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May 2016

The signature orange train tickets are being replaced for some commuters

Train services in south Wales are some of the first across the UK to be giving out new receipt-style tickets for passengers who buy their tickets on board. The brightly-coloured card tickets are set to be a thing of the past as train companies roll out ...and more »

Wales' Euro 2016 squad selection explained: The revealing clues Chris Coleman has given us about his plans

Now Chris Coleman has officially unveiled his 23 for France, we look through the names and sees what can be learned from Wales' selection for the summer and what clues are there about plans for Euro 2016.and more »

These are the best Indian restaurants in Cardiff according to TripAdvisor

If you're looking to feast on a top curry in the Welsh capital, there's quite a few places to choose from - but which are the best? Here are the top Indian restaurants according to TripAdvisor reviewers. Reviews on TripAdvisor are submitted by the ...

Utter anguish, but at least no Gazza

For 23 Welsh players, it was the moment of history a nation has been waiting for in almost 60 years. The announcement of a Wales squad to take part in a major finals. However, for three in particular, it was agony as they had discovered they were not ...and more »

Pedestrian left with broken arm after collision with a cyclist

A pedestrian was left with a broken arm after an alleged collision with a cyclist. Dyfed-Powys Police said the incident happened at around 1.30pm on Monday on a cycle path near Sandy Water Park in Llanelli . A police spokeswoman said: “The pedestrian ...

Cardiff pub could be turned into residential property after planning application is submitted

An historic Cardiff drinking hole could soon be changed into a home after a planning application was submitted. The Westgate pub, on the corner of Cowbridge Road East and Lower Cathedral Road in Riverside , is the subject of the application which could ...

Five radical changes Warren Gatland could consider to spark this Wales team into life

Rugby Correspondent Andy Howell argues, if Wales they are going to play a wide game against the All Blacks here's five players he would consider picking in Auckland a week on Saturday. Shares; Comments ...and more »

Welsh MP demands fresh probe into rape allegations at Deepcut Army barracks

Calls have been made for allegations of sexual and physical abuse at a notorious Army barracks where four recruits were found shot dead to be re-examined. Labour MP for Bridgend Madeleine Moon, who is on the Commons Defence Select, wants a dossier ...and more »

£8m Swansea copper tourist attraction moves a step closer

The new attraction will involve the Aberdare-based Penderyn Welsh whisky company which aims to open its own visitor centre and distillery on the site. There are also plans for shops, bars, restaurants and history trails making the area a major new ...

The 35 most creative companies in Wales

There are, we know, hundreds of talented and creative minds at work in Wales, but the companies below, listed alphabetically, all share a common trait of having a creative point of difference. There is the company making faux taxidermy - who doesn't ...

More than 6000 illegal cigarettes seized in ONE day during crack down in Merthyr Tydfil

More than 6,000 illegal cigarettes were seized from business premises in Merthyr Tydfil as Trading Standards carried out a series of raids in a crack down on the illicit cigarette trade. According to the council, all the cigarettes seized had foreign ...and more »

The front of a Cardiff house has been destroyed after a car drove into it

This is the aftermath of an accident in which a car was driven into the front of a house. The incident happened on Coedriglan Drive in The Drope, Cardiff, on Tuesday morning. The car is understood to have reversed into the house. A South Wales Police ...and more »

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Is there enough for children at the Bath Christmas Market? Bath girl Agatha Slater, pictured, hands petition to local councillor Colin Barrett. He's handed it to the Bath Tourism Plus CEO David James. Seven-year-old Bath girl's plea to make Bath ...

Merthyr Town Football Club launches its own unofficial fanzone for Euro 2016

Similar to those set up during the Rugby World Cup , fanzones usually feature food and drink, music and screens playing the match and are often a great addition to the matchday experience. Earlier this month, politicians and fans spoke of their dismay ...and more »

Some of the London skyline's most iconic buildings were shaped by a man from Wales

He's the boy from Swansea who grew up to become chief planner for the City of London and the man responsible for shaping some of its most iconic buildings. Here Peter Wynne Rees shares some secrets about world famous landmarks such as the Gherkin, ...and more »

The 87 football fans banned from Wales matches must surrender their passports or face arrest

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Copper to whisky: Penderyn Distillery heading to Hafod Copperworks in £3.75m project

Penderyn Distillery, based in the village of the same name near Aberdare, plans to install new Penderyn stills at the site as the centrepiece of an additional operational facility. A new visitor attraction, it is hoped, could also attract more than 50 ...and more »

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Community and voluntary groups are being given the chance to secure free furnit

Model who shot millionaire ex

A Slovakian model who shot her millionaire ex-boyfriend in Spain has been jailed for more than 15 years after she was found guilty of murder. Mayka Kukucova, 26, was sentenced at the Ciudad de la Justicia court in Malaga two years after killing Andrew ...and more »

Forty@Forty

To mark her significant birthday, Abergavenny based artist Louise Collis has produced forty paintings of places that have been special to her in her 40 y

Travellers descend on Cardiff Crown Court to protest against 'human slavery' conviction

Around 150 members of the travelling community descended on Cardiff Crown Court on Tuesday to protest against the conviction of four members of a family. Patrick Joseph Connors, 59, was jailed for 14 years after being found guilty last week of ...and more »

Welsh celebrities get in the party spirit to bring joy to life

Welsh rugby international Jamie Roberts and Paralympic champion Mark Colbourne got in the party spirit last week to bring some joy to the lives of severely ill and disabled children. The sporting heroes descended on Ty Hafan , based in Sully, to ...and more »

Police want to speak to this man after a 26

Police in Cardiff want to speak to this man in connection with an assault at a city centre nightclub at the end of last year. The incident happened at Pryzm nightclub in December 2015 and South Wales Police have been carrying out extensive enquiries ...and more »

Small firms would be hit hard if UK votes to leave EU says Business Secretary Sajid Javid

Small businesses will be “hit hard” if the UK votes to leave the European Union, Business Secretary Sajid Javid has warned. The UK cabinet minister said it was a “dangerous” misconception to believe that smaller firms would be unaffected by Brexit.and more »

Bargoed Library helps woman find out story of a ring passed down to her through the generations

A woman who inherited a ring originally owned by a family which owned a grand estate in Brecon has searched its history with the help of Bargoed Library. To mark Local and Community History Month, Vinnette Mcdonough has told the story of the ring she ...

Don't miss some of the fantastic shows at the Blackwood Miners' Institute

There's a jam packed summer of events at the Blackwood Miners' Institute who have opened the doors to their new season. Running until July, the theatre is full to the brim with entertaining performances.

Fantastic drone footage shows Lido Ponty as you've never seen it before

More than 2,600 people visited the National Lido of Wales in Pontypridd this Bank Holiday weekend, as it opened for the summer. The lido has proved a hit for people across South Wales since it opened last year - but not many people will have seen it ...

Euro 2016 betting odds: Who are the favourites? Who'll be top scorer? What price are Wales

There are more markets for this summer's big sporting event than you can shake a stick at and we've got all the relevant odds right here. From top goalscorer to Player of the Tournament, here's a break down of who the bookies are tipping to do well and ...

When are Wales and England playing at Euro 2016? What TV channel are the matches on?

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Cardigan Beerfest to offer more 40 beers and will live stream Glastonbury

A two-day beer festival is returning to Cardigan this summer and will offer more than 40 beers and ciders made in Wales. After the success of launching Cardigan's first beer festival last year, fforest will be hosting the event at their quayside ...

Live updates as travellers descend on Cardiff Crown Court to protest against 'human slavery' conviction

Dozens of members of the travelling community have descended on Cardiff Crown Court to protest against the conviction of four members of a family. Patrick Joseph Connors, 59, was jailed for 14 years after being found guilty last week of requiring ...

​Missing Bath teenager Connor Jarvis was headed for Atlas Mountains in Morocco

A Bath teenager who failed to return from a holiday in Morocco was headed for an eight-day mountain trip before he went missing - and spoke to a soldier from the Bath area before he set off. Police have renewed their appeal for help to find Connor ...and more »

Didn't they learn from the last time? Now Marks and Spencer puts up signs supporting the England football team… in ...

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This amazing grandmother has been recognised as one of the UK's best carers

A selfless pensioner who cares for her severely disabled daughter and granddaughter has been honoured for her tireless dedication to the role. Rosemary Dungey, from Barry, was one of just five carers across the UK to be honoured at the Lloyds Pharmacy ...

Teenager dies after falling from world famous aqueduct

Police are investigating the death of the 18-year-old man, who fell from the Pontcysyllte aqueduct in Llangollen. North Wales Police say the incident was reported at 1.05am this morning. The section affected is close to the Pontcysyllte aqueduct ...and more »

Bath must 'decide what kind of city it wants to be and get on with it', say economic debate panel

X. Share Tweet Share Pin It Email. Copy link to paste in your message. /. Pictures: Paolo Ferla. The panel at the economic question time event, left to right: Mark Berrisford-Smith, Andrew Sandiford, Lynne Fernquest,... Exact route for Tour of Britain ...

Live updates as overturned car on Cardiff dual carriageway causes major traffic delays

A casualty has been taken to hospital after a car overturned on a busy Cardiff dual carriageway. The incident happened on the A4232 inbound, just after Culverhouse Cross, between A48 (Cowbridge Road West) and B4267 (Leckwith Interchange), at around ...and more »

Overturned car on Cardiff dual carriageway causes major traffic delays

A casualty was taken to hospital after a car overturned on a busy Cardiff dual carriageway on Tuesday morning. The incident happened on the A4232 inbound, just after Culverhouse Cross, between A48 (Cowbridge Road West) and B4267 (Leckwith ...and more »

Casualty taken to hospital after car overturns on Cardiff dual carriageway

A casualty has been taken to hospital after a car overturned on a busy Cardiff dual carriageway. The incident happened on the A4232 inbound, just after Culverhouse Cross, between A48 (Cowbridge Road West) and B4267 (Leckwith Interchange), at around ...and more »

What time is Wales' Euro 2016 squad announcement? Who is likely to be in it? When do England name theirs?

For months, Wales fans have tracked the progress of their heroes with excitement and no shortage of trepidation. Will they stay fit until the end of the season? Who is in form? Can anyone surge from obscurity to land a last-gasp place in the squad ...and more »

Tom Lawrence ruled out of Wales' Euro 2016 squad through injury

The Cardiff City loan ace had been one of the Wales stars left sweating on a place for this summer's tournament as Chris Coleman looks to name his final 23 for France on Tuesday. But the former Manchester United talent will not be among those staying ...and more »

Someone built a beach in a Cardiff suburb and this is the result

A charity built a man-made beach in a Cardiff suburb over the bank holiday. Cardiff charity Rumney Forum brought the beach to the community of Rumney on Monday for the second year in a row. The car park of Rumney Chapel, on the corner of Wentloog ...

It's claimed to be the world's biggest bouncy castle

It's claimed to be the world's biggest bouncy castle - and this weekend it made its debut at a music festival in Southampton. Standing at an epic 12.8m high and 21m square Cardiff company Something Creatives has joined forces with a UK music festival ...and more »

What on earth is wrong with Wales right now? The worrying problems explained

The Wales rugby team seemed a shadow of the recent past during Sunday's defeat to England. So were they just rusty or are there far bigger underlying problems? Shares; Comments. Get rugby news by email. Warren Gatland has much to ponder as he ...and more »

The day Wales played Wales... and the best of the behind the scenes pictures as Euro 2016 Judgement Day arrives

Chris Coleman will on Monday name the 23 players who will represent Wales at their first major tournament since 1958. After a week of training and relaxing in the Portugese sun, he will feel in a perfect position to make the best possible decision.and more »

Cardiff rugby club wants public votes to help it transform changing rooms

A Cardiff rugby club has appealed for help in earning it a share of a £100,000 pot to breathe new life into its youth facilities. Canton RFC's junior section is one of just four finalists in Wales – and the only one outside the north of the country ...

Missing 14

Demi-Leigh Burn and Cameron Falkingham-Smith, both 14, are missing from Herefordshire. Police believe they could be in Cardiff or Newport. Two teenagers missing from Herefordshire could be in Cardiff or Newport , police have said. Officers say they are ...and more »

When does Euro 2016 start? When are Wales playing? What TV channel is it on?

It's Wales' first major tournament in 58 years, so make sure you don't miss a bit of it! Shares; Comments. Get rugby news by email. Huw Evans Picture Agency. Wales celebrate qualifying for Euro 2016. With the domestic season coming to a close, all eyes ...and more »

Stagecoach increases number of Rhondda to Cardiff bus journeys each day

Stagecoach has increased the number of bus journeys from Rhondda to Cardiff after a new timetable came into force. The company's 132 Service runs from Maerdy, Porth , Pontypridd , Whitchurch and Cardiff - and it now runs up to every 12 minutes. The new ...

The Big Beer Company is coming to Cardiff and this is what the new bar could look like

Leather armchairs, a chunky wooden bar and beer barrel tables – these pictures show what The Big Beer Company's new bar in Cardiff could look like. The company already runs Small Bar in Bristol and is hoping to open its second venue in Cardiff by ...

Canal project and community centre receive share of £5m of funding

New life is being breathed into canal works in Pontypridd and a popular community facility in Tonyrefail , thanks to a share of more than £5m of funding. Over the past year, community advice and support co-ordinators from Interlink RCT , an ...

Corbyn and McDonnell to campaign in Cardiff on Friday for 'another Europe'

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell will campaign at a rally in Cardiff on Friday for “another Europe” as they fight for both EU membership and reform. Mr McDonnell will tour a string of cities as he campaigns for a Yes ...and more »

Welsh Secretary challenged to follow examples of great Tory reformers and give Wales bold new powers

New Welsh Secretary Alun Cairns has the chance to join the great Conservative tradition of reformers such as Benjamin Disraeli and Robert Peel when he launches the new Wales Bill, according to Plaid Cymru MP Jonathan Edwards. The Carmarthen East ...

These volunteers have been recognised for keeping a Cardiff railway station clean

The awards present an opportunity for passengers and local members of the public to acknowledge the work put in to improve Coryton and Pontyclun Station since they were both adopted in 2013.

Should Jack Clifford's controversial try against Wales have stood? Here's what the law and an expert say

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Mum's wardrobe malfunction as she mistakenly hands over £2000 of clothes to charity shop

“As far as I can ascertain, the clothes have not appeared in the holding warehouse in Aberdare, so where have they gone?” Mrs Ross has since been given three "unsaleable" items from her husband's and son's clothing back from the shop, together with a ...and more »

Singer Sophie Evans reveals her pride after boyfriend Ellis Jenkins' call up for Wales

Singer and actress Sophie Evans has revealed how proud she was to discover her boyfriend Ellis Jenkins had been chosen for the Wales squad. It was announced on Sunday that the Cardiff Blues flanker had been called into the Wales squad to tour New ...and more »

The 12 Welshmen facing the most nervous night of their lives ahead of Euro 2016 squad announcement

There will be utter elation for 23 Welshmen on Tuesday, as they are named in the first Wales squad for a major tournament since 1958. For some, however, it will be one of the toughest days of their career. Chris Coleman took 29 players to the training ...and more »

These residents are opposing apartments plan for old Aberdare Girls Grammar School site

And they disagree with the new owners who believe they will get the green light for the project. Residents who live near to the Plasdraw building say they have spent their own time and money investigating the validity of an historic covenant on the site.

This is the moment the man who could replace Dan Carter against Wales left the rugby world in awe

He's being tipped to take on the Herculean task of filling the All Blacks shirt vacated by global rugby legend Dan Carter for the three-Test series with Wales next month. And Highlanders outside-half Lima Sopoaga produced a sensational piece of skill ...

Work begins on Rhondda Cynon Taff A4059 flood defence

Work totalling £85,000 is begining on a road flood defence in Rhondda Cynon Taff. Improvements will be carried out along "Letty Turner's bends" on the A4059, which the council said has been prone to surface water flooding "for many years". Work will ...

Merthyr's Max Howitt completes Royal Navy basic training in 10 weeks instead of two years

A Royal Navy Reservist from Merthyr Tydfil has completed his basic training in 10 weeks rather than the usual two years. Max Howitt, a civilian helicopter flight test engineer, joined the Royal Navy Reserves last year, having been introduced to the ...

Welsh Fintech firm Target acquired by Indian IT giant in £112m deal

Target, which was set up in 1979 and now also has offices in locations including Newport, Australia and New Zealand, has been acquired by Indian IT services giant Tech Mahindra. Target specialises in business process outsourcing and software solutions ...and more »

Lifeboat teams rescues stricken sailors off North Wales

Rescue workers towed two people to safety on a 25-foot yacht off the coast of Anglesey this morning after it was hit by problems with its propellor. The yacht was left stranded two miles off the southern coast of Anglesey , in North Wales, after the ...and more »

39 nostalgic pictures of Barry and Porthcawl in their wonderful heyday

They were the days of sand in the picnic sandwiches, flasks of weak lemon squash - and a time when the beaches of Barry Island and Porthcawl could barely be glimpsed under the teeming mass of day-trippers enjoying a rare day off work or school. As ...

Two theatres in Blaenau Gwent have been awarded Dementia Friendly status by the Alzheimer's Society

Aberdare · These residents are opposing apartments plan for old Aberdare Girls Grammar School site. Promoted Stories. Most Read in News. Sophie Evans and Ellis Jenkins. Tonypandy · Singer Sophie Evans reveals her pride after boyfriend Ellis Jenkins' ...and more »

Ynysybwl rugby star Naomi shows her artistic style

The 22-year-old University of South Wales student was a member of the Ynysybwl team that won the Bowl Final at the WRU Women's Super Cup Finals Day on May 21, beating Gorseinon 11-5. Having just recovered from her exertions, Naomi - who also ...

Secondary school's 'giveaway day' will see equipment and furniture handed to charity and voluntary groups

Community and voluntary groups in Rhondda Cynon Taff can get their hands on free furniture and equipment from a closed Cynon Valley secondary school. Washing machines, domestic gas cookers, lockers, pianos, office and computer desks, stackable ...and more »

Police had to herd cows off a busy dual carriageway last night

Police officers had to herd cows off the A4232 link road as the incident caused a "standstill" on the roads. South Wales Police officials were called to the incident, that happened close to Culverhouse Cross roundabout yesterday evening, and drivers ...and more »

'This game was a disaster for Wales' The media's scathing verdict on dire Welsh performance against England

Warren Gatland's men conceded five tries and were totally outplayed after a promising opening quarter. Safe to say, the reaction among fans and the media has been pretty grim on Monday morning. Here's what's been written.and more »

Llanharan tractor crash driver, 50, dies at scene

A tractor driver has died after it overturned in Rhondda Cynon Taff, South Wales Police said. The body of a 50-year-old man was found at around 15:00 BST on Sunday on Old Llanharan Road, Llanharan. The tractor was the only vehicle involved in the crash.

Why we all like to be beside the seaside in Porthcawl, Barry and Penarth

Barry Island's main beach, and the marinas at Penarth and Porthcawl have joined dozens of sites across Wales that can now fly the flag for quality after they were presented with a Blue Flag Award. The South Wales beaches and marinas, that include ...

MoD £250m new training college gets planning go

A £250m Ministry of Defence training college, designed by a team of Cardiff architects, has received planning approval. The Defence College of Logistics, Policing and Administration (DCPLA) at Worthy Down in Hampshire has received planning approval ...

The May Bank Holiday weather has a lot of sunshine in store for Wales

Wales is set for a day of sunshine and warm weather, with temperatures set to top 20°C. The whole country is set to wake up to sunshine, which will last through the day for many. By later this evening, the eastern half of the country is forecast to ...and more »

Two people taken to hospital and road closed after two cars crash in Cardiff

Two people have been taken to hospital after a two-vehicle accident that happened in Cardiff in the early hours of the morning. Police are appealing for information following the incident in Whitchurch, when a light blue '16' VW Golf hit a parked car ...and more »

Wales breaking news plus live traffic, weather and M4 updates (Monday, May 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 »

The remarkable football story of the unassuming Welshman whose life has changed forever

He became just the fourth Welshman to lift the Premier League crown, now Andy King has his sights set on continuing his incredible season into this summer. Speaking from Wales' training base in Portugal, the Leicester City title-winner opens up on his ...and more »

The Warren Gatland Q&A: Wales boss adamant there are 'positives' to emerge from Twickenham drubbing

Warren Gatland had to face another awkward post-mortem at Twickenham as his side were blown apart at the venue for the second time running. The Kiwi wasn't hugely downhearted even though he has never been one to accept defeat lightly. Here are the ...and more »

Tractor driver killed when blue vintage vehicle overturns

Police are appealing for information after the 50-year-old man, who has not been named by officers, died on Sunday afternoon. A spokesman for South Wales Police said the tractor was the only vehicle involved in the incident at around 3pm. The 50-year ...and more »

New Zealand tour is now mission impossible, with England debacle a huge blow for Welsh confidence

Wales were comprehensively out-thought and out-played by England at Twickenham and will have to cut out the mistakes and tighten their defence considerably if they are to have any chance of beating the All Blacks in New Zealand for the first time in ...

England 27

Never mind a first win against New Zealand for 63 years, on this evidence Wales will do well just to be reasonably competitive against the world champions on their own turf in two weeks time. What began resembling a solid display which would hopefully ...and more »

Festival showcases 'jewel in crown' gardens in North Wales

With more than 20 million gardeners in Britain, North Wales Tourism is being mounting a drive to bring the growing green-fingered army to the region. A new gardens festival has been launched to attract tourists to North Wales and tap into a £5bn market.

The man who led the toasts when Cardiff became Wales' capital has died aged 100

The man who led the celebrations when Cardiff became Wales' capital 60 years ago has died, aged 100. In 1955, Battle of Britain veteran Harry Poloway gave the milestone toast celebrating Cardiff's new status as Wales' capital. It paved the way for a ...and more »

'High risk' teen reported missing from her home in Blackwood

A 16-year-old girl has been reported missing from her home in Blackwood and police say she is a “high risk missing person”. Chavika Akehurst was last seen at 8.15pm on Saturday, May 28, by carers when she left her home address and has not been seen ...and more »

England v Wales Live updates: Follow all the action from Twickenham clash

It might be May Bank Holiday but today is England v Wales day and it should be another titanic tussle between two pretty evenly matched sides. Warren Gatland has named arguably his strongest available team against an English outfit missing some of ...and more »

Alton Towers and Merlin Entertainment could slip out of the FTSE 100

Alton Towers owner Merlin Entertainments faces tumbling out of the FTSE 100 Index on Wednesday when the stock market's committee announces the results of its latest quarterly review. The theme park giant has suffered from a weak euro and lower ...and more »

Fans go wild for the Manic Street Preachers in Swansea

The Welsh rock icons treated a 20,000 strong Swansea crowd to the whole of their Everything Must Go album - the 1996 collection of songs that propelled them from cult status into the commercial mainstream - and a second set brimming over with rarities, ...and more »

New owner deal for Port Talbot steelworks hits £900m loan sticking point

The sales process for Tata's UK steel business is being held up by the Indian conglomerate insisting any buyer has to take on a near £1bn loan. According to the Sunday Telegraph a condition of any sale by the Indian company of its UK steel business ...and more »

The latest Llandaff North community champion has been recognised

An “unsung hero” is the latest Llandaff North resident to be recognised by local councillors. Janet Jones is the latest winner of the Llandaff North community champion award. The award, given by Cardiff councillors Sue White and Dilwar Ali, recognises ...

Welsh work by Lowry set to make up to £300000 at auction

Salford artist Lowry first visited Wales in the late 1920s when he spent time in Rhyl and on the North Wales coast. Then 40 years later, in the 1960s, he went to South Wales with his patron Monty Bloom, who had been raised in the Rhondda Valley.and more »

Reegan's in the running to be the Face of the Globe

A five year old from Maesteg is in the running for a global pageant crown. Reegan Davies, a pupil at Cwmfelin Primary School, is set to compete in the minis category at the regional Face of the Globe heat at the Celtic Manor in September. If she wins ...

What time does England v Wales kick off? What TV channel is it on? Who are favourites... and will Gatland's men win?

The lucky Lotto numbers came up in November Lotto results for Saturday, May 28: National Lottery winning numbers from the latest draw · Three people taken to hospital following a two-car crash in Rhondda · Chavika Akehurst, 16, has been reported ...and more »

Mixed emotions for Gary Speed's family as Wales' big day in France draws close

The father of former Wales boss Gary Speed says it will be a time of mixed emotions for his family when Ashley Williams leads his teammates out in France in a fortnight's time. Roger Speed is planning to go to France for Wales' first game against ...and more »

All Blacks name six uncapped players in squad for Wales Test series as Steve Hansen vows to 'raise the bar'

New Zealand have named six uncapped players, including Super Rugby sensation Damian McKenzie, in their squad to face Wales this summer. The Chiefs full-back is joined by Blues prop Ofa Tu'ungafas, back-rowers Elliot Dixon and Liam Squire, the ...and more »

Pictures that show how the Manics rolled back the years to rock Swansea's Liberty Stadium

The Manic Street Preachers rolled back the years at The Liberty Stadium on Saturday night - 20 years to be precise. The Welsh rock band treated a huge Swansea crowd to the whole of their Everything Must Go album - the 1996 collection of songs that ...and more »

Magician Richard Jones wins Britain's Got Talent as Welsh mum and son Mel and Jamie miss out

Welsh singing mum and son Mel and Jamie have missed out on winning Britain's Got Talent - as a soldier-turned-magician took the 2016 title. The 16-year-old GCSE pupil and his 45-year-old mum from Bridgend were lavished with praise by judges since ...and more »

And next it's Cardiff... Wales gears up to host Uefa Champions League final after titanic Madrid shootout in Milan

And next it's Cardiff... Wales gears up to host Uefa Champions League final after titanic Madrid shootout in Milan. 22:45, 28 May 2016; Updated 00:25, 29 May 2016; By Paul Abbandonato. “See you in Cardiff 2017," reads banner as fans leave San Siro and ...and more »

Swansea Harrier Dewi Griffiiths named in Great Britain squad for European Championships

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Port Talbot steelworks' future unclear as Tata reportedly close to securing sale of Scunthorpe assets

Tata Steel is to complete the sale of its European long-products division based in Scunthorpe to a family investment office, reports suggest. Sky News reported that the plant in Lincolnshire is to be sold off in a £400m deal to Greybull Capital – with ...and more »

Welsh language activists Cymdeithas are angry that signs in Cardiff's Central Square are English

Pressure group Cymdeithas yr Iaith has protested against the multi-million pound Central Square development in Cardiff and its lack of Welsh language signs. The group criticised builders Rightacres because the name of the project was English-only. All ...and more »

How Wales' back row will work against England in the absence of a specialist openside flanker

It was an issue that slapped you in the face when Wales' tour squad was announced earlier this month. Warren Gatland has opted to select just one specialist openside - who isn't fit enough to take the field at Twickenham tomorrow - as he looks to cram ...and more »

Welsh rugby's young guns sing rousing rendition of Calon Lân ahead of World Cup opening ceremony performance

Wales' stars of the future have been preparing for their commitments of the field as well as on it during this summer's Junior World Championship. On the back of their Grand Slam earlier this year, Jason Strange's side will head to Manchester full of ...

Game of Thrones could easily be filmed in Wales and here's how

It is one of the cult TV shows of a generation – its mix of sex, violence and political intrigue set against a backdrop of fantasy world is drawing millions of viewers. Filming has taken Welsh actors like Iwan Rheon , Jonathan Pryce and Owen Teale ...

Wales need to play with more pace, width and skill if they are to beat England and have hope against New Zealand

England versus Wales at Twickenham is enough to set the pulse racing, more often than not to excess levels. This one, to many, doesn't even reach the category of lukewarm, particularly after those titanic and truly meaningful showdowns at HQ in first ...and more »

A former nightclub owner from Cardiff is working with Godfather legend Francis Ford Coppola

A former nightclub owner who decided to follow his dream to become an actor and move to Hollywood is now working with director of The Godfather. Gianluca Malacrino, 24, gave up his house, job, and clubs to move across the Atlantic to fulfil his ...and more »

A directly elected mayor in Cardiff could boost regional growth and be the catalyst for a new democracy

Last month on the day of the elections to the National Assembly for Wales a number of local authorities in England were casting their vote for a mayor to run their councils. Unfortunately in Wales, voters were not given the same opportunity as no Welsh ...and more »

The true extent of Wales' 'significant' drug and alcohol abuse problems has been revealed in official figures

The true extent of Wales' 'significant' drug and alcohol abuse problems has been revealed in official figures. Nearly 30,000 referrals were made last year according to the latest Welsh Government figures. The data shows that a total of 28,619 referrals ...

The England v Wales head

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Sunshine forecast for Wales over bank holiday weekend despite weather warning

The Met Office issued a yellow severe weather warning much of Wales on Saturday with scattered heavy showers and thunderstorms likely to develop through the afternoon, continuing into the evening. Hail is also likely in some areas with the heaviest ...and more »

The mother of forced labour victim Darrell Simester has described the latest slavemasters as 'vile low life'

The mother of the man at the centre of Wales' first slavery case has called those jailed in the latest forced labour probe “vile low life”. Jean Simester, whose search for her son Darrell saw him freed from the clutches of slavemaster David Daniel ...and more »

Sioned Gwen Davies will represent Wales in BBC Cardiff Singer of the World

Sioned Gwen Davies is celebrating after winning the Welsh Singers Competition, ensuring her a place in the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World competition in 2017. The mezzo soprano from Colwyn Bay, who lost eight stone when she started to eat healthily ...

Child, 10, suffers 'serious injuries' after being hit by a car

A 10-year-old is being treated for “serious injuries” after being hit by a car on a road in Barry, police said. The incident happened at around 5.50pm on Friday near to Court Newton, Court Road, Barry, South Wales Police said. They want any witnesses ...and more »

Forget the cynics labelling this pointless... if Wales beat England it will lift the whole camp for New Zealand tour

Apparently this is the England-Wales Test we could all do without, a cynical money-making exercise at the wrong time of the year and unnecessary as a means of preparing both sets of players for demanding summer tours. For the curmudgeonly ...and more »

Wet and stormy start to the bank holiday weekend as flooding hits Wales with a severe weather warning in place

Wales got off to a wet and stormy start to the spring bank holiday weekend with a severe weather warning now in place. The chief forecaster for the Met Office warned that the heaviest showers and thunderstorms could produce between 20mm and 25mm of ...and more »

Wales are gain

England coach Eddie Jones says he is prepared for Wales to try something different on Sunday – by playing 'picnic rugby'. The former Japan boss believes Wales offer a similar template to Australia in terms of their defensive organisation, but attacking ...

Row erupts after council officer appeared to call for the demolition of Cardiff Coal Exchange

Welsh Conservatives have called for a full investigation into comments made by a Cardiff council officer, where he appears to endorse the demolition of Cardiff's historic Coal Exchange building. Pat Thompson, an employee of the council with ...

This is the chilling moment a sex prowler searched for unlocked doors as he hunted his next student victim

This chilling video shows how a lettings agency worker walked the corridors of a university halls, checking if any doors were open, as he searched for his next victim. Tahir Nazir, 40, obtained a fake university ID card and trawled the internet looking ...and more »

You can now drink a 'made in Swansea' ale brewed to complement Powerful Welsh Cheddar

WHO needs cheese and wine when you can have cheese and ale - and Welsh cheese and ale at that? Collier's, renowned for its Powerful Welsh Cheddar, has teamed up with Gower Brewery to create Collier's Real Ale, which has been brewed to ...

Welsh holidaymaker in a coma after falling from hotel balcony

A Welsh holidaymaker is in a coma in hospital after falling from a balcony on the first night out of his stay in the Spanish resort of Magaluf. Father-of-two Andrew Phillips, 25, suffered severe head injuries as his family flew out to be at his bedside ...and more »

Wales unveil netball squads for South Africa tours

Wales have named their senior and Under 21 squads to face South Africa's senior and U21 teams on tour in June. Led by senior captain Suzy Drane and U21 captain Megan Powell, both teams will travel to Durban, South Africa on June 12th for a six-match ...

Britain's Got Talent finalists Mel and Jamie make last minute preparations ahead of Saturday final

Mum-and-son duo Melanie and Jamie have revealed that they cannot wait to get on stage and compete in the final of Britain's Got Talent tomorrow night. The pair from Ewenny, Bridgend , said they now get recognised wherever they go and have received ...and more »

Drivers faced 10

Traffic queued on the M4 westbound as people took to the roads for the start of the bank holiday weekend. There was stop-start traffic for around seven miles between junctions 23A and 26. There was also stop-start traffic for 10 miles on the M4, also ...and more »

RCT council leader Andrew Morgan re

Rhondda Cynon Taf council leader Andrew Morgan has been re-elected for a third term. Coun Morgan was re-elected on Wednesday at the local authority's AGM, and announced that councillor Mark Norris will join the cabinet, with responsibility for ...

More than 300 to run in memory of Stuart and Fraser Bates

Anna-Louise Bates surrounded by family and friends at the launch of the Believe 5k. Stella actor Mark Lewis Jones will start the run. More than 300 charity supporters will pull on their trainers next month in memory of a father and son. Fraser and ...and more »

A Cardiff bingo hall has had a makeover and this is what it looks like now

A revamped Cardiff bingo has launched itself into the world of multi-media by installing a video wall, bars and booths to usher in 'a new era for bingo'. The revamp of the bingo hall in Cowbridge Road, Cardiff , has turned what was Castle Bingo's ...

What time will the Manic Street Preachers be on stage in Swansea?

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Welsh neighbours are some of the most sociable in the UK thanks to the kids

A new survey by TV presenter Sarah Beeny's estate agency Tepilo has revealed the state of neighbourly relations in Britain, and Wales has come out as one of the places with the friendliest neighbourhoods, thanks to play dates for the children.

Millionaire who was murdered by ex

A millionaire murdered by his ex-girlfriend at his Spanish home had increased security at his home in Wales weeks before he was killed, it has previously been reported. Slovakian model Mayka Kukucova, 26, who shot her British millionaire ex-boyfriend ...and more »

This is who Bridgend mum

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Cardiff's Glee Club is giving away free tickets, beer and food this summer

For six weeks, the comedy club will slowly reveal a series of presently secret locations around the city where people can grab their freebies. They say these could be anywhere, from local cafés and supermarkets, to big high street shops. The Big Glee ...

Willow the baby camel arrives at Welsh Mountain Zoo

Baby camel Willow at the Welsh Mountain Zoo, which has a 15-year history with this breed of Bactrian camel. Baby camel Willow has captivated visitors to the Welsh Mountain Zoo since her birth five weeks ago. The Bactrian camel has been cautiously ...and more »

Police appeal for witnesses after assault in Aberaman, when a 44

Officers were called to the incident in the Cynon Valley village at around 0.35am on Saturday, April 30. A 44-year-old victim was injured. A statement from South Wales Police on Friday said: "It is believed that two men carried out the assault on the ...

Wales captain Sam Warburton could be forced to return home early from New Zealand if wife gives birth

Wales captain Sam Warburton could be forced to return early from Wales' tour to New Zealand if his wife goes into premature labour, Warren Gatland has revealed. Warburton's wife Rachel is due to give birth to their first child just three weeks after ...and more »

Animal magic! Student design adorns Cynon Valley vets practice

A student has brightened up the walls of a veterinary practice in Aberdare using his outstanding graphic design skills. Victoria Veterinary Practice reached out to a local college to put forward a student talented enough to design and create a large ...

Ian's walking 80 miles from Aberporth to Porth in memory of plane crash couple

Ian Gwyon is set to walk from Aberporth in Ceredigion to Porth, Rhondda , next month. He's raising money for the Garnwen Trust , a charity started by Maesteg couple Richard and Margaret Collins after their son Alex, 22, and his girlfriend Bethan Jones ...

Whitchurch High School suspected bomb scare: What we know so far

Calls were made to schools across the South Wales area including Whitchurch and Gwyrosydd Primary in Swansea. A force spokesman said: "South Wales Police is investigating a series of malicious hoax communications to schools across the force area ...and more »

South Wales Police are investigating a series of malicious hoax communications to schools

South Wales Police are investigating a series of malicious hoax communications to schools across the force area today.

Incident in Aberaman

Officers were called to an incident in Aberaman, Aberdare at around 00.35am on Saturday 30th April following an assault.

South Wales schools improve, but from 'low base'

Pupils in central south Wales have improved in the past three years, many from a "low base," a report has said. Estyn has published its report on the Central South Consortium, one of four consortia tasked with improving schools' performance. Only a ...

Highways Investment to Address Flooding on A4059

Works are set to begin to improve flooding defences along the A4059 as part of

'If we left the EU, women would be significantly worse off'

If we left the European Union, women would be significantly worse off. Many rights safeguarded by the EU would be at risk. As many people have noticed, the voices of women at every level have been absent from both sides of the referendum campaign.

Rhondda Responds - to the crisis in Syria.

A fundraising event in aid of UNICEF (child refugees).  Event to be opened by writer/actor Boyd Clack (High Hopes, Satellite City).                 Live music throughout the day & into the night.

Cwm Taff Nurses brews up for launch of Blooming Great Tea Party

Staff from the Cwm Taff Health Board and Marie Curie Nurses is pictured enjoying a spot of tea and cake to encourage local residents to get behind Marie Curie’s summer fundraising campaign.

The verdict on the Wales team to play England as Gatland names strongest possible side

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'Stripped back' musical legend Elaine Paige to perform solo in Swansea and Wrexham

With a career spanning 50 years, musical legend Elaine Page, OBE, is one of our best-known and best-loved singers. The singer, actress, producer and broadcaster, who has 18 solo albums and a host of West End shows under her belt, is celebrating her ...

Years and Years to perform at Cardiff's Party In The Parc

'Desire' hitmakers Years and Years will be bringing their unique electro-pop sounds to Cardiff as part of a new Party In The Parc concert. It's the first time the city has hosted a Party In The Parc concert, which is being put together by the ...and more »

South Wales college becomes first to pledge its support to mental health issues

As the first FE college in Wales to sign the pledge, Coleg y Cymoedd, which has campuses in Aberdare, Llwynypia, Treforest and Ystrad Mynach, has announced a number of measures they will be implementing to encourage learners and staff to speak ...

The verdict on the England team to play Wales as Eddie Jones names new

England coach Eddie Jones has named his team to face Wales at Twickenham on Sunday and is playing his usual mind-games in an attempt to heap all the pressure on Warren Gatland's men. Jones has cheekily claimed his team is inexperienced but it ...and more »

Dan Lydiate to captain Wales from No.7 against England as Warren Gatland sends out his strongest available side

Dan Lydiate will captain Wales from openside flanker after Warren Gatland named the strongest side available to him to face England. Lydiate has not worn the No.7 jersey for his country since a game against Fiji in November 2010, but has been chosen to ...and more »

A man suffered a head injury following a collision in Cardiff

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A five

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Racing 92 approach Wales about keeping Luke Charteris, but second row still set to fly to New Zealand on Monday

Luke Charteris remains scheduled to leave for New Zealand on Monday with the rest of the Wales squad, despite suggestions he will miss the tour to focus on Racing 92's end of season fixtures. According to some reports in France, the second row will ...and more »

England v Wales team announcement Live: Dan Lydiate named captain as Alun Wyn Jones returns

England have now named their team to face Wales for Sunday's Old Mutual Wealth Cup clash at Twickenham, and Warren Gatland will reveal his hand shortly at 11am. Eddie Jones has selected four uncapped players in his matchday squad, with Teimana ...and more »

How a 150

Sailing, fishing and generally enjoying the coastline at Porthcawl is going to be a little bit safer this summer. Volunteers will be keeping an eye on visitors both on and offshore and reporting to the Coastguard from a 150-year-old lookout tower ...

Team Expands at South Wales Housebuilder

Rhondda-based Neil, 45, is an experienced manager who has won many NHBC Pride in the Job awards. He worked for Persimmon many years ago and has returned to become a valid member of the construction team. He said he enjoys supporting his team ...

Firefighters are to inspect a disused Newport club hit by arson overnight

A huge fire broke out on Thursday night at a disused club in Newport , and officers believe it was started deliberately. Crews from four fire stations were called to the scene of Mary Dunn at 11.32pm to the Mary Dunn Club on Jenkin Street, which was ...and more »

Wales breaking news plus live traffic, weather and M4 updates (Friday, May 27)

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 ...

Welsh wonder fly

Callum Sheedy says he is keeping his international options open with the three-way battle for his services likely to intensify following his heroics for Bristol. The 20-year-old Cardiff-born fly-half is eligible for Wales, Ireland and England and looks ...

Popular brewer The Big Beer Company is coming to Cardiff

The Big Beer Company is coming to Cardiff and is set to be the new kid on the block joining the city's burgeoning craft beer scene. The Bristol-based company has just been granted permission by the council to allow trading as a small bar on the former ...

George Osborne says retired citizens could see £300bn wiped off their pensions if Britain leaves the EU

The UK Treasury has warned that “millions” of current and future pensioners could be worse off if Britain votes for Brexit on June 23. Its analysis suggests their savings, income and wealth could be hit by hikes in inflation, turmoil on the markets and ...and more »

Ferry crewman missing as emergency services search Pembrokeshire waters

Search teams will renew efforts to find a ferry employee feared to have fallen overboard in West Wales on Friday morning. A Coastguard rescue helicopter from St Athan was deployed to an an area several miles off St Anne's Head, Pembrokeshire on ...and more »

It took four days to clear this Cardiff beauty spot of rubbish

People have been urged to take their rubbish home after this Cardiff beauty spot was blighted by litter. Llandaff Fields was photographed covered in rubbish after the weekend with claims the waste had been left “for days”. Residents called the waste ...

A personalised football shirt and circus tickets

A personalised football shirt, tickets to the circus and rugby tickets - just some of the perks Cardiff councillors received this year. Other items received include a model of an aircraft, a Chinese calculator and olive oil. The council's constitution ...and more »

Gran thanks 'life

A gran has thanked members of staff who came to her aid after she collapsed while shopping in Cardiff . Gillian Rodgers was in Peacocks clothes shop in the city centre on a Monday morning earlier this month when she collapsed. She says she does not ...

15 photos that show how life and politics have changed since the first Europe referendum in 1975

They do however include a young Neil Kinnock (back left) and fellow South Wales Labour MP Ioan Evans (front right) who represented Aberdare. Tony Benn MP speaking at Get Britain Out meeting held at Sophia Gardens Pavilion, Cardiff on June 3, 1975.and more »

Hepatitis A outbreak reaches a third South Wales school

An outbreak of the viral infection hepatitis A has spread to a third South Wales school, it has been confirmed. Public Health Wales officials have revealed that a pupil at Ysgol Rhyd Y Grug in Aberfan, Merthyr Tydfil , has contracted the illness. It ...

The 15 men with most at stake in England v Wales clash at Twickenham this weekend

Who are the men who most need the game-time, who are the ones presented with a golden opportunity and who are the ones with points to prove? Shares; Comments. Get rugby news by email. Luther Burrell and Tom James. It's a game that has been heavily ...and more »

Cynon Valley boy who battles a rare disorder fulfilled his dream to drive the Hirwaun coal train

A Cynon Valley boy who was born with a rare disorder has fulfilled his dream to drive the Hirwaun coal train. Matthew Sanigar, 11, from Penywaun, was diagnosed with a rare chromosomal disorder at birth, and suffers from a variety of problems including ...

Man found not guilty of manslaughter of former rugby player

A young businessman has been found not guilty of the manslaughter of a former rugby player. Daniel Shepherd, 23, of Skewen, Neath, had been standing trial at Swansea Crown Court , where he denied the manslaughter of 34-year-old ex-Swansea and ...and more »

Other EU states are planning to poach foreign investment from Wales if UK votes for Brexit

Diplomats working in at least one Embassy in London have been ordered to draw up lists of foreign investors in the UK who could be lured away if there is a Leave vote in the EU referendum , we can reveal. A very senior official representing an EU ...and more »

This tattooist helps dozens of women affected by cancer regain their confidence

Rachel now has three clinics in which she freelances in Cardiff, Brecon and Aberdare. "I went to the Wales Hair and Beauty Show a few weeks ago and I put the photos of the breast work on a board. Within an hour three different women had told me they ...

Rhondda Cynon Taff's new mayor for 2016

Councillor Rhys Lewis, 28, who has been a ward councillor for Abercynon since 2012, was elected into the role at the council's AGM on Wednesday evening. He replaces Barry Stephens, whose term as mayor came to an end. Coun Lewis, who was originally ...

Cardiff City fans' greatest day... memories of that incredible Millennium Stadium Andy Campbell afternoon

Cards on the table straight away, it was one of the greatest days of my life. And I only say 'one of' just out of courtesy to my children and their births. May 25, 2003, will long be remembered by those with a fondness for Cardiff City, for it was on ...

UK asylum claims rise 38% to highest annual level since 2004

Asylum claims in the UK have jumped by more than a third to the highest annual level for more than a decade. There were 34,687 applications from main applicants in the year to March. It was the largest number since the year ending September 2004 and an ...and more »

Eurovision's Joe and Jake to perform at Pride Cymru

The Ruthin singer chosen to represent the UK at the Eurovision Song Contest is set to perform at this year's Pride Cymru. Joe Woolford and his singing partner Jake Shakeshaft recently performed in front of an audience of millions when they made their ...

'Unexploded device' found by workers on construction site is confirmed as gas cylinder

Workers found what they believed was an unexploded bomb on a construction site in Cardiff earlier today, but it later turned out the item was a gas cylinder. A 200-metre cordon was set up in the Rover Way area of the city as police and the fire service ...and more »

Live updates as family of former rugby player make statement after man found not guilty of manslaughter

A young businessman has been found not guilty of the manslaughter of a former rugby player. Daniel Shepherd, 23, of Skewen, Neath, had been standing trial at Swansea Crown Court , where he denied the manslaughter of 34-year-old ex-Swansea and ...and more »

The photos that show how life and politics have changed since the first Europe referendum in 1975

They do however include a young Neil Kinnock (back left) and fellow South Wales Labour MP Ioan Evans (front right) who represented Aberdare. Tony Benn MP speaking at Get Britain Out meeting held at Sophia Gardens Pavilion, Cardiff on June 3, 1975.and more »

The six men who could replace crocked Sam Warburton as Wales captain against England

With Sam Warburton set to miss Sunday's Twickenham showdown against England due to his shoulder problem, the question is not only who will wear the No 7 jersey for Wales but who will captain the team? There are plenty of options, with five other ...and more »

Wales will play an extra warm

Wales will play a further Euro 2016 warm-up match before their final friendly with Sweden ….against Wales. Chris Coleman's men are currently stepping up their preparations for this summer's tournament in France in an intensive week-long training camp ...and more »

Police searching river following report of missing man

Kevin Davies, from Llandysul, who has connections to the Swansea area, was reported missing to Dyfed Powys Police . Mr Davies is described as being between 5'6” to 5'7” tall, of slight build, with medium blonde hair. He wears glasses and speaks with a ...and more »

The Girl in the Spotty Dress returns to Blackpool for the first time since she flashed her knickers and won the ...

A pin-up girl from the 1950s has returned to the spot where she accidentally flashed her knickers and won the nation's hearts. Pat Stewart was a teenage dancer when she and a pal were persuaded to pose for a picture on Blackpool seafront. But as the ...and more »

Carwyn Jones says the Welsh Government and RCT council will 'make sure' the Cynon Valley link road is built

"We know that Aberdare is close geographically to the A470 and the A465, but we know that the roads are not good in terms of people coming in to Aberdare, and it's important to have a fast route out to the Heads of the Valleys from the town. "We'll be ...

Firefighters tackled deliberate grass fires in Rhigos and Treherbert

South Wales Firefighters were called to tackle two grass fires in the same day as the dry weather opened up fresh opportunities for arsonists. Officers were first alerted to a two-hectare fire on the Rhigos Mountain just after 2pm on Wednesday.

Road runners leap into action

First home was Lloyd Jones of Rhydawaun, Aberdare, in 8.04 with first girl Tiegan Ward the next finisher in 8.28. The second boy to finish was Jack Organ in 8.30 while Lili Jones was second girl in 8.41. All of the finishers received medals and the top ...

This is how some people in Merthyr are still not doing their recycling properly

Merthyr Council says its revised recycling scheme has largely been a success since changes 12 months ago - but the authority claims a small number of residents are still not recycling properly. Despite seeing improvements in the quality of the ...

A new report will examine the partial scrapping of Bridgend's traffic ban

A much-anticipated report investigating whether traffic could return to a pedestrianised part of Bridgend town centre is set to be discussed. The report follows requests from businesses and organisations such as Bridgend Town Council to investigate if ...

You will never have seen this trophy before... but England and Wales will play for it on Sunday

What's on the line as England play another game against Wales this weekend? Well, this is what they're playing for. Many claim that this latest installment of one of the most fierce rivalries in the sport is pointless and serves little purpose... Do ...

Bristol RFC's promotion could tempt Welsh players and supporters over the Severn Bridge... it cannot be ignored

It's a club financed by a billionaire and it's just down the road from Welsh rugby's heartland. So what IS the threat posed by Bristol to our game? Shares; Comments. Get rugby news by email. Bristol celebrate promotion. Welsh interest in the success ...and more »

Capital FM presenter Matt Lissack will host a music quiz for #StayStrongForOws appeal at Cardiff Arms Park

The Capital Breakfast host is welcoming anyone with an interest in music to join him for a quiz at Cardiff Arms Park on Friday, May 27, where money raised will go to the appeal to help injured Wales rugby star Owen Williams . Aberdare -born Williams ...

The Gareth Bale Q&A: Why Wales can be the Leicester City of Euro 2016, Ronaldo and me... and how Zidane makes ...

Wales' talisman is gearing up for the Champions League final, but his thoughts are also on the Euros. Here he talks Real Madrid, Wales and learning Spanish. Shares; Comments. Get rugby news by email. Gareth Bale chats to BT Sport Video loading.and more »

This new Cardiff restaurant now has a name and is serving a streetfood

It's three months since the new Cardiff city centre venue Yr Hen Lyfrgell opened its doors. Housed in the Old Library building on Cardiff's The Hayes, the building contains a creche, offices and conference facilities. The Old Library has a canteen ...

Crash on Church Village bypass closes road and causes delays

A woman has been taken to hospital after a serious crash on the A473 Church Village bypass that closed the road, causing heavy traffic in the area. A vehicle rolled "several times" down an embankment between Beddau and Llantwit Fadre at 6.53am, and the ...and more »

UK Government considering pensions law changes in bid to save Tata Steel sale

Ministers are considering far-reaching changes to pension laws in an attempt to prevent the loss of Indian conglomerate Tata's UK steel-making assets, it has been reported. Channel 4 News reported the Government was looking at ways of helping Tata to ...and more »

Just who IS Callum Sheedy, the Welsh wonderkid who fired Bristol into the Aviva Premiership?

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South Wales Echo letters: Thursday, May 26, 2016

Old and New... Cardiff Castle with the stadium behind Picture sent in by Paul Ballard. They said we would see some sights. In May 1959 I joined the Royal Marines and was sent to Deal in Kent to start 36 weeks training. Training was very strict but fair ...and more »

Live updates as serious crash on Church Village bypass closes road and causes delays

A woman has been taken to hospital after a serious crash on the A473 Church Village bypass that closed the road, causing heavy traffic in the area. A vehicle rolled "several times" down an embankment between Beddau and Llantwit Fadre at 6.53am, and the ...and more »

South Wales Echo letters: Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Heard a rumour the other day. Just like the current crop doing the rounds on the catastrophe if we leave Europe. The rumour comes from a “leaked letter”which came from a Mr G.Raffe, a European gent who reckoned the EU is going to get even with Britain ...and more »

Western Mail letters: Thursday, May 26, 2016

May I, as a trustee of the Catholic Diocese of Menevia, refute the points made about St Winifrede's Church in Aberystwyth by Mr David Subacchi (Letters, May 18), who, if he lives in Wrexham has no direct connection to the parish of St Winifrede's.

Wales breaking news plus live traffic, weather and M4 updates (Thursday, May 26)

We are hearing a vehicle has gone down an embankment in Church Village, Rhondda Cynon Taf. According to South Wales Fire and Rescue, one casualty is trapped in the vehicle and officials are in the process of carrying out an extrication. Motorists are ...

This is how Wales' 1254 councillors will split £20m in wages this year

The amount that all of Wales' 1,254 councillors will be paid this year has been revealed. Salaries for councillors, leaders, committee chairs and civic leaders are all determined by the Independent Renumeration Panel for Wales, which has just published ...

Bristol 32

Bristol and their sizeable Welsh contingent are celebrating promotion to the Aviva Premiership after surviving a thrilling Championship play-off final comeback from Clive Griffiths' Doncaster at Ashton Gate. Cardiff-born Callum Sheedy was man of the ...and more »

Welsh newsreader Sian Williams reveals her secret battle with cancer

Welsh newsreader Sian Williams has opened her heart for the first time about having a double mastectomy after being diagnosed with breast cancer. The former BBC presenter's secret battle with the disease started a week after her 50th birthday in ...and more »

Wales striker Tom Bradshaw set for Euro 2016 heartbreak as he prepares to leave camp with calf injury

Tom Bradshaw looks set to miss Euro 2016 squad after leaving Wales' Portuguese training camp with a calf injury. The 23-year-old, who made his debut against Ukraine in March, will leave their base at the Vale do Lobo resort in Portugal on Thursday, the ...and more »

Cardiff's Glee Club wins latest naming rights battle with Hollywood TV show bosses

American hit musical TV show Glee has lost the latest round of a trademark battle with a Cardiff comedy club of the same name. The decision was handed down from the Court of Appeal on May 25 and is the latest chapter in a long-running dispute between ...and more »

The number of people at risk of becoming modern slaves has doubled in Wales

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Council 'will do everything it can' to set up Euro 2016 fanzone in Cardiff

Cardiff council has said it is “exploring every avenue” to bring a fanzone to the capital for people to watch Wales' Euro 2016 games on big screens. Hundreds of people have signed a petition demanding they are set up across the nation for the ...and more »

These people claim to have created the world's biggest bouncy castle

Standing at an epic 12.8m high and 21m square a Cardiff company has joined forces with a UK music festival to create what they believe to be the world's biggest bouncy castle. Something Creatives, the collective of creative individuals responsible for ...and more »

Six points for a try? This is the amazing difference Welsh rugby's revolutionary rule change has actually made

Monmouthshire · Neath Port Talbot · Newport · Pembrokeshire · Powys · Rhondda · Pontypridd · Torfaen · Vale of Glamorgan · Wrexham. Trending Euro 2016 Francesco Guidolin Wales Rugby Team Swansea City FC Cardiff City Barclay's Premier League.and more »

How the second day of Wales' Vale De Lobo training camp unfolded as Joe Ledley continues fight for fitness

Monmouthshire · Neath Port Talbot · Newport · Pembrokeshire · Powys · Rhondda · Pontypridd · Torfaen · Vale of Glamorgan · Wrexham. Trending Assembly election 2016 Euro 2016 Beaches in Wales Tata job losses Wales Rugby Team Stuff to do in Wales.and more »

What time does Bristol v Doncaster kick

Monmouthshire · Neath Port Talbot · Newport · Pembrokeshire · Powys · Rhondda · Pontypridd · Torfaen · Vale of Glamorgan · Wrexham. Trending Euro 2016 Francesco Guidolin Wales Rugby Team Swansea City FC Cardiff City Barclay's Premier League.and more »

Welsh anti

Wales' anti-slavery tsar Stephen Chapman expects more victims to come forward after a family was jailed for 27 years for enslaving two men. Mr Chapman says the extent of slavery in Wales is “considerably” bigger than the 134 cases referred as potential ...

Tata confirms it is still considering bids for its UK steel business

Tata executives in India have confirmed they have yet to draw up a short list of bidders to be taken forward to the next round of the sales process for its UK steel business. At a press conference the company said it was still in the process of ...and more »

A man found the Cardiff pub map he made in the 1990s and it's fantastic

Before the days when we could send a Facebook or WhatsApp message or even a text to arrange to meet up with friends, people still managed to find each other - some by even going to the lengths of drawing a map of where they will be and when.and more »

What we've learned from Wales' Euro 2016 training camp in the Algarve so far

Wales' preparations for Euro 2016 have really kicked into gear after they arrived at their Vale De Lobo training base in Portugal yesterday. For one day only, Chris Coleman has opened the doors of the camp and allowed members of the media in to observe ...and more »

'Pompous, third rate and embarrassing' A Cardiff councillor's verdict on his colleagues

“Pompous” and “third rate” - just two of the things Cardiff councillors have been called... by one of their own. Lib Dem Councillor Ed Bridges has come out in support of an elected mayor in Cardiff and given a damning verdict on his fellow councillors.and more »

This is what you think about whether the UK should stay in or leave Europe

Monmouthshire · Neath Port Talbot · Newport · Pembrokeshire · Powys · Rhondda · Pontypridd · Torfaen · Vale of Glamorgan · Wrexham. Trending Assembly election 2016 Tata job losses Crime Transport · Sport. Sections Latest Sport Rugby Football Cardiff ...and more »

Tonypandy toddler Finley Thomas 'murdered with a chair'

A garden chair was used to murder a 17-month-old Rhondda Cynon Taff toddler by his mother's lover - and she lied to cover it up, a court has heard. Finley Thomas suffered "catastrophic" head injuries in the alleged "deliberate and vicious" attack by ...

Bank Holiday weekend could see parts of UK as hot as Hollywood

People relax and enjoy the sunshine on Brighton beach in Sussex - the UK is set to bake this coming May bank holiday. Parts of Britain will be as hot as Hollywood over the bank holiday weekend despite the presence of rain and thunder. The UK will ...and more »

Regional powerhouses are driving record

More than 42,000 new jobs are expected thanks to regional growth which helped drive a record number of foreign investment projects into the UK last year, according to a report out. The amount of foreign direct investment schemes Britain attracted ...and more »

Work on M4 relief road to begin Spring 2018, says First Minister

The First Minister of Wales has for the first time been pinned down to a date on when taxpay

Young Trustees Cymru

The Young Trustees Cymru project is a youth-led project promoting and supporting young people in volunteering to become trustees, board members and youth reps through a pr

Doctor who worked in a Welsh hospital has left his family behind and joined Isis in Syria

A doctor who had worked in a Welsh hospital has joined the Islamic State militant group in Syria , leaving his family behind in the UK. Issam Abuanza's name appears on IS recruitment papers leaked to the BBC. The 37-year-old worked at Ysbyty Glan Clwyd ...and more »

Welsh Ambulance Service Statement on April 2016's performance figures

RICHARD Lee, Interim Director of Operations at the Welsh Ambulance Service, said: “We’re really pleased to have exceeded this target for the seventh month in a row.

University lecturers down tools in strike over pay at institutions across Wales

Lecturers are “solidly” supporting a 48-hour strike over pay as picket lines were mounted outside universities in Wales on Wednesday. Members of the University and College Union (UCU) are also refusing to work overtime, set additional work, or ...and more »

Swarms of flies are infesting homes in this Welsh town

Residents in Cwmcarn, near Newport, have been forced to squash up to 30 of the pests a day, and have taken to using sticky traps to trap the insects. @NatResWales there is a big problem with flies again in Cwmcarn what is being done about the issue?and more »

Excalibur Steel confirms it is 'working alone' in bid for Tata's UK steel business

Bidder for Tata's entire UK steel business Excalibur Steel has confirmed it is working independently in the ongoing sales process. It comes in response to some media reports claiming that it had agreed to join forces with Liberty Steel in a joint bid ...and more »

One in five Cardiff takeaways and sandwich shops are risking their business with low food hygiene

Scores between 0 and 5 will be awarded to food businesses under the new Food Hygiene Rating Scheme. Nearly one in five takeaways and sandwich shops in Cardiff face losing more than half their customers due to poor food hygiene, according to a study.

A group of nurses have written heartwarming poems inspired by their years of caring for patients

Why are high street names such as HSBC leaving towns like Aberdare? One businessman thinks he knows the answer. One thing is to blame, says the president of Aberdare Business and Tourism Association. Welsh football legends are a big hit in Mountain ...

These are the out

Here are the GP opening times and out-of-hours health services for people in Rhondda Cynon Taf and Merthyr Tydfil this Bank Holiday. Cwm Taf University Health Board has reminded patients to order their repeat medicines before the Spring bank holiday ...

BBC's The Voice star Nathan James gets set to play two shows in Wales... and he wants Welsh cakes

The show from Big Day Promotions will take place at The Scene Club and will feature a full supporting line up from Fireroad, Psycho Kiss, Forever Vendetta and Rhondda's The Boom Sons. The second date will take place, the next day, Sunday, June 19 at ...

Police called as second Welsh school is evacuated in the space of a week

A second Llanelli school has been evacuated in the space of a week and police are currently on the scene. Children at St Michael's School in Bryn, Llanelli, have been moved onto the school grounds and have left the building. According to the Llanelli ...and more »

These are the fiercest rivalries and biggest local grudge matches in the whole of Wales

There was little festive spirit on offer in the Rhondda Valley when these two sides went at each other's throats down the years on Christmas Day and then again 24 hours later. Renowned former Treorchy bad boy Chris Jones said: “Treorchy would play ...

Mars have thrown their support firmly behind England in their new Euro 2016 advert and Welsh fans are not happy

Welsh football fans are calling for a boycott of Mars after claims the food giant had snubbed Wales in its Euro 2016 advert by announcing its support for England. In its new advert ahead of next month's tournament, England footballers, monarchs, corgis ...and more »

What next in the sales process of Tata's UK steel business

The sales process, being overseen by KPMG, should see the global board of Indian conglomerate Tata, making a further statement later today. Final bids for Tata's entire UK steel business had to be submitted on Monday, following the lodging of letters ...and more »

The House of Lords says the future of the UK is at threat

Monmouthshire · Neath Port Talbot · Newport · Pembrokeshire · Powys · Rhondda · Pontypridd · Torfaen · Vale of Glamorgan · Wrexham. Trending Assembly election 2016 Tata job losses Crime Transport · Sport. Sections Latest Sport Rugby Football Cardiff ...and more »

Live updates from behind the scenes at Wales' Euro 2016 training camp in Portugal

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Tata's board is meeting to discuss bids for its UK steel plants including Port Talbot

The main board of Tata Steel is expected to draw up a shortlist of realistic buyers for its UK steel plants when it meets in Mumbai today. Carwyn Jones and Sajid Javid are both in Mumbai to make representations. This is what we know so far. The First ...and more »

Jilted Barrow lover threatened to trash grave of ex's pal

A JILTED lover who was dumped just before Valentine's Day bombarded his ex with vile messages, emails and videos, saying he hoped she got raped and threatened to trash her pal's grave. Daryl James Campion also said he would starve himself unless ...

CBI and FSB outline business wish list in open letter to Ken Skates

On behalf of the Welsh business community, we congratulate you on your appointment as Cabinet Secretary for Economy and Infrastructure. In the campaign for the National Assembly elections, business people throughout Wales heard much from politicians ...

Funding system for Wales blasted as report warns future of UK is at threat

Is the UK in danger of crumbling? The Lords Constitution committee has sounded the alarm bell. The future of the UK is at “threat” and the refusal to introduce a funding system which would address the needs of the poorest regions makes a “mockery” of ...and more »

This Welsh Blacksmith is helping create a striking new WW1 Cenotaph in Ypres

He's one of hundreds of blacksmiths and farriers from around the world who, with the help of local schoolchildren, is to create a striking new World War One Cenotaph in Flanders, Belgium at Ypres. Standing 7m tall, the simple metal slab of weathering ...and more »

Parents angry over 'mixed messages' in Cardiff High school places row

Parents whose children have missed out on places at Cardiff's top secondary school say they are fuming about “mixed messages” coming from council bosses. Year 6 pupils at Marlborough Primary in Roath are among those who missed out on places at ...and more »

These are some of the Welsh entrants that have made their mark at this year's Chelsea Flower Show

Green-fingered Welsh exhibitors are among those who have proudly shown off their creations at one of the world's most famous flower shows. The Royal Horticultural Society Chelsea Flower Show opened to the public on Tuesday in west London – a day ...and more »

Wales and England football fans banned from drinking on the streets of Lens – but supporters will be able to buy ...

Welsh fans visiting Lens for the titanic Euro 2016 clash with England next month have been told they will not be able to drink alcohol in public areas of the city – however football supporters will be welcome in bars and restaurants. The announcement ...and more »

Business Wales support helps fire up Aberdare stove shop

New Aberdare retailer, the Aberdare 1 Stop Fire and Stove Shop, has got off to a roaring start with help from Business Wales, the Welsh Government’s business support service for start-up and existing businesses.  The business exceeded its sales targets in its first year of trading and is well on

Alzheimer’s Society comments on CQC new five year strategy

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) today (Tuesday 24 May) publishes its strategy for 2016 to 2021, setting out its visio

Caerphilly hepatitis A outbreak spreads to Penywaun school

Two new cases of hepatitis A have been confirmed, following an outbreak at a school in Caerphilly county. There are now 11 confirmed cases, the latest being a pupil at Ysgol Rhydywaun in Penywaun, Rhondda Cynon Taff. Public Health Wales said there ...

Children’s Commissioner recruiting young people for Advisory Panel

The Children’s Commissioner is looking for young people to join her Advisory Panel.

15 stalls at the Cowbridge Food and Drink Festival which are a must for foodies

The Cowbridge Food & Drink Festival will once again be held this year during the May Bank Holiday weekend. Taking place on Sunday, May 29 and Monday, May 30, it's the second year it's been held in springtime - having moved from its traditional October ...and more »

Wales can win Euro 2016! Gareth Bale delivers stirring message to a nation as Coleman's side begin training camp

Wales superstar Gareth Bale has issued a rallying call to the nation ahead of the Euros, insisting - we go to France believing we can win it. Excitement is mounting ahead of the showpiece event as Chris Coleman's Dragons take on the cream of Europe ...and more »

Inspectors have told Cardiff's Radyr Comprehensive it needs to improve its teaching

One of Cardiff's biggest schools has been told to improve the quality and consistency of its teaching after a visit from inspectors. Education watchdog Estyn said the proportion of pupils at Radyr Comprehensive School gaining top grades in their GCSEs ...and more »

It's the summer of the staycation with 35% of us expected to holiday in the UK

There will 10 million Brits holidaying in the UK this year, pumping £8bn back into the economy. The 10m make up 31% of the number of Brits going on holiday this year, the percentage in Wales rises to 35%. Research by Asda Money found that UK families ...and more »

Inspectors have told one of Cardiff's best secondary schools it needs to improve its teaching

One of Cardiff's biggest schools has been told to improve the quality and consistency of its teaching after a visit from inspectors. Education watchdog Estyn said the proportion of pupils at Radyr Comprehensive School gaining top grades in their GCSEs ...and more »

A third Labour councillor in Cardiff has quit the party's bitterly divided ruling group

Another Labour councillor in Cardiff has become an independent amid bitter divisions in the city's ruling Labour group. Llanrumney councillor Derrick Morgan has followed in the footsteps of Splott councillor Gretta Marshall and Trowbridge's Ralph Cook ...

Hawthorn Pool has been filled with water for the first time in two years

By October 2015, Rhondda Cynon Taf council announced the pool could reopen this summer. Now, in a first-look inside the newly-refurbished pool, the pool can be seen full of water for the first time in two years, and Hawthorn High School will be handed ...

Work to recover body of Welsh man from Didcot power station ruins stops

Contractors working to recover the bodies of a Welsh man who was killed when a power station collapsed have been forced to stop. Those working to recover the body of Christoper Huxtable, from Swansea, at the former site of Didcot power station, cannot ...and more »

AFC Llwydcoed celebrates its youngsters as under

Meanwhile speical guest Jamie Thomas, who is a Swansea City FC Academy Coach, helped present awards to the club's under-12s, under-14s and under-16s. All of the junior teams had played in the Aberdare and Rhondda Junior Football League for the ...

Revealed! The eye

Cardiff experienced the biggest economic boost behind London from hosting the 2015 World Cup, according to an official report into the tournament. It's been revealed that the Welsh capital benefited to the tune of £380.2m from staging eight games ...and more »

These are officially the best player, coach and Welsh rugby talent outside of the professional game

It was time to hand out the Principality Premiership awards of the season last night and here are the details of the people who were honoured at the Millennium Stadium. Principality Premiership Player of the Season - Damien Hudd. As well as being just ...

Model who shot her British millionaire ex

Speaking only to answer questions from her lawyer translated into Slovakian, she said she took Mr Bush's Hummer 4x4 and fled the mansion. Shares. Get daily news by email. Model who shot her British millionaire ex-boyfriend went on the run because she ...and more »

AM slams bank's plan to slash opening hours at two of its branches

Plans to slash the hours of two local banks and close them on Saturday have been slammed by an Assembly Member. Ogmore AM Huw Irranca-Davies has written to NatWest urging it to “reconsider and reverse” changes to its Pencoed and Maesteg ...

Citroën drop the C5 from UK production

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Pontypridd is a great town with a bright future, says the mayor who's seen it all over the past 12 months

"Who knew so much was going on in Pontypridd ? We have a unique town with a good future, let's support it!" Those are the words of Councillor Jayne Brencher who was elected mayor of Pontypridd 12 months ago and has enjoyed a year which she ...

35 stunning images that tell the rollercoaster story of England v Wales at Twickenham down the decades

For Welsh rugby, it is arguably the fixture that has always carried the greatest prize...the opportunity to beat England on their own turf. Wales have been sending a team to take on the old enemy since 1881, and while Headquarters has often been the ...and more »

Wales' latest escape room

If you love the Crystal Maze and fancy a night out with your mates that really gets your brain going then here's some exciting news. Cardiff's latest live escape rooms Breakout Cardiff is set to open their doors on June 1. The company is opening its ...

Wales' Euro 2016 tactics revealed and dissected: Chris Coleman's fascinating insight into the secrets that drove ...

So, you thought Wales' Euro 2016 tactics were simple... pack the defence and then give the ball to Gareth Bale! It is, however, far more sophisticated than that, as Chris Coleman reveals in a game by game breakdown of the methods used to drive Wales to ...and more »

Stroke survivors aged five and up step out at special event in Bridgend

It was one small walk for Dave Sage, but a giant leap in his recovery. The 59-year-old grandfather, from Bridgend , has got out of his wheelchair and walked 100m for the first time since a massive stroke almost took his life. The Brackla councillor ...

Eddie Izzard will celebrate all things European during Cardiff's Art Car Bootique

Eddie Izzard is returning to Chapter Arts Centre in Cardiff to celebrate all things European in this year's Art Car Bootique. Taking its cue from the upcoming European referendum and Euro 2016 football tournament, this eclectic and eccentric mix of art ...

Welsh stars' Team GB Olympic participation vital for Chris Coleman's inexperienced Euro 2016 team

The controversial Team GB Olympic experience gained by some of Chris Coleman's Euro 2016-bound stars will be vital to Wales this summer, according to their ex-boss Stuart Pearce. Wales kingpins Aaron Ramsey, Joe Allen and Neil Taylor each played in ...and more »

Revealed: Which part of Wales has the biggest property bargains?

Move to the Rhondda Cyn Taf Valleys for the best in property prices and live amongst some of the most beautiful hill views in Wales. Media Wales. The valleys of Rhondda Cynon Taf. That's the suggestion based on our exclusive research into property ...

IndyCube expanding across the border with first centre in England

IndyCube, the co-working network which has 27 work space centres across Wales, has opened its first site outside the country in Wakefield, West Yorkshire. There are plans to open three other centres across England in the year. IndyCube provides office ...and more »

England v Wales live breaking news: Welsh coach holds press conference ahead of Twickenham clash

Warren Gatland's squad have met up ahead of Sunday's clash against England at Twickenham as preparations for the summer tour to New Zealand get into full flow. The team will spend the week at the Vale of Glamorgan before travelling to London for the ...and more »

South Wales Echo letters: Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Music, Welsh, advice and all of our operators are busy, can only mean one thing – Cardiff Connect – a service I contacted recently to report the spillage of a large quantity of oil on Western Avenue Hill. This call took 10 to 12 minutes of my money ...and more »

The best salons, stylists and health spas in Wales have been named

The best salons, stylists and health spas in Wales have been named - is your favourite here? More than 400 workers in the health and beauty industry gathered at the Mercure Holland House Hotel in Cardiff for the Welsh Hair and Beauty Awards. Thousands ...

Leave or remain? We asked people if Britain should stay in the EU or leave

Monmouthshire · Neath Port Talbot · Newport · Pembrokeshire · Powys · Rhondda · Pontypridd · Torfaen · Vale of Glamorgan · Wrexham. Trending Assembly election 2016 Tata job losses Crime Transport · Sport. Sections Latest Sport Rugby Football Cardiff ...and more »

Chris Coleman says he would have been 'a huge hypocrite' to take Wales to France without penning new deal

Wales boss Chris Coleman admits he would have felt like a hypocrite if he had taken his side to the Euros without signing a new deal. Coleman has now put pen to paper on a two-year extension to his current contract which will see him guide the Dragons ...and more »

Report claims Wales gets £245m more from the EU than it pays in

Wales receives £245m more from the European Union that the nation pays in, according to a new report published today. The analysis by Cardiff University's Wales Governance Centre found there was a net benefit to Wales of around £79 per head in 2014.and more »

Scotland Back in the Day: Labour have lost touch with Keir Hardie roots

Defeated in West Ham South, in 1900 Hardie was instrumental in bringing together the ILP, the TUC and others to form the Labour Representation Committee (LRC) and in October that year he was elected as MP for Merthyr Tydfil and Aberdare – he would ...and more »

Trains passengers in Wales will soon be able to use their phones as tickets

Passengers travelling on Arriva Trains Wales services will soon be able to use tickets on their phones. The system was trialled on Cardiff and Valleys lines last year and since then nearly 70,000 passengers have downloaded the app and used it for more ...and more »

There is huge potential for the UK steel industry to supply major energy projects

Energy Minister Andrea Leadsom has said there is “huge potential” for the UK steel industry to supply major energy projects. The minister said she was “rattling” developers and pushing them to use the UK supply chain. However, Plaid Cymru MP Liz ...and more »

Mum reveals the moment she found out there'd been a bomb threat at her son's school

A Carmarthenshire mum caught up in one of many school bomb threats made across the UK has described her terror. Dafen Community Primary School in Llanelli was one of more than a dozen schools around the UK targeted by bomb threats on Monday.and more »

Hundreds oppose to closure of well

a well-used railway crossing which links two residential areas of Cardiff could be set to close if Network Rail decide to block the passageway. More than 400 people have signed an online petition to keep open the crossing between Caedelyn Park and Pen ...

Vote Leave placards have appeared in public spaces all around Cardiff – but they're being pulled down

EU referendum campaigners who have put up Vote Leave placards across public areas in Cardiff have been warned to stop. In the last few days a number of the prominent red placards have been attached to sign posts, bridges, fences and buildings around ...

This Welsh football fan is raising money for charity with his line of 'Gary Speedos'

A Welsh football fan who has suffered with depression is hoping to raise thousands of pounds for charity in memory of Wales manager Gary Speed . Steffan Jones from Cardiff has launched Gary Speedos. The customised swim shorts are being sold to raise ...and more »

This Welsh football is raising money for charity with his line of 'Gary Speedos'

A Welsh football fan who has suffered with depression is hoping to raise thousands of pounds for charity in memory of Wales manager Gary Speed . Steffan Jones from Cardiff has launched Gary Speedos. The customised swim shorts are being sold to raise ...and more »

Comedy returns to Muni in Pontypridd with quality Welsh line

Clwb Comedy launches on June 25 with a quality bill featuring some of Wales' finest comedians including headliner Mike Bubbins and host Chris Corcoran, as well as surreal genius Noel James, Welsh Unsigned Stand Up Award winner 2013 winner Simon ...

Man accused of Tonypandy toddler Finley Thomas's murder

A 17-month-old from Rhondda Cynon Taff was murdered by his mother's lover - and she lied to cover it up, a court has heard. Finley Thomas suffered "catastrophic" head injuries after allegedly being attacked by Sean Buckley, 28, at his Tonypandy home.and more »

Newly

A newly-formed group dedicated to improving Aberdare Park is welcoming suggestions from members of the public - and hopes re-opening the outdoor paddling pool will be on its agenda in the future. Friends of Aberdare Park is a recently-formed group in ...

This family took a trolley ride to the shops when the roads closed for the Velothon

The Velothon brought thousands of cyclists to the roads of South Wales on Sunday – as well as a series of road closures. But while some might have been inconvenienced by the arrangements, it gave others the opportunity to show off their imaginative side.and more »

Playday 2016 theme announcement

We’re pleased to announce the Playday 2016 campaign theme will be Play matters.

Family still hope to find beloved chihuahua Harlow a year after she went missing in Pontypridd

A family is still holding out hope of finding its beloved pet chihuahua which went missing in Pontypridd a year ago this week. Little Harlow has been missing since May 25, 2015, when she was scared by a larger dog and ran away from her owner Cheryl ...

The story of the Wales v England summer warm

It was an unappetising starter for the Rugby World Cup main course being served up later that autumn. But who can forget Wales against Italy last summer when Rhys Webb and Leigh Halfpenny's World Cup dream ended in injury nightmare. Webb missed ...

Two riders in the Velothon made it a day to remember by getting engaged along the route

The proposal took place at the Newbridge roundabout – can you help us find the couple? Shares; Comments. Get daily news by email. Thousands of cyclists at the Velothon start line. It was a day the 12,000 cyclists who competed in Velothon Wales will not ...and more »

Runway expansion at Heathrow would create 8400 jobs in Wales say its backers

The go-ahead for a third runway at Heathrow would support the creation of 8,400 new jobs in Wales. That is the claim of Heathrow which is awaiting on a UK Government decision as to whether it will endorse the recommendation of the independent Howard ...and more »

John Cale on how he believes he ruined his relationship with Wales by running away to America

He's about to return to Wales for a performance that will launch next month's inaugural Festival of Voice in Cardiff. But rock legend John Cale has confessed to feeling that his relationship with his home country suffered as a result of him running ...

School in Wales among several around the UK evacuated over 'bomb' threats

A school in Wales has been evacuated after it was one of more than a dozen around the UK to be targeted by bomb threats. Parents of children at Dafen Community Primary School in Llanelli were reportedly notified of the incident on Monday and told to ...and more »

Merthyr man crowned amateur featherweight champion at London's Warrior Fight Series

This young man has become an amateur featherweight champion in one of Europe's most popular mixed martial arts outfits after defeating a former champion from Slovenia. Aidan James, from Merthyr , was crowned the Amateur Featherweight Champion ...

Merthyr schoolgirls climb Pen y Fan for The Pituitary Foundation

Two adventurous schoolgirls from Merthyr Tydfil showed that age is to barrier when it comes to scaling new heights as they took part in a charity challenge on behalf of The Pituitary Foundation . The Pituitary Foundation is the only charity in the UK ...

Detective reveals in TV special how he came face to face with notorious killer John Cooper

He was the shotgun-wielding farm labourer who turned Pembrokeshire into a personal hunting ground for cash and jewels and was responsible for two of Wales' most notorious double murders. Five years ago, serial killer John Cooper was given four life ...

This is how Wales' universities have performed in a respected league table

The majority of universities in Wales have moved up a respected higher education league table published today. Swansea University was the nation's biggest improver, leaping 13 places to 39th in the latest Guardian University Guide. Buoyed by its ...and more »

Argentina comes to Newport with Tango nights for diners at Steak on Six

It's not often you visit Newport and get a taste of Argentina, but that's exactly what's on offer when you experience a Twilight Tango night at the Celtic Manor Resort . The nights of Argentinian adventure and fine dining take place at the Steak on Six ...

Live updates as Wales boss Chris Coleman signs new two

The FAW have confirmed boss Chris Coleman has signed a new two-year deal to lead the team into the 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign. The news was confirmed at a specially arranged media conference at the Vale of Glamorgan Hotel, which is due to ...and more »

Wales boss Chris Coleman relieved to sign new two

The FAW have confirmed boss Chris Coleman has signed a new two-year deal to lead the team into the 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign. The news was confirmed at a specially arranged media conference at the Vale of Glamorgan Hotel, which is due to ...and more »

Meet the 13

Morgan Rogers may only be 13-years-old, but she has already achieved a great deal in her young life. The sports mad youngster from the Rhymney Valley has obtained her gold award in swimming, represented her county at netball and captained her county ...

Friends aged 91 receive lifelong memberships of Old Age Association

Two loyal members of an Old Age Association branch have received lifelong memberships of the group at the age of 91. Sylvia Hogan and Margaret Grainger have been members of the Pentrebach and Abercanaid branch of the association for more than 17 ...

The reasons why Wales were torn apart at Twickenham in March... and what must change this Sunday

Monmouthshire · Neath Port Talbot · Newport · Pembrokeshire · Powys · Rhondda · Pontypridd · Torfaen · Vale of Glamorgan · Wrexham. Trending Euro 2016 Francesco Guidolin Wales Rugby Team Swansea City FC Cardiff City Barclay's Premier League.and more »

Why are Wales playing England in May? And what on earth is the Old Mutual Wealth Cup they're playing for?

Monmouthshire · Neath Port Talbot · Newport · Pembrokeshire · Powys · Rhondda · Pontypridd · Torfaen · Vale of Glamorgan · Wrexham. Trending Euro 2016 Francesco Guidolin Wales Rugby Team Swansea City FC Cardiff City Barclay's Premier League.and more »

Cardigan Castle Receives Project of the Year Accolade at RICS Awards 2016

The repair and conversion of Cardigan Castle has received the coveted Project of the Year accolade at the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) Awards 2016, Wales. The £11million scheme to return the castle to the local community as a viable ...

Welsh local councils urged to lead shake

Councils should draw up fresh plans to reorganise local government, a former leader of Cardiff council has said. Russell Goodway told BBC Radio Wales that councillors and officials were the "experts" and should "seriously develop" a set of proposals.and more »

The five big issues facing Wales ahead of their one

It has to be the ultimate paradox in rugby union...a warm-up friendly encounter between Wales and England. The bitterest of rivals, the game that means more than any other to both sets of supporters – certainly the Welsh – and yet the outcome is deemed ...and more »

A man dressed up as an Arab prince and went shopping in Cardiff

In this video, Sanaan Akhter dressed up as an Arab prince and went around shops in Cardiff city centre playing Sheikh Sanaan, a wealthy man "with 78 wives". With his bodyguards in tow, he tried to buy the entire Apple store before shouting: "Free ...and more »

Wales' first fuel bank is giving free gas and electricity credit vouchers to eligible families

Wales' first fuel bank, which will help struggling families repay emergency credit for gas and electricity, has launched in Cardiff. Located in the food distribution centre in City Temple Foodbank and run by Npower , the scheme started on Monday, and ...and more »

Playground investment in RCT is in full swing

RCT council's £1.7m will see some 50 playgrounds across the region improved and upgraded as part of the investment, which forms part of the wider £200m RCT Invest programme, delivering improvements in highways, leisure, housing, employment and ...

Aberdare

A cake from Aberdare-based Lovemore Free From Foods will feature in a new Morrisons national television advert. Lovemore's Decorate Your Own Celebration Cake is produced by leading dedicated gluten free manufacturer, Welsh Hills Bakery, and is ...and more »

Intelligence agency GCHQ gives its seal of approval to Welsh university

Actors including Desmond Llewellyn and Ben Whishaw have played Q in Bond movies, but will real life cyber-warriors be trained in Wales? Intelligence agency GCHQ has given its seal of approval to the University of South Wales (USW). Concern about the ...and more »

Why pensioners in Bridgend get on average the highest state pensions in Wales

There is as much as a £7.60 difference in what retirees get in their weekly pensions around Wales. There were 29,540 people in Bridgend receiving a state pension of some kind last August, and the average they got was £138.02. This compared to retirees ...and more »

Vale of Glamorgan's Rural Regeneration Initiative Encourages Businesses to Trial Event Pop

Creative Rural Communities (CRC) has launched a pilot scheme to give businesses the opportunity to trial event pop-ups at Dunraven Bay, Southerndown. The Coastal Communities project is offering experienced businesses & organisations who want the ...

Morning news headlines: George Osborne warns of 'DIY recession' if United Kingdom votes for Brexit; Eating full fat ...

Quitting the European Union would plunge Britain into a year-long recession, George Osborne has warned. The country would suffer an "immediate and profound" economic shock following a vote to leave that would be made worse by the negotiations that ...and more »

Wales breaking news plus live traffic, weather and M4 updates (Monday, May 23)

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 ...

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Rhondda Cynon Taf Council has commented on the move saying that the train operators decision is independent from its own home-to-school transport policy. Under the council's own policy, any pupil living more than two miles from the high school is ...

Children's rights in Wales come under UN spotlight

Children's rights in Wales will come under the United Nations' spotlight when the Welsh Government defends its record in a two-day hearing in Geneva. Children's Commissioner Sally Holland will be present as the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child ...

A Wales

Now, thanks to a film by a South Wales academic, they are seen as ambassadors for the country and its government has changed official policy to encourage schoolgirls to play the sport. The change came about after Florence Ayisi, professor of ...and more »

Tories slam 'eye watering sums' paid by Welsh taxpayers to English universities

Welsh Conservatives have criticised what they say is an “eye-watering” amount of taxpayers' money being sent to English Universities. They highlight new figures showing that almost £90m in tuition fee grant payments were made to non-Welsh Higher ...and more »

Several bridges to be demolished and main train line closed as work for electrification begins

The next stage of work to get South Wales ready for electric trains is set to begin. Network Rail hope the first paying passengers will travel by trains on electric routes by December 2018. Under the £2.8bn plans, journey times between Cardiff and ...

'There's nothing better than beating Wales again!': Eddie Jones on his Twickenham test against Warren Gatland's side

'There's nothing better than beating Wales again!': Eddie Jones on his Twickenham test against Warren Gatland's side. 22:00, 22 May 2016; By Simon Thomas. Here are thoughts of the England coach on next Sunday's opponents, some of the new faces he ...and more »

Wales Sevens end season in style with Bowl victory in Twickenham

Wales concluded a demanding campaign in London by avenging an earlier defeat to Australia to claim the Bowl final at Twickenham in the final leg of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens series. Wales went in to the tournament as the squad with the fewest ...and more »

Welsh sprinter Hannah Brier claims double victory in Loughborough

Welsh teenage sprint sensation Hannah Brier celebrated double success after claiming victory at the Loughborough International. Competing for the British Athletics under 20 team, Brier, who already has the World Juniors standard, took first place in 11 ...and more »

Eddie Jones labels Wales 'red

England's Grand Slam coach Eddie Jones has piled the pressure on Wales ahead of next Sunday's clash at Twickenham installing Warren Gatland's side as 'red-hot favourites' despite beating them a little over two months ago en-route to their Six Nations ...and more »

Circuit of Wales design gets thumbs up from Formula 1 ace Lewis Hamilton

Formula 1 racing ace Lewis Hamilton has given the thumbs up to the design of the proposed Circuit of Wales, says its chief executive. Video: Virtual lap of the Circuit of Wales. Circuit of Wales virtual lap Video loading. Click to play. The Live Event ...

35 things you did in Wales in the 1990s that you don't do now

9. And David Morgan in Cardiff and David Evans in Swansea to spend your Christmas money. 10. Passed More's Position of the Fortnight around school. RIP More Magazine/Facebook. 11. Used a school desk that looked like this. my_southborough/Creative ...

Fire at former holiday camp for youngsters was 'deliberately started'

Crews from Barry and Llantwit Major were called to the blaze at the Boys' Village in West Aberthaw, near St Athan, in the Vale of Glamorgan . The fire was reported at about 5.15am on Sunday. Update St Athans: The fire had been deliberately started and ...

Man hospitalised after house fire breaks out in Cynon Valley terraced home

A man has been taken to hospital after suffering burns in a house fire in the Cynon Valley on Saturday night. Five crews from the South Wales Fire and Rescue Service were called to the scene of the blaze, in Park View Terrace, Abercwmboi, at about 7.50pm.and more »

Man hospitalised after fire breaks out in Cynon Valley terraced home

A spokeswoman for the fire service said: "Fire investigation will take place on Monday when we can gain access to the property." She also said the casualty had suffered 40% burns to his hands and torso. Two crews from Aberdare , as well as others from ...and more »

Chris Coleman has been worth every single penny as Wales boss after winning over his Army of early critics

When Chris Coleman puts pen to paper on a new deal to carry on as Wales manager, there will be barely a voice raised in anger. The new two-year contract will be seen as reward for taking his country to Euro 2016 this summer and good on Coleman, too.and more »

Ballet Cymru's Little Red Riding Hood is delicious, naughty and glorious

Delicious, naughty humour, glorious music, whimsical costumes and totally engaging performances combine to create an ear to ear grin-making evening out. Based on Roald Dahl's Revolting Rhymes , it helps not to actually know the wicked poems, here ...

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He's a world-renowned documentary maker but when Nick Broomfield decided his next project would be about architecture, there was only one place he wanted to go. Nick is well-known for his documentaries, including Kurt and Courtney, and The Leader, ...

Swansea bus museum appeals for donations and helpers

SWANSEA'S bus museum is appealing for donations, sponsorship and volunteers as it struggles to survive. The museum, based at Bevans Row in Swansea's SA1 development, has an impressive collection of historic vehicles. It consists of buses from South ...

Velothon cyclists forced to stop after car drives on to route

Cyclists taking part in the Velothon were forced to stop during the race after a car drove onto the closed route. The incident meant the race had to be paused at Nant y Derry and Llenellen in Monmouthshire while police and marshals dealt with the ...and more »

It's a whopping 300% cheaper to see a film in Vue Cardiff than it is in London's Leicester Square

Your day out could end up costing a lot more than you'd expect, as some cinemas across the UK charge up to 300% more than others, according to a new study by money-saving website Voucherbox.co.uk . Standard ticket prices were compared at Odeon ...

£14bn North Wales nuclear power station to be built by the Japanese and Americans

A US-Japanese consortium has been established to build the £14bn Wylfa Newydd nuclear plant. Horizon Nuclear Power has appointed Menter Newydd to help deliver the company's lead nuclear new build project on Anglesey. Video: Fly through of the ...

How can I enter Velothon Wales 2017?

Were you cheering on the 18,000 amateur cyclists in Velothon Wales today and wishing you were taking part? Or perhaps you were among those competing and can't wait to do it all again, despite the tired legs. The organisation is already looking ahead to ...and more »

Why spend £460k on a garage in London when you can get them in Wales with these amazing extras?

A London garage sold for £460,000 at auction this month, as bidders pushed up the price looking for a small slice of the city's real estate. Yes, that's the price for just a garage. If you want to splash the cash on a garage then move to Wales, where ...

England coach Eddie Jones warns Warren Gatland's Wales that Twickenham tie will be more than just a warm

England head coach Eddie Jones has warned Warren Gatland's Wales that next Sunday's showdown at Twickenham will be no half-hearted warm-up game. Jones has today named a 26-man squad to face Wales next weekend ahead of their three-Test tour ...and more »

Tributes paid to woman who died after being hit by a bus in Cardiff

A woman who died after a collision with a bus in Cardiff city centre had recently become a great grandmother. Joan Davies, 83, was taken to the University Hospital of Wales following the collision which happened directly outside the Hilton Hotel at ...and more »

Support to start

New businesses are the lifeblood of all growing economies, creating innovation, vitality and, most importantly, jobs in local communities. For example, research from the Kauffman Foundation in the USA shows that start-ups are responsible for almost all ...

Slight fall in the number of overweight and obese youngsters – but Wales still trails England

There has been a marginal fall in the number of overweight and obese children in Wales – but the country still lags far behind England, new data indicates. The 2014/15 figures, from the Child Measurement Programme, showed 26.2% of four and ...and more »

Craig Bellamy's Euro 2016 verdict: Wales will get out of group and Slovakia are a bigger 'concern' than England

Craig Bellamy is confident Wales will qualify from their Euro 2016 group and insists Slovakia are a bigger worry for him than England or Russia. The former Cardiff City and Wales idol, who has been touted as a future manager of his home-town club and ...and more »

Carwyn drops e

First Minister Carwyn Jones has confirmed that the Welsh Government will not resurrect plans for a ban on the use of e-cigarettes in some public places. The Welsh Labour leader made it clear the policy is now off the agenda. He told the BBC: “There's ...and more »

Police negotiators and more than 20 officers called to armed stand

Armed police were called to an address in Bridgend on Saturday evening and an air gun later recovered after reports a man was threatening to self harm. Almost two dozen officers were at the scene, on a housing estate near Ysgol Gymraeg Bro Ogwr in ...and more »

Armed officers and police negotiators called to address in Bridgend

Armed police were called to an address in Bridgend on Saturday evening with a man later taken into psychiatric care. Almost two dozen officers were at the scene, on a housing estate near Ysgol Gymraeg Bro Ogwr in Brackla, shortly after 6pm.and more »

Welsh swimmer Jazz Carlin qualifies for European Championships final

Welsh swimmer Jazz Carlin began her preparations for her bid to win a second medal at the European Championships in London by finishing third in her 400m freestyle heat on Sunday morning. Carlin claimed silver in the 800m event earlier in the week and ...and more »

Abercwmboi house fire man taken to hospital

A man has been taken to hospital following a house fire in Rhondda Cynon Taff. Crews from four fire stations were called to the blaze at Park View Terrace in Abercwmboi, on Saturday at 19:48 BST. The man managed to escape the fire but he was taken to ...

First minister dismisses e

Plans to ban e-cigarettes in some public places will be dropped from Wales' public health bill, the first minister has said. It failed to pass on the last day of the previous assembly after opposition from Plaid Cymru. Carwyn Jones told BBC Radio Wales ...

Kirsty Williams 'has done better than predecessors'

Kirsty Williams has "done a lot better" than her predecessors by gaining the Welsh Government's education portfolio, a former special advisor has said. On Thursday it was confirmed the only remaining Liberal Democrat assembly member had been asked to ...

The astonishing story of the forgotten Welsh football giants and the day Ninian Park erupted into violent chaos

Referee pelted with cans of beer, a corner flag speared into a policeman's neck, Wales banned from playing in Cardiff... Shares; Comments. Get rugby news by email. Cans, bottles and paper rolls pour onto the pitch as outraged Welsh fans express their ...

Tesco and Sainsbury's bosses among high street chiefs to slam Brexit

Quitting the EU would cause shop prices to rocket and prove 'catastrophic' for millions of families, four of Britain's most successful high street bosses warn today. In a dramatic intervention in the EU referendum debate, the former chiefs of Tesco ...and more »

Police appeal over teenager who has gone missing from Llanelli

Police are asking for help from the public in the search for a missing teenager. Dyfed-Powys Police are appealing for information as to the whereabouts of 15-year-old Kendall Morgan, who is missing from Llanelli . Kendall is known to have travelled to ...and more »

Could Britain be about to bake in three months of sizzling temperatures?

Despite the relentless rain this weekend, shock weather patterns are being tipped to send thermometers skyrocking. Read more: The outlook for this weekend isn't good. In just over a week, some forecasters expect an onslaught of heat waves to hit ...and more »

Huge boost for Warren Gatland as special deal is struck to allow Wales to play exiled stars against England

Wales will be boosted by having their English exiles available for next weekend's showdown with Grand Slam winners England at Twickenham. The May 29 showdown is taking place outside the official Test window and Premier Rugby Ltd (PRL) have barred ...and more »

More than 3000 children take part in Cardiff Blues Tag Rugby festival at BT Sport Arms Park

More than 3,000 children from primary schools across the Cardiff Blues region descended on BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park for the annual tag rugby festival. The Sphere Solutions Blues Tag Rugby Festival was held across three days, culminating on Friday at ...

Chloe Tutton a boost for Britain

Chloe Tutton first swam seriously in her local pool in Ystrad Rhondda. Welsh swimmer Chloe Tutton's "meteoric rise" has been a boost for British swimming, says Sharron Davies. Tutton won European bronze in the 100m breaststroke on 18 May after setting ...

Thousands of people took part in Gung Ho! in Cardiff and this is what happened

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It might be May but fire crews in Carmarthenshire have been called to reports of flooding

Fire crews have been called out to a series of floodings at properties in Carmarthenshire . They responded to four separate incidents where properties were threatened by flood water. The first call was received at 11.19am on Saturday to the Capel ...

Wales need confidence of England win to set themselves up for New Zealand challenge, says Adam Jones

Adam Jones reckons Wales can gain a morale-boosting win over England at Twickenham next weekend to set themselves up for their daunting tour of New Zealand. “The England game may be a nice one to use to build confidence because I think it took a bit ...and more »

Why the prospect of new Cardiff City boss Paul Trollope keeping his job with Wales is simply preposterous

Amidst the general apathy that has greeted the appointment of Paul Trollope as Cardiff City Head Coach there remains one factor that is surely problematic. That is that the new man in the Bluebirds' hot-seat will in fact have two jobs, managing the ...

First pictures of wreckage of crashed EgyptAir plane found in the Mediterranean

These are the sad images that show the shattered parts of the EgyptAir plane that crashed into the Mediterranean this week, apparently claiming the life of Welsh dad Richard Osman . Read more: How Welsh father laughed off family's fears of possible ...and more »

For a proper pub grub (and a great walk) head to the Horseshoe Inn, Marcross

If you'll allow you to divulge from our brief ever so slightly, this week's food review comes with a free walk recommendation. If you head 45 minutes out of Cardiff you'll hit views in the Vale that are more usual in Pembrokeshire. When you've only a ...

Wales boss Chris Coleman expected to finally sign new contract on Monday ahead of Euro 2016

Wales boss Chris Coleman is expected to finally sign a new contract on Monday that will see him lead the national team in their bid to qualify for the 2018 World Cup. The FAW have called a press conference for Monday afternoon when the news is expected ...and more »

Cardiff's Tramshed is opening a cafe and the food looks great!

Cardiff's Tramshed is set to open its long-awaited cafe/bar/coffee shop The Waiting Room and we've had a sneak peek inside! Serving a selection of sliders the American-style menu will be best eaten in a tapas style, so you can sample the vegan Patti ...

Welsh Tories on opposite sides battle for your vote on Europe

Stark divisions among Welsh Conservatives about what is best for the future of the country have emerged as Tories fighting for Wales to stay in the European Union launch their “ground campaign”. The party's most senior figures Welsh figures are today ...

Cancer patient whose dying wish was to meet her football hero dies before she got the chance

A social media campaign was started to try and unite her with former Arsenal and England striker Ian Wright – who was Lesley's hero. And although he had sent her text messages and had arranged to come to South Wales to meet her, the 47-year-old ovarian ...and more »

England outside

Joe Marler's "courageous" decision to miss England's summer tour to Australia will have been eased by Eddie Jones' “honest” man-management, according to George Ford. Harlequins prop Marler this week stood himself down from England duty for the May ...and more »

Butetown History and Arts Centre to close its doors

A community history group says it has no choice but to close its doors after failing to secure future funding. But volunteers from Butetown History and Arts Centre want to preserve the archive they have built up for generations to come. The group was ...

The days of cheery consensus in the Assembly are gone

This time last week he had failed to secure his renomination to the top job in the Assembly. The vote had split 29:29, with the Conservatives and Ukip backing Plaid Cymru's Leanne Wood. What a difference a week makes. He is back as First Minister, a ...and more »

Petition calls for fanzones to be set up in Wales to cheer on national team during Euro 2016

Saturday marks just three weeks until Wales ' momentous Euro 2016 campaign kicks off against Slovakia in Bordeaux. Thousands of Welsh fans are expected to travel to France to cheer on Chris Coleman's side in person – but now there are calls for ...and more »

Wales prop Tomas Francis vows to make up for lost time after gouging 'accident'

Tomas Francis has spoken for the first time about the ban he copped after being found guilty of gouging England star Dan Cole during Wales' 25-21 Six Nations defeat at Twickenham in March. The Exeter Chiefs prop received an eight-week suspension but ...

Everything you need to know about the Manic Street Preachers' Swansea gig

Manic Street Preachers are gearing up to play a massive open-air show in Swansea . The band will perform two sets. Everything Must Go in full and a second set which will feature rarities, curios, greatest hits and a few brand new songs. The Manics will ...and more »

Drivers in this part of Cardiff are 'putting kids lives at risk' by driving up to 50mph

Drivers are putting the lives of children at risk by speeding in one Cardiff suburb, it has been claimed. Data released under a Freedom of Information request, made by Plaid Cymru, shows that the average speeds of drivers in Radyr is between 41-44mph ...

These are the top directors in Wales according to the Institute of Directors

Wales' top business directors have been recognised at the sixth IoD Wales Director of the Year Awards held at Cardiff's SSE SWALEC. Entrepreneur and Gocompare.com founder Hayley Parsons was given the Chairman's Award in recognition of the ...

Foster Care Roadshow rolls into town

“I know you’re nervous and I am too, so let’s get through this together” were t

CeeBeebies host Alex Winters tries out Gung

Thousands of adrenalin-seekers will be taking part in a 5k race with a difference tomorrow - Gung-Ho! Cardiff . The giant inflatable obstacle course taking over Bute Park in Cardiff for one day only is the brains of CeeBeebies presenter Alex Winters ...and more »

CBeebies host Alex Winters tries out Gung

Thousands of adrenalin-seekers will be taking part in a 5k race with a difference tomorrow - Gung-Ho! Cardiff . The giant inflatable obstacle course taking over Bute Park in Cardiff for one day only is the brains of CBeebies presenter Alex Winters and ...and more »

New Environment Act in action at Pen y Cymoedd

Natural Resources Wales’ (NRW) leaders have heralded the Environment (Wales) Act coming in to force as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to drive more joined-up thinking in natural resource management in Wales.

More than 50 per cent of house buyers in Wales use Help to Buy

More than 50 per cent of house buyers in south-east Wales since the turn of the year have used the Help to Buy scheme, according to a leading builder.

 

A Cardiff taxi driver gave us his guide to some of the worst potholes in the city

They are something which are an issue for most drivers - potholes. And when it comes to Cardiff's streets, the story is no different. Among those who know this all too well are taxi drivers so we took to the city with Dragon Taxi driver Reg White to ...

Headteacher pays tribute to former pupil feared dead in EgyptAir crash

The former head teacher of Richard Osman, the Welsh man feared to be one of the 66 people killed in the EgyptAir tragedy, has spoken of his shock and sadness at hearing the news. Mr Osman, 40 was one of 66 passengers and crew on board flight MS804 ...and more »

Heavy police presence on busy Cardiff road as man is pulled from the River Taff

A man has been taken to hospital after being rescued from the River Taff in Cardiff . Police confirmed the casualty was taken to the University Hospital of Wales by ambulance after being rescued from the water. A spokesman for the force said: "Officers ...and more »

Here's what's happening at the Llandaff North Festival 2016

The popular Llandaff North Festival is back in Cardiff this June - and it's bigger than before. Organisers are laying on not only the regular Llandaff North Summer Festival but also, for the first time, the Llandaff North Festival of Music.

He's the Welsh player none of our Regions wanted... now he stands on the brink of Aviva Premiership glory

Phil Dollman has revealed how he felt “cast aside” in Wales before going on to forge a successful career in English rugby. The Caerphilly-born full-back found himself surplus to requirements at the Dragons some seven years and facing an uncertain future.and more »

Discovery of man's body in flat leads to police investigation

An investigation has been launched after the body of a man was discovered at a block of flats. Police have said there was no “apparent” suspicious circumstances, but local people feared the body may have been at the property for some time before being ...

This former Broughton apprentice is now building planes for Airbus in America

Daryl Taylor started his career with in north Wales with Airbus, he is now back with the aerospace giant ... just more than 4,000 miles away from Broughton. Shares; Comments. Get business news by email. Inside look into Airbus' US factory Video loading.

Four Welsh probation officers reach the finals of two national awards

Four probation workers from Wales have reached the finals of two prestigious national awards for their outstanding work in helping offenders transform their lives for the better. The women, who work for Wales Community Rehabilitation Company which ...

The tattooed bricklayer who used to be a travel rep in Majorca and is now the talk of Welsh rugby

He's been a travel rep in Majorca, was a team-mate of former Wales footballer Darcy Blake, is a bricklayer in Worcester, sports a striking tattoo on an arm and claims to be owed 19 beers by television presenter Phil Steele after ripping up the ...and more »

Parasite, b*****s and Mrs Windsor

The description of Leanne Wood and Kirsty Williams by Ukip Senedd leader Neil Hamilton as “political concubines” caused anger this week, with the ex-Tory MP's comments branded sexist. But, unlike more than 50 other phrases, the words were not ruled out ...and more »

He's a tattooed bricklayer who used to be a travel rep in Majorca... but now he's the talk of Welsh rugby

He's been a travel rep in Majorca, was a team-mate of former Wales footballer Darcy Blake, is a bricklayer in Worcester, sports a striking tattoo on an arm and claims to be owed 19 beers by television presenter Phil Steele after ripping up the ...and more »

Overseas visitors to Wales close to hitting the million mark

The number of overseas visitors to Wales rose 4% last year thanks in part to the hosting of Rugby World Cup matches at the Millennium Stadium. Figures from the Office for National Statistics for 2015 show the number of overseas visitors to Wales ...

Merthyr Chilli Fiesta set to spice things up in June

The Awesome Merthyr Chilli Fiesta returns to Merthyr Tydfil for a third year in June and the line-up of stalls and entertainment looks as hot as ever. The free event is being organised by Chilli Fest UK and The Big Heart of Merthyr Tydfil Business ...

Swansea Half Marathon organisers announce a Family Fun Dash

A Family Fun Dash has been added to the lineup at this year's JCP Swansea Half Marathon. Organisers say it will take place on Sunday, June 26 and it covers a distance of 1K. It starts at Swansea Castle, a popular cheering zone which sees the half ...

Forgotten former Grand Slam winner Ian Evans determined to resurrect his Wales career

Ian Evans says he would love to play for Wales again as he sets his sights on gaining promotion to the Aviva Premiership with Bristol. It's almost two years since the double Grand Slam winning lock earned the last of his 33 caps on the 2014 summer tour ...and more »

Man arrested after woman died following collision with bus in Cardiff

A 50-year-old man has been arrested after a female pedestrian died following a collision with a bus in Cardiff . South Wales Police have confirmed that the man has been arrested in connection with the incident outside the Hilton Hotel which happened at ...and more »

Newport's Tom Toya Lewis among the 45 pubs JD Wetherspoons has up for sale

Pub chain JD Wetherspoon is disposing of 45 of its pubs, and The Tom Toya Lewis is among the venues up for sale. The properties, which are being considered for sale either individually, in small packages or as a portfolio are located in strong town and ...and more »

Weather forecast for Cardiff and Velothon: Thousands of people could avoid worst of Sunday conditions

As 18,000 riders prepare to take part in Velothon Wales this weekend, forecasters are warning there is a risk of rain, hail and thunder on Sunday. But the weather forecast for south-east Wales on Sunday morning - when the Velothon takes place - does ...and more »

The stunning views that can be seen just minutes from Dowlais and Merthyr town centre

"The beautiful side of Merthyr. As good as anywhere in the world and better than most." "Fabulous places around our lovely town." "Sometimes I don't think we appreciate the good side to living in Merthyr." These were just some of the comments about ...

Cardigan Castle win Project of the Year award at RICS Awards 2016

The repair and conversion of Cardigan Castle has received the coveted Project of the Year accolade at the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) Awards 2016, Wales. The £11million scheme to return the castle to the local community as a viable ...and more »

This stunning bride underwent an incredible transformation to lose more than 10 stones and marry her sweetheart

Emma Barraclough's weight loss journey began when someone in the pub made a horrible comment about her. Emma weighed 21 stones and 13 pounds but lost more than 10 stones over the past seven years and was a stunning bride when she married her ...and more »

How you reacted to Arriva Trains Wales' decision to axe Treorchy pupils' free transport to school

Arriva Trains Wales has written to parents and guardians at the school, saying the decision was made with safety in mind - and cited that the number of pupils gathering near the edge of the platform each day was a concern which needed addressing.

Circuit of Wales will be far more than just a racetrack says its chief executive

The proposed £370m Circuit of Wales project should be seen as far more than just a racetrack but a destination venue that will promote Wales globally and boost the economy, said its chief executive Martin Whitaker. Addressing a meeting of Cardiff ...and more »

Nappy days! Alun Wyn Jones' baby daughter Mali helps prepare Wales lock for New Zealand tour

Nappy days! Alun Wyn Jones' baby daughter Mali helps prepare Wales lock for New Zealand tour. 08:39, 20 May 2016; Updated 08:44, 20 May 2016; By Delme Parfitt. The Wales second row posted this adorable picture with his child a he prepares to jet off to ...

Work begins on landmark Canton Cardiff building, as apartments go on sale

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NHS trusts across England are expected to record their worst financial performance

Figures published on Friday for 2015/16 are expected to show a slight improvement on the worst case scenario deficit, but it will still be the poorest on record. In February, a report containing the first nine months' worth of figures said the NHS was ...and more »

Newport aim to bounce back while Croesy hope to keep setting the pace

Panteg have made a solid start to the season with comprehensive wins against Aberdare and Clydach either side of an abandoned fixture when well-placed against St Fagans. Last week they eased to a 133-run success with captain Ian Bird (88) and former ...and more »

Permission at last granted for new Welsh medium secondary school in Newport

The green light has been given for a new Welsh medium secondary school in Newport after a planning application was previously refused on the grounds of possible flooding. Newport council has now approved the plans that will see work start on a new ...and more »

Packs of 10 cigarettes will be banned as UK becomes first country in Europe to introduce plain packaging

Aberdare · The empty Aberdare Girls' Grammar School building could be turned into 44 new homes. Most Read in News. Newport Crown Court · Woman blacked out during sex attack after hospitality event, court told · Politics · Packs of 10 cigarettes will be ...and more »

EgyptAir flight MS804 crash: This is the Welsh man feared to have died in plane tragedy two weeks after his daughter ...

His family have spoken of how he had been “deliriously happy” at the birth of his second daughter Olympe. His devastated brother told how Richard was on his way to Cairo to work - a trip he took frequently as a geologist with a gold mining firm in Egypt.and more »

Welsh swimmer Jazz Carlin forced to settle for European Championships silver

Welsh swimming star Jazz Carlin couldn't successfully defended her European Championships 800m freestyle title as she claimed silver in London with Hungarian Boglarka Kapas winning gold. It was Wales' second medal of the championships after ...and more »

The empty Aberdare Girls' Grammar School building could be turned into 44 new homes

That came to a close with the opening of Aberdare Community School in September 2014, which saw the girls' school merge with Aberdare High School and Blaengwawr Comprehensive School. It was last known as Aberdare Girls' Comprehensive School, ...

Welsh refugee joins service to honour Kindertransport hero Sir Nicholas Winton

Sir Nicholas Winton (left), who helped children like Renate Collins (right) flee Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia to London in 1939. More than two dozen children saved during the Holocaust by a man known as “Britain's Schindler” have gathered to remember ...and more »

NatWest Bank is slashing its opening hours in Pencoed and Maesteg

NatWest has announced its branches in Pencoed and Maesteg will no longer open on Saturdays from August. Opening hours on other days will also be slashed from Monday, August 15. The Pencoed branch's hours will be cut by three and a half hours on ...and more »

Wales star Leigh Halfpenny lined up for Toulon return in early June

Leigh Halfpenny looks set to make his long-awaited return from double knee surgery for Toulon against Bordeaux-Begles on June 5. The Lions full-back has been sidelined since suffering knee ligament damage during Wales' final World Cup warm-up match ...and more »

What happened when staff at a Cardiff office decided to see how long it took them to get to work

To anyone who has to travel by car into the centre of Cardiff to work it's an all-too familiar story: hours spent frustratingly behind the steering wheel as the city's roads appear to be jammed with traffic. So one business decided to find out just how ...

Here's what you could be paying for a house where you live in 2030

If you are looking to buy a home in Wales, the cheapest average price you may have to pay is £159,462 in Blaenau Gwent. This rises to over £400,000 in Monmouthshire, predicted to be the most expensive place to live in 2030, with the average house price ...and more »

Rhondda MP Chris Bryant has written a furious letter to Arriva Trains Wales after the company axed Treorchy pupils ...

Rhondda's MP has written a furious letter to Arriva Trains Wales over a “mean-spirited measure” to stop free rail transport for Treorchy pupils. The train operator has informed parents and guardians of pupils at Treorchy Comprehensive School that their ...and more »

Here's how the latest office scheme for the centre of Cardiff will look

The 58,000 sq ft One Canal Parade is the latest project from property development firm Rightacres - and further underlines the vibrancy of the capital's commercial property sector. Rightacres is also behind Wales' most ambitious regeneration scheme in ...and more »

Woman who killed her husband and hid his body was never caught

DCI Gareth Morgan told an inquest in Aberdare that DNA analysis confirmed the body was his. Morgan said: “It is my view that Leigh Sabine probably killed John Sabine and wrapped up his body. There was no evidence to suggest anyone else knew of his ...

Call to ban people from outside Wales standing for Assembly in wake of Neil Hamilton's election

Former Wales Office minister David Hanson has called for a ban on people who live outside Wales being able to stand in the Assembly. The call follows the election of Ukip's Neil Hamilton to the Assembly. Mr Hamilton, whose home is a manor house in ...

The bloody battle of St Fagans is going to be re

The bloody battle of St Fagans is going to be re-enacted in a live history show. Visitors to St Fagans National History Museum can experience the clash of swords, the shouts of men and the smell of gun smoke in a unique large scale living history event ...

Controversial Welsh farmer who grew GM food backs major study saying it is safe

The last farmer to grow genetically modified (GM) food in Wales says he feels vindicated by a US study that claims it is safe to eat. John Cottle, who farms at Sealand, in Flintshire , backed a report by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering ...and more »

Man unlawfully killed 'with stone frog ornament' coroner rules

Today an inquest at Aberdare Coroner's Court heard the cause of death was blunt force trauma to the head. Forensic tests showed that the outline of a stone frog garden ornament recovered from the scene was consistent with injuries to Mr Sabine's head.

Cardiff law firm helps resolve junior doctors' dispute in England

A Cardiff law firm has played a role in resolving the long-running junior doctors' dispute in England. Capital Law is a framework legal adviser to the British Medical Association (BMA), which this week agreed a way forward with the UK Government ...and more »

High blood pressure linked to vascular dementia, study shows

High blood pressure could significantly raise the risk of developing the second most common form of dementia, according

EgyptAir flight MS804 crash: Man from Wales believed to be among victims

A man from Wales is believed to be among the victims of the EgyptAir flight MS804 crash. Sources on Twitter named the Briton on board as Richard Osman, after what appeared to be the flight's passenger list was posted on the site and on a Greek news ...and more »

These are the authors who have made the Wales Book of the Year 2016 shortlist

Will it be a hat-trick for Owen Sheers, who has once again made this year's shortlist? Poet, author and playwright Owen Sheers is looking for a literary hat-trick after once again making the shortlist for the Wales Book of the Year, an award he has won ...and more »

South Wales Police ask you to call 101, or 999 if it is an emergency, to report an incident

There have been reports on the Bwlch, Rhigos, Maerdy Mountain Road Status community facebook page about a road traffic colli

RCT Good Citizen Awards

The inaugural Mayor’s Good Citizen Awards, held at the Park & Dare Theatre,

Cwm Taf UHB Board Meeting - 1 June 2016

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT A MEETING OF THE CWM TAF UNIVERSITY HEALTH BOARD IS TO BE HELD ON WEDNESDAY 1 JUNE 2016 AT 10.00AM AT YNYSMEURIG HOUSE, NAVIGAT

Youth Work week 2016

Youth Work week will be held between 23-30 June this year, with many events taking place across the country.

NRW celebrates World Fish Migration Day

Natural Resources Wales (NRW) is celebrating World Fish Migration day with events for people in North and South Wales.

Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water and Natural Resources Wales nominated for National Innovation award

Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water (DCWW) and Natural Resources Wales (NRW) have won the overall award for the Welsh Area Institute of Water Innovation for the Weed Wiper project.

Man in plastic: Man unlawfully killed 'with stone frog'

South Wales Central Coroner Andrew Barkley told a hearing in Aberdare it was "beyond doubt in my mind that foul play was the cause of his death". The inquest heard on Thursday that a post-mortem examination carried out by forensic pathologist Dr ...

Man in plastic: Man unlawfully killed 'with stone frog'

A man found wrapped in plastic in his Rhondda Cynon Taff garden was unlawfully killed, a coroner has concluded. The body of John Henry Sabine was found at the rear of flats at Trem-y-Cwm, Beddau, on 24 November. Mr Sabine's wife Leigh Anne, who ...and more »

Welsh football fans are furious after a sports shop put up posters featuring the ENGLAND kit outside their Cardiff store

Excitement is high as Wales football fans prepare for the national team's appearance in a major tournament for the first time in nearly 60 years. But with just days until the Euro 2016 tournament kicks off in France, Welsh fans were pretty angry when ...and more »

Cardiff law firm helped resolve junior doctors' dispute in England

A Cardiff law firm has played a role in resolving the long-running junior doctors' dispute in England. Capital Law is a framework legal adviser to the British Medical Association (BMA), which this week agreed a way forward with the UK Government ...and more »

You can watch the Euro 2016 England v Wales clash in Robbie Savage's living room (and he won't be there)

The good news for ticket-less supporters is that they can win the chance to watch Wales v England in the Euros at Robbie Savage's palatial home. The even better news is that the former Wales international turned pundit will not even be there! The ...and more »

Six casualties treated by paramedics following fire in Pontypool

Six casualties were treated by paramedics following an accidental house fire in Pontypool late on Wednesday night. Emergency services were called to the blaze on The Hwy around 11.50pm on May 18. Three crews from New Inn, Cwmbran and Abersychan ...and more »

Former Wales and Ospreys outside

Pontypool have announced the appointment of former Wales and Ospreys outside-half Matthew Jones as their player-coach next season. Jones, whose career has taken in spells with Worcester Warriors, the Newport Gwent Dragons, Bristol, Moseley and ...and more »

A tea and coffee shop in Cardiff has launched a DISLOYALTY card which you don't even have to use there

We've all heard of loyalty cards which stores give you to encourage you to keep coming back. But tea and coffee shops in Cardiff have now launched a DIS-loyalty card - which you can use in different shops.

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Over-complex pensions are harming the UK economy and reinforcing mistrust of the financial sector, the Bank of England's chief economist has warned, as he admitted even he was unable to make the "remotest sense" of them. Andrew Haldane said ordinary ...and more »

Take a video tour of the luxury apartment for sale in one of Newport's grandest buildings

Shire Hall and was built in 1902 by the architect William Tanner and used by Monmouthshire County Council until 1974 before becoming offices. Three years ago, the Grade II-listed building was converted into 18 luxury studio and one and two bedroom ...

Tributes sent from around the world to hugely popular Cardiff man who died after long fight against brain tumour

Tributes have been paid to a well-known Cardiff man who has died after a long fight against a brain tumour. The family of Ian Phillips received messages from around the world after he passed away earlier this week. His younger sister, Nicky, said: “We ...

This woman owns the first pink Maserati in the UK (and it was designed in Wales)

This is the first pink Maserati in the UK and it was designed in Cardiff. Lisa Marie Brown is the proud owner of the car, which wouldn't look out of place with Lady Penelope in the back seat. The 35-year-old chose the car, which costs a hefty £58,000 ...

Welsh swimming star Chloe Tutton moves into European semi

Welsh teenage swimming sensation Chloe Tutton followed up last night's brilliant 100m breaststroke bronze at the European Championships by moving into the 200m semi-finals this morning. Tutton's preferred event is the longer distance and she was ...and more »

Caerphilly Council Continue Tenant Home Transformation in £200m Improvement Scheme

The homes of council tenants in the Caerphilly county borough are continuing to be transformed through a £200 million improvement programme. Caerphilly County Borough Council's Welsh Housing Quality Standard programme (WHQS) will see all council ...

Wales' Award

Wales has been awarded for its quality standard beaches and marinas in a national awards ceremony in Swansea. Beaches and marinas across Wales have been awarded the Blue Flag Award and ranked amongst the best in the UK and across the world, ...and more »

Brian Wilson brought Pet Sounds to Cardiff for its final tour and it was exceptional

There seldom comes along a recording that becomes an inspiration for the already good and the great and in doing so, be regarded a true masterpiece. Without Brian Wilson 's Pet Sounds there would be no Sergeant Pepper, such was the influence of the ...and more »

Brian Wilson brings Pet Sounds to Cardiff for its final tour

There seldom comes along a recording that becomes an inspiration for the already good and the great and in doing so, be regarded a true masterpiece. Without Brian Wilson 's Pet Sounds there would be no Sergeant Pepper, such was the influence of the ...and more »

South Wales Echo letters: Thursday, May 19, 2016

I think it's time for Cardiff council to issue the residents of Cathays with hard hats and dayglow yellow vests, as we are living on a never ending building site. During the past four or five years you could probably count on one hand the number of ...

Talbot Green Roundabout Works Move Ahead

Work is moving forward to improve a busy, strategic roundabout in Talbot Green at the intersection of the A4119 with the A473. The proposed works will look to improve traffic flow to the area, which often acts a bottle-neck to motorists at peak times.

Defibrillator given to Cardiff school in memory of pupil Owen Morris

A defibrillator has been given to Cardiff High School in memory of a pupils who tragically died at rugby training in 2013. Welsh Hearts have presented a defibrillator to the school in Lakeside, Cardiff, after 13-year-old Owen Morris collapsed with a ...

Swansea Sets The Standard For Helping People With Disabilities

Disability rights campaigners have praised Swansea businesses for leading the way in helping some of the city's most profoundly disabled residents enjoy “the freedom of the city”. The Changing Places Consortium campaigns for toilet facilities for ...

Former Volunteer Rises Through Ranks at Welsh Creative Agency GrEW Media

A former volunteer cleaner has seen his skills in his hobby of social media video-making, rewarded with his appointment as a videographer with a South Wales creative agency. Matthew Bevan joined Grow Enterprise Wales, the training arm of RCT Homes, ...

Welsh Creative Agency Rebrands as it Targets Further Expansion

Creative agency Waters Creative has rebranded as it looks to continue to expand its operations in England and establish itself as the creative agency of choice for a number of fast-growth sectors including the life sciences. The company has re-launched ...

Carwyn Jones to announce new Welsh Government cabinet

Economy Minister Edwina Hart and Education Minister Huw Lewis stood down as AMs while Public Services Minister Leighton Andrews lost his Rhondda seat to Ms Wood. Last week, it emerged an offer of a cabinet position had been made to Ms Williams.

How mental health awareness and wellbeing aids top sporting sides and has helped young Wales Grand Slam stars

The Grand Slam winning Wales Under-20 squad this week undertook a three-day training camp at Monmouth RFC in preparation for the forthcoming World Rugby U20 Championship in Manchester next month. They were also hosted by the families of the ...and more »

These are the cleanest beaches in Wales with more than 40 now awarded Blue Flag status

From Whitmore Bay in the Vale of Glamorgan to Barafundle in Pembrokeshire, Wales has arguably some of the most stunning and varied beach locations in Europe, if not the world. Now the number allowed to fly Blue Flags to recognise the highest level of ...

Metro is not a 'silver bullet' to the economic challenges facing South East Wales

The Metro integrated transport project for the Cardiff Capital City Region in itself cannot be seen as a “silver bullet” in addressing deep rooted regional economic problems, according to new research commissioned by FSB Wales. With the procurement ...and more »

Presiding Office must crack down on sexist language in the Senedd

The sexist language used by Neil Hamilton in describing Leanne Wood and Kirsty Williams as “political concubines in Carwyn's harem” has introduced an offensive new tone that our National Assembly can do without. For 17 years AMs have treated each ...

Police urge people to be aware as pensioners are targeted by distraction burglaries in Cardiff

Suspects posing as gas engineers, local authority officials and antique sellers have targeted pensioners in Cardiff in the last week, prompting an appeal from police . There have been four distraction burglaries in Cyncoed, Caerau, Whitchurch and ...

From dangerous overtaking to crazy stunts on a roundabout. This is Wales' worst driving caught on camera

One clip shows a Volkswagen Golf weave in between cars around a bend forcing a van in the opposite direction on to the kerb. Read more: Watch the moment a driver overtakes on the wrong side of the road narrowly missing a traffic island. There's also ...

Cancer charities welcome pledge by Labour and Plaid to end 'postcode lottery' of access to drugs

Cancer charities have warmly welcomed a pledge by Labour and Plaid Cymru to end the “postcode lottery” of access to drugs in Wales. First Minister Carwyn Jones announced today in the Senedd that a new “treatments fund” will be set up to ensure high ...

UK Government 10 years behind schedule on getting disabled people into jobs, says TUC

Monmouthshire · Neath Port Talbot · Newport · Pembrokeshire · Powys · Rhondda · Pontypridd · Torfaen · Vale of Glamorgan · Wrexham. Trending Assembly election 2016 Tata job losses Crime Transport · Sport. Sections Latest Sport Rugby Football Cardiff ...and more »

Welsh swimming sensation Chloe Tutton claims brilliant bronze at European Championships

Welsh wonder Chloe Tutton claimed bronze in the European Championships 100m breaststroke in her first major senior continental championships in London. The 19-year-old from the Rhondda, who now trains in Cardiff, swam superbly to record a personal ...and more »

England prop Joe Marler makes himself unavailable for Wales Test match and Australia summer tour

Joe Marler has made himself unavailable for selection for England's Test match against Wales and three-Test tour to Australia. Marler, who would have been selected in Eddie Jones' tour squad, has instead decided to take the opportunity to rest ahead of ...and more »

Police launch investigation into 'sudden and unexplained' death of man found in his flat

An investigation has been launched into the "sudden and unexplained" death of a man found in his Cardiff Bay flat. The body of Gary Coleman, 41, was discovered at his fourth-floor flat in Aquila House, in Falcon Drive, just after 8pm on Sunday. Mr ...and more »

A 'nationally important' medieval graveyard has been discovered beneath the site of a new road

Archaeologists digging on the site of an ancient cemetery say they have unearthed a 1,500-year-old “time capsule” of national importance. Since an initial find last month at least 48 graves have been discovered on the site of the new Llangefni link ...and more »

How these two Wales rugby stars rebuilt their lives after illness shattered their careers and nearly killed them

Monmouthshire · Neath Port Talbot · Newport · Pembrokeshire · Powys · Rhondda · Pontypridd · Torfaen · Vale of Glamorgan · Wrexham. Trending Euro 2016 Francesco Guidolin Wales Rugby Team Swansea City FC Cardiff City Barclay's Premier League.and more »

Welsh dragon returns to the bows of Cardiff warship

Welsh dragons have made a resplendent return to the bows of Cardiff's affiliated warship – HMS Dragon . The transfers were originally fitted in the build phase and had become synonymous with the ship but after entering dry dock for a refit last summer ...

Sherman Cymru's Bird is a stark reminder of the dark realities that exist for some teenagers

Sherman Cymru's Artistic Director Rachel O'Riordan again displays her particular skill in working with young people, particularly women, and bringing out performances that are spellbinding and disturbing. As with Iphigenia in Splott, the heart of ...and more »

You can own this refurbished home with hidden original treasures on one of Cardiff's most sought

It was built in 1911 but this beautiful Edwardian home on the prestigious Ty Draw Road in Cardiff is a perfect blend of modern and historic. Overlooking Roath Park, the handsome home has been lovingly and sympathetically refurbished by the current ...

Family of teenage boy who died near his school pay tribute to son who had 'heart of gold'

The family of a teenage boy with a “heart of gold” who died near his school on Monday have paid tribute him. Luke Barzewicz-Dower, 15, died at land near Pembroke School in Pembrokeshire, leaving the community shocked and devastated by the news.and more »

Let Bear Grylls to teach you how to survive in the wilderness... well, Brecon

He's drunk the moisture from elephant dung and is said to have eaten more than 100 rattlesnakes in order to survive in extreme situations. And now Bear Grylls is going to help show you how to stay alive in the wilds of the Sahara, Antarctica Powys as ...

The wonderful nostalgic holiday footage from 1970s Wales that'll remind you of your childhood

When you go camping these days you're probably far from 'slumming it' thanks to spacious tents that can house entire families, top-of-the-range gas stoves that are better than most home appliances and luxurious sleeping bags and air beds. But back in ...and more »

These are some of the things that had have been pulled from a Cardiff river

Knives, an air pistol, a quad bike and an unopened bottle of champagne were among the items found during a clear up in an area of St Mellons. On Sunday 33 volunteers from Cardiff Rivers Group , St David's Hotel and Spa, Keep Wales Tidy , Friends of ...

Waiting times for cancer treatment worsen across Wales

Cancer charities say they are “deeply concerned” that critical targets for treatment have been missed again. Across Wales, 85.7% of newly diagnosed cancer patients on the so-called “urgent route” started treatment within 62 days of a referral from ...and more »

Roald Dahl Centenary Celebration

Celebrate the life and works of one of the world’s most popular childrens’ writ

Cardiff University – Summer Schools 2016

Cardiff University is offering prospective students the opportunity to attend summer schools to gain a better insight into what being a student is really like.

Get support to get online this Global Accessibility Awareness Day

Wales’ leading sight loss charity RNIB Cymru is urging people with sight and hearing loss to get support to get online this Global Accessibility Awareness Day (Thursday 19 May).

Diversity in to Film & TV

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Employment in Wales at record levels with unemployment below the UK average

Unemployment in Wales has fallen a further 5,000 with employment levels at a record high, according to latest figures from the Office for National Statistics. For the three month period of January to March unemployment in Wales was down on the previous ...and more »

Quad bike worth £1100 stolen from garage in Newport

The incident occurred on Corporation Road some time overnight between Tuesday, May 17 and Wednesday, May 18. Police describe the quad bike as “high value” and estimate it to be worth £1,100. More: Mobile noodle van stolen from square in Newport.and more »

Welsh paramedics are the latest men and women in uniform to take on the Running Man Challenge

It's the internet craze which has captured the imagination of emergency services personnel across the globe. And now it's the turn of staff at the Welsh Ambulance Service to dust off their dancing shoes and take part in the “Running Man Challenge ...

The wonderful story of how a Welsh schoolboy toppled the All Blacks twice in three months

An A-list catalogue of rugby legends have gone through their illustrious international careers without a Welsh Test victory over the All Blacks on their glittering CV. The Pontypool front-row, Gareth Edwards, Barry John, JPR Williams, Gerald Davies and ...and more »

Tributes to former SAS soldier who helped save stricken air passengers

Services between Merthyr Tydfil/Aberdare and Barry Island and between Bargoed/Rhymney and Penarth have been affected. Two priests cycled 200 miles to raise money for a new church roof and loo · New cycling concept to open in Go Outdoors ...

Richard Parks lucky to be alive after tests on Everest revealed he was a 'ticking time bomb'

Adventurer Richard Parks who was forced to end his attempt to climb Mount Everest without oxygen supplies has revealed that he is lucky to be alive after blood tests revealed his body was a “ticking time bomb." Speaking to Jason Mohammad on his morning ...and more »

Weddings in Wales: Vintage theme for doctors' wedding

If you tied the knot like Eve and Rhys, 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't ...

Here are the highlights of the Queen's Speech

Members of Parliament may be getting ready for the final heave ahead of next month's in-out EU referendum but the Queen has set out the priorities for David Cameron's administration. The Wales Bill is back on the agenda, raising the prospect of the ...and more »

How you can tour a 'medieval' ship in Swansea this weekend

A replica medieval ship themed around Coleridge's epic seafaring poem, the Rime of the Ancient Mariner, will be sailing into Swansea this weekend as part of the Coleridge in Wales Festival. The Matthew ship, (above) is one of the highlights of the two ...

Wales swimmer Georgia Davies claims European Championships heats victory

Georgia Davies won her 100m backstroke heat at the European Championships to qualify for the semi-finals in London. Davies recorded a time of 1:00.84 to win heat four and the Commonwealth Games gold medallist was the sixth fastest qualifier, with ...and more »

Meet the young medical student in the Wales squad who's about to face the toughest challenge of his life

Wales wing Hallam Amos is busy preparing to tackle New Zealand next month with Warren Gatland's senior squad. But the Newport Gwent Dragons star, who is studying medicine alongside his rugby career, took some time to take a trip down memory lane ...and more »

'It was like a pterodactyl' Huge bird filmed on Welsh coast in what could be first sighting in Britain

A rare bird which is believed to have never before been recorded in Britain has been spotted on the Welsh coast. The Lammergeier - a bearded vulture - was seen standing on a rock on the coast in Monmouthshire. Dale Kedward, 50, was out walking with his ...

Who are Wales' new AMs?

Ms Howells was educated at St John Baptist Church in Wales High school, Aberdare, before studying International and Welsh History at Cardiff University. She has worked as a history teacher at St Cenydd Community School, Caerphilly, since 2000.

Llantrisant to Benefit Next from Rhondda Cynon Taf Council's Multi

Llantrisant is the latest area to benefit from Rhondda Cynon Taf Council's multi-million-pound investment scheme. Keeping residents and visitors moving safely throughout the County Borough is vital and the Cabinet has committed over £23m over the next ...and more »

There are 33 apprentice and nine graduate posts up for grabs within Rhondda Cynon Taf council

There are 33 new apprenticeship roles and nine graduate posts up for grabs with Rhondda Cynon Taf council – but you've not got too long to apply. The local authority has announced the separate closing dates for the 40-plus new roles.

Why one of Wales' biggest employers doesn't want the UK to leave the EU

Airbus can be seen to be the epitome of a European company, with tails made in Spain, fuselage in Germany, the wings in Wales and planes assembled at plants in Toulouse and Hamburg. And this why the company, which employs 6,000 at its flagship wing ...

The Martyn Phillips Q&A: My verdict on the Wales coaches, the regions and the future of Gatland's Law

It was last July when the Welsh Rugby Union announced Martyn Phillips would replace Roger Lewis as the organisation's new chief executive with the official appointment starting in November. WalesOnline caught up with the Welsh boss on at Monmouth ...and more »

NatWest to shut three branches and cut hours at 12 more

Branches in Chepstow, Monmouth, Hay-on-Wye, Pencoed, Mumbles, Maesteg, Llandeilo, Holyhead, Conwy, Cardiff North, Builth Wells, and Aberdare will all be changing their opening hours from August. Customers at all three of the closed banks will be able ...and more »

Morning news headlines: Prison reform measures to be at heart of Queen's speech; Capitalism doesn't serve UK's ...

The biggest shake-up of Britain's prison system since the Victorian era will be at the heart of the Queen's Speech. The first six semi-autonomous "reform prisons" will be announced as the Queen sets out the Government's parliamentary agenda for the ...and more »

Look inside the new gym at Rhondda Sports Centre in Ystrad, which already has 60 new members

"Just a few weeks after opening the fantastic new gym at Bronwydd Pool, which is already proving hugely popular with customers, we are now officially unveiling the amazing new gym at Rhondda Sports Centre. This layout of the new gym at Rhondda Sports ...

Powys Premier Business Awards Launched

Businesses across Powys gathered in Llandrindod Wells today for the launch of the county's premier business awards. The annual Powys Business Awards, which began in 2009, were launched today (Tuesday 17 May) at Llandrindod Wells' County Hall with ...and more »

Wales breaking news plus live traffic, weather and M4 updates (Wednesday, May 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 ...

Welsh swimming sensation Chloe Tutton breezes into European Championships final

Welsh teenage swimming sensation Chloe Tutton stormed into her first major final with another stunning display in the European Championships 100 metres breaststroke in London. The 19-year-old, who has booked her place at the Olympics in Rio in August, ...and more »

Memorial service for former SAS soldier who helped save stricken air passengers

Disruptions have been caused on train services running through Cardiff Central. Services between Merthyr Tydfil/Aberdare and Barry Island and between Bargoed/Rhymney and Penarth have been affected. Two priests cycled 200 miles to raise money for a ...

Mother died from a wasp sting while on holiday in Wales unaware of allergy's severity

A holidaymaker died from a wasp sting completely unaware of the severity of the allergy she suffered from, an inquest has heard. In 2003 Angela Jaqueline Kendrick was diagnosed with Mast Cell Disorder which can leave sufferers prone to sensitivity to ...

Veteran former Wales hooker Matthew Rees signs fresh one

Former Wales captain Matthew Rees has signed a new contract with Cardiff Blues that will keep him a top flight player for one more season. Hooker Rees will be 36 in December but has been given an extra year by the Arms Park hierarchy, with a series of ...and more »

Application to extend hours of Roath's Cameo Club faces fresh objections

An application to extend the hours the garden of a Roath bar will open has provoked a second wave of anger from local residents. When the Cameo Club applied for planning permission last March for its then-new branch on Wellfield Road in Roath, Cardiff, ...

A solicitor who represented hundreds of people at Merthyr Magistrates' Court has died

The firm has offices across South Wales, in Aberdare, Ystradgynlais, Blackwood and Merthyr Tydfil- where Mr Insley was based. A spokesman for GPP Law said: “Grahame will be greatly missed by all at GGP and also the many clients he was privileged to ...

First look inside Cardiff Airport's brand new pub where you'll be toasting the start of your holiday

Throw out your soggy sandwiches - Cardiff Airport has revamped its departure lounge coffee shop and pub, turning them into modern and bright places to sit and wait for your flight while you sip a freshly brewed coffee or tuck into a big breakfast ...

Two brilliant concert pianists swapped the Royal Albert Hall for a school hall and this is what happened

It's not every day that a grand piano gets delivered to your school, or that two world-renowned pianists put on a concert for you. But that's exactly what happened at Abercerdin Primary School, Evanstown, near Gilfach Goch, after teachers had a chance ...

The best wild trails to 'bikepack' around Wales with just two wheels a tent

Some of Wales' most beautiful hidden trails and ancient trackways have been revealed in a new book of mountain bike camping adventures. Called Bikepacking: Mountain Bike Camping Adventures on the Wild Trails of Britain, it's written by cycle journalist ...

Sudden death of popular schoolgirl is not being treated as suspicious by police

Monmouthshire · Neath Port Talbot · Newport · Pembrokeshire · Powys · Rhondda · Pontypridd · Torfaen · Vale of Glamorgan · Wrexham. Trending Assembly election 2016 Tata job losses Crime Transport · Sport. Sections Latest Sport Rugby Football Cardiff ...

Velothon 2016 road closures: These Cardiff roads will all be closed during the event

Roads are closed across five local authority areas. The race starts and ends in Cardiff city centre where a large number of streets in the city centre and along the race route are due to be closed. The city's council have warned there will be ...

This is the cool new bar that is opening on Cardiff's Whitchurch Road this summer

Cardiff's Whitchurch Road is about to get a brand new bar and kitchen with the Society Standard, which is due to open in July. A sister bar of Bristol's Urban Standard and North Street Standard, The Society Standard will rock a pared back, exposed ...

An innovative treatment for heart disease developed in Wales will be marketed in Japan after a £12m licensing deal

A life sciences company has agreed a deal that will see its advanced cell therapy medicine developed and commercialised for the Japanese market. The deal between Cardiff-based Cell Therapy and pharmaceuticals group Daiichi Sankyo grants the ...

Investigation after student's body found on beach after geography field trip

The death of a student whose body was found on a Pembrokeshire beach after he went missing during a geography field trip is being investigated. Plymouth University student James Manto, aged 21, was reported missing early on Saturday, May 7 during an ...and more »

Fun For All At Aberdare Festival

Aberdare Festival is back during the Bank Holiday Weekend, with lots of 

Plaid-Labour deal

Commenting on news that nominations will again be taken place for the position of First Mini

Everything you need to know about Cardiff's Polo in the City

It's one of the sports of the summer - and the Sport of Kings, of course - and Castell Polo is back in Cardiff this June. Until the day itself, guests, players and the organisers will be preparing to make Polo in the City an unforgettable experience ...

Are Labour run Rhondda Cynon Taf Council Taxpayers subsidising Britain's biggest house builders?

FTSE 100-listed housebuilder Persimmon is lifting its cash return to shareholders after enjoying a 34 per cent jump in annual profits to £637.8million last year thanks to strong demand from buyers.

NatWest Bank in Abertillery will close permanently because it only has 62 regular customers

Banking giant NatWest will permanently close its Abertillery branch this August, it has been announced. The announcement, made on Tuesday, will see the branch on Somerset Street close on Friday, August 10. Read more: NatWest is slashing its opening ...and more »

Everything you need to know about The Royal Mint Experience

The £9m interactive visitor centre that showcases the fascinating history and manufacture of the coins we use every day will open tomorrow (May 18) in South Wales. The Royal Mint Experience, based at The Royal Mint in Llantrisant, is Wales' newest ...and more »

Driver dies following two

North Wales Police were called by the Welsh Ambulance Service just before 8.40am on Tuesday morning to a report of a two-vehicle collision. It happened outside the Siabod Cafe involving a red-coloured Seat Leon and a silver coloured Mercedes car.and more »

Everything you need to know about the 2016 Aberdare Festival this May

Twelve months ago it was hailed a huge success as 7,000 people visited the Aberdare Festival in the heart of the Cynon Valley. And now, the Rhondda Cynon Taf council-run event returns for 2016. Here's everything you need to know about the event.

Residents shocked as murder investigation rocks valley community

Police and forensic officers carry out investigations at Oxford Court, North Road, Ogmore Vale. A 49-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murdering a 73-year-old man and the attempted murder of a 21-year-old woman. People living in Ogmore ...and more »

The shocking moment a balcony full of Welsh rugby fans collapsed during the most controversial Wales v New Zealand ...

It was just the second meeting between Wales and the All Blacks... but their 1924 showdown at St Helen's, Swansea, packed in more incidents and controversy than the other 29 Test meetings put together. Many rugby pundits thought 'haka stand-off' and ...and more »

This is what happened when a hive of wild honey bees was discovered in the ceiling of a Cardiff bakery

When you get the keys to a new place, you expect to find some unexpected things, but a hive of wild honey bees is beyond most people's expectations. But Pettigrew Bakeries owner David Le Masurier has had just that discovery. He opened his spin-off to ...

Police hunt gang of 10 accused of robbing two teenagers

Police are hunting for a gang of boys who allegedly robbed two teenagers in Penarth . South Wales Police say a large group of around 10 black youths approached the 14 and 16 year old male victims, assaulted them and took their bicycles. It happened on ...and more »

Road closed as woman is hit by bus in Cardiff city centre

A pedestrian has been seriously injured after being knocked down by a bus in Cardiff city centre. The incident happened in the Greyfriars Road area. South Wales Police said there was a collision between a bus and a female pedestrian. A police ...and more »

This teen was told he couldn't be a pilot

Ever since he was a child, Dillon James, from Merthyr Tydfil , dreamt of becoming a pilot. But after finding out that he was colour blind, Dillon was left devastated and was told he would not be medically fit to operate an aircraft. He decided to turn ...

Roads closed as woman is hit by bus in Cardiff city centre

A pedestrian has been seriously injured after being knocked down by a bus in Cardiff city centre. The incident happened in the Greyfriars Road area. South Wales Police said there was a collision between a bus and a female pedestrian. Road closures are ...

Live updates as details of deal to end Wales' First Minister deadlock to be revealed

Labour and Plaid Cymru AMs met separately at 11am to discuss the outcome of talks held between the two parties' negotiators. If the deal is approved by both groups of AMs, Carwyn Jones is set to be re-nominated as First Minister tomorrow.and more »

Local Community Benefits from Donation of Brand New Mattresses by Major Retailer

Rhondda Cynon Taf community benefited from over 1,000 brand new mattresses generously donated by IKEA to toogoodtowaste, the leading re-use and recycling charity and Social Enterprise in the area last month.

 

NatWest Bank in Aberdare is slashing its opening hours from August this year

Leader of Rhondda Cynon Taf Council, Councillor Andrew Morgan said: “Whist the approach being taken by NatWest to reduce opening hours rather than close their branch in Aberdare, as HSBC have done, is welcome, the fact remains that such a significant ...and more »

You're never too old to rock 'n' roll

Treorchy 's Park and Dare Theatre is hosting a special birthday party on May 27 and local over 50s are welcome to come along and join in the fun. The centre is one of ten locations across Wales which is holding a Gwanwyn birthday party to celebrate the ...

15 things to do for FREE in and around Cardiff during May half term

If you're looking for things to do with the kids for half term but don't want to spend all your hard-earned cash, there's plenty to keep them occupied throughout the week. It kicks of with a Bank Holiday and if you need help deciding what to do, we're ...

Stunning law student crowned Miss Teen Inspiration UK at beauty pageant

This A-level student from Blaenau Gwent has just been recognised as one of the most inspirational teenagers in the UK. Kyarna Weed, from Tredegar, is currently studying for her A-levels in law, business and psychology and recently gained a scholarship ...

12 stunning walks to get you out and about in Carmarthenshire

We may be more than half way through National Walking Month but there's no time like the present to pull on those walking shoes and get out into the fresh air. And of course, when the scenery, sights and sounds are as good as those in Carmarthenshire ...

The remains of a sea creature have washed up on a Welsh beach

Mystery surrounds the remains of what looks like some sort of sea monster that has washed up on a beach. Beach-goers have been left baffled after the 11ft long carcass was discovered on Port Talbot's Morfa Beach. It was first discovered by a couple out ...and more »

Llanwern FC change name to Newport City

LLANWERN Football Club will be known as Newport City from the 2016-2017 Welsh League season with officials hoping it will mark a sea-change in its 53-year-old history. League officials and those from the Football Association of Wales recently ...

Tributes paid to 'gentle' teenager who died after incident near school

The headteacher of the school, Frank Ciccotti, said all pupils and staff were greatly saddened to learn of the death of a Year 10 pupil on land near the school site on Monday. He said the boy, who has not yet been named by police was a “well-regarded ...and more »

Two top funnymen head to Maesteg Town Hall for autumn shows

Have you heard the one about Maesteg Town Hall…? The venue has secured two high profile stand-up comedians this autumn. Rob Beckett is bringing his hit show Mouth of the South to the 500-seater venue on Thursday, November 17, at 8pm, and is ...

Street sealed off as armed police descend on Cardiff street

Armed police descended on a Cardiff street this morning after a "disturbance" at a Cardiff property. South Wales Police said a 37-year-old man has been arrested for affray following the incident in Despenser Street, Riverside. Part of the area was ...and more »

Tributes paid to 26

Tributes have been paid to a young man who died after a crash involving a van and two lorries. The van driver who died has been named by police as Alex Chamberlain. The 26-year-old from the Argoed area died from his injuries after the accident on the ...and more »

Live updates as armed police descend on Cardiff street

Armed police have descended on a Cardiff street. The officers appear to have carried out a raid on a property. Part of Despenser Street in Grangetown has been cordoned off as officers with guns and shields were seen entering a property in the area.

Woman seriously injured in crash between bus and car at retail park

A woman has been seriously injured after a collision between a car and a bus at a retail park. The accident happened on Monday afternoon at the McArthur Glen shopping centre in Bridgend. South Wales Police said the collision involved a Blue Renault ...and more »

Huge £31m computer and science building planned for Swansea's Bay Campus

A £31m science and computing facility at Swansea University's Bay Campus has moved a step closer after a planning application for the development was registered with Neath Port Talbot council. The so-called Computational Foundry, which is backed with ...and more »

Gun salute at Cardiff's City Hall is part of celebrations marking 300

On Sunday the 211 Battery and the Army Cadet Force, Gwent and Powys, climbed Pen-y-Fan before the baton moved on to Cardiff via the Rhondda Heritage Park. It was brought into the Welsh capital by canoe from the Cardiff Bay Yacht Club, carried to the ...

Labour and Plaid set to opt to shy away from political talk show

Welsh Conservatives understand that Labour and Plaid Cymru representatives have pulled out o

Council fears “massive uncertainty” after judges back parent in holiday row

The Leader of Isle of Wight Council has warned of “massive uncertainty” after two High Court judges ruled against the local authority in its bid to enforce a fine issued to a father who took his daughter on holiday during ter

Wales' Euro 2016 tickets offered for as much as 10 times their value on ebay

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This is what became of the young boys who played alongside Gareth Bale on his Wales under

Ten years ago today, Welsh footballing history was made, although you might not have known it at the time. It might not have been the most glamorous of games or locations, but back on May, 16, 2006, Wales faced Cyprus in an under-21 friendly at Port ...and more »

Euro 2016 betting guide: Who are the favourites to win? How are Wales expected to do?

There are more markets for this summer's big sporting event than you can shake a stick at and we've got all the relevant odds right here. From top goalscorer to Player of the Tournament, here's a break down of who the bookies are tipping to do well and ...

All the latest action from the local cricket leagues around Wales

Alex Jones starred for South Wales Premier League champions Bridgend Town, who cruised to a nine-wicket win against Ammanford at Newbridge Fields. The visitors were put in to bat and endured a torrid time at the crease as they were bowled out for only ...

Celtic Manor Resort targets London marketplace with new appointment

The Celtic Manor Resort has strengthened its corporate relations team with two new appointments as it seeks to build on its position as the UK's leading conference hotel. Ali Morrill takes up the position of corporate relations manager for the key ...

Thousands raised in bid to restore footpaths to the summits of two of Wales' favourite mountains

Walkers who enjoy the breathtaking views from the summit of Wales' most popular mountains have raised thousands of pounds to help safeguard the future of the paths used to climb them. The British Mountaineering Council's Mend Our Mountains campaign, ...

School closure plans in Powys debated by councillors

Plans to reorganise secondary education in Powys were discussed at an extraordinary meeting of councillors. Officers have recommended the closure of Brecon and Gwernyfed high schools to establish a new English-medium school that will operate across ...

Teenage girl's sudden death ahead of exams leaves school in shock

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St Fagans museum to get a new outdoor play area inspired by its collections

Artist Nils Norman is creating an outdoor play area at St Fagans National History Museum which is inspired by the museum's artefacts. Nils has been given the task as part of the artist in residency programme at St Fagans , which is funded by Arts ...

Cardiff family asks people to support charity with tea and scones following daughter's diagnosis

A Cardiff family are asking people to get baking for a charity that supports people with a condition their daughter has. For six months after Jessica was born, parents Victoria and Dale Collins along with their sons Joshua, 13, Ollie, 10 and Oska ...

Snowdonia guesthouse chosen by electric car company to be super charging site

It is only one of two Destination Charging points in Wales - the other is the Penderyn Distillery in Aberdare. John's customers come from Italy, Holland and across England as far as Cambridge but there have been no electric car owners from Wales yet.

Old Trafford bomb scare: Welsh firm linked to fiasco that caused cancellation of Manchester United game

Security Search Management & Solutions Ltd (SSMS) was hired by Deacons Canines to test its sniffer dogs using fake bombs, it is understood. A fake bomb, which had been placed in stadium toilets, was discovered shortly before the planned kick-off of ...and more »

Man dies after suffering 'serious injuries' in crash with two lorries

A man has died in hospital following a crash involving a car and two lorries on the A467 in Rogerstone, Newport . Emergency services were called to the incident just after 9am on Monday. A spokeswoman for Gwent Police said: “As a result of the incident ...and more »

One of the world's first celebrity footballers is being honoured in his Welsh home town

He was described as the David Beckham of his day and now he is finally being honoured in his Welsh home town - 100 years after he was tragically killed in the First World War. Leigh Roose, one of the world's first celebrity footballers, will be ...

The astonishing story of the shamed All Black who disappeared after being sent home from Wales in disgrace

He was part of the All Blacks' 1972 tour of Wales but was put on a plane home. He never arrived back in New Zealand. Shares; Comments. Get rugby news by email. All Black Keith Murdoch dodges autograph hunters as he leaves the Angel Hotel in ...

Work to be carried out on busy RCT viaduct to replace 'movement joints' on the bridge

Work is due to be carried out this summer on one of the busiest road bridges in Rhondda Cynon Taf . The £2m scheme will see movement joints replaced on Fiddler's Elbow Viaduct. Main arterial routes. The viaduct carries the A472 over the River Taff ...

You might be able to see the Northern Lights in Wales tonight

It's because of a geomagnetic storm which leads to colourful light displays - the Aurora Borealis - being seen. The sky could be lit up with a flood of wispy colours – a sight which is on many people's bucket lists. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric ...and more »

Rhondda Cynon Taf council meetings could be going 'paperless' to save money

Rhondda Cynon Taf council will consider whether to pilot a scheme which will no longer see paper copies of council agendas produced. In a bid to make £23,000 revenue savings within three years, the local authority is considering a 'paperless' approach ...

This is what Carmarthenshire's new £30m school looks like

Aerial footage taken of Ysgol Bro Dinefwr at Ffairfach , near Llandeilo , shows the new building along with its grounds, sports facilities and surrounding countryside. Bro Dinefwr opened its doors to its first pupils recently with the remainder set to ...and more »

Ioan Gruffudd is the latest star to sign up for the Celebrity Cup at Celtic Manor

Ioan Gruffudd will be jetting in from Los Angeles to make his second appearance for Wales in the annual Celebrity Cup at Celtic Manor. The former Fantastic Four actor, who played in the inaugural Celebrity Cup in 2013, will join skipper Rob Brydon and ...

Schoolchildren in RCT learn about the dangers of the railway in workshops

Children across Rhondda Cynon Taf have been learning all about the dangers of the railway during a series of educational sessions presented by Network Rail . The sessions were delivered to Year 7 pupils at secondary schools across the county, organised ...

This eerie abandoned Victorian asylum is for sale for £2.25 million

The owners of the derelict hospital in Denbigh, which was built between 1846 and 1848, will sell it at auction and say it could become a residential development. The North Wales Hospital, also known as the Denbigh Asylum, was built in the mid 19th ...and more »

Is this the most outrageous piece of skill ever seen on a rugby field?

Is this the greatest piece of skill ever seen on the rugby field? Certainly lots of you think it is including former internationals and respected pundits. Former Leicester and England flanker Neil Back and ex-prop David Flatman, now a TV pundit, were ...and more »

This road in the Welsh Valleys has some of the worst air pollution levels in the UK

Unless you live nearby, it's a road you may never have heard of or ever needed to use. But this road in the Welsh Valleys has air pollution levels which are among the highest in the UK. In fact, it records the highest nitrogen dioxide levels outside ...

Welsh rugby end of season awards live debate: Who are the stand

It's been another eventful season in Welsh rugby, but save for the Wales tour of New Zealand it has all but come to a close now. So here at WalesOnline we think it's time to hand out some awards in recognition of the finest achievements and moments ...

Live updates as negotiations continue to break deadlock over Wales' First Minister

Talks continue today to try and break the deadlock over who will become Wales' First Minister. The Welsh Conservatives appear to have cleared the way for Carwyn Jones to be re-elected to lead the Welsh Government. The group's leader, Andrew RT Davies, ...

Pontypool vow to fight on in quest to make the Principality Premiership after heartbreak of missing out on promotion

Pontypool chief executive Ben Jeffreys has vowed the club will continue to fight their way to the top table of Welsh club rugby despite seeing their slim hopes of making the Principality Premiership finally extinguished on the weekend. RGC 1404's 19-7 ...and more »

Plans for Alpine roller coaster running through trees on elevated tracks revealed for Wales

The Zip World Fforest Alpine Coaster toboggan ride is the latest plan from adventure firm Zip World. It would add to an adventure park that currently includes a tree top adventure course, Zip Safari and Sky Ride . And it would follow in the footsteps ...and more »

Morning news headlines: Full inquiry urged after Old Trafford suspect package 'fiasco'

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 15: A bomb disposal unit is seen outside Old Trafford after the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and A.F.C. Bournemouth was posponed due to a bomb scrae on May 15, 2016 in Manchester, ...and more »

Retailers urge talks on business rates as they warn of problems ahead for small shops

The percentage of shops that are standing empty in Wales has fallen over the last three months – but industry leaders have warned it could rise again if business rates rise steeply after revaluation. The Welsh Retail Consortium said it wanted urgent ...and more »

Train services between North Wales and Manchester Airport to be tripled

The number of Arriva Trains Wales services from North Wales to Manchester Airport will be tripled after an application for the move was approved. The changes will come into effect from Monday, May 16, and will see Arriva run significantly more train ...and more »

Thankyou! Cardiff United Against Cancer campaign raises £177000 for Velindre Cancer Centre

It's an amount bigger than our wildest dreams and we can't thank you enough. When we launched our Cardiff United Against Cancer campaign last year, we hoped it would raise £100,000. The campaign, jointly run by the South Wales Echo and Lord Mayor ...

Pontypridd 12

Ebbw Vale have been crowned Principality Premiership champions for the first time after taking perennial winners Pontypridd apart in the Grand Final at Sardis Road. Inspirational flanker and Premiership Player of the Year Ronny Kynes scored two ...and more »

Zombies have boarded a medieval ship in Cardiff Bay

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Art loving social landlord wins top award at Arts & Business Cymru

A North Wales social landlord committed to improving the lives and health of its tenants through the arts has won the prestigious title of Admiral Business of the Year at the Arts & Business Cymru Awards held last night at the Wales Millennium Centre, ...

More children than ever are playing rugby in Wales with participation up almost 40% in five years

Rugby participation among children is on the rise according to Welsh Rugby Union (WRU) figures released on Sunday – International Family Day. Around 40,000 children and their families are associated with rugby clubs across Wales, an 8% increase on the ...and more »

Just look at the ears on him! Hundreds of dogs and owners take part in Big Walkies charity event

The Big Walkies event was organised by the RSPCA. Dog walkers descended on Bute Park in Cardiff with their beloved pets for the Big Walkies charity fundraiser to help help dogs and other animals in RSPCA care. Big Walkies in Cardiff's Bute Park.and more »

Manchester United game abandoned after 'suspect mobile phone package' found at Old Trafford

Manchester United's final game of the season against Bournemouth at Old Trafford was abandoned today after reports of a 'suspect package' being found. It has been reported that a mobile phone attached to pipes was discovered at the stadium. A ...and more »

Army baton makes its way through Wales as regiment celebrate 300

On Sunday, the 211 Battery and the Army Cadet Force, Gwent and Powys , climbed Pen-y-Fan before the baton moving onto Cardiff via the Rhondda Heritage Park. It was brought into the Welsh capital by canoe from the Cardiff Bay Yacht Club, carried to the ...

Bute Park's iconic Summerhouse café has reopened

Cardiff council temporarily shut the much-loved facility in February as they searched for someone new to take it over. The council own the building and say the lease had ran out and they began looking for people to run the café at the iconic building ...

Noah's Ark Children's Hospital for Wales celebrates its first anniversary

Aberdare · Everything you need to know about what's happening to the Ynys roundabout in Aberdare. Promoted Stories. Most Read in News. Welsh Conservative leader Andrew RT Davies is launching a big attack on Carwyn Jones for scaremongering ...

Stag do blamed for 'act of vandalism' at Cardiff poppy field memorial

Members of an "over exuberant" stag do are being blamed for snapping a number of poppies just hours after a Cardiff war memorial was unveiled. Barriers had to be erected around Cardiff's 'sea of poppies' memorial to the war dead after the vandals ...and more »

Plans for dozens of new flats on site of former Cardiff cinema and bingo hall look set for approval

Plans which could see 47 apartments built on the site of a Cardiff bingo hall gutted by fire last year are set to be approved this week. Cardiff councillors have been recommended to give the green light to the outline proposals for the former cinema ...

Vandals strike at Cardiff's 'sea of poppies' war memorial

Barriers have had to be erected around Cardiff's 'sea of poppies' memorial to the war dead after vandals struck. The digital installation Field is a memorial for 923 Royal Welch Fusiliers killed during the First World War. Less than 24 hours after ...and more »

Government is now recruiting to fill 480 vacancies at Cardiff tax office

The full-time posts are for customer service consultants and starting salaries are up to £20,000. The recruitment comes as HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) prepares to close it existing office at Ty Glas, Llanishen and move to another site in the city.and more »

Football fans snap up extra Euro 2016 tickets within hours of them going on sale

Extra tickets for Wales' Euro 2016 group matches have been snapped up within hours of going on sale. Wales fans were given a final chance to get their hands on the most coveted tickets in football this summer when the extra tickets went up for sale on ...and more »

Everything you need to know about the rides at Oakwood Theme Park

From stomach churning daredevil rides to crocodile coasters perfect for young thrillseekers there's no shortage of exciting rides at Wales' biggest theme park Oakwood in Pembrokeshire . Whether you're after an adrenaline filled adventure or something ...

Wales breaking news plus live traffic, weather and M4 updates (Sunday, May 15)

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 »

Ukraine wins the Eurovision Song Contest as the UK's Joe and Jake say they will 'cherish the moment forever'

The UK's Joe and Jake came in at 24th place out of 26th in the contest with their pop song You're Not Alone, although their performance still won praise from fans. The duo - made up of Ruthin 's Joe Woolford and Jake Shakeshaft said they were "thrilled ...and more »

Liverpool FC legend Ian Rush on why Wales fans can mirror the Kop and roar team to Euro 2016 victory over England

Ian Rush reckons England are going to Kop it in Euro 2016 – because Wales' fans in dreamland are going to give Chris Coleman's side the same lift Liverpool get from Anfield. Wales' record goalscorer knows all about the atmosphere advantage gained from ...

Why organisers of Velothon 2016 are confident this year's race will silence last year's critics

Its inaugural event attracted 15,000 cyclists and was hailed a huge success - but it also brought in criticism over disruption caused by road closures too. And as the Velothon Wales gets set to make its return on May 22, organisers say they have taken ...

Barry McGuigan vows to return to the Ice Arena Wales after world title boxing show

Barry McGuigan has vowed he will return to help promote more events at the Ice Arena Wales in Cardiff Bay after his Cyclone Promotions put on a world title boxing show in Wales. Bristol-based Lee Haskins made a successful first defence of his IBF world ...and more »

Lee Haskins set for Stuart Hall world title fight after Cardiff victory

Lee Haskins promised to hand mandatory challenger Stuart Hall “another lesson” after making a successful first defence of his IBF world bantamweight title. Bristol boxer Haskins was a clear winner on the three judges' scorecards - 119-108, 118-110, ...and more »

Wales assistant Rob Howley reveals he'd relish chance to take charge if Gatland gets Lions job

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Rock band McFly played for Admiral workers at their summer party in the Principality Stadium

For some, the work party is known for ending in embarrassment and tales of Barry from accounts using the photocopier inappropriately. But they do things differently at Admiral – there, your boss hires the Principality Stadium and books McFly to play in ...and more »

How helpful are people in Cardiff? We sent a 'lost' tourist onto the streets to find out if anyone would help him

How helpful are people in Cardiff? We sent a 'lost' tourist onto the streets to find out if anyone would help him. 18:12, 14 May 2016; Updated 18:14, 14 May 2016; By Liz Day , Rob Browne. Time to find out how helpful the people of the Welsh capital ...

Wales World Cup star reveals why he's turned down Cardiff Blues and put international career on hold to go to Japan

From making his Wales debut at 29 to appearing in a World Cup to sharing a room with Rob Evans, it's been a pretty eventful 12 months for Dominic Day. But now he's really about to venture into the unknown having signed a deal to play his rugby out in ...and more »

'Just spectacular'

Wayne Crocker, from Rhondda Cynon Taff, described the show itself as “moving and passionate and full of pathos”. He added: “I would urge everyone who can to go and see the production. If you ever needed to be reminded of how wrong war is, this opera ...and more »

Historic day for rugby in north Wales as RGC 1404 secure promotion to Welsh Premiership

North Wales team RGC 1404 have secured promotion to the Principality Premiership with a 19-7 victory away to Glynneath in their final Championship match of the season. The Colwyn Bay-based side needed to win this afternoon to pip Pontypool for the ...and more »

She was left needing six operations after falling down a cliff

When Lorna Prichard fell down a cliff three years ago, she was left with serious ankle injuries that took six operations to mend. But the 31-year-old ITV Wales reporter refused to let her injuries stop her from doing what she loves and is now back in ...

Newport's Comic Con set to return this summer, with plenty of cross dressing aliens in tow

Newport is gearing up to play host to its film and comic convention again this summer (August 6&7), and there are bound to be plenty of basques, stockings and suspenders on show. That's because Geeked Fest is set to feature Patricia Quinn who starred ...

A portable building at a school in Newport was deliberately set on fire

A portable building at a school in Newport was deliberately set on fire on Friday night. Emergency services were called to the incident at Duffryn High School in Lighthouse Road around 8.10pm. One crew from Duffryn attended and used a hosereel to bring ...and more »

The sixth

Wales Under-20 star scrum-half Reuben Morgan Williams has been rewarded for his fine form this season with his first Ospreys contract. Morgan Williams is one of the four brightest young talents in Welsh rugby who have been awarded their first ...and more »

This is the aftermath of a blaze which burst out in a car in Port Talbot

This is the aftermath of a blaze which burst out in a car in a residential area of Port Talbot on Friday night. The Citroen vehicle was described by an eyewitness as “burning furiously” – although the flames were soon brought under control by firefighters.and more »

The weather is set to turn 'cooler and fresher' in Wales this weekend

It's not the kind of temperatures which were being enjoyed last weekend but the weather is expected to stay mostly fine and dry this Saturday and Sunday - although it will turn “cooler and fresher” according to the latest Met Office forecast for Wales.and more »

Wales breaking news plus live traffic, weather and M4 updates (Saturday, May 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 ...

Young mum's business started after noticing poster in council office by chance

While paying a bill at the Vale of Glamorgan Council Chloe Francis spotted an advertisement that has changed her life. The 28-year-old mum of two saw a poster for the the Inspiring the Vale Bursary and assistance for people wanting to start a business ...

Cameron warns leaving EU would strip Wales of infrastructure investment

Leaving the European Union would strip Wales and the rest of the country of cash, David Cameron has warned. The Prime Minister pointed to the £16bn-plus that has come into the UK from the European Investment Bank (EIB) in the last three years. In 2014 ...and more »

Carmarthen

If you were in the Gwendraeth Valley between Carmarthen and Llanelli in the early 1980s and saw a group of schoolboys heading a football, you might not guess that one of them would go on to head the European Union's law enforcement agency. But Rob ...and more »

Emotional tributes paid to Cardiff man who died of a heart attack just hours before his 30th birthday

Heartfelt tributes have been paid to a Cardiff man who died of a heart attack just hours before his 30th birthday. Adam Branson, fondly known to as “Ted” to many of his friends, was found dead at his home on Friday, May 6 after he failed to turn up for ...

Man jailed for 16 years for historic sex offences against three girls

A man has been jailed for 16 years and eight months after admitting sexually abusing young children. At Swansea Crown Court, Colin David Cooze, 41, of Argyle Street, Sandfields, Swansea, was sentenced by Mr Justice David Holgate after admitting a ...and more »

Police want to speak to this man following a theft from Tesco in Ystrad Mynach

Police in Ystrad Mynach have asked for members of the public to help them identify a man who they want to speak to following a theft at a local supermarket. Gwent Police need help to identify this man, following the theft at the local Tesco store in ...

How you reacted to news that Tonyrefail's Rhondda Bowl could be demolished

On Thursday, we broke the news that the popular leisure landmark could be demolished after a planning application by Genesis DCL Ltd was recommended for approval. The plans to build 27 homes in its place could get outline permission when Rhondda ...

Watch Cardiff's 'sea of poppies' being illuminated in this time

Hundreds of people will be watching tonight (May 13) as Cardiff's poppy installation honouring those who died in the First World War is officially launched outside the Wales Millennium Centre . But here you can watch the gorgeous poppies being ...

Dad of two left 'looking like wax candle' after chemical attack in Poland

A man visiting Poland on a stag do has said he suffered third degree burns after being attacked with chemicals. Dad-of-two Andrew Davies was visiting Krakow in Poland was left looking like a “wax candle” after the incident. He and friends headed into a ...and more »

Barry McGuigan calls for Cardiff capacity crowd to witness world title boxing in Wales

Boxing legend and promoter Barry McGuigan is hoping the Ice Arena Wales in Cardiff Bay will be full when Bristol's Lee Haskins defends his world title on Saturday night. Haskins was crowned champion last November when Randy Caballero was stripped of ...and more »

On Wednesday's First Minister deadlock

Welsh Conservative leader Andrew RT Davies AM has issued the following statement, in relatio

Doctors leaders ready to work with new Welsh Government

Doctors leaders have said they look forward to working with the new Welsh Government following last

The biggest game in the history of rugby in north Wales... and a 'vibe and passion' to match

It will be the game of the century for RGC 1404....and the biggest game in the history of north Wales rugby. The Colwyn Bay-based team go into their 100th league fixture tomorrow afternoon knowing victory away to Glynneath will secure them promotion ...and more »

Andrew Selby hopes to capitalise on 'heavy' opponent for British flyweight title fight in Cardiff

Barry boxer Andrew Selby believes he will benefit from his opponent's initial failure to make the weight ahead of the British title flyweight fight in Cardiff. Louis Norman was over the 8st limit at the official weigh-in and returned 45 minutes later ...and more »

£23m Highways Investment Programme to Benefit Aberdare

Ynys roundabout, Aberdare is set to be one of the first areas to benefit from Rhondda Cynon Taf Council's multi-million-pound (£23m) Highways, Transportation, Infrastructure and Strategic Projects (HTISP) Investment Programme. This strategic roundabout ...

Hundreds of cyclists will bare all for Cardiff's controversial World Naked Bike Road

Hundreds of cyclists are being urged to bare all for Cardiff 's ninth naked bike ride. The controversial event, which has attracted criticism in the past for scaring children, is designed to highlight the vulnerability of riders to traffic on the roads ...and more »

Cardiff is braced for its annual naked bike ride

Hundreds of cyclists are being urged to bare all for Cardiff's ninth naked bike ride. The controversial event, which has attracted criticism in the past for scaring children, is designed to highlight the vulnerability of riders to traffic on the roads ...and more »

Not sure what to do this weekend? Play our What's On generator for inspiration

We've all been there...It's the weekend (hurrah!) and the weather is going to be warm (ish), but you're stuck for ideas on what to do and where to go. If that's the case, look no further than our What's On generator, a fun tool which will give you ...and more »

Extra tickets for Wales' Euro 2016 matches go on sale TODAY

Uefa have announced more tickets are available for Wales' three group matches... but you'll have to be quick. Shares; Comments. Get rugby news by email. Wales fans could get their hands on more tickets. Extra tickets for Wales' Euro 2016 group matches ...and more »

Six years on, the inside story of an against

It was the day David beat Goliath. Or, to be more precise, the day Dai's boys beat Goliath. When Dai Young's Cardiff Blues team rolled up at Marseille's Stade Velodrome in May 2010 for the Amlin Challenge Cup final, they were the ultimate underdogs.

A Blue Plaque has honoured Treorchy Male Choir on the site of the former hotel where it was founded 130 years ago

An internationally-acclaimed choir which formed in a Treorchy hotel more than 130 years ago has been honoured with a Blue Plaque on that very site. Treorchy Male Choir was formed in the town's old Red Cow Hotel in the summer of 1883, which has since ...

Brexit cost to UK likely to be 'negative and severe', warns IMF

The consequences of Britain quitting the European Union would be "pretty bad to very, very bad", the head of the International Monetary Fund has warned. Brexit poses a "significant downside risk" and could see interest rates "rise sharply", Christine ...and more »

Pharmacy Receive Historic Refurbishment via Tredegar Townscape Heritage Initiative Scheme

A local Tredegar pharmacy is to receive a historic refurbishment as part of the Tredegar Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI) Scheme. 4 Morgan Street has been home to Nelson's Pharmacy since the 1980's and the property has now been awarded funding to ...

You'll be surprised what's going on at your local museum after dark

This weekend museums across Wales will offer visitors the chance to experience culture and heritage in a totally unexpected way as part of the Museums at Night Festival. Many local museums are opening during the evening and events include everything ...and more »

Newport skipper reluctant to change winning team

The rain denied Bird's charges from building on their opening day thrashing of Aberdare, but he is pleased with how his side have started the new campaign. Promising youngster Tom Smith joined the club from Chepstow in the close season and promotion is ...and more »

Bank closures in the past year hitting Wales the hardest, new study finds

Banks closures across the UK are hitting Wales the hardest, and five of the top 10 UK areas to lose banks in the past year are Welsh. A study found there have been more than 600 closures across the UK in the last year, and Powys , Denbighshire ...

West Wales Hollywood hangout to host festival of culture

Visited by a string of celebrities including Hollywood actor Matthew Rhys and Charlotte Church, West Wales museum The Tin Shed Experience is now celebrating its fifth year with a weekend festival of culture and music. Situated in the ancient town of ...

Passer

A child had to be rescued from a popular part of the River Taff in Cardiff after getting into difficulty. Emergency services said that around five children had been playing near the river at Blackweir when one of them went into the river and got into ...

Invictus games hero cried after tweet from Papworth Hospital

Sergeant Elizabeth Marks donated her Invictus gold medal to the institution as a thank you for saving her life in 2014. Shares. Get daily news by email. Prince Harry during the closing ceremony of the Invictus Games 2016. A tweet from a Hospital caused ...and more »

Morning news headlines: IMF to enter Brexit row amid controversy over Bank of England's intervention; Jeremy Corbyn ...

The IMF is set to intervene in the increasingly bitter Brexit battle after the Bank of England's warning that withdrawal could cause recession provoked a furious backlash from the Leave campaign. IMF managing director Christine Lagarde was expected to ...and more »

Showdown talks to break Assembly deadlock scheduled for High Noon

Talks between Labour and Plaid Cymru aimed at breaking the deadlock over the election of a First Minister will begin at noon today in Cardiff. After a stand-off between the two parties lasting more than 24 hours, Labour approached Plaid yesterday ...

A 200ft tall ship is visiting Cardiff and here's how you can get onboard

A 200ft tall ship is coming to Cardiff and is holding an open day allowing members of the public to have a look around. Stavros S Niarchos – the biggest ship to be built in the UK in a century – will be docking at Brittania Quay on Friday, May 20 ...and more »

Parents at a Cardiff school have been informed that a groundsman employed there is to face historic sex charges

A groundsman at one of Cardiff's leading independent schools has appeared in court charged with historic child sex offences. David John Williams, of Y Dolydd, Watford, Caerphilly , appeared before Cardiff Magistrates' Court in March charged with five ...and more »

£23m Highways Investment Programme to Benefit Aberdare

Ynys roundabout, Aberdare is set to be one of the first areas to benefit from Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s multi-million-pound (£23m) Highways, Transportation, Infrastructure and Strategic Projects (HTISP) Investment Programme.

Cardiff residents are fed up at fly tipped waste blighting their streets

But the council deny that, saying their policy is working and recycling rates are up. The changes were introduced to encourage people to recycle more. Residents in Penylan were among the most vocal about the changes and they now say there have been ...

Update - Fiddler's Elbow Viaduct, Abercynon roundabout

Work is scheduled to be carried out this summer on a £2 million scheme to repla

First Minister stalemate

Following the outcome of  Senedd vote for the position of First Minister of Wales, which was

This Welsh family's nightmare holiday ended with their 10

SWANSEA.... WITH STORY RJ WEDNESDAY 4th MAY 2016 Pictured is Jeffrey Williams with daughter Lily aged three. A COUPLE have launched legal action after a “nightmare” Turkish holiday left their toddler requiring hospital treatment and an IV drip.and more »

Members of drugs gang responsible for Wales' biggest ever heroin haul to have assets stripped

A drug-dealing gang involved in the biggest ever seizure of heroin by Welsh police could have their assets stripped by the court. Eight men and one woman were jailed for a total of more than 96 years in December last year at Cardiff Crown Court for ...

There are plans to build 85 homes near Groesfaen in Pontyclun

New plans to build 85 homes in Pontyclun are likely to be rejected after being branded 'entirely unacceptable.' Rhondda Cynon Taf council's planning committee will discuss applicant Lewis Homes' outline plans for a three-hectare piece of greenfield ...

North Wales council to collect black bin bags every three weeks

Conwy will become the latest authority in Wales to cut back on its household rubbish collections from the end of July. The North Wales authority will begin collecting non-recyclable rubbish once every three weeks. Read more: A Welsh council is planning ...and more »

Thousands raised for 'hero' fishermen whose boat sank off Pembrokeshiore coast

People in and around a Pembrokeshire seaside community where two popular fishermen were lost have been rallying to raise thousands of pounds for their family. Father and son Gareth and Daniel Willington were on board a boat which sank off the coast ...

The Rhondda Bowl in Tonyrefail could be demolished and replaced with 27 homes

Some locals have already complained about the loss of a leisure attraction and possible congestion created by new homes - but the plans are being recommended for approval. Rhondda Cynon Taf council 's planning committee will discuss the blueprint for ...

Field poppy memorial at Wales Millennium Centre is taking shape and it's looking amazing

Cardiff's very own 'field of poppies ' to remember those that died in the First World War is taking shape outside the Wales Millennium Centre . We've had a sneaky peak at the digital installation and it's looking pretty impressive. Field will be ...

This is what happened when the Harlem Globetrotters visited a Cardiff tattoo parlour

The international basketball showmen are famed for touring the world with their trick filled exhibition show. And before playing at the Cardiff Motorpoint Arena on Friday, members of the squad decided to get some new ink. Anthony Osborne the founder of ...

And with the press of a buzzer, the Assembly's new Presiding Officer rang in a dramatic turn of events

As she sounded the roll call of AMs before her, new Presiding Officer Elin Jones probably could hardly believe what was happening. Here she was on the first day of the job asking Assembly Members to give their nomination for First Minister in a knife ...

Thieves have targeted a new Maesteg woodland planted by children

More than 80 stakes being used to support tree saplings in a fledgling community woodland have been stolen – and may have been used to make someone a new garden fence. Natural Resources Wales is urging anyone with information about who targeted ...

Everything you need to know about what's happening to the Ynys roundabout in Aberdare

Motorists using an Aberdare roundabout will soon have a new dedicated left turn lane taking them towards Cwmbach. Work is due to start on the Ynys roundabout in the town on Monday, May 16. It's estimated that work will last for four weeks.

The Welsh town where the Millennium Falcon was built celebrates its Star Wars heritage

The Force has always been strong in Pembroke Dock and now the town is spreading the word about its little known association with Star Wars. A new hashtag #thedockstrikesback is spreading the word about the Pembrokeshire town's link with the Lucasfilm ...and more »

The James Davies interview: I was so disappointed Wales didn't pick me but now I can't wait to meet Usain Bolt!

James Davies has described his selection for the GB Olympic Sevens training squad as the perfect silver lining following the disappointment of missing out on Wales' tour of New Zealand. The Scarlets flanker has been named in an initial 25-man party ...and more »

A Cardiff man who let his American Bulldog attack a guide dog has been given a prison sentence

A Cardiff man who let his American Bulldog attack a guide dog has been handed a prison sentence. The guide dog had to be retired from service after it was attacked by the animal belonging to James Leighton Williams from St Mellons . Williams, 39, has ...and more »

19 reasons why Welsh Google Streetviews are the best ever

Wales is such a beautiful and inspiring place that you can enjoy some of the most wonderful scenery in the world without even getting out of your car. And to prove that our bold claim is true, we've put together these lovely images of some the most ...

Maesteg just became a friendlier town for people with dementia

Staff working in shops, pubs and banks in Maesteg are now better trained to support people with dementia and those that care for them. The information and support provided by health officials and the council has helped to earn the town dementia ...

Weddings in Wales: Couple met at college interview

If you tied the knot like Ashleigh and Chris, 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 ...

What time is the Eurovision Song Contest on TV and what channel is it on? Who is the UK entry?

One of the longest-running and most-watched non-sporting events in the world, the Eurovision Song Contest returns this May. In 2016, the grand final of the Eurovision Song Contest takes place on Saturday, May 14. It will be broadcast on BBC One and BBC ...and more »

Conwy Civic Hall site attracts interest from JD Wetherspoons

Although the board is yet to decide whether to press ahead with an attempt to buy the site. Conwy council and the local authority, who own the site that closed in 2014, are hoping to work with a developer to bring forward proposals to regenerate the ...and more »

Gilfach Goch boxing club has reopened following £25000 repairs 18 months after storms damaged its gym roof

A valleys boxing club which was forced to close almost two years ago after storms damaged the roof of its gym has reopened thanks to a £25,000 makeover. Gilfach Goch Amateur Boxing Club faced folding when it was force to close during October 2014 ...

Swansea Waterfront Innovation Quarter in £50m funding boost

A waterfront innovation quarter in Swansea, which will provide an environment that encourages academia and businesses to collaborate, has received a multi-million pound funding boost. The University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) has secured ...and more »

These are the 22 'Henry

On an emotional last day for Henry Engelhardt staff at Admiral wore a T-shirt bearing not only the departing chief exec but also 22 of his favourite sayings. Admiral has gone from an innovative start-up to one of Wales' biggest companies under the ...and more »

Watch sporting legends Mike Tindall and Daley Thompson take part in a penalty shootout in Pontypridd's public park

It's not often you get a World Cup-winning English rugby star taking a penalty in front 1,600 people in a South Wales public park. But that's what happened on Wednesday evening as Mike Tindall, jovially booed from the sidelines, stepped up from 12 ...

Man appears in court charged with murder of soldier Matthew Boyd who was found unconscious in Brecon

Matthew Boyd, from the Royal Gibraltar Regiment, was found unconscious in Brecon at around 1am on Sunday. He later died in hospital. Jake Vallely appeared at Brecon Magistrates' Court charged with Private Boyd's murder. Read more: Man to appear in ...and more »

This gorgeous eco

A luxury guest house and restaurant in Cardigan has been named as Wales' best guest accommodation in the AA B&B Awards. Caemorgan Mansion Guest House, a beautiful Georgian house near Cardigan Bay , scooped the top honour for Wales at a ...

Four Tonyrefail schools have shared an old miners' fund of £1200 which has been untouched for 15 years

An old miners' fund earmarked for a valleys colliery band has benefited four local schools – having remained untouched for around 15 years. Coed Ely Colliery produced its first coal in 1906, and from the early 1950s miners contributed to the Coed Ely ...

The rule that allowed the likes of Sonny Parker to play for Wales could soon be scrapped

It's divided opinion over the years and allows countries to boost their player pool, but soon the 'residency rule' could be scrapped. Newly-appointed World Rugby vice-chairman and former Argentina scrum-half Agustin Pichot has spoken out against ...and more »

Cardiff Blues confirm radical summer squad cull with 12 players officially leaving the Arms Park

Cardiff Blues have confirmed a list of 12 departing players as part of a significant streamlining which will see the senior squad reduced from 58 to around 45 for next season. Internationals Rhys Patchell, Manoa Vosawai, Lou Reed, Craig Mitchell and ...

Does Wales have a First Minister right now?

Amid the political standoff, who is Wales' First Minister? Are we run by technocrats until the situation is resolved? Shares; Comments. Get daily news by email. Carwyn Jones and Leanne Wood. You might be wondering if Wales has anyone in charge at the ...

Pedestrian in a critical condition in hospital after being hit by a car in Monmouthshire

Aberdare · Everything you need to know about what's happening to the Ynys roundabout in Aberdare. Promoted Stories. Most Read in News. Welsh Conservative leader Andrew RT Davies is launching a big attack on Carwyn Jones for scaremongering ...and more »

Wales' biggest cities and towns breach safe pollution limits, World Health Organisation finds

The steelworks at Port Talbot. The town is among five places in Wales identified by the World Health Organisation as being in breach of pollution limits. Five towns and cities in Wales been named and shamed by the World Health Organisation (WHO) for ...and more »

Can Mike Phillips and Luke Charteris join the perfect 10 Welsh European Cup winners?

It's an exclusive club, but it could well have two more members in France this weekend when the Parisians tackle Saracens in a bid to be crowned continental club champions. Shares; Comments ...and more »

The incredible scenes as heavy rain caused chaos on Wales' roads and railways

In case you didn't notice, there was quite a lot of rain in Cardiff and South Wales on Wednesday. In fact, Bute Park was the wettest part of the entire country, experiencing an amazing 40mm of rain. #Cardiff ButePark was the wettest place in the #UK ...

This is the official Wales Euro 2016 anthem by the Manic Street Preachers

Manic Street Preachers have unveiled their official Wales Euro 2016 anthem Together Stronger (C'mon Wales) – the song they hope will fire Chris Coleman's team to footballing immortality in France. This morning we premiere the video for the single ...and more »

Man to appear in court charged with murder after the death of a soldier in Brecon

A man has been charged with the murder of soldier Matthew Boyd in Brecon at the weekend. Dyfed-Powys Police said a 23-year-old man had been remanded in custody to appear at Brecon Magistrates Court on Thursday. A 22-year-old man will also appear ...and more »

This pub has been voted as the very best in Cardiff

This pub has been named as the best in Cardiff following a vote by a group of ale enthusiasts. The Hopbunker, located in Kingsway, has been crowned as the Cardiff Pub of the Year by the Campaign for Real Ale (Camra). The bar, which opened in June last ...