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August 2016

This trader has been refused a license to sell ice cream on Penarth Pier despite 11 years of trying

A Penarth Pier coffee bar owner is fighting to be allowed to sell ice cream – in a bid to overturn 11 years of rules restricting its sale. For most daytrippers, no visit to the genteel Victorian pier is complete without a refreshing ice cream cornet ...and more »

Organ transplants have increased 24% since Wales' unique opt

The number of lives being saved or improved by organ transplants has risen 24% since the introduction of Wales' unique opt-out registration . The number of living donors in Wales rose by 20% to 49 over the last financial year, and there was a 7 ...and more »

Cardiff teenager Kiran Carlson takes five

Off-spinner Kiran Carlson took five for 28 on his first-class debut as Glamorgan bowled Northamptonshire out for 269 on the opening day of their Specsavers County Championship Division Two clash. It was a remarkable introduction for the 18-year-old ...and more »

Body found in Didcot Power Station wreckage where a Welshman has been missing for more than six months

A body has been recovered from a collapsed boiler house at a power station where a Welshman has been missing for more than six months. The families of three men, including 34-year-old Chris Huxtable, from Swansea , missing since the disaster in ...and more »

Man and woman hauled to safety after Glyntaff cat rescue

Two people from Rhondda Cynon Taff who climbed onto a riverbank to rescue a cat then had to be rescued themselves. Firefighters were called to Cardiff Road, Glyntaff, near Pontypridd, just after 09:00 BST. The fire service said the man and woman had ...

15 pictures of Swansea parks that show how lucky we are to live here

We're so lucky to live in a city so close to the beaches of Gower , but Swansea 's parks are also very special. They are wonderful whatever the season, as these pictures prove. Clyne Gardens. Gareth Lovering Photography Clyne Gardens in Swansea.

Man charged with sexual assault after 'high

A man has been charged with a sexual assault after a high-profile arrest in Cardiff. Bill Power, 49, was taken into custody following an incident at Pethybridge Road in the Ely area of the city on Saturday. A police negotiator and armed officers were ...

£2m project to replace nine miles of gas pipes in Cardiff suburb

Over the next 15 months, nine miles of gas pipes will be replaced in one Cardiff suburb. During the rest of 2016 and into next year, there will be a £2m project in Rhiwbina to switch old metal gas pipes to plastic ones. Wales and West Utilities say it ...

School absences fall to record low in Wales, figures show

Figures show Wrexham, Flintshire, Powys, Pembrokeshire, Swansea, Neath Port Talbot, Rhondda Cynon Taf, Merthyr Tydfil and Monmouthshire all saw slight increases in the unauthorised absences last year,. The figures also show pupils eligible for free ...

A man has died after two people went overboard and had to be rescued from the sea

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

Excitement builds as Tour of Britain prepares to roll in to Gloucestershire

The riders on the 120.9 mile stage between Aberdare and Bath are expected to reach Gloucestershire at 12.32pm at the earliest, with a category 2 climb up Stowe Hill near Coleford at 12.37pm. After heading through Coleford there will be another category ...and more »

This 1930s Cardiff home which is frozen in time is for sale through sealed bids

There are no electric wall sockets, there's no gas central heating, and in some rooms there's no plaster on the damp patches on the walls. But there are original features galore that make this 1930s Cardiff home untouched by time an absolute jewel in ...

Train operators are trying out a new queuing method for major events in Cardiff which will see passengers have to ...

A new train queuing system is being trialled this weekend after the latest major event to take place at Cardiff's Principality Stadium. But passengers trying to get home from Monster Jam on Saturday have been warned they could still have to wait up to ...and more »

The leader of Bridgend council Mel Nott announces he will stand down

Councillor Mel Nott has been leader of the local authority for eight years and a councillor since 1992. Coun Nott will step down at a council meeting on October 5 and will not stand in local government elections due to be held in 2017. A new leader for ...and more »

£1 million Swansea micro distillery and restaurant plan to create 40 jobs

The redevelopment of 1 York Street will see Wales' first live micro distillery, producing gin and rum and the Fancy a Rum? bar expand its capacity. Shares; Comments. Get business news by email. David Bellis, David Atkins, Dai Wakely and Clive Atkins ...and more »

Swansea live micro distillery and restaurant scheme to create 40 jobs

The redevelopment of 1 York Street will see Wales' first live micro distillery, producing gin and rum and the Fancy a Rum? bar expand its capacity. Shares; Comments. Get business news by email. David Bellis, David Atkins, Dai Wakely and Clive Atkins ...and more »

The crushing verdict from New Zealand that shreds Warren Gatland's Wales and the Regional system

Wales 'demise' should serve as a warning to Australia unless they arrest their current meltdown. That's the verdict of one Kiwi commentator who, in a disparaging article for the New Zealand Herald , has underlined how Wales no longer present a danger ...and more »

Everything you need to know about Wylfa Newydd nuclear power station as Horizon opens new consultation

A company hoping to build a new nuclear power station on Anglesey has invited the public to have their say on its latest plans. Horizon Nuclear Power, owned by the Japanese giant Hitachi, has today opened the second stage of public consultations on the ...and more »

A glorious summer? This August in Cardiff has been the joint

Exclusive WalesOnline analysis of the data published on Weather Underground shows that the average temperature at Cardiff Airport this month was 17°C. This was the joint-warmest average temperature of any August at the city's airport in the past decade ...

Police appeal to tourists who may have witnessed serious assault on the Great Orme

A man was seriously injured after being attacked by two men on the Great Orme in Llandudno . Police believe there would have been several tourists in the area who could have witnessed the attack. The victim was left with injuries to his arm and leg ...

Wales is in a strong position to grasp the opportunities of terabit connectivity

Post-Brexit Wales needs to look at what investment can be made here which will allow the country to compete on a global investment stage. It needs to focus on leading global growth in key sectors. When I was developing the vision for Swansea Bay City ...

What time will Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds be on stage in Swansea?

Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds will perform an open air show in Swansea on Friday. Gates at Singleton Park open on Friday at 4pm, with first performance at 5.15pm. Organisers have not revealed the timings for the gig but when Noel Gallagher and his ...and more »

Missing 78

A 78-year-old man who had been missing overnight in Swansea has been found safe and well. Concern had been raised after Thomas Meredith, who is known as Clem, was last seen leaving his home address in Skewen, Swansea , at 8pm on Tuesday.and more »

People in Cardiff think dog poo is more annoying than smoking and littering

Almost half the people in Cardiff find dog poo more irritating than smoking and littering in public places but most are too polite to confront dog owners. This is according to a new survey by Dogs Trust Bridgend , which found that 52% of people in ...and more »

And the Emmy goes to...

Kirkintilloch and District Society of Antiquaries President, Ivan Ruddock, helped council leader Rhondda Geekie unveil the Emmy last week. He wrote an article in 2012 exploring the link between Bain and the fundamentals of television which played a key ...

Western Mail letters: Wednesday, August 31, 2016

The recent European Union referendum has brought out the very worst in our society, intensifying existing racist tendencies in some and spreading misinformation and an air of distrust in our communities. Our elected representatives and community ...and more »

Father whose son died after a horrific car crash will campaign for longer sentences

Ryan Paul Gibbons, 20, and Gethin Rhys Jones, 18, known as Rhys, both from the Bargoed area, died at the scene of the crash on Aberdare Road in Merthyr Tydfil at around 10.30pm on October 11. Their friend Joe, 18, of Gilfach, was left in a critical ...

Morning news headlines: Theresa May to meet Cabinet Ministers for Brexit discussions; 'Unacceptable level of ...

Theresa May is set to meet senior Cabinet ministers to discuss department-by-department Brexit action plans. The meeting is due to take place at the Prime Minister's country retreat Chequers and working on the UK's divorce from Brussels will be at the ...and more »

Specialist officers hunt for missing 78

Specialist police officers are searching for a 78-year-old man in Swansea who has been missing overnight. Thomas Meredith, who is known as Clem, was last seen leaving his home address in Skewen, Swansea , at 8pm on Tuesday. Officers are concerned ...

Jay Rayner's belligerent booting may be just the kick up the backside Cardiff needs

This isn't because I've forgotten my Rhondda roots and embraced quinoa and smashed avocado. I love chips. I love them so much I even produced a radio documentary on them, exploring every facet of their fabulous fat-flavoured identity from crinkle-cut ...

Selfies, social media and celebrities leave thousands of Welsh schoolgirls feeling unhappy with their lives

Tens of thousands of schoolgirls across Wales are unhappy with their lives, with many struggling to cope with the 'pressure to look good'. That is one finding of the Children's Society's annual review of young people's wellbeing, which also estimated ...

24 UK politicians sent 'picture of a beheaded person and message saying they and their families would be killed'

The Rhondda MP said the Labour leader's "digital democracy" strategy launched on Tuesday was at least ten years out of date, as it did not strengthen anti-bullying procedures on social media. Mr Corbyn insisted Labour had strict anti-bullying rules ...and more »

Wayne Rooney reveals his 'disappointment' at Wales' reaction to England's Euro 2016 calamity

Wayne Rooney has revealed that he was 'disappointed' to see the scenes of celebration in the Wales camp when England were knocked out of Euro 2016 by Iceland. The Welsh team room erupted as England were sent packing by minnows Iceland in France ...and more »

Anthony Joshua could defend his world heavyweight title in Cardiff later this year, reveals promoter Eddie Hearn

IBF world heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua's next defence could take place in Cardiff later this year. The Principality Stadium has been earmarked as a possible venue for Joshua's next bout as promoter Eddie Hearn teases a huge triple-header in the ...and more »

Firefighters are at the scene of a large garage fire and are still trying to get it under control

Fire crews from across South Wales are battling a fire at a commercial garage in Cwmbran . Firefighters from Cwmbran, Malpas, Maindee, New Inn, Central Cardiff and Caerphilly stations are attempting to get the fire under control on Ty-Coch Way. Fire ...and more »

Were the rioters in a Cardiff district 25 years ago let down by society – or simply because they had nothing else to do?

When people participate in a riot, they are not performing in the way society expects or wants them to. In the heyday of the British Empire, those at home or in the colonies who defied the military might of their masters were dealt with harshly: often ...and more »

A blind walker is set for an epic Bath

A blind guide dog owner is set to begin an epic charity walk from Bath to her home in Cardiff in honour of her late father. Nicki Cockburn, originally from Llandudno , hopes to raise £5,000 for the charity Guide Dogs. The charity has meant independence ...

Dear Jay Rayner

And a few years later, you also raved about the Purple Poppadom, an Indian restaurant of which everyone in Cardiff is very proud. "This is food that conversation stops over," you wrote - and we'd happily sit in silence and chomp on Anand George's ...and more »

A restaurant has opened in New York with a Welsh menu featuring ingredients imported from Wales

Diners in New York can now tuck into seaweed from Pembrokeshire following the opening of a brand new bar and restaurant focusing on all things Welsh. And as well as serving up typically Welsh fayre - including Glamorgan croquettes, lamb pasty, braised ...

Robbery which occurred at footpath which runs along side perimeter fence of Prince Charles Hospital.

South Wales Police  are appealing for information following a robbery which occurred at around 7.30am on Monday (29th August) on a footpath

Would be Labour leader spreading misinformation and mistrust about refugees in RCT

The recent European Union referendum has brought out the very worst in our society intensifying existing racist tendencies in some and spreading misinformation and an air of distrust in our communities.

Our elected representatives and community leaders should be trying

Work complete at Asda Roundabout, Aberdare

A strategic roundabout in Aberdare has benefitted from over £100,000 investment which will now h

Charlotte is 90,000th visitor to Lido Ponty!

Lido Ponty, the National Lido of Wales, has welcomed its 90,000th visitor since opening exactly a year ago this Bank Holiday weekend. 

Cardiff Blues' stunningly ambitious plans for the Arms Park would be magnificent for Welsh rugby

Cardiff Blues' ambitious plans for the Arms Park can only be good for Welsh rugby because it could give the country a region with the financial muscle to compete with the best teams in Europe. The proposed development, on a seven-acre site, includes a ...

Educating Cardiff school Willows High reflects on improved GCSE results

A head teacher has spoken of the pressure he felt to deliver improved GCSE results after his school's appearance on hit TV show Educating Cardiff. Chris Norman, who took over at Willows High School as the Channel 4 documentary series broadcast last ...

Merthyr marching jazz band perform haka as part of their world championship

This was a South Wales marching jazz band's version of the haka which helped them become world champions. The Merthyr Luminaries marching jazz band's routine saw them lift the title at the United Kingdom Federation of Jazz Bands World ...and more »

Police manhunt under way after masked men tie up father and daughter in their home

Police are hunting for two men after they allegedly tied up and attacked a father and daughter at their home in north Wales . North Wales Police are appealing for information after the men entered the house in Rhys Avenue in Kinmel Bay, Rhyl , at ...and more »

Global Wire and Cable Producers Finally Hold the Line Against Chinese Rivals in 2015

Further growth from Chinese producers is likely to come from overseas acquisition, and in Q4 2015, Hengtong acquired leading South African cable maker Aberdare Cables. However, Japanese producers strengthened their rankings, mainly due to the timing ...and more »

The dishes at Etc in Penarth were like a work of art but they needed more seasoning

Looking at the dishes at Penarth's newest fine dining restaurant is like taking in a work of art. The colourful and beautifully-presented meals on plain white crockery are, quite simply, breath-taking. And framed by the black tables and with, on ...

Abercynon Sports Centre will get a new footpath to the rugby club, a bigger car park and a re

Abercynon Sports Centre will soon have several more upgrades on top of its recent £700,000 investment - to improve its car park and roads leading to the building. Rhondda Cynon Taf council recently invested in the Cynon Valley sports centre ...and more »

Abercynon Sports Centre will get a bigger and re

Abercynon Sports Centre will soon have several more upgrades on top of its recent £700,000 investment - to improve its car park and roads leading to the ...and more »

Four projects completed on the A4059 through the Cynon Valley... and there are three more on the way

Several projects along the main road through the Cynon Valley have been completed... and there are more on the way. The A4059 road, which connects the Abercynon roundabout right through the heart of the Cynon Valley, has seen several schemes ...

Live updates as two sections of the M4 are closed

An accident has closed one lane in Bridgend, while a broken down lorry is blocking the exit slip road in Newport.and more »

Taya

So when she decided to have nine inches cut off to help make real hair wigs for children who have lost their hair through cancer treatment, her parents Ross and Lucy were justifiably proud. The Ogmore Vale Primary School pupil has also managed to raise ...and more »

Can you name every player from the 2005 Grand Slam

They were the 28 men who delivered Wales' first Grand Slam for 27 years - but how many of the 2005 Welsh Six Nations squad can you name now? Several of Mike Ruddock's all-conquering squad went on to star for the national team for many years ...

Pair jailed for pug pup theft in Abergavenny

A father and son have been jailed for the violent theft of a pedigree pug puppy from a dog breeder in Abergavenny, Monmouthshire. Thomas Stokes, 47, and son Martin, 23, posed as potential buyers for three of the dogs before punching Liz Swain and ...and more »

Aberdare family 'devastated' after sentimental giraffe ornament goes missing from a young girl's grave

The silver giraffe also had a plaque attached to it - which has been found by the family at the cemetery, leading them to believe the giraffe was damaged by someone. The girl's aunt, from Aberdare, said: "The giraffe was given by her friends at a dance ...

A comedian's song about house prices in Penarth has been watched 50000 times

He may not be able to afford a house in Penarth but Nathan Webb's comedy video about it has gone viral. The father of one, from Abertillery , filmed himself driving through the seaside town lamenting how he couldn't buy a house there in a song inspired ...and more »

Swansea's Albert Hall could become student flats with retail units on the ground floor

The historic Albert Hall in Swansea city centre could soon be brought back to life. Swansea Council has received a pre-application planning inquiry to convert the upper floors of the vacant Albert Hall into student accommodation, with retail being ...and more »

Cynon Valley bride had no problem getting to the church on time... it was just a quick walk from her home

A Cynon Valley bride had no problem getting to the church on time on her big day - after walking a matter of yards from her home to her village's church. Rebecca Griffiths, 26, from Llwydcoed, married Andrew Foley on Sunday at St James Church on ...

10 things to do around the Welsh coast before summer is over

The summer holidays are nearly at an end but before you go back to school or work there is still plenty of time to enjoy the beautiful Welsh coastline. From Anglesey to Penarth , there are many great views and activities all over the country. The World ...

Three Chiquito restaurants in Wales to close as part of a strategic review

The Chiquito sites in Cardiff's Brewery Quarter and Red Dragon Centre and Swansea's Salubrious Place will close in the next few weeks. The three are on the hit list of 33 under-performing Chiquito and Frankie & Benny sites identified in a strategic ...and more »

Holiday let overlooking Whitesands Bay in Pembrokeshire goes on the market for £1.3m

Pembrokeshire coastal property locations don't come much more perfect than this; on the slopes of the rugged cliff rising up from the very popular award winning Whitesands Bay. Here you will find Upper Porthmawr Farm, an impressive traditional ...

Motorcyclist suffers 'life

A motorcyclist has suffered "life-changing" injuries following a serious collision in North Wales on Bank Holiday Monday. The accident, which involved a motorcycle and a BMW car, happened just before 1pm on the A5104 Bryneglwys to Corwen road in ...and more »

Former fell running champion to stand trial next month over alleged murder attempt

An ex-fell-running champion accused of attempting to murder a man in an alleged stabbing at an athletics stadium will stand trial in September. Lauren Jeska, of Wesley Terrace in Machynlleth, Powys, was not required to enter a plea when she appeared at ...and more »

0%! That's what Wales scored when New Zealand fans were asked who are the biggest threat to their global dominance

0%! That's what Wales scored when New Zealand fans were asked who are the biggest threat to their global dominance. 10:58, 30 Aug 2016; By Anthony Woolford. They may have run the Kiwis close in two of their three Tests this summer - but it seems ...

'While the city has many good things, the eating opportunities are ...

When you hear that a national food critic has reviewed your restaurant it must be a pretty nervous run to the newspaper stand. For The Classroom/Y Dosbarth, ...and more »

Food critic Jay Rayner said he won't review in Cardiff again after his criticisms of the city food scene met with anger

If you can't stand the heat, then get out of the kitchen... or Cardiff? Shares; Comments. Get daily news by email. Jay Rayner said it will be a 'long time' before he comes back to Cardiff. The Jay Rayner review row has reached boiling point, with the ...and more »

Food critic Jay Rayner said he won't review in Cardiff again after his criticisms of the city food scene met with anger

Aberdare · Aberdare family 'devastated' after sentimental giraffe ornament goes missing from a young girl's grave · Comedian pens musical tribute to Penarth · Penarth · A comedian's song about house prices in Penarth has been watched 50,000 times ...and more »

Morning news headlines: Father's tribute after Briton who tried to save stabbed backpacker dies; Home Secretary to ...

The father of a British traveller has paid tribute to his "darling" son after he died from injuries suffered while trying to defend a fellow backpacker in a knife attack at an Australian hostel. Tom Jackson, 30, died in a north Queensland hospital on ...and more »

Could post

Many a couple discover within a few weeks of marriage that each has quite different ideas about what life should now look like. Do you have a common bank account? How loud is it acceptable to sing in the shower? When is it really not okay to use ketchup?

Wales has one of the highest youth unemployment rates in the UK

Wales has one of the highest rates of youth unemployment in the UK with nearly one in five out of work, shows new research. A report from professional advisory firm EY, in association with its independent charity the EY Foundation, shows a huge ...and more »

Wales is getting wealthier and Cardiff is booming, finds a major new report

Rising incomes and growing business turnover have helped push Wales up the UK's table of relative prosperity by one place. However Wales is still only third from bottom of the UK's nations and regions in the Barclays Wealth Prosperity Map, 10th out of 12.and more »

Aberfan novel exposes Fleet Street reporters who sought to sensationalise the tragedy

Hollywood actor Mark Lewis Jones is to take the lead in a one-off dramatised reading of extracts from a new novel that explores a little-known aspect of the Aberfan disaster. Jones will play Harry Roberts, a fictional South Wales Echo reporter shocked ...

Wrexham 2

Wrexham beat York City at the Racecourse for the first time since they overcame them by the same scoreline in an FA Cup match almost five years ago. And, on the balance of play, the Dragons deserved to record their third success of the Vanarama ...and more »

Pidcock wins stage, Wright overall in Junior Tour of Wales

... Matt Draper (Velocity Globalbike), Theo Hartley (DFL In-Gear) and Charlie Quarterman (Zappi's RT) forging ahead, and as the race approached the first King of the Mountains at Aberdare Hill the quartet were joined by Joe Nally (Eastern & Central ...and more »

Pontypridd table tennis star Sara Head inspired by Beddau community ahead of the Paralympic Games

Pontypridd's table tennis star Sara Head says she has been inspired by Team GB's heroes - as well as her local community of Beddau - as she prepares for September's Paralympic Games. Sara, 36, from Beddau , won a bronze medal in the London 2012 ...

'We've got fantastic food here' Here's what food bloggers had to say to Jay Rayner after he criticised Cardiff

Two of the capital's best-known bloggers have challenged Rayner to return to Cardiff for second helpings so they can show the side of the city he missed – citing restaurants like Bully's and Laguna, an expanding street food scene, and the lively ...

Hitachi wants reassurance from May over Wylfa Newydd nuclear power station

The Japanese company behind the planned new nuclear power station at Wylfa on Anglesey wants the Prime Minister to confirm she is committed to the project, according to reports. Hitachi is concerned that Theresa May might pull the plug on the project ...

These dedicated volunteers look after a garden for cancer patients at Merthyr Tydfil's hospital

Volunteers who look after a special garden for cancer patients at Merthyr Tydfil's hospital have been praised for their dedication. Eve Conway, the president of Rotary International for Britain and Ireland, visited the Macmillan Unit garden at Prince ...

A photographer took these stunning images of the Red Arrows in Wales

It is suprisingly difficult to get good photographs of aerial acrobatic display teams like the Red Arrows. But the Daily Post's photographer Stacey Oliver has made it look easy. The Red Arrows perform at Rhyl Air show. She captured these fantastic ...and more »

Slate workers' cottages attracting 'strong interest' after former quarry owner puts whole village up for sale

There has been strong interest in buying up an entire historic slate community in rural Gwynedd after it went up for sale in June. Homes and cottages at Aberllefenni, near Machynlleth, were on the market with Dafydd Hardy estate agents for £1.5m, less ...and more »

New housing scheme for cheaper accommodation for people on benefits or low incomes could be launched in Cardiff

A new housing project which could provide accommodation for people on benefits or on low incomes could be launched in Cardiff . The Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA) Cardiff is hoping to launch the Y:Cube project in the city after it was piloted ...

Bridgend council chief plans social media Q&A over plans to reintroduce traffic

The public will be able to ask council chief Mark Shephard directly about proposals that could see the reintroduction of traffic into parts of Bridgend town centre. Bridgend council's corporate director for communities is set to take part in a 90 ...and more »

10 things you may not have known about Llancaiach Fawr as it celebrates 25 years as a tourist attraction

The manor, a living museum which has been restored and furnished to look just as it would have in 1645, is currently undergoing a new project which will see the exhibition develop and extend its historic interpretation, making it more accessible to a ...

These three adorable kittens were found dumped in a BAG by horrified park visitors

Three kittens were found dumped in a bag when a group of friends heard their distressed meowing in a South Wales park. Ceri Westcott, 21, was with his sister Sian Westcott and friend Harry Lawrence playing tennis in Thomastown Park, Merthyr Tydfil ...

The cameras have been rolling in Tylorstown as Pobol y Cwm focuses on the Rhondda this week

The cameras have been rolling in Tylorstown as the Rhondda valleys take centre stage in popular S4C soap opera Pobol y Cwm. Character Siôn White, played by actor Jeremi Cockram, has decided to pack his bags and leave the fictional village of Cwmderi ...

Bridgend centre traffic plan to boost trade and access

Traffic could be reintroduced to pedestrianised areas of Bridgend town centre to provide better access and boost trade. The council wants to reopen Queen Street, Dunraven Place and Market Street to increase footfall. It is also hoped the planned ...

Community pays tribute to 'true Valleys character' Maffia

Hundreds of people from the Rhondda have been paying tribute to a "true Valleys character" who died suddenly at the weekend. Described as a "passionate rugby man", Paul 'Maffia' Barratt, from Blaencwm, died on Sunday aged 49. Known by many as ...

A historic family

A relaunched family-run Cardiff business is making and selling ice cream after losing out on a licence to Thayers in the 1950s. The Roath Park Dairy Company Ltd is now trading again as Green & Jenks, a gelateria in Monmouth . Opened in Cardiff in 1888 ...

Man charged with kidnap, rape and wounding over alleged beach sex attack

An 18-year-old man has been charged with kidnap, rape and wounding following an alleged attack at a beach in north Wales. According to North Wales Police, the alleged incident happened at Pensarn beach, Abergele, in the early hours of Saturday.and more »

Super efficient UK automotive sector has nothing to fear from Brexit says industry expert Prof Garel Rhys

THE automotive industry is firmly anchored in Britain and economics and efficiency will not see it bolt to the continent as Britain negotiates its exit from the EU. That's the view of leading international economist Prof Garel Rhys, chairman of the ...

The £1.2bn City Deal for the Cardiff Capital City Region wants to hear from you

The independent commission is chaired by Professor Greg Clark, a world-leading expert on city regions. It has been set up by the City Deal Joint Cabinet, made up of the leaders of the 10 local authorities and chaired by leader of Rhondda Cynon Taf ...

Former Wales skipper and Lions star brands scheduling of next summer's three

Wasps chief Dai Young perplexed why the Lions will leave before the Premiership and PRO12 finals towards the end of May and asks: "Could they start a week later?" Shares; Comments. Get rugby news by email. Former Wales captain and Wasps rugby ...and more »

A teenager had to be cut out of a child's swing in Barry

Elsewhere firefighters had to rescue a cat which had been stuck five metres up a large oak tree for more than 24 hours in the Rhondda . Crews from Treorchy were called at around 5.55pm on Sunday and used ladders to rescue the cat after the RSPCA ...

Wales set to bask in sunshine on Bank Holiday Monday – but it won't last long

There will be plenty of sunshine over the last Bank Holiday of the summer with temperatures expected to hit around 22°C in some places today. The Met Office did have yellow warnings of rain for Saturday and Sunday but the band of bad weather hit ...and more »

Two cars in collision on busy Cardiff road

Police, fire and ambulance crews were called out to Rhydypenau Road in Cyncoed, Cardiff, at 6.40pm and the incident is still ongoing. A spokesman for South Wales Police said: "There has been a two vehicle collision and one person is believed to have ...

Armed police called after reports of stabbing in Ely, Cardiff

A man was left in a “pool of blood” after he is believed to have been stabbed in an incident in Cardiff on Sunday afternoon. Armed police officers were deployed to Mill Place in Ely after South Wales Police received several reports of a disturbance at ...and more »

Shoppers queue down the street as Wales' final BHS shuts its doors

Bargains and more than a few tears marked the final day of trading for a once giant department store chain, with the closure of BHS. The store has been a high profile presence on UK high streets for 88 years, but went into administration earlier this ...and more »

Runners take to the streets for annual Butetown Mile in Cardiff

Almost 200 runners took part in a charity run in the middle of Cardiff on Sunday. The Butetown Mile started in the 1980s but stopped in the 1990s. It then re-launched two years ago, when 64 runners took part. The race was from Bute Street to Cardiff Bay.

Visitors enjoying adrenaline soaked bank holiday weekend at Cardiff Bay

Thousands of people have flocked to Cardiff Bay to visit the Cardiff Harbour Festival and watch the thrill of the P1 Welsh Grand Prix of the Sea which continues on Monday. This year is P1's fourth visit to Cardiff Bay. The event promises entertainment ...

Meet the man behind some of Cardiff's most eye

It is not long since graffiti was seen as uniquely the preserve of vandals and miscreants, a kind of harbinger of social disorder that had to be kept at bay. In the US, a theory of crime dubbed “Broken Windows” – which held that cleaning up cities ...

Exams are important but they aren't everything

Parents with young children at the LadyBirds playgroup in Dare Valley Country Park near Aberdare are clear. They think, as many social commentators and educationalists agree, that children need to get outside more and spend less time inside and on ...

A massive pillow fight involving 1,200 people will take place in ...

Thousands of people have already signed up to perform in Roald Dahl's City of the Unexpected when the Welsh capital will enjoy a two-day spectacular of weird ...and more »

Everything you need to know about Monster Jam in Cardiff

It's coming on Saturday September 3 and will be an action-packed live event on four wheels. World-class drivers will compete in both Monster Jam truck racing and freestyle competitions. Combining high-octane, spontaneous entertainment with the ultimate ...

'While the city has many good things...the eating opportunities are not among them'

When you hear that a national food critic has reviewed your restaurant it must be a pretty nervous run to the newspaper stand. For The Classroom/Y Dosbarth, though there are no such worries this morning, when the Observer food columnist Jay Rayner ...and more »

These stunning images will make you appreciate how great life is

With the hustle and bustle, stresses and fast pace of everyday life, it's easy to take for granted the little facets of life that deserve appreciation. From golden sunsets to winding river banks, magnificent landscapes to fairy tale castles - these are ...

Welsh regions can no longer carry on being Pro12 'fodder' for Irish ...

Former Wales and British Lions great Phil Bennett is demanding our four regions end being Guinness Pro12 'fodder' for their Irish and Scottish rivals when the ...and more »

Last BHS store in Wales to shut today as Swansea store closes its doors for the last time

It's the end of an era as the last BHS in Wales prepares to close for the last time today. Swansea's Princess Way store is one of 58 to go nationwide as BHS collapsed into administration after a rescue deal failed. BHS had six stores in Wales in ...and more »

Allied Bakeries confirms it will close Flintshire depot putting 53 jobs ...

Allied Bakeries announced last month it was consulting on plans to close its depot in Saltney - putting 53 jobs at risk. Now they have confirmed that the proposal ...and more »

Britain's Got Talent's Bars and Melody are coming to Cardiff and here's how you can meet them

And fans will get a chance to meet the hip-hop duo who have stolen the nation's hearts with their youthful brand of rap and vocals. Leondre Davies, 15, from Port Talbot, and 17-year-old Charlie Lenehan shot to fame in 2014 when they performed their ...

Reading defeat shows Cardiff City how badly they need a striker to make the faltering 5

The transfer window has felt for some time to be something of an overblown spectacle, but there can be little doubt that these next few days are of crucial importance for Cardiff City. This was the fourth of six competitive games in which they have ...and more »

Bradley Wiggins' Tour of Britain route through the Forest of Dean revealed to residents

Residents have been told where they can go to cheer on Sir Bradley Wiggins and other top cyclists as they pass through the Forest of Dean early next month. Excitement is growing about Stage 5 of the Tour of Britain arriving in the Forest of Dean and ...

Welsh Tory leader doubts Welsh Assembly would survive a vote to ...

Welsh Conservative leader Andrew RT Davies has warned that he believes a referendum on abolishing the Welsh Assembly would succeed if it was held now.and more »

The cheapest place in the UK to fill up your car is in these Welsh supermarkets

Supermarkets in one Welsh town have gone head-to-head after dropping their petrol prices to below £1, making it the cheapest place in the UK to buy fuel. Asda and Morrisons in Barry have both dropped their price of unleaded and diesel to 99.7p per litre.

Police negotiator and armed officers called to residential street after ...

Police were called to a house on Pethybridge Road in Ely, Cardiff, on Saturday afternoon.and more »

Hull clinch first Challenge Cup triumph at Wembley

Hull ended a 74-year wait for a Wembley victory as they came from behind in dramatic fashion to beat favourites Warrington 12-10 in a classic final. It is Hull's fourth Challenge Cup triumph but their first at the national stadium as the Wolves ...and more »

Thousands turn out for Color Festival despite concern over whether it would go ahead

Thousands of revellers turned out for The Color Festival in Cardiff on Saturday - despite some concern about whether it would go ahead after headliners Basement Jaxx pulled out at the 11th hour. The event at Splott Warehouse saw fans - many of whom ...

Lee Trundle scored this cracking free

The player Swans fans call 'Magic Daps' made his debut for his new team this afternoon and scored a classy hat-trick as Llanelli Town ran out 3-2 winners over Aberdare Town. It caps off a fantastic week for Trundle after he celebrated the birth of his ...and more »

Vale show horse results

Class 104, Welsh Pony, mare or gelding four years or over – first Miss F Leadbitter, Ystradowen, Cwrt Y Cadno Cyfrinach; second Mrs Gail Butler, Maendy, Penway Perl; third Mr DR Morgan & Miss HJ Morgan, Aberdare, Rosedale Black Gold (Hannah ...

Another eight join apprentice scheme

Council Leader Rhondda Geekie met the new recruits and said: “Over the years we have helped young people in the fields of horticulture, customer services, construction management and various building trades.” Newly-appointed apprentice Reece, from ...

The ultimate guide to the August Bank Holiday weekend in Wales

Summer may almost be over but at least we have a three-day weekend to enjoy. And if you're stuck for ideas, here are just some ways how you can spend it, plus some useful information on your local supermarket's opening hours - well you don;t want to be ...and more »

Bank holiday weather forecast improves as severe weather warning is lifted

Weather warnings that had been in place over most parts of Wales for the bank holiday weekend have been moved to another part of the UK. The Met Office did have yellow warnings of rain for Saturday and Sunday, but the band of bad weather is now likely ...and more »

This is the worrying statistic behind slavery in Wales with more people expected to be at risk by the end of the year

The number of people feared to be at risk of modern slavery in Wales is set to top last year's figure. Last year 134 people were deemed to be in danger of being exploited by traffickers. But between January and March a total of 35 were referred to the ...

Jasmine Joyce reveals how life has changed since that 'little girl from St Davids' became an Olympian

If you had walked down any high street in Wales as little as two months ago, you'd have struggled to find anyone who would recognise the name Jasmine Joyce. Now you'll have a job to find anyone who doesn't. Uncapped for Wales' women in the 15-a-side ...

Australia are in crisis after sixth defeat in a row and Wales could be favourites for autumn Test

Wales' opening autumn series opponents Australia fell to a sixth defeat in a row when they were beaten 29-9 by New Zealand in Wellington. Nobody in their right mind expected the Wallabies to win after suffering a record 42-8 thrashing on Aussie soil a ...and more »

The man behind boutique Swansea hotel Morgans wants to open a new bistro

He already runs the luxurious Morgans Hotel in Swansea and now Martin Morgan is hoping to transform two nearby townhouses into a new bistro. The striking blue-coloured Georgian properties are at the end of Somerset Place, also known as Prospect Place ...

Aliens to invade Wales for sci

The Valleys will be turned into something out of this world in a feature-length sci-fi film shot entirely in South Wales. OFFWORLD, the branchild of sci-fi author turned director Terry Cooper and producer Adam Neal, will depict a group of space ...

Everything you need to know about the Rhyl Air Show 2016

The Red Arrows and RAF Falcons Parachute Display Team are among the highlights of the Rhyl Air Show which is taking place this weekend. Thousands are expected to descend on Rhyl's promenade to see an array of spectacular displays of military and ...and more »

V&A buys Tommy Cooper's archive including thousands of hand

Tommy Cooper's hand-written jokes are set to go on display at the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) after it bought the late comic's archive. The Tommy Cooper Collection does not contain the Caerphilly-born star's trademark red fez, but does feature ...and more »

Big challenge ahead as Wales forges new qualifications system

The waiting is over and the results are in. But Wales' GCSE and A-level scores were hardly A*. Education Editor Gareth Evans predicts an uncertain future as qualifications change apace... Shares; Comments ...and more »

Owen Smith says schools in his area are under pressure from ...

Owen Smith had claimed during an interview on BBC Newsnight this week that schools in his area are under pressure due to migration. According to the New ...and more »

Should this be a footpath? Abercynon 3 gets a visit

As the Open Spaces Society local correspondent, I went to look at a footpath in Tyntetown, north of Abercynon.

Work complete at Asda Roundabout, Aberdare

A strategic roundabout in Aberdare has benefitted from over £100,000 investment which will now h

Work to begin on flood-prone Aberaman to Cwmbach PROW

Work is set to begin on a popular and well-used public right of way linking Aberaman and Cwmbach

“One telephone conversation” on Brexit since referendum

Despite “hysterical” warnings over the impact of Brexit, the First Minister has held just one meeting – a tele

85-year-olds hit hardest by delays in care

Statistics published by the Welsh Government on ‘delayed transfers of care’ show that Wales-wide figures for b

Plaid’s lack of influence highlighted once again

Plaid Cymru’s lack of influence in Welsh political decision-making has been laid bare once again, despite the

NRW signs agreement with Cider Company

Natural Resources Wales (NRW) has signed an agreement to allow a South Wales company to grow cider apples and perry pears on its land.

Project gives rural economy a boost

A £10.8m project to boost the Welsh economy and create jobs through its landscape and wildlife has delivered impressive results.

Cardiff music festival says it 'upheld all obligations' and threatens ...

The organisers of a major Cardiff music festival says accusations it didn't "uphold contractual obligations" are unfounded. The Color Festival also said it would ...and more »

Wales' first 4DX cinema is opening with moving seats, water sprays and even smell

Cardiff movie lovers are to have their cinema-going habits transformed when the country's very first new 4DX cinema opens its doors in the capital next month. Introduced from South Korea and considered to be the biggest innovation in cinematic ...

23 legendary Cardiff nightclubs you loved in the 1990s but aren't there now

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Girls outperform boys in reading, latest Welsh data shows

... three years, while Blaenau Gwent's score had fallen the most in the Welsh reading tests. Swansea's increased the most in reading and the procedural maths test, Rhondda Cynon Taff in reasoning and Newport made most progress in Welsh reading tests.

Sports club left furious after playing fields damaged for a third time this summer

Sports clubs in Mountain Ash have been left furious after their playing fields were damaged overnight – the third time it's happened this summer. Mountain Ash Cricket Club says it has had to call off a fixture on Saturday following damage to the ...

GCSE results 2016: So how did Wales do? Find out how your area performed

Steady progress saw the headline indicator of the proportion of pupils achieving five A*-C grades, including English or Welsh and maths reach 50%. The authority pointed to Brynmawr Foundation School, whose headline measure improved by 15% on last ...and more »

Everything you need to know about the Status Quo gig at Parc Y Scarlets

One of the biggest rock groups in the world, Status Quo will play Parc y Scarlets this weekend. It's set to be one of their final gigs after Francis Rossi and co broke the news that their 2016 live shows will be their last ever full electric tour ...

Calls for 'fresh' look at case of Swansea City fan who died after being hit by police horse

Police are considering a request from the family of a Swansea City fan who died after being struck by a police horse to take a “fresh” look at the evidence in the case. Terry Coles died in an incident near Rotherham's football ground 16 years ago while ...and more »

Smoke seen for miles around as large fire breaks out at business park

Thick smoke billowed into the air after a 'large' fire broke out at a warehouse on a South Wales industrial estate. Half the roof is believed to have already gone in the blaze at the D'Arcy Business Park, Llandarcy, Neath, which started at around 10 ...and more »

This huge sign at a Gower beauty spot is dividing opinion

And this sign is dividing opinion after it went up at a Gower beauty spot. Having already appeared in Snowdonia and Tintern Abbey, the massive mirrored sign reading EPIC will now will stay at Rhossili for a week. The letters, created by Wild Creations ...

A 15

Brick by brick and pixel by pixel, a 15-year-old school boy painstakingly rebuilt the National Library of Wales to win a Minecraft competition. Finian Bannon is a student at Caerleon Comprehensive School in Newport and won the competition set by the ...and more »

Morning news headlines: Three Britons killed in Italy earthquake

Rescuers work amid collapsed building in Amatrice, central Italy, Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016. Rescue crews raced against time Thursday looking for survivors from the earthquake that leveled three towns in central Italy and Italy once again anguished over ...and more »

It's Wales wing George North as you've never seen him before ...

It's a sight you probably thought you would never see but North really has swapped the rugby field for the dance hall, as this remarkable film shows.and more »

Champions League final 'a great opportunity' for Cardiff

Hosting the 2017 Champions League final will be a "great opportunity" for Cardiff, the city's council has said. Cardiff council leader Phil Bale said the authority was "really excited" after the draw for the competition's group stage. World football's ...

This fascinating video travels back in time through Cardiff and Penarth from today to the '70s

A photographer has made a fascinating video contrasting how Cardiff and Penarth have evolved from the 1970s to today. James Fox, 26, has made multiple videos showing historical changes in Britain. He's done so by recreating historical shots in the ...

GCSE Results 2016: The wait is finally over for Rhondda students who are celebrating fantastic grades

Rhondda students have returned to school this morning to pick up their GCSE results - and there were some fantastic performances from local schools. Tonyrefail School, Ysgol Gyfun Cymer Rhondda, Tonypandy Community College, Porth County ...and more »

GCSE Results 2016: Pontypridd and students celebrate receiving their grades

Talented students from Pontypridd and the surrounding areas have returned to school to receive their GCSE results. On Thursday morning Cardinal Newman Roman Catholic School, Ysgol Garth Olwg, Pontypridd High, Hawthorn High, Y Pant Comprehensive ...and more »

Wales breaking news plus live traffic, weather and M4 updates (Friday, August 26)

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 »

New bus services set to be introduced in Cardiff

Capital Links buses will be driving around the capital's streets from September 4 – bringing a new “value” service to passengers. The are being launched as a sister firm to Cardiff Bus, which is itself a city council-owned arms-length company.

'To make Champions League history in Cardiff would be very special'

Gareth Bale has his sights set on history and hometown glory after targeting a Champions League crown on Welsh soil. The road to Cardiff 2017 officially began in Monte Carlo on Thursday with the Champions League group stage draw, all part of the ...and more »

5 of Swansea's finest minds who took us to Mars, delved into our genes and much more

LAST but by no means least, Aberdare-born Professor Evans was responsible for designing and building a £3 billion particle smasher underground in Switzerland. Inside the vast machine — the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) — high-energy particle beams ...

'A number of British nationals' affected by Italy earthquake

A man walks in a street in Amatrice, central Italy, where a 6.1 earthquake struck just after 3:30 a.m., Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016. A number of Britons have been affected by the devastating earthquake in Italy, the Foreign Office said as the death toll ...and more »

Councillor calls Barry railway bridge a 'death trap' claiming it is rusting and bolts are falling off

A railway bridge in Barry has been called a “death trap” by a councillor who claims it is rusting and “falling apart”. Calls have been made for work to be carried out on the railway bridge linking Barry Island station to the main Barry station. Plaid ...and more »

These Blaenau Gwent schools are celebrating after having achieved record

Schools in Blaenau Gwent are celebrating a record-breaking year after pupils opened the latest set of GCSE results on Thursday. Brynmawr Foundation school revealed 65% of pupils achieved the Level Two threshold, gaining at least five A*-C grades ...and more »

GPs express concern about doctor shortages in Wales

Grassroot GPs across Wales have expressed concern for the future as new figures showed an increase in the number of doctors handing their practices over to local health boards. The campaign group GP Survival released a series of statements from ...

These are the reworked vintage items available at a new upcycling shop in Merthyr

If you love refurbished furniture, upholstery and vintage items then a new shop in Merthyr Tydfil is just for you. Furniture Reborn has been opened on Pontmorlais by Wendy Murray and offers a host of interesting upcycled goodies. The shop sells its own ...

Wales GCSE results 2016: This Cardiff girl got 13 A*s in her exams (and her sister had 2A*s a year early)

There is plenty to celebrate in the Yusuf house tonight as these sisters swept the board in their exams. Kings Monkton pupil Hannah Yusuf achieved 13 A* grades in her GCSE results. She will now go on to study five A-Levels, Chemistry, Biology, Physics, ...and more »

Only the Welsh will get 100% in this quiz

This heinously difficult (not difficult) quiz will tell you. It tests everything, from swearing to castles. If you don't feel sufficiently tested afterwards, you could try this Welsh Citizenship test , this Welsh History quiz and this Welsh geography ...

Champions League final in Cardiff will build on Wales' Euro 2016 success, says FAW chief

Wales football chiefs believe having the game's biggest club game on our doorstep shows they're serious about building on the incredible success of Euro 2016. The star-studded draw for the Champions League in Monte Carlo marks the start of the road to ...and more »

This is the story of a thriving family bakery which began 60 years ago when a loaf of bread cost just 4p

In November 1976, Ernest Rule sold the bread business and moved to an empty Aberdare bakery where the family embarked on wholesale bakery - and Welsh Hills Bakery came into its own. Initially the company began supplying wholesale distributors ...

Northampton Town v Manchester United: Half the Rhondda Valley at Sixfields?

Northampton Town manager Rob Page says "half the Rhondda Valley" wants tickets for his side's EFL Cup third round match against Manchester United. Welshman Page's side beat West Brom on penalties to set up the Sixfields tie. "I've had a couple of pals ...and more »

Syrian refugee resettlement in Wales 'painfully slow'

Between April and June Rhondda Cynon Taf resettled 18 refugees whilst Blaenau Gwent, Carmarthenshire and the Vale of Glamorgan took five each, as the four councils took part in the Home Office-funded scheme for the first time. The five authorities ...

This is what Caerphilly Castle looks like made out of LEGO (and it could be sold all over the world)

An historic Welsh monument could soon be made into an official LEGO set available all over the world. A model of Caerphilly Castle has been made out of LEGO and it could not be created into an official set. The Welsh Government's historic environment ...and more »

Discount clothing shop Pep&Co is moving to Pontypridd creating 20 new jobs

"We bought 55/56 Taff Street three years ago and we've been working in partnership with Rhondda Cynon Taf council and Trevallis [formerly RCT Homes]. We had a grant from the Townscape Enhancement Programme to refurbish the fabric of the building.

A new bus lane camera has now been installed in Cardiff

A camera has been installed on a busy Cardiff road after accidents and near misses between BBC employees and traffic on the road outside their HQ. But the new equipment, designed to enforce a ban on the wrong traffic using the bus lane, will only ...

People are furious that headline acts have pulled out of a major Cardiff music festival

People are demanding refunds, asking for compensation and hoping for replacements after Ministry of Sound withdrew from Cardiff's Color Festival. Ministry of Sound announced on Tuesday afternoon that it would no longer be hosting a stage at the Splott ...and more »

Severe weather warnings issued for bank holiday weekend

If you have plans for camping or a BBQ this bank holiday, then look away now. The Met Office has issued weather warnings for rain on Saturday and Sunday across many parts of Wales. The warning states that outbreaks of rain will develop over central ...and more »

These fresh

File photo dated 19/10/15 of a graduation ceremony. The Government is announcing new measures to improve teaching in universities following criticism many students are paying tens of thousands of pounds for "Mickey Mouse" courses and little contact ...

These diners in Cardiff are selling cut

It's National Burger Day and to celebrate you can get 20% off a burger today (Thursday August 25). All you have to do is fill in a form online, receive a voucher on email and then present it at participating restaurants when you pay.

Doctor Who stars pose for selfie as David Suchet joins cast to film in Cardiff

Poirot star David Suchet joined the cast of Doctor Who in Cardiff this week and was more than happy to pose for a selfie. The veteran actor is playing The Landlord in an episode written by Doctor Foster writer Mike Bartlett, which is due to air in 2017 ...and more »

Win two KLM tickets to anywhere in the world

Rolling out from Aberdare in Rhondda Cynon Taf the race will head east through Pontypool and Usk before running through the Forest of Dean and up along the Severn Estuary into Gloucester. Coming out of the cathedral city the riders will head south into ...

GCSE results 2016: Wales grades improve slightly as nation narrows the gap with the UK

The proportion of Welsh pupils getting the highest grades at GCSE has risen slightly, according to official figures published today. Overall in Wales, 19.4% of pupils achieved A*-A grades – up from 19.2% last year. Meanwhile, the proportion of pupils ...

GCSE results 2016: Wales' top state school Cardiff High School reports an impressive set of grades

Cardiff's most sought-after secondary school is likely to lay claim to Wales' best GCSE scores at a state school. Regularly ranked the nation's top-performing school, Cardiff High broke all records – and the 90% barrier – on its way to an amazing set ...and more »

Cardiff man arrested in Germany on suspicion of conspiracy to kidnap

A 60-year-old Cardiff man is to be extradited back to the UK after being arrested in Germany. Gwent Police said the man was arrested last Friday in Hamburg on suspicion of conspiracy to kidnap. The arrest comes as part of Operation Imperial, a long ...and more »

Sir Bradley Wiggins and Owain Doull confirmed for Bath stage of Tour of Britain

Stage five, which will begin in Aberdare, will finish on Royal Avenue, in Bath having crossed South Wales and Gloucestershire. The 2012 Tour de France champion, who recently won his eighth Olympic medal as he took Gold in the Team Pursuit in Rio for ...and more »

A couple transformed this tin shack into a stunning eco home

When David and Lesley Gaukroger where property hunting in Mid Wales for their future semi-retirement home, they were not expecting to fall in love with what was essentially a tin shed. The ramshackle property dating back to the 1860s was previously ...

The re

Swansea's Glynn Vivian Art Gallery has been undergoing a multi-million pound refurbishment since October 2011, but now a re-opening date has been revealed. The Glynn Vivian Art Gallery will be throwing its doors open to the public on Saturday, October ...and more »

Man rescued after car ends up in River Taff, Upper Boat

A motorist had to be rescued after his car ended up in the river in Rhondda Cynon Taff. Rescue teams were called to the River Taff at Upper Boat, Pontypridd, just after 06:00 BST on Thursday morning. South Wales Fire and Rescue Service said the water ...and more »

Morning news headlines: Five die in sea tragedy on hottest day of the year

Five men died and a sixth person is thought to be missing in another seaside tragedy as Britons basked in the sun on the hottest day of the year. Beachgoers and emergency services tried to save three of the men after they got into difficulties in the ...and more »

Wales breaking news plus live traffic, weather and M4 updates (Thursday, August 25)

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

Liam Williams and Chris Eubank Jnr named on Cardiff boxing bill in October

Welsh warrior Liam Williams will defend his British and Commonwealth super-welterweight titles against Ahmet Patterson at the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff on October 22. The Clydach Vale fighter produced a dramatic 11th-round stoppage of Gary Corcoran ...and more »

House fire in which 19

Police investigating a fatal house fire in the Rhondda have revealed the incident is not being treated as suspicious. South Wales Police are investigating after receiving a report of a sudden death at a property on Park Road in Cwmparc, Rhondda, on ...

Bridgend's main Post Office could be moving to the basement of WHSmith

The announcement was made by the Post Office as it launched a public consultation into its proposal on Wednesday. It wants to move the Crown branch into a specially-built new area in the basement of WHSmith in the town's Rhiw Shopping Centre.and more »

Just one in ten drug and alcohol misusers successfully complete treatment

Just one in 10 people who attended drug and alcohol treatment services between January and March successfully

First Minister "craven for not taking leadership stance"

Commenting on the latest civil strife to have engulfed the Labour Party - whereby Carwyn Jones is said to be “

Top Welsh boxing talent heads to Tylorstown in October

Tylorstown Leisure Centre will host a night of professional boxing in October which will be promoted by Sanigar Events. The fight card will showcase a host of up and coming talent from across South Wales with 11 fights on the bill on October 8 ...

Plaid Cymru to seek judicial review of housing association merger

Plaid Cymru has warned it will seek judicial review of a housing association merger, with the party wanting to thwart a decision by the shareholders of Tai Cantref housing association to combine with Wales & West Housing.

Cardiff will be overrun by zombies this November

The undead are set to rise in Cardiff this November as the city's streets are turned into a battle for survival between the living and hordes of flesh-eating zombies . Rundead will see willing participants get chased by legions of brain munchers, along ...

Crouch, bind, set a new world record... Cardiff hosts the world's largest rugby scrum

Almost 1,300 people have scrummed down to set a new world record on the rugby pitch. A total of 1,297 participants crouched, bound and set to set a new Guinness World Record for the world's biggest rugby scrum on Wednesday afternoon in Cardiff .and more »

An outdoor nursery for children aged two to five is opening in woods in Wales

“We didn't know if people in Aberdare , in Wales, were ready for this. You have to take a risk. “It is quite niche but parents whose children attend the toddler sessions asked for a school,” Marc, 35, who has two step children aged seven and 11, added ...

Meet the man running the 1000

This man is aiming to run more than 1,000 miles around the perimeter of Wales - all in the space of just five weeks. And by completing the 1,044-mile quest, Matthew Ryan, 40, hopes to raise £5,000 on behalf of a friend who is paralysed. The Dinas Powys ...

The duo had been booked for this weekend's gig at Splott Warehouse

Organisers of this weekend's Color Festival in Cardiff insist the show will go on – despite electro duo Basement Jaxx no longer being among the performers. The Where's Your Head At? act had been headlining the event, which takes place at the Splott ...

Statues remembering Welsh national anthem composers return to park

The statues were removed at the end of last year to be repaired and cleaned in a studio environment - and they were returned to the park by Rhondda Cynon Taf council on Tuesday, August 23. The green light for the repair work was given by the council's ...

The next stage of demolition is about to begin to make way for Cardiff's new bus station

If you've been in Cardiff city centre recently, you'll have noticed more roadworks than usual around one city eyesore. That's because work is advancing to demolish Marland House and the attached shops which face onto Wood Street. The demolition of the ...

A restaurant owner threatened with deportation was moved to tears by this show of support

A restaurant owner threatened with deportation was moved to tears after dozens of people booked out his restaurant in a show of support. The team at Oz Urfa in City Road, Cardiff, planned to shut down today after the Home Office told chef Faruk Yavuzel ...and more »

Morning news headlines: British woman stabbed to death by 'Allahu Akbar' attacker at Australian hotel

A 21-year-old British woman has died and a 30-year-old British man is in a critical condition after being stabbed at a backpackers' hostel in Queensland, Australia, by a man who allegedly shouted "Allahu Akbar" during the attack. Queensland Police ...and more »

Gareth Bale is on a three

In the land of the high-rollers, Welsh football is already guaranteed to be toasting one success as the Champions League draw officially marks the start of the road to Cardiff, the stage of this season's final. After all the hard work and celebration ...

Former Education Minister Leighton Andrews appointed Cardiff University lecturer

The former education and public services minister will start a three year stint at Cardiff University's Business School next month. Mr Andrews, who was ousted as Rhondda AM by Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood in May, has been appointed to the role of ...

Prolific Cardiff burglar jailed after admitting latest string of break

A prolific Cardiff burglar convicted for 12 break-ins has been jailed for his latest spate of thefts. Lee Strickland was sentenced to four years by Judge Eleri Rees at Cardiff Crown Court on Tuesday, after admitting three counts of burglary and three ...

Hotels in Cardiff are already fully booked for the Champions League final in nine months

It is nine months until we even know who will be playing...but almost all of Cardiff 's hotel rooms have already been booked ahead of next year's Champions League final. The world's most-watched annual club football match takes place at the city's ...and more »

These 40 council offices, leisure centres, libraries, theatres and day ...

A whole host of council-run buildings in Rhondda Cynon Taff will soon have WiFi installed for their users. In total, 40 buildings - ranging from council offices to ...and more »

Century

A century-old former workingmen's hall in the Rhondda will be sold at auction next month. The former Ninian Stuart Workingmen's Club in Station Street, Treherbert , will go under the hammer with a £69,000 guide price. The three-storey building was ...

TV star visits Cardiff to encourage people to nominate their local ...

Whether it's a community stalwart or a brave lifesaver, it's now time to get in your nominations for the annual Pride of Britain awards. The awards, presented by ...and more »

'We have lost our beautiful princess' Family's moving tribute to young ...

Sophie Taylor, 22, from Cardiff, died during the early hours of Monday, August 22.and more »

Cathays pub The Flora is set to reopen with a totally new look

Victorian pub The Flora in Cathays has had a huge investment and has been transformed in a partnership between SA Brain and the team behind Ten Mill Lane. In April this year it was revealed there would be a six-figure investment to transform it inside ...

Professor to explain 'why weather forecasts go wrong' at science festival in Swansea

If the weather, our national obsession, sometimes drives you nuts then a talk by meteorology professor David Schultz is worth checking out at the British Science Festival in Swansea. Richard Youle reports. LEADING scientists and powerful supercomputers ...

These are the three big problems said to be facing care homes in Wales

Urgent action is needed to deal with the “triple whammy” of issues battering care homes across Wales. That's according to chairman of Care Forum Wales, Mario Kreft MBE , who claims the industry is facing chronic underfunding, issues surrounding staff ...and more »

Volunteers called on to help unearth more of Merthyr Tydfil's Roman origins

Volunteers are being called on to help unearth more of Merthyr Tydfil 's Roman origins during two digs in Cyfarthfa Park. The town's credentials as a town stretching back some 2,000 years to Roman times could be cemented over the next two weeks by an ...

Fall in value of the pound post Brexit pushes UK exports to two year high

UK manufacturers have seen export orders reach a two-year high thanks to the plunge in the value of the pound following the Brexit vote, a report has said. The CBI Industrial Trends Survey said export orders reached their highest since August 2014 ...and more »

11 reasons why you shouldn't miss Newport Food Festival 2016

Now in its sixth year, the Newport Food Festival looks set to see thousands of people once again flock to the city's centre when it takes place on Saturday, October 1. Although still a relative newcomer in the foodie calendar , the event has been going ...

Four men released without charge following assault in Cardiff

Four men have been released without charge after a man was assaulted outside a block of flats in Cardiff on Monday, police have said. South Wales Police are continuing to investigate the assault which took place in Anderson Place, Adamsdown , at around ...

Family values key to success at Bridgend school

It goes without saying that good quality teaching is key to a successful education system. But parents have an important role to play, too – just ask Brackla Primary School. The Bridgend school has shown how family engagement can help drive up ...

This fairytale cottage for sale in Radyr is believed to have inspired a royal home

The Thatch is such a fairytale property that it is widely thought it formed the basis of the design of a little thatched garden cottage called Y Bwthyn Bach that was built for the young princesses Elizabeth and Margaret. The Wendy house fit for the ...

Team GB hailed for 'best sporting achievement in British history' on Rio return

Great Britain's record-breaking Olympics in Rio has been hailed as "the best sporting achievement" in the country's history by chef de mission Mark England. Team GB brought back 67 medals, their highest number from an overseas Games and a total that ...and more »

'There is such an appetite among our older residents to get online': Aberdare day centre has WiFi installed

WiFi has been installed at a Cynon Valley day centre, allowing silver surfers to get online for free. St Mairs Day Centre in Aberdare has recently become one of the first council buildings to have WiFi installed for the free use of its users - the ...and more »

This Welsh Twitter user had the perfect response when Piers Morgan congratulated Team GB

Piers Morgan sparked a furious reaction from Welsh football fans last month after suggesting the team's homecoming parade was "over the top" because they didn't win Euro 2016. But it seems the controversial TV presenter forgot about his stance as he ...

A millionaire wants to start commercial flights from Swansea Airport

Plans for a return of commercial flights at Swansea Airport have been revealed by entrepreneur Martin Morgan who said he is now looking for investors to make it a reality. Mr Morgan, the owner of 20-branch The Travel House, is creating a consortium of ...and more »

People have booked out an entire restaurant to support the owner who's at risk of being deported

A group of people have booked most of a restaurant faced with closure as a show of support. Oz Urfa on City Road, Cardiff, had planned to shut down on August 24 after the Home Office told chef Faruk Yavuzel he would have to leave the UK . But Hope not ...

Watch Team GB homecoming press conference: Olympic heroes address the media after returning to UK

Golden-nosed British Airways jets carried Team GB back across the Atlantic and they touched down at London's Heathrow airport earlier today. It appears to be a fairly jovial flight, with pictures emerging of the athletes - who brought home 67 medals ...

Private hire app Uber is set to launch in Newport

First it came to Cardiff but now Uber is set to launch in its second city. Uber, the private hire app, has been granted an operator licence by Newport council but no timetable is yet set for it to actually launch. From here, they have to recruit ...and more »

A Cardiff city centre street is hosting one of the UK's biggest music gatherings... and it will feature a rum shack

Green Man , Wakestock, Festival No.6 and Swn are just some of the independent musical gatherings that have put the country on the map attracting thousands of music fans from home and abroad to flock to Wales. And you can now add to that impressive list ...

The figures that show Wales led the UK in Team GB's record Olympic medal haul

If anyone doubted the heroic contribution of Welsh competitors to Team GB's stunning Olympic success, then new figures should change their thinking. According to data published by the Press Association, Welsh stars won more medals per member of the ...and more »

Wait to recover bodies of men killed in Didcot Power Station is 'unacceptable'

Grieving families of workers buried at Didcot power station "should be allowed to mourn" as the wait to recover the bodies reaches an "unacceptable" six months, politicians say. Four men died and five were seriously injured when half of a massive 10 ...and more »

This man is so annoyed about the name of his local M&S he's spent 10 years on their case

About once a fortnight he makes the short journey from his home to the Marks and Spencer's Simply Food outlet. But there's something about the shop that's been driving him crazy - and he's spent the last 10 years trying to sort it out. What catches his ...and more »

Western Mail letters: Tuesday, August 23, 2016

While on holiday last week with my family in beautiful Pembrokeshire, where I grew up, I asked several of my relatives which adopted Welsh words used in conversation on television and social media they most despised. The top two, which coincidentally ...

Morning news headlines: Team GB due to return to UK after Rio Olympics success

Team GB are set to receive a heroes' welcome when they touch down in the UK following their best Olympics in more than a century. A Boeing 747 carrying 320 athletes and support staff will land at Heathrow airport at 10am in a gold-nosed British Airways ...and more »

Wales breaking news plus live traffic, weather and M4 updates (Tuesday, August 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 ...

Hundreds of veteran rugby players have descended on Cardiff from around the globe

More than 100 rugby teams from across the globe have descended on Cardiff for what has been billed as the biggest and best veterans' tournament. Players from teams from 25 nations, including Australia's Old Tasmanian Devils, Germany's Frankfurter ...and more »

Companies fined after worker fell to his death from factory roof

Two companies have been fined after an employee fell more than seven metres to his death while working on a factory roof. Span Roofing Contractors Ltd was fined £65,000 and ordered to pay costs of £37,500 while B&T Roofing Solutions Ltd was fined ...

Sherman Cymru's Iphigenia In Splott wins major literary award at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe

A Greek tragedy reimagined in modern-day Cardiff has tonight won one of the UK's most coveted literary awards - the James Tait Black Prize for Drama - at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. It is the latest accolade for Gary Owen's one-woman monologue, ...and more »

Revealed: Labour’s secret cuts to jobs scheme

The Welsh Labour Government has today come under fire for secret cuts to its flagship job creation scheme

Run the Cardiff Half for people with sight loss in Wales

RNIB Cymru wants runners taking part in this year’s Cardiff Half Marathon to raise money to support people living

The Pride of Britain Awards bus is coming to Cardiff in the search for heroes

The Pride of Britain bus is rolling into Cardiff city centre on Tuesday, August 23 - as it tours the UK with the aim of finding the nation's unsung heroes. The distinctive Routemaster, resplendent in purple Union Jack livery, will spearhead a 1,000 ...

Plans for new £5m health centre in Mountain Ash gather pace as town centre site is being considered

A Cynon Valley town could soon benefit from a new £5m health centre to cope with a shortage of GP services. Plans are progressing for a new state-of-the-art centre in Mountain Ash , with Rhondda Cynon Taf council about to clear a patch of overgrown ...

Celebrate everything to do with gin at this festival in Cardiff

Artigiano Espresso & Wine Bar is offering tastings and masterclasses.and more »

You can enjoy FREE gin at a festival that's taking place in Cardiff until the end of August

If you love everything there is to love about gin, head to Artigiano Espresso and Wine Bar in Cardiff which is now holding a gin festival until August 31. You can celebrate the best of British summer with live music, cocktail promotions - including six ...and more »

Thai restaurant Thaikhun wants to open its first branch in Cardiff

It's already got branches in Gateshead, Manchester and Guildford, but now Thai chain Thaikhun wants to open in Cardiff. Pronounced like tycoon, the restaurant say their aim is to bring authentic Thai street food from the streets of Bangkok to the ...

7 ways to enjoy the beautiful castles of Wales this August Bank Holiday

Wales's impressive castles, abbeys and historic sites have released a programme of more than 100 adventurous family events coming up next Bank Holiday weekend (from Friday, August 26 through to Monday, August 29). Cadw has launched the ...

Here's the story behind a bizarre billboard that just popped up in Cardiff

Monmouthshire · Neath Port Talbot · Newport · Pembrokeshire · Powys · Rhondda · Pontypridd · Torfaen · Vale of Glamorgan · Wrexham. Trending A-level Results 2016 Crime Politics Tata job losses Transport · Sport. Sections Latest Sport Rugby Football ...

This charity wanted to donate 500 duvets to animal rescue centres... and the idea went crazy on social media

Recycling charity Toogoodtowaste - which has showrooms in Rhondda and Aberdare - was handed a large donation of pre-owned duvets and pillows by the Ministry of Defence, and put a message on its Facebook page offering them to any centre who ...and more »

This is the grim aftermath of an attack in Cardiff city centre on Saturday

A man was left with this huge gash to his head after the reported incident on Saturday. South Wales Police is now investigating an assault which happened on Queen Street just after 11.30pm on Saturday, August 20. A 26-year-old sustained a head injury ...and more »

Teens 'lucky to be alive' after playing game of chicken with huge waves in Porthcawl

Coastguards have said teenage boys who were photographed playing “chicken” with giant waves at Porthcawl are lucky to be alive. The pair were seen under a deluge of seawater as huge rollers hit the breakwater at the resort as it was getting dark.and more »

Part of A487 closed in both directions after car overturned

The main road between Aberaeron and Aberystwyth is blocked as recovery work is carried out. Shares. Get daily news by email. Google Maps. Part of the A487 is closed in both directions after a car has overturned. Traffic sensors say that the A487 has ...

A man has been charged with murder following the death of a 24

A man has appeared in court today charged with murder following the death of a 24-year-old woman. A South Wales Police spokeswoman said that police were called to an address on Ely Road in Llandaff, Cardiff at 8.26am on Friday. Police said Xixi Bi, 24, ...and more »

This Welsh singer's deal with Caffè Nero means her music will be played in 700 coffee shops across the UK

A Welsh singer has landed a massive deal with a coffee chain meaning her album will be played in 700 shops across the UK. Caffè Nero has chosen Laura Evans' EP, called Remember When, to be played on its afternoon playlist in all its coffee shops ...

Llandaff man in court charged with murder of girlfriend

A 23-year-old man has been charged with the murder of his girlfriend in Cardiff. He was arrested following the death of 24-year-old Xixi Bi at a property in Ely Road, Llandaff, on Friday. South Wales Police received a report of a woman experiencing ...

Port Talbot Steelworks back in profit, but uncertainty over its future remains

The up for sale Port Talbot Steelworks has moved back into profit, boosted by a rise in global steel prices and the efforts of record production smashing workers. Tata put its entire UK business up for sale in March, but last month confirmed it was ...and more »

Shaun Edwards hits back at Wales' critics following New Zealand's mauling of Australia last weekend

Shaun Edwards has taken a swipe at critics of Wales' efforts against the All Blacks during June's tour of New Zealand. Warren Gatland's defence chief spoke out after watching in admiration as the back-to-back World Cup holders humiliated Australia 42-8 ...and more »

Woman dies after car hits block of flats in Adamsdown

A woman has died after the car she was driving crashed into a block of flats in the early hours of Monday morning. The crash happened at the junction of Meteor St and Moira St in Adamsdown, Cardiff, just after 00:30 BST. The 22-year-old woman was ...and more »

Emergency services called after reports of a 'person at risk' in Cardiff river

South Wales Fire and Rescue and South Wales Police have both been dealing with the incident this morning. Fire crews sent specialist teams but left the scene just after 8am but the incident is ongoing.and more »

‘Team’ Blueprint Key for Future Games Success

The strong elite partnerships across Wales and the UK have given Welsh athletes the platform to bring home a record Olympic Games medal haul, says Sport Wales Chief Exective Sarah Powell.

Mark Cavendish leads first star names in Tour of Britain line

Stage five, which will begin in Aberdare, will finish on Royal Avenue, in Bath having crossed South Wales and Gloucestershire. Cavendish, who has 30 stage victories in the Tour de France, won his first Olympic medal last Tuesday evening, taking Silver ...and more »

Young woman killed after car crashes into block of flats in Cardiff

A woman has died after a car crashed into a block of flats in Cardiff. Police closed roads in the Adamsdown area of the city as they investigated. Police say the 22-year-old female driver passed away as a result of the crash and a 21-year-old male ...and more »

Morning news headlines: Rio hands over to Tokyo as Team GB celebrates golden games

Rio has passed the Olympic baton to 2020 host Tokyo in a colourful closing spectacular that capped off a record-breaking Games for Britain. Dozens of Team GB's victorious athletes are set to return as heroes, bringing with them the biggest medal haul ...and more »

Wales breaking news plus live traffic, weather and M4 updates (Monday, August 22)

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

Farewell to the greatest Olympics Wales has ever known... and a summer when our sports stars have wowed the world

Another Olympics Games came to a close last night, but for Team GB, and for Welsh competitors in particular, today is no ordinary aftermath. Far from it. Before Rio 2016 fades to the back of this nation's mind we must pause and reflect how Wales, as ...and more »

Welsh Labour is accused of 'sneaking out' a major cut to Jobs Growth Wales

Nathan Burgess, from Kenfig Hill, is one of more than 10,000 young people in Wales to have found work through Jobs Growth Wales. Pictures Huw John. The Welsh Government's flagship job creation programme – Jobs Growth Wales – has quietly halved its ...and more »

New £11.5million school for Lenzie pupils

Council Leader Rhondda Geekie said: “It was wonderful to see the children coming together in their fabulous new school. "They have been involved since the design process and have had a guiding hand in creating the kind of school they wanted. “I know I ...

Wales gives 77 times as much money to women's groups than men's groups

A campaign group has criticised the Welsh Government , claiming it gives more than 77 times as much money to organisations dealing mainly with women's issues than to those which deal mainly with men's issues. Funding details disclosed to FNF Both ...

Plaid Cymru has called Owen Smith a 'cynical hypocrite' for claiming ...

Plaid Cymru has accused Labour leadership contender Owen Smith of “cynical hypocrisy” by claiming to be a committed devolutionist while voting against ...

How to spot if a child is being sexually exploited

Child sex exploitation happens in Wales. This is the advice of the head of the team in Cardiff that tackles it.and more »

People with depression, anxiety and arthritis could be treated with a cannabis spray being tested in Cardiff

People with conditions from depression to arthritis could be helped by a cannabis-based vapouriser being tested in Wales. We've learned that an NHS facility in Cardiff is testing the vapouriser for wide range of debilitating health conditions. Two ...and more »

Large kitchen knife to be examined as police investigation continues into attempted armed robbery

A large kitchen knife, gloves and a motorbike helmet will be examined as part of a police investigation into an attempted armed robbery in Cardiff . The items were found by officers in Alfred Street following the incident at the Halifax Building ...and more »

Wind speeds in parts of Wales hit 65mph on Saturday

The biggest casualty was the Llyn Peninsula's Glass Butter Beach festival - where these campers found their tents ripped off the ground. Winds of up to 60mph wreaked havoc at the three-day music and wakeboarding festival near Llanbedrog, Gwynedd ...and more »

These local heroes spent a day collecting litter in Splott, Cardiff

More than 30 bags of rubbish were collected as a scheme to keep a Cardiff suburb tidy was launched. Around 30 people spent their Sunday morning picking up ...and more »

A robber in a balaclava brandished a kitchen knife and demanded money from two shopkeepers

A man wearing a balaclava demanded money from two shops in Swansea on Sunday morning while brandishing a kitchen knife. Police have confirmed they are investigating two robberies and believe the same man is responsible. The first happened at the ...and more »

Critics claim university's plan will 'destroy' part of Cardiff's heritage

A planned multi-million-pound Centre for Student Life will "destroy" an important part of Cardiff's heritage, according to critics. Those involved with the conservation of historic areas claim that, if approved, the plan for the five-storey building ...

Beer is big business in Swansea, with local breweries expanding and opening bars

The 30th Swansea Bay Beer and Cider Festival highlights how well the brewing business in booming in the region. Local brewers have expanded operations, opened bars and installed bottling plants as demand for their produce has grown. Boss Brewery ...

Wales breaking news plus live traffic, weather and M4 updates (Sunday, August 21)

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 »

Relive the big hair and bad fashion of the '80s with a night of power ballads in Cardiff

Tune up your air guitar and back comb that hair - a club night of classic '80s power ballads is coming to Cardiff late this month and it's guaranteed to blow your little white terry towelling socks off. Ultimate Power, which began life 10 years ago in ...

Rugby player with love of history brings ancient Rome to Wales for ...

A former rugby player with a love of history brought a touch of ancient Rome to Wales for his unsuspecting bride on their wedding day. Matthew Pewtner, 25, and ...and more »

This is what we need to do to ensure music in Wales prospers, according to industry experts

“Everything begins on borrowed equipment, in rehearsal rooms and bedrooms and to audiences of just a few people. And that's where we need to boldly, positively intervene - on the streets, in the small venues, because that's where the magic happens”.and more »

This is what we need to do to ensure music in Wales prospers ...

“Everything begins on borrowed equipment, in rehearsal rooms and bedrooms and to audiences of just a few people. And that's where we need to boldly, ...and more »

The things you'll remember if you went to Butlin's Minehead in the 1970s and 1980s

This holiday postcard is sent to you to wish you a very happy 80th birthday. Well, your holiday camps, at least. Because me and Butlin's – and loads of other Welsh holidaymakers – we go back a long way. It was Butlin's in Minehead that I was taken on ...

Remember this? Here's what Cardiff looked like a decade ago just before major redevelopment in the city centre

Remember this? Here's what Cardiff looked like a decade ago just before major redevelopment in the city centre. 16:22, 20 Aug 2016; Updated 16:27, 20 Aug 2016; By Huw Silk. Demolition work began in August and September 2006 on the area around the ...

A Welsh railway is offering the chance to experience steam trains at night

Travelling by steam train has a certain charm but a Welsh railway is offering the chance to experience it at night. The Talyllyn Railway's late night steam event on Saturday, August 27, will see trains departing from Tywyn Wharf station up until 11pm, ...

Inspired by Team GB? These are some of the Welsh clubs where you can play hockey

An historic night in Rio on Friday saw Team GB's first gold for British women's hockey. There were scenes of elation on the hockey pitch as Great Britain beat the Netherlands in a nail-biting penalty shoot-out after a tense 3-3 draw. And since the ...

Wales given boost ahead of autumn campaign as All Blacks humiliate Australia in Sydney

Wales' 3-0 whitewash at the hands of the All Blacks has been put in perspective by New Zealand's startling 42-8 demolition of Australia in Sydney. And it will give Warren Gatland's Welsh squad a massive fillip ahead of the autumn Test series at the ...and more »

Armed police called to attempted knifepoint robbery at Cardiff bank

Police are investigating an armed robbery on a bank in the Roath area of Cardiff on Saturday afternoon. Armed police were seen outside both Halifax bank in Albany Road and a property in Donald Street and remained there for much of the afternoon.and more »

CYCLING: Olympic medallist Mark Cavendish to race through Gloucestershire on Tour of Britain

TOUR de France stage winner Mark Cavendish will be cycling through Stroud in this year's Tour of Britain, it has been announced. Cavendish, who has 30 stage victories in the Tour de France, won his first Olympic medal on Tuesday evening, taking silver ...

The Pot Bistro is a revelation as delicious food and subtle French atmosphere are a winning combination

Well known in Cardiff for its homely breakfasts at their Crwys Road location – The Pot has now expanded its portfolio and opened its Bistro about half a mile away on Whitchurch Road. And my, it's certainly upped its game – I'll say right here, the food ...

The future sound of Wales

There are three things you can count on in life – death, taxes and the music industry attempting a passable impression of that ancient seer Nostradamus. However, instead of predicting great disasters about to befall humanity, industry tastemakers and ...

Joe's Ice Cream has opened a parlour in Llanelli

Joe's Ice Cream threw open their doors at East Gate on Saturday on the site of the former Cadwalader's. Bosses say they will introduce a Scarlet Sundae to the Llanelli branch. Joe's Ice Cream has been trading in St Helen's Road in Swansea since 1922 ...

Police appeal for witnesses after man dies in three

Police are investigating a collision involving three cars in North Wales on Saturday morning in which a man was killed. The incident happened in Gwynedd on the A496 at Caerdion, between Bontddu and Barmouth, and involved a silver Citroen, a silver Ford ...and more »

Live updates from planned 'anti

A group called Welsh Resistance have publicly posted on social media to say that they are planning to hold a demonstration today, though they have not revealed publicly exactly when or where it will take place. Gwent Police have confirmed they are ...and more »

Rio Olympic medalist will race through Bristol on Tour of Britain

Stage 5, on Thursday September 8, will be almost as long as previous day's course, when competitors travel between Aberdare and Bath, pedalling 205km or 127 miles. Stage 6, on September 9 will see the team travel between Sidmouth to Haytor, Dartmoor, ...

Emergency services called to car park to rescue a child 'locked inside a car'

Emergency services were called to an incident where a child was locked inside a car. Police and the fire service could be seen dealing with the incident in the car park of the Tesco supermarket in Western Avenue, Cardiff, on Saturday morning. A fire ...and more »

GB taekwondo star Lutalo Muhammad completely breaks down in tears during heartbreaking live TV interview

The 25-year-old was left completely devastated after a last gasp kick to the head saw his 6-5 lead over Ivorian Cheick Sallah Cisse overturned in the most dramatic and devastating fashion. And, as he struggled to come to terms with what had just ...and more »

Rhondda Tunnel Society carpet appeal meets its target in record time

The Rhondda Tunnel Society is famous for its impressive efforts to reopen the disused Victorian railway tunnel that stretches between Blaencwm in the Rhondda and Blaengwynfi in the Afan Valley. However, while they work diligently towards their main ...

Wales faces 60mph winds today as bad weather causes disruption to major events

Wales is set to see winds of up to 60mph and blustery conditions today as the summer weather forecast takes a turn for the worse. A severe weather warning has been in place since 2am on Saturday morning and will last until 9pm tonight. It comes after a ...and more »

Wales breaking news plus live traffic, weather and M4 updates (Saturday, August 20)

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

The macabre, strange and uncanny ghost tales of Victorian Wales

Fascinating stories of strange, macabre and uncanny episodes of the Victorian era have been penned by a Cardiff academic. Jan Bondeson's Strange Victoriana describes eeries tales, myths and case studies from around the UK – with two from South Wales.

One of St Davids' most historic homes is for sale for £795000... and it has a cute cottage in the back garden

If you have ever visited St Davids then there's a high chance that when you strolled around this pretty Pembrokeshire place you might have admired this handsome historic home right in the centre of the UK's smallest city. View of St Davids central ...

James Bond should be in the Senedd

Do you remember the rumpus last year when it emerged that the makers of the James Bond films had been denied permission to film in the Senedd? For all sorts of reasons, the thought of Daniel Craig in the Assembly sent pulses racing faster than an Aston ...

Team GB women's hockey stars clinch historic Olympic gold in dramatic penalty shootout

Great Britain's women are Olympic champions for the first time after Maddie Hinch and Hollie Webb's penalty shootout heroics ended Holland's dynasty in the Games, writes Matt McGeehan. Nicola White's last-quarter strike levelled the match at 3-3 and ...and more »

Madness go one step beyond with brilliant show at Cyfarthfa Park

Madness' reign as undisputed ska pop kings looks as if it has no sign of ending anytime soon - thanks to a hit-packed show that celebrated the past and looked resolutely to the future. This concert, in front of 6,000 fans in the picturesque grounds of ...

Cyclist left with life

Police are appealing for information after a cyclist has been left with life-threatening injuries following a collision. Gwent Police were called to Pengam in the early hours of Friday to a report of a collision involving a cyclist on Commercial Road ...and more »

An NHS facility in Cardiff is testing a cannabis

AN NHS facility based in Cardiff is quality control testing a cannabis-based “vaporiser” which claims to help people with a wide range of debilitating health conditions. The MediPen, which is inhaled like an e-cigarette, has been described as a ...

'All of Wales should become an enterprise zone

Wales is in trouble and the entire nation should be turned into a giant enterprise zone. That's the proposal from one of Britain's most respected political commentators. Matthew Parris recently climbed Cader Idris and reflected on a nation he says he ...

Britain's unhappiest towns: Wigan tops list of towns with most miserable Facebook posts

2. Rhondda Cynon Taff. Rhondda in Wales came second on the list but was the only Welsh town to make. Alamy. 10. Rhondda in Wales came second on the list but was the only Welsh town to make it. 3. Workington. Workington in Cumbria claimed the bronze ...

Kaiser Chiefs return to Wales to head Festival No 6 line

Aberdare · Rap superstar Drake invites Welsh songstress to perform for his mum after hearing her perform in LA restaurant · Cardiff · This graffiti art-covered restaurant and nightclub is opening in Cardiff. Promoted Stories. Most Read in What's On. Ty ...and more »

Footballer jailed after breaking opponent's leg with 'astonishing and deliberate flying tackle'

A footballer who broke an opponent's leg with an “astonishing and deliberate flying tackle” has been jailed for 12 months. Nicholas Williams, 26, had denied kicking AFC Brynford's Andrew Barlow during a Welsh National Division One cup match last ...and more »

The footbridge, which is the main link for Mountain Ash Comprehensive school

The footbridge, which is the main link for Mountain Ash Comprehensive school pupils to cross the

Police investigate sudden death after firefighters tackled a house fire

A sudden death is being investigated by police after firefighters were called to a house fire on Friday morning. South Wales Police said they are investigating after receiving a report of a sudden death at a property on Park Road in Cwmparc, Rhondda.and more »

Police investigate sudden death after firefighters tackled a house fire ...

The fire service was called to Park Road in Cwmparc, Rhondda after reports of a fire in the street.

Tyre shop accused of producing and suppling class A drugs

A tyre shop could be closed following allegations that class A drugs were being produced and sold from the site. NP19 Tyres, also known as Somerton Park Garage, in Cromwell Road, Newport, has been made subject to a Closure Order Notice. A hearing ...

Welsh Government warned over its plans to scrap “vital” financial support service

Welsh Conservatives are calling on the Welsh Government to reconsider its decision to scrap financial inclusio

This is how you can take part in the Grand Prix Poker Tour in Cardiff... and win up to £30000

The Grand Prix Poker Tour is coming to Cardiff this September and the winner can expect a windfall of £30,000. More than 2,000 people are expected to take part in the Texas Hold #Em tournament and it's open to those of all playing abilities.

Olympic hero Mark Cavendish will race through Wales in the Tour of Britain

... of the stages will be hosted in Wales: stage four takes place on Wednesday, September 7, from Denbigh to Builth Wells ; and stage five is being held the next day, starting in Aberdare and heading to Bath via Ystrad Mynach , Pontypool and ...

Ferndale's old Chubb Factory homes plan has been given principle consent and developers are 'delighted'

The developers behind the 172-home and shops plan for the old Chubb factory in Ferndale say they are "delighted" that outline planning permission has been granted. Last week, we revealed Rhondda Cynon Taf council's planning committee would discuss ...

Newport Gwent Dragons v Ealing Trailfinders team news: Wales u20s star Harrison Keddie poised to prove his point

Wales Under-20s Grand Slam star Harrison Keddie is determined to make his mark as he lines up for the Dragons against Ealing Trailfinders at Ystrad Mynach on Saturday afternoon (3pm). The back rower packs down on the blindside flank as coach Kingsley ...and more »

Olympic medallist Mark Cavendish heading to Peak District with Tour of Britain

... Congleton to Tatton Park, Knutsford - 182km. Stage Four - Wednesday September 7 - Denbigh to Builth Wells - 217km. Stage Five - Thursday September 8 - Aberdare to Bath - 205km. Stage Six - Friday September 9 - Sidmouth to Haytor, Dartmoor - 150km.

Severe weather warning issued for Wales as Atlantic storm hits the UK bringing strong winds and heavy rain

It looks as though summer has already come to an end as Wales faces strong gusts and heavy rain as an Atlantic storm hits the UK. A severe weather warning has been issued by the Met Office covering the whole of the country with winds speeds of up to ...and more »

Police investigate two incidents of indecent exposure in a Cardiff suburb

The second incident then happened just before 8am on August 17 in the lane between Heol Pontprennau and St Mellons Road. South Wales Police said the suspect is described as being white, 5ft 7, in his late 20s to 30s, with black hair and thick black ...

Controlled explosion at government building after 'suspicious item' delivered in the post

A controlled explosion has been carried out at a government building after a suspect package was delivered in the post. Police were called to the Intellectual Property Office in Newport at 8.14am on Friday morning after the "suspicious item" was ...and more »

Olympic medallist Mark Cavendish to race in Stroud in Tour of Britain

TOUR de France stage winner Mark Cavendish will be cycling through Stroud in this year's Tour of Britain, it has been announced. Cavendish, who has 30 stage victories in the Tour de France, won his first Olympic medal on Tuesday evening, taking silver ...

11 of the best pubs and bars in Cardiff according to TripAdvisor

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This is how you can now sign up for the 2017 Cardiff Triathlon

Registration has opened for the Cardiff Triathlon 2017, with early indications pointing towards another sell-out event . The third Cardiff Triathlon - dubbed the 'ultimate city race' - will take place on June 24 and 25, 2017 and once again starts with ...

Police caught 12 speeding motorists in Ystrad and Gelli in a one

Police have started a crackdown on speeding motorists in the areas around Ystrad and Gelli following concern by members of the public. Rhondda 's Neighbourhood Policing Team has held a special traffic operation this week in response to an increased ...

The eye

As Jade Jones celebrated yet another Team GB gold medal out in Rio, the early morning celebrations could be heard right across the Atlantic to her Welsh homeland. Competitors from Wales have never had it so good in the Olympics, Thursday's gold ...

Danish Bacon Cafe in Treorchy WILL turn into a restaurant despite opposition

Rhondda Cynon Taf council recommended the application by Mrs G Jones for approval - but received 32 letters of objection against it. In a report by the council's service director for planning, one of the main reasons given in those letters was that "a ...

Vieira made me study Busquets, my Euro heartache and why Cardiff City mirror Wales

New Cardiff City star Emyr Huws has insisted his Euro 2016 heartache will make him stronger as he aims to become the Bluebirds' Busquets. Midfielder Huws was one of the millions across the country who cheered the national side's French heroics this ...and more »

Airbus bans employees from playing Pokemon Go at work

Employees at the Airbus Broughton plant have been banned from playing Pokemon Go at work over security and safety fears. An email was sent to the more than 6,000 workers forbidding them playing the popular mobile game. It's understood the email was ...and more »

Staff evacuated from government building after 'suspicious item' delivered in the post

A government building has been evacuated after a suspect package was delivered in the post. Police were called to the Intellectual Property Office in Newport at 8.14am on Friday morning after a "suspicious item" was received by staff. The building has ...and more »

A level results 2016: So how did Wales do? Find out how your area did

Porthcawl Comprehensive School, Park Avenue, Porthcawl. A-level results. Megan Jones, right, and Linzi Watson, left. Wrexham - 98.5% pass. The overall pass rate in Wrexham schools was 98.5%, which was higher than the all-Wales figure of 97.3%.

PICTURE SLIDESHOW: Bath businesses' decorated bikes ahead of Tour of Britain coming to city

Bath businesses have decorated bikes in their own styles to mark the Tour of Britain coming to the city. Stage five of the race starts in Aberdare, Wales, on September 8 - and 205km later will finish in Bath. The world's best cyclists will enter the ...and more »

Wales World Cup lock to join Super Rugby outfit Melbourne Rebels

Wales World Cup lock Dominic Day has signed for Australian franchise Melbourne Rebels for next year's Super Rugby campaign, hailing it as the most exciting rugby tournament on the planet. The former Scarlets forward, who was in the Wales squad which ...and more »

Tense at the top as Newport and Panteg eye titles

With the Seasiders heading to bottom club Aberdare, it's likely that Panteg will need to enjoy victory if they are to head into the final round with their noses in front – and the fixture list has thrown up a corker with the top two meeting in Penarth ...and more »

Morning news headlines: Jade adds gold to Team GB medals mountain as Bolt claims eighth title; Labour need to win ...

Taekwondo star Jade Jones has retained her Olympic crown and added to Team GB's Olympic gold rush after a historic triathlon triumph for the Brownlee brothers. The defending champion, from north Wales, dominated Spain's Calvo Gomez 16-7 in the ...and more »

Plans to develop a former church and hotel on the same road have caused anger among residents

Two applications to convert buildings opposite each other has provoked huge objections from residents in Barry . Two separate planning applications for developments in the town have been submitted to Vale of Glamorgan council . One is to develop the ...

Video showing how a redeveloped Cardiff Central Train Station could look

Network Rail Wales unveiled a vision to transform the Victorian built station two years ago - in a redevelopment of the station itself and land owned by Network Rail immediately south of it. While not yet fully costed it is likely to run into hundreds ...

Motorbike passenger suffers serious head injury after crash on Cardiff street

A motorbike passenger suffered serious head injuries after an off-road bike crashed on a Cardiff street. Police said witnesses described seeing the off-road bike swerve in the road on Sedgemoor Road, Rumney , resulting in both the driver and passenger ...

Will Independents ever break the hold of the big parties on the Assembly?

Nathan Gill says he will sit as an Independent in the Assembly. Do voters want maverick AMs? Shares; Comments. Get daily news by email. Will Nathan Gill's decision to leave the Ukip group in the Assembly and serve as an independent AM for North Wales ...and more »

Kristian Hallett secured a place at Oxford

With four A grades under his belt Kristian Hallett from Ystrad Mynach is now thinking of taking a gap year - or even another A-level - before heading to study at Oxford next year. He has already secured a place at the University of Oxford following his ...

Welsh Hills supports Streetwise Ministries

Welsh Hills Bakery has donated supplies to Streetwise Ministries; an organisation dedicated to helping the homeless in Cardiff.

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The nervous wait is finally over for hundreds of Rhondda students who found out their A-Level results on Thursday. Pupils returned to the six local schools in the area - Ysgol Gyfun Cymer, Ferndale Community School, Treorchy Comprehensive, Porth County ...and more »

House of Fraser building in Cardiff under new Middle Eastern ownership following £37m property deal

One of the best known and most historic department stores in Wales is under new Middle Eastern ownership following a £37m property deal. The property investment in the 270,000 sq ft House of Fraser store in the centre of Cardiff, has been acquired by ...

Rhondda’s Neighbourhood Policing

Rhondda’s Neighbourhood Policing Team has been running a special traffic operation in response to increased public concern about the way so

Pupils celebrate best ever A

A-level pupils' results at Coleg Gwent's Ebbw Vale campus hit record levels this year. The 99.6% pass rate is the highest ever for Blaenau Gwent and 25 subjects at the campus had an outstanding 100% pass rate. There was also an increase in the number ...and more »

A man has died in a collision involving a car and a lorry on a layby

A man has died in a collision involving a car and a lorry on a layby on the A55. North Wales Police are appealing for witnesses after the incident which happened in a layby on the eastbound carriageway of the A55 at Llanfairfechan at 7.15pm on ...and more »

Cardiff High School celebrates A Level results that rival top private schools

Cardiff High School has announced its delight at a record breaking A-Level results day, which saw nearly half of all grades an A* or A. Students collected their grades from the school on Thursday, and their results bucked the Welsh trend of the number ...

Couple's double celebration as they are both accepted to study at Oxford

A couple who met at sixth form had a double celebration after both were granted places to study at the same university. Ysgol Gyfun Glantaf pupils Nia Williams and Joseff Reed will be heading to the University of Oxford together at the end of next month.and more »

The big BMW dealership by the River Taff in the centre of Cardiff could become a hotel

A prime development site in Cardiff, which currently serves as BMW's flagship dealership in Wales. It is understood that the river bank site is owned by Sytner Group - which runs the BMW dealership - and is under offer to property development company ...and more »

Derelict Rhondda site earmarked for 172 homes

The redevelopment of a derelict site of a former fire extinguisher factory in the Rhondda Valley has been recommended for approval by planners at the Rhondda Cynon Taff Borough Council. The site, on the Maerdy Industrial Estate at Ferndale, has ...

Letters have disappeared from these iconic logos

If you've noticed something different in the logo of some of your favourite companies, there's a very good reason. Earlier this week, a new campaign was launched across the UK to recruit donors from the "missing type" blood groups. New donors to boost ...and more »

First look inside Cardiff's newest student accommodation which has a cinema and party room

With the A-level results now out and many students considering Cardiff as their city to study, the hunt for the best student accommodation is on - and this could be it. If students have the funds, the latest offering from Collegiate AC, part of their ...

New Pontypridd Taff Vale precinct office plans submitted

New plans for a riverfront office, restaurant and car park development in Pontypridd have been submitted. Earlier proposals for a shopping centre on the site in the Rhondda Cynon Taff town fell through in 2012 after the developer went into receivership.

Welsh A&E departments fail to meet their waiting times targets again

Welsh A&E departments are still failing to meet their waiting times targets, latest figures have revealed. A total of 83.2% of patients spent less than four hours in emergency units in July before being admitted, transferred or discharged. It was a ...and more »

A Level results 2016: This is how Cardiff's secondary schools have fared

More than 96% of pupils at Fitzalan achieved two or more A*-E grades, with 65% achieving two or more A*-C. Notably, Jack Cicero secured three A*'s in maths, further maths and physics and will stay at Fitzalan for a further year supporting pupils in the ...and more »

Welsh twins clean up on A

The siblings, of Hirwaun, near Aberdare, South Wales, also both scooped an A* grade in the Welsh baccalaureate. We're really pleased but we didn't expect that we'd get the same marks. Ryan and I have always had similar interests and enjoyed the same ...

Health advice issued as high levels of air pollution expected in Wales

High air pollution could be seen in some parts of Wales today with the majority of the country expected to be affected by some form of pollution. The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) made the forecast this morning which will ...and more »

The UK economy is worth £8.8 trillion

The analysis of the total net worth the UK economy at the end of 2015 at current prices was carried out by the Office for National Statistics in Newport. It equates to £135,000 per head of UK population, or £327,000 per household. It doesn't include ...and more »

Lindt has opened its first shop in Wales and people queuing around the block for FREE chocolate

Chocoholics have been queuing round the block this morning to get the first glimpse inside the first ever Lindt shop in Wales - and to get some free chocolate. The Swiss chocolatier has cut the ribbon at its store at McArthurGlen in Bridgend. Score of ...and more »

A level results 2016: Wales records its worst results at the top grades for 14 years

The proportion of Welsh pupils achieving top A-level grades has fallen to its lowest level since 2002, official figures published today show. Overall, 22.7% of teenagers in Wales gained A*-A grades – down from 23.1% last year and 23.3% in 2014. The ...

Powys opencast mine to close for two years with loss of 75 jobs

The Nant Helen opencast mine in Powys is to be mothballed for two years with 75 jobs at the site to go. Celtic Energy, the operator, is to closing the site because Wales' biggest coal-fired power station, Aberthaw, is downgrading its operations from ...and more »

These are the events taking place around Wales for the I Am Team GB Olympic celebration

The Sport Wales National Centre in Cardiff has signed up to host a variety of FREE events to encourage the nation to get up and get active. The iconic sports centre will be opening up for one day only offering people exclusive access to be part of I Am ...

LBS snaps up Pembrokeshire business

Three Talbot Timber branches in Haverfordwest, Milford Haven and Tenby have been rebranded as LBS branches. The company also has a timber engineering and sheet material business based in Pembroke Dock, supplying engineered roof trusses, Pozi ...

A level results 2016: Bishop of Llandaff High School celebrates a record year with 63% A* to C grades

Bishop of Llandaff High school's overall pass rate was 99%, with more than a quarter of grades at A*-A. They said it was a record-breaking year for the school with: 63% of all grades at A*-B and; 86% of grades at A*-C. One student, Rebecca Conybeare, ...and more »

Morning news headlines: Number of pupils awarded top grades at A ...

Thousands of students will collect their A-level results today, amid suggestions of a slight increase in the number of top grades being awarded and warnings of ...and more »

Work To Begin On New Public 3G Pitch In Rhondda

Work is set to start on new artificial playing field in Pentre, thanks to a quarter-of-a-million pound investment by Rhondda Cynon Taf Council. Contractors have been appointment and construction is due to begin on the site at Pentre Park during September.

Look inside the new £11.5million Lenzie Meadow Primary School and Early Years Centre

Council Leader Rhondda Geekie said, “The progress of the building has been remarkable and it has been very exciting for the children to see each stage of the new school taking shape since work began in the summer. “It is also extremely good news that ...and more »

Homes plans for ex

The derelict site of a former fire extinguisher factory which has been unused for 12 years could be redeveloped for 172 new homes, shops and industrial units. The Chubb factory, in Ferndale, Rhondda Cynon Taff, shut in 2004 with the loss of 154 jobs ...and more »

There's a chance Wales could see a heatwave for August Bank Holiday weekend

They may not be the best odds in the world, but there is a chance that Wales could see glorious heatwave weather for the August Bank Holiday. Roughly a 20% chance, to be a bit more precise. theweatheroutlook is a website that provides weather forecasts ...

Litter and traffic are such a problem at this Cardiff park that residents have formed a group to combat it

But in one Cardiff park the problems are so bad that community members have formed a group to try and combat some of the problems. Victoria Park is one of the city's best attractions especially in summer, but visitors to the site are said to be causing ...

A man was left in a coma after a mystery accident in Cardiff

Mohamed Abdillah Ahmed 28, suffered a head injury after watching Wales in the Euro 16 semi final in a pub on July 6.and more »

Welsh rugby legend Adam Jones' mother has died after a tragic accident at home

It is believed June Jones, 65, suffered head injuries in a fall and an inquest has been opened. Adam was on a rugby tour in San Francisco when the tragic accident happened in Abercrave. The prop forward, who played 95 times for Wales, flew home ...and more »

Abercynon Leisure Centre's state

A brand new gym at Abercynon Leisure Centre will open to the public on Wednesday morning. A £735,000 investment, announced in May, has doubled the size of the gym at the Cynon Valley sports centre and it now has more than 80 stations with ...and more »

The amazing food not to be missed when Cardiff's Street Food Circus launches

It's the lip-smacking food festival that's the annual highlight of every gourmand in South Wales. And now the prize-winning moveable feast that is Cardiff's Street Food Circus is back, launching on Thursday, August 18, at its new venue of Sophia Gardens .

Cardiff edtech business representing the UK at Europe's biggest games trade fair

A Cardiff business specialising in interactive digital resources for the education sector is one of five international winners – and the only one from the UK – chosen to pitch at Gamescom in Cologne this week. Gamescom, which runs from August 17-21, ...

Welsh Ambulance Service executive team becomes first in NHS Wales to get tweeting

THE WELSH Ambulance Service has become the first NHS Wales organisation to have every member of its Executive Management Team on Twitter.

Here's how to get a free breakfast in Merthyr this Friday

Frankie & Benny's in Merthyr Tydfil will be giving out free breakfasts in return for a donation for charity. The restaurant is offering a free meal from its charity breakfast menu. And instead of paying the usual price for a breakfast, customers will ...

Extremists are still radicalising young people in Cardiff, a Welsh Islamic leader says

Extremist preachers are currently working trying to radicalise young people in Cardiff, a leading figure in Wales' Islamic community has said. Saleem Kidwai, the Secretary General of the Muslim Council for Wales, spoke out after hate preacher Anjem ...and more »

A record number of people started cancer treatment in Wales in June

A record number of people started cancer treatment in Wales in June, new figures reveal. A total of 86.5% of patients – 578 out of 668 – started treatment within the target time via the urgent suspected cancer route. It was a poorer performance than ...

Welsh cancer patients still being let down as waiting times deteriorate

Cancer patients in Wales are still being let down by delays in treatment, according to data published today by

Residents rescued from deliberate flat fire in Rhydyfelin

At approximately 22.21 on Tuesday 16th August, South Wales Fire and Rescue Service (SWFRS) responded to an emergency call regarding a fire in a block

Here's what happened at the Abercynon community fun day

These pictures show young and old having a fantastic time at a Cynon Valley fun day. The Abercynon Community Fun Day, organised as part of Mayor Rhys Lewis' civic Saturday, took place at Abercynon Park and the local sports centre on Saturday, August ...and more »

A man asked what it's like to live in Mountain Ash if you're English and here's what people told him

Moved to Aberdare when I got married. Honestly, it's a nice community. I knew of a few English families in the area and no-one gave them any trouble that a normal Welsh person wouldn't get. "People tend to not really care. The whole English/Welsh ...

Wales’ first full time Traffic Commissioner appointed

Wales has its first full time Traffic Commissioner, after Economy and Infrastructure Secretary, Ken Skates, confirmed Welsh Government funding for the post this week.
 

'She is reading her mail and asked me to pop to the shop' Teenager seriously injured in skateboard accident shows ...

The mother of a teenager left fighting for her life after injuring her head in a skateboard accident said she is “bursting with pride and happiness” after her daughter began the road to recovery. Georgia Fairthorne hit her head on concrete after ...and more »

Abacare wins 10 year framework in RCT and Merthyr Tydfil to help more people

A CARE provider voted the UK’s most outstanding for two years running has been awarded a place on a 10 year framework to provide domiciliary care in the Rhondda Cynon Taf (RCT) and Merthyr Tydfil areas to complement the award-winning services it provides elsewhere already (August, 2016).

An elderly woman with a suspected broken leg was rescued from the sea at Rest Bay

An elderly woman was rescued from the sea in Porthcawl after reportedly getting into difficulty in shallow water. RNLI lifeguards from two beaches ran to help after they were alerted to a person in trouble half way between Rest Bay and neighbouring ...and more »

Five people rescued from a block of flats after it was deliberately set on fire

Firefighters rescued five people from the third floor of a block of flats after it was deliberately set on fire. South Wales Fire and Rescue Service was called to the flats on Poets Close in Rhydyfelin, Pontypridd at 10.21pm on Tuesday. The fire had ...

Who was Paolo Radmilovic? The inspiring story of the forgotten Welshman who stands among Britain's greatest ...

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

Severe weather warning issued for Wales as Met Office warns of ...

Gusts of up to 55mph have been forecast over most of South Wales on Saturday which could also lead to large waves on the coastline.and more »

Chef jailed after setting fire to man's head with a homemade flame

Davey Paxton, 23, used an aerosol deodorant can and lighter in a late-night stunt - but the joke backfired as his victim was severely burnt. Cardiff Crown Court heard how sous chef Paxton carried out the drunken stunt at a friend's flat after a night ...and more »

Police dogs from South Wales used in the search for missing Bulgarian woman

Police dogs from South Wales have helped in the search for a missing Bulgarian woman. Gergana Prodonova, 38, was reported missing on August 8 after she failed to turn up for work, with the last confirmed sighting of her at a food store in Sidwell ...and more »

More children are being home educated in Wales than at any time in the last last five years

More children are now being electively home educated than at any time in the last five years, new figures from the Welsh Government show. There are now 1,682 children aged five to 15 years learning at home rather than school, compared to 1,399 last ...

A historic abandoned Welsh cottage has been saved and will be restored to its former glory

The decline of an abandoned cottage situated along the train line of the world's oldest narrow gauge railway will be reversed after vital funds were raised by a building conservation charity. Coed y Bleiddiau was a sad sight, decaying and abandoned for ...

'Don't let anyone tell you that you can't make it' Welsh stars share their advice on life after exam results

After the stress of sitting exams comes the anticipation of results day. Getting exam results is never easy and sometimes they aren't quite what we'd hoped for. Years from now, and with the luxury of hindsight, you will be able to put exam results into ...and more »

Dance kings Sigma and Nero join Pro Green for Club MTV in Swansea

Sigma and Nero - two big names in dance music - will join Professor Green at the MTV Music gig in Swansea. Sigma, a drum and bass DJ and record production duo, have twice topped the UK Singles Chart over the last year with 'Nobody to Love' and ...and more »

Unemployment falls again in Wales, this time by 9000

Unemployment in Wales has fallen a further 9,000 with the rate of 4.3% maintaining its trend of being below the UK as a whole, according to latest figures from the ONS. From April to June the unemployment rate in Wales fall from 74,000 to 65,000 ...and more »

Morning news headlines: Another gold

Team GB's golden couple Laura Trott and Jason Kenny powered to victory in the Rio velodrome, adding two more golds to the country's medal haul. The latest victories sweep the engaged couple's gold medal tally into double figures - with the pair now ...and more »

Awards Success for Abergavenny Cheese Manufacturer

Welsh goats' cheese producer Abergavenny Fine Foods is celebrating a hugely successful 2016 so far after winning a number of prestigious awards for its soft goats' cheeses. At the 119th International Cheese Awards, which were recently held at the ...and more »

New details of Pontypridd precinct site project revealed as artist's impressions show what it will look like

Details of the major plans to revitalise the former Pontypridd precinct site have been revealed for the first time. And Rhondda Cynon Taf council has released artist's impressions of what the three buildings will look like as the project for the old ...

Bouncers accused of mocking and turning away disabled customer on night out

Security staff hired for an event at a bar have been accused of mocking and turning away a disabled customer during celebrations for Pride Cymru on Saturday night. Ben Jones, who suffers from Huntington's Disease, was out with friends on Saturday ...and more »

Takeaway faces fine of up to £40000 after two staff members found to be working illegally

A takeaway in North Wales faces a potential fine of up to £40,000 after two members of staff were found to be working there illegally. The Indian takeaway called Chutney, on the High Street in Prestatyn , was the subject of an operation by immigration ...

Future of Bridgend charity hangs in the balance after funding comes to an end

The future of a one-stop shop providing numerous free services to the people of Bridgend is at risk after its lottery funding ran out. The Zone in Dunraven Place has already had to cease the many free courses it ran in everything from IT to parenting ...and more »

Keepers called to remove 110000 bees from Cardiff hospital after honey started running down the walls

More than 110,000 bees had to be removed from a hospital after residents noticed wax and honey dripping down the walls. The bees were discovered at Rookwood Hospital in Cardiff , and specialist beekeepers had to be called in to remove hives on two ...and more »

Renewed calls for a Dinas Powys bypass rejected by council

Renewed calls for a Dinas Powys bypass have been rejected by Vale of Glamorgan Council, which said more commuters should walk, cycle or use public transport. In a letter to South Wales Central AM, Andrew RT Davies , the council said a bypass would ...

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A 50-year-old man has been charged with arson after a gas explosion in Newport that ripped the front of a house apart. The incident happened on April 2, when the explosion at the George Street house caused extensive damage to the premises and adjacent ...and more »

The Harry Potter Film Concert Series is coming to Cardiff... and here's how you can get tickets

The wonderful wizardy world of Harry Potter will be brought to life when the Harry Potter Film Concert Series comes to Motorpoint Arena when it tours next year. For the first time in the UK, audiences will experience a symphony orchestra performing ...

Cardiff's bid for an elected mayor will fail

Cardiff's bid to get an elected mayor will fail, but there needs to be changes in the city's governance, according to a key campaigner. Labour's Grangetown Councillor Ashley Govier has been one of the most outspoken campaigners for an elected mayor.and more »

The process of converting Pentre astro turf into a 3G sports pitch will start soon

The astro turf sports pitch in Pentre will soon be converted into a 3G pitch, with work set to start next month. During March, it was revealed that the Rhondda sports facility would be upgraded - and we can now reveal that contractors have been ...and more »

Everything you need to know about the Madness gig at Cyfarthfa Park in Merthyr Tydfil

British ska pop institution Madness bring their multitude of hits to Cyfarthfa Park in Merthyr on Friday, August 19. And you can expect The Nutty Boys to reel off those songs that have woven themselves into the consciousness of the nation after more ...

This £1.2m dream home was designed by one of Britain's best architects and you could own it

The owners of this contemporary home are quick to say it's the unique architectural design and peaceful rural location that have made living here a wonderful experience. Designed by Penarth -based award-winning architects Loyn & Co, it's the striking ...and more »

Elderly couple rescued from house fire but die at the scene

An elderly couple have died in a house fire despite fire fighters' efforts to save them. The fire service was called to the house in Deganwy, near Llandudno , at 7.45am on Tuesday morning. The couple were evacuated from the house on Gannock Park West ...and more »

A hugely popular Cardiff barber and tattoo parlour has doubled in ...

A city centre barber shop now boasts a pool table, Xbox and free drinks to keep waiting customers happy – after moving to bigger premises. Keep the Faith ...and more »

A hugely popular Cardiff barber and tattoo parlour has doubled in size and now has a pool table

A city centre barber shop now boasts a pool table, Xbox and free drinks to keep waiting customers happy – after moving to bigger premises. Keep the Faith Social Club has relocated from one side of Cardiff's Royal Arcade to the other in a bid to double ...and more »

Woman found not guilty of causing motorcyclist's death by careless driving

A woman has been found not guilty of causing death by careless driving after her car crashed into a motorcycle on a busy Cardiff road. Louise Ballinger cried after the verdict was delivered at Cardiff Crown Court, nearly a year after the crash happened ...and more »

12 reasons why you shouldn't miss Cardiff BrewFest 2016

And now Cardiff Brewfest is returning to The Depot to showcase some of the best craft brewers and street food artists not only from Wales but from around the world. Here are just a dozen reasons why no self-respecting foodie or booze hound would dare ...

Abercynon Day Centre users in last

Elderly users of the service, depending on where they live, will be transported to day centres in Pontypridd or Aberdare instead. Rhondda Cynon Taf council has made the money available for schools outside of its 21st Century schools projects ...

Cardiff city centre barbers and tattoo parlour doubles in size

A city centre barber shop now boasts a pool table, Xbox and free drinks to keep waiting customers happy – after moving to bigger premises. Keep the Faith Social Club has relocated from one side of Cardiff's Royal Arcade to the other in a bid to double ...and more »

Sex site which lets punters meet prostitutes in Wales at the click of a button is described as 'online pimp'

A sex site that lets punters meet prostitutes at the click of a button has been accused of acting as an “online pimp.” Dozens of women advertise their services on Escort Wales under names like Sexy Jessica and Sereena Five Star. Transsexuals and men ...

Shake Shack in Cardiff is giving away 100 free burgers TODAY

Burger lovers in Cardiff can get a FREE lunch at Shake Shack today as the company celebrates the opening its 100th Shack. The giveaway - which starts at 10.30am and finishes when the burgers run out - comes just under a year after the Cardiff venue ...

Morning news headlines: Team GB gold rush continues as Charlotte Dujardin triumphs in dressage

Team GB's gold medal tally rose to 16 after horse riding star Charlotte Dujardin took first place in the Olympic individual dressage. The 31-year-old successfully defended her title with a sizzling performance, putting her level with cyclist Laura ...and more »

Local investors look to renewable energy projects in Wales

Paul and Hilary Coffman, who are moving from Aberdare to live locally, are still making their minds up about whether to invest. "Just leaving it in a bank or building society seems a bit of a waste of time at the moment and if there's something ...and more »

Wales breaking news, plus live traffic and weather (Tuesday, August 16)

Wales' live news service, featuring all the latest traffic, weather, showbiz and sports updates from across the country. You can contribute by posting your comments below or you can Tweet us @walesonline to share any news that's breaking in your area.and more »

Wye Valley and Forest of Dean rolls out biking bonanza in time for Tour of Britain celebration

Running for 127 miles from Aberdare to Bath, will take the international peddlers through the Wye Valley and into the Forest of Dean and Gloucestershire via the Bigsweir Bridge passing iconic landmarks such as Tintern Abbey and Puzzlewood. The art ...

Wales has seen more than a 30% drop in blood donors in the past decade

There has been a significant decline in the number of people donating blood in Wales compared to a decade ago, new figures have revealed. The Welsh Blood Service says between 2005 and 2015 there was a 34% drop in blood donors and a 41% decline ...

Wales 'lagging behind' rest of the UK in access to vital MS treatments

Patients in Wales suffering with the incurable condition multiple sclerosis (MS) are at a disadvantage to other parts of the UK when it comes to accessing vital treatments, a charity has warned. A new survey from the MS Society has revealed that just ...and more »

UK weather: 'Absolute drought' in southern England as rainfall plummets below August average and extra water ...

An 'absolute drought' is expected in parts of Britain with rainfall levels plummeting across the country as billions of litres of extra water has been prepared ahead of this week's heatwave. Since August 2, monthly rainfall has been 14 times lower than ...

Building firm fined after driller fell down old liftshaft and broke his back

A building firm has been fined £143,000 after a contractor suffered a broken back in a fall down a liftshaft. Stephen Harrison, 57, was almost killed when he fell 12ft into a skip of rubble after the building company flouted health and safety regulations.

Vintage Transport Day lights up Pontypridd town centre as crowds turn out for 'wonderful day'

Pontypridd town centre was brought to a standstill by the revving engines of classic cars for the 2016 vintage transport day. The event on Sunday, organised by Pontypridd Town Council, included a parade through the town's shopping area with cars ...

Wales star Leigh Halfpenny: Why I couldn't leave Toulon and return to Wales this summer

Leigh Halfpenny has revealed why he opted to stay out in France rather than return home to Wales. Both the Scarlets and his former team, Cardiff Blues, were very keen to sign the Lions full-back, with speculation over his future dragging on for months.and more »

Welsh high street vacancy rates "still in freefall", says Russell George AM

A study by the Welsh Retail Consortium has today revealed that while visits to Welsh high streets are on the u

Wales’ National Minimum Wage offenders named and shamed by UK Government

The UK Government has published the names of four Welsh businesses who have failed to pay the legal National M

The intriguing battle to be Wales' number 10: Why Dan Biggar could face his biggest challenge yet this season

A number of candidates are queuing up to oust Dan Biggar from the most coveted jersey in Wales rugby, so do any of them stand a chance? Shares; Comments. Get rugby news by email. Can anyone challenge Dan Biggar for the Wales number 10 jersey?and more »

Video of Rhigos Mountain Road after repair job with 6000 tonnes of Tarmac, 24km of white lines and 900 Catseyes

The council has said some traffic management would be needed for a week following its reopening, but large diversions through the Rhondda and Cynon valleys are now no longer needed. The Rhigos Mountain Road. The video shows how the road looks as ...

This remarkable Scandinavian

If you fancy a holiday break in the crisp Scandinavian air, walking through breathtaking mountain scenery and relaxing in a cosy wooden cabin in the evening, then cancel the trip to Finland - you can do all of this in Wales. And if you think finding a ...

Ambitious plans to transform Cardiff Central Train Station still on track

Ambitious plans to transform Cardiff Central Train Station into a modern transport hub with new office and retail space are still on track with discussions progressing on a £5m feasibility study. The vision to transform the Victorian built station were ...

Care provider looking to fill 100 roles after winning 10 year contract

Abacare has been awarded a place on a 10 year framework contract to provide domiciliary care in Rhondda Cynon Taf and Merthyr Tydfil areas to complement the services it provides elsewhere already. Thousands of people are currently supported by ...and more »

World Cup winner Graham Henry spotted at Cardiff Arms Park... but won't be joining the Blues' coaching staff!

Graham Henry has been at the Arms Park this morning....but, no, he's not going to be coaching Cardiff Blues! The World Cup winning Kiwi has spent the past fortnight acting as a coaching consultant with Leinster. So, when he turned up at the Arms Park ...

All Caerphilly borough council homes will be brought up to Welsh Government standards by 2020

All council homes in the Caerphilly borough will be brought up to Welsh Government set standards by 2020. Caerphilly council's £200m Welsh Housing Quality Standard (WHQS) programme will ensure homes meet the specific needs of individual households ...

Pilot for new Welsh comedy about long

The pilot episode for a new comedy drama set in South Wales has been filmed in a valleys town. Driving Instructor, which has been written and is being directed by filmmaker Nic Thomas, is starring Welsh actor Boyd Clack, famed for his roles in High ...

Police remain at the scene of a stand

Officers are outside a house in the Townhill area of Swansea dealing with an ongoing incident which they have been involved in for almost 24 hours.and more »

Jail for driver who caused the death of three friends from Bargoed

A driver who caused the death of three friends in a car crash in Merthyr Tydfil has been jailed for ten months. Victims Ryan Gibbons, 20, Rhys Jones, 18, Joe Daniels, 18,all from the Bargoed area, were passengers in a white Seat Ibiza on October 11 ...

A man was filmed 'racially abusing' a Muslim praying in Cardiff to see how people would react

They wanted to see if members of the public would step in to defend a Muslim subjected to verbal abuse while he was praying. Fahim Miah, 17, from Cardiff, conducted the 'social experiment' with his friend Kennedy Clink, 20, on the streets of the capital.and more »

The Rhondda excursion

The Pontypridd Supporters Club will be running coaches to the away friendly match against Ystrad Rhondda on Saturday 20th August. The host club will formally open their new clubhouse, in the famous old Gelligaled Inn, with Pontypridd RFC the guests of ...

Live updates as woman goes on trial accused of causing motorcyclist's death by careless driving

A woman will go on trial accused of causing the death of a motorcyclist by careless driving. Louise Ballinger, 38, from Holmlands Road in Cardiff , denies the charge. Motorcyclist Mark Riley died following the collision on Crwys Road in Cardiff on ...

Llandudno hotel sells after innovative try before you buy

Steve and Debbie Loughborough put the Bryn Derwen Guest House up for sale with leisure property specialists Fleurets, but appreciating that before splashing out £525,000 potential buyers will want to know exactly what they are getting themselves into, ...

Woman who turned a vacuum cleaner and £20 into a turnover of ...

She started her cleaning venture Mrs Bucket aged just 18 and now Rachael Flanagan has been named as one of the UK's best young women in business.and more »

Woman who turned a vacuum cleaner and £20 into a turnover of £3.5 million named among UK's best young ...

She started her cleaning venture Mrs Bucket aged just 18 and now Rachael Flanagan has been named as one of the UK's best young women in business. Ms Flanagan has made Management Today's 35 under 35 campaign for 2016. The Swansea-born ...and more »

Morning news headlines: Minted Murray and the Max factor net more GB golds; Owen Smith: Tories have secret plans ...

History-makers Andy Murray and Max Whitlock helped take Team GB into second place in the medals table at Rio 2016 after winning three golds between them on day nine of the Games. Golfer Justin Rose and cyclist Jason Kenny added further gloss to a ...and more »

Rhigos Mountain Road re

A major road linking the Rhondda and Cynon valleys has reopened as £1.25m resurfacing works were completed on Sunday. Commuters between Hirwaun ...

Retail footfall in the Wales tops the UK shows new figures

Retail footfall numbers in Wales rose in July - outperforming the UK as a whole which experienced a year-on-year dip. The latest Footfall and Vacancies Monitor from the Welsh Retail Consortium and retail consultancy Springboard, shows that in July ...and more »

What the future holds for Cardiff's former Road Safety Centre

It has been closed for years, but the future of a landmark in Gabalfa, Cardiff , is becoming a little clearer. The Road Safety Centre at Briardene in Gabalfa closed in 2007 and moved to Maindy Leisure Centre. The plan is for the site to be redeveloped ...

This Cardiff cycling club is to thank for half of Wales' Olympic golds in the last four decades

As Wales revels in a record-equalling Olympics medal haul, one Cardiff club can lay claim to being largely responsible for the gold rush. Welsh cyclists Owain Doull and Elinor Barker each won team pursuit golds in Rio over the weekend, the two adding ...and more »

Tenants of Valleys co

Tenants of a new social housing scheme in the Valleys will become among the very first in Wales to use fingerprints to enter their homes. Using biometric technology, the Shakespeare Gardens co-operative apartment development from Newydd Housing ...

'I want City Road to become a great, welcoming destination'

Its residents and business owners have starred in a new TV documentary – and now a bid has been launched to clean up one of Cardiff's busiest streets. City Road featured in the BBC Wales show of the same name, but some political activists believe the ...

How living by a Welsh city park can add up to 48% to your house ...

Are you paying a premium to buy a property near a Cardiff or Swansea park? It may be time to get your walking shoes on.and more »

How living by a Welsh city park can add up to 48% to your house value

Are you paying a premium to buy a property near a Cardiff or Swansea park? It may be time to get your walking shoes on. Shares; Comments. Get daily news by email. Roath Park, Cardiff. Would you pay a premium to have a stunning view of Roath Park in ...and more »

This grapefruit beer made in Barry has become the toast of London

A new ale from Barry Island has become the toast of London – and it's made with grapefruit. Barry Island Grapefruit Pale Ale impressed thousands of craft beer fans at the UK's largest event, the Great British Beer Festival. The man behind the exotic ...

This chippy worker is one of the top young friers in the UK and it's all thanks to his nana

It's little wonder that Sam Parry is officially one of the top young chip shop friers in the UK, after all he's learnt from the best - his nana. Now the 21-year-old, who works at his family-run fish business Top Chippy in Llanrwst, near Conwy, is in ...

These are the great people who give up their time to pick up other people's litter

They're part of an army of Cardiff volunteers waging war. Armed with bright red bin bags and litter pickers no street in Roath is safe from their advances. These are the members of Keep Roath Tidy and they are fighting litter. Every week, volunteers ...and more »

Former Wales stars take charge of Treorchy RFC

Former Wales internationals Andrew Bishop and Ian Evans have taken over as coaches at Treorchy RFC - and they aren't being paid a penny . The ex-Ospreys stars have taken the chance to lead the Zebras who are desperate to improve their status from ...

A dog found 'callously dumped' on a Welsh mountain has had to be put down

A German Shepherd found at the side of a road, wrapped in carpet has had to be put down. The dog was fighting for its life when it was found by a passer-by on Friday at Fochriw in the Rhymney Valley . They called the RSPCA and the dog was taken ...and more »

A dog found 'callously dumped' on a Welsh mountain has had to be put down

A German Shepherd found at the side of a road, wrapped in carpet has had to be put down. The dog was fighting for its life when it was found by a passer-by on Friday at Fochriw in the Rhymney Valley . They called the RSPCA and the dog was taken ...and more »

You could own this historic home in Wales with sweeping sea views for £1.7m

This country house in Anglesey has glorious views of the Menai Strait - and now you could be soaking them up every day. But you will need to fork out around £1.7m for the pleasure and be prepared to get your hands dirty. The Grade II listed building at ...

Fire crews called out to deliberate grass and rubbish fires across south Wales

Fire crews have been dealing with a number of deliberate grass and refuse fires overnight. South Wales Fire and Rescue Services were called out more than 10 times yesterday to reports of deliberately started fires. They spate of deliberate either ...and more »

This is how you can set sail on the world's last sea

People will be able to enjoy four day trips this September which include visits to Devon, the Holm islands, the Somerset coast and Lundy Island. 2016 is a special year for Waverley as it marks 70 years since her launch in 1946. Waverley has now sailed ...and more »

Second body found at beach has been identified as missing teenager

The second body recovered from the sea near Barmouth has been identified as missing teenager Waseem Mohamed Muflahi, police have confirmed. The discovery was made shortly after 2.10pm on Saturday from the sea between Sunny Sands and Cae ...and more »

Fears Pride Cymru will have to find a new home because of Champions League fanzone

Hundreds of people have called on Cardiff council to guarantee next year's Pride Cymru event in Cardiff can stay at its Bute Park home. Thousands attended this year's instalment this weekend, with Coopers Field in the park hosting the main festivities ...and more »

Fears Pride Cymru will have to find a new home because of ...

Hundreds of people have called on Cardiff council to guarantee next year's Pride Cymru event in Cardiff can stay at its Bute Park home. Thousands attended this ...and more »

Tenby landmark St Catherine's Island will close this month

A tourist attraction off the coast of Tenby will close this month just a year after it reopened to the public. St Catherine's Island only reopened in May 2015 after plans for a visitor attraction and retail centre were approved by Pembrokeshire Coast ...and more »

Finalists revealed for the Apprenticeship Awards Cymru 2016

Some 35 learners, employers and learning providers involved in the delivery of a range of successful skills programmes across Wales have been shortlisted for this year's Apprenticeship Awards Cymru. The winners of the awards, jointly organised by the ...

Wales breaking news, plus live traffic and weather (Sunday, August 14)

Wales' live news service, featuring all the latest traffic, weather, showbiz and sports updates from across the country. You can contribute by posting your comments below or you can Tweet us @walesonline to share any news that's breaking in your area.and more »

Fire crews battle blaze at former Newport nightclub TJ's

South Wales Fire and Rescue Service said that six fire engines were sent to Clarence Place in the city to a fire in the disused nightclub building. @sbellanato. Police and fire crews were called to the blaze. The legendary venue closed in 2010 but ...and more »

This adventurous gran has biked 52000 miles across 40 countries. And she's not done yet

She has ridden her motorbike 52,000 miles across 40 countries and six continents, but this intrepid gran hasn't finished her adventure just yet. Steph Jeavons left the UK with her bike Rhonda the Honda in March 2014, aiming to become the first British ...

Want your kid to be an Olympian? These are the places in Wales where you can start training them early

It brings both celebration and heartbreak but the Olympic Games also brings lots of inspiration. From the pool to the track and many other sports in between, watching athletes realise their dreams can give youngsters the motivation to start a new sport ...

The best pictures from the Pride Cymru festival 2016

Thousands of people took part in a colourful parade of dancing and drumming as part of the annual Pride Cymru festival in Cardiff . A huge rainbow dragon, dozens of leather-clad dancers and a unicorn made from balloons were among those marching ...and more »

These sisters re

Two sisters have posed for a photograph in the exact Valleys spot they did more than 50 years ago. Angela Davies, 58, of Abercynon , and her big sister Irene Fox, 64, from Penrhiwceiber, unearthed an old photo taken at the Lee Gardens paddling pool in ...

This is what happened when 387 people dressed as elephants at ...

A bizarre new world record was set at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff on Saturday afternoon – when hundreds of people dressed as elephants. South Wales ...and more »

Wales boss Chris Coleman and wife Charlotte announce birth of ...

TV presenter Charlotte gave birth to a baby girl on Saturday afternoon and announced the arrival shortly afterwards on Twitter.and more »

Family of missing teenager informed after second body recovered from sea

The family of a missing teenager have been informed after a second body has been recovered from the sea off Barmouth. Formal identification is yet to take place but North Wales Police said they had informed the family of missing 15-year-old Waseem ...and more »

Aldershot 2

Wrexham suffered their first defeat of the season in the Vanarama National League as goals from Shamir Fenelon and Scott Rendell gave Aldershot victory at ...and more »

Leyton Orient 0

Defender Jamie Turley was the unlikely hero at Leyton Orient as Newport County secured their first win of the season. The right-back got on the end of Marlon Jackson's flick-on from Mark Randall's corner to score the only goal of the game on 34 minutes.and more »

Cardiff cyclist Elinor Barker set for Rio 2016 Olympics gold medal showdown with USA

Welsh cyclist Elinor Barker will be involved in a barnstorming battle tonight when she forms part of the Team GB pursuit quartet tackling America for the gold medal in Rio. The GB quartet set a world record in the heats on Thursday, four minutes 13.260 ...and more »

Cardiff cyclist Elinor Barker set for Rio 2016 Olympics gold medal ...

Welsh cyclist Elinor Barker will be involved in a barnstorming battle tonight when she forms part of the Team GB pursuit quartet tackling America for the gold ...and more »

A leading former MP has accused a Welsh Islamic leader of 'declaring war on women'

A prominent former MP has criticised a Welsh Islamic leader, accusing him of declaring “war on women”. Kim Howells, a former Foreign Office minister, criticised Cardiff Imam Ali Hammuda for telling women who posted selfies on Facebook in makeup that ...

Three men rescued by a lifeboat are 'lucky to be alive' after they were thrown into the water hundreds of metres ...

A lifeboat crew was called to rescue a 60-year-old man from the water in North Wales on Friday afternoon. The Moelfre lifeboat crew helped the man and two others after their vessel partially capsized off Moelfre Bay, Anglesey , throwing them off into ...and more »

You can now have vegan mac 'n' cheese with bacon thanks to this new Cardiff food business

Hotdogs, cheesy chips and ice cream – when James Evans decided to become vegan, these were some of the foods he missed the most. Now in his quest for "comfort food", the 21-year-old from Cardiff has set up a vegan food business called Cheese and ...

Pensioner and two dogs rescued from bungalow fire

A pensioner and her two dogs were rescued from a fire at a bungalow in Flintshire, during the early hours of this morning. Firefighters were alerted via the ...and more »

Body found at beach has been identified as missing teenager

A body that washed ashore north of Barmouth has been identified as a missing teenager. Police said the body has been confirmed as 14-year-old Yahye Omar Mohamed. His 15-year-old friend, Waseem Muflahi remains missing and, although scaled down, ...and more »

This is the weather expected over the next few days

It wasn't the best weather for some this morning but don't worry - it's expected to get better. According to the Met Office forecast for Wales, following the thick cloud and drizzle this morning in the south, it is expected to turn into a fine day with ...and more »

This Aberystwyth University student has been quizzing politicians about fish

Joker Ross Orchard has been baiting high-profile British politicians by asking them: “What's your favourite fish?” So far the animal science student has hooked former Labour leader Ed Miliband, Labour leadership candidate Owen Smith and Lib Dem leader ...

Live updates as Pride Cymru returns to Cardiff

The annual party and celebration of LGBT culture kicked off last night with the musical extravaganza Party in the Parc. Thousands of people are expected to hit the capital again today as the Pride parade and gig is being held in the centre of Cardiff ...and more »

Years & Years kick of Pride Cymru with a great gig at Party in the ...

As part of Pride Cymru's weekend of LGBT celebrations in Cardiff, Party in the Parc presented Years & Years in Cooper's Field, Cardiff. The supporting acts on ...and more »

You've named this beautiful country garden as your favourite place in Wales

Following a nationwide search, Dyffryn Gardens has been voted Wales' best-loved location - for the second year on the trot. The magnificent Edwardian garden has taken the overall title in WalesOnline's Special Places 2016 competition after receiving ...

Engineer and his book

Water treatment expert Alfred Thomas Hall, 68, and David Gordon Lea, 60, pleaded guilty to fraudulently claiming VAT repayments they weren't entitled to. An investigation by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) found that Hall, from Cardiff , had submitted 11 ...

Watch as RATS invade the garden of this horrified grandmother ...

Vivien Soloman, 58, said she was 'shocked' at what she saw when she looked into her back garden.and more »

'This is not good' Watch as RATS invade this horrified Cardiff grandmother's garden

This video shows the grim reality a Cardiff woman was faced with when she looked out of her back window on Thursday morning. Vivien Soloman, 58, peered out of the window into her garden to see four rats roaming freely on her lawn and patio. She said ...and more »

Driver John Spencer Graham jailed for causing death of three friends

Ryan Paul Gibbons, 20, and Gethin Rhys Jones, 18, both from the Bargoed area, died at the scene of the crash on Aberdare Road on 11 October last year. Joe Daniels, 18, of Gilfach, Bargoed, died 30 days later. Five men were in the white Seat Ibiza which ...

Deal to save Port Talbot steelworks boosted by trustee position on in deficit pension fund

The trustees of Tata's £700m in deficit British Steel Pension Scheme said it can be restructured without entering into the Pension Protection Fund. A UK Government consultation on the future of the fund proposed a number of options, including the ...and more »

Councillor suspended for touching teenager's leg on bird watching ...

Vale of Glamorgan councillor Rob Curtis pleaded guilty to common assault at a court case last year.and more »

Cardiff Contemporary is returning and it will be filling some of the ...

A new permanent sculpture on Cardiff 's waterfront will be just one of the highlights when the city's international contemporary arts festival returns this autumn.and more »

Cardiff Contemporary is returning and it will be filling some of the city's forgotten spaces with art

A new permanent sculpture on Cardiff 's waterfront will be just one of the highlights when the city's international contemporary arts festival returns this autumn. And comedian Stewart Lee and former Gorky's Zygotic Mynci guitarist Richard James will ...and more »

Aberdare Welsh Hills announces Tŷ Hafan as its Diamond Jubilee Charity of the Year

Aberdare-based Welsh Hills Bakery, creator of Lovemore Free From Foods, has announced Tŷ Hafan as its charity of the year to coincide with its Diamond Jubilee.

Jail for young driver who admitted causing the deaths of three ...

A 21-year-old driver who was “coasting” before a crash which killed three passengers has been jailed for 10 months after admitting three counts of causing ...and more »

Jail for young driver who admitted causing the deaths of three passengers

Ryan Paul Gibbons, 20, and Gethin Rhys Jones, 18, both from the Bargoed area, died at the scene in Aberdare Road, Merthyr Tydfil, on October 11 last year. Joe Louis Daniels, 18, of Gilfach, Bargoed, was left in a critical condition at the University ...

Welsh NHS waiting list numbers hit record high for 2016

The Welsh Government has today released its latest data on referral to treatment waiting times, which shows th

This is what it's like being a member of Cardiff's litter enforcement team

All along the streets of the Cardiff suburb there are green bags and food caddies waiting for collection. But there are also the red-and-white striped bags dotted along the road – bags which shouldn't be there, as they are collected every alternate week.

Cardiff architectural firm secures go

The first Center Parcs in Ireland is due to open in 2019 after approval for a planning application delivered by Cardiff-based architectural firm Holder Mathias. The near £200m holiday venue will be the first Center Parcs village outside the UK. The ...

A driver had a 'lucky escape' after this car crashed into the central reservation

A driver had a "lucky escape" after a car crashed into the central reservation on Fabian Way in Swansea . Craig Thomas from Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service posted this photo of the scene after the crash and described it as a "lucky escape ...and more »

Former Cardiff Met student Helen Glover defends Olympic rowing title

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

Coffee chain fined £160k for leaving rubbish bags on London streets

Starbucks has been fined more than £160,000 after two stores in central London repeatedly left rubbish bags on a busy pavement outside of normal collection times.

Success for Come Outside!

Nearly 3,500 people from deprived communities across Wales have benefitted from a three year scheme to improve their health and ability to find work. 

So Wales is the poor relation of the rest of the UK right? Well, no, not quite

Monmouthshire · Neath Port Talbot · Newport · Pembrokeshire · Powys · Rhondda · Pontypridd · Torfaen · Vale of Glamorgan · Wrexham. Trending Summer Stuff to do in Wales Fantasy Football Swansea City FC Cardiff City FC Wales Football Team · Sport.

A cool Swansea bar is opening a second venue in Penarth and this is what it will serve...

Since it opened in 2014 the independent bar and eaterie has become a destination venue for people in and around the city. It is is owned by Bruno Nunes and Mike Griffiths, who both have 40 years' of experience in the industry developing food and drinks ...

This is what Cardiff's new 7000 home £2bn 'Garden City' suburb will look like

The huge Plasdwr scheme will see new schools, roads and 7,000 homes in north west Cardiff. The development was part of Cardiff's controversial Local Development Plan , which laid out where homes would be built in the city over the next decades.

These are the road closures in Cardiff city centre this weekend for Pride Cymru

From 11am on Saturday, August 13 there will be a parade in the city centre which will involve rolling road closures. The parade will start on Queen Street near to the junction with Churchill Way, it will then makes its way along Queen Street to the ...and more »

You could buy 92 homes in Swansea for the price of record signing Borja Baston

Swansea City could have bought more than 90 houses locally for the £15m it has splashed out on its record new signing in Spanish player Borja Baston. Read More. Swansea City boss Francesco Guidolin says strikers have not been good enough.and more »

Limited edition Marvel comic book covers signed by Stan Lee have gone on display in Cardiff

A collection of limited edition Marvel comic book covers hand-signed by the legendary Stan Lee go on display in Cardiff today. The covers feature popular characters including The Amazing Spider-Man, The Incredible Hulk, The Invincible Iron Man ...and more »

Five lessons Warren Gatland's Wales can learn from Team GB's ...

In just a few short weeks' time, when we are into the new rugby season, the Olympic Sevens exploits of Team GB will begin to become a distant memory.and more »

It's not going to be a heatwave but it's going to be VERY hot for a ...

Wales is set to heat up this weekend and early next week thanks to a rush of warm air from Spain. Temperatures look set to peak at up to 30C on Tuesday.and more »

An explanation of what went wrong for Cardiff City last night and why there's no need for the panic button just yet

It was a desperately disappointing return to the Memorial Stadium for Paul Trollope as his side crashed out of the EFL Cup with a fairly limp display at the Memorial Stadium. Bluebirds fans have been concerned about the lack of cutting edge in the ...and more »

Today you can get FREE ice lollies in Cardiff thanks to Uber

This is how you can get up to four free ice lollies delivered right to your doorstep.and more »

The most valuable towns and streets in Wales revealed

These are the towns with the highest average house prices in Wales, according to property website Zoopla. We looked through Zoopla's property rich list to see which towns and streets are considered to be the most valuable in Wales. Zoopla's Z-Index, an ...and more »

Here's why you should make the Brecon Beacons your Special Place 2016

A beautiful national park in South Wales has been named as the nation's finest countryside in a campaign to find the Wales' favourite place. The popular walking destination saw off competition from the likes of Cardigan Bay in Ceredigion, Gower in ...

Wales breaking news plus live traffic, weather and M4 updates (Friday, August 12)

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

Leanne Wood pushes for bigger borrowing powers for Wales in wake of Brexit vote

The Welsh Government has yet to use its borrowing powers but these are already “out of date”, according to Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood. The Rhondda AM wants the “scale and scope” of the powers expanded in the wake of the vote to leave the ...and more »

Cardiff is second in the UK for having the highest number of drivers on the road with 12 points or more on their licence

Cardiff has the second highest number of drivers who are still on the roads despite having racked up enough penalty points to qualify for a ban, according to new figures. The study, revealed by a Freedom of Information request, revealed thousands ...and more »

TV producer who inherited land in Wales is hit with a hefty penalty after paying tax bill a week late

A TV producer got the shock of her life when she was hit with a massive penalty of almost £200,000 after paying a tax bill just a week late. Susanna Posnett, who has worked with Prince Charles and Ant and Dec during her latest TV projects, was left a ...

When the credit crunch forced this woman to close down her business, she went back to university and became a ...

When the credit crunch forced this woman to close down her beloved business, little did she know it would be the catalyst for a complete lifestyle change, going back to university and a journey to become a Welsh bikini champion. Lindsay Piper, from ...and more »

A man is taken to hospital as armed police deal with an incident in ...

Police closed off Lammas Street in Carmarthen while armed police dealt with the incident.and more »

A man is taken to hospital as armed police deal with an incident in Carmarthen town centre

A man has been taken to hospital as armed police responded to an incident in Carmarthen town centre. Witnesses reported seeing armed police at the top end of Lammas Street which was closed with its junction with Water Street while officers dealt with ...and more »

Some South Wales train services will be cancelled on Friday due to a 'driver shortage'

Trains in South Wales will be cancelled on Friday because a service provider has a “shortage of drivers”. Two Arriva Trains Wales services during rush hour on Friday morning, one between Radyr and Coryton and another between Rhymney and Penarth, will ...

Labour leadership debate: Jeremy Corbyn and Owen Smith face off in Gateshead – as it happened

I would really like to hear from Owen Smith about what he did in the run up to the EU referendum - Rhondda Cynon Taf voted leave by 53.7%. And Pontypridd Town council has a male mayor and deputy mayor - I wonder if he suggested an all-female shortlist ...

This is a major 25

A major new student housing block 25 storeys high has been proposed for Cardiff city centre. An application was approved in October last year for a 23-storey, 180 unit apartment block to be built on vacant site next to Herbert Street and the Dock ...

The ONS is recruiting for the UK's first ever data analytics apprentices

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) in Newport is recruiting for the UK's first data analytics apprentices. Aimed at people with relevant A levels or equivalent experience, the ONS data analytics apprenticeship scheme provides an opportunity for ...and more »

Here's why you should make Aberporth Beach your Special Place 2016

Aberporth beach was the surprise winner of the best beach category in WalesOnline's Special Places 2016 campaign, topping the category ahead of beach-behamoths like Barafundle Bay in Pembrokeshire and Three Cliffs Bay in Swansea. The idylic beach ...

Teenager from Wales is charged with international computer crimes

Daniel Mark Kelley was charged on Thursday with various offences linked to crimes committed online, including blackmail and attacking a college. Kelley, 19, from Llanelli , was charged at Belgravia Police Station in London and has been bailed to appear ...and more »

Police appeal after Abergavenny collision leaves man with serious injuries

Police are appealing for witnesses after a collision that left one man in hospital with serious injuries. It happened on Friday and involved a Blue Hyundai Getz and a Silver Ford Focus on the A465 Llanvihangel Crucorney in Abergavenny . Gwent Police ...and more »

DECI Inspection report for Ysbyty Cwm Cynon Mountain Ash Hospital

Introduction Healthcare Inspectorate Wales (HIW) completed an unannounced dignity and essential care Inspection in Ward 3 at Ysbyty Cwm Cynon, part of Cwm Taf University Health Board on the 22 and 23 November 2014. Our inspection considers the following issues:

Save a Life September 2016

St John launching this year's 

Street Food Circus is launching a members

Street Food Circus is to host a members-only feast club to give diners the chance to sample food from some brilliant local chefs. And, if you are a fan of, or fancy trying out some plant-based foods, there will also be a new pop-up from Milgi, serving ...

A Cardiff couple have shared their secrets of a long marriage after celebrating their 75th anniversary

Their wedding took place during the hardship of the Second World War, in the year of the blitz which saw Nazi bombs rain down on Britain. And now, decades later, devoted couple David and Dorothy Horsburgh have marked a remarkable 75 years of ...and more »

'No current plans' to close Mountain Ash's last high street bank, local councillors have been told

Meanwhile Coun Morgan, Rhondda Cynon Taf council's leader, also wrote to the bank outlining his concerns. A response from Simeon Morrison Brown of Lloyds read: "At the present moment, I can assure you that we have no plans to close our Mountain Ash ...

Lindt is opening its first shop in Wales... and it will give out FREE chocolate

Lindt is opening its first shop in Wales... and it will give out FREE chocolate. 14:45, 11 Aug 2016; Updated 16:20, 11 Aug 2016; By Karen Price. The luxury chocolate brand is opening a store in Bridgend next week. Shares; Comments. Get What's On news ...and more »

A 'house of glass' with sea views is on the market in West Wales for £1.5m

There's a reason why this beautiful dream home in Pembrokeshire has been designed to make sure that large sheets of glass are the main feature. For the owner is the managing director and owner of Nolan uPVC Limited, a company which manufactures, ...and more »

Wales' dognapping hotspots revealed: Parts of the country among ...

Parts of Wales have some of the highest rates of dog thefts in the UK. Dognappers are striking every five hours on the streets of Britain as organised gangs target ...and more »

172 new homes plus shops could be built on the old Chubb factory site in Ferndale

A huge development of 172 homes, retail facilities and industrial units is being planned for the former Chubb factory site in the Rhondda. Chubb Fire Security Ltd closed its factory at the Maerdy Industrial Estate in Ferndale during 2005, after an ...

Police want to speak to this man after a student was allegedly assaulted and racially abused

Police investigating an alleged assault and racial abuse have released a picture of a man they want to speak to in connection with the incident. Detectives say a 21-year-old Bangladeshi student was walking by 'Our Ladies School' in Caernarfon Road, ...and more »

A Treorchy cafe wants to become a restaurant with extended opening hours

A cafe in Treorchy town centre wants permission to extend its opening hours and convert into a restaurant - but some local people don't want it to happen. Rhondda Cynon Taf council 's development control committee will consider an application to change ...

Marco Pierre White reveals opening date for Cardiff rooftop restaurant... and this is how menu will look

Marco Pierre White reveals opening date for Cardiff rooftop restaurant... and this is how menu will look. 12:35, 11 Aug 2016; Updated 13:56, 11 Aug 2016; By Karen Price , Natalie Powell. The Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar & Grill will be at the new ...

Wales needs elected mayors of the calibre of Andy Burnham

The nominations of major figures to stand to be Labour city majors in England has raised fears for Wales. Former Health Secretary Andy Burnham, who will be the party's contender to be Greater Manchester mayor is the most prominent of a trio of major ...

Deaths from the most common superbugs have fallen to a 15

Deaths from the most common superbugs have fallen to their lowest levels in Wales in 15 years, new figures have shown. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has revealed there were just 130 deaths in 2015 where MRSA or C.difficile were a factor ...and more »

Celebrate Pride Cymru with a rainbow coffee at this Cardiff coffee shop

There are loads of ways to celebrate and support Pride Cymru this weekend - from cheering on the parade and visiting the event in Cooper's Field, Cardiff, to donating to the LGBT charity. But one of our favourites is by drinking one of these colourful ...and more »

A woman who lost her wedding dress at an airport is searching for the kind

A woman who was left devastated when her wedding dress went missing wants to track down the kind-hearted stranger who found it. Newly-weds Christine Jones husband Michael arrived home from their wedding in Las Vegas only to discover the gown was ...and more »

Eva Longoria spotted shopping in Cardiff city centre

It looks like Eva Longoria is continuing to love her time spent in Cardiff, and today she was browsing the huge selection of shops in the city centre. The star of Desperate Housewives and L'Oreal adverts was spotted outside Wahaca, and visited Krispy ...

Morning news headlines: Team GB Olympians power up the Rio medals table; Tennis teen Gabriella Taylor in ...

Team GB's Olympians helped produce its most successful day at the 2016 Rio Games as they surged up the medals table with a flurry of podium places. Diving duo Jack Laugher and Chris Mears joined kayaker Joe Clarke in powering Team GB to their ...and more »

Wales breaking news plus live traffic, weather and M4 updates (Thursday, August 11)

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 ...

Hundreds test positive for drink

Welsh police forces carried out almost 10,000 roadside breath tests during a special month of action earlier this summer. But the total of 9,532 tests was more than a third down on the same period last year, according to figures published today ...and more »

Welsh councils urged to repair potholes to save money, says RAC

... spent more than £5m between 2010- 2015 filling in potholes after complaints from the public and on compensation. One person in Ceredigion was given £83,264 after sustaining an injury from falling over a pothole. Neath Port Talbot, Rhondda Cynon Taf ...

Vale of Glamorgan show enjoys 'really successful' day as thousands turn up

Thousands flocked to the Vale of Glamorgan's annual show on Wednesday to experience the agricultural event's vast offering of activities for all ages. Taking place at Fonmon Castle, Barry, around 20,000 people attended the event to take advantage of ...

People are being forced to live next to this disgusting pile of rubbish after a derelict pub became a dumping site

A family living next door to a derelict pub has pleaded for help in clearing the site after they said they found rats on their own property. Ceri Jones, from Gelli in Rhondda , said his children are scared to go out into their back yard because of ...

Aberdare, Trecynon burglar Liam Thomas Lindsay pleads guilty

33 year old Liam Thomas Lindsay of Twynrodyn, Merthyr has been sentenced to four and a half years in prison after pleading g

Participation Standards

The Participation Standards, developed originally by the Participation Unit, have been refreshed by a partnership between Youth Forum workers and Young Wales, informed by consultations with young

Uber is delivering FREE ice cream to people in Cardiff on Friday

You will be able to enjoy FREE ice cream in Cardiff this Friday (August 12) - and it will be delivered right to your door. Uber has been dedicating a whole day treating people to ice cream for the past couple of years and its drivers were planning to ...and more »

Uber is delivering FREE ice lollies to people in Cardiff on Friday

You will be able to enjoy FREE ice lollies in Cardiff this Friday (August 12) - and they will be delivered right to your door. Uber has been dedicating a whole day treating people to ice cream for the past couple of years and its drivers were planning ...and more »

Michael Sheen teams up with Cardiff Philharmonic Orchestra for the world premiere of Mr Dahl

Actor Michael Sheen will join forces with the Cardiff Philharmonic Orchestra to celebrate the life of Roald Dahl in the world premiere of Mr Dahl. The award-winning Port Talbot star - famous for his roles in Frost/Nixon, The Queen and TV show Masters ...and more »

Members of one of the UK's major unions have voted to back Owen Smith for Labour leader

Labour leadership challenger Owen Smith has been given a huge boost after GMB union members voted to back him. The union, one of the biggest affiliated to the party, asked its 600,000-plus members if they wanted to support Mr Smith or Jeremy Corbyn.and more »

Firefighters from five stations are called out to tackle a blaze at a Newport hotel

The blaze at the New Inn Hotel on Chepstow Road started just after 3pm. Emergency services said they were called to the scene of a “developing fire”. 5 Fire engines are currently fighting a fire in a Newport Hotel and conducting a search will keep you ...and more »

Swansea's summer wildflowers are back and as beautiful as ever

Hundreds of thousands of wild flowers can once again be seen across Swansea this summer, brightening up more than 180 roadside verges, roundabouts and parks. More than 41,000 square metres of wild flowers are in bloom across the city in a scheme ...

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A prolific criminal described by a judge as being responsible for “a one-man crime wave” is back behind bars. Karl Andrew Legg broke into homes, stole cars and even made off with £250 from a doctors' surgery during a rampage around Cardiff earlier this ...

This is how you can get a FREE cocktail at Cardiff's Bierkeller this weekend

Bierkeller is celebrating its first year since opening in Cardiff by offering a free jam jar cocktail to lucky punters who share the same birthday. The venue, part of a group of bars worth £20m, first opened its doors in August last year, and has seen ...

Teenager described as 'Disney princess' fighting for her life after skateboard accident

The 19-year-old hit her head on concrete when the skateboard she was using hit a rock while playing with her younger siblings. Now her mother, Emma, is urging parents to make sure children on skateboards always wear helmets. University receptionist ...and more »

Cardiff Marine Village sets sail on latest expansion phase

The company behind the village, the Marine Group, has acquired an acre of land from Cardiff Council for the expansion at its Penarth Road based venture - which incorporates a boatyard, drystack and marine business park. The extra space is need to ...

Community wind farm near Swansea gets £3.55m boost from Welsh Government

A community wind scheme has received a funding boost from the Welsh Government with the announcement of a £3.55m loan to the project. The money will allow the Awel Aman Tawe Community Energy Charity in Swansea to meet an important deadline for ...

Couple in Wales spot ostrich outside their home

First there was one spotted in Scotland, now there's one on the run in Wales. Unless it's the same one, but that's unlikely. Lynne Evans said she screamed when she came face to face with a giant bird, that stood less than a foot away from her home in ...

An Aberdare entrepreneur has set up Wales' first

A Cynon Valley entrepreneur has set up Wales' first-ever DIY garage for cars and motorbikes. Car fanatic Luke Riddiford, 22, from Aberdare , came up with the idea for the Ridd's Ramps business when his car broke down and several local garages refused ...

Duke of Westminster, UK's third richest man, dies suddenly aged 64

The third richest person in the UK, billionaire landowner the Duke of Westminster, has died aged 64. Gerald Cavendish Grosvenor, a close friend of the Royal family, died on Tuesday afternoon, having suddenly become ill. He had been transferred from his ...and more »

The Big Walk raised almost £50000 for Prostate Cymru

An Aberdare entrepreneur has set up Wales' first-ever DIY garage business · Cardiff Marine Village sets sail on latest expansion phase · What could be the coolest office in Wales will open its doors in September · Darwin Gray appoints HR specialist ...

Here's why you should make Abereiddi Blue Lagoon your Special Place 2016

Abereiddi Blue Lagoon came top of a list of 20 locations to be named Best Family Attraction in WalesOnline's Special Places 2016 awards and will now battle this week to be named the overall winner.

Olympic Sevens shows why James Davies MUST get a chance to ...

Sevens is a different animal, but the Scarlets man has shown enough in 15-a-side - and now in Rio - to finally warrant a call from Warren Gatland.and more »

Olympic Sevens shows why James Davies MUST get a chance to influence Wales' evolving faster, looser game

If Wales are to deliver on their pledge to further develop a faster, more enterprising style of play, then Warren Gatland will find it increasingly difficult to justify the non-selection of James Davies. The irony cannot have been lost on anyone who ...and more »

Police arrest 10 people amid allegations of match fixing in Wales

Police have arrested 10 people in relation to allegations of match fixing in the Welsh Premier League. South Wales Police made the arrests on Wednesday after the allegations relating to a fixture involving Port Talbot Town FC. Seven men and three women ...and more »

Police arrest 11 people amid allegations of match fixing in Wales

Police have arrested 11 people in relation to allegations of match fixing in the Welsh Premier League. South Wales Police made the arrests on Wednesday after the allegations relating to a fixture involving Port Talbot Town FC. Seven men and three women ...and more »

Morning news headlines: Swimmers give Team GB silver service; Access to EU single market 'virtually meaningless ...

Team GB has claimed two more silver medals in the pool at the Rio Olympics, thanks to Siobhan O'Connor in the 200 metres individual medley final and the men's 4x200m freestyle relay team. O'Connor, 20, broke a British record and said her success was ...and more »

Investigation under way into helicopter which burst into flames on Snowdonia mountain

An investigation is under way to establish the cause of a technical fault in an RAF helicopter that had to land on a Snowdonia mountain before it caught fire. The aircraft, which burst into flames on Yr Aran on Tuesday, will be inspected by engineers ...and more »

Wales breaking news plus live traffic, weather and M4 updates (Wednesday, August 10)

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

Aberystwyth Uni tops student satisfaction survey in Wales

Recent business management graduate Josh Stacey, from Rhondda Cynon Taff, praised the "really good student experience" at Aberystwyth. "It's a unique place with a real sense of community - it's friendly, it's safe, it's a great student town and an ...and more »

Quarter of workers in Merthyr Tydfil not paid voluntary living wage of £8.25 an hour, claim

A leading think tank is asking employers in Merthyr Tydfil to pay the voluntary living wage after finding one in four workers are not being paid enough for a “decent standard of living”. The Merthyr-based Bevan Foundation claims it would lead to ...

Wales Environmental in expansive mood after investment boost from the £2.5bn Business Growth Fund

Fast-expanding liquid waste management and drainage firm Wales Environmental has its sights firmly on further expansion following a new investment round backed by the £2.5bn Business Growth Fund. In its third equity investment into a Welsh business, ...and more »

Cardiff Muslim leader who talked about sex slaves 'is not an extremist and is at the forefront of challenging Isis'

A Cardiff imam who prompted outrage when he was recorded discussing sex slaves was not preaching extremism, a leading Welsh Muslim has insisted. Ali Hammuda was recorded by an undercover reporter speaking to teenage boys. Among the quotes ...

It wasn't a crime for Sir Clive to call Team GB's Women's Sevens 'girls'

I'm sure militant suffragette Lady Rhondda, journalist and adventurer Cranogwen and saucy medieval bard Gwerful Mechain wouldn't have complained. It works both ways here. Men also go out with “the boys” several decades after their voices have broken.

Owen Smith backed by just one local Labour party in Wales

Owen Smith's Labour leadership campaign has so far attracted just one nomination from a constituency party in Wales, prompting speculation that he will lose heavily to Jeremy Corbyn, even on his home territory. The only Constituency Labour Party (CLP ...and more »

This man will use rap to communicate his love for science at Swansea festival

Whether rapping, giving talks or workshops, Jon is a familiar face at Swansea's National Maritime Museum and is getting involved in the British Science Festival, which takes place in the city in September.

This drone footage captures the extraordinary scale of litter on a ...

Stretching as far as as the eye can see, these are not images of a waste tip or a bizarre art installation but a major city's beach. The drone footage filmed by the ...and more »

Sheridan Smith's West End hit Funny Girl is touring to venues in Wales

West End hit Funny Girl, which stars Sheridan Smith, is heading on a UK tour next year and will call at two Welsh venues. Tickets for the Cardiff and Llandudno performances of Funny Girl: The Musical are now on sale to coincide with the official ...and more »

Rescue team helps injured walker by airlifting him from a mountain in Snowdonia

An injured walker was rescued from a mountain in Snowdonia National Park on Tuesday by a search and rescue helicopter. The man was rescued after the Maritime and Coastguard Agency was called to Cadair Idris at around 1.05pm on Tuesday to a report ...

This Dutch internet user has a hilariously exaggerated view of Wales

This Dutch internet user has a hilariously exaggerated view of Wales - even going as far as describing it as a "hellhole". Posting on a Reddit thread the user said the country had "no job prospects, poor people everywhere, poorly educated/less ...

Here's why you should make the National Library of Wales your Special Place 2016

The National Library of Wales received the most votes in the Beautiful Buildings category of WalesOnline's Special Places 2016 campaign , and will now face one more important vote to be named the overall winner in this week's final. The library, which ...

Morriston Hospital's £6.6m cardiac unit unveiled in Swansea

A £6.6m extension to a Swansea hospital's cardiac intensive care unit has been unveiled. Work has been ongoing at Morriston Hospital since September with the aim of keeping surgery waiting times down. Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board ...

Live updates as emergency services are called to reports of flames and smoke on Snowdonia peak

Emergency services are responding to an incident on a mountain in Snowdonia National Park after flames were seen rising from the area. North Wales Fire Service said they were on their way to the incident just after 2pm. A spokeswoman for North Wales ...and more »

Will there soon be light at the ends of the Rhondda Tunnel?

There could be soon be light at the end of the Rhondda Tunnel after Rhondda Cynon Taf Council granted a licence to the society hoping to reopen the tunnel as a tourist attraction. The Rhondda Tunnel Society, who want the tunnel to reopen as a cycle and ...

Abercynon day centre users will soon have to travel to Pontypridd or Aberdare in new changes

Elderly people who use the day centre service in Abercynon will soon have to go to Pontypridd or Aberdare instead, following an out-of-the-blue announcement. A number of users of Abercynon Day Centre have received letters informing them the changes ...

Welsh Ambulance Service appeals for public to help save lives by clearly displaying house numbers

THE Welsh Ambulance Service is appealing for people to display their house name or number prominently in order to help save lives.

First Minister's European Advisory Group a "last-minute scramble for ideas"

Responding to the First Minister’s announcement today that he is to establish a new European Advisory Group, the leader of the Welsh Conservatives Andrew RT Davies said:

Looking at domiciliary care in six local authorities in Wales

Wales’ care and social services inspectorate has today published reports on home care in Carmar

Cardiff's first Australian restaurant is open and the food looks bonzer (even if it costs £1 for a dollop of ketchup)

The Outback - Cardiff' s first Australian-themed restaurant - is finally open and it looks fair dinkum to us. But it's also a little on the pricey side with extras like ketchup and mayonnaise costing £1 and you won't get much change from £55 for the ...

Redevelopment plans revealed for actor Michael Sheen's old school

Plans to redevelop the site of Glan Afan Comprehensive School, whose former pupils include actor Michael Sheen, have been revealed. Coastal Housing Group plan a mixture of new homes and commercial units at the school in Port Talbot which closed in ...and more »

Search for two teenagers missing in sea off Welsh coast called off by coastguard

HM Coastguard has called off the search for two teenage boys who went missing at sea while swimming on Sunday. The boys, named by friends as Waseem Muflihi and Yahya Mohammed, had been swimming off Barmouth beach when they got into difficulty ...and more »

Not long to wait for Rhigos Mountain Road to re

A target date for the completion of the project to re-surface nine kilometres of the Rhigos Mountain Road has been revealed. The £1.25m work saw the road - connecting Treherbert in Rhondda and Hirwaun in the Cynon Valley - close on July 21.

Eva Longoria tried to pronounce her name 'in Welsh' and found it hard

She's worth more than £27 million, has won countless awards and featured on the front cover of almost every glossy magazine. And Eva Longoria's now trying to give her name a Welsh twist. The American actor checked into a country house hotel in Wales ...

Heatwave with scorching 30C temperatures could last until August bank holiday weekend

A heatwave with scorching 30C temperatures could last until August bank holiday weekend, according to forecasters. Top 20 beaches as voted by Wales Online. Top 20 beaches as voted by Wales Online Video loading. Click to play Tap to play. The Live ...and more »

Primark to create 110 new jobs when it opens its new store in Llandudno

Clothing chain Primark says it will create over 100 jobs when it opens its new store in Llandudno. The textile giant has also confirmed the branch will cover 30,300 sq ft of space at the Llandudno retail park when it opens there next autumn. The ...and more »

Searches for two teenagers and man missing off Welsh coast enter third day

The search for two teenage boys who went missing off the Welsh coast on Sunday has entered its third day. The boys, named by friends as Waseem Muflihi and Yahya Mohammed, had been swimming off Barmouth beach when they got into difficulty and ...and more »

Morning news headlines: Bronze joy for Daley and Goodfellow after 'agonising' wait; Right

Diver Tom Daley and his partner Dan Goodfellow's bronze medal win has boosted Team GB's medal tally to four on day three of the Rio Olympics. The pair faced what Daley called an "agonising" wait before having a celebratory splash in the pool on ...and more »

Wales breaking news plus live traffic, weather and M4 updates (Tuesday, August 9)

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 ...

Decision not to introduce maximum payoff deals for council chief executives criticised

The Welsh Government has been “sleeping at the wheel” by not changing the law to make it easier for councils to get rid of under-performing chief executives, according to a councillor whose authority continues to be embroiled in a massively expensive ...

Man dies while swimming in a lake during a visit to America to see ...

Stephen Thomas Turner, from Llanrwst, is understood to have got into difficulties while swimming in Lake Sutherland in Washington State.and more »

Four people working illegally in Wales caught by immigration officers

Three people who were working illegally in restaurants in Wales have been arrested after operations by immigration officers. Acting on intelligence, the officers visited a restaurant in Cardigan and another in Burry Port on Friday, where they ...and more »

Boy is airlifted to hospital with serious injuries after a crash between a bike and a car

A boy has been airlifted to hospital with what are believed to be serious injuries after a collision between a bike and a car in Swansea . The incident happened on Monday on the A4067 in Morriston at around 12.45pm. A Welsh Ambulance spokesman said: ...and more »

Here's why you should make Caerphilly Castle your Special Place 2016

One of Wales' most-loved tourist attractions has been voted best historic site to join five other revered Welsh locations in the final of Special Places 2016. Caerphilly Castle came out top of a closely contest 20-venue shortlist which included Cardiff ...

There's a great chance of seeing spectacular meteors over Wales tonight

There's an excellent chance of catching a glimpse of some spectacular meteors over Wales on Monday night. According to the Met Office, most parts of southern and eastern Wales have an "excellent" chance, while many parts of the west have a "good ...

Be inspired by the Rio Olympics and get back in the saddle with these cycling tours of Wales

With the Olympics now in full swing many of us will be inspired to combine a holiday in Wales with a sport. If you like cycling and just need to get back in the saddle or fancy taking up a new sport then you are going to love these cycling tours of ...

Finalists revealed for Bridgend Business Awards 2016

The awards, sponsored by Rockwool UK, will see winners in eight categories - including tourism, manufacturing, creative industries, start-up business, innovative and service businesses and entrepreneurs. And one winner will have the chance of being ...

These are the events the children can enjoy at Pride Cymru 2016

The annual party and celebration of LGBT culture kicks off in Cardiff on Friday, August 12 with musical extravaganza Party in the Parc before the Pride parade and gig on Saturday, August 13 in the centre of the capital. Jon Pountney. As usual, Pride ...

Help trace a teenager who is missing from Pontypridd.

South Wales Police are appealing for information to help trace a teenager who is missing from Pontypridd.

Wales Millennium Centre for the Cardiff Memory Walk.

Join us outside the world-renowned Wales Millennium Centre for the Cardiff Memory Walk.

This burglar was caught after he left a bandage with his own blood on at the scene of his crime

A burglar who was arrested after leaving his blood at the scene of his crime has been jailed for two years. Ross Mccaddon, from Barry , was sentenced on August 1 after cables and power tools worth almost £10,000 were taken from a house undergoing ...

A second Welsh seagull has turned orange after falling into a vat of curry

A second gull has been rescued after falling into a vat of curry and turning bright orange. The gull was partially coated in tandoori curry sauce after the incident in the Newport area last Tuesday. It comes after our story about another gull, who was ...and more »

Aberdare performing arts group Showcase raises £5000 to fund its next production

Aberdare -based Showcase will perform musical Hello, Dolly! this September - but face a £12,000 cost to stage the show. It was agreed that half of that amount would need to be raised by members of the group, while the remaining half would be recouped ...

Bridgend economy to be boosted by more than £480000 after vote to create Business Improvement District

Businesses in Bridgend have voted in favour of establishing a Business Improvement District in the town centre which will ensure thousands are poured into the local econony. More than £480,000 will be invested into the town's economy from the proceeds ...and more »

You can be the Lord or Lady of your very own Manor House in this Pembrokeshire property

Robeston House has a history of owners that have achieved much in their lives while living at this pretty mansion in Pembrokeshire. The Georgian Grade II listed manor is believed to date back to circa 1725, and built on the site of an earlier Tudor ...

A 'Spanish Plume' is set to bring temperatures of 30C to Wales next ...

A heatwave could hit Wales next week with temperatures climbing to 30C in some parts of the country. Hot air from the south will push the weather above ...and more »

Police are increasing patrols after a flasher indecently exposed ...

A witness challenged the man who was carrying a black rucksack and was riding a bike.and more »

Wales' 'fastest growing' digital economy outside London

Mr Fauvel, who was brought up in Rhondda, said there needed to be good literacy, numeracy and science education to help Welsh people see beyond the valleys and cities they live in. "We need continued support from government, local authorities and we ...and more »

New defibrillator being kept outside hairdressers owned by local heart patient's wife

The couple were then chosen to receive the first of eight machines on behalf of a cluster of 14 GP practices in Rhondda , which funded them at a cost of £8,000. The equipment which will have public access will be kept outside Lindsey's Vous ...

Sorry 'English and Proud', that glorious picture you just posted is Welsh and proud

The quaint ivy-covered cottage is situated in the picturesque market town of Llanrwst in North Wales. It is not, we repeat - NOT, located in England, despite what this "English and Proud" Facebook page will try and tell you. The page - which describes ...and more »

AM warns that people find Senedd debates 'too dull to watch'

New Assembly Member Steffan Lewis has warned that people find Senedd debates “too dull to watch”. The Plaid Cymru AM said the chamber – in which 60 AMs sit at desks in front of computer screens – often looks more like an “open-plan office area rather ...and more »

Senedd debates are 'too boring to watch', says new AM

New Assembly Member Steffan Lewis has warned that people find Senedd debates “too dull to watch”. The Plaid Cymru AM said the chamber – in which 60 AMs sit at desks in front of computer screens – often looks more like an “open-plan office area rather ...and more »

Swansea in new agreement with the Chinese city of Wuhan

Swansea has signed an agreement with the Chinese city of Wuhan that will see them co-operating in areas including trade and transport. The agreement was signed during a Chinese delegation visit to Swansea today. The two cities will also explore common ...and more »

This is when Primark is opening in Llandudno

Primark has confirmed it is opening a store in Llandudno in autumn 2017, although an exact date has yet to be announced. And it looks likely that the popular fashion chain will move into the BHS shop premises on Parc Llandudno. Shoppers have been ...and more »

Motorcyclist suffers 'serious injuries' following early morning crash in Swansea

A motorcyclist suffered "serious injuries" following a crash in Swansea in the early hours of Saturday morning. South Wales Police are appealing for information to the incident, which occurred at around 4.20am at Caemawr Road in Morriston. The ...and more »

All these Cardiff food outlets have just a ONE hygiene rating

If you're looking for somewhere to eat and your chosen restaurant is displaying a food hygiene rating of one, the likelihood is that you'd choose somewhere else ...and more »

Here's why you should make Dyffryn Gardens your Special Place 2016

Recommended in What's On News. Cardiff · How to spend 48 hours in Cardiff if you're a foodie · Aberdare · Aberdare performing arts group Showcase raises £5,000 to fund its next production · Scones on the Llanerch Vineyard cake stand · Essential Wales.

Gwynedd Sailing Academy Wins Top Sustainability Award

The new Plas Heli Welsh National Sailing Academy and Events Centre at Pwllheli has scooped another prestigious award. The Institution of Civil Engineers' top award for sustainability is the third major award to be won by the project this year ...

Cousin of teenager missing off Barmouth coast speaks of 'sadness'

The cousin of one of the teenagers missing at sea off the North Wales coast has spoken of his “sadness”. Rescuers are looking for the two boys, who had been swimming off the beach when they got into difficulty and were unable to return to shore.and more »

Adam Peaty's Olympic nan 'goes ballistic' as grandson smashes world record to grab gold

Adam Peaty stormed to victory in Rio de Janeiro to grab Team GB's first gold medal of the 2016 Olympics but one fan was stealing the spotlight 6,000 miles away - his grandmother. Mavis Williams stayed up into the early hours of Monday morning at her ...and more »

Wales breaking news plus live traffic, weather and M4 updates (Monday, August 8)

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 ...

Owen Smith warns the UK is on the 'cliff

The UK economy is on a “cliff-edge of another recession” and under the Conservatives the country is the “sick man leaving Europe”, Owen Smith will claim today ...and more »

Wales and Team GB Sevens star Jasmine Joyce just one win away from Olympic Games medal in Rio

Pembrokeshire speedster Jasmine Joyce will be playing for an historic Olympic Games medal on Monday after helping undefeated Team GB reach the semi-finals of the Rugby Sevens competition. Joyce, who is the only Welsh woman in the squad alongside ...and more »

New housing scheme of more than 100 homes in Cardiff set to be ...

Councillors look set to approve a significant new housing scheme for southern Cardiff this week. Developers want to build 116 new properties – most of which ...

The Real Schools Guide 2016: All state secondary schools in Wales rated and ranked

Rhondda Cynon Taf. Torfaen. Swansea. Vale of Glamorgan. Wrexham. How we ranked the schools. The 2016 Real Schools Guide is the most comprehensive guide ever to state-funded secondaries. Our unique rating system uses 28 different measures, put ...and more »

Take Me Out is looking for people from Wales to appear on the dating show

Paddy McGuinness returns with a sizzling new line up of 30 single girls all hoping to bag themselves a date to the isle Of Fernandos. A dating game show is looking for single men and women to appear on the show. Take Me Out, hosted by Paddy ...and more »

Concerns over extra traffic around residential streets after city road bridge closes

Network Rail has been challenged to stick to its timetable as the latest rail bridge closure in Cardiff brought extra traffic to residential streets. The Beresford Road bridge shut on Saturday, July 23, the latest phase works being carried out to allow ...

This woman thinks her pub fall after 10 pints is funnier than the rest

Earlier this week we brought you a clip showing a punter falling through a bar in true Only Fools and Horses style. The poor soul unintentionally recreated the 1989 moment when David Jason's Del Boy falls through a bar - much to the delight of the ...

Teenager who won £61 million EuroMillions jackpot ditches five

You might think a teenager who had just scooped a share of a £61 million jackpot would spending the next few weeks sunning it up somewhere luxurious and expensive. But not 19-year-old Courtney Davies. Wales' newest teenage millionaire has ditched a ...and more »

Sickening injuries inflicted on woman beaten unconscious by ...

These are the sickening injuries inflicted on a woman beaten unconscious after a row over going out for a Christmas drink. Gemma Parkin says she hopes the ...and more »

The case is made for leaving a crumbling Westminster for good and ...

Plaid Cymru's Treasury spokesman wants MPs to get to vote on leaving London in a bid to spread investment outside the UK capital.and more »

Cat and Fiddle climb to be a feature of Tour of Britain 2016

... Congleton to Tatton Park, Knutsford - 182km. Stage Four - Wednesday September 7 - Denbigh to Builth Wells - 217km. Stage Five - Thursday September 8 - Aberdare to Bath - 205km. Stage Six - Friday September 9 - Sidmouth to Haytor, Dartmoor - 150km.

Man rushed to hospital after his car flipped onto railway line

Trains temporarily suspended and driver taken to hospital on a spinal board.and more »

Travel disruption on the M4 as lanes closed around Cardiff and Swansea

Commuters are facing some travel disruption on the M4 around Cardiff and Swansea this morning as a number of lanes have been closed. A vehicle fire is blocking the exit slip road at J44 on the M4 in Swansea. The vehicle is blocking the exit on the ...and more »

Fire crews to investigate scene of blaze at 'severely damaged' industrial estate unit

South Wales Fire and Rescue Service were called at 11.23pm on Saturday to a report that a building on Hirwaun Industrial Estate was on fire. When crews from Hirwaun and Aberdare responded, they reported the 25m x 20m industrial unit to be “well alight”.and more »

Wales breaking news plus live traffic, weather and M4 updates (Sunday, August 7)

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 ...

Factory fire at Hirwaun Industrial Estate investigated

A factory unit and vehicles have been severely damaged in a blaze in Rhondda Cynon Taff. South Wales Fire and Rescue Service sent six crews to Hirwaun Industrial Estate on Saturday shortly before midnight. They spent 90 minutes bringing the blaze under ...

He was an all

He was one of perhaps Cardiff 's most talented set of sporting brothers – and now a new book tells all about the life and times of a Great Britain and Wales rugby ...and more »

Rhondda Cynon Taff A4059 road improved to prevent flooding

Work to help prevent flooding on a main road in Rhondda Cynon Taff has been completed. Some £85,000 was spent by the council to improve a nine mile (14.5km) section of the A4059, between Aberdare and Abercynon, which is prone to flooding. It was part ...

Fire

A South Wales primary school devastated by a deliberate fire earlier this year has again been targeted, this time by vandals who apparently attempted to break in. These photos show some of the approximately £2,000 of damage caused to Coed Eva Primary ...and more »

Wales stars in action on day two at the Rio 2016 Olympics as Jazz Carlin provides medal hopes

There are four Welsh women in action with Rugby Sevens star Jasmine Joyce being joined by three swimmers Jazz Carlin, Georgia Davies and Chloe Tutton. Having scored a try in the 29-3 win over Brazil before being sin-binned in the 40-0 victory over ...

Cardiff boxer Joe Cordina seals second round spot at Rio 2016 Olympics

Lightweight boxer Joe Cordina overcame Charly Coronel Suarez from the Philippines in the opening round of the 60kg category at the Rio 2016 Olympics on Saturday night. In the last 16 bout on Tuesday afternoon at 3.30pm (BST), the 24-year-old Welshman ...and more »

People took to the streets of Cardiff for a Black Lives Matter protest

Dozens of protesters took to the streets of Cardiff city centre on Saturday as part of a Black Lives Matter march. Protesters, many carrying placards gathered at St David's Hall before marching to Queen Street where speakers from the Black Lives Matter ...and more »

Cardiff comedian Jethro Bradley hoping for double success with BBC New Comedy Award in Edinburgh

... found himself at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival performing in the semi-final of the prestigious BBC New Comedy Award alongside some of the best new comics from around the UK, including fellow Welsh comedian Alex Mahoney from the Rhondda .

What is the point? Double yellow lines painted on Cardiff 'road' just a ...

There is not even enough space for a vehicle to drive along the lane, let alone park there.and more »

130,000 people flocked to the 2016 National Eisteddfod in ...

The iconic pink pavilion may have gone but 130,000 people still flocked to Abergavenny this week for the 2016 National Eisteddfod . The festival had not been ...and more »

Boris Johnson has been urged to step in to secure the release of Amina al

Foreign secretary Boris Johnson has been urged to secure the release of Amina al-Jeffery as fears grow that she is in “grave and immediate danger.” The 21-year-old, who grew up in Swansea, claims to have been imprisoned in a cage by her father, ...and more »

Wales rugby star Jasmine Joyce makes Olympics history with Sevens try

Pembrokeshire sprint star Jasmine Joyce has created history by becoming the first Welsh star to score an Olympics try in Rio. Rugby Sevens has been introduced into the Olympics for the Games in Brazil and Joyce was part of the women's Team GB squad ...and more »

Tricky league opener for Barry RFC

This is followed by games against St Peters, Llantrisant and Aberdare for the opening month of the season. Perhaps the unknown side of the league when they were promoted last year, Barry surpassed their own expectations and finished in third position, ...

'Everyone needs to learn some mutual respect' How you reacted to ...

There has been a heated reaction to a mooted speed limit for cyclists along the Taff Trail. The trail, which runs from the mouth of the Taff in Cardiff as far north as ...and more »

The internet is 25 years old and might never have happened without a man from Treorchy

It began with a single machine in Switzerland and is now made up of more than 600 million websites around the world. The internet is celebrating its 25th anniversary on Saturday, August 6 - the first server was launched publicly on August 6, 1991. But ...

This stunning area has been voted YOUR favourite part of the Welsh countryside

The impressive Brecon Beacons has beaten the Gower, Snowdonia and the Llyn Peninsula to win the final category of WalesOnline's Special Places 2016 campaign. Voters were under no illusion that Pen y Fan, Corn Du and the Black Mountains and the rest ...

As Rio 2016 kicks off, who are the Welsh ones to watch?

Rower Graeme Thomas, who's father comes from the Rhondda Valley, pulled out earlier this week due to illness Credit: David Davies / PA Archive. Among them are plenty of hopes for medals, the first of which could well come as early as this Saturday ...

Cardiff's popular pub theatre The Other Room is back with a cracking autumn/winter programme

Cardiff' s popular pub theatre The Other Room, located in Porter's and winner of The Stage's Fringe Theatre of the Year Award, has released details about its autumn/winter 2016 season. The season features a Christmas production by resident company ...

Five

Smiley five-year-old Nell May Connick risks being permanently paralysed by the tumour growing inside her spinal cord. The painful growth has caused the youngster from Glais, Swansea , to lose the use of her left arm and forced to learn how to walk again.

Wales breaking news plus live traffic, weather and M4 updates (Saturday, August 6)

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 ...

'Inflexible determination to continue struggle to the end' Porthcawl News, August 1916 by Ceri Joseph of Porthcawl ...

On leaving Pontypridd Intermediate Secondary School, Walter was employed as a draper's assistant by William Jarvis of Aberdare. In 1908, he enlisted in the Berkshire Yeomanry as a trooper. In the 1911 Census Walter is found in South Shields, employed ...

The Cardiff Triathlon is back and this is how you can enter

More than 1,000 people took part in this year's event and now registration is about to open for the Cardiff Triathlon 2017. The company behind the triathlon, Always Aim High Events, say they expect tickets to sell out “in record time” when registration ...

Army of volunteers assembles to fight 'ongoing battle' of litter in Cardiff

An army of volunteers will don high vis jackets and wield litter pickers as they wage war in the “ongoing battle” of rubbish in the city. A new Keep Splott Tidy scheme – brought about by local residents, councillors and environmental charity Keep Wales ...

Firefighters take on the 22 push

Thousands of people worldwide have taken on the 22 push-ups challenge to raise awareness of veteran suicide. South Wales Fire and Rescue crews have become the latest to take part in the internet craze which involves filming yourself doing 22 push-ups ...and more »

GP says she thought she'd die in her own home after finding two armed men waiting for her

A GP has described how she thought she would die in her own home after finding two armed men inside. GP Aparna Amin returned to her Pontprennau home at lunchtime on February 22 but discovered two men inside. The pair were wearing masks and ...and more »

Britain is obsessed with bins and/or rubbish collection

Whatever the season, no matter the political climate, there is one subject that is always guaranteed to stir the British public's imagination: bins. In Britain, the right to do as you see fit with your rubbish ranks alongside freedom of speech and ...

Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson calls for more support for St Athan aviation zone

Within a few hours Bruce Dickinson switches from Iron Maiden frontman to the chairman of Cardiff Aviation. But he is as upfront in both roles. Mr Dickinson believes the Aviation Enterprise Zone at St Athan has massively unfulfilled potential and "one ...and more »

Police discover crack cocaine and heroin in raid on house in Llandaff North

Three arrests have been made after police discovered drugs worth £85,000 at a house in Cardiff. South Wales Police carried out a raid at a house in Caldy Road in the Llandaff North area of the city and found drugs believed to include amphetamine, crack ...and more »

A meeting tonight will decide whether to make a Welsh flag emoji a ...

The committee that holds the keys to the code used to underpin computer text the world over will decide tonight whether to include a Welsh flag emoji.and more »

Asda in Tonypandy has been given permission to open a petrol station

An Asda supermarket in the Rhondda has been given permission to open a petrol station within its grounds. Rhondda Cynon Taf council 's development control committee granted full planning permission, with conditions, for the application for Tonypandy's ...

Labour's Jeremy Corbyn 'confident' of support in Wales

Jeremy Corbyn says he is "very confident" there is support in Wales for his bid to retain the Labour leadership. Mr Corbyn, who is being challenged by Pontypridd MP Owen Smith, visited Merthyr Tydfil and will go to Swansea on Friday. They took part in ...

Attempted break in on a property in Trecynon Aberdare

Following an attempted break in on a property in Trecynon during the early hours of Tuesday morning, we are warning resident

Our day

There will be 23 Welsh sports stars at the Rio 2016 Olympics but when are they in action and who are our medal hopefuls? Cyclist Geraint Thomas and taekwondo ace Jade Jones were gold medallists at London 2012. Thomas has switched from the track ...and more »

Rhyl and Denbigh chippy hopes to bag title of "best in the UK"

... by Seafish, also commended the shop's other base in Denbigh aswell as Andrews Fish Bar in Welshpool, Hennighan's Top Shop in Machynlleth, Hikary's FishBar in Neath, Hooked@31 in Fishguard and Penaluna's Famous Fish & Chips in Aberdare.and more »

Rugby Union: Sevens star signs up at Bedwas

Joining from Cardiff Blues, Griffiths will be part of a new-look Bedwas backline next season, which includes fellow recent recruits Pat Lewis from the Dragons Academy, Garin Payne from Aberdare, and Aaron Bramwell from Neath. Bedwas have also ...

Pontypridd will host its first Pokemon Go tour

A tour of Pontypridd using the Pokemon Go app will bring people together to explore the town centre and Ynysangharad Park. The mobile phone game, which has proved a worldwide sensation since its release in July, encourages players to explore their ...

These Milky Way pictures were taken in Wales last night...and they are stunning

He said "It wasn't too bad early on last night, so I was able to get these images but it got a little foggy later on." So what are the chances of being able to get your own pictures this weekend? Allan says: "The weather is a bit hit and miss this ...

The body of a 38

The body of a 38-year-old man has been found in public toilets inside a Cardiff Library. South Wales Police were called to Penylan Library at around 6.10pm on Tuesday. The body of the man, believed to be from the Pentwyn area, was discovered in the ...and more »

Woman suffers severe burns in serious Barry assault

A 63-year-old man has been arrested in connection with a serious assault in the Vale of Glamorgan which left a woman with severe burns. Police were called to Glanmor Crescent, Barry, at about 21:15 BST on Thursday. A 54-year-old woman was taken to ...and more »

Black Lives Matter protesters have stopped motorway traffic and are planning a Cardiff protest

Traffic heading to Heathrow airport was brought to a standstill by Black Lives Matter protesters lying on an M4 slip road, and there is a protest planned for Cardiff too. The campaign group called for "nationwide shutdown" on Friday morning to ...and more »

Policeman was choked until he almost lost consciousness, court told

A policeman was grabbed around the neck and choked until he almost lost consciousness as he dealt with a disturbance involving a stag-do, a court has heard. Swansea Magistrates Court was told that the constable was grabbed around the neck from behind ...and more »

Morning news headlines: Doubts over child sex abuse inquiry as Dame Lowell Goddard in third head to quit; Tory ...

Britain's troubled inquiry into child sex abuse has been thrown into doubt as New Zealand high court judge Dame Lowell Goddard became its third chairman to resign. Dame Lowell said the investigation has struggled to shake off its "legacy of failure ...and more »

THE LONG VIEW: The woman of Gwent who helped revive the National Eisteddfod

Although it may not be in the heartland of Welsh-speaking culture, Abergavenny has played a vital role in the creation of the National Eisteddfod. Martin Wade tells how the drive of one woman helped revive this national festival. Today will see the ...and more »

THE LONG VIEW: The woman of Gwent who helped revive the National Eisteddfod

The Eisteddfod held at Llangollen in 1858 showed what was possible and by 1861, the first National Eisteddfod was held at Aberdare. Of all those who strove to revive this great festival, Lady Llanover, must take great praise. The National Eisteddfod ...and more »

Jeremy Corbyn and Owen Smith clash in heated Labour leadership debate in Cardiff

Jeremy Corbyn and Owen Smith clashed in an often heated head-to-head debate in Cardiff - the first as they bid to become the party's next leader. Mr Corbyn and Pontypridd MP Mr Smith will take part in a series of debates up and down the UK. From the ...and more »

These 10 Rhondda pubs have all closed down. How many do you remember?

So the Treorchy Hotel has become the latest pub in Rhondda to close its doors for good. The pub shut down on Tuesday, July 26, with owners SA Brains and Co saying the "tough decision" came after it reviewed its long-term viability. GOOGLE. And the ...and more »

BBC Wales' radio stations have had their lowest audience figures on recent record

BBC Radio Wales and BBC Radio Cymru both lost audience in the three months from April to June to take them to new lows, according to radio body Rajar. It comes despite a rise in radio listening overall with Rajar reporting that 48.7m adults, or nine in ...and more »

The fire service has issued a warning about tumble dryers after this one burst into flames

Fire crews in Mid and West Wales have been called to 11 incidents involving tumble dryers so far this year. Crews from Swansea West and Swansea Central were called to this incident in Sketty at around 8.35pm on July 20. A spokesman for Mid and West ...and more »

Eva Longoria reveals she isn't a fan of the Welsh summer weather as she continues filming in Wales

She's been in Wales nearly two weeks now and it seems you're all enjoying Eva Longoria 's visit as much as she is. Fans of Desperate Housewives star have been lapping up her tweets and Snapchats since she recently arrived in the country to film a new ...

The unwanted Wales Under

He's the Wales U20s star who has been signed up by one of the most famous names in French club rugby - after being released from the regional game back home. Having been let go by Cardiff Blues at the end of last season, prop Joe Jones has now ...

South Wales Park Hosts Top Race Action

A bumper crowd witnessed two days of thrilling race action as the annual Aberdare Park Road Races enjoyed a full entry of racers over the weekend of July 30th/31st.

Popular Valleys chippy owners open new bar and hotel in Tenby and they're serving their famous fries

The owners of a popular Valleys chippy have opened a new bar and hotel in Tenby and it looks just as good as their chips. In fact, Gaynor and Leighton Jones - who own the brilliantly named A Fish Called Rhondda in Treorchy and Ton Pentre - are even ...

UK steel industry welcomes EU move to impose anti

The UK steel industry has welcomed a move by the European Union to impose anti-dumping measures on a steel product from China and Russia. Tariffs will be in place for five years on cold rolled steel, an industrial input for the packaging, white goods, ...and more »

Inspectors visited hospitals across Wales and this is what they found

Record-keeping, infection control and the way patients are treated need to be improved in some hospitals in Wales, a new report has warned. Healthcare Inspectorate Wales (HIW) , in its annual report of healthcare establishments across the country, ...

NRW Visitor Centre received Green Flag Award

Keep Wales Tidy has revealed that a Green Flag Award, an international mark of quality park or green space is to be given to Garwnant Visitor Centre.

The plan that could solve parking problems at a Treorchy primary school

Parking and traffic problems at a Treorchy school will be eased by a new car park at the closed infant school next door. Rhondda Cynon Taf council will spend £16,000 on improving and opening up the former Ynyswen Infant School site, following parking ...

UK court order to bring imprisoned daughter home may not be enforceable in Saudi Arabia, according to official

The former British ambassador to Saudi Arabia, has said he does not think a UK court judgement ordering the return of a Swansea woman after she was 'locked up' by her father was enforceable. Sir William Patey told BBC Radio Wales it was a "very ...and more »

All you need to know about A470 diversions during three

If you are heading to Mountain Ash and Aberdare, and would usually use the Abercynon roundabout via the Fiddler's Elbow bridge, you'll be diverted via Pontypridd. You'll reach the Birdge Street roundabout where you can get onto the A470 heading north ...

Ssangyong could bring Chairman W to Britain

Ssangyong is in the process of gaining type approval for the Chairman W – a luxury saloon based on the Mercedes S-Class. The company has so far imported just a single example to the UK, saying 'we simply wanted to bring one over here to have a talking ...and more »

Growing university looks to future after 21st century transformation

A champion of the Welsh language, he is a former deputy chairman of the Welsh Language Board and was integral to the development of the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol. More recently, he was asked by the Welsh Government to chair an independent ...

Bank of England cut interest rates to historic low of 0.25%

The Bank of England has reduced interest rates to an historic low of 0.25% in a move to boost a slowing economy. The rate had been held at 0.5% for seven years and had been cut in response to the financial crisis. Having been at 2% in December 2008, ...and more »

Sneak around this empty and eerie former primary school near Merthyr now on sale

If you attended Mount Pleasant primary school you will probably recognise the classroom, corridors and school hall of this now empty and eerie building. The school in the Merthyr Vale was opened in 1912 and welcomed some of the children affected by the ...