives offer new deal for older people

Welsh Conservatives will today set out their manifesto commitment to ensure that older people in Wales can live their lives with dignity and security.

Mental health goals may not be met, audit office warns

Waiting-time targets were scheduled to start in April, but NAO report says officials do not yet have a grip on how m

Secretary of State for Transport on Wales visit to highlight transportation commitments

The Secretary of State for Transport today visited South Wales to highlight Conservative Party action on transport issues in Wales.

Alleged victim of forced labour says he did not tell pub friends about his life as he was 'told not to say anything'

An alleged victim of forced labour told a court he did not tell anyone in the pubs he frequented about the “squalid conditions” he was living in. Michael Hughes, 46, previously told a trial at Cardiff Crown Court he was forced to work seven days a week ...and more »

Could steel works buyout plan be good for Port Talbot and the rest of us?

This June it will 65 years since Chancellor Hugh Gaitskell officially opened Port Talbot's sprawling, smoking steel works. At the time, in 1951, the likes of the Bill Cotton Band and Hoagy Carmichael were in the charts. Big films included The African ...and more »

Llandudno's Pier Pavilion will cost £15m to re

Llandudno's Pier Pavilion could cost £15m to redevelop, according to its new owner, but he hopes to submit plans for the site by the summer. The structure was destroyed by fire in 1994, and the site has lain empty since then - a blot on the landscape ...and more »

The four Welsh businesses that have won Queen's Awards for Enterprise today

Four companies from around Wales have been awarded Queen's Awards for Enterprise as Her Majesty celebrates her 90th birthday. Three - ActiveQuote, Direct Healthcare Services and Lumishore - have won awards for innovation while the fourth - Kent ...and more »

Pair caught dealing crack cocaine from a Volkswagen Golf parked in Cardiff

Two drug dealers are behind bars after plain clothed detectives caught them dealing out of a car in Cardiff. Darren Hanashi and Christopher Manning were caught by the officers while they were patrolling in the Butetown area of the city. They witnessed ...and more »

The UK would take a 25% stake in a rescue deal to save Tata's steel plants like Port Talbot

The UK Government has pledged to make “hundreds of millions” of pounds' worth of support available for the buyers of Tata steel operations and is prepared to take a stake of up to a quarter in a purchase. It will make the financial support available on ...and more »

Fancy doing a chapel conversion? There are seven to choose from at this Cardiff auction

If you're looking for a chapel to convert then you definitely need to put Thursday, May 5 in your diary. The next Paul Fosh auction, which is taking place in Cardiff, has a staggering seven chapels to choose from, ranging from derelict and roofless to ...

This thief has been banned from EVERY car park in Wales and England for 10 years

A man has been banned from all car parks in Wales and England for 10 years. Mark Bevan, 34, from Caerau, Cardiff , was given the ban to run after he serves a two-year prison sentence. He admitted breaking into six cars across Cardiff and asked for a ...and more »

How can I take part in World Book Night in Wales?

Passionate book lovers from across Wales will be sharing their love of the written word by distributing books to people in their community who either do not own books or do not normally read for pleasure. More than 265 people in Wales will be marking ...and more »

This is what it is like to skydive over Swansea

If you've looked over Swansea from the skies then the chances are it was from the seat of an aeroplane with your neck craned uncomfortably to peer through a small window. However some people prefer a more exhilarating way of doing it - they just have ...

How to sign up for the RSPCA's biggest ever dog walk Big Walkies in Cardiff

If you haven't yet signed up your dog to the RSPCA's biggest ever sponsored dog walk, Big Walkies in Cardiff, don't despair, there's still time to register online. Thousands are expected to take part in the waggiest fundraising event of them all in May ...and more »

An elderly woman had her purse stolen in Aberdare and police want to speak to this man

British Transport Police (BTP) have released images of a man they would like to speak to following a theft of a purse at Aberdare train station. Shortly after 10.45pm on Wednesday, March 9, an elderly couple boarded a train at Cardiff Queen Street ...

Cannabis factory crooks tried to use air fresheners to mask the smell of their crop

Police found a boxful of air fresheners when they uncovered a cannabis factory during a raid on a Cardiff house. There were not enough to mask the smell after the drug was found growing in six rooms at the house in the Riverside area of the city. South ...and more »

The royal superfans who travelled through the night from Wales to Windsor to wish the Queen happy birthday

Dedicated royal fans are lining the streets of Windsor this morning to catch a glimpse of the Queen on her birthday, but could there be any bigger superfans that Anne and Judy Daley and Camilla the dog? The trio left Cardiff at 3am this morning to be ...and more »

A fire has closed the new £7.3m Coety Primary School in Bridgend

A new £7.3m primary school has closed to pupils on Thursday following a small electrical fire. Firefighters from Bridgend were called to Coety Primary in Coity, Bridgend, at 5.30pm on Wednesday. A fire service spokesman said there was a fault in the ...

Chapter Arts Centre to be transformed into a pub for a Euro 2016 beer and street food party

It's one of the country's most popular arts venues but Chapter Arts Centre in Cardiff will be transformed into a 'British pub' so that football fans can cheer on Wales during Euro 2016 . For the first week of the European Championships, football will ...and more »

Two lorries, three cars and a portable building were deliberately set on fire in Ebbw Vale

Firefighters were called to a commercial garage in the early hours of Wednesday morning after two lorries, three cars and a portable building were deliberately set on fire. South Wales Fire and Rescue Service received a 999 call just after midnight ...and more »

Beacons, salutes and giant models

So in case you hadn't heard yet - the Queen is celebrating her 90th birthday today. Events are being held across the UK; the Queen will be in Windsor to light the first of more than 900 beacons, a plaque marking The Queen's Walkway will also be ...and more »

A huge number of deliberate grassfires has caused devastation across Wales

Crews attended two separate mountain fires in Mountain Ash. Two crews from Aberdare were at Darren Las and a further two appliances attended Copplestone Street at around 8.04pm. One of the fires spread to around 10 hectares of grass and trees but ...

Rally to take place at council offices opposing Caerphilly housing plans

A rally is set to take place at council offices in Caerphilly with a campaign group objecting to development plans in the county borough. Caerphilly council has launched a consultation on its Local Development Plan (LDP) which could see nearly 1,600 ...

10 years, no interviews... but now one of Welsh rugby's ultimate mystery men finally speaks

He's been at the coalface for Cardiff Blues for a decade and has a testimonial dinner tonight, but Taufa'ao Filise has been a man of very few words... until now! Shares; Comments. Get rugby news by email. Huw Evans Picture Agency. Taufa'ao Filise takes ...

Tom Jones is Wales' wealthiest musician

He may have been axed from The Voice – but Sir Tom Jones ' wealth has increased by £5m in the last year. The Sunday Times today publishes its annual Rich List and Sir Tom is at number 14 of the top 50 Music Millionaires – down two spots from number 12 ...and more »

The morning news headlines: White House: Barack Obama will back remain campaign; Queen's 90th birthday ...

US president Barack Obama will arrive in the UK for a visit which will see him drawn into the bitter row over the UK's membership of the European Union. The White House has indicated that Mr Obama will set out his support for the UK staying in the EU ...and more »

Assembly election: Power questions over renewable energy

To give you a sense of scale, the largest onshore wind farm in England and Wales being built at Pen y Cymoedd - between Neath Port Talbot and Rhondda Cynon Taff - will have a generating capacity of 228 MW; the proposed tidal lagoon in Swansea Bay ...

Giant Queen heads display in Flintshire for 90th birthday

... as the nation pays tribute to Britain's longest-serving monarch on Thursday. A number of festivities will mark the day across Wales, including beacons being lit in Wrexham, Swansea and Llantrisant, Rhondda Cynon Taff, as well as a 21-gun salute in ...

With just two weeks until the Assembly election here are 10 things we've learned so far

The Assembly election will take place two weeks today and we will elect the men and women who represent us in the Senedd for the next five years. There is plenty of time for scandal and sensation as the campaign enters its final days but the aspiring ...and more »

Swansea University 16

Swansea University overturned a 7-3 half-time deficit to reclaim the Varsity Cup with a 16-10 win at the Liberty Stadium. Despite dominating the opening quarter of the match, the home side had found themselves on the wrong end of the half-time scoreline.

Year 5 and 6 Art MAT Day

Last Wednesday, we had the pleasure of holding a MAT (Mor

Wales Euro 2016 kit suppliers Adidas consider U

Wales kit manufacturers Adidas have hinted at a potential U-turn over NOT producing Wales football shirts cut especially for women after players and fans expressed disappointment at not being able to wear them. The global sports brand, who produce the ...

A Cardiff pub is set to get a six

A Victorian pub in a Cardiff suburb is set to get a six-figure investment to transform it inside and out. The Flora pub, in Cathays , is due to receive a “significant investment” to give the premises a revamp so it can trade as a “shabby chic”-style ...

It's officially the warmest day of the year so far... but don't put the woolly hat away just yet

Grab the sunglasses – it's officially the warmest day of the year so far... but don't put the woolly hat away just yet. The Met Office recorded 19.2C in Porthmadog and observed “clear skies across the UK”, but temperatures are set to plunge 10C by Friday.and more »

Uber customers will 'need to be patient' after app launches in Cardiff

The new boss of Cardiff Uber has said customers will need to be patient on Friday when their service launches in Cardiff. Fouzan Ali has reassured customers they will be travelling with insured drivers who have had background checks. The app, which ...and more »

Carten100 2016: What is it? Where can I park? Where should I eat?

The cyclists have been preparing for months and the spectators are ready to chill out in Tenby and cheer the cyclists at the end of the mammoth jounrey. And if you are going to Tenby for the big day, here's everything you need to know to get the most ...and more »

This is why an MP is demanding an inquiry into how the Coal Exchange was handed to a developer

A Cardiff MP has called for plans to develop the Coal Exchange to come to a “halt” and for an inquiry to be held into the process so far. Cardiff South and Penarth MP Stephen Doughty laid out his concerns for the future of the iconic building in a ...and more »

Pathologist casts doubt on claims teenage Army recruit killed herself

A top forensic pathologist has cast doubt over claims that Private Cheryl James killed herself at Deepcut Barracks. The 18-year-old Army recruit was found with a fatal head wound on November 27, 1995, making her one of four young soldiers to die at the ...and more »

With posh sofas, pool table and sessions with a Tibetan monk, this new Welsh office looks a great place to work

Think Google have the monopoly on cool offices centred around their staff? This might just be the funkiest office in Wales, and we have an exclusive first look inside. Shares; Comments. Get business news by email. The Electric Eye Photography.and more »

Fundraiser Dean Ware set to become 'the first cyclist to PEDAL a timed lap on the Top Gear track'

Next up for Cwmbach's Dean is a cycle from Aberdare to Surrey and back in aid of a young boy called Vinnie James, who has type 1 Spinal Muscular Atrophy – a severe genetic disorder which causes muscles to waste at a rapid pace. While in Surrey, home ...

Private hire firms in Cardiff don't think Uber will change anything in Wales

Private hire firms in Cardiff have had their say about the arrival of Uber in Cardiff. But bosses from two of the biggest firms say they are not fearful about the arrival of Uber, while Capital Cabs say the app will bring "nothing new". The ride ...and more »

Alleged victim of forced labour tells jurors he worked 16

An alleged victim of forced labour believes he was “bought” for cash by a man now on trial at Cardiff Crown Court accused of kidnapping and repeatedly beating him . Michael Hughes, 46, told a jury he was “passed” from one boss to another in the weeks ...and more »

Warren Gatland orders Wales players to lose weight to cope with lightning pace of world champions New Zealand

Warren Gatland has ordered his Wales players to lose weight ahead of their tour to New Zealand this summer. The Kiwi boss wants his squad to trim down so they are better equipped to deal with the breakneck speed of the world champions in the three-Test ...and more »

Who is Stuart Wilkie, the man behind a management buyout plan for Tata's Port Talbot plant?

Who is Stuart Wilkie, the man behind a management buyout plan for Tata's Port Talbot plant? 13:52, 20 Apr 2016; Updated 15:20, 20 Apr 2016; By Robin Turner. Stuart Wilkie has decades of experience in the steel business beginning in Scotland and for ...and more »

A student decided to give this dumped sofa some love by turning it into a work of art

What would you do if you come across a sofa that had been dumped on the side of the road? Would you walk on by? Report it to the council? Maybe even sit on it for a while? Well, this art student decided to show the 'lonely' sofa some love by turning it ...

Cameron challenged to become Port Talbot's 'head of sales'

Plaid Cymru's Jonathan Edwards has challenged David Cameron to become Port Talbot's “head of sales” as workers and management seek to secure a future for the giant steel plant. The Carmarthen East and Dinefwr MP threw down his challenge to the ...

Record numbers visited the 2016 RHS Flower Show in Cardiff

This year's RHS Flower Show was a record-breaker with more than 26,000 flocking to see the beautifully decorated showground in Cardiff. This year's event, supported by Riviera Travel, saw record crowds visiting Bute Park between Friday, April 15 and ...and more »

Wales' A&Es have just had their worst month ever

The number of patients spending more than 12 hours in Welsh accident and emergency departments has reached record levels, it has been revealed. A total of 4,387 people waited more than 12 hours from arrival to transfer, discharge or admission in March ...and more »

Wales is outperforming the rest of the UK in creating jobs

Employment in Wales is at a record high and the country is outperforming the rest of the UK, the Wales Office claimed as the latest jobs figures were published. The number of people in work in Wales jumped by 36,000 to 1.45 million in the three months ...and more »

Is this man Welsh rugby's oldest player? The extraordinary tale of the stalwart who's still going strong at 60

Monmouthshire · Neath Port Talbot · Newport · Pembrokeshire · Powys · Rhondda · Pontypridd · Torfaen · Vale of Glamorgan · Wrexham. Trending Six Nations Francesco Guidolin Wales Rugby Team Swansea City FC Cardiff City Barclay's Premier League.

How many people are on benefits where you live?

A street in Ebbw Vale in Blaenau Gwent. 14.5% of the working-age population of the county have been claiming benefits for at least three of the last four years. One in seven adults in one Welsh county has spent three of the last four years on benefits.and more »

Fresh hope for Port Talbot as reports emerge of a management buyout at the threatened steelworks

Monmouthshire · Neath Port Talbot · Newport · Pembrokeshire · Powys · Rhondda · Pontypridd · Torfaen · Vale of Glamorgan · Wrexham. Trending Tata job losses Crime Transport Francesco Guidolin · Sport. Sections Latest Sport Rugby Football Cardiff City ...and more »

Body of missing tourist Harry Greaves found in Peru

Police in Peru have found the body of a British tourist who went missing in early April during a solo hike in the Andes near Cuzco two days before his 29th birthday. Harry Corder Greaves, from Bronygarth, on the Welsh-English border near Oswestry, was ...and more »

Leaving the EU could stifle research at Swansea University according to this expert

Leaving the European Union could stifle research at one of Wales' top universities, according to an analysis of the impact of the EU on Swansea University. Ceri Jones, Director of Research, Engagement and Innovation Services, also warns that the ...and more »

Thousands of students are expected to descend on Swansea today for the 20th annual Welsh Varsity

Teams from Cardiff and Swansea will battle it out for Varsity victory today as the biggest student sporting event in Wales celebrates its 20th anniversary. More than 30 fixtures will take place on and around the Swansea University campus, culminating ...

Principality Premiership round

Pontypridd took a massive step towards securing top spot in the Principality Premiership after brushing aside Newport 38-20 at Sardis Road. Victory for the reigning champions at home against Bedwas this weekend will guarantee them a place in the play ...and more »

Alleged victims of forced labour were held captive for years, kept in appalling conditions and beaten if their work ...

Two men were kept for years as “captive employees” by a father from Cardiff and members of his family, a court has been told. They were given jobs laying driveways, tarmacking, and doing building repairs – and were beaten if they fell short of what was ...and more »

Bid to open door to new era of Welsh banknotes killed off by UK Government

A bid to change the law so that the likes of Shirley Bassey and Aneurin Bevan could appear on Welsh banknotes has been derailed by the UK Government. Scotland and Northern Ireland have their own banknotes and Labour and Plaid Cymru supported a ...and more »

Abseiling down the castle and cruising on the Taff: Rhymney military students descend on Cardiff

Teenagers from the Rhymney Military Preparation College descended on Cardiff Castle to take part in an adrenaline-fuelled activity day with the Royal Marines. The students from Rhymney joined forces with learners from other Military Preparation ...

Vandals are breaking IN to an old prisoner of war camp in Bridgend

A former WWII POW camp which housed some of Hitler's top henchmen and saw the German great escape when 70 prisoners tunnelled their way to freedom is under attack from vandals. The Hut 9 Preservation and Education group, which looks after the only ...

Valleys musician hopes to rival Manics with Wales Euro 2016 anthem

Manic Street Preachers may have penned the official Wales Euro 2016 anthem but an Aberdare musician is hoping his terrace anthem will be adopted by those fans heading to France. Singer Chris Phillips is hoping to roar Wales on at their first finals ...

How you can celebrate the Queen's 90th birthday in Wales

Whether you're a royalist or not, everyone loves a party and what better way to spend a Thursday than saluting Her Majesty's 90th birthday. There are a few celebratory events in Cardiff and closer to home that can get you in the mood for a party ...and more »

An Ebbw Vale gym that's run by volunteers has seen membership soar from just 26 to 340

A Blaenau Gwent gym which opened last April is celebrating a successful first year that has seen its membership increase twelve-fold. Beaufort Welfare Hall, now a gym offering fitness, health and social activities, is run entirely by a team of ...

Aberdare’s Welsh Hills Bakery is one of the best in Wales

Hirwain-based Welsh Hills Bakery, the company behind Lovemore Free From Foods, has been recognised as one of the top food manufacturers in the country at the Food Awards Wales 2016 after being shortlisted for ‘Ambient Food Manufacturer/Supplier of the Year’.

No rise in Income Tax, an end to the Right to Buy for social housing tenants

Carwyn Jones has launched Welsh Labour's manifesto for the National Assembly election, saying his ambition is to create a nation in which there is prosperity for all. The First Minister promised there would be no rise in Income Tax once it is devolved ...

Merthyr fundraisers did zumba for over four hours in aid of autism awareness

The Merthyr Tydfil branch of the National Autistic Society is celebrating after it raised more than £20,000 for the charity through the art of zumba. The group, which held its fourth annual zumba event at Dowlais Catholic Club on Saturday, saw 70 ...and more »

Man 'paid £10 a day for heavy labour for 26 years'

A man was forced to spend 26 years doing heavy labour for tiny sums, Cardiff Crown Court has heard. Patrick Joseph Connors, 59, Patrick Dean Connors, 39, William Connors, 36, and Lee Carbis, 34, deny a number of offences. They are accused of keeping ...and more »

These are the top property hotspots in Wales where houses are being snapped up

Postcodes in North Wales saw nearly triple the number of homes sell last year compared to recent averages. And research shows that the top 3 property hotspots for buyers are in Gwynedd. But it's not all good news for the housing market as while sales ...and more »

Rhymney youth dance academy Rhythmix has won more than 50 trophies in its first year

A Rhymney Valley dance academy has celebrated a “massively successful” first year in which it won more than 50 trophies. Rhythmix Dance Academy, based in Cefn Hengoed , acknowledged a year since it opened with a special event on April 8.

How Aberdare sixth formers turned £3 into £500

Sixth formers at Aberdare Community School have turned £3 into more than £500 by starting their own business ventures – and donated the money to charity. At the start of February, 14 sixth form students split into three teams to take on the Micro Tyco ...

We walked around Cardiff dropping a wallet to see if people would give it back

Monmouthshire · Neath Port Talbot · Newport · Pembrokeshire · Powys · Rhondda · Pontypridd · Torfaen · Vale of Glamorgan · Wrexham. Trending RHS Flower Show Stuff to do in Wales Things To Do in Wales Restaurants & BARS · Sport. Sections Latest ...and more »

Head of Welsh Civil Service to step down after four years in the role

The head of Wales' Civil Service has announced he is stepping down from his role. Sir Derek Jones is Permanent Secretary to the Welsh Government. In his Weekly Brief to staff, Sir Derek wrote: “Although we'll continue to be busy, I hope the next few ...and more »

The Welsh rugby club that nurtured Lions star James Hook and ex

Miss last night's feature on the battle for survival at @tatarugby in Port Talbot? Watch again now. #RugbyTonight — Rugby Tonight (@RugbyTonight) April 19, 2016. The rugby club that developed Wales and Lions star James Hook is ...and more »

Rate of new cases of dementia in the UK falls over two decades, research shows

The UK has seen a 20% fall in the incidence of dementia over the past two decades, according to new research published

Newly opened Brynmill Coffee House brings a taste of the USA to Swansea

A new coffee house near the entrances to Swansea's Singleton and Brynmill parks promises to bring a taste of USA-style coffee and cooking to Swansea . Brynmill Coffee House, which opened on April 18, is run by Swansea boy Ceri Pope and Rick Miller, ...

You won't believe what's in the back garden of these homes for sale in Wales

These amazing properties on the market at the moment offer a potential buyer something very special and even quirky in the back garden... Graves. There's no getting away from the fact that this historic, medieval church with possible opportunity to ...and more »

'I'm quite ruthless about where I spend my time and I don't go places where I don't think we can win'

UK Lib Dem leader Tim Farron has urged the people of Wales not to turn their back on the nation's Liberal heritage as he campaigned to hold onto Kirsty Williams' Brecon and Radnorshire Assembly seat. The party has just five AMs and the Brecon and ...and more »

What's on the menu at the Absolutely Fabulous Vegan Festival at Cardiff's Depot?

The Absolutely Fabulous Vegan events have been causing a stir in Penarth and now the popular event is coming to the Depot in Cardiff. Bringing all the favourites and then some to the event, the pop-up will take over the ever-trendy Depot for a day.

Taxi app Uber 'to launch in Cardiff on Friday'

Taxi-hailing app Uber is to launch in Cardiff this Friday, BBC Wales understands. Cardiff council granted the company an operator's licence in January but the company does not have to inform the authority when it intends to launch. It will be the first ...and more »

A charity football match will remember Bridgend mum Beverley Jones who died from diabetes complications

An eight-year-old boy from Bridgend, who found his mother dead from complications caused by her lifelong diabetes, is playing in a charity football match to raise funds for Diabetes UK. Ronnie Jones went downstairs as usual one morning last October to ...

These companies have been chosen to represent the most responsible in Wales

Companies from all corners of Wales are celebrating after having achieved a place on the shortlist for the prestigious Wales Responsible Business Awards 2016. The awards, coordinated and managed in Wales by Business in the Community (BITC) Cymru, ...and more »

Union bosses say consultants have a financial interest in recommending swingeing council cuts

Private consultants brought in to help Ceredigion make cuts to council services will benefit from a percentage payment of any savings they help make, union leaders have claimed. Bosses at Unison Cymru Wales are furious that public money – estimated to ...

The full array of global talent waiting to crush the Dragons and Welsh rugby's European dreams this weekend

Monmouthshire · Neath Port Talbot · Newport · Pembrokeshire · Powys · Rhondda · Pontypridd · Torfaen · Vale of Glamorgan · Wrexham. Trending Six Nations Francesco Guidolin Wales Rugby Team Swansea City FC Cardiff City Barclay's Premier League.and more »

Swansea's new cafe bar and deli The Swigg will bring a touch of the Mediterranean to the city

A cosy cafe by day that turns into a sophisticated bar by night has brought a touch of the Mediterranean to the Swansea waterside with a menu bursting with tasty European delights. The Swigg cafe bar and deli is welcoming customers keen to enjoy the ...

Labour manifesto promises 'growth and security for everyone'

Welsh Labour has launched its assembly election manifesto with a "plan for prosperity" the party says will "get the country moving". This includes a "development bank" to support small businesses and a promise to bring fast broadband to everyone.

10 reasons why you need to go to the Porthcawl Jazz Festival 2016

The Porthcawl Jazz Festival returns on Friday, April 22 until Sunday, April 24 kicking off at Trecco Bay with a free concert from John Stark Amalgam and ends in the Grand Pavilion, Porthcawl with the Rhondda Symphony Pops Orchestra. And there's plenty ...

Aldi is now hiring for 330 positions at its distribution centre in Cardiff

Aldi has revealed that recruitment for its new distribution centre and offices in Cardiff is progressing, and the retailer is encouraging job seekers to apply for a variety of roles on offer. In addition to the logistics and administration roles ...

Taxi firm Uber is launching in Cardiff on Friday

After months of speculation, taxi app Uber will launch in Cardiff this Friday at 4pm. The app links passengers with drivers through GPS on their phones. The company say they have had one of the biggest reactions they have ever seen ahead of a launch in ...and more »

South Wales Echo letters: Tuesday, April 19, 2016

I AM unhappy at the way sections of our print media reacted to the death of Howard Marks. The Echo seemed quite fulsome in its praise of him as an important Welshman. Surely he was not a 'hero' and, although he paid a high price for his law-breaking by ...

Western Mail letters: Tuesday, April 19, 2016

A very good article by Sion Barry was reduced in impact by once again a prediction of the outcome of the Assembly election. I quote: “...would a new minister, whether Labour's Ken Skates or Plaid's Rhun ap Iorwerth, be prepared to make such a huge ...

Business Improvement Districts Launching in Bangor and Caernarfon

The Business Improvement Districts (BIDs), which have been developed in collaboration between Gwynedd Council and the business community in Bangor and Caernarfon will aim to improve trading conditions for each business community. Business ...

Wales' summer opponents New Zealand named world's best sporting team (as if it wasn't hard enough already)

Defeating world champions New Zealand in their own backyard was always going to be hard enough anyway. But now Warren Gatland will take his Wales side to the All Blacks lair to face a team who have just been officially voted as the best sporting side ...and more »

HSBC will close its Aberdare branch for good on Friday

Coun Morgan said at the time: “This decision has the potential to have an impact on the footfall and in turn the wider economy of Aberdare town centre. “It is utterly shambolic how HSBC has announced these closures and it is very clear they have no ...

Welsh bakery provides tasty treats for charity walkers

An Aberdare bakery has donated supplies of its gluten free goodies to help with this year's Railway Mission Mendip Walk. Welsh Hills Bakery has given the treats to feed the walkers and help them on their journey which will be the last ever Mission ...

Levien and Kaplan tell Swansea City their plans are long

The US group ready to complete their takeover of Swansea City have told the current board they want to stay in South Wales for the next decade. And sources close to the deal have maintained that the money to fund the estimated £100m buy-out – and ...and more »

Why Wales manager Chris Coleman is championing a new youth football programme

Wales manager Chris Coleman hopes Wales' qualification for Euro 2016 will get more youngsters in South Wales involved in football . Coleman has thrown his weight behind a new youth sport programme which aims to provide young people with the skills to ...and more »

Meet Parkie Paul

You may have seen him as you relax in Cardiff's parks on a hot summer's day going about the job that he loves with a smile and a whistle. Paul Collins, 60, known as Parkie Paul, has been working as a park keeper in the capital city's gardens for half ...and more »







Welsh rugby's greatest one

Former Wales and Lions prop Dai Young oversaw an Aviva Premiership record last weekend when his fleet-footed Wasps wing Christian Wade equalled the top flight feat for most tries in a match when bagging six against Worcester Warriors. England winger ...and more »

Raising the stamp duty threshold, giving parents power over schools

A joint foreword to the manifesto David Cameron, Andrew RT Davies and Alun Cairns says: “As the UK economy surges forward and continues to create jobs, Wales risks being left behind. “As the Conservative UK Government continues to raise standards in ...and more »

Musicians in the valleys to benefit from Forté Project boost

A music scheme which develops artists from the valleys has had its immediate future assured after receiving a funding grant. The Forté Project, which is currently in its first year and mentors and develops artists from Rhondda Cynon Taf , Merthyr ...

Introducing The Timbers, a new all

Aberdare Rugby Club will be the Cynon Valley 's host centre in a new Welsh Rugby Union re-shuffle to encourage girls to start playing rugby from a younger age. The new set-up will see the formation of a new centre, The Timbers, to represent the whole ...

This boat skipper is about to take artists and writers around Pembrokeshire's notorious and beautiful coastline

This notorious and beautiful stretch of Pembrokeshire coast is a writers' paradise where myths and legends have been born. Ramsey Sound is a place where men have lost their lives in its treacherous waters, where seals come to breed, and seabirds and ...

Take a step forward to improve your wellbeing with Valleys Step

Do you want to improve your emotional wellbeing?  If so, Valleys Steps can help.

Welsh Conservative manifesto promises to secure real change for Wales

The Welsh Conservative Assembly election manifesto has been unveiled at a launch event in Wrexham.

Pensioner rushed to hospital and 31

The 71-year-old man is currently in Morriston Hospital and a 31-year-old man has been arrested. Police were called to the incident in Rhiw Las, Brackla, at about 2.30pm on Monday. Read more: Police searching River Taff as part of investigation into ...and more »

Senior childcare lawyer warns of pressures from “remorseless” rise in cases

A significant rise in public law children cases is putting more pressure on social workers and child care lawyers, all of whom are experiencing significant budgetary cutbacks, a senior local authority lawyer has warned.

Children with Type 1 diabetes invited to weekend getaway

Diabetes UK is running a long weekend away for children living with Type 1 diabetes between the ages of eight and 10 from Saturday 28 May until Monday 30 May.

Work transforming Cardiff Central Train Station needs to hit the ground running in 2019 says leader of Cardiff council

Plans to transform Cardiff Central Station into a key transport hub fit for the 21st century need to be accelerated so that any project is "shovel ready" by 2019, says leader of Cardiff council Phil Bale. Network Rail in Wales recently published a wish ...

19 things English people learn when they move to Wales

10. You feel like you're getting away with robbery when you find out how much a pint costs. 11. It's a myth that the Welsh hate the English, unless they're hiding it really well. BBC. But you are everyone's worst enemy during the Six Nations. 12. If ...

Manor house hotel which featured on The Hotel Inspector is now on the market for £2.4m

Monmouthshire · Neath Port Talbot · Newport · Pembrokeshire · Powys · Rhondda · Pontypridd · Torfaen · Vale of Glamorgan · Wrexham. Trending RHS Flower Show Stuff to do in Wales Things To Do in Wales Restaurants & BARS · Sport. Sections Latest ...

The Welsh Regions' team of the weekend... who makes our all

Scarlets had been in the top four of the Guinness Pro12 since the opening league weekend of the season but crashed out of the title play-off zone following a record home 46-10 thumping against an hugely impressive Glasgow Warriors in Llanelli. As much ...and more »

Garthmyl Hall in Powys is relaunching as an exclusive wedding venue

An extensive restoration project lasting six months has transformed a fading Georgian country house in Powys into Wales' newest, exclusive wedding venue. Garthmyl Hall, a Grade II-listed Georgian country house in Montgomery has been restored both ...

Police searching River Taff as part of investigation into woman found murdered in Cardiff flat

South Wales Police divers are searching the River Taff as a murder investigation continues after a woman was found dead in a Cardiff Bay flat. The body of 65-year-old Christine James was discovered at her flat in Dubrovnik House in Century Wharf on ...

Man left with 'serious facial injuries' after allegedly being assaulted with a roof tile

A man was left with serious facial injuries after being assaulted with what is believed to be a roof tile in North Wales . The 35-year-old man was walking along Central Avenue in Prestatyn at around 8.30pm on Saturday. He was approached from behind by ...and more »

Tuition fees: Labour 'not committing' to £5k subsidy

Speaking at a Labour campaign event in Aberdare on Monday, Ms James told BBC Wales: "We're committed to continuing our current policy until Professor Diamond reports in the autumn. "And then we're committed to an evidence-based policy after that, with ...

Chester FC: Rare pictures show construction of the Deva Stadium in 1992

From the first spade in the ground to the first match played, these pictures show the construction of Chester FC's Lookers Vauxhall Stadium home almost 24 years ago. Previously unseen pictures, kindly submitted by former Blues chairman Ray Crofs, show ...

This Merthyr girl has landed her dream role with the Royal Shakespeare Company

A Merthyr Tydfil teenager has landed her dream part with the Royal Shakespeare Company to play a leading role in an upcoming run of performances in London. Jade Croot, 17, has made the move to the capital and is now embracing her first professional ...

Police appeal after two motorcyclists are seriously injured in separate crashes

Police are appealing for information following separate collisions in North Wales on Sunday in which two motorcyclists were seriously injured. Witnesses are being asked to contact North Wales Police on 101.and more »

The best inns in Britain have been named and the top four are all Welsh

The Great Inns of Britain has unveiled its latest list - with the top four all being in Wales. Led by The Bear in Crickhowell, the prestigious list of 22 UK properties also has a new entry from Wales - Y Talbot in Tragaron - which means there are now ...and more »

National Assembly election 2016: Who is standing for election in Cardiff Central?

The Cardiff Central seat was held by Welsh Labour's Jenny Rathbone four years ago with a slim majority of just 0.2% or 38 votes. It has previously been held by the Liberal Democrats in the National Assembly and by all three of Labour, the Tories and ...

Assembly Election 2016: Who is standing in Cardiff North?

Cardiff North has been held by Welsh Labour's Julie Morgan for the last four years with a majority of 1,782. It is one of the key marginal seats in Wales and is traditionally a straight fight between the Conservatives and Labour. It has been held by ...and more »

Tata appoints a new UK head as it gears up for a sale of its remaining steel interests in Britain

The man who led the sale of Scunthorpe steel works has been appointed as the new head of Tata Steel in the UK. Bimlendra Jha takes over as chief executive of Tata Steel UK after leading the months-long divestment process that ended with the sale of ...and more »

Households would be £4300 worse off if the UK leaves the EU warns Chancellor George Osborne

The UK will be permanently poorer if it votes to leave the European Union, with households £4,300 a year worse off, George Osborne has warned. The Chancellor, who was publishing a Treasury analysis on the cost of Brexit, claimed some of those in favour ...and more »

Former Wales scrum

Sale Sharks are reported to be monitoring Mike Phillips' contract situation at Racing 92 with a view to bringing the former Wales and Lions scrum-half to the Aviva Premiership next season. Phillips, who quit international rugby in December after being ...

Bellowhead's farewell Welsh gig was a show to remember as they treated Cardiff to a masterful set

Bellowhead played their last ever gig in Wales last night and left us with a mix of high emotions. Britain's best folk band continued their farewell tour and brought joy and sadness to St David's Hall. The joy came in the form of the smiles, fun and ...

Wales was the sunniest place in the UK yesterday (but it will be a different picture today)

Wales was the sunniest place in the UK yesterday, but it will be a very different picture today. Following a weekend of sunshine, there will be more cloud around today with a slight chance of rain or drizzle in some places. Despite a cold start on ...and more »

South Wales Echo letters: Monday, April 18, 2016

Those of you that have followed the Panama shenanigans in the media may have by now cottoned on to the fact that the country is not ruled by you the sovereign people, through the MPs you elect and, furthermore, most certainly not for benefit of you the ...and more »

Western Mail letters: Monday, April 18, 2016

Does anyone know when Jeremy Corbyn changed his view on the EU and exactly why? As I understood it, until recently he was a militantly anti-EU man. What unexpected miracle has Mr Corbyn perceived the EU to have delivered in the past two years which ...

The morning headlines: Brexit will leave Britain permanently poorer, George Osborne warns; EU leaders 'killing ...

Quitting the European Union would leave households £4,300 a year worse off, George Osborne warned as he prepared to release in-depth Treasury analysis on the cost of Brexit. Britain's economy would shrink by 6% by 2030 if the country replicated ...and more »

Wales breaking news plus live traffic, weather and M4 updates (Monday, April 18)

Wales' live news service featuring all the latest traffic, weather, M4, showbiz and sport updates from across the country. You can contribute to the live blog by posting your comment below or you can also tweet us @walesonline to share the news that's ...

This is what life is like for three single parents living in Wales

Much has changed in the two decades since former Welsh Secretary John Redwood suggested benefits to single mothers could be withheld until absent fathers had been approached to contribute, but there is still stigma and radical benefits changes are on ...

Some good news at last

People in Wales have seen a bigger growth in their spending power than their neighbours across the border according to a new report. The study, by accountants UHY Hacker Young, attributes the difference to a surge in manufacturing this side of Offa's ...and more »

Parkinson's patients in Wales forced to hide condition

Sharon Martin from the Rhondda Valley was told of her diagnosis over the telephone in 2008. The initial shock of receiving that phone call was bad enough but to then have to tell my son, just nine years old at the time, and family and friends was ...

Early Easter and bad weather keeps shoppers away from the high streets

Retailers have raised the alarm at the continued fall in the number of people visiting shops in Wales. Figures for March show that the number of shoppers in high street shops, shopping centres and retail parks was 3.2% less than in 2015, one of the ...and more »

The trig pillars that helped map Great Britain

On 18 April 1936, a group of surveyors gathered around a white concrete pillar in a field in Cold Ashby, Northamptonshire, and began the retriangulation of Great Britain. Ordnance Survey (OS) is celebrating the 80th anniversary of the triangulation ...and more »

Swansea swimmer Alys Thomas waits on Olympics selection decision

Alys Thomas with her gold medal from Womens Open 100m Butterfly during day six of the British Swimming Championships at Tollcross International Swimming Centre, Glasgow. If good things come to those who wait, Alys Thomas has finally got her reward ...and more »

Three prisoners gained access to the roof of Swansea Prison in a protest about the jail's smoking ban

Monmouthshire · Neath Port Talbot · Newport · Pembrokeshire · Powys · Rhondda · Pontypridd · Torfaen · Vale of Glamorgan · Wrexham. Trending Tata job losses RHS Flower Show Stuff to do in Wales Wales Rugby · Sport. Sections Latest Sport Rugby ...and more »

'Blooming lovely'

Blue skies and glorious sunshine greeted green-fingered fans of all ages on the final day of the RHS Flower Show Cardiff . And the signs are that this is another record breaking year for visitor numbers. Last year RHS Cardiff set a record when 25,800 ...

Here are the rivals Wales could face in the race to host the 2026 Commonwealth Games

Wrestler Craig Pilling (bottom right) found sporting glory at the Commonwealth Games but can Wales win the race to host the 2026 contest? Cardiff hosted the British Empire and Commonwealth Games back in 1958 and there is a growing sense that its time ...

'The courts used to be rammed but for the past eight years nobody has been able to play on them'

The family of an eight-year-old Welsh tennis starlet claims she is being prevented from practising at her local tennis courts due to the lack of maintenance at the council-run site. Gracie Hurley, of Cwmavon, Port Talbot , receives coaching at the ...and more »


Senior doctors are worried that “super-gonorrhoea” is spreading across the UK and could soon become untreatable. The highly drug-resistant strain of the sexually transmitted superbug is at risk of becoming untreatable if the only fully effective ...and more »

Why a developer declared bankrupt six years ago says he's the right man to save Cardiff's Coal Exchange

Developer Lawrence Kenwright has rubbished claims he is not the man to save Cardiff's Coal Exchange . Mr Kenwright's Signature Living company, which has restored derelict historic buildings in Liverpool, has been chosen to lead the £42m restoration.

5SOS put on a fun, loud show in Cardiff which was perfect entertainment for the mums too

When it comes to boy bands I feel as I'm reliving my youth through my 12-year-old daughter. I've seen One Direction, The Vamps and now 5SOS – also known as 5 Seconds of Summer – and the Aussie four-piece clearly only needed their voices, guitars and ...and more »

More than 20 people called 999 when a house caught fire in Cardiff

South Wales Fire and Rescue Service were called to a house fire in Danescourt at around 2.33pm after 22 people reported the blaze. Crews from Ely, Whitchurch and Cardiff Central responded to the calls. On arrival firefighters reported a fire in a ...

I didn't just check my passport, I've ALWAYS been half Welsh... Gareth Anscombe on what it means to play for Wales

I didn't just check my passport, I've ALWAYS been half Welsh... Gareth Anscombe on what it means to play for Wales. 12:46, 17 Apr 2016; By Anthony Woolford. Despite being the latest in a long line of New Zealanders to switch allegiance to these shores, ...and more »

Ffion Moyle is crowned Miss Wales 2016 and celebrates with a drink down her local

Ffion Moyle has beaten off competition from 39 other young women to be crowned Miss Wales 2016. The 23-year-old was named winner following three days of of events in Swansea which culminated in a finale at the Princess Royal Hotel in Port Talbot last ...and more »

Dance music legends Basement Jaxx to headline The Color Festival in Cardiff

Legendary electronic dance music duo Basement Jaxx have been announced as the headliners for this summer's Color Festival . The Brit Award winners, who first rose to popularity in the late '90s, will perform a DJ set at the annual event in Splott ...

Man charged following crash which left two pedestrians with potentially life

A man has been charged with two counts of causing grievous bodily harm after two women suffered potentially life-changing injuries following a crash in Merthyr Tydfil on Saturday. Kristian Churchill, 37, from Merthyr Tydfil has also been charged with a ...and more »

Boaty McBoatface could be the name of Britain's new polar research ship after winning online campaign

Britain's next polar research ship could be called Boaty McBoatface after an online public vote showed overwhelming support for the humourous name. The name - which came from a not too serious suggestion from a former radio presenter - was one of ...and more »

Wales breaking news plus live traffic, weather and M4 updates (Sunday, April 17)

Wales' live news service featuring all the latest traffic, weather, M4, showbiz and sport updates from across the country. You can contribute to the live blog by posting your comment below or you can also tweet us @walesonline to share the news that's ...and more »

Glamorgan v Leicestershire live: Updates from opening county championship match in Cardiff

Craig Meschede joined Graham Wagg at the crease and took a liking to spinner Jigar Naik as he struck him for two straight sixes in an over. Wagg brought up his 50 in 81 balls with seven fours. Wagg was eventually dismissed for 64 in the 80th over, just ...and more »

Welsh Conservative leader wants to take 2p off basic rate of income tax

Welsh Conservative leader Andrew RT Davies has announced a Tory-led Welsh Government would seek to cut two pence off the basic rate of income tax. Mr Davies wants to establish Wales as the “low tax capital of the UK” and has pledged that he would ...and more »

Family of Rhodri Miller say if driving test changes they want save one life, they'll be worthwhile

An inquest into their deaths held on Tuesday at Aberdare Coroner's Court heard how Rhodri only had a driver's licence for two days when he lost control of a Volkswagen Golf and crashed into an oncoming vehicle on the “challenging” road near Brecon at ...

Hallam Amos and Tom James battle for Wales wing spot in regional rugby derby

Wing Hallam Amos will come in direct competition today with Wales rival Tom James when the Newport Gwent Dragons travel to face Cardiff Blues in the latest regional rugby derby on Sunday (2.30pm). With Alex Cuthbert ruled out of Wales' summer tour of ...and more »

Wales hopeful Ellis Jenkins won't be fazed by daunting New Zealand challenge

Ellis Jenkins is that rare animal among Welshmen in that he has tasted success over New Zealand at international level. And if he gets the chance to do so again this summer, it's safe to say he wouldn't be fazed by the challenge. The Cardiff Blues ...

Penallta and Taffs Well on way to Principality Stadium

... penalties before Cambrian full-back Simon Warren broke away to score. But Taffs Well snatched it with a Dafydd Close try five minutes from time. They will play Burry Port in the final after they scored a last minute try to seal a 29-27 triumph over ...

The brilliant moment a shocked Welsh hairdresser found herself singing with Michael Ball

She thought she was going to London on a hairdressing job and ended up singing with Michael Ball on prime time television in front of 2,500 people. Pencoed hairdresser Natasha John said she was stunned to be the unexpected guest on the first episode of ...and more »

The six

Sam Warburton has offered a fascinating insight into the dressing room secrets which have made him such a successful captain for Wales and the Lions. Warburton, favourite to skipper the Lions for a second time out in New Zealand next year, was Warren ...and more »

Neath 42

Neath finally secured their first victory of the Premiership season at their 21st attempt convincingly dispatching a sorry Llanelli side at The Gnoll, writes Declan Terry. It was a strong start from Llanelli who came out of the blocks quickly, and ...

Terror police stage Euro 2016 drill simulating chemical attack in stadium where Wales will play

Terror police and emergency services in France have staged a drill in one of the stadiums where Wales will play in the Euro 2016 amid terrorism concerns. The drill simulated what would happen if there was a chemical attack during the Euro 2016 tournament.and more »

Illegal workers alleged to have been helping build Wrexham super

A number of illegal workers have been found to be working on the construction of Britain's newest prison, a court heard today. Immigration enforcement officers raided the site of the new £212m Berwyn Prison in Wrexham on Friday. One Ukrainian man said ...and more »

Carmarthen Quins face Llandovery in Swalec Cup final

Carmarthen Quins beat Cross Keys to reach the Swalec Cup Final in a thrilling semi at the Talbot Athletic Ground – after Keys' fly-half Ethan Davies missed a chance to snatch it with the last kick of the match, writes Carl Field. In what was the ...and more »

Man held in custody after two female pedestrians suffer 'life changing injuries' following collision

A man was arrested after two pedestrians were struck in a collision in Penydarren Road, Merthyr Tydfil. A man is being held in custody after two female pedestrians suffered potentially “life changing injuries” following a collision in Merthyr Tydfil ...and more »

Appeal to find man who has gone missing while travelling in Peru

An appeal has been put out to find a man who has gone missing while travelling in Peru. Harry Corder Greaves, from Bronygarth, on the Welsh-English bordernear Oswestry, was last seen on April 7, after he told friends he wished to spend the day by ...and more »

Your selfie could be part of the UK's Eurovision entry featuring Wales' Joe Woolford

Ruthin singer Joe Woolford and his pop partner Jake Shakeshaft are inviting viewers to be part of the staging for their Eurovision Song Contest performance in Sweden via selfies. Joe and Jake, who are representing the UK with their track You're Not ...and more »

One of these 40 ladies will be crowned Miss Wales 2016 this weekend

The ladies vying for the coveted title have been competing in a three-day grand final since Thursday. The three-day event has seen them appear at the Swansea Marriott Hotel and the Princess Royal Theatre in Port Talbot . By the end of the final, they ...and more »

Former Wales coach Gareth Jenkins to step down from Scarlets full

Former Wales coach Gareth Jenkins will step down from his full-time role as Scarlets' head of development and recruitment at the end of the campaign. 'Mr Llanelli', who is 65 in September, will take up a part-time role focusing on talent identification ...

Velothon Wales 2016 confirm there will be no shortcut to avoid the Tumble

It's one of the most gruelling climbs in Welsh cycling – and there'll be no avoiding the famous Tumble at this year's Velothon. That's because event organisers decided that providing a shortcut – which was available in last year's race – was not practical.

If Wales is to benefit from innovation we need more women scientists and to use all our foreign

We all know that innovation is becoming increasingly important to the competitive advantage of nations around the world. As the OECD recently noted, innovation and job creation go hand in hand over the long term to help create an inclusive and ...

Man arrested after car crashed into garden fence and struck two pedestrians

A man was arrested after two pedestrians were struck in a collision in Penydarren Road, Merthyr Tydfil. A man has been arrested after a car crashed into a garden fence and struck two pedestrians. South Wales Police were called to the scene of the ...and more »

This is what happened when taxi drivers in Cardiff went on strike

An estimated 200 taxi drivers went on strike in Cardiff in the early hours of Saturday - but there were no reports of travel chaos. Drivers from Cardiff's Hackney Drivers' Association stopped work from midnight to 1am. Those who were striking parked ...and more »

Wales swimmer Jazz Carlin searching for Olympic qualification time in Glasgow

Jazz Carlin will go in search of achieving an Olympic individual place this evening after qualifying fastest for the 400m freestyle final at the British Swimming Championships in Glasgow. The Welsh swimmer has already claimed 200m and 800m freestyle ...and more »

Investment In Schools in RCT

Schools across the County Borough are set to benefit from a £7M investment in s

Three reports of indecent exposure in Aberdare

South Wales Police are issuing a caution to residents in Aberdare after a series of indecent exposures in the town in the pa

Emmerdale’s depiction of dementia at the British Soap Awards 2016: John Middleton interview

Actor John Middleton has been nominated for a British Soap Award for his performance of Emmerdale's resident vicar, Ash

Welsh Conservatives vow to revive Welsh pub culture and economy

Welsh Conservatives announced its commitment to revive an ailing pub industry and bolster su

St John Year 9 through to Welsh Schools Rugby League Final

Congratulations to the Year 9 rugby team who won 68-26 in the Welsh Scho

Snow falls across much of Wales

Some parts of Wales woke up to snow on Saturday morning but this chilly weather will not last long for long with sunshine and higher temperature expected next week. Lots of people posted photos of snowy hilltops and back gardens to Twitter as they woke ...

In Cardiff's newest office building

It is perhaps too early to fully reflect, learn and absorb the lessons from Blake Morgan's 'generational' office move from Bradley Court (our home in Cardiff since 1989) to the development site now known as Central Square. But after just one month, you ...

How Mike and Bernie Winters led the way in Wales' first Sunday football match 50 years ago

Football internationals, ground-breaking fundraising events and league matches where the grounds were at bursting point - Ninian Park, the former home of Cardiff City FC, has played host to all these and many other countless events over the decades.

Inspired by the RHS Flower Show in Cardiff? Here are 9 tips to create a stunning small garden

Think you can't create a potentially award winning garden scheme if your outside plot is small? Think again. Shares; Comments. Get What's On news by email. Colours at B&Q. Inspired by the RHS Flower Show Cardiff this weekend but only have a small ...and more »

How an apprentice from Abertillery became the chairman of the £14.8bn Crossrail project

Talk to Terry Morgan, the Welshman overseeing the £14.8bn Crossrail project which has seen 26 miles of new tunnels created below London, and you come away with a sense of immense determination and deep gratitude. Government ministers and ...

Life on the edge: Why scrapping regional education consortia won't achieve anything

Safe to say, Wales' four regional education consortia got off to something of an inauspicious start. I remember vividly government ministers lambasting one consortium, in particular, for dragging its heels and progress in some quarters has been ...and more »

Liam Fox urges Wales to quit EU and invest cash in schools and hospitals

Former Defence Secretary Liam Fox will claim Wales would have more money to spend on schools, hospitals and local services outside the European Union at a Welsh launch event for Vote leave today. Vote Leave coordinator Matthew McKinnon will argue ...and more »

What now for Port Talbot as the steel crisis threatens to the town's livelihood?

... the steel works and I've got another grandson who is about to leave school and was hoping to get a job there. “Nobody really knows what's going to happen next. Everyone will be affected, not just Port Talbot, people who work there come from the ...and more »

The RHS flower show in Cardiff gets off to a colourful start

Visitors to this year's RHS Flower Show Cardiff were greeted by an array of colours and beauty as the show gardens were unveiled to the public on its first day. Bute Park has once again been transformed into a garden lover's paradise with a range of ...and more »

Man, 22, charged with rape, assault and threats to kill after incident in Swansea

A 22-year-old man has been charged with rape, assault and threats to kill following an incident in Swansea on Thursday. South Wales Police said the incident happened shortly before 6am on Thursday at Neath Road in the Hafod area of the city. The man ...and more »

Cabby who spoke out against Cardiff taxi strike says he won't be the only driver working

Alan Grant, 61, from Caerau , said earlier this month that Cardiff council are right to be clamping down on taxi drivers refusing short-distance journeys, and vowed not to participate in the planned strike action by the Cardiff Hackney Carriage ...and more »

Cardiff's historic Angel Hotel is up for sale as part of a £130m deal

The historic building is part of The Hotel Collection, a portfolio of 10 hotels, which is being sold for £130 million. The 102-bedroom Angel Hotel dates back to 1883 and still features original Victorian architecture. It now offers nine conference ...and more »

Ikea's property division is eyeing Cardiff and Swansea for budget hotel brand and student flats

Ikea's real estate division is looking at Cardiff for development opportunities for its student and hotel property offering. Vastint, part of the Inter IKEA Group, is rumoured to be looking for both a large scale mixed-use development site, in addition ...

These pictures show just how wrecked Cardiff's Coal Exchange has become

It has previously developed other listed buildings in Liverpool but this is their first project in Cardiff. More: This is how Cardiff's Coal Exchange will look as a luxury 200-suite hotel. The Coal Exchange Ltd, one of two groups campaigning to save ...and more »

Man admits assaulting colleagues and police officers in Cardiff after 'exploding' at work

A man has pleaded guilty to assaulting two police officers, two of his colleagues and causing unlawful damage after “exploding” while at work. Owain Lloyd Houston, 35, from Pendwyallt Road in Whitchurch, Cardiff, pleaded guilty to four charges of ...

Aber warm up with Wormelow

The next set of pre-season matches take place at Avenue Road this weekend with Aberdare visiting on Saturday April 16, and Cheltenham Civil Service visiting on Sunday April 19. Training continues every week with Seniors practicing on Tuesday from 6pm ...

New fitness craze Bounce DanceFit is coming to Wales to teach you how to twerk like Beyonce

... there are now more than 200 qualified instructors in the UK, Wales is the latest country to get bouncing. It's all set to change soon as an instructor training course is taking place after a masterclass to be held in Llanharan, Rhondda Cynon Taf ...

A fraudster has paid back £1.7m to police

A Welsh fraudster turned international drug dealer and money launderer has only paid back £1.7m of a £4.8m confiscation order imposed on him a decade ago. Martin Roydon Evans, 54, of Pontarddulais, Swansea, a former Welsh Young Businessman of the ...and more »

Scientists claim the development of futuristic technology means there is a future for steel making in Wales

Experts from Swansea University who worked closely with Tata until the Indian firm's decision to pull out of the UK steel industry, have been collaborating on steel “imprinted” with solar energy to create buildings that power themselves and on using ...and more »

Wales star George North injured again as Jamie Roberts prepares to become part of a world record success

Wales wing George North will again be missing for Northampton for a second successive week when the Saints face Leicester at Franklin's Gardens in the Aviva Premiership's East Midlands derby. North is sidelined with a knee injury after missing the ...

The full shortlist is revealed for Food Awards Wales 2016

Thousands of nominations were received for the second annual Food Awards Wales - and now the shortlist has been unveiled. The awards aim to recognise the hard work and efforts of the Welsh food industry. Accolades include restaurants, takeaways, ...and more »

The Sean Fitzpatrick interview: All Blacks legend spells out what Wales must do to have a prayer against New Zealand

Like most other living All Blacks, Sean Fitzpatrick doesn't know what it feels like to lose to Wales. Six times he faced them in a Test career that spanned 11 years, and six times he won. And Fitzpatrick also has the distinction of having prevented ...and more »

Lidl confirms details of its new Llandaff North and Splott stores

Demolition work at the Lidl store in Splott has started with the company hoping to open the new store by the end of this year. Permission was granted for the East Tyndall Street store to be demolished and replaced with a new “Lidl of the Future” store ...

New details of £44m Tonyrefail school revealed as large parts of project set to gain planning consent

The second application seeks listed building consent for works to the Grade II-listed original school building. Both applications are lodged by Rhondda Cynon Taf Corporate Estates and are recommended for approval by RCT's service director for planning.

JoJo Maman Bébé's From a Mother to Another campaign is delivering clothes across the UK and to Lebanon

A recycling and charity initiative from JoJo Maman Bébé has saved 32 pallet loads of good quality clothes from landfill. The From a Mother to Another campaign sees hand-me-down clothing being distributed to families in need across the UK, via food ...

27 brilliant pictures that will remind you how the Rhondda used to be

Remember the days when whole street would go on holiday together, horse and carts would deliver to the terraced houses and kids would find their own fun playing in the streets? Well here's a look back to some of those days in these wonderful old pictures.

Vauxhall continue support of British bands with successful campaign

Monmouthshire · Neath Port Talbot · Newport · Pembrokeshire · Powys · Rhondda · Pontypridd · Torfaen · Vale of Glamorgan · Wrexham. Trending Tata job losses RHS Flower Show Stuff to do in Wales Wales Rugby · Sport. Sections Latest Sport Rugby ...and more »

Sanjeev Gupta dismisses talk of saving Port Talbot's blast furnaces

Speaking at the FT Global Commodities Summit in Switzerland, Mr Gupta was dismissive of the idea, the paper wrote. He said: "I don't understand why someone thinks they can do what Tata couldn't. "Tata is one of the best companies in the world with all ...and more »

Our Yule Love Bridgend campaign has been shortlisted for a national award

A campaign designed to change negative perceptions of Bridgend and boost business in the town centre has been shortlisted for a national award. The Yule Love Bridgend campaign, featured in the Glamorgan Gazette and on WalesOnline , has been ...

'Prison won't resolve these women's issues'

Some women turn to crime simply because they are desperate or at a low ebb, and experts believe that sending them through the judicial system simply exacerbates the social problem. Now a pioneering scheme is helping women turn their lives around.


A cold call conman who bullied pensioners into paying for fake energy assessments has been ordered to pay back £28,000. Champion bodybuilder David Govier, 32, used his company based in Swansea to target older people for bogus “green energy” ...and more »

Police in Aberdare are investigating three reports of indecent exposure in 10 days

South Wales Police have received three reports of indecent exposure in the past 10 days, and have increased their presence in two popular shopping spots. Police Sergeant John Sullivan said: “We are working hard to identify this individual.

ONS Announce £17m for Newport Centre of Excellence

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) have announced plans for an Economics Centre of Excellence and Data Science Campus in Newport. The new projects will help the UK to build world-leading expertise in data science and to benefit from faster ...

One of Wales' Fastest Growing Businesses Appoints New Director

amber energy, an award-winning energy management consultancy and one of Wales' fastest growing businesses, has appointed a new board director who will spearhead its growth nationally. The company, which doubled its turnover in 2015, has hired ...

Uncertainty Impacting on Outlook for Welsh Housing Market

Uncertainty arising from new stamp duty changes, the EU Referendum, and the forthcoming Assembly election is impacting on the outlook for the housing market in Wales, the latest survey from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) suggests.and more »

The places in Wales with the highest number of people needing help from foodbanks

The number of people needing help from foodbanks in Wales remains at a record high, with people in Cardiff , Carmarthenshire and Flintshire receiving the most emergency food supplies in the past year. According to figures from poverty charity, the ...

'I woke up and thought of Joe Allen!'

'I woke up and thought of Joe Allen!' - How Liverpool FC fans reacted as Wales cult hero saved the day. 08:38, 15 Apr 2016; By Phil Smith. The Welsh midfielder turned in a brilliant performance from the bench as Liverpool completed an extraordinary ...and more »

Scottish flanker John Barclay backs Wales flanker James Davies for Test honours

Scottish flanker John Barclay has admitted he is baffled about how Scarlets back-row colleague James Davies has not been capped by Wales. Davies has been contacted by Team GB to compete in the Rio Olympics sevens tournament this August but also ...

Trussell Trust: Welsh food bank use 'remains at record levels'

The use of food banks in Wales "remains at record levels" despite a slight drop, a charity has said. Trussell Trust figures showed 85,656 three-day food packages were given out in the 2015/16 financial year, compared to 85,875 the year before. It also ...

Three generations of this family are all proud to say they have worked in Port Talbot's steel industry

Decades of families have relied on the steelworks at Port Talbot and the Davies family are no different. Steve "Spud" Davies began working there in 1979, his son Nathan, now 27 followed six years ago. But they both followed in the footsteps of Steve's ...

Cardiff's taxi drivers are set to strike tonight – here's everything you need to know

Clubbers may be left stranded after a night out in Cardiff this weekend with many taxi drivers set to go on strike. The strike, organised by the Hackney Driver Association, is due to take place on Friday and Saturday night between midnight and 2am ...and more »

Foodbank figures in Wales remain at record high

Cardiff - 12,078; Carmarthenshire - 6,315; Flintshire - 5,766; Caerphilly County Borough - 5,601; Bridgend County Borough - 5,366; Rhondda Cynon Taff - 5,345; Torfaen County Borough - 5,266; Swansea - 4,795; Wrexham - 4,743; Neath Port Talbot - 4,088 ...

Court rules that Welsh mum cannot name her daughter Cyanide after the poison that killed Hitler

A mother who wanted to call her baby daughter Cyanide - because that was the poison that killed Hitler - has been thwarted by top judges in a landmark case. The Powys mum - who also chose the name Preacher for the girl's twin brother - insisted that ...and more »

Wales star Joe Allen helps inspire famous Liverpool FC European comeback

Wales midfielder Joe Allen helped inspire a dramatic Liverpool Europa League comeback on another incredible continental night at Anfield. Allen was left out of the Liverpool starting side by manager Jurgen Klopp who was facing his former side Borussia ...and more »

Man who allegedly attacked police officers as they dealt with rooftop standoff in Cardiff charged with assault and ...

A man who allegedly assaulted two police officers in Cardiff on Wednesday night has been charged with assault and criminal damage. Owain Houston, 35, from the Whitchurch area of the city, has been charged following an alleged incident at an office in ...

How the Welsh fans, the national anthem, and Johnny Cash got Wales to Euro 2016

Wales football boss Chris Coleman has praised the “incredible” effect of fans in helping his side qualify for Euro 2016 this summer. And he revealed how the late country and western star Johnny Cash had a hand in Wales' success. The 45-year-old former ...and more »

This lovely old Porth church, which was built in 1885, is going to close down

A Rhondda church which was built in 1885 and had 400 members in its heyday will close after its last-ever service next month. Porth United Reformed Church, opposite the Porth Plaza building at 51 Pontypridd Road, will host its final service at 2.30pm ...

Crash for cash fraudster who made thousands from UK's biggest ever car insurance scam is ordered to pay back just £10

A man jailed for his part in the biggest car insurance fraud ever investigated in the UK has been ordered to pay back just £10 of the sum he personally benefitted from. Stephen Pegram was responsible for £19,000 worth of fraud in the so-called “crash ...and more »

Parents of teenager Peter Baldwin who died from undetected diabetes pick up two awards

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Uber will not be launching in Cardiff next week despite rumours on social media

Rumours have been circulating on social media this week suggesting that taxi firm Uber is “just a week away” from launching in Cardiff. Uber is an app which allows passengers to connect with drivers through their smartphone. It already operates in 15 ...and more »

Giant Rolling Stones lips made by Cardiff company for the band's Exhibitionism show

The Saatchi Gallery in London's Sloane Square is a long way, culturally and aesthetically, from Cardiff's Hedel Road. But there is a connection between these two locations provided by the Rolling Stones and Cardiff-based company Specialist Models and ...and more »

Cardiff and Vale College take over Leckwith Stadium lease with Cardiff City House of Sport

Cardiff International Sports Stadium at Leckwith is now officially being managed by a partnership between Cardiff and Vale College and Cardiff City House of Sport after a proposal to secure the future of the facility was agreed by Cardiff Council in ...and more »

Labour’s ‘raw deal’ on childcare is ‘holding families back'

Worryingly-low free childcare provision is holding families back, and symptomatic of how Wal

Beat the Street RCT,

The National Charity Partnership has launched the Beat the Street challenge in Rhondda Cynon Taff (RCT).

Cardiff council has raised £3.4m in bus lane fines

Cardiff council has now raised £3.4m by fining drivers for using the city's bus lanes – but says the scheme is starting to work. It is the 16th month the council have been fining drivers through seven fixed cameras in the city. A camera car also ...

Sanjeev Gupta dismisses talk of a management buyout to save Port Talbot's blast furnaces

Monmouthshire · Neath Port Talbot · Newport · Pembrokeshire · Powys · Rhondda · Pontypridd · Torfaen · Vale of Glamorgan · Wrexham. Trending Tata job losses RHS Flower Show Stuff to do in Wales Wales Rugby · Sport. Sections Latest Sport Rugby ...and more »

Bethan Hall, 11, from Rhondda spent a day as a VIP rhino ranger at Folly Farm

An animal-mad Rhondda youngster has spent the day as a VIP rhino ranger at Folly Farm after she won a WalesOnline competition. Bethan Hall, 11, from Porth , has taken up the new role as an honorary ranger at the Pembrokeshire zoo's latest enclosure, ...

Eli Walker poised to stake Wales claim as he returns for the Ospreys against Treviso

Monmouthshire · Neath Port Talbot · Newport · Pembrokeshire · Powys · Rhondda · Pontypridd · Torfaen · Vale of Glamorgan · Wrexham. Trending Six Nations Francesco Guidolin Wales Rugby Team Swansea City FC Cardiff City Barclay's Premier League.and more »

Brexit could damage Britain's economy creating long period of uncertainty, warns Bank of England

A vote to leave the European Union could damage Britain's economy the Bank of England said today. The warning came as the Bank voted to keep interest rates on hold for another month. Members of the Bank's Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) said the ...and more »

Weather warnings, storms and snow a day after Wales enjoyed warmest day of the year

A weather warning for rain has been put in place today, less than 24 hours after Wales enjoyed its warmest day of the year. Heavy showers and thunderstorms are expected to break out this afternoon, and there is also a risk of hail and lightning. The ...and more »

The Wales National Air Show will go ahead free of charge despite added costs due to the Shoreham disaster

The hugely popular Wales National Air Show will still take place free of charge this summer, organisers have conformed, despite plans by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) to impose fees of up to £20,000 on major air shows in the wake of the Shoreham ...and more »

The Wales National Air Show will go ahead free of charge despite added costs due to the Shoreham disaster

The hugely popular Wales National Air Show will still take place free of charge this summer, organisers have conformed, despite plans by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) to impose fees of up to £20,000 on major air shows in the wake of the Shoreham ...and more »

Man found dead at farmhouse near Machynlleth named as Nigel McGrath

Monmouthshire · Neath Port Talbot · Newport · Pembrokeshire · Powys · Rhondda · Pontypridd · Torfaen · Vale of Glamorgan · Wrexham. Trending Tata job losses Crime Transport Francesco Guidolin · Sport. Sections Latest Sport Rugby Football Cardiff City ...and more »

Before we start bringing in new taxes we need to understand the impact they will have on our economy

At FSB Wales we have long called for our policymakers to have a better understanding of the true state of our economy. This is because we believe that if Wales is to effectively confront the economic challenges it faces, then we need to see the full ...

Police need help to identify this man following a theft in a supermarket in Aberdare

A police statement said: “We are trying to locate the man in this photograph as he may be able to assist with our inquiries into a theft in Aberdare. “We would appeal for him to get in touch with us directly. “Anyone with any information as to his ...

Hunt to find Merthyr Town's new mascot to replace Shaggy the Sheep closing this week

Recommended in Local News. Aberdare · Police need help to identify this man following a theft in a supermarket in Aberdare · Gower · Bus driver who got lost after taking a wrong turn on Gower with 22 passengers on board is sacked · Bridgend Council.and more »

This is how 'poor landlords' will be tackled to help solve housing issues in studentville Treforest

A clampdown on “poor landlords” and improvements to 65 properties are among the council's plan to solve “housing issues” in student-central Treforest. Next Tuesday, Rhondda Cynon Taf's cabinet members will discuss a report which puts forward three ...

You can now take part in a real

Rhondda Cynon Taff is to be transformed into a real life game in a bid to inspire local people to eat better, get active and reduce their risk of Type 2 diabetes and heart disease. Tesco Pontypridd Extra and its surrounding stores, supported by Rhondda ...

This Rhondda woman is half way through completing 40 endurance running races in a year for charity

A Rhondda woman is half way through her epic challenge to complete 40 endurance running events in one year – to mark her 40th birthday and raise £3,000 for charity. Leanne Howells' challenge, which includes races ranging from 5k runs up to half ...

The young Welsh winger with a big future who is already on Warren Gatland's radar

Dragons head coach Kingsley Jones revealed Ashton Hewitt is on Wales' radar after the wing suffered an injury setback. Hewitt's name has been put forward as a potential Wales squad member for the summer tour to face New Zealand but he has been ...and more »

Move Over San

South Wales could soon be the next Silicon Valley if the team behind one of the most ambitious projects of its kind in the world today have their way. The project will see dozens of existing manufacturers, technology developers, researchers and start ...

Wales: A Country of Time

Over four fifths of 18-35 year olds in Wales say they waste some (72 per cent) or all (14 per cent) of their spare time and admit to spending almost a full day each week on social media and gaming. Each typical working day 18-35 year olds in Wales ...and more »

Angel Investors Target Life Sciences Sector in Wales

Life sciences start-up/early stage businesses in Wales could receive a financial boost from 'angel investors' keen to cash in on an attractive and growing sector, according to a leading investor. Anthony Clarke, CEO of Angel Capital Group, which ...

'Grey Grafters' Boost Welsh Job Market Figures

Wales has seen a surge in the number of over 65s in full or part-time employment according to the latest job figures from NatWest's Regional Economic Tracker. The number of over 65s currently employed in the Welsh economy rose by 11% to 58,000 in the ...and more »

Police tape off area of Swansea as they investigate serious assault

South Wales Police said the offences are alleged to have happened around two years ago. Two police officers taken to hospital and man arrested after city centre lockdown · Police need help to identify this man following a theft in a supermarket in ...and more »

Successful Five Star Caravan Park Business is Kept in the Family

Managing successful five star caravan parks on the scenic Cambrian Coast in Mid Wales runs in the family for the Freemans. After a decade at Gwynedd Holiday Home Park in Tywyn, George and Menna Freeman have retired and handed over the reins to ...

Britain one of six rich countries to meet UN foreign aid target

New figures show that there were only six wealthy nations to hit the UN foreign aid target in 2015, with the UK being one of them. Some governments diverted cash to deal with the migration crisis. Coming second only to the US in the total amount ...and more »

Cardiff police officers assaulted and man arrested

A 35-year-old man is in custody after two police officers were assaulted in Cardiff. Both South Wales Police officers were taken to the University Hospital of Wales following the incident, on Stuttgarter Strasse, at about 20:10 BST on Wednesday. They ...and more »

The news headlines from around the world: Corbyn: Labour 'overwhelmingly' in favour of keeping Britain in EU ...

Jeremy Corbyn will say Labour is "overwhelmingly" in favour of Britain staying in the EU as he makes his first major intervention in the referendum campaign. The Labour leader - who during the party leadership contest did not rule out backing Brexit ...and more »

Wales breaking news plus live traffic, weather and M4 updates (Thursday, April 14)

Wales' live news service featuring all the latest traffic, weather, M4, showbiz and sport updates from across the country. You can contribute to the live blog by posting your comment below or you can also tweet us @walesonline to share the news that's ...and more »

Wales and Liverpool could be in competition to host the 2026 Commonwealth Games

Wales and Liverpool could be on a collision course with rival bids to host the 2026 Commonwealth Games. Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson has written to Culture Secretary John Whittingdale setting out his plans to explore a bid. The Mayor argues that ...and more »

The areas of Wales where less then a third of women are getting a lifesaving smear test

In comparison, 90.9% of eligible women in the area around Abercraf in Powys are up to date, closely followed by the Dinam Park area of Ton Pentre, Rhondda (90.6%). Cervical screening is a way of looking at cells from the cervix, or neck of the womb, to ...

Welsh snooker trio set for World Championships challenge

There will be three Welshmen at the World Snooker Championship in Sheffield this weekend after Ryan Day joined Michael White and Mark Williams. Day has secured his place at the Crucible Theatre by defeating 1997 world champion Ken Doherty 10-6 in ...and more »

Most people in Wales think the UK Government should be doing more to save the steel industry in Wales

Monmouthshire · Neath Port Talbot · Newport · Pembrokeshire · Powys · Rhondda · Pontypridd · Torfaen · Vale of Glamorgan · Wrexham. Trending Tata job losses Crime Transport Francesco Guidolin · Sport. Sections Latest Sport Rugby Football Cardiff City ...

'No plans' for Welsh councils to introduce fees for Parkrun events

Monmouthshire · Neath Port Talbot · Newport · Pembrokeshire · Powys · Rhondda · Pontypridd · Torfaen · Vale of Glamorgan · Wrexham. Trending Tata job losses Crime Transport Francesco Guidolin · Sport. Sections Latest Sport Rugby Football Cardiff City ...and more »

Pressure grows for the Children's Commissioner to have powers to help young people on any issue

Pressure is growing for the Children's Commissioner for Wales to gain the freedom to help children on a wider range of issues – not just those which are the responsibility of the National Assembly. Commissioner Sally Holland wants to be able to assist ...

Ellis Jenkins would rise to the challenge of a New Zealand tour with Wales.... Blues coach Danny Wilson

Ellis Jenkins will relish the opportunity if he receives the call from Warren Gatland for Wales' summer tour of New Zealand. That's the verdict from his Cardiff Blues coach Danny Wilson, who is full of praise for the flanker's all-round game and the ...

These are the top 20 beaches in Wales

The weather has finally picked up a bit – you've actually had a chance to wear your sunglasses and drive with the windows down. So what better time than now to start planning your day-trips for the summer? And in case you're in need of any inspiration ...

From skippering Sam to Llanishen Highs! How Warburton's old captain is celebrating historic Welsh Schools hat

So, you've actually captained the man who shortly afterwards goes on to skipper Wales to a Grand Slam and lead the Lions to success in Australia. Rugby satisfaction doesn't get much greater than that, it's fair to assume. Not so for Harry Trelawny, one ...

Questions remain over Sanjeev Gupta's plans to change Port Talbot over to using arc furnaces

Experts were divided today on whether Sanjeev Gupta's stated plans to convert Port Talbot steel works from blast furnaces to an arc furnace model made financial sense. One source with knowledge of the industry said that the financial dynamics of the ...and more »

Police searching for missing teenager Omair Abbas find body in Cardiff river

Monmouthshire · Neath Port Talbot · Newport · Pembrokeshire · Powys · Rhondda · Pontypridd · Torfaen · Vale of Glamorgan · Wrexham. Trending Tata job losses Crime Transport Francesco Guidolin · Sport. Sections Latest Sport Rugby Football Cardiff City ...and more »

Wales' sickest babies 'could be put at risk due to NHS staff shortages'

Transport services for the UK's sickest babies are “severely under-resourced” and are putting newborns at greater risk of complications, it is claimed. A new report into the transfers of premature and unwell babies has shown that half of the neonatal ...and more »

Cafe culture comes to Rhondda’s community hospital!

Ysbyty Cwm Rhondda in Llwynypia officially unveiled its new cafe this week offering fairtrade

Nisa supermarket, Market Street, Aberdare around 7.25pm on Thursday 3rd March

South Wales Police are trying to locate the man in this photograph as he may be able to assist with our enquiries into a the

Cwm Taf clinicians aim to test Danish model of early cancer diagnosis

Clinicians from NHS Wales including Cwm Taf University Health Board took part in a fact findi

St Johns Community Arts Project

This term St Johns have launched the CAP (Community Arts Project) initia

Stop the clock competition makes new national list of Top 25 Fundraising ideas for churches

·         The creative idea of a stop the clock competition used by St Mary Magdalene church in Cwmbach, Aberdare to raise money for the church is featured in the national list of Top 25 Fundraising ideas for churches.

Watch the moment Hawk fighter jets take to the sky at RAF Valley for the final time

Monmouthshire · Neath Port Talbot · Newport · Pembrokeshire · Powys · Rhondda · Pontypridd · Torfaen · Vale of Glamorgan · Wrexham. Trending Tata job losses Crime Transport Francesco Guidolin · Sport. Sections Latest Sport Rugby Football Cardiff City ...and more »

This is how you can become a Coyote at Cardiff's new Coyote Ugly bar

Monmouthshire · Neath Port Talbot · Newport · Pembrokeshire · Powys · Rhondda · Pontypridd · Torfaen · Vale of Glamorgan · Wrexham. Trending Tata job losses Six Nations Stuff to do in Wales Wales Rugby · Sport. Sections Latest Sport Rugby Football ...and more »

The Army's new made in Wales tank Ajax completes its first live firing test

The new Ajax light tank being made in Wales for the British Army has completed its first live firing test. The new tank has been described as the "eyes and ears" of the British Army and has been developed by General Dynamics Land Systems at Oakdale.and more »

Wales has its first ever women's carp fishing team

Monmouthshire · Neath Port Talbot · Newport · Pembrokeshire · Powys · Rhondda · Pontypridd · Torfaen · Vale of Glamorgan · Wrexham. Trending Tata job losses Crime Transport Francesco Guidolin · Sport. Sections Latest Sport Rugby Football Cardiff City ...

What food and drink is on offer at the RHS Flower Show Cardiff?

The countdown is on to the RHS Flower Show Cardiff when Bute Park will be transformed into a spring wonderland full of first-class floral displays. But it's not just about the blooms and show gardens, which will this year include an abundance of Roald ...

A converted church in Barry will be the first in Wales to offer apartments with their own office

Take a closer look at how the renovation and restoration of the Windsor Road Church in Barry will shape up, including inside the property. Whilst at first sight this may appear to be a standard church conversion, the newly released CGI images reveal ...

Man taken to hospital after being punched to the ground in Newport

Police are appealing for information after a man was punched to the ground in Newport. The victim needed hospital treatment after the assault last Friday, April 8 at around 10.30pm. It happened on Glebe Street, Maindee near the rear car park of ...and more »

Recap: The first PMQs since the future of Port Talbot and the UK's steel industry was thrown into doubt

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn did not raise Tata's decision to to sell all of its UK steel plants. However, the issue was raised by other MPs. Tata is understood to have set a date of May 28 as a deadline for selling the plants. Live updates below ...and more »

When is the Royal Mint Experience opening to visitors for the first time?

It's just a month to go until the The Royal Mint in Llantrisant throws open its doors to reveal how the nation's coins are made. Sketches have now been unveiled of The Royal Mint Experience so people can get an idea of what the state-of-the-art £7m ...and more »

'I'd like to play for Wales!' Scarlets' new Kiwi wing Johnny McNicholl indicates residency qualification hope

Monmouthshire · Neath Port Talbot · Newport · Pembrokeshire · Powys · Rhondda · Pontypridd · Torfaen · Vale of Glamorgan · Wrexham. Trending Six Nations Francesco Guidolin Wales Rugby Team Swansea City FC Cardiff City Barclay's Premier League.and more »

Newport Supplement Centre Shakes Up Homeless Fundraising

Newport Supplement Centre (NSC) recently spun into action to raise money for the homeless in Newport by donating all sales and more from its famous protein shakers. NSC pledged all proceeds from any brand of shakers bought online and in store to go to ...

Search operation launched after someone was spotted floating down a river in a fridge

A search was launched last night after reports that someone was floating down a North Wales river inside a fridge. The strange sight was reported to the coastguard after a member of public said they saw people inside a fridge on the River Dee in ...and more »

BT announces 900 new cyber crime jobs, with some based in Cardiff

BT is to recruit 900 people to work in its security business as part of a major drive to protect consumers, businesses and governments from the growing threat of cyber crime. Of the 900 new positions 590 will be based in six sites across the UK ...and more »

Daughter's tribute to Machynlleth murder victim Tracy Cockrell

Monmouthshire · Neath Port Talbot · Newport · Pembrokeshire · Powys · Rhondda · Pontypridd · Torfaen · Vale of Glamorgan · Wrexham. Trending Tata job losses Crime Transport Francesco Guidolin · Sport. Sections Latest Sport Rugby Football Cardiff City ...and more »

IoD Wales calls on Next Welsh Government to Implement its Ten Point Plan for the Economy

The Institute of Directors in Wales today (April 11th) unveiled a ten-point economic plan, and called on the next Welsh Government to implement it to improve business opportunities in Wales. Announcing the plan ahead of the May 5 Welsh Assembly ...and more »

Latest Circuit of Wales Statement

We are pleased that the Labour Leader and First Minister Carwyn Jones has recognised the importance of the Circuit of Wales in transforming this area of South Wales, creating employment opportunities and for his commitment to the project. All parties ...and more »

Cardiff Met

A team of students from Cardiff Metropolitan University are celebrating after impressing a panel of the UK leading marketers. Chris Djiallis, Neirin Millard and Joseph Anderson, who call themselves the Met-Marketers are in the top three of the CIM's ...

Jones Bros Embarks on South Wales Wind Farm Development

Leading civil engineering firm Jones Bros has embarked on the building of a six-turbine wind farm in South Wales that will support apprenticeship opportunities for young people in the area. The Mynydd Portref project is located between Brynna and ...

Cardiff and Vale College and Principality Partner to Boost Student Employability

Cardiff and Vale College has entered into a unique partnership with Wales' largest building society to further boost the employability of its students. In its first such collaboration with a further education institution, Principality Building Society ...and more »

Flooded Cardiff homes and fears over a Merthyr dam, but don't worry it's all part of a rescue exercise

A major exercise testing emergency services as to how they would react if serious flooding happened in South Wales is taking place today. Emergency services are testing out different scenarios including people trapped in flooded homes in Cardiff and ...and more »

£6.5m deal with create a construction centre in Swansea to train more than 1000 people a year

A £6.5m Wales-wide agreement that will create construction training for 1,100 people per year was signed today. The Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) and a consortium led by The University of Wales Trinity Saint David, will establish the ...and more »

Live updates as three

A three-vehicle accident on the M4 has caused major congestion in the Swansea area this morning. One lane was closed eastbound for around an hour after the accident on the Briton Ferry Bridge. Cameras show traffic, which was already heavy, is still ...and more »

Kaiser Chiefs to headline open

The Kaiser Chiefs are to headline an open-air show as part of a star-studded weekend of music at the SSE Swalec this summer. The indie rock band will be joined by special guests Dizzee Rascal and Everything Everything at the international cricket ...and more »

The 18 schools in RCT which will benefit from a slice of £2m for repairs and upgrades

At Park Lane Special School in Aberdare, £200,000 will be spent to provide an extension its hydrotherapy pool, including a changing room and a hygiene room – while school classrooms will also be upgraded. Pontrhondda Primary School in Tonypandy will ...

A new road bridge over the Afon Cynon river will link the A4059 and Mountain Ash communities by 2019

A major traffic project in the Cynon Valley will see a bridge built over the river and railway in Mountain Ash, linking communities with the main A4059 road by 2019. The traffic improvement scheme, called the Cynon Valley cross valley link, will see ...

Big leap in number of womb cancer cases in Wales echoes rise in obesity levels, charity warns

Obesity is being blamed for the number of women in Wales suffering from womb cancer having almost doubled in just two decades. The rate of women who are diagnosed with the disease every year here has also seen a significant rise, Cancer Research UK ...and more »

Fire crews battle blaze in Portakabins near garden centre

Firefighters have battled a fire which raged in a pair of Portakabins near a South Wales garden centre. The fire, near the Pyle Garden Centre in Bridgend county, began shortly after 9.30pm on Tuesday evening. A spokeswoman for the South Wales Fire and ...and more »

Schoolboy sliced off his fingers climbing a fence – then his mum had to go and find them

A schoolboy sliced off his fingers while climbing a fence to take a short cut home – and his mother had to return to find them for the surgeons. Dylan Harding, 10, severed three fingers on his right hand in the horror accident as he climbed up the ...and more »

Greens insist they can make a breakthrough in Wales as party launches Assembly election manifesto

The Wales Green Party has said “it is time” for the party to earn its first representatives in the National Assembly . The party has an MP and a member of the House of Lords as well as elected politicians in the Scottish and European Parliaments and ...and more »

Contractors working for Rhondda Cynon Taf Council start removing illegal waste from Cwmaman beauty spot

Rhondda Cynon Taf Council has started moving the illegal waste they dumped in the Glynhafod beauty spot known locally as “The reservoirs”.

Reopened Muni Arts Centre hosts triumphant sold

Almost £3000 was raised at a benefit gig for the Muni Arts Centre featuring three of Pontypridd's finest bands. The sold out show which saw Peasant's King, The People The Poet and Climbing Trees take to the stage has raised much needed funds for the ...

Woman found dead in Machynlleth named locally as care worker Tracy Cockrell

Monmouthshire · Neath Port Talbot · Newport · Pembrokeshire · Powys · Rhondda · Pontypridd · Torfaen · Vale of Glamorgan · Wrexham. Trending Tata job losses Crime Transport Francesco Guidolin · Sport. Sections Latest Sport Rugby Football Cardiff City ...and more »

Wales Women crush Kazakhstan to keep Euro 2017 dream alive

Kayleigh Green and Helen Ward were both on target twice as Wales women beat Kazakhstan 4-0 to keep alive their Euro 2017 qualification hopes. Green fired home from Natasha Harding's cross to open the scoring before doubling the lead on 23 minutes.and more »

Rhondda Cynon Taf council has appointed a new deputy leader

Councillor Maureen Webber, who is the cabinet member for council business, will also take over the role of deputy leader following her appointment by council leader Andrew Morgan on Tuesday.

'Inexperience and speed' factors in Brecon fatal crash

The Aberdare inquest heard Rhodri was driving the teenagers in one car. The coroner concluded all four died as a result of a road traffic accident. The inquest was told Rhodri's car was one of seven vehicles in a convoy going on a drive from Barry on ...

Two Welsh hills, a former chapel and a fisherman's cottage are up for sale at an auction

Monmouthshire · Neath Port Talbot · Newport · Pembrokeshire · Powys · Rhondda · Pontypridd · Torfaen · Vale of Glamorgan · Wrexham. Trending Easter 2016 World Half Marathon Championships Things To Do in Wales Restaurants & BARS · Sport. Sections ...and more »

The Wales dirt

Monmouthshire · Neath Port Talbot · Newport · Pembrokeshire · Powys · Rhondda · Pontypridd · Torfaen · Vale of Glamorgan · Wrexham. Trending Six Nations Francesco Guidolin Wales Rugby Team Swansea City FC Cardiff City Barclay's Premier League.

New £25m fund to help management teams acquire SMEs in Wales

A new £25m fund to support management buy-outs of high growth potential small and medium-sized firms in Wales has been launched. The new Wales Management Succession Fund from the Welsh Government is being managed by Finance Wales.

£6.5 deal with create a construction centre in Swansea to train more than 1000 people a year

A £6.5m Wales-wide agreement that will create construction training for 1,100 people per year was signed today. The Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) and a consortium led by The University of Wales Trinity Saint David, will establish the ...

Infant classes sizes should be cut.

The Welsh Liberal Democrats want to see infant class sizes reduced to a maximum of 25. Evidence shows that children achieve more if taught in smaller classes.

Funding Secured For Cynon Valley Museum

 With the support of Rhondda Cynon Taf Council, the ambitions of Cynon Valley M

Speed, inexperience and peer pressure led to death crash

Aberdare Coroner's court heard today (Tuesday, April 12) how Mr Miller had been travelling in a convoy of seven vehicles from the Barry area when he lost control of his car on a tight bend on the mountain road near the Storey Arms at around 10.15pm.

Group uses power of theatre to deliver innovative dementia training across Wales

A group called Re-Live is using the power of theatre to deliver innovative dementia training aimed at the soci

Why James Davies simply has to choose the Olympics over Wales if he gets the chance

It would appear James Davies may soon have a very big decision to make - New Zealand or Brazil? Those are the destinations for Wales' summer tour and the 2016 Olympic Games and, if it were me, you could book my flight to Rio tomorrow. Earlier this week ...and more »

Macmillan-funded animation film being used in Welsh hospitals to help cancer patients spot symptoms

A new animation funded by Macmillan Wales is already being screened in some Welsh hospitals to help people affected by cancer spot the signs and

What will happen to Port Talbot steel works and Tata's other UK plants now?

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The best pictures yet taken inside the Rhondda Tunnel show it in all its glory

The shots taken by Rhondda Tunnel Society member Jim Mackey - the brother of society chairman Stephen Mackey - spectacularly illuminate the inside of the 126-year-old tunnel in all its magnificent grandeur. The pics came about after the latest foray ...

Memorial honours British victims of the Tunisia terror attacks

Prince Harry has attended a memorial service at Westminster Abbey for Britons killed in the Tunisian terror attacks. Harry laid a wreath at the Innocent Victims Memorial on behalf of his grandmother the Queen as he gathers with families who lost loved ...and more »

Inquest into A470 deaths hears teenager was speeding

A teenage driver was speeding in a convoy of cars just three days after passing his test when he crashed on a mountain road - killing four people, an inquest heard today. A-level pupil Rhodri Miller, 17, died at the wheel next to his girlfriend and ...and more »

Olympic Team GB make approach for Scarlets flanker and Wales hopeful James Davies

Scarlets coach Wayne Pivac has confirmed flanker James Davies has been spoken to about the possibility of linking up with the Team GB sevens squad for the Olympics this summer. Davies was previously a sevens specialist with Wales before starring with ...and more »

'His boys miss him every single day' Family of man murdered in Cardiff street pay tribute as his killer is found guilty

The family a man found in a pool of blood in a Cardiff street one night last summer say it was “the darkest day” of their lives. Russell Peachey, 35, died in hospital after being viciously attacked in a Cardiff street. James Williams, 31, has been ...and more »

Circuit of Wales welcome First Minister's 'commitment' to the project

Circuit of Wales yesterday welcomed comments from First Minister Carwyn Jones saying the Welsh Government wanted to find a new “workable model” for the project which promises to create 6,000 jobs in one of the most deprived areas of the UK. Last week ...

Former Welsh soldier representing UK at the 2016 Invictus Games describes the heartbreak of becoming wheelchair ...

Invictus games athlete John Prosser has spoken of his heartbreak on losing the use of his legs. The ex-para injured himself when he suffered four hard landings during parachute jumps when he was in the military. But the seriousness of what he had done ...

Leonardo DiCaprio weekend will kick off new season at Cardiff's rooftop cinema

Monmouthshire · Neath Port Talbot · Newport · Pembrokeshire · Powys · Rhondda · Pontypridd · Torfaen · Vale of Glamorgan · Wrexham. Trending Tata job losses Six Nations Stuff to do in Wales Wales Rugby · Sport. Sections Latest Sport Rugby Football ...and more »

Swansea Prison inmate is found dead in his cell

An investigation has been launched after an inmate was found dead in his cell at Swansea Prison. The body of Dean George, aged 40, was found on Sunday at about 16:35 BST. A spokesman for HMP Swansea said staff attempted CPR and an ambulance ...and more »

Live updates as man found GUILTY of murder of man in Cardiff Street

James Williams has been found guilty of the murder of Russell Peachey. His co-defendant Christopher Smith has been found not guilty. Shares. Get daily news by email. James Williams, left, has been found guilty of murdering Russell Peachey. A man has ...and more »

This workman just cannot get his head around this simple question

Monmouthshire · Neath Port Talbot · Newport · Pembrokeshire · Powys · Rhondda · Pontypridd · Torfaen · Vale of Glamorgan · Wrexham. Trending Easter 2016 World Half Marathon Championships Things To Do in Wales Restaurants & BARS · Sport. Sections ...

The era of super

Despots and gangsters around the world will have watched David Cameron's statement to the House of Commons yesterday with a mixture of bewilderment and derision. What compelled the leader of one of the world's largest economies to disclose his tax ...

£25m Wales Management Succession Fund to Back Next Generation of Business Owners

A new £25 million Welsh Government fund will provide ambitious Welsh managers and management teams with the funding they need to buy established Welsh small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) when their current owners retire or sell up.

General Dynamics 'Delighted' with Merthyr Tydfil Contractors' Fair Response

Companies from across South Wales attended a contractors' fair in the hope of securing work at General Dynamics Land Systems-UK's new Merthyr Tydfil plant. The Orbit Business Centre in Rhydycar Business Park was packed with representatives of 65 ...and more »

The role of Cardiff council's former leader Heather Joyce 'should not be forgotten'

Cardiff council's former leader Heather Joyce's role in the high profile developments shaping Cardiff should not be forgotten, her former deputy has claimed. Former council leader and Labour councillor Russell Goodway has said Cardiff council's leader ...

What now for the Circuit of Wales? Is the project over for good or is this just an inconvenient pit stop?

Monmouthshire · Neath Port Talbot · Newport · Pembrokeshire · Powys · Rhondda · Pontypridd · Torfaen · Vale of Glamorgan · Wrexham. Trending Tata job losses Six Nations Stuff to do in Wales Wales Rugby · Sport. Sections Latest Sport Rugby Football ...

Welsh Consumer Spending Growth Falls to Lowest Level in Fifteen Months

Welsh consumer spending growth slowed to just 1.3 per cent in March, its lowest level in fifteen months, as consumers reined in purchases in nearly all categories. The figure marked the third successive month of a UK spending slump and dragged down ...and more »

£350000 Investment for Wales

Curapel, a healthcare company developing innovative new treatments for eczema and psoriasis as well as skin pigmentation conditions, has set up its headquarters at the Life Sciences Hub Wales in Cardiff. Finance Wales has invested £250,000 alongside ...

Plans Announced to Attract More Independent Retailers in Wrexham

Work is underway to tackle empty properties in Wrexham Town Centre – with plans for pop-up shops and innovative ways to attract independent traders to the area. The work comes as part of a Town Centre Action Plan, which was unveiled back in January's ...and more »

Memorial set to honour British victims of the Tunisia terror attacks

Prince Harry is to attend a memorial service at Westminster Abbey for Britons killed in the Tunisian terror attacks. Harry will lay a wreath at the Innocent Victims Memorial on behalf of his grandmother the Queen as he gathers with families who lost ...and more »

Wales breaking news plus live traffic, weather and M4 updates (Tuesday, April 12)

Wales' live news service featuring all the latest traffic, weather, M4, showbiz and sport updates from across the country. You can contribute to the live blog by posting your comment below or you can also tweet us @walesonline to share the news that's ...and more »

How letters from our past can piece together the story of the nation

They include affectionate messages to loved ones from the First World War battlefields and a love letter from Dylan Thomas to his wife written on a bank paying-in stub. And now people are being urged to dust off and dig into their family archives and ...

Blues and Wales prop Craig Mitchell signs for regional rivals the Newport Gwent Dragons

Newport Gwent Dragons have announced the signing of Wales prop Craig Mitchell from Cardiff Blues. The 29-year-old tight-head, who has won 15 caps since making his Test debut in 2009, will come on board this summer. He has been with the Blues since ...and more »

UK ready to part

Sajid Javid says the UK government may 'co-invest' in Tata Steel, suggesting a form of nationalisation is on the cards. Photograph: Matt Cardy/Getty Images. Graham Ruddick and Rob Davies. Monday 11 April 2016 15.10 EDT Last modified on Tuesday 12 ...

Cardiff pub The Wharf could be demolished and replaced with more than 100 flats

Plans have been submitted for permission to demolish SA Brains pub The Wharf, in Butetown's Atlantic Wharf. The site would then be redeveloped and turned into one, two or three bedroom flats in blocks varying between three and seven storeys.

Is the Circuit of Wales project in an inconvenient pit stop or out of the race

With the purdah clock ticking the Welsh Government, having taken external advice from professional advisory firms Geldards and Pwc, said that it was unable to provide a complete guarantee to the proposed investment from Aviva Investors towards the ...and more »

Here's what £425000 gets you in Llanelli

It's a unique property that wouldn't look out of place nestled within a Sandbanks style coastal development, or even somewhere on the Florida Keys, but this property is actually a party pad on the outskirts of Llanelli. The home actually has its heart ...

UK Government prepared to consider 'co

The UK Government is prepared to consider “co-investing” with a buyer to save the Port Talbot steelworks, Business Secretary Sajid Javid has told MPs. Mr Javid defended his record in the steel crisis and said financial specialists EY have been ...

Polls show Welsh Labour's support is growing as the steel crisis dominates headlines

Welsh Labour's support is nudging up, with the latest poll in advance of next month's National Assembly election predicting the party will win 28 of the 60 seats. While such an outcome would see Labour two seats down from its present tally of 30, the ...and more »

12 unlikely places to take your dog for a day out in Wales

Of course, we love our animals all year round, not just in National Pet Month, so you really can take them out to more unusual places 12 months of the year. From campervanning to castles, railways to abbeys, there are lots of places in Wales where you ...and more »

Drug user stole more than £2000 worth of Yankee Candles to pay off drug debt

Yankee Candles worth more than £2,000 were stolen to pay off a drug debt, a court has heard. Gang member Gareth John Whitehouse, 31, a drug user who was with others when he targeted a shop in Cardiff , was given a suspended sentence on Monday.

Cardiff's first cat cafe has launched exclusive passes for animal lovers

Cardiff's first cat cafe is a step closer to opening after a crowdfunding campaign raised almost £2,500 in its first 18 days. The people behind the Feline Good Cat Cafe Indiegogo campaign have also reduced their start-up costs and found funding ...and more »

The five young and exciting candidates to replace Justin Tipuric in the Wales squad for New Zealand tour

So who are the contenders to replace the sidelined Tipuric and provide back up to skipper Sam Warburton? Rugby correspondent Simon Thomas runs the rule over the contenders. James Davies. James Davies. The uncapped Scarlets seven missed 12 ...and more »

Badges, a mountain run, a Skype call... the bizarre things Welsh politicians offer in exchange for donations

It famously helped Barack Obama fund US Presidential bid – and now National Assembly candidates are enthusiastically adopting crowdfunding. Candidates are promising donors unusual benefits from a hemp T-shirt to a mountain run a personalised voting ...and more »

Police treating death of 51

A community has been left “deeply shocked” following the deaths of two people in the close-knit community of Machynlleth . It comes after police were called to the sudden death of a woman on Sunday afternoon and later also found the body of a man at an ...and more »

Witnesses describe horrifying moment a dog was 'dragged through the streets of Cardiff behind a horse and cart'

Witnesses have described the “horrifying” moment a dog was allegedly dragged behind a horse and cart by a piece of rope through Cardiff city centre. A number of people have come forward with information after the animal was rescued on Saturday.and more »

Rhondda man recalls meeting the late Howard Marks in Wattstown during filming of Mr Nice

It was later made into a film and three days of filming took place in the Rhondda. Crews used the Rhondda Heritage Park as their base and filmed in Bryn Eirw in Trehafod on January 26 and 27, 2009, and in Wattstown Social Club a day later on January 28.

Who actually plays sevens rugby for Wales? These are the largely unknown men representing the nation in Olympic year

With Team GB set to name their sevens squad for the Rio Olympics in the coming months, focus has begun to turn to who might be in it. While stars of the 15-a-side code have been mooted, the reality is the vast majority of the players will be sevens ...and more »

Cameron – a witch-hunt based on morals or party politics?

The media have all gone wild this past week over David Cameron's tax affairs and admittedly he hasn't helped himself with the bumbling way he has handled things.


A Cwmbran-based accountancy firm is running a seminar on auto enrolment on the morning of Wednesday 13th April. Green & Co Accountants, based at Pembroke House off Llantarnam Park Way, are urging clients, contacts and local businesses to attend ...and more »

Justin Tipuric's Wales and Olympic hopes over as medics order him to stand down for three months after concussion

Justin Tipuric has been ruled out of Wales' tour of New Zealand due to the concussion he suffered in the final Six Nations game against Italy. Ospreys openside flanker will need a prolonged three-month period of recovery to return to full health and ...and more »

ICO customer satisfaction research

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Welsh Conservatives announce plan to deliver tourism ‘boom’

The Party is pledging to “promote Wales to the rest of the UK, and the world” and put industry expertise “in the driving seat”.

Dusty Knuckle pop

Pop-up wood-fire pizza company, Dusty Knuckle, has announced plans to set up a permanent home in Cardiff. The portable pizzeria is a favourite of Cardiff's street food scene and will now follow the footsteps of former pop-ups like Hangfire Smokehouse ...

Year 13 St John’s student - Rugby success!

Will Holley (Year 13) has recently returned home after representing St J

Free Swimming in Ponty Lido but who is paying the bill?

Can Rhondda Cynon Taf Ratepayers afford to pay for free swimming for everyone in wales just because the £6.3 million refurbished Lido is in Ynysangharad Park Pontypridd?


Former soldier blown up by the Taliban will compete for the UK at the Invictus Games

A soldier who suffered a broken back and paralysis when his vehicle hit a roadside bomb in Afghanistan has been unveiled as a member of the UK squad for the Invictus Games. Mike Matthews, 30, will compete against injured service personnel from 15 ...

The inside track on Wasps' Welsh sensation Thomas Young... and the remarkable praise heaped on him by Stuart Barnes

The Aberdare-born player began his rugby journey with the Cardiff Blues academy and played for Wales at under-16, under-18 and under-20 level. He stayed at the Arms Park after his dad left to take up the director of rugby post with Wasps in 2011, but ...and more »


Says unit plans to buy 75 percent stake in Aberdare Cables Proprietary, Aberdare Holdings Europe BV for 840 million South African rands ($57.03 million). Source text in Chinese: Further company coverage: (Reporting by Hong Kong ...

Stolen van driver Kyle Perkins jailed for killing teenager Sammy Jo Davies

A driver who killed a teenage girl after squeezing eight people into a van after a house party was jailed for seven years at Merthyr Crown Court today. Kyle Perkins, 26, was high on cocaine when he took the red works van - and even told friends ...

Half a million of these anti

One of Britain's leading anti-racist organisations is launching a Wales-wide campaign aimed at persuading voters not to support Ukip . An advertising van will be touring Wales emblazoned with anti-Ukip messages will be touring Wales. HOPE Not Hate says ...

England make audacious bid to entice Wasps' inform Welsh flanker Thomas Young to switch allegiance

England have made two separate inquiries about poaching young Wasps flanker Thomas Young from under Wales' noses. The 23-year-old son of former Wales captain Dai Young has set tongues wagging in the Aviva Premiership with a string of impressive ...

Jones Bros embarks on South Wales wind farm development

Leading civil engineering firm Jones Bros has embarked on the building of a six-turbine wind farm in South Wales that will support apprenticeship opportunities for young people in the area.


A first look at the newly refurbished gym at Dowlais Community Centre in Merthyr

A Merthyr Tydfil gym has undergone a facelift after receiving a grant from Sport Council Wales and is now boasting a plush new look. The gym, in Dowlais Community Centre, used the money to extend the facility and buy new equipment. Dowlais Community ...

A collapsed bridge has forced villagers to take a 16 mile detour to reach their local shop

Villagers forced to take a 16-mile detour to the shops after their 300-year-old bridge collapsed have been told they must wait another three months for it to be rebuilt. Llanfair Clydogau was “split in two” when the historic bridge collapsed five weeks ...

Driver Kyle Perkins jailed for Aberdare van death crash

A driver who crashed and killed a teenage girl after squeezing seven friends into a stolen van, has been jailed for seven years. Kyle Perkins, 25, of Cwmaman, Rhondda Cynon Taff, crashed on Bryn Terrace, Aberdare, on 3 August, 2015. Sammy-Jo Davies ...

Shutting down blast furnaces could leave Port Talbot steel works more vulnerable to high energy costs, says report

Sanjeev Gupta's plans to close Port Talbot's blast furnaces could leave the plant more vulnerable to high energy costs, according to a report by trade body UK Steel. The organisation says that arc furnaces are twice as dependent on electricity as blast ...

When is Velothon Wales 2016?

Monmouthshire · Neath Port Talbot · Newport · Pembrokeshire · Powys · Rhondda · Pontypridd · Torfaen · Vale of Glamorgan · Wrexham. Trending Tata job losses Six Nations Stuff to do in Wales Wales Rugby · Sport. Sections Latest Sport Rugby Football ...

Cardiff's taxi strike this Friday will put public at risk and damage city, says Police Commissioner

South Wales Police and Crime Commissioner Alun Michael has appealed to taxi drivers in Cardiff to call off a strike planned for two weekends in April. Mr Michael describing it as “a big mistake” which would put the public at risk and damage the ...

Video shows the devastation left by a furniture warehouse blaze in Cardiff

This scene of devastation is what remains on the site of a Cardiff furniture warehouse gutted by fire. The shell of the warehouse, in City Road, now stands blackened after the huge blaze engulfed the property on Thursday evening . But traders next door ...and more »

Tata Steel Starts Sales Process For UK Plants

Tata is beginning the formal process of selling its loss-making UK steel empire today, inviting potential buyers to submit offers. The only company that has so far expressed a public interest in buying the assets, including the country's biggest steel ...and more »

Rise of Towers and Fall of Cardiff's Tiger Bay

On Monday #towerlives kicks off, a week-long BBC festival of storytelling and music, on air and on the ground, in and around the council estate tower blocks of Butetown in Cardiff. Its aim is to give a platform to voices from a community often talked ...and more »

Cardiff Based Global Foods Ltd Investing for Future Growth Supported by Barclays

Global Foods Ltd has invested £600,000 supported by Barclays to acquire new vehicles, fork lifts and commercial freezers as part of the ongoing investment strategy to increase distribution and storage capacity from the company headquarters based at ...

How a sheep field in Wales set Danny Willett on course for the US Masters Championship

He is the toast of British Golf after a stunning win in the Masters, and it turns out that Danny Willett owes some of his success to family holidays in Wales. The Sheffield born 28-year-old shot a masterful final round 67 to take the green jacket from ...and more »

Wales star Leigh Halfpenny reportedly suffers huge injury setback and won't play again this season

Leigh Halfpenny has suffered a massive injury setback and won't play for Toulon again this season, according to reports in France. French newspaper Midi Olympique claim Halfpenny will have to undergo more knee surgery after rupturing his Anterior ...and more »

Junior Lawyers Launch New Website

The Junior Lawyers Division Cardiff and South East Wales (JLD Cardiff) have launched their first ever website. The JLD are a group of junior lawyers reflecting the whole of the local legal community. Their members include students, paralegals, trainee ...

The 'ginger discount' business plan gave this Prestatyn restaurant headlines around the world

Last month Mark Linaker announced when he opens his burger and chicken eatery Ginger's Grill in Prestatyn he would offer a 20% discount to redheaded diners . His business plan went viral with media around the world reporting the story and Mark was ...and more »

New Plan to Save Circuit Wales

Developers of the £357m Circuit of Wales say they have a new deal proposed to start construction within six to eight weeks. The revised investment package has been put together with private investors Aviva but needs support from two local councils who ...and more »

#towerlives: Rise of towers and fall of Tiger Bay

The 'black gold' of the Rhondda created untold wealth. Cardiff docks made 'millionaires by the minute', its financial quarter second only to the Square Mile of London. The thronging trading hall of the magnificent Coal Exchange, now largely derelict ...

'Sad Monday' for Port Talbot as Tata plant goes up for sale

It will be a 'sad Monday' for Port Talbot with the start of the sale of the Tata steel plants in the UK. That's the message from Neath Port Talbot Councillor John Warman. He's worked at the plant for over 30 years said that short term expediency would ...

Circuit of Wales firm refuses to say why it spent £413k on a motorbike parts firm

The company behind the troubled Circuit of Wales project has refused to explain why it has sunk more than £400,000 into a firm based in Buckinghamshire that makes motorcycle body parts. A Welsh MP called on the Heads of the Valleys Development ...

21st April – Magor Afternoon Tea Networking 21st April – Magor Afternoon Tea Networking

Zokit & Gwent Wildlife Trust have teamed up to bring you a fantastic opportunity to network at Magor Marsh in the Derek Upton Visitor & Education Centre. Timings: 4 p.m. – Arrivals with tea/coffee, sandwiches, cake & open networking. 4.30 p.m ...

20th April – Swansea Networking Light Lunch 20th April – Swansea Networking Light Lunch

Our business networking light lunches are great for meeting other businesses in a way that easily fits into your working day. Time: 12 p.m. – 2 p.m.. Format: 12 p.m. -Grab a cuppa, fill your plate with our fresh light buffet -Informal networking. 12.30 ...

Butetown in Cardiff to be celebrated in week

Monday will mark the start of the BBC's week-long celebration of Butetown in Cardiff . BBC Radio 1Xtra, BBC Radio 2 and BBC News Online have teamed up to capture life in Cardiff's Butetown through a new 'Tower' project, which tells the story of a high ...

Pictures show the devastation left by a furniture warehouse blaze in Cardiff

This scene of devastation is what remains on the site of a Cardiff furniture warehouse gutted by fire. The shell of the warehouse, in City Road, now stands blackened after the huge blaze engulfed the property on Thursday evening . But traders next door ...

Protesters gather in Cardiff to demand David Cameron resigns over his taxes

Dozens of people joined a protest in Cardiff city centre to demand David Cameron steps down over the so-called Panama Papers revelations. The Prime Minister has faced pressure from political opponents for benefiting from his late father's offshore ...and more »

Great jeans made in Wales by real people you can go and visit at Hiut Demin

You changed between the vast range of channels available (three) by turning an alphabetical dial on the wall. There was not much in the way of telly for teenagers beyond The White Horses which was dubbed from German. My favourite programme was ...

Treorchy's got a brand new tearoom and it's stunning

Treorchy cake lovers and Harry Potter fans just got a whole lot luckier thanks to the opening of new cafe Kim & Flo on the town's high street. Serving homemade cakes, tarts, scones, savoury snacks and a 'magical' selection of afternoon teas (from Alice ...and more »

Emergency services are dealing with 'an incident' at a Llanelli reservoir

Dyfed-Powys Police , the Welsh Ambulance Service and Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service are at the Swiss Valley Reservoir. A spokesman for the Ambulance Service said: “We received a call at around 2.35pm to assist the police and fire service ...and more »

Police investigating 'unexplained death' after body found at reservoir near Llanelli

Dyfed-Powys Police said they had been called to reports a person was unresponsive in the water at the Upper Lliedi Reservoir, Felinfoel, on Sunday afternoon. In a statement the force said: "A body of a male has since been recovered from the scene and ...and more »

Promoter Eddie Hearn craves Cardiff homecoming for world champion Lee Selby

Promoter Eddie Hearn has admitted he would love to see world champion Lee Selby defend his IBF featherweight title belt in Cardiff. Selby recovered from a second-round knockdown to secure a unanimous decision victory over America's Eric Hunter in the ...and more »

The talking is over and it's now time to get serious on bids for Tata's UK steel business

The talking now stops as we enter into the real business end of matters which will determine if there is a future for steel in the UK and Wales, as the formal sales process for Tata's UK business commences.

Michael Kors will be opening in Cardiff soon and here's what we know so far

A final date will be announced soon for the grand opening, but in the meantime, here's what we know so far. So where is the shop going to be? Remember when H&M's St David's Centre faced onto the Hayes? Well, Michael Kors will be moving in there, and ...and more »

These fascinating aerial photographs show the scale and odd beauty of Tata's Port Talbot steelworks

Few have summed up the otherworldly beauty of Port Talbot 's vast skyline-defining steelworks better than Monty Python 's Terry Gilliam . The filmmaker was inspired to create his movie Brazil by a visit to the works in the 80s. "Everything is covered ...and more »

This is the moment a man was rescued after becoming stuck nearly 80ft up a cliff

This is the moment a man was rescued after becoming stuck nearly 80ft up a cliff while climbing near Castell Coch. South Wales Fire and Rescue Service were called at around 4.10pm on Saturday to reports that a person was at risk after becoming stuck on ...

The dramatic promotion

Has there ever been a more dramatic way to secure a promotion in Welsh rugby? It was into the final play at St Helen's with Swansea needing a win to go up from the Championship to the Premiership, but trailing 38-36 to RGC 1404. For phase after phase, ...and more »

'Mr Swansea' to be given freedom of his home city

He grew up in the same street as football legend John Charles and was so poor he had overcoats for bedclothes and a gas lamp for heating. But now Mel Nurse, who once starred at centre back for Wales and his native Swansea and helped save the club ...and more »

The 10 greatest away wins by Welsh teams in European rugby history

So what better time to look back over 20 plus years of European rugby and to pick the 10 best previous away triumphs by Welsh sides? There are some great memories contained in this little lot, which we've ranked from 10 down to one.

Brilliant foraging tips from the RHS Flower Show Cardiff

To cook up a quality culinary dish fit for the Queen you may think you'd need top end, high-priced ingredients – but think again. Hidden in the hedgerows and forests all around Wales lies flavoursome – and free – food for all, just waiting to be picked ...and more »

Highlights of Hay Festival 2016's full line

In a year of literary landmarks (400 years since Shakespeare's death, Roald Dahl's 100th birthday), and on the eve of the EU referendum and US election, Hay Festival 2016 brings Nobel Prize winners, novelists, scientists, global leaders, historians ...and more »

Wales breaking news plus live traffic, weather and M4 updates (Sunday, April 10)

Wales' live news service featuring all the latest traffic, weather, M4, showbiz and sport updates from across the country. You can contribute to the live blog by posting your comment below or you can also tweet us @walesonline to share the news that's ...and more »

Diverse city primary school nets rare 'double excellent' inspection report

A school in Cardiff has been praised for its quality of teaching and learning in a rare “double excellent” inspection report. Education watchdog Estyn said pupils at Kitchener Primary School, in Canton , make “exceptionally good progress” in developing ...

Eden's the face of success in Welsh beauty therapy after winning a gold medal

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First look at the incredible show gardens at the 2016 RHS Flower Show Cardiff

This year's RHS Show is all about the positive impact gardens can have on people's health and happiness, as well as encouraging us to embrace the great outdoors. And here are some of the show gardens aiming to demonstrate how we can all make the ...and more »

Fewer than one in four child sex offences reported in Wales ends with a suspect in court

Barely a fifth of child sex offences reported to police result in a suspect facing court. Government figures show crime outcomes for 2,484 child sex offences in Wales were recorded between April 2014 and September 2015. Just 551 resulted in charges or ...

Seven fascinating facts from Swansea's amazing past you probably didn't know

Swansea's Wind Street may be most well-known nowadays for being the place to be on a night out in the city – filled with restaurants, bars, and clubs for revellers to enjoy. But it looked very different hundreds of years ago when it was a hive of ...

Talented fashion designer's mum labels drink

A mother whose fashion designer daughter died in a crash caused by a drink-driver has labelled the cut in his sentence granted by appeal court judges “an insult”. Miriam Briddon, 21, was a talented fashion designer due to graduate with a first-class ...

Merthyr and Swansea celebrate promotion to the Principality Premiership

Aberdare will play Burry Port in the last four of the Swalec Bowl after the sides claimed wins over Abercarn and Tumble respectively. Last season's beaten finalists Cambrian Welfare won 27-8 against Bynea to earn a semi-final match with Taffs Well ...and more »

Cardiff 16 Carmarthen Quins 42: Blue and Blacks outclassed at home

The Carmarthen Quins followed up their narrow midweek win at Newport with a convincing victory in the capital, writes Peter Hughes. The early minutes of the game were evenly balanced with both sides managing to find their way into their opponents' 22 ...

He may be a pensioner but this Cardiff runner is one of just 12 people to race in every London Marathon ever

Athlete Jeff Aston is one of just 12 people to have run every London Marathon – and he doesn't plan to EVER stop. He only started running in 1980, the year before the first event, because his squash club had been flooded by the River Taff. Now Jeff ...

Pontypridd hold of late Bedwas fightback to win thrilling Foster's Challenge Cup final

Pontypridd lifted the inaugural Foster's Challenge Cup but they were given an almighty scare by Bedwas in an incredible final at the Brewery Field, writes Carl Field. The game looked to be over at the break after Ponty scored five first half tries ...and more »

Aberaeron's jewel The Harbourmaster is still the only place to be seen

If you really, really pushed me I'd probably name Aberaeron my favourite place in Wales. There's a special something about this beautiful, bright seaside town. One of its main draws has, and continues to be, The Harbourmaster. The team behind it are ...

Wales star Taulupe Faletau praises Newport Gwent Dragons' spirit after sensational success against Gloucester

Taulupe Faletau typically played down his part in Newport Gwent Dragons' shock 23-21 humbling of Gloucester in the quarter-finals of the European Challenge Cup. The Wales No.8 was named official man of the match but claimed: “I don't know how that ...and more »

Swansea City's show of solidarity with Port Talbot workers as they unveil 'Save our Steel' banner

Tata Steel workers were invited onto the pitch ahead of Swansea City 's match against Chelsea to unveil a 'Save our Steel' banner. The move by the club to invite the six Port Talbot workers onto the pitch ahead of their Premier League clash was a show ...

The council which installed two benches facing away from a sea view will turn one round – but leave the other 'to ...

The council which installed the benches in Porthcawl said “the strength of public opinion” meant they will be “changing the direction of one of the benches towards the sea”. It had previously said there were no plans to change their direction. But the ...and more »

Metal pods with toilets and heaters could be introduced to Wales' streets to provide a place for homeless people to ...

Solar-panelled 'nests' which include a sleeping area, toilet, heater, and self-sustaining electricity for homeless people to sleep in are set to come to the streets of Wales. Charity Nests has been working on the new project, which was launched in ...and more »

Police appeal as teenager from North Wales is reported missing

Police are concerned for a teenage girl from North Wales who went missing on Friday. Seren Ellis, 14, from the Holywell area, was last seen at around 8pm. North Wales Police say she has connections to the Prestatyn area and was last seen wearing a ...and more »

Foreign Secretary calls on China to cut levels of steel production amid Port Talbot crisis

Philip Hammond has travelled to Beijing to meet his Chinese counterpart and raise the issue of over-capacity in steel production. The Foreign Secretary met Wang Yi en route to Hiroshima for the G7 foreign ministers' meeting and said the discussion had ...and more »

Cardiff's City Road could reopen on Saturday following huge fire that destroyed a warehouse

Authorities are set to hold a meeting at around 3pm to see whether City Road, where a huge fire destroyed a warehouse on Thursday evening, can reopen. Sections of the road are currently closed and an investigation began on Friday into the cause of the ...and more »

A photo album has been discovered showing Royal and political visits to Port Talbot steelworks in the 1940s and 1950s

These fascinating photos show famous faces visiting the Port Talbot steelworks during and after World War Two. They were found in an album kept by the one of the managers of the plant at the time. The album belonged to Gavin Smeillie who worked in the ...and more »