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September 2016

Police are looking for the family of a retired merchant seaman

Gwilym John Jones, 66, was born in Wrexham. His body was found at his home in Swansea in September.and more »

Leaders of cocaine trafficking gang locked up as conspirators receive terms totalling nearly 170 years

Matthew Roberts ran the Welsh end of the operation, which used safe houses in Swansea , Clydach and Llanelli to supply the drug to dealers across South West Wales. Swansea Crown Court heard the 31-year-old father-of-six from Llanelli derived “a great ...and more »

The 29 essential Welsh songs you must listen to this weekend

We've spent the summer holed up in our bunker plotting the new look WalesOnline playlist and have decided that in addition to bringing you the best in new Welsh music we would also throw the spotlight each week on one of the artists featured on our ...

Abacare launches ‘care for skills’ campaign

FOLLOWING a report for the Welsh Government about boosting recruitment and retention of domiciliary workers a care provider has launched a campaign to highlight the benefits of a job in care (September, 2016).

Literature Wales Writers’ Bursaries 2017 Now Open

Literature Wales, the national company for the development of literature, has announced that the next round of Writers’ Bursaries are now open for submission.

AMs can play vital role in ensuring that older people have a strong voice in the Senedd

As events are held across the world to celebrate the International Day of Older Persons on October 1, the Older People’s Commission

The poignant messages left on Cardiff's Queen Street to a young couple killed outside their workplace

Scores of touching floral tributes have been left at the workplace of a couple who were found dead on Cardiff 's Queen Street on Wednesday. Zoe Morgan, 21, and Lee Simmons, 33, both worked at Queen Street's Matalan branch. Scores of tributes have since ...and more »

Noticed these huge concrete pillars in Cardiff city centre? This is what they are for

If you've been in Cardiff city centre recently, you'll have seen some pretty big changes at Central Square. As demolition of Marland House and the adjoining shops continues, work for the BBC headquarters is also progressing. During the digging out of ...

A military preparation college is going to open its doors in Merthyr Tydfil

A free-to-attend college offering military and life skills is set to open its doors in Merthyr Tydfil next week. The Military Preparation College looks to offer Valleys students a unique style of “active learning” and is aimed at developing students ...and more »

A military preparation college is going to open its doors in Merthyr Tydfil

A free-to-attend college offering military and life skills is set to open its doors in Merthyr Tydfil next week. The Military Preparation College looks to offer Valleys students a unique style of “active learning” and is aimed at developing students ...and more »

Ebbw Fawr pupils raise thousands for Teenage Cancer Trust after showing off their business skills

These year 10 Blaenau Gwent pupils raised thousands of pounds by taking on a challenge supporting young cancer patients across South Wales. The form group, from Ebbw Fawr Learning Community, managed to raise £3,229.31 by showing off their ...

Wales Six Nations tickets will cost you up to £100 this season and these are the reasons why

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Man in 'serious condition' following collision involving car and lorry

A man has been airlifted to hospital and is in a “serious condition” following a collision involving a car and a lorry. Emergency services were called to the scene at 12.20pm on Garn Road in Blaenavon . A man has been airlifted to the University ...and more »

Cowbridge under

The third game for the Bears was against a strong Aberdare team. Cowbridge started slowly and despite allowing the Aberdare team to dominate at the breakdown, an opportune break away saw Harry New score for a half-time 1-0 lead. With questions asked ...

This £2 million kitchen is possibly the most expensive in Wales... but ...

At £2m you might expect to find it in a restaurant with a Michelin star or a luxury hotel.and more »

Shop and businesses in Bridgend have a new way of spotting shoplifters and vandals

Plans for Cardiff's new bus station are now much less curvy · Aberdare Girls' School · Plans for 44 homes for old Aberdare Girls' School look likely to get permission despite objections · Rhondda Cynon Taf Council · Grants of up to £20,000 available to ...

This refuse lorry burst into flames in a 'loud explosion' on a busy road

Emergency services were called to the fire on the A48 Clase Road in Llansamlet near Swansea shortly before 12.30pm. A witness at the scene described hearing a "loud explosion". This is the dramatic moment a refuse lorry caught fire in Llansamlet ...and more »

An American ranked all the burgers he tried in Cardiff

If there's one thing Americans know about, it's burgers.and more »

Children have been going into JAIL to do their Duke of Edinburgh awards with their inmate dads

Prisoner dads and newly-released inmates in Wales have told how a unique Duke of Edinburgh Award project has helped build relationships with their children. HM Parc Prison in Bridgend launched the only DofE scheme for prisoners and their children two ...and more »

'It's like a Soviet

We have showed you a series of images of how the design of Cardiff's new bus station has changed. The curved building has been replaced. Gone are the curves, and instead an angular building is now proposed.and more »

Police are looking for two men in connection with arson attack on a flat

A man has been taken to hospital after a door to a flat was deliberately set on fire on Thursday night. A woman and child managed to escape from the property unharmed. Police are looking for two men following the incident, which happened on Ffordd Las, ...and more »

Wales cannot afford to be stuck in the slow lane in the global race for jobs

Infrastructure was on the menu last week as the CBI held a series of member engagements to discuss our nation's built environment. The vital role infrastructure plays in society is too often recognised only when things go wrong – when your train doesn ...

This headcam footage caught out bikers doing 140mph on busy ...

Michael Groves was badly injured when his BMW bike collided with one being ridden by Andrew Bennett.and more »

Stabbing on Cardiff Queen Street: A candlelit vigil is being held for victims Zoe Morgan and Lee Simmons

A vigil is being held on Monday evening in memory of Zoe Morgan and Lee Simmons. The couple, who both worked at Matalan, were found dead on Cardiff's Queen Street on Wednesday. On Monday evening a candlelit vigil will be held in memory of ...and more »

These long lost council photos of Cardiff at night are eerie and strangely beautiful

Cold concrete columns throwing a Halloween orange glow across our houses and highways; hardly promising subject matter for a photographic exhibition. But one artist's research has thrown up some forgotten snaps from Cardiff Council's Highways lighting ...

Welsh boxer Dale Evans prays for recovery of Scottish opponent left in 'critical condition' after fight

Welsh boxer Dale Evans is praying for the full recovery of the Scottish opponent he defeated last night who is in a critical condition in a Glasgow hospital. Evans, from St Clears, knocked out Mike Towell at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Glasgow to win the ...and more »

Plans for 44 homes for old Aberdare Girls' School look likely to get permission despite objections

Aberdare Girls' final head teacher Jane Rosser with the school's last head girls, Holly Jones and Jessica Burke. Seven letters of objection have been received by the council over the plans. Other objections include noise coming from the apartments at ...

Porthcawl's £5.5m Harbourside building gets planning permission with work due to start in early 2017

A community-driven project to regenerate Porthcawl's seafront with a £5.5m building and facilities has been given the go ahead by planners. Work is due to start on building Harbourside - which will house a SeaQuest coastal science and discovery centre, ...

Former Ton Pentre Conservative Club could be converted into nine flats

The building at 50 Ystrad Road in Pentre – the former licensed 'Thirsty Pelican' pub and the Ton Pentre Conservative Club – could be converted and extended into nine properties. It has three storeys, and lies directly opposite Ton Pentre railway station.

These guys have written a rap about Cardiff and it's actually really good

Four musicians from Cardiff have collaborated to perform a rap in tribute to the city. Hip hop artists The Forgotten , GMR , Dion Ell and Noah collaborated to produce a song and a music video in tribute to the Welsh capital. The video takes in iconic ...

Taxi firm Uber is about to launch in Newport

The app allows people to book a licensed private hire driver at the touch of a button. How does it work? First, you have to download the app. Then you register a debit or credit card to it and payment is taken at the end of the ride. Once a car has ...and more »

John Bishop is coming to Cardiff and this is when you can snap up tickets

One of the UK's best-known stand-up comedians John Bishop is heading to Cardiff with his new comedy show Winging It. The TV favourite is back on tour next year and will be performing at arenas in both the UK and Ireland in the autuum. John said: "When ...and more »

Asda could have to contribute £18800 for improved traffic lights and pedestrian crossings near its Tonypandy store

... closed its doors for good after 108 years in 2011. Plans for 44 homes for old Aberdare Girls' School look likely to get permission despite objections · A Cynon Valley vicarage has been sold by the Church in Wales nine years after a vicar was ...

How does your salary compare to other people in Wales?

If you spend your working days thinking that someone your age should be earning more money, well now you can find out if you are right. Use the calculator below to find out how you compare to the average wage for a person your age living in Wales.and more »

These are the latest images of how Cardiff's new bus station will look ...

Instead, the new design – which will go out to public consultation next month – shows a much more angular building for both the bus station and ...and more »

Rhondda Cynon Taff councillors could soon have their attendance at meetings 'recorded and monitored'

Members of Rhondda Cynon Taf council 's democratic services committee will discuss the proposal on Wednesday, October 5, which would see the council's standards committee begin to record details about councillors' attendance at meetings. They could ...

Cardiff Based Video Production Company Strengthens Team with Three New Recruits

A video production company has made three strategic appointments on the back of its recent growth. Rockadove, based in Cardiff Bay, has appointed a new camera operator, a video editor and a motion graphics artist. Simon Bartlett, from Torfaen, joins ...

A nurse who left Romania for Wales to become a care worker has been recognised for her dedication to her work

This former A&E nurse left Romania for Wales to become a care worker – and her dedication to the role is now being recognised. Andreea Schiopu, 30, who has worked at Mill View Care Home in Ystrad , Rhondda , for five years, is now a deputy manager ...

Stabbings on Cardiff Queen Street: Man charged with murders of young couple due in court

A 20-year-old man is due to appear in court today charged with the murders of Zoe Morgan and Lee Simmons. The couple were found dead on Cardiff's Queen Street on Wednesday. Andrew Patrick Saunders, 20, from Castleton near Newport is set to appear ...and more »

Newport 26

Impressive Merthyr made it four league wins from five games after they overpowered struggling Newport with a thumping bonus point victory in an entertaining clash at Rodney Parade. The clinical Ironmen were polished in attack, mean in defence and ...and more »

This is how Wales' student support proposals will affect you

Radical plans to overhaul student finance in Wales will see tuition fee grants replaced with support for living costs. But how does it compare to the financial support currently available to students and who is in line to benefit? Financial support for ...and more »

What does a £1million property look like around the UK compared to Wales?

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This fashion designer turned her back on London for Cardiff and wants to launch her own range

Jessy Good moved back to Cardiff after designing for a high-street retailer in London – and now she wants to launch her own fashion range. She's designed her first capsule collection, called The 1987, which she describes as a “cool, midrange brand” but ...

Wales' Olympic and Paralympic heroes welcomed back with homecoming party

Wales' Olympic and Paralympic stars received a hero's welcome at a huge homecoming party in Cardiff today. Members of the public were able to celebrate the successes of Welsh athletes with a carnival-style event outside the Senedd at an event compered ...and more »

This darts player left a bouncer with a double fracture to his jaw when the doorman asked him to leave a pub

A darts player left a bouncer needing surgery after “lashing out” when he was asked to leave a pub after upsetting two women. Joshua Bryant, 20, left door supervisor James Griffiths with two fractures to his jaw after punching him in the head while his ...

Man found dead on city street was "so very happy", neighbour says

The neighbour of a man who was found dead outside his workplace in Cardiff's Queen Street has paid tribute to him describing him as “so very happy”. Lee Simmons and Zoe Morgan were found dead outside the Matalan store on Cardiff's Queen Street on ...and more »

Cardiff Queen Street stabbings: Man charged with murders of Matalan workers who were found dead on city street

A 20-year-old man has been charged with the murders of Zoe Morgan and Lee Simmons. The couple were found dead on Cardiff's Queen Street on Wednesday. Andrew Patrick Saunders, 20, from Castleton near Newport, has been charged with their ...and more »

Principality Stadium shortlisted for sustainability award

Over the past few months, Cynnal Cymru has received more than 60 applications for the Sustain Wales Awards which will be announced in November. Cynnal Cymru says it has been “overwhelmed by the number of exciting innovative projects and initiatives ...

25 Welsh rugby players you've probably forgotten played for Wales in the 1990s

It was known as the decade when Welsh caps were scattered around like confetti. Never in the field of Welsh rugby battle has so many Test players beamed up on the international radar only to fall off in spectacular fashion a few months later. From the ...

Welsh Hills Bakery welcomes Cabinet Secretary

Dedicated gluten, wheat and dairy free producer, Welsh Hills Bakery, has welcomed Cabinet Secretary for Environment and Rural Affairs, Lesley Griffiths, to its Aberdare factory.

Rhondda Cynon Taff housing association a Top Employer

Newydd Housing Association, with 800 properties in RCT, is a Top Employer having been recognised in the Inside Housing Innovation Index for 2016.

Review must prove air link can be cost-effective or it must be scrapped

Figures uncovered by the Welsh Conservatives reveal a 25.4% decline in passenger numbers on the Welsh Government’s flagship north-s

The South Wales Fire and Rescue Authority has published its draft Statement of Accounts 2015-16

The South Wales Fire and Rescue Authority has published on its website the current draft set of its 2015-16 financial statements, which the Authority approved on 26th September 2016.

Big business fears after Welsh Government gives no guarantee over UK apprenticeship levy consequential

The Welsh Government will give no guarantees that big businesses in Wales will benefit from the UK Government’s apprenticeships lev

A council is making grants of up to £20000 available to help people onto the property ladder

Would-be homeowners are being offered grants of up to £20,000 to help them onto the property ladder. New funding is being offered as part of Rhondda Cynon Taf council 's three-year, £200m RCTinvest programme to buy a home, boost the economy and ...

Plans for Cardiff's new bus station and Central Square are now much less curvy

Scroll from left to right on the image above to see how the design for Cardiff's new bus interchange has changed. The original curvy design is the one that was revealed to the public first. But the proposals put forward to consultation by Cardiff ...and more »

Everything you need to know about the Cardiff Half Marathon 2016

The 13.1-mile challenge will see thousands of people take to the streets for the 14th edition of the race. So as we count down to the big race day, here's all the information you need - whether you're a runner or will be cheering on the crowds. Sit ...and more »

The Apprentice's new Welsh candidate forced to apologise over 'pikey' comments on social media

Welsh Apprentice star Alana Spencer has been forced to apologise for her comments calling members of the travelling community “chav pikeys” and “jobless pikey scum”. The baker, from Ceredigion, made the comments on her social media accounts ...and more »

The top young business and professional men in Wales in 2016: The 35 Under 35

They come from a variety of businesses and industries, from hospitality to finance, public relations to technology, but are all united in a desire to be the best in their field and make their mark in Welsh business. We don't pretend this a definitive ...and more »

The top young business and professional men in Wales in 2016: The 35 Under 35

They come from a variety of businesses and industries, from hospitality to finance, public relations to technology, but are all united in a desire to be the best in their field and make their mark in Welsh business. We don't pretend this a definitive ...

Wales to face Jamaica in rugby league international at Wakefield

The only time that the two countries have met before was in the Commonwealth Nines in Glasgow in 2014 where Wales ran out 34-0 winners. Wales agreed to the full international to fill their gap weekend between two vital World Cup qualifiers games ...and more »

The Apprentice's new Welsh candidate forced to apologise over ...

Welsh Apprentice star Alana Spencer has been forced to apologise for her comments calling members of the travelling community “chav pikeys” and “jobless ...and more »

Have you seen this man? Police appeal for witnesses after teenage girl sexually assaulted on Valleys train

Have you seen this man? Police appeal for witnesses after teenage girl sexually assaulted on Valleys train. 11:56, 29 Sep 2016; Updated 12:01, 29 Sep 2016; By Cathy Owen. The alleged attack happened on a train from Cardiff to Treherbet.and more »

A charity has become the first in Wales to have two chief executives

A charity has become the first in Wales to have two chief executives - in a new flexible job sharing arrangement. Bernie Bowen-Thomson, who has been deputy chief executive at Cardiff-based Safer Wales for eight years, will share the CEO role with ...

Stephen Pike handed life imprisonment for murder of Cardiff dad

A man found by police mopping up blood after fatally stabbing a dad-of-five in Cardiff has been sentenced to life in prison. Stephen Pike admitted stabbing 39-year-old Clint Simms in the chest, but denied murder and an alternative charge of manslaughter.and more »

Argos has more than 500 Christmas jobs available in Wales

Argos is recruiting for more than 10,000 seasonal workers, with more than 500 on offer in Wales. Customer advisors and stock assistants at Argos stores to meet customer demand for toys, home products, video games, technology, sports and other popular ...and more »

JoJo Maman Bebe to move into new store in Cardiff's Royal Arcade

Mother and baby retailer JoJo Maman Bebe is moving to a new store in Cardiff's Royal Arcade. The company, which was launched 24 years ago from a disused carpenter's workshop in Pontypool, will be relocating from its present store in the St David's ...

Record Breakers and Decision Makers Among the Speakers at Venturefest Wales

A key business event aimed at breaking through business barriers to accelerated growth saw almost 1,300 entrepreneurs, investors and innovators descend to Cardiff's SWALEC Stadium yesterday. Venturefest Wales brought together a record number of ...

Healthcare Inspectorate Wales: Laser treatment concerns

Significant areas for improvement are needed at clinics and beauty parlours offering laser treatment, Healthcare Inspectorate Wales has warned. Lasers and intense pulsed light (IPL) are used for hair, spot and tattoo removal and skin treatments. Six of ...and more »

Cardiff Queen Street stabbings: Headteacher's moving tribute to the pupil 'who would have gone on to do great things'

A devastated headteacher has paid tribute to a former pupil who died alongside her boyfriend after they were stabbed in Cardiff city centre. Zoe Morgan, 21, from Llandaff North , and Lee Simmons, 33, from Grangetown , were found dead after emergency ...and more »

3000 Amazon jobs available in Swansea this Christmas and you can apply now

There are currently 1,200 permanent workers at the centre, with 200 temporary employees currently going through the process of being made permanent. The multinational, a major employer in the region, is recruiting over 20,000 seasonal roles across its ...and more »

A young mother has died after a two

The accident happened when a black Audi A5 collided with a blue Mazda 6 which was pulling out of the Texaco Service Station just outside the town. Read More. Woman fighting for her life after two-car crash in town. Police said the Audi was travelling ...and more »

Gang set fire to car outside family home of witness in 'potentially horrific, dangerous' attack

Probert and Beman also pleaded guilty to conspiracy to pervert justice by intimidating police witnesses and a charge of conspiracy with another person to set fire to a number of cars at a business premise in Aberdare. All defendants have plead guilty ...and more »

There has been a steep rise in calls from adults worried children are suffering domestic abuse

A sharp rise in the number of Welsh adults worried about children suffering or witnessing physical violence and emotional abuse in their own home is revealed today. Most of the cases the NSPCC Cymru was alerted to by worried people last year were ...and more »

Convicted drink driver led police on high speed chase through Cardiff

A man sped the wrong way around a roundabout as he led police on a high speed chase through Cardiff in the middle of the night. Cardiff Crown Court heard the car's wheels left the ground as Joseph Postgate drove at more than twice the speed limit ...

Trio of high

A controversial new office block in Cardiff which has been slammed by the Super Furry Animals was given the go-ahead on Wednesday. The planned high-rise, in city centre John Street near the railway arches, caused a wave of concern from people who ...

Jail for violent gang who torched witnesses' cars

Probert and Beman also pleaded guilty to conspiracy to pervert justice by intimidating police witnesses and a charge of conspiracy with another person to set fire to a number of cars at a business premise in Aberdare. All defendants have plead guilty ...and more »

A team of 45 will take on the Cardiff Half Marathon to help a schoolboy left brain damaged by an asthma attack

The 45-strong Team Geraint are taking on the Cardiff Half Marathon to raise funds for Geraint Richards, 14, pictured, who suffered a near-fatal asthma attack and was left brain damaged. He is pictured in hospital aged 11 with mum Julie, dad Chris and ...

How the success story of Bilbao can be repeated in the Cardiff Capital City Region

South Wales should look to the economic success story of the Spanish city region of Bilbao, built on the solid foundations of an integrated Metro transport project, says world-leading city region expert Professor Greg Clark. Prof Clark, who chairs the ...


Macmillan Cancer Support is revealing today that there are now an estimated 101,000 [1] cancer carers in Wales supporting their loved ones

If Gaddafi rumours are true, Plaid must pay the money back to the people of Libya

Allegations have surfaced today that Plaid Cymru once received a £25,000 donation from former Libyan dictator Col Muammar Gaddafi.

Burns: Welsh Government’s EU panel has “too few Brexiteers”

Welsh Conservatives have criticised a new Welsh Government Brexit group as too “one-sided”.

The Top 5 Disability Rights Concerns in Cardiff

There was a great turnout at our first disability rights event.

Labour’s Programme for Government offers “diagnosis, but no cure”

Andrew RT Davies has accused Welsh Labour of offering “diagnosis, but little by way of cure” and he will redouble his efforts to ex

Fine dining with harbour views at Aberaeron's Cellar restaurant

Aberaeron has long been known as a picturesque harbour town that is well worth a visit. But in recent years its popularity has been enhanced by a new breed of wining and dining establishments dotted in between the iconic colourful houses that greet ...

Artist's impressions give first

Rhondda Cynon Taf council had already produced pictures of what the outside of the school building will look like, and their latest artist's impressions show features inside the school. They include classrooms, an assembly hall and concert hall ...

Man arrested in Cardiff on suspicion of terror offences remains in custody

A warrant of further detention was granted on Wednesday by Westminster Magistrates' Court which authorises the man to be detained until 3.05pm on Thursday, October 6. Officers from the Met Police Counte- Terrorism Command arrested the 33-year-old ...and more »

Stabbings on Cardiff Queen Street: Victims named as Matalan workers Lee Simmons and Zoe Morgan

Sales assistant, Lee, and Zoe, who worked as a visual merchandiser, were found dead at around 5.50am on Wednesday. Police said they believed the victims had been stabbed. Read More. Stabbings on Cardiff Queen Street: Police launch murder ...and more »

Luxury underwear brand Victoria's Secret opens in Cardiff

The racy and daring underwear worn by the likes of Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid went on sale in Cardiff today. Wales' first Victoria's Secret opened its doors in St David's Shopping Centre and welcomed in queues of eagershoppers. The American brand is ...

Stabbings on Cardiff Queen Street: Police searching country property on the outskirts of city

A country lane was closed and there is a large police presence at a property on the outskirts of Cardiff . It is understood that the police activity is linked to the deaths of a man and a woman in Cardiff city centre on Wednesday morning. The lane that ...

Police investigate after the body of a man is found at a Barry house

Police are investigating after the body of a man was discovered at a Barry property. Part of High Street was closed off on Wednesday morning after the discovering was made. A statement from South Wales Police said: “Police in Barry are investigating ...

The happiest place in the UK? It might surprise you

A new survey reckons this is the happiest place in the UK - but where is it? Credit: ALAMY. Gavin Haines. 28 September 2016 • 11:24am. That London is the most anxious and least satisfied region in the UK will probably shock nobody, but the happiest ...and more »

The happiest places to live in Britain revealed

The Outer Hebrides is the happiest part of the UK, according to the latest well-being analysis released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS). The data reveals people living on the islands off the west coast of Scotland and in certain districts ...and more »

What Le Pub in Newport is doing to support We Shall Overcome

The team at Le Pub in Newport are looking to play their part in just that with a weekend of music and fun, all in the name of charity. The We Shall Overcome weekender is part of a movement looking to help those in need - and Le Pub is calling on you to ...

Liam Williams' options explained... what the Wales star could and should do as contract offers flood in

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How Merthyr Tydfil's economy is fighting back

With new jobs, new shops and new businesses there are signs that Merthyr Tydfil's fortunes are looking up.and more »

Refugee from Eritrea wants to leave his flat in Wales to get away ...

Swansea Crown Court heard how the victim was a refugee from Eritrea who 'wanted to live a quiet life'and more »

Two bodies found on Cardiff's Queen Street: Everything we know so far

The bodies of a man and a woman were discovered in Queen Street, Cardiff , early on Wednesday morning. Here is everything we know so far: 1. Emergency services were called to Queen Street in the city centre at around 5.50am. Will Hayward. Detectives ...and more »

Tim Burton's new Wales

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The shambolic night Cardiff City's major problems were brutally laid bare for all to see

It was a night that started with cautious optimism, and ended with Bruno Manga on the left wing. Most damningly of all, the emergency attacker went on to offer a presence and aerial threat that had been lacking from the moment Rickie Lambert felt his ...and more »

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Two new Pizza Hut Delivery sites set to be opened in Swansea

These are the sites targeted for a new Pizza Hut Delivery: Swansea (north east); Swansea (north west); Aberdare; Barry; Blackwood; Caerphilly; Cardiff (east); Cardiff (north); Ebbw Vale; Llandudno or Colwyn Bay; Merthyr Tydfil; Penarth; Pontypool ...

Part of Cardiff city centre cordoned off with large police presence in place

There is a big police presence with three police cars and a van near the Cardiff Castle end of Queen Street. There is a cordon in place from outside Pizza Hut along to Superdrug. Police said they are at the scene of an incident that was reported at 5 ...and more »

Body found following search for canoeist reported to be in difficulty

A body has been found following a search for a canoeist who was reported to be in difficulty in Snowdonia on Tuesday. Police were called to reports that a man had got into difficulty in the water at Aberglaslyn, near Beddgelert, at around 2.49pm on ...and more »

This Mountain Ash park WON'T be sold off

A public park in the Cynon Valley is not being sold off by the council - and could be in line for £160,000 upgrades instead. Rumours that Gwernifor Park in Mountain Ash would be offloaded by Rhondda Cynon Taf council were started when a public notice ...

Muslims are the least likely of all faith groups to be in work in Wales

Muslims are the least likely of all faith groups in Wales to be working even though they are more likely to hold a degree and are the second largest faith group, a new report shows. Individuals, business and the community are losing out as a result ...

More than 100000 people in Wales are carers for someone with cancer

An estimated 101,000 people in Wales are caring for someone with cancer, a new report has revealed. Macmillan Cancer Support, in a new report called Under Pressure – the Growing Strain on Cancer Carers, found that caring for a loved one with the ...and more »

Eight members of gang who brought cocaine worth £18.5m to Swansea locked up for combined 83 years

A criminal gang who flooded £18.5m-worth of cocaine into Swansea have been jailed for more than 83 years between them – with more members yet to be sentenced. Jailing the eight, a judge told them they had been involved in a “very large, well-organised ...and more »

Mountain rescue team appeals for new recruits after rise in call outs

One of Wales's biggest mountain rescue teams is calling for more recruits after a 55% rise in call outs during the busiest summer ever in its 53 year history. Central Beacons Mountain Rescue , was called to 45 rescues from June to August this year ...

A miniboat has arrived in Wales from America three months after ...

A boat has arrived on the Welsh coast after setting off from America three months ago – with nobody on board. Pupils at Kent School in Maryland launched the ...and more »

There could soon be a new school in Blaenau Gwent, and the public are being asked for their say

A new school for children with social, emotional, behavioural and developmental (SEBD) difficulties could soon be built in Blaenau Gwent. It comes after Blaenau Gwent council approved an extensive public consultation that will take place this autumn.and more »

Rhondda Sea Cadets have missed out on buying Pentre Barracks after they are sold at auction

We revealed last week how the cadets were hoping to make their new home at the former Ministry of Defence owned barracks after a last-ditch appeal by Rhondda MP Chris Bryant to the MoD urging them to give the barracks to the Sea Cadets was refused.

Ebbw Vale Library has officially reopened with a smart new look

The newly renovated and modernised building has been transformed, and now offers improved disabled access, a re-designed IT suite and a new community room. The refurb, a modern internal re-fit without losing any of the traditional features, will also ...

The Welsh exile form report: How Wales' big name exports have kicked off their seasons

We're a number of weeks into the domestic season now and the performances of players in Wales have been scrutinised, applauded and criticised. But what of the Welshmen still plying their trade outside of their homeland? The Aviva Premiership and French ...

From the cleaners to the ward sisters

The entire staff of a community hospital have been honoured for the outstanding care they provide. The grateful daughter of an elderly patient nominated everyone at Maesteg Community Hospital for an Abertawe Bro Morgannwg Patient Choice Award, saying ...

Carwyn Jones has won his battle with Jeremy Corbyn for a stronger voice for Wales in the UK Labour party

First Minister Carwyn Jones will be able to appoint a representative on UK Labour's National Executive Committee and the Welsh wing of the party will now have greater autonomy following a series of rule changes. There had been opposition to the ...and more »

Cardiff is getting six new bus lane cameras

Cardiff will get six new bus lane cameras in a bid to get the city moving. There are already seven cameras installed and active in the city - which have made £4.2m for the city council so far. Now the authority has revealed where six new cameras will be.

Pizza Hut Delivery are looking to open 16 new sites in Wales

The American pizza chain is looking to expand its delivery franchise network in the UK and Ireland, with plans to invest £40m to open 200 new takeaway franchise outlets by 2020. They have a list of sites they want to bring the takeaway and delivery ...and more »

Swansea raised playwright explains why it is time to tell the story of the Aberfan disaster on stage

Pontardawe Arts Centre, September 29 and 30; Coliseum Theatre, Aberdare, October 1; Riverfront, Newport, October 6; Neuadd Dwyfor, Pwllheli, October 7; Ucheldre Centre, Holyhead, October 8; Metropole, Abertillery, October 11; Swansea Grand Theatre, ...

Labour’s First Minister endorses “most left-wing agenda since cold War”

Labour’s First Minister has endorsed the “most left wing agenda” in British politics since the Cold War, say the Welsh Conservative

Could you help improve social care in Wales – find out more

The Care Council is looking for people from across Wales, from all walks of life, to get involved in its work

Welsh Conservative shadow health secretary responds to RCPCH's neonatal care report

Welsh Conservative shadow health secretary, Angela Burns AM, has made the following statement in response to the findings of The Ro

Why are Wales' football and rugby teams playing in Cardiff on the ...

Can the Welsh capital cope with international fixtures across both sports on the same night? And how come it's happening in the first place?and more »

Hollie Groves scores nine goals in Denbigh rout

Denbigh produced a thoroughly professional performance last Sunday in a game sponsored by The Dining Room at Springs Llanrhaeadr, to defeat a Bangor team who are new to the North Wales Women's League this season. Although heavily beaten the ...

ONS interactive map shows happiest towns and cities in UK

According to a recent government survey on well-being, happiness and anxiety, people who live in East Northamptonshire were ranked as the least happy in the country with a rating of just 7.01 out of 10. The 27,000 or so people from the Outer Hebrides, ...and more »

Rhondda Cynon Taff will mark Armed Forces Day 2017 with a special event at Aberdare Park

Ann Crimmings, RCT cabinet member for environment, leisure and culture and councillor for Aberdare West and Llwydcoed, said: "I am delighted that next year's Armed Forces Day commemorations in Rhondda Cynon Taff will be taking place within the ...

Errors and penalties cost Penarth Seasiders against Dinas Powys

IT WAS always going to be interesting to see how Penarth would respond to last week's disappointing defeat against Abercynon and the first 20 minutes were really encouraging. Both sides began brightly, trying to run the ball at every opportunity, but ...

Teenager from Wales is accused of hacking TalkTalk and then asking for six

A teenager has appeared in court accused of hacking a major company and then asking for a six-figure blackmail payment. Daniel Kelley, 19, appeared at Westminster Magistrates' Court on Tuesday accused of demanding 465 Bitcoins, worth about £216,000 ...and more »

Police want to know what this UFO invisible to the human eye really is

Footage showing a heat-emitting UFO which was invisible to the human eye has been captured by a Welsh-based police helicopter. A dark, circular shape is seen hovering in the sky as police monitors can be heard observing what they are seeing - although ...and more »

Two boys taken to hospital after a crash between a car and a bike

Two boys have been taken to hospital following a crash involving a car and a bike. Emergency services were called to the scene on Golftyn Lane in Connah's Quay, Flint , shortly after 8.25am on Tuesday. It has been reported the incident happened near ...and more »

Barry RFC edge nine try thriller against Aberdare

Aberdare, newly promoted this season, were the visitors at the Reservoir Field last Saturday and helped provide a highly competitive nine try feast which saw Barry clinch their first win of the season as they won by 32 points to 30. As the scoreline ...

Lansdowne pub owners are to reopen The Grange in Grangetown

The owners of the award-winning Cardiff pub the Lansdowne are set to re-open a pub that has been closed for over a year. The Grange, in the Grangetown area of the city, is one of the only remaining pubs in the area but was closed last year and has ...

Generous university tuition fee grants in Wales set to be scrapped after major review

Wales' £5,100 annual tuition fee grants to all students should be scrapped, a major review has recommended. Instead all students should be given £1,000 a year with additional grants to poorer young people. The recommendation was made by an ...and more »

Police confident Cardiff can handle rugby and football fans flooding into city centre on same night

South Wales Police are confident of handling the potential gridlock in Cardiff city centre in November coming from the unprecedented staging of international rugby and football matches on the same evening for the first time. More than 100,000 sports ...

Smiler rollercoaster crash: Alton Towers owner fined £5 million

The company was fined after the court heard that an engineer "felt pressure" to get Smiler back into service after it developed a fault shortly before the devastating crash. Share; Comments. Get daily news by email. Alton Towers Smiler crash CCTV shows ...and more »

Large police presence descends on Cardiff street after reports of fight

Two men were injured during a fight on a street just before 10am in the Grangetown area of Cardiff . One witness described how an object that looked like a hammer was seen at the scene of the fight and a man was bleeding from his head. A witness ...

Barry RFC win nine try thriller against newly promoted team

ABERDARE, newly promoted this season, were the visitors at the Reservoir last Saturday and helped provide a highly competitive nine try feast which saw Barry clinch their first win of the season as they won by 32 points to 30. As the scoreline suggests ...and more »

Western Mail letters: Tuesday, September 27, 2016

To me, the re-election of Jeremy Corbyn as Labour leader could be disastrous for the UK as a whole, but for Wales in particular. Mr Corbyn immediately signalled his intention to oppose the Conservatives' grammar school initiative, not through ...and more »

South Wales Echo letters: Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Letters to the Editor · Western Mail letters: Tuesday, September 27, 2016 · Armed Forces · Rhondda Cynon Taff will mark Armed Forces Day 2017 with a special event at Aberdare Park. Promoted Stories. Most Read in News. Police incident at Ferry Road in ...

HomeServe Cardiff Backs National Gas Safety Week

A Cardiff-based heating firm is encouraging homeowners across the region to give their gas appliances an annual safety check this week in support of a national awareness campaign. HomeServe Cardiff is backing the sixth annual Gas Safety Week (19-25 ...and more »

The National Training Federation for Wales Welcomes High Quality Apprenticeship Provision

The National Training Federation for Wales (NTfW) has today welcomed the content of the Programme of Government, which pledges to create a minimum of 100,000 high quality all age apprenticeships over the next five years. The pledge, which has cross ...

Wales breaking news plus live traffic, weather and M4 updates (Tuesday, September 27)

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

More than half of adults in Wales suffer harm from someone else's drinking, report finds

More than half (60%) of adults in Wales have suffered some form of harm or negative experience in the last year as a result of someone else being under the influence of alcohol, a new report has found. The Alcohol's Harms to Others report found almost ...and more »

Premature babies in Wales 'least likely to be fed with their mother's milk', report finds

Premature babies in Wales are the least likely to be fed with their mother's milk than anywhere else in the UK, a new report has revealed. The National Neonatal Audit Programme report (NNAP), which looks at the state of hospital neonatal units, has ...and more »

Police release artist's impression of man after human remains found ...

Detectives revealed a detailed picture of how the victim could have looked in his fifties, sixties and seventies.and more »

Police appeal for help to try and find 70

Police are appealing for information to help find a 70-year-old man who was last seen on Saturday night. Robert Evans, from the Bargoed area, was last seen on Saturday at around 10.30pm when he left the Beechgrove Social Club in Hengoed , in the ...and more »

More popular beaches in Wales could see a smoking ban ...

Swansea council is to discuss the possibility of the ban on smoking at Caswell Bay being widened to other areas.and more »

The new STAR Hub in Cardiff has officially opened

A new leisure centre which replaced a popular swimming pool has been hailed as a “great improvement” but some residents are disappointed by the design. The building of the new Star Hub opened in Splott , Cardiff, on Monday as a replacement for Splott ...

A driver who sped the wrong way down a busy road to get away from police has been jailed

A man sped the wrong way down a busy road to get away from police after already being disqualified from driving twice. Cardiff Crown Court heard other motorists had to brake sharply and swerve to avoid a head-on collision with Craig Gillatt as he ...

Artwork kept in a Welsh museum's store room turns out to be a £3m masterpiece

A piece of art believed to be a copy and kept in a Welsh museum's store room has been valued as a £3m masterpiece. The work in question is actually an early version of Meleager and Atalanta by Jacob Jordaens - one of the leading Flemish Baroque ...and more »

Liberty House frontrunner to acquire Tata businesses in the UK

Liberty House has emerged as a frontrunner to acquire Tata Steel's up for sale businesses in the UK. While Indian-owned Tata is now considering a merger of its European operations - which in the UK is based around its primary steelmaking plant at Port ...and more »

"No change in child health since 2007"

Responding to the Cabinet Secretary for Health’s statement on the implementation of the Healthy Child Wales Programme – issued toda

Jeremy Corbyn's Re-election as Labour Leader

Responding to the news of Jeremy Corbyn's re-election as Labour leader a Welsh Conservatives spokesman said:

Wales' first diabetic cookery school has opened in Cardiff

Sara Crowley, 28, from Aberdare , was one of the school's first students. She said: “I don't go hungry myself but before this I didn't really like cooking for other people. “We have to know exactly what is in food so cooking something special can feel ...

Anglers called on to release all salmon

Welsh anglers are again being asked to help conserve struggling fish stocks by releasing all the salmon they catch between now and the end of the season.

A man who suffered severe burns after being seen on fire in playing ...

A man has died following a fire at playing fields in Cardiff despite the attempts by footballers playing nearby to help him. The 40 year-old man was taken to ...and more »

Crimewatch looks into unsolved murder after human remains found in remote Welsh forest

Crimewatch on Monday evening will be looking into the mystery surrounding a Welsh murder after human remains were discovered by campers. In November last year, two brothers were camping in a forest in Conwy ahead of the motor sport event Wales ...and more »

Which one are you rooting for? These are the six trees shortlisted as Wales' favourites

These beautiful trees that have stood tall in Wales for hundreds of years have been nominated for Wales' Tree of the Year. People from across Wales sent in photos of their favourite tree to The Woodland Trust and six have been shortlisted for the ...

The Welsh rugby winners and losers this weekend as TV reporter left bloodied and Jamie Roberts becomes big news

It was another curate's egg of a weekend in Welsh rugby... good and bad in equal measures. There was another 50-50 split in the Guinness Pro12 with the Ospreys and Dragons losing while the Blues went on their merry way near the top of the table and the ...and more »

Cardiff is no longer Wales' top university, according to a respected ...

Swansea University has been ranked the best in Wales for the first time in a new league table of higher education institutions. In a significant shifting of power, ...and more »

A bullied teen returned after school holidays to find a graffiti threat to kill him still there

A 'death threat' against a 15-year-old schoolboy in graffiti was left up for four months even though the school was redecorated. A mother fears for her son's safety because the warning: “F*** you all I'm going to kill ***** ******” was scrawled on a ...and more »

Wales can now officially be called a whisky nation

The European Union, alcohol regulations, specifically states a country has to have at least two distilleries making and marketing whisky to be recognized as having a whisky industry. For the past 20 years Penderyn has been flying the flag alone for Wales.and more »

The authorities are furious this pair climbed a 235m TV tower ...

The pair will be reported to the police, the transmitter's operators have said.and more »

The day Rhondda miners took a stand against poverty 89 years ago has been remembered at a new Treorchy restaurant

A new Rhondda restaurant has held an event remembering how local miners took a stand against poverty in the 1920s. High Street Social, which has opened in Treorchy recently, welcomed Rhondda AM Leanne Wood for the event to mark 'Red Sunday' ...

Shortage of train conductors leads to Monday morning travel disruption

There are disruptions to a number of train services on Monday morning due to a shortage of train conductors. The areas which are mostly affected are along the north Wales coast. One of the Arriva Trains Wales services which is affected by the shortages ...and more »

Mrs Brown's Boys is coming to Cardiff and this is when you can get tickets

Fresh from a sell out tour of Australia and New Zealand hit-show Mrs Brown's Boys is heading to the UK for an 2017 arena tour and there are dates planned for Cardiff . The new show, called Good Mourning Mrs Brown is part of a series written by and ...and more »

Police given more time to question Cardiff terror suspect arrested on the street

Police have been given a warrant to have more time to question a Cardiff man who was arrested on suspicion of terrorism offences last week. The 33-year-old man was arrested last Thursday by officers from the Metropolitan Police Services' Counter ...and more »

Met Office warning as heavy rain to hit parts of Wales

The warning covers Carmarthenshire, Pembrokeshire, Powys, Caerphilly, Merthyr Tydfil, Neath Port Talbot, Rhondda Cynon Taff, Bridgend, Cardiff, Swansea and Vale of Glamorgan. A moist southerly airstream is set to bring the bulk of the rain in a four ...

A severe weather warning for rain and possible floods has been issued for parts of Wales

The worst affected areas will be Carmarthenshire, Pembrokeshire, Powys, Caerphilly, Merthyr Tydfil, Neath Port Talbot, Rhondda Cynon Taff, Bridgend, Cardiff, Swansea and the Vale of Glamorgan. According to the Met Office there will be outbreaks of ...

Plans Launched for Dolffin Quay – a New Cardiff Bay Waterfront with Shops and Restaurants

Plans announced for a new development called Dolffin Quay are set to revitalise the eastern side of Cardiff Bay. Dolffin Quay is located between the Bay and Roath Basin along Harbour Drive. New waterfront shops and restaurants are proposed along the ...

Morning news headlines: Anger at the UN as Russia and the West trade insults over Syria; Theresa May argued for ...

A deepening rift has opened up between the West and Russia amid angry exchanges at the United Nations over the failure to halt the fighting in Syria's bloody civil war. British ambassador Matthew Rycroft joined his US and French counterparts in walking ...and more »

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

Labour today pledges to make good EU funds that would have come to Wales

Labour will today pledge that it would make up any post-Brexit shortfall in European Union structural funds into the 2020s “and beyond”. Shadow Foreign Secretary Emily Thornberry will today outline how a future Labour Government would continue to ...and more »

Dozens of drivers have been given Cardiff taxi licences despite having criminal convictions

Three Rhondda Cynon Taff applications included arson convictions, while one wannabe Caerphilly taxi driver had a conviction for causing death by reckless driving. A Bridgend applicant had a kidnapping conviction. Again, there is no evidence these ...

Missing Wrexham schoolgirl found safe and well in Manchester

A teenage schoolgirl who went missing from home has been found “safe and well” in Manchester. Kelsey Bodman was found on Sunday evening just hours after her father appeared at a press conference where he pleaded with her to come home.and more »

This elaborate grandfather clock made from matchsticks was created by a serving inmate at Parc Prison

A grandfather clock made entirely from matchsticks by a prison inmate in Wales has gone on show in London. The artist, known only as Mark, is serving a sentence at G4S-run HM Parc Prison in Bridgend . The work won him the platinum award – the highest ...

These are the modern

The world's biggest urban adventure race took place in Cardiff today (Sunday, September 25) in Cardiff as part of the Men's Health Survival of the Fittest race. Super fit competitors had to negotiate a series of extreme zones with names like Urban ...and more »

Conservatives accused of hypocrisy over criticism of ministerial Euro 2016 spending – after doing the same thing

The Conservatives have been accused of hypocrisy after criticising what it cost to send Welsh Government ministers to Euro 2016 games – when Tory Welsh Secretary Alun Cairns also racked up a bill of thousands. Last month WalesOnline revealed that a ...

Review: The growing pains of Russell Kane as Essex boy grows up before Newport crowd

Russell Kane doesn't need a warm-up act and that's because he can talk for two hours straight. But not only can he talk for that long (well, apart from a 10-minute break) he can keep the crowd in stitches for that long, too. Even the emotional, heart ...

Bedwas 31

Llyr Lane insists there is plenty of room for improvement for Bedwas, adding that they will need to be more ruthless if they are to continue making an impression on the Principality Premiership. An impressive early blitz proved enough to seal victory ...

One of Wales' leading creative digital agencies Sequence Collective being wound up

With its head offices at the Welsh Government's Gloworks creative industries hub in Cardiff Bay, a meeting of creditors of the business, set up by Richard Baker, will be held in Swansea this Friday - according to a notice on the London Gazette. Swansea ...

Cardiff take on Derby and it is a must

The Championship's two most under pressure bosses go head-to-head on Tuesday and both risk being sacked if they don't secure all three points.and more »

Virgin Trains To Create Over 80 Call Centre Jobs In Newcastle

The phone lines will be manned by employees who themselves use the East Coast mainline in an effort to improve customer service for train passengers on the route. Virgin Trains has the franchise lease for the East Coast mainline until 2022 and the 85 ...

Wales stars playing abroad could be 'a good thing'... WRU boss Martyn Phillips' revealing verdict on Gatland's Law

Top Wales stars playing abroad in the future could be 'a good thing'... and it will happen with the full approval of the Welsh Rugby Union, chief executive Martyn Phillips has said. Phillips, in an interview with the Sunday Times, has admitted he ...and more »

Criticism of Finance Wales is unfair, but we need more than just a development bank to support SMEs

Three months on from the EU referendum, and the underlying mood in the business community seems to have moved from shock to stoicism. The Brexiteers took us down a road paved with worthless promises without a map for where we would go once we ...

Cross Keys 43

Cross Keys secured back-to-back wins as they cruised to victory over promoted Swansea in the Principality Premiership. The Gwent Valleys side, who beat Neath last time out, outscored the All Whites by seven tries to three with a fine display of ...and more »

Cardiff Foodbank to open seventh distribution point in Grangetown

Cardiff's foodbank is getting ready to expand with the opening of its seventh food distribution point next week. The foodbank, which hands out donated items to people who need it and which is administered using a voucher scheme, gives out thousands of ...and more »

Ebbw Vale 32

Ebbw Vale flanker Rhys Clarke and outside-half Josh Lewis were the stars as the Principality Premiership champions put Bridgend Ravens to the sword collecting four tries for an invaluable bonus point victory. Clarke was in dynamic form in a well ...and more »

Meet Ted the Labrador who has been appointed 'head of pet relations' at a Cardiff estate agents

An estate agency business in Cardiff has recruited a black Labrador to a new executive role. Former guide dog puppy Ted has been appointed "head of pet relations" at Moginie James. The quirky appointment is the brainchild of the firm's director Nick ...

60 years ago this week, newlywed Jean Chalinder's body was found in a ditch in Cardiff. Her murderer has never been ...

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

Elvis lookalikes descended on Porthcawl for their annual celebration of The King

Monmouthshire · Neath Port Talbot · Newport · Pembrokeshire · Powys · Rhondda · Pontypridd · Torfaen · Vale of Glamorgan · Wrexham. Trending Stuff to do in Wales British & Irish Lions Crime Swansea City FC Cardiff City FC Wales Football Team · Sport.

Neighbours describe how football teams tried to save a man 'on fire' on playing fields

A man was taken to hospital after witnesses reported seeing him on fire on playing fields in Cardiff. Emergency services were called to Marl Playing Fields on Ferry Road in Grangetown at around 2.30pm on Saturday. Two adult football teams were playing ...and more »

This woman claims she is facing deportation to Kenya

A woman who has been living in the UK for 15 years is flying to Kenya on Sunday despite having no family and nowhere to stay after she claims she was facing deportation. Zeenat Jamal, 43, has lived in the UK since 2001 and left Kenya with her four ...and more »

A cyclist who was found unconscious on the road has died

Police are appealing for information after a 38-year-old cyclist who was found unconscious on a road has died. Emergency services were called shortly before 6.30am on Saturday after receiving a report of a man lying unconscious on the A487 near ...and more »

Battle of the Valleys: The big talking points as Merthyr overcome Pontypridd in absorbing Sardis Road showdown

Monmouthshire · Neath Port Talbot · Newport · Pembrokeshire · Powys · Rhondda · Pontypridd · Torfaen · Vale of Glamorgan · Wrexham. Trending British & Irish Lions Fantasy Football Francesco Guidolin Wales Rugby Team Swansea City FC Cardiff City.and more »

Pontypridd RFC 21

Pontypridd went down to a comprehensive defeat at the hands of a vibrant Merthyr in the first fixture on their new 3G pitch. The two sides met in last year's Welsh Cup with Ponty winning 6-5 on a mud-heap of a Sardis Road pitch but this was the first ...and more »

From working on a goose farm to pop fame

She's the Welsh singer being tipped for stardom who has taken an unconventional route to the top via a goose farm in Pembrokeshire, a fashion house in Paris and one of the world's biggest record companies. We'll soon be hearing a lot more about Betsy ...

Holy Comic Con, Batman! Superheroes and sci

Comic book fans flocked to Cardiff's Capitol Shopping Centre on Saturday to watch it turned into a haven of sci-fi and superheroes. Many came dressed as their favourite characters, while others just wanted to grab an autograph and photo with some the ...

Wrexham 0

Wrexham failed to score at home for the third time in six outings and in the process let cross-border rivals Chester off the hook in a disappointing stalemate that will only increase pressure on home manager Gary Mills. The Racecourse boss, who has ...and more »

The drivers of these cars had a lucky escape when the one crashed into the other after it had broken down

Motorists in Cardiff were left facing delays on Saturday between Cardiff Bay retail park and the Leckwith interchange. The A4232 northbound was blocked for a time after a two-car crash, but emergency services were working to reopen the road as quickly ...

Biggest names in world darts head to Cardiff for inaugural Unibet Champions League

The biggest names in the world of darts head for Cardiff this weekend for the inaugural Unibet Champions League. The tournament consists of two groups of four players, with the top two in each going through to the semi-finals. Michael van Gerwen will ...and more »

This Japanese lecturer teaches Welsh in Tokyo

When Ashley Williams and Takeshi Koike met at university in 1991 they didn't realise they would spend their careers teaching each other's cultures. Ashley, whose parents are from the Rhondda , studied history at St David's University College Lampeter ...

Charity says concert

Ifor Glyn from Drug Aid Cymru claims it should be taken for granted that some people would take drugs at the Club MTV event in Swansea.and more »

Wales set to be battered by heavy wind and rain with a risk of thunder this weekend

Parts of Wales are set to be battered on Saturday as heavy rain and wind sweep in after a few hours of bright sunshine and warm spells. You'd better make the most of a dry Saturday afternoon, because the rest of the weekend and Sunday aren't looking ...and more »

6 stalls at Newport Food Festival that put the city's produce centre stage

The countdown is on to the Tiny Rebel Newport Food & Drink Festival which is returning for its sixth year and is set to be the biggest one yet. Thousands of people are expected to turn up to taste what's on offer at more than 70 stalls. And while there ...

Runner whose heart stopped for SEVEN minutes thanks the people who saved his life

A runner whose heart stopped for seven minutes after he collapsed during a fun run has met the first aiders who saved his life. Gary Huntley knows just how lucky he was to have St John Cymru Wales volunteers in the right place at the right time after ...

Swansea Council offers up riverside site in city for development

A council-owned site on the banks of the River Tawe in Swansea is being offered up for development. Swansea Council is now inviting offers for the Pipehouse Wharf depot located on the riverside off Morfa Road. The 4.33-acre site is currently a base to ...

Britain is heading out of the EU but what should be the final destination?

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

Why it is time for me to learn Welsh – and begin to reverse 30 years of regret

When you're 14 years old, making dubious decisions comes with the territory. Snow washed denim, electric blue eyeliner, a penchant for Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark when all the cool girls preferred Duran Duran were just some of the questionable ...

Dale McIntosh rounds on critics of Sir Stanley Thomas' Merthyr uprising ahead of derby clash with Pontypridd

Dale McIntosh has rounded on critics of the Merthyr revolution ahead of tomorrow's huge Principality Welsh Premiership derby with Pontypridd on the new plastic pitch at Sardis Road (kick-off 2.30pm). The 'Chief' used to rule the roost at the House of ...

Everything you need to know about the Porthcawl Elvis Festival this weekend

Elvis Presley lookalikes will be taking over the seaside town of Porthcawl this weekend as the annual festival returns for its 12th year. The largest event of its kind, The Porthcawl Elvis Festival attracts fans and impersonators from all over the ...and more »

This guy dancing in Cardiff city centre has really got that Friday feeling

He was spotted busting some moves as a busker performed a funky rendition of Bob Marley's Three Little Birds in Cardiff City Centre. The video was taken at around 6pm on Friday near The Hayes. It was captured by Cally Kivelhan, from the Rhondda , who ...

A mum who lost her son in a car crash is determined to teach school pupils the importance of organ donation

Talking to teenagers about anything can be tricky, but this Cardiff school has done its bit to help break down a taboo subject. Year seven pupils at Willows High School in Tremorfa , Cardiff, have been learning about organ donation from a mum who lost ...

Animal rights protesters hold rally after Cardiff University experimented on 52564 animals last year

Animal rights protesters covered in blood have held a silent rally against animal testing at Cardiff University . The university experimented on 52,564 animals last year, making it the eighth biggest user of animal research among UK universities. It ...

Woman dies in collision after transporter van shed its load

A woman has died after an item fell from the roof of a VW Transporter Van and collided with a BMW travelling in the opposite direction. North Wales Police have confirmed that a woman, local to the Anglesey area, died following the collision near Bangor ...and more »

This sports club has been painted gold to celebrate its Olympic success

After the London 2012 Olympics, postboxes in the hometowns of the victorious athletes were painted gold. But to mark the gold rush at the Rio Olympics, the entry gates to Maindy's track has also been given a new look after being painted by staff. The ...

The first of Cardiff's new sustainable homes could be set for approval next week

The authority, along with Wates Living Space Homes, wants to build 1,500 sustainable, high-quality homes at more than 40 different sites in the city. This application is one of the first to go before planners and is for 192 new homes to be built west ...and more »

Watch this seven

A young rugby player made a heartfelt plea to a council not to build on playing fields where he trains, begging: “Can you please not do it”. When seven-year-old William Mackie, from Merthyr Tydfil , overheard his mother talking about the possible ...

Cynon Valley AM Vikki Howells will open a permanent 'shop

Cynon Valley's Assembly Member will open an office in Aberdare next week, becoming the constituency's first politician to have a high street presence. Vikki Howells, who was elected to the Assembly during May, will open the office for five days a week ...

Latest poll findings in Wales show a surge in support for the Conservatives

There has been a boost in support for the Conservative party in Wales – with the bounce apparently thanks to Theresa May. While Labour still leads, there is a clear swell of support for the Tories in the first poll taken since the change of Prime Minister.and more »

More than 60 council homes to be built in Carmarthenshire

New council homes are to be built in Carmarthenshire as part of a £8.5m investment by the local authority. More than 60 new homes will be built over the next two years in a bid to grow Carmarthenshire council's housing stock. Phase one of the ...and more »

One in 10 care services in Wales are not meeting standards, inspectors reveal

One in 10 care services in Wales are failing to meet the required standards set by inspectors, an annual report has revealed. Care and Social Services Inspectorate Wales ( CSSIW ), which is responsible for regulating adult care, childcare and social ...and more »

Cardiff City have one of Wales' brightest young talents snatched away from them by Manchester City

One of the brightest prospects in Welsh football has been snatched away from Cardiff City by Premier League leaders Manchester City. Rabbi Matondo, who plays for the Wales under-17s side, was viewed by some as the best youngster to come through the ...and more »

This refurbished country house in Tenby has been named Hotel of the Year 2017

A refurbished country house hotel in Tenby has been named Hotel of the Year 2017 in the Sawday's British Hotel awards. Sawday's, which handpicks and inspects Special Places to Stay, chose the small and luxurious Penally Abbey for the top honour.

Controversial office block set to be approved by Cardiff planners

Permission for a controversial city office block in Cardiff will go before planners this week. Developer JR Smart wants to build a new office building on John Street. But thousands of people have signed a petition raising concerns about the effect it ...and more »

Penarth Literature Festival

The fifth  Penarth Literature Festival  will be held between the 2nd and 9th of

Fab Fun in Aberdare

‘Fab Fun’ for all the family in Aberdare this weekend (Saturday, September 24), as the Council j

These are the areas of Butetown which will be targeted in a Cardiff council cleaning blitz

Cardiff council has launched a programme to clean up eight inner city areas and the latest to be targeted in the “Love where you live” campaign – which is backed by the Echo – is Butetown. Council staff will be working together to target specific parts ...

Abacare appoints Stuart in RCT

STUART BRYCE has recently (2016) been appointed as the new Operations Manager at a care provider who has been awarded a large provision to provide domiciliary care in the Rhondda Cynon Taf (RCT) and Merthyr Tydfil areas.

Leon Port jailed for murdering his stepfather in 'brutal and horrific' attack

Port and his partner Rebecca Donovan, 24, both of Mountain Ash, near Aberdare, were also sentenced for perverting the course of justice. Donovan, who was said to be scared of him and had given him a false alibi, was handed a 16-month suspended ...

Mark Youd (Rhymes with Loud) Prepares to Launch his First Major Exhibition

As a call goes out for artists to submit artworks into their next Open Art Competition, the winner of Y Galeri

Welsh Assembly backs Conservative calls for access to single market and control of immigration

The National Assembly for Wales voted against a Plaid Cymru motion calling for “full membership” of the European Single Mar

Natural Resources Wales board to meet in Cardiff

Location: Butetown Community Centre, Loudon Square, Butetown, Cardiff, CF10 5UZ.

FINCH-SAUNDERS: Councils splash the cash on empty buildings

More than £11 million was spent by councils on running empty buildings in Wales last year, as maintenance, utility and security bil

The remarkable moment thousands of people shook the beaches of Tenby with stunning rendition of Welsh anthem

People from other countries look on in envy every time it is sung ahead of sporting occasions and admiration for Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau has became a running theme throughout Wales' stunning Euro 2016 journey as it has for the rugby players down the years ...and more »

Man found guilty of murdering dad

It took a jury more than 13 hours to return a verdict in the trial of Stephen Pike. The 59-year-old had accepted stabbing Clint Simms, 39, in the chest outside his flat in Mill Road, Ely, but denied murder and an alternative charge of manslaughter ...

Llamau Sleep Out - St John Baptist staff

Several members of staff at St John Baptist Church in Wales High School will be taking part in the Sleep Out (10th November) for Llamau, where they will swap their beds for a night under the stars, whatever the weather, returning the school the next day to teac

Trusted great

A trusted great-grandmother stole more than £8,000 from the solicitors' firm she worked for after becoming 'seduced' by an online bingo addiction. Kimberley Upcott, 65, from Cardiff , was spared jail when she was sentenced at Cardiff Crown Court on ...

Coity recycling centre woodchip fire prompts health advice

Public health experts are continuing to warn residents to keep doors and windows closed due to an ongoing fire at a recycling centre in Bridgend. About 3,000 tonnes of wood chips caught fire early on Monday at South Wales Wood Recycling in Coity.

Here's where your area would fit into the new 'political map' of Rhondda Cynon Taf

The Cynon Valley areas are Aberaman North, Aberaman South, Abercynon, Aberdare East, Aberdare West/Llwydcoed, Cilfynydd, Cwmbach , Glyncoch, Hirwaun, Mountain Ash East, Mountain Ash West, Penrhiwceiber, Peny waun, Rhigos and Ynysybwl.

Here's when heavy metal legends Iron Maiden play Cardiff next year and how you can get tickets

They're one of the world's biggest rock bands and still play sell-out tours all over the globe more than four decades after exploding onto the music scene. And now Iron Maiden have announced a 16-date European for 2017 with one of the gigs earmarked ...and more »

This barber gives homeless people free haircuts on the streets of Cardiff

A young barber from Aberdare is using his skills to help others by offering free haircuts to the homeless in Cardiff. Jamie Richards, who is just 18, also gives his non-paying customers the chance to get some food and drink while they wait for a trim ...

Police appeal after two homes in a Blaenau Gwent village targeted within a few days

According to Gwent Police, there has been one attempted burglary and another burglary in Nantyglo this week. During the first incident, an attempt was made to break into a home on Lower Coedcae on Wednesday at around 1.40am.and more »

Cardiff council want to sell off this Canton building in a bid to save money

Suffolk House on Romilly Road in Canton is one of the buildings that the council want to dispose of to reduce their running bills and maintenance cost. As part of a council move towards less-office based and more flexible working, the council say they ...

Labour leadership result to set tone for days to come

Rhondda MP Chris Bryant says that whoever wins (he's a Smith supporter) he won't go back, believing he can do more for his party and constituents from the backbenches. In Wales, Labour have the consolation of remaining in power although without a ...and more »

This is where you can enjoy a pink Champagne afternoon tea in Cardiff for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

An hotel in Cardiff is serving up pink Champagne afternoon teas which will be served all through October in honour of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Guests who order the special tea at the Park Plaza Hotel will be be contributing towards a donation ...and more »

Manchester City superstars prepare for Swansea City match with surprise nighttime stroll down Cardiff's famous ...

This footage shows the moment Manchester City's superstars shocked passers-by as they took a stroll through Cardiff's famous 'Chippy Lane' on a night out. Passers-by could scarcely believe their eyes as hundreds of millions pounds worth of football ...and more »

These photos show how Porth railway station has been transformed by 73 new parking spaces

A Rhondda railway station now has 73 extra spaces as a park and ride scheme was officially opened this week. Ken Skates AM , the Welsh Assembly Cabinet Secretary for Economy and Infrastructure, visited Porth station on Thursday to launch the project ...

Three months after Britain voted to leave the EU, who have been the winners and losers so far?

It is three months since the UK voted to leave the European Union in a move which rocked the political world. June's referendum was preceded by dire warnings of the economic consequences of a Leave vote, from a host of independent sources both here ...and more »

Craig David to play Cardiff Motorpoint Arena on his UK tour

Craig David has announced a gig at Cardiff's Motorpoint Arena in 2017 as part of his 14-date UK tour. The '7 Days' hitmaker will make a date with Cardiff on Thursday 16 March where he kicks off his biggest UK arena tour in fifteen years. Following a ...and more »

Emergency services called after woman hit by car near Cardiff doctor's surgery

A pedestrian in her 20s received minor injuries after a collision with a car in Cardiff. The accident happened near the doctor's surgery on Station Road, Llandaff North, just after 8am on Friday. Emergency services attended the scene and the road was ...

A 14

Police are appealing for information about a schoolgirl who has gone missing in the Wrexham area. Kelsey Bodman, 14, was last seen on Kingsmills Road in the town. North Wales Police said they believed she was still in her school uniform. That is ...and more »

Cardiff Selected as Pilot Location for New Format Academic Bookshop

Leading academic bookseller Blackwell's has selected Cardiff as one of two new university campus shops in the UK to act as a pilot for a new format of academic bookshop. This week Robert Wilson, Dean for Education Innovation at Cardiff University, ...

Western Mail letters: Friday, September 23, 2016

Your correspondent Bob Morgan (Letters, Western Mail, September 9) asserts that those of us who voted to leave the EU were in fact voting “for a world long gone”. Maybe some were, but I certainly was not. I would suggest many of those who voted to ...

The morning news headlines: Theresa May: Troops must be protected from legal system abuse; PM distances herself ...

Theresa May has told defence chiefs "every effort must be made" to stop the legal system being abused and British troops hounded. The Prime Minister hailed Britain's armed forces as the "best in the world" and stressed her determination to prevent ...and more »

Cardiff terror investigation continues as suspect remains in custody

A Cardiff man arrested on suspicion of terrorism offences is still being held by police this morning. A spokesman from the Metropolitan Police confirmed the man is still in custody. On Thursday afternoon officers from the Metropolitan Police Services ...and more »

Family's call for specialist genetics centre for Wales

The family of a toddler from Cardiff who has a genetic condition are calling for a specialist centre to be set up in Wales. Tora Betsi, two, has neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1), which can cause tumours, development and other heath problems. There are ...and more »

Work is underway to fight 'killer' Asian hornets before they arrive in UK for first time

Killer hornets have been spotted in the UK for the first time ever and are feared to be breeding successfully, according to experts. The Asian hornet - which poses a severe risk to the world's bee population - was discovered in Gloucestershire. Smaller ...and more »

Police with Tasers burst into hotel room to find naked man and his wife in case of mistaken identity

An innocent man was left shocked after police armed with Tasers burst into his hotel room looking for a wanted man with the same name. Richard Jones, from Blackwood , was taking a shower at the Raddison Blu Hotel in Cardiff, when armed officers burst ...and more »

World stars heading to Wales for Cardiff University/Cardiff Half Marathon

The strongest elite field ever assembled for the Cardiff University/Cardiff Half Marathon will be aiming to break records on Sunday, October 2. Following the success of the IAAF/Cardiff University World Half Marathon Championships in the Welsh capital ...

This sheep got a lift home after escaping from its field

Wales is known for its sheep - but probably not one that's sitting upright in a car, strapped in with a seatbelt. This is what happened when an Anglesey sheep escaped from a field. The sheep doesn't look too impressed with the ride as she is placed in ...and more »

First Minister meets senior Ford executive to discuss the company's plans for Bridgend

First Minister Carwyn Jones has met the vice president of Ford Europe to discuss the company's future investment plans for its Bridgend engine plant. Mr Jones was criticised for not meeting with representatives of the company while on a visit to the US ...and more »

Privacy regulators study finds Internet of Things shortfalls

Six in ten Internet of Things devices don’t properly tell customers how their personal information is being used, an international stud

Cardiff man arrested on suspicion of terrorism offences

Officers from the Metropolitan Police Services' Counter Terrorism Command have arrested a 33-year-old man, on suspicion of the commission, preparation and instigation of terrorist acts under section 41 of the Terrorism Act 2000 (TACT). Metropolitan ...and more »

Harvest Festival, Form 7S - The Trussell Trust food bank collections.

Form 7S at St John's are doing an assembly on Harvest Festival on Wednesday 5th October.

Another recycling facility will open in Cardiff before the closure of Wedal Road tip

Cardiff council has said it will open another recycling facility before closing Wedal Road tip. And while the location of that facility is not yet known it's understood the council would prefer it to be in the north of the city. The recycle/reuse ...

The Michelin starred chefs and upcoming kitchen kings who will be at Tiny Rebel Newport Food & Drink Festival

Some of Wales' greatest best culinary talents will be on hand to show off their skills during next month's Tiny Rebel Newport Food & Drink Festival. A must-attend for any foodies, the line-up features some big Michelin starred names, along with up and ...and more »

Kris Wade jailed for Christine James Cardiff Bay murder

Her body was found on 2 March and Wade was arrested at his parents' home in Church Village, Rhondda Cynon Taff, five days later. Mr Justice Wyn Williams said Mrs James was attacked after Wade went to her flat with a suitcase containing sex toys and she ...

This huge portrait of Liz Taylor is being spray painted onto the side of a building in Wales

This massive mural of a crying Elizabeth Taylor is being painted onto the side of a building in Swansea . Street Artist, Charles Uzzell Edwards - aka Pure Evil - is starting the task of spray painting the star's portrait onto the Volcano Theatre on the ...and more »

Cardiff's Maddison nightclub is moving to a new location and getting a new name

A popular Cardiff nightclub is reopening at a new venue, under a new name, after closing earlier this year. Nightclub Maddison, which was on St Mary Street, will reopen as Underground Cardiff in the Brewery Quarter in October. Owner Richard Jackson ...and more »

A boy has been hit by a vehicle in Broadlands area of Bridgend

A nine-year-old boy has been taken to hospital after being hit by a vehicle in Bridgend on Thursday morning. South Wales Police said officers received a report of a road traffic collision involving a pedestrian and a vehicle at around 10.10am. A ...and more »

Uncertainty remains for both employers and workers three months after Brexit vote

Immigration was clearly a key issue for voters in the run-up to Brexit. Concern about increasing numbers of migrants to the UK is largely considered to be the main reason why so many people voted to leave. However, more than three months on since the ...and more »

Man arrested after electrician died working on major road's street lighting

A man has been arrested after a 42-year-old father died following an incident on the A465 Heads of the Valleys on Wednesday. Anthony Thomas, from Banwen in Neath , died while working on a street lighting installation on the A465 Heads of the Valley ...and more »

The top young business and professional women in Wales in 2016: The 35 Under 35

They come from across the country and from different professions but are all united in a desire to be the best in their field and making their mark in Welsh business. We don't pretend this a definitive list so if there are names and faces you would ...

Rugby club can buy its own clubhouse after more than £50000 raised

A Merthyr rugby club is celebrating after more than £50,000 was raised to buy its own clubhouse after it was put up for sale by the council. Cefn Coed RFC learnt in April the site was to be auctioned after Merthyr council said the club was resistant to ...

A Welsh rugby player has suffered the most horrifying injury you will ever see

If you're feeling squeamish you might want to look away now. These gruesome pictures show the extent of injuries suffered by Welsh rugby player Ceri Davies. Ceri - who is an international for Wales' Deaf rugby team - was playing for Llandovery 2nds ...and more »

Family of new father killed while at work on the roadside pay tribute to 'a true legend'

The family and friends of a new father who was killed while at work have paid tribute to “a true legend”. Anthony Thomas died after an incident on the A465 Heads of the Valleys road near Merthyr Tydfil on Wednesday at around 3.30pm. The 42-year-old ...and more »

Loughborough Baroness among peers who don't turn up to Parliament

Data running from January to the end of April - the latest data available - showed that Susan Catherine Campbell, the Baroness Campbell of Loughborough CBE, has failed to attend any of 55 days on which the House of Lords was sitting and peers could ...

Live updates as murderer sentenced for killing woman found dead in Cardiff Bay flat

A man who admitted the murder of a 65-year-old woman whose body was found at her apartment in Cardiff Bay is due to be sentenced today. Kris Wade pleaded guilty earlier this month to the murder of Christine James , who was found dead in her fourth ...and more »

Cardiff has shut a busy central road as part of World Car Free Day

A Cardiff street has been closed today as the city takes part in World Car Free Day. Park Place was closed to traffic at 8pm on Wednesday and will not open again until midnight today. The closure is from Corbett Road/Column Road to Gorsedd Gardens and ...and more »

Live updates as Cardiff's first car

A Cardiff street has been closed today as the city takes part in World Car Free Day. Park Place was closed to traffic at 8pm on Wednesday and will not open again until midnight today. The closure is from Corbett Road/Column Road to Gorsedd Gardens and ...and more »

Welsh children are said to be the least confident in the UK

Children in Wales have less confidence than young people anywhere else in the UK and four out of 10 feel they have no one who believes in them. The stark findings have emerged in a survey by Barnardo's, the UK's largest children's charity, which ...and more »

People in Cowbridge are not happy that McDonald's is targeting their genteel town

Cowbridge is at risk of losing its “quaint uniqueness” if McDonald's opens a new fast food outlet in the town, according to locals. The fast food giant has hired the Morgan Williams property agency to help identify and acquire sites in Wales and is ...

Teacher assaulted a Jehovah's Witness while celebrating the end of term

A primary school teacher assaulted a Jehovah's Witness outside his temple while out celebrating the end of term. Samantha Beresford, who worked at Townhill Community School in Swansea , had been drinking with colleagues and friends in Uplands on July ...and more »

Wales and Exeter Chiefs prop Tomas Francis receives two

Wales prop Tomas Francis has been handed a two week ban following his sending off at the weekend. The 14-times capped Exeter tight head was red carded for allegedly kicking Harlequins scrum-half Danny Care during Saturday's Aviva Premiership clash, ...and more »

Man asked to leave Cardiff family home of 56 years

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

Cardiff University remains 182nd in respected world rankings

Cardiff University's hopes of ranking in the world's top 100 higher education institutions next year look all but over after failing to progress in a respected international league table. The city-based institution stayed in 182nd place in the latest ...

Further Improvements Along A4059

Further improvements along the A4059 Cynon Valley corridor are planned to improve traffic flows and ease congestion as part of the Council’s £23m highways and transportation investment programme. 

Election officers urge “root and branch” review of electoral system

Election officers were “pushed to the absolute limit” by this year’s glut of polls, the Association of Electoral Administrators has said in a report.

This new Cardiff bar has been converted from an original railway shed on the Bute Docks

It used to house the Goods Shed of the London and North Western Railway on the Bute Docks in Cardiff. Now it's going to be home to a new restaurant - which contains many of the original features - where diners can eat dishes with names inspired by the ...

It's the Celtic Minor! Welsh golf club's bizarre name change leads to confusion with iconic Ryder Cup venue

One has hosted Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Phil Mickelson in the stunning 2010 Ryder Cup showdown... and the other hasn't. One has three golf courses, three hotels and is about to begin development on a plush new £80m 5,000-seater Wales ...and more »

What do you think about plans to build a 20

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

A Bridget Jones

It's one of the hottest new film releases so a Cardiff cinema has launched the release of Bridget Jones's Baby in style - by serving up bespoke cocktails. The Odeon Cinema Gallery Bar at Cardiff Bay's Red Dragon Centre has a selection of drinks that ...and more »

Cardiff's Lib Dem leader says the Roath by

Cardiff's Liberal Democrat group say the Roath by election win suggests they could take back control of Cardiff council. The group ran the council from from 2004 to 2012 but Labour won a landslide at the last elections. Labour now has 41 councillors to ...and more »

UK government taken to task as pollution limits breached at Aberthaw Power Station

Pollution limits at a Welsh coal-fired power station have been breached, the European Court of Justice has ruled. Euro judges took the UK government to task over emissions of harmful nitrogen oxides from the Aberthaw Power Station. The government said ...and more »

Cardiff's first car

A Cardiff street will be closed for more than 24 hours from Wednesday evening as the city takes part in World Car Free Day. Park Place will be closed to traffic from 8pm on Wednesday and will not open again until midnight on Thursday. The closure is ...

Jonathan Davies has got married for the third time and Brian O'Driscoll couldn't resist making a joke

Welsh rugby legend Jonathan Davies has married his third wife in a glamorous ceremony in Spain. Father-of-four Davies, 53, wed Jay Thorburn, 41, in Marbella surrounded by family and friends at the weekend. The couple got engaged in the Spanish party ...and more »

The arguments against scrapping Wales' flagship anti

Politicians and charity workers have urged the Welsh Government not to scrap its anti-poverty initiative Communities First . More than £300m has been spent on Communities First since it was launched in 2001 to help people in the most disadvantaged ...and more »

Arnold Clark To Create Dozens Of Nottingham Jobs

A new Arnold Clark Motorstore is set to create dozens of full or part time Nottingham jobs when it opens in the coming weeks. Around 75 jobs will be created in Nottingham by the new and used car dealer and rentals company when it opens in the Lenton ...

Hollywood star Sheen grants miner's final wish

Hollywood actor Michael Sheen helped grant a former miner's final wish - to have a traditional male voice choir sing at his funeral. Cliff Thomas, 77 from Pontyclun, left detailed instructions for his daughter to arrange for a Welsh choir to sing his ...

These are the chefs who will represent Wales at the Culinary Olympics in Germany

A team of talented Welsh chefs are busy honing their cookery skills before heading off to compete in the Culinary Olympics in Germany next month. Hoping to follow in the gold medal-winning footsteps of our athletes at the Rio Olympic Games , members of ...

Everything you need to know about Cardiff Bierkeller's Oktoberfest

Monmouthshire · Neath Port Talbot · Newport · Pembrokeshire · Powys · Rhondda · Pontypridd · Torfaen · Vale of Glamorgan · Wrexham. Trending Stuff to do in Wales British & Irish Lions Crime Swansea City FC Cardiff City FC Wales Football Team · Sport.and more »

Labour has lost a by

Labour's prospects ahead of next year's council elections in Wales have been dealt a blow after the loss of a by-election in Cardiff. The Liberal Democrat candidate Robin Rea won the seat after taking 48% of the vote. The seat had been held by Labour's ...and more »

A protest for the rights of people with M.E is coming to Cardiff

A protest is set to take place at locations around the world, including Cardiff, for the rights of people with a debilitating illness. #MillionsMissing aims to raise awareness of the Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (M.E), sometimes known as Chronic Fatique ...

Weddings in Wales: Couple met thanks to best friends at school

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

Western Mail letters: Wednesday, September 21, 2016

A couple of points to add to the excellent piece in the Western Mail recently. The picture top left was in fact Paulo and Valerie Davies – the only Welsh competitors – about to leave for the first Empire (now Commonwealth) Games in Hamilton, Ontario.

19 things you only remember if you went to university in Cardiff in the 1990s

Remember when you got a pint for £1 at Quids In and 80p at Eighties Night every Thursday? It's a small miracle anyone can remember anything about university life in Cardiff when the drinks were that cheap. Oasis, Pulp and Blur topped the charts, and ...

PE businesses urged to keep calm after Brexit

Soothing concerns of a trade collapse when Britain exits the European Union, a high-ranking British diplomat said yesterday that annual trade between South Africa and the United Kingdom valued at about £10-billion (R180-billion) was not only expected ...and more »

Morning news headlines: Theresa May moves to reassure US financial giants over Brexit; Labour remains deadlocked ...

Theresa May has insisted that Brexit will result in the "best possible" trade deal with the European Union in an effort to reassure nervous US financial giants. The Prime Minister hosted a meeting with major US firms, including some of Wall Street's ...and more »

Wales breaking news plus live traffic, weather and M4 updates (Wednesday, September 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 »

One in 14 wildlife species in Wales is heading for extinction in 'heartbreaking' decline

Naturalist and TV presenter Iolo Williams has labelled the Welsh Government's response to environmental decline as “incredibly poor”. His comments came ahead of today's launch of the State of Nature Wales 2016 report which will outline the true extent ...and more »

Plans unveiled for new 20

Plans for a 20-storey high residential tower affording spectacular views across Cardiff and the Bristol Channel have been revealed for a key land site in Cardiff Bay. While still at an early consultation stage, the owner of the three acre site around ...

A Development Bank for Wales could be up and running next ...

A Development Bank for Wales could be operational by the summer of next year Economy Secretary Ken Skates has confirmed as Finance Wales has formally ...and more »

More than 30 firefighters tackle blaze at Monmouth boys' school

Emergency services were called to the scene, at a detached three-storey science block in Monmouth School at around 7pm, BBC Wales reported. Seven crews attended the fire, which it is believed started in a chemistry class room. Gwent Police were also ...and more »

This live music event touring Wales lets you swap old electrical items for entry to their gigs

Finally there's something you can do with all the old phones piled up at the back of your drawer. A club night hosting live bands and DJs is touring around Wales – and all you need to get into a show is an old hair dryer, a forgotten mobile phone, or a ...

Planned job cuts at Wales' national museums raises fears for the service's future

Proposals to cut 21 jobs across Wales' national museums poses a threat to the future existence of a precious cultural network, a union leader has warned. Gareth Howells, of Prospect, said unless the cuts were averted, Wales was likely to lose ...and more »

A passenger was booted off Snowdon train because there were too many obese people on board

Snowdon's famous Mountain Railway is struggling to cope with a growing number of obese passengers, it has been revealed. The shocking revelation was made by a spokesman for the railway, after a tourist was refused a seat up to Wales' highest peak ...and more »

A new

Recommended in Local News. Rhondda Cynon Taf Council · Roadworks to improve the A4119/A473 roundabout in Talbot Green will take nine months · Aberdare · Clothes donated to a supermarket 'clothes bank' left in piles outside and ignored 'for months' ...

Welshman arrested on suspicion of attempting to leave the UK to fight ISIS

A Welshman has revealed how he was arrested at Heathrow Airport on suspicion of attempting to leave the UK to fight ISIS. The 22-year-old from Pembrey, Carmarthenshire was detained under suspicion of terrorism offences while attempting to board a plane ...and more »

Business confidence in Wales soars while slumping in the rest of Britain

Business confidence has risen in Wales over the past six months despite sharp falls in most other parts of Britain, according to a new report. The Lloyds Bank Business in Britain report, now in its 24th year, gathers the views of more than 1,500 ...and more »

Who is Matt Sherratt? This is what you need to know about the little ...

We try and answer some of the key questions about the new face on the Wales coaching team.and more »

Everything you need to know about the shortage of GPs in Wales

A recent survey by the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) in Wales found that more than 52% of GPs say their practice faces significant recruitment issues. The rise in patient numbers, workload and stress levels means many doctors are ...and more »

This teenager who collects emergency services memorabilia needs your help to become a record breaker

John Morgan wants to get himself a place in the Guinness Book of World Records for having the most memorabilia relating to the emergency services. Since his dad Paul set up a Facebook page to try help his son's dream come true more than 1,500 people ...


After the stars of Welsh sport celebrated success at the Euros and in Rio this summer, it is now the turn of Wales' finest sporting volunteers to step into the limelight.

Welsh Conservatives criticise Labour’s claim Wales is “punching above its weight”

Welsh Conservatives have today criticised the First Minister’s “delusional” claim that Wales is ‘punching above its weight’

SWFRS pledges support for Gas Safety Week

South Wales Fire and Rescue Service (SWFRS) has pledged their support for the sixth annual Gas Safety Week taking place from 19-25 September as part of the Fire Kills campaign.

New campaign video launched with the aim of recruiting thousands of new GPs

Action is needed now to ensure there are enough GPs in Wales to serve a growing and ageing population, the Royal College of GPs Wales has warned. In response to the decline in numbers of full-time equivalent GPs, the RCGP is launching a ...and more »

Join us in turning Cwm Taf Pink for the day!

In two weeks time, on 14th October volunteers from the ‘Giving to Pink’ fund raisin

Treasure hunters found these bronze items on farmland

Two sets of bronze items which are thousands of years old have been found in Rhondda Cynon Taff – and they have been declared as treasure. The two hoards were both found by members of the public in Llanharan more than a year apart, within 500 metres ...

Barry hard done by in defeat at Llantrisant

The squad must be applauded for their effort on the day where at times they played some good attacking rugby matched with a resolute defence. This Saturday Barry entertain Aberdare, kick off 2.30pm. Last week's lottery numbers which failed to find a ...and more »

60 jobs available as two Cardiff city centre bars are set to open next month

While the Curado Bar, a Spanish restaurant and bar is holding a recruitment day on September 25 for around 20 positions at their Westgate Street venue. Both venues are looking to open at the end of October. Dirty Martini agreed a lease with landlord ...

A wood recycling firm that's battling a blaze has pulled an application for a new site

A waste wood recycling firm battling a blaze at its Bridgend site has announced it will withdraw a controversial application for a second plant near Porthcawl . South Wales Wood Recycling (SWWR) said it had taken the decision "for the safety/protection ...and more »

Take a first look at Pontypridd RFC's new 3G pitch at Sardis Road

Pontypridd RFC's new 3G pitch at Sardis Road has been completed and it will have an inspection this week to see if it can be used on Saturday. Valleys rivals Merthyr visit Pontypridd in the Principality Premiership this weekend - and it was the same ...and more »

Penarth Seasiders struggle in third match of season

AFTER three games this season, the promotion and relegation contenders may have already shown their hands. Llanishen, Llantrisant and St Peters have 100 per cent records at the top, while Gilfach Goch, Barry and Old Illtydians have yet to record a win.

These friends want to break a world record when they take on the Cardiff Half Marathon dressed as superheroes

With huge sums set to be raised for charity as runners push themselves around the 13.1-mile course it's fair to say plenty of superheroes will be running the Cardiff Half Marathon in just a fortnight's time. But two men have taken that a little more ...and more »

Celebrities around Britain are trying to find a male choir to sing at this man's funeral after his daughter's plea

Celebrities are trying to help a loving daughter find a Welsh male voice choir to grant her father his final wish. After our article about Dawn Roderick's bid to find a choir to sing Myfanwy at her father Cliff Thomas' funeral her appeal has been taken ...

This 16

He's already been touted as 'the new Aaron Ramsey' and it seems as though 16-year-old Ben Woodburn is winning more admirers with his performances for Liverpool. The Wales under-17s' captain scored a magnificent solo goal for Liverpool's Under-23s ...and more »

Clothes donated to a supermarket 'clothes bank' left in piles outside and ignored 'for months'

Supermarket giant Tesco has apologised for the state of its recycling facilities at a valleys superstore, after bags of donated clothes were left to pile up. These photos were taken by a member of the public at the Aberdare Tesco in the Cynon Valley ...

A child was 'assaulted by a man as she tried to rescue a drowning kitten'

A girl has allegedly been assaulted by a man as she tried to rescue a kitten from drowning in a pond. The alleged incident happened on August 26 at a pond behind Adventure Playground off Gwynfryn Avenue in Rhyl . A man has been arrested and released ...and more »

A teacher has been struck off for having an affair with a sixth

Richard Shore was confronted by his wife about his relationship with a teenager, a teaching disciplinary panel was told.and more »

Newport is getting a third Parc Pantry and there are teasers about where it will be

It's a cafe, it's a deli and a shop. And soon there's going to be three Parc Pantrys in Newport. But the brains behind it are keeping regulars guessing about where it's going to be by teasing us all with cryptic emails and social media posts.

Former Swansea rugby star reveals the harrowing effects of concussion that damaged his brain

Former Swansea hooker Greg Smith has revealed the extent of brain damage suffered playing rugby and how he continued packing down for Waikato despite being unable to drive a car through lapses in concentration. With concussion and effects of head ...and more »

Roadworks to improve the A4119/A473 roundabout in Talbot Green will take nine months

A busy roundabout in Talbot Green will have £4m works to improve life for motorists, and they will take nine months to complete. Work on the roundabout - where the A4119 and A473 roads meet - will start on Monday, September 26. The busy road links ...

Couple bump into Sir Anthony Hopkins in Newcastle hotel

Sir Anthony Hopkins was staying in the city's Vermont Hotel on the Quayside when Tony and Sarah Stafford did a double take. The couple were blown away meeting the A-lister and were even asked to come along to the set. Tony, 40, said: “We were ...and more »

One of these five firms could be the next big thing in the life sciences market in Wales

They are developing things as varied as environmentally friendly bio-pesticides, collagen harvested from jellyfish and an app to help sufferers of lung disease. Five businesses from around Wales demonstrate the creativity and innovation in the country ...


A heavily-pregnant woman says she or her baby could have been "seriously injured or even killed" after plaster from the ceiling of her home fell in. Alicia Hilton, 20, arrived at the council-owned house in Townhill in Swansea on Saturday and noticed ...and more »

Grandmother killed in motorbike crash was 'the rock of her family'

Ray Jones, 50, from the Pontypool area was travelling as a passenger on a black Kawasaki motorbike when it was involved in a collision with a red Volvo C70 on the B4246/Abergavenny Road. The crash happened on Saturday evening and police said Mrs ...and more »

Sheridan Smith WILL reprise her role in Funny Girl when it comes to Cardiff

Cilla and The C Word actress Sheridan Smith is set to reprise her role as Fanny Brice when hit West End show Funny Girl comes to Cardiff next year as part of its UK tour. Following critically acclaimed and record-breaking sold-out runs at the Menier ...and more »

Inspirational Ironman Mike Evans' friends and family have raised £30000 for charity

He's the inspirational police officer who fits in triathalons between his treatment for a terminal brain tumour. And now Mike Evans, who has dubbed himself the “chemo kid”, has been at the heart of a £30,000 fundraising drive – despite having been ...

Improved performance fails to produce first win for Barry RFC

The squad must be applauded for their effort on the day where at times they played some good attacking rugby matched with a resolute defence. Next Saturday Barry entertain Aberdare kick-off 2.30pm. This week's lottery numbers which failed to find a ...and more »

'Suspicious cuts' found on cat whose body was put in a box and left in front of owner's front door

When Rebecca Manley opened her front door to find a box on her doorstep with her cat's collar on top she half knew what to expect. Ginger and white Ernie, her two-year-old daughter's cat, had not come home the night before and Rebecca had started to ...

Western Mail letters: Tuesday, September 20, 2016

If Britain allows large foreign investment in our energy infrastructure it could seriously affect our strategic control. Ultimately, we could lose our national independence. We need to crack on and develop our own sustainable energy and transport ...and more »

Morning news headlines: Theresa May to address the UN amid Brexit concerns; Remaining EU nations will sign UK ...

Brexit does not mean the UK is turning away from the world, Theresa May will tell the United Nations. But the Prime Minister will acknowledge the political class around the world needs to do more to listen to the public's concerns. In her first address ...and more »

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

Wales has highest number of vacant shops in the UK

Newport is one of the worst performing towns or cities in the UK when it comes to empty shops. More than a quarter of shops in the city, 27.2%, were empty in the first half of 2016, according to the Local Data Company (LDC). However, the vacancy rate ...and more »

This is the five

Wales is punching above its weight and the Welsh Government's new programme for government will make it a fairer and more prosperous country over the next five years, according to Carwyn Jones. Setting out his priorities, the First Minister said the ...and more »

A Welsh council is considering plans to spend £7000 a year scaring seagulls

Council chiefs in Swansea are considering whether or not to spend more than £7,000 on a "hawk service" to scare seagulls and pigeons in the city centre. The scheme, which is already being piloted in Swansea market, includes paying the company ...and more »

Huge blue marlin found washed up on Welsh beach gets new home at the National History Museum

A 13-foot long blue marlin found washed up on a Pembrokeshire beach has found a new home at London's Natural History Museum. The rare fish was discovered earlier this month by John and Helen Swancott while walking their dog on Freshwater East.and more »

Woman describes moment her boyfriend was stabbed on the streets of Cardiff

A woman has described the moment a man accused of murder stabbed her boyfriend to the chest in broad daylight on a street in Cardiff . Giving evidence at Cardiff Crown Court , Karina Johnson said she had been seeing Clint Simms for about two months ...

Roadworks expected to cause major disruption for commuters travelling from West Wales to Swansea and Cardiff

Commuters travelling around Carmarthenshire face major disruption as six weeks of repairs begin on a pipeline running under the A48. The eastbound carriageway between Carmarthen and Nantycaws will be closed from tomorrow until October 28. A defect ...and more »

Man arrested after 18

A man has been arrested in connection with an incident on a field in Haverfordwest , which saw an 18-year-old being airlifted to hospital. Emergency Services were called to Rifleman Field on Hammond Avenue, near St Thomas' Green, at around 3.35pm ...and more »

Mick Antoniw says Labour can still succeed if Pontypridd colleague Owen Smith doesn't win party leadership

Assembly Member Mick Antoniw believes Pontypridd colleague Owen Smith does not have to win Labour's leadership for the party to succeed. The AM - who shares an office in Pontypridd with local MP smith - has challenged the notion that Labour can only ...and more »

Firefighters called out nearly 1000 times to move obese Brits who were trapped in their homes

Firefighters with special gear were called 944 times in a year to move obese people who had become trapped in their homes. The figure for 2015-16 was up by a third on the 709 in 2012/13. Rescuers used lifting equipment, slings and sometimes had to take ...and more »

Police want to find these two people from Merthyr Tydfil following a burglary in Mountain Ash

A statement from police said: "We are appealing for information leading to the whereabouts of James Beattie and Emma Evans who are wanted in connection to a burglary that occurred at Mountain Ash , Rhondda Cynon Taff, between Wednesday, September ...

The state of play with Wales' heavyweight autumn opponents... Can they emerge from their slump?

Monmouthshire · Neath Port Talbot · Newport · Pembrokeshire · Powys · Rhondda · Pontypridd · Torfaen · Vale of Glamorgan · Wrexham. Trending British & Irish Lions Fantasy Football Francesco Guidolin Wales Rugby Team Swansea City FC Cardiff City.and more »

The new hub hoping to create the next big success stories in Welsh business

At the launch of the Cardiff Entrepreneurial Spark hub in Cardiff left to right Alison Rose of Natwest, Lucy Rose Walker, chief executive of the initiative and Jayne Bronfield owner of Bildy Mega Boards. Pix by Richard Bosworth. A new business ...

Lib Dems have lost voice in Welsh politics after joining ministerial car pool

Kirsty Williams’ decision to join Labour in government in Wales means the Lib Dems no longer have a voice in Welsh politics, according to a Welsh Conservative AM.

Cancer survival chances better in England than Wales, data reveals

ONS data shows that male and female patients in England still have a better survival rate than their equivalen

Wanted in connection to a burglary that occurred at Mountain Ash

South Wales Police  are appealing for information leading to the whereabouts of James Beattie and Emma Evans who are wanted

David Melding says a Scottish exit could pave way for Welsh future in a 'confederation' of nations

One of Wales' most influential political thinkers has sketched out a vision for the nation if Scotland leaves the United Kingdom in the wake of the Brexit vote. The United Kingdom could be replaced by a “confederation” between each of the home nations ...

Paralympic Partnership Key In Medal Success

A combination of strong elite partnerships and world class athlete support has resulted in another successful Paralympic Games for Welsh athletes at Rio 2016. 

Health secretary sets out Dementia Action Plan to make Wales a 'dementia-friendly nation'

The Cabinet secretary for health, wellbeing and sport, Vaughan Gething, set out Wales’ Dementia Action Plan at

Breast cancer 'centre for excellence' set to be built for patients in RCT and Merthyr

A centre of excellence in breast cancer care is set to be built for patients in Rhondda Cynon Taff and Merthyr Tydfil. Cwm Taf University Health Board has confirmed that integrated breast care services will be established at the Royal Glamorgan ...

Three teenagers allegedly attacked a 12

A group of three teenagers are believed to have attacked a 12-year-old girl with a metal bar. The attack allegedly happened at around 6pm on September 6 near Mr Bees Arcade on the seafront in Rhyl . The three teenagers - two girls and a boy - are ...and more »

Businesswoman who starred in fly

A tractor driver who died in a collision has been named locally as entrepreneur Stephanie Booth. Stephanie, who is transgender, was active in Welsh business and at one point tried to buy Wrexham FC. She also owned a string of hotels and featured in the ...and more »

Cardiff teacher Neilson Smith cleared of raping woman

A Cardiff PE teacher has been cleared of raping a woman after a night out. Neilson Smith, 41, of Tonyrefail, Pontypridd, Rhondda Cynon Taff, said his accuser "came on to him" after he took her home from a Cardiff nightclub in December. He denied then ...

What would it take for you to pick up your children and flee to another country?

Imagine if every single person you know across Wales, England, Scotland and Northern Ireland fled their homes. That's the scale of the challenge facing the world. The United Nations estimates that at the end of last year 65.3 million people were ...

Owner of historic boathouse ordered to rip up 'appalling' wooden decking at Gower beauty spot

Wooden decking outside a 90-year-old boathouse overlooking stunning Rhossili Bay must be ripped up “as a matter of urgency”. A planning inspector has ordered the owner of the 1920s boathouse at Kitchen Corner to tear up the 40ft of wooden decking, ...and more »

Two men are killed after their microlight plunges 500ft into a field in mid Wales

Meanwhile a spokesman for Dyfed-Powys Police said: 'The families of the men are being supported by specially-trained officers.' Cwmbach - not to be confused with the village of the same name near Aberdare in South Wales - is located nearly 60 miles ...and more »

A woman is looking for a Welsh male choir to help grant her father's final wish

Dawn Roderick (left) is looking for a male choir to perform at the funeral of her father Cliff Thomas. Mr Thomas is also pictured with his late wife Barbara (right). A woman is looking for a Welsh male choir to grant her late father's final wish by ...and more »

Holy Family pupils head back to class after 18

Council Leader Rhondda Geekie said she was pleased at the news and added: “A date for returning to their original school building is welcome news for the pupils and teachers at Holy Family Primary School. “There have been challenges in securing a ...

Dame Shirley Bassey's life in music will be celebrated during a major gala in her home city

Musical theatre students, together with The Big Band of the RWCMD, will perform her hits in front of Dame Shirley herself in a special gala event in her home city of Cardiff on Saturday, November 19. Dame Shirley will join ticket holders for a concert ...

Major blitz to tackle Cardiff's litter problem starts today

The council will send dedicated teams to the worst-hit areas, while celebrating and nurturing the work of anti-litter volunteers across the city. And, alongside that crackdown, the South Wales Echo newspaper has today launched its own campaign to ...

Cute Kids 2016: Vote for the most adorable baby in Wales in our competition

For the past month we've been asking all proud parents in South Wales to send us photos of their adorable little ones. Now you have the chance to look through all the contenders in the competition and vote for your favourite. Voting opened on Saturday, ...

Two men are killed as a microlight crashes in Mid Wales

Share. And an AAIB spokesman said: 'The AAIB have sent a team to investigate an accident involving a microlight aircraft that occurred near Builth Wells, Powys.' Cwmbach - not to be confused with the village of the same name near Aberdare in South ...

Growing use of webcams and apps is leading to an increase in online threat to children, charity says

The growing use of apps and webcams is leading to more children becoming potential victims of grooming for sex, according to Childline. New figures from Childline, a service provided by the NSPCC, show the number of counselling sessions for children ...and more »

Welsh fire services rescued three times the number of obese patients as London despite a population three times smaller

Welsh fire services had to remove more obese people from their homes than any other service in the UK. Between them, South Wales Fire and Rescue Service and Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service carried out 123 rescues in 2015-16.and more »

Wales will be playing 'the worst Australian team I have ever seen' this autumn, says Graham Henry

Coaching mastermind Henry, who guided New Zealand to World Cup glory, a thrashing of the 2005 Lions, Tri-Nations titles and an astonishingly high win record, piled into David Pocock, Israel Folau, Will Genia, Michael Hooper, Quade Cooper and company.


Offworld – a survival movie set on an alien planet – is the brainchild of Terry Cooper, 46, from Ystrad Mynach, and fellow producer Adam Neal, 30, from Aberdare. The pair planned to raise £2,500 through their Kickstarter campaign, which began on ...

South Wales

Howells Solicitors has got off to a flying start to its 20th Anniversary celebrations after it donated £1500 to the Dreams & Wishes charity. The charity, that provides seriously ill children with memorable experiences, will continue benefit from ...

Rhondda Heritage Park To Benefit From £500000 Investment

Ambitious plans to re-establish Rhondda Heritage Park as a key Valley's tourist attraction have been agreed by Cabinet. Almost half-a-million pounds will now be invested in a major overhaul of the Park to bring the customer offer into the 21st Century.

Welsh Government Figures Show Education in Wales has Soared in Performance League Tables

City children are getting among the best education services in Wales, new Welsh Government figures show. Figures released by the Welsh Government and Local Government Data Unit demonstrate that every child leaves school with a recognised ...

Morning news headlines: PM to urge better distinction between refugees and economic migrants at UN talks; Labour ...

There should be a better distinction between refugees and people attempting to enter a country for economic reasons, Theresa May will tell world leaders as she sets out plans to tackle the migrant crisis at a major United Nations summit. The Prime ...and more »

Professor makes history with sports book award

He said: “'It's a genuine honour to win the Aberdare Prize, and especially because it is awarded by the BSSH. To be selected by a panel of one's academic peers is perhaps the highest accolade a historian can receive.” RELATED NEWS: * Discover DMU at ...

Wales breaking news plus live traffic, weather and M4 updates (Monday, September 19)

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 »

Ironman Wales 2016 sees competitors from around the world tackle one of country's toughest sporting challenges

Competitors from around the world took on one of the country's toughest sporting challenges at Ironman Wales. Marc Duelsen of Germany was the champion, his inaugural win, while Phil Graves of Great Britain came in second at the event held in Tenby.and more »

The beautiful moment a choir broke into song at the City of the ...

This was the emotional moment a choir broke into song along the balconies of one of Cardiff's Victorian arcades during Cardiff's City of the Unexpected ...and more »

Hinkley Point deal could signal new 'golden era' in China relations

The Government's approval of the Hinkley Point nuclear project has rekindled hopes for a "golden era" of Sino-British relations, with the move potentially paving the way for billions more in Chinese investment. Experts believe that Theresa May's ...

Police called after car collides with parked vehicles on Cardiff street ...

Police were called to a residential street in Cardiff on Saturday night after a car collided with a row of parked cars.and more »

'Number of people' arrested following early

A number of people have been arrested following reports of a stabbing in the early hours of Sunday morning. The incident allegedly happened in a tunnel that links Swansea's High Street with the Strand at around 1am. South Wales Police have confirmed a ...

Aberavon 38

Aberavon are the early pacesetters in the Principality Premiership as they made it three wins from three with a thrilling victory over Carmarthen Quins at the ...and more »

Cross Keys 48

Cross Keys director Jonathan Westwood was delighted with his side's crushing victory over Neath and stressed just how important the win was for them.and more »

Cardiff will make its first attempt at going 'car

The move is in a bid to encourage more people to leave their cars at home and either walk or cycle. The city's council has approved the closure of Park Place from 8pm on Wednesday, September 21 to midnight on September 22 as part of a worldwide event.

Ebbw Vale 33

The Gwent local derby went the way of the defending Principality Premiership champions who had to work hard before gaining their first win of the season. The margin of victory was harsh on the Black and Ambers who came back from a 17-3 half time ...and more »

Llanelli 29

Sweeney, 36, entered the fray as a 72nd minute replacement with the Sardis Road club clinging on to a slender 31-29 lead following a stunning four-try ...and more »

Merthyr 19

Following their dramatic win over Cardiff last weekend, there was a feeling of 'after the Lord Mayor's show' about Merthyr's performance as they entertained Bedwas. It was a game in which, apart from a brief second-half fightback, they never really ...

This independent sports shop in Cardiff has closed down after 50 years of trading

An independent sports shop which has been serving the people of Cardiff for 50 years has closed its doors for the final time. Cardiff Sportsgear, in Whitchurch Road, marked their 50th year in business this month after the shop was originally opened in ...

Cardiff City's losing habit is a real concern as they relinquish control of another game that initially offered promise

Cardiff are being cut adrift, and the worry yet again is not necessarily the performance but that this losing habit seems increasingly to be turning into a rot. Here, they looked bereft of confidence in the dying embers of another desperately ...

A Cardiff teenager is about to study medicine at the same hospital that saved her life

A teenager is about to start her medical degree at the same hospital that removed her eye in a life-saving operation 17 years ago. When Angharad Price, 18, was photographed in the bath by her mum at just nine months old her right eye turned white ...

Huge homecoming party for Wales' Olympic and Paralympic heroes ...

Wales' Olympic and Paralympic stars will get a heroes' welcome at a huge homecoming in Cardiff. Members of the public will be able to celebrate the successes ...and more »

Grants for disadvantaged schoolchildren in Wales to be doubled

Plans to double investment to help young disadvantaged pupils have been announced by Wales' Cabinet Secretary for Education. Liberal Democrat AM Kirsty Williams announced her intention to increase investment for the early years pupil deprivation grant ...and more »

29 outstanding pictures from Cardiff's epic City of the Unexpected day

Giant peaches, tightrope-walking foxes, and a wedding between a fireman and a ladybird – it could have been a plot from one of Roald Dahl's bestselling novels. Instead it was the remarkable City of the Unexpected which took over Cardiff on Saturday and ...and more »

Wales prop Tomas Francis sent off for Exeter against Harlequins

Francis was sent off for illegal use of the boot with eight minutes remaining after coming on as a replacement. Exeter boss Rob Baxter had no issue with the referee's decision, saying: “I can't deny that we were told before the season started that if ...and more »

Some of the nation's favourite chefs have been showing off their skills at Abergavenny Food Festival

Visitors to Abergavenny Food Festival have been learning plenty of tips from some of the country's top chefs. Award-winning chef and restaurateur, José Pizarro, showed visitors how they could make make his favourite croquettes - and warned them never ...and more »

People are complaining that they are unable to see the City Of The Unexpected action

Thousands of onlookers turned out for the opening day of the Roald Dahl celebration City Of The Unexpected but many complained that they were unable to see any of the action - and some said they felt "unsafe" among the huge crowds. Many of the ...and more »

This artist brings joy to beach

An artist who goes by the name of Din spends up to two and a half hours creating these one-off drawings on beaches across Wales. Din – a nickname he was given because he's noisy – creates the unique pieces, ranging from a space invader to a smiley face ...

Newport Gwent Dragons v Munster LIVE: Updates from the Guinness Pro12 clash at Rodney Parade

Kingsley Jones' men got their first win of the season last week against Zebre, despite being pretty unconvincing in a game that would live long in the memory. But this is a new week and a new challenge as the Irish province come to Wales looking to ...and more »

Leeds United boss Garry Monk claims travelling fans 'took control of the stadium' during win over Cardiff City

Garry Monk felt his side only ever looked vulnerable from set-pieces against Cardiff City, and hailed the travelling support who he said 'took over the stadium'. He added, however, that the day was 'never about him' as he returned to a club where he ...and more »

Man discovered dead in Wrexham river

Police officers and firefighters were called to the scene, in the Erddig area, on Saturday morning after the man's body was spotted in the River Clywedog.and more »

Thousands turn out to watch Roald Dahl's City Of The Unexpected come to life

Castle Street was chockablock as people gathered at the end of a procession which had seen a giant peach travelling through the streets of the Welsh capital. The two-day event - a collaboration between National Theatre Wales and the Wales Millennium ...and more »

The owner of Barry Island Pleasure Park plans to open a rollercoaster next summer

It's safe to say that a trip to Barry Island in its heyday wouldn't have been complete without a visit to the iconic main attraction of the log flume and delights of the Pleasure Park. And when the park closed and became a shadow of what it once was ...

Missing pensioner's family informed after man's body found on Porthcawl beach

The family of a missing pensioner have been informed after a man's body was found on the beach at Porthcawl . A South Wales Police spokesman said officers had contacted the family of 74-year-old Eddie Wise after a body was discovered in the Merthyr ...

Hundreds of people have been queuing since 6am to see Shakin ...

Hundreds of people have queued since the early hours of Saturday morning to meet Cardiff -born Shakin' Stevens - including one eight-year-old fan.and more »

Former Bake Off contestant from Cardiff is gutted at plans for the show to leave the BBC

A former Great British Bake Off contestant from Cardiff has described her disappointment at the hit show heading to Channel 4. Beca Lyne-Pirkis said she couldn't quite believe the news when she first saw it on Twitter . Beca, who took part in series ...and more »

Man appears in court charged with murdering woman in Swansea ...

Dean Marcus Jones, 37, has been charged over the death of Alison Farr-Davies.and more »

A special effects company from Cardiff has bagged an Emmy for its work on Sherlock

A special effects company has gone from a small garage in Cardiff to the sunny hills of LA after picking up an Emmy award in the City of Angels. RealSFX won the award for outstanding special visual effects in a supporting role for their physical visual ...

A man has been charged with attempted murder following an ...

Evan Smith was also charged with possession of an offensive weapon.and more »

The number of prescriptions handed out in Wales has increased 40% in 10 years

Eye-watering statistics that show an increase in the number of prescriptions issued in Wales over the last decade have drawn criticism from the Welsh Conservatives. Figures released by the Welsh Government show the number of prescription items handed ...and more »

This is what life is like for refugees coming to Wales

Many of the refugees and asylum seekers who arrive in Wales bring with them few possessions – what they do carry are stories of misery and fear and memories of loss and pain. But most of us never get to hear these harrowing stories. A Cardiff-based ...

Pride Cymru could take up a new home for its 2017 event

Pride Cymru could take up a new home on the City Hall lawn in Cardiff, under plans being discussed with the city council. Coopers Field in Bute Park is expected to be used as a fanzone for the Champions League final, being held in Cardiff in June. It ...

'Goodbye our beautiful princess' Family of young woman killed in Cardiff crash pay tribute at her funeral

A grieving family have told of their heartbreak at the funeral of their “beautiful princess” who died in a car crash. Sophie Taylor, 22, from Cardiff , died in the early hours of August 22 when her car collided with a block of flats in the Adamsdown ...

RCT Cabinet back spend of £1billion on M4 in Newport

RCT's Labour Cabinet last week formally backed the Welsh Government's proposals to spend around £1billion on improvements to the M4 around Newport.

A man has been charged with murder after the death of a 42

A man has been charged with murder after the death of 42-year-old Alison Farr-Davies. South Wales Police have charged Dean Marcus Jones, 37, with the murder of Ms Farr-Davies in Swansea. He will appear at Swansea Magistrates' Court on Saturday, ...and more »

Top jobs in Wales on offer right now with salaries of £60000 and more

Monmouthshire · Neath Port Talbot · Newport · Pembrokeshire · Powys · Rhondda · Pontypridd · Torfaen · Vale of Glamorgan · Wrexham. Trending British & Irish Lions Cardiff City FC Wales Football Team Stuff to do in Wales Crime Swansea City FC · Sport.

Motherwell V Hamilton at Fir Park Stadium : Match Preview

The Aberdare-born player had signed a short-term deal to enable him to play as a trialist before the transfer window closed and Motherwell subsequently brought in another midfielder, Craig Clay. But Lucas was rewarded for his persistence as Motherwell ...and more »

Big names set for Chepstow Racecourse's October Jumps Festival

For many National Hunt racing fans, the two-day October Jumps Festival at Chepstow heralds the start of the season in earnest. The fixture returns next month with a boost to the overall prize money available across the weekend to £300,000. Feature ...

Hundreds turn up to secret event at Welsh quarry known for having claimed up to 25 lives

A disused Welsh quarry - known for having claimed up to 25 lives - was used as an adventure ground when hundreds of people turned up to be thrown into the 100m-deep waters off highlines, rope swings and zorbs. One man was catapulted into the water as ...

This Cardiff house which is frozen in time has some features from your childhood

This house on the market in Cardiff has some of the most iconic designs from the 1960s and 1970s still intact. Would-be buyers can enjoy a stroll down memory lane as they try to recall some of these designs from the past.

Man in a stable condition as 43

A 61-year-old man who was taken to hospital following an incident in Caerphilly on Thursday night is now in a stable condition, police have confirmed. A 43-year-old man from the local area has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and is ...and more »

Street evacuation causes mass disruption in Cardiff city centre

Emergency services evacuated several stores and closed off a large part of Cardiff city centre earlier today. It was originally believed to be because of a gas leak but Wales and West Utilities have now confirmed that the issue is believed to have been ...and more »

England call up Haseeb Hameed and Ben Duckett for Bangladesh trip

Monmouthshire · Neath Port Talbot · Newport · Pembrokeshire · Powys · Rhondda · Pontypridd · Torfaen · Vale of Glamorgan · Wrexham. Trending British & Irish Lions Fantasy Football Francesco Guidolin Wales Rugby Team Swansea City FC Cardiff City.and more »

It's a case of 'use it or lose it' for Flybe's new Cardiff to London City Airport service

Opportunities for new markets can arise from anywhere and can provide the impetus to take ideas forward. So when the decision was made to close the Severn Rail Tunnel for six weeks in order to undertake the vital work needed for the electrification of ...and more »

These are Cardiff's top 10 coffee shops according to TripAdvisor

The Deck in Cardiff Bay is the top rated coffee shop in Cardiff, according to TripAdvisor. The shop, located on Harrowby Street, comes top of the list on the world famous reviews site with an average of five stars across 495 public reviews. This makes ...and more »

Aberdare barber gives homeless people free haircuts

Jamie Richards, 18, was worried about having a negative reaction, but 20 people queued for a trim. Passers-by also donated £30 - which he handed back to his "customers". Mr Richards, from Aberdare, is now planning to collect money at the salon where he ...

The best spots to watch Roald Dahl's City of the Unexpected unfold in Cardiff this weekend

There are just 24 hours to go until Cardiff is transformed into a Roald Dahl -inspired wonderland. New life will be breathed into the Llandaff-born author's tales as the Welsh capital marks the city of his birth with City of the Unexpected. The ...and more »

Where can I see the Harvest Moon in Wales tonight?

Stargazers are in for a treat tonight (September 16), as the skies are forecast to be clear for the last Harvest Moon until 2024. So where are the best places to see it in Wales and when - and what exactly is it?

Football: Trethomas Bluebirds leave it late in cup victory

Trethomas beat Welsh League Division Two side Aberdare Town by a solitary goal in the 2nd qualifying round of the Welsh Cup on Friday, September 9. After three successive defeats, Bluebirds manager Gareth Kedward changed formation and personnel, ...

Queues in Cardiff for the Apple iPhone7 as it goes on sale for the first time

The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus went on sale in Wales, with keen customers queuing in Cardiff for the water-resistant devices. The latest iPhones which were announced last week in San Francisco come in a black and jet black finish for the first time. Around 50 ...

Paraglider airlifted to hospital after crashing on the Brecon Beacons

A paraglider who crashed on the Brecon Beacons was rescued before being taken to hospital with suspected spinal and pelvic injuries. The incident happened on Corn Du near Pen y Fan at around 3.20pm on Thursday. Brecon Mountain Rescue Team were ...and more »

Welsh holidaymakers escape tragedy after missing boat that exploded

Two Wrexham men missed boarding a boat which was caught up in an explosion in Bali by 20 minutes - which they claim was thanks to a speeding taxi driver who was determined they make their ferry crossing. Friends Andy Gilpin, 37, and Mark Evans, 38, ...and more »

Motorcyclist and pedestrian taken to hospital with serious injuries in Newport

A motorcyclist and pedestrian were taken to hospital with 'serious injuries' following a crash in Newport on Sunday. Gwent Police are appealing for information about the incident, which involved a Honda motorcycle and a BMW car. The road traffic ...

Western Mail letters: Thursday, September 15, 2016

Are Labour's supporters in the Cynon Valley likely to just roll over and have Smith imposed on them? My first newspaper, as a trainee journalist, was the Aberdare Leader. Unless the people of the Cynon Valley have changed, I know what their answer will be.

Morning news headlines: Torrential rain ends the heatwave bringing flood warnings and disrupting travel; Heathrow ...

Flash flooding has hit parts of the South East as thunderstorms washed away the recent heatwave, dumping almost half a month's rain in a few hours. There were reports of roads and properties being inundated across Surrey, Hampshire, Hertfordshire and ...and more »

Motorcyclist seriously injured following collision

The incident happened at at around 6pm on Thursday on the A4063 Picton Street in Nantyffyllon near Maesteg , at the junction with Nantyffyllon Terrace. A spokesman for South Wales Police confirmed the driver of the black Huoniao motorcycle has suffered ...and more »


A programme to help people recovering from substance misuse and mental health conditions back into employment is being launched by the Welsh Government. The EU-backed initiative, called the Out of Work Service will aim to help get 6,000 people back ...and more »

Teacher accused of rape denies 'creeping' into woman's bedroom in the middle of the night

A teacher accused of raping a woman after a night out in Cardiff has denied “creeping” into her bedroom in the middle of the night. Neilson Smith, a PE teacher at Willows High School in Tremorfa, has pleaded not guilty to rape and is on trial at ...

Man arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after incident closes part of Caerphilly town centre

Gwent Police cordoned off a section of Caerphilly town centre after an incident on Cardiff Road. They have since confirmed a man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder, while another was taken to the University Hospital of Wales for treatment.and more »

Cardiff edge past Bridgend in Principality Premiership clash

Cardiff held off a late rally to chalk up their second Principality Premiership victory by edging past a spirited Bridgend at the BT Sport Arms Park, writes Tom Coleman. A frantic opening 10 minutes saw Gareth Thompson give the hosts a three-point lead ...

Helen Ward double sets up Welsh win over Israel

Helen Ward scored twice as Wales Women recorded a 3-0 win against Israel in their penultimate Euro 2017 qualifier. Wales, who cannot catch top two Norway and Austria in Group 8, eased to victory at Rodney Parade against their winless opponents.and more »

This young barber is cutting homeless people's hair for free on the streets of Cardiff

A selfless young barber is using his spare time to cut the hair of the homeless on the streets of Cardiff. Jamie Richards, 18, from Aberdare , has been using his hairdressing skills to help those who can't afford regular haircuts. For the last eight ...

Car crashes into popular Cardiff Bay restaurant

The Welsh Ambulance Service received a call regarding a road traffic accident by Subway at Mermaid Quay. A spokesman said they attended at 7.03pm. There are at least two people injured and the ambulance service patients were still at the scene at ...and more »

Why the Southampton game could be the perfect chance for Swansea to kick

Swansea City could be given the perfect chance to kick-start their season against Southampton this season ahead of a tough run of fixtures - thanks to the Europa League. The Saints are in action against Sparta Prague on Thursday night before welcoming ...and more »

Live updates as Caerphilly town centre closed off as police investigate alleged stabbing

Gwent Police have cordoned off a section of Caerphilly town centre after an incident on Cardiff Road. Eye-witnesses are reporting a pensioner was stabbed. Follow live updates below: Key Events So Far. 43 mins ago Police statement. 21:10 key event ...and more »

BBC Wales will have to save £9m a year by 2022

BBC Wales is braced for belt-tightening with the broadcaster facing the challenge of delivering savings of £9m a year by 2022. Six senior roles are to go – although three will be created – as part of a major shake-up with commissioning for television ...and more »

This is why pension protesters carrying begging bowls will march on the Senedd

And, after paying National Insurance contributions for all that time, she expected her retirement to be a comfortable one. But that changed when she was forced to retire early due to ill health and her husband died. Her financial and emotional misery ...and more »

Figures for newly built houses hit 25% slump

The number of new houses being built in Wales has hit a 25% slump, according to figures published by the Welsh

New reports reveal the human cost of a social care system struggling to cope.

The Richmond Group of Charities has today (Thursday 15 September) released Real Lives, which describes real life experi

Items that were stolen from an unoccupied house in Mountain Ash

South Wales Police are appealing for any information that can assist us in finding the following items that were stolen from

Free car parking across RCT

RCT Council Cabinet have graciously decided to make 

House prices in Wales INCREASED the month after Brexit despite property market fears

Despite concern about what the UK vote to leave the European Union would mean, Brexit appears to have had little impact on house prices in Wales, based on the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics. Wales saw house prices increase by 4% ...

Elderly bearing the brunt of care cutbacks

Older people are paying the price for six years of local authority budget cuts,

LGO raps council over failure to implement recommendations in planning case

The Local Government Ombudsman, Dr Jane Martin, has strongly criticised a city council for failing to comply with her recommendations in a planning case, and issued a reminder to local authorities that she has the same powers

A play will tell the real life stories of bereaved mums after the Aberfan disaster

A play drawing on the real life stories of bereaved Aberfan mothers who pulled together to find the strength to carry on is being staged in Wales. The Revlon Girl is based on the actual events from the 1966 disaster, and focuses on a group of mums who ...

Why Wales are now poised to play competitive friendlies against the best teams in Europe

Wales' incredible rise to the top of the world football order has put them on course for another crack at European glory – and guaranteed glamour games against the likes of Germany, Italy and Spain. And, having caught the continent's imagination by ...and more »

Welsh Women's Aid 'delighted' refuges are exempt from housing benefit cap

Welsh Women's Aid has welcomed a decision to exempt refuges from plans to cap housing benefit, warning that services could have been “devastated”. It claims that 46% of Welsh refuge services have suffered funding cuts. Last year 388 people were not ...and more »

Why it's too soon to know what impact Hinkley Point will have on Welsh jobs and the economy

As the first new nuclear power station to be built in the UK for 20 years Hinkley Point C holds the promise of bringing thousands of jobs and millions of pounds in benefits to the local economy. And if other new plants are approved it could be the ...

Medal haul for Hereford's Combat Academy

The club only fielded a small team of five competitors at the Aberdare event and were one of only three English clubs that took part. However this did not deter them in their quest against a huge Welsh contingent, earning three gold, five silver and ...

Thousands of small firms in Wales saying goodbye to paying any business rates, but FSB Wales describe it as spin

A scheme that removes or significantly reduces business rates for thousands of small firms in Wales is to be made permanent. Local Government Secretary Mark Drakeford has confirmed that the £98m Small Business Rates Relief scheme will be extended for ...and more »

Wales to get guaranteed representation on the new BBC board

Wales will have guaranteed representation on the new BBC board, the UK Government's Culture Secretary has revealed as she published a draft charter for the broadcaster. For the first time the appointment will be agreed with the Welsh Government.and more »

Wales fans have been officially recognised for their 'outstanding contribution' to Euro 2016

Wales' army of fans in France have been honoured by European football chiefs after the 'Red Wall' was hailed as making an outstanding contribution to Euro 2016. The official review of the summer tournament has seen Uefa top brass opt to commend Wales' ...and more »

The moment these fantastic foxes stunned onlookers with acrobatic skills above Cardiff Castle

It's not a sight you see every evening while walking past Cardiff Castle , but at around 8pm last night onlookers were shocked and surprised to see two rather talented foxes showing off their acrobatic skills above the ramparts of the castle. Francis ...

Primary Schools soak up the excitement as Tour of Britain comes to Bath

The stage began in Aberdare at 11 a.m. and finished in Bath in the afternoon having crossed South Wales and Gloucestershire. The cyclists raced on the A431 through Kelston, onto Newbridge Hill, across the top of Chelsea Road, onto Upper Bristol Road, ...

Average bonus for UK employees was around £1600

More than £44 billion was paid out in bonuses in the last financial year - the highest figure on record. While the average bonus for UK employees was around £1,600, workers in the financial and insurance industry were awarded sums averaging £13,400.and more »

This tiny former ladies toilet could be turned into a shop in a Rhondda village

This tiny former public toilet in the centre of a Rhondda village could be transformed into a shop. Rhondda Cynon Taf council 's planners will decide on the application on Thursday about the site in Penygraig, which is attached to hairdresser Guys and ...

Young people from Rhondda Cynon Taf will transform their 'holiday home' into an eco

Disadvantaged young people from Rhondda Cynon Taf are taking part in a charity project to transform a run-down cottage on Gower into a £500,000 residential eco-centre. For more than a decade Little Bryn Gwyn, which is owned and run by Valleys Kids, ...and more »

Two sisters live at the same Cardiff address

Kim Ford pictured with her daughter Annie,11. Her sister Shayla , 14 , gets a free school bus to Llanishen High but the council says Annie lives to near although they live at same address. Two sisters who go to the same school and live in the same ...

Dogs could soon be banned from more than 100 Blaenau Gwent parks and open spaces

Dog walkers could soon be fined £100 for taking their pets to over 100 places in Blaenau Gwent if plans are pushed through. The measures, which are recommended to be approved by councillors on September 21, would mean dog walkers are subject to ...and more »

Korn and Limp Bizkit join forces to rock Cardiff this December

"This tour is gonna be sick!" says Korn who will join fellow nu-metallers Limp Bizkit at the Motorpoint. Shares; Comments. Get What's On news by email. Korn - Rotting in Vain Video loading. The video will start in 8s Cancel. Click to play Tap to play ...and more »

FIFA world rankings see Wales move into the top 10 above Italy and Spain

Wales are back among the big guns of world football after being named in the top ten of the latest Fifa rankings – ousting global giants Italy and Spain along the way. Chris Coleman's side were tipped to re-join the top ten in the aftermath of their ...and more »

Which UK cities are the best for mobile signal?

Cardiff is one of the worst cities in the UK when it comes to reliable mobile phone performance. A study by RootMetrics, a mobile phone network company, looked at the best and worst places for things like call reliability, signal strength and download ...and more »

No trains between Cardiff and Newport this weekend as rail line closes

There will be no trains between Newport and Cardiff this weekend as the rail line closes. This is due to Network Rail's electrification work as part of their railway upgrade plan. Passengers are being urged to plan ahead and a bus replacement service ...and more »

Morning news headlines: Rationing already widespread in the NHS for a variety of treatments; BBC stars earning more ...

Rationing is rife across the NHS, with patients suffering cutbacks to treatment and expensive drugs, a major survey of doctors has found. The research, for the Press Association and ITV, found cuts to cancer treatments, costly medicines, mental health ...and more »

Hinkley Point gets go

The Government confirmed this morning that the Hinkley C nuclear power station will go ahead following a "new agreement" with EDF. It had been rumoured that Theresa May would give the go ahead with new conditions attached. Ministers said they had ...

This is why you will see armed police officers in Aberystwyth today ...

But there is no need to panic if you see armed police officers on the streets of the town as it is all part of a police training exercise. Uniformed and armed officers ...and more »

The South Wales Valleys might have a bad reputation but they're top ...

The South Wales Valleys often gets a bad reputation for being one of the worst places to live in the country. As much as I disagree with the figures, the “central ...and more »


The medals continued to pour in for ParalympicsGB in the pool as Swansea-based Aaron Moores and Scott Quin completed the second 1-2 of the night shortly after Susie Rodgers took freestyle bronze. In a tight 100m breaststroke SB14 final, Moores got the ...and more »

Here's what people think about plans to rename Cardiff Airport after Princess Diana

Assembly members were considering the name change on Tuesday after the petition gained 16 signatures and was put to the petition committee. Former councillor, Mohammed Sarul Islam, set up the petition with the aim of the proposed name attracting more ...

PE teacher Neilson Smith claims woman 'came on to him'

A PE teacher accused of raping a woman claimed she "came on to him" after taking her home from a Cardiff nightclub last December. Neilson Smith, 41, gave his version of the sexual encounter at Cardiff Crown Court on Wednesday. He said she touched him ...

School week changes in Wales could save money, report says

Cerian Rolls, a mother-of-three and a part-time teacher from Aberdare, Rhondda Cynon Taff, told BBC Radio Wales she was not convinced as a working parent by the arguments for longer school days. "To make the day potentially longer at both ends could ...

School week changes in Wales could save money, report says

Cerian Rolls, a mother-of-three and a part-time teacher from Aberdare, Rhondda Cynon Taff, told BBC Radio Wales she was not convinced as a working parent by the arguments for longer school days. "To make the day potentially longer at both ends could ...and more »

England and Wales county cricket set for T20 reform

A new city-based Twenty20 tournament appears set to be introduced to the English and Welsh domestic calendar as soon as 2018 after counties reached agreement in a meeting at Lord's. The lure of a tournament in the style of Australia's Big Bash ...and more »

NHS Wales prescriptions see 39% 10-year rise

The number of prescriptions issued by NHS Wales continues to soar as newly published Welsh Government statisti

Welsh NHS staffing crisis goes under the microscope in Assembly debate

The Welsh Conservatives will hold an Assembly debate today, calling on the Welsh Government to address the sta

Everything you need to know about the Abergavenny Food Festival 2016

The biggest food festival in Wales is returning to Monmouthshire for a weekend full of great food and drink in a bustling atmosphere. Abergavenny Food Festival is now one of the highlights of the Welsh foodie calendar and has grown into a must-do ...and more »

Council defeats High Court challenge to establishment of community libraries

A Welsh council has successfully defended a High Court challenge to its decision to establish five community libraries.

Former Cardiff Sunday School has been transformed into four luxury flats to rent

The old Sunday School on a quiet residential street in Cardiff is a big surprise. And while this building in the Canton suburb of the capital was used as a Sunday School by the Clive Road Methodist Chapel, it was also probably a chapel in its own right.

Woman in court charged with arson and murder of her father after ...

Emma Saddler appeared at Cardiff Crown Court charged with murdering father Robert Saddler.and more »

Thunderstorms forecast for Wales as Met Office issues severe weather warning

The Met Office yellow warning says that slow-moving thundery showers may lead to locally torrential downpours, with the risk of frequent lightning. The chief forecaster warned: "Please be aware that whilst many places will miss them, there is a risk of ...and more »

The Greggs capital of Wales has been revealed

An analysis of the locations of the bakery chain's stores shows the places where you're most likely to come across a Greggs, and where has the most stores per head. Probably obviously, Cardiff has the most stores, with a whopping 26 in the city ...and more »

These ambitious plans could transform Carmarthen's old town

Ambitious plans to transform Carmarthen's “old town” into a thriving public space have been unveiled. The proposals to overhaul Jackson's Lane and King Street, complete with artist impressions, were unveiled by Carmarthenshire Council . If realised ...and more »

Amazon Echo speaker launches in the UK

Gadget addicts prepare to be overjoyed as the Amazon Echo speaker launches in the UK today - two years after its US release date. The voice activated gadget can play music, read emails and even order an Uber. It will cost £149.99 and is available to ...and more »

Man arrested on suspicion of murder after officers find woman dead in house

A 37-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after a woman was found dead at a house in Swansea . South Wales Police are investigating the death of 42-year-old Alison Jane Farr-Davies - who was due to celebrate her 43rd birthday this ...and more »

This man took his drum kit to the beach so he wouldn't disturb his neighbours

Cliff who lives in Grangetown, Cardiff , left his job last year to become a full time musician with his band Pilgrim with friends he made while living in Aberdare. He also busks in the city to earn extra cash. “It is a fickle mistress getting noticed ...

Unemployment rate gap widens between Wales and UK

Unemployment in Wales has fallen again and the gap between rates in Wales and the UK continues to widen. The unemployment rate in Wales between May and July has fallen to 4.1% while for the UK as a whole it remains at 4.9% for a third month.

Homes roped off and forensic tents set up as as police investigate sudden city death

Police were called to Neath Road in Swansea at around 1.35pm on Tuesday and a white forensic tent was placed outside a property. Neath Road resident Luigi Richards, told the Swansea Evening Post : "I was told that someone came running into the street ...and more »

Jobless rate falls to record low as number in work in Wales rises to all

The jobless rate in Wales has fallen to a record low according to official figures released today. Some 18,000 people found jobs over the last three months bringing the number in work to 1.457 million, an all-time high. It means the employment rate ...and more »

Touring through Wye and Forest

The stage started in Aberdare and ended in Bath with the riders taking in parts of Monmouth and the Wye Valley before crossing Bigsweir Bridge for the first 'King of the Mountain' challenge on the road up to Clearwell. From Clearwell they headed ...

Newport Gwent Dragons star hits out at his own 'sapping' Rodney Parade supporters

Boos rang around Rodney Parade at the final whistle following a pointless second-half in the Guinness Pro12 contest. Now South African-born three-quarter Howard, who scored the game's only try, has called on Dragons fans to give their support rather ...and more »

John Lewis To Deliver 500 New Jobs In Milton Keynes

The new facilities will be an expansion of their existing Magna Park operation in Milton Keynes, and, once complete, will see the location become one of the largest distribution centres in Europe. The move comes as John Lewis is riding high with online ...

Man killed after being hit by freight train in Carmarthenshire

A 27-year-old man was killed after being hit by a train in a small Carmarthenshire town on Sunday night. The man, who has not yet been named, was pronounced dead at the scene having been struck at around 8pm in Whitland. Town councillor Jane ...

Morning news headlines: MPs maul 'opportunist' Cameron over Libya bombing campaign; Chairman of BBC Trust ...

Britain's military intervention in Libya was based on "erroneous assumptions" and an "incomplete understanding" of the rebellion against former dictator Col Muammar Gaddafi, a parliamentary inquiry has found. In a scathing report, the Commons Foreign ...and more »

Council tax rises, deeper spending cuts and Wales worse off by £500m A YEAR

Wales could lose £500m a year after Brexit – and ministers will face even tougher choices about what to spend their dwindling budget on, a new report has warned. Research by The Institute for Fiscal Studies said the Welsh Government's pot could be cut ...and more »

This Cardiff train station is one of Britain's most endangered historic buildings

A 19th century Welsh railway station thought to be designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel has been named one of the most endangered historic buildings in Wales and England. The Grade II-listed Old Bute Road Railway Station in Cardiff Bay was home to ...

The stark figures showing just how much the Welsh economy lags behind the rest of the UK

Wales remains firmly rooted to the bottom of an influential index assessing the economic competitiveness of the UK with five of its local authorities in the bottom 10, according to new research. First launched in 2001 by Professor Robert Huggins of ...

Woman who accused teacher of rape 'was paralysed with fear'

A woman who was allegedly raped by a high school teacher has told a court she did not agree to sex – and said: “I was paralysed with fear”. Neilson Smith, a teacher at Willows High School in Tremorfa , Cardiff , claimed the woman wanted sex after he ...

Britain bakes on hottest September day since 1911

It is the hottest day of the year so far with a scorching temperature of above 34C - the most sizzling September day in more than 100 years. The heatwave brought a blistering high of 34.4C in Gravesend in Kent recorded on Tuesday afternoon, the Met ...and more »

Radical plans revealed to reduce the school week in Wales to four

The Welsh Government is considering the benefits of reducing the school week in Wales to four-and-a-half days. It follows the publication of a report, commissioned by former Education Minister Huw Lewis , looking at the introduction of 'asymmetric ...

When is the Champions League final in Cardiff? Can I get tickets? Who is likely to be playing?

Monmouthshire · Neath Port Talbot · Newport · Pembrokeshire · Powys · Rhondda · Pontypridd · Torfaen · Vale of Glamorgan · Wrexham. Trending British & Irish Lions Fantasy Football Francesco Guidolin Wales Rugby Team Swansea City FC Cardiff City.and more »

Campaign launched to rename Cardiff Airport after Princess Diana ...

A petition for the name change is being considered by the Welsh Government.and more »

Boundary proposals cut Pontypridd constituency in half.

The Boundary Commission have today published their proposals for a reduction in the overall number of MPs. 

FREE Parking in Council car parks next week and its not Christmas

There will be FREE parking at all Council car parks next week to promote and showcase Rhondda Cynon Taf’s diverse town centres. 

Archives business creates 18 new jobs with major expansion on ...

One of Clearadatas existing archive and scanning facilities. The document management company is investing in a new facility at Hawarden Business Park, ...and more »

The best and worst places to be a girl in Wales

A new study claims to have revealed the best and worst places to be a girl in Wales. The report, published by global children's charity Plan International UK, used five indicators to come up with the rankings. They are: Child poverty; Female life ...

Cardiff's music venue Tramshed has been officially opened and this is what it looks like

These pictures show some of the brilliant facilities on offer at a music venue near Cardiff city centre. Cardiff's Tramshed venue has been officially opened by the First Minister Carwyn Jones – almost a year after it hosted its first gig. The ...

Wonka's golden ticket pays visit to Cardiff school

It was used to gain entry into Willy Wonka's chocolate factory in the hit 1971 film starring the late Gene Wilder. But pupils at the Cathedral School in Llandaff, Cardiff , were today's lucky ones as Charlie Bucket's golden ticket paid an unexpected visit.

Penarth RFC get knocked

Don't be the last to know! Get the latest local news straight to your inbox. Sign up. Llanishen 27 v Penarth 7. THIS was Penarth's first visit to Usk Road for several ...and more »

What you need to know about plans to cut the number of Welsh MPs ...

The plans to redraw the political map of Wales have already ignited fierce controversy and will transform the way you are represented at Westminster.

Willy Wonka to get special cinema screening at Nantgarw this weekend

Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory is to get a special cinema screening at Showcase Cardiff Nantgarw in honour of Roald Dahl's 100 birthday . The showing on Saturday (September 17) coincides with a massive celebration of the renowned Llandaff-born ...

Cardiff teacher 'took advantage' of drunk woman

"She was in no condition to consent to any sexual activity." The woman told the court: "I was paralysed with fear, I thought he was old enough to be my father and tried to push him off." Mr Smith, from Pontypridd, Rhondda Cynon Taff, has claimed the ...

Why the Conservatives will lose out most from changes to Welsh constituencies

This was always a tough task and under the circumstances I think they've done about as good a job as possible. I have mixed feelings about Arfon and Anglesey and Ceredigion. Cutting Caernarfon's surrounding villages out of the former, and including ...

Deliberate grass fire rates have almost halved in the past year

The number of deliberate grass fires started in South Wales during the spring and summer has almost halved over the past year. South Wales Fire and Rescue Service (SWFRS) has announced a drop of 45% in such grass fires between February and August ...

Toddler dies after police called to 'medical emergency' at house

A toddler has died in hospital after police were called to a 'medical emergency' at a house. The child, who is reported to be a two-year-old boy, died following the incident. It happened on Monday morning at around 8.30am. Police officers, paramedics ...and more »

Temperatures in Wales set to hit 26°C on Wednesday as unseasonably hot weather hits

It's going to be very hot in Wales on Wednesday - but that's after all of Tuesday's heavy rain and even thunder storms. There's heavy rain forecast across most parts of Wales on Tuesday afternoon. FORECAST: Unseasonably hot national weather forecast ...

No more excuses... It's time for the public to come out and back the Cardiff Blues

“The team are doing what the supporters wanted - now let's hope the supporters do what the team wants, and all turn out on Friday at BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park.” Holland took to social media to deliver that rallying call ahead of what - in more ways ...

Five things you need to know about the new £5 note in circulation from today

A new plastic £5 note that features Sir Winston Churchill and can survive a spin in the washing machine has started to enter circulation. The polymer fiver is said by the Bank of England to be cleaner, safer and stronger than paper notes, lasting ...and more »

Roald Dahl's wonderful Wales: how growing up Welsh moulded the Anglo

... an autobiographical piece published towards the end of his life, the Dahls' gardener at Cumberland Lodge, Llandaff – a man he called Joss Spivvis – used to regale him with an account of his first descent, at a tender age, down the shaft of a ...

The new plastic £5 is in circulation today

Featuring Sir Winston Churchill it can survive a spin in the washing machine and is described as being cleaner, safer and stronger than paper notes, lasting around five years longer. Will I get to see the new notes straightaway? The first print-run of ...and more »

Roald Dahl City of the Unexpected: Everything we know about the celebrations in Cardiff

Cardiff will be transformed into the wild, wacky and wonderful world of Roald Dahl this weekend (September 17 and 18) as the city of the legendary writer's birth celebrates his centenary. The epic City Of The Unexpected event will involve a cast of ...and more »

Western Mail letters: Tuesday, September 13, 2016

David Hughes ('Welsh speaking judges needed, says barrister', September 9) is right to say that Wales needs judges that speak Welsh when needed. I couldn't agree more, and I'm pleased to be able to say we have them - more than 50 of us are bilingual.and more »

Woman dies in fire after emergency services called to house

Emergency services were called to The Mead in Dunvant, Swansea , at around 6pm on Monday. A South Wales Police spokesman told the Evening Post: "We were called by the fire service at 6.08pm that they were at The Mead in Dunvant in Swansea.and more »

Boundary Commission map cuts Welsh MPs by a quarter

Rhondda and Llantrisant. Cardiff West. Cardiff North. Cardiff South and East. Vale of Glamorgan East. Bridgend and Vale of Glamorgan West. Ogmore and Port Talbot. Neath and Aberavon. Swansea East. Gower and Swansea West. Llanelli and Lliw.

Biggest cull of Welsh MPs since 1832 in controversial plans which will reduce the number from 40 to 29

Plans to cut the cohort of Welsh MPs to the smallest number since 1832 have been published today by the independent Boundary Commission for Wales. Under the proposals – which now go out for a 12-week public consultation – the electoral map of Wales ...

Boundary reform: How is your area affected?

Detailed proposals for massive changes to parliamentary constituencies have been announced, with seats currently held by Labour most affected. The plans are part of reforms which would see the House of Commons reduce from 650 MPs to 600, but final ...

Soaring inequality in UK 'contributed to Brexit', Oxfam says

merthyr.jpg A man walks past a Porsche in Aberdare, 2016. West Wales and the Valleys has been identified as the poorest region in the whole of north Western Europe Getty. The richest one per cent of the UK population now owns more than 20 times the ...

Air passenger tax should be devolved to Wales so Cardiff Airport can get 'special treatment'

Responsibility for taxing air passengers should be devolved to Wales so that Cardiff Airport can get the “special treatment” it deserves, a Labour frontbencher has claimed. A Plaid Cymru amendment to the Wales Bill calls for the setting of the air ...

UK Government declines to give Assembly new betting powers ...

The UK Government has declined to give the National Assembly new powers to regulate betting machines. Labour hoped to amend the Wales Bill as it entered ...and more »

Teacher accused of raping woman who was in a 'hopelessly drunk ...

Neilson Smith, 41, a teacher at Willows High School, has denied the allegation.and more »

Watchdog investigates South Wales Police following Cardiff woman's crash death

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) has launched an investigation into South Wales Police following the death of a 22-year-old woman. The watchdog will look into the force's contact with Sophie Taylor prior to her death in a car crash.

Roald Dahl's widow Liccy says the writer would have been 'amazed' to see his legacy living on in Cardiff

As Cardiff gets set to celebrate the centenary of Roald Dahl 's birth with a major two-day festival, his widow has revealed how 'amazed' he would have been by the event. While Dahl and Felicity, known as Liccy, lived in Buckinghamshire, the writer was ...and more »

Verdict on the inaugural Flybe Cardiff Airport to London City Airport flight

With the temporary closure of the Severn Tunnel for required electrification work adding at least 30 minutes to train journey times from South Wales to Paddington, Flybe have seized the opportunity to introduce a route between the two capital cities.and more »

Just a word about devolution Owen

The question has to be asked, is Owen Smith really that stupid or does he just hope enough people don't understand the system and so he can keep on getting away with spouting nonsense that ignores the fact we have a devolved government in Wales?

Dahlightful Stories Competition

What adventures did you get up to over the summer this year?

How not to sell Wales to the world…

First Minister, Carwyn Jones, has been criticised by Welsh Conservatives for an “unforgivable betrayal” of the

Plaid Cymru’s ‘Programme for Collusion’

“Leanne Wood’s announcement of a ‘Programme for Opposition’ is richly steeped in irony.

Labour party future uncertain says Smith – but should we care?

Pontypridd MP Owen Smith is currently still on his travels around Britain in his quest to become leader of the Labour party but the residents he supposedly represents can still keep in touch with his thoughts via the media.

Mystery of message in a bottle found in Norway with a Cardiff address close to being solved

The mystery of a Cardiff message in a bottle found in a Danish fjord could be a step closer towards being solved – and it may have travelled 8,000 miles further than first thought. Danish fisherman Niels Gade, 71, found the bottle four years ago with a ...and more »

Mystery of message in a bottle with a Cardiff address found in Denmark close to being solved

The mystery of a Cardiff message in a bottle found in a Danish fjord could be a step closer towards being solved – and it may have travelled 8,000 miles further than first thought. Danish fisherman Niels Gade, 71, found the bottle four years ago with a ...and more »

Education secretary warned of the dangers of “exaggerating division”

Responding to the Education Secretary’s speech at Cardiff University today, Shadow Education Secretary, Darren

New night bus service to be launched for revellers in Cardiff

A new night bus service is to be launched in Cardiff offering an alternative transport option for people enjoying the city's nightlife. Cardiff Bus has announced it will be running the night time service on two routes from Sunday, September 18. Route ...

Wales' Six Nations 2017 tickets have gone on sale today and here's how you can get your hands on them

Tickets for Wales' home matches in next year's RBS Six Nations are being released today. Rob Howley takes the Wales reins from Warren Gatland for the competition this time around and the WRU have told fans where they can snap up the ever-popular ...and more »

Historic home with links to Tintern Abbey's monks to go under the hammer for £650000

Great Hardwick is a historic home near Abergavenny that has an intriguing past - and you could own it. It is believed to have been used as a 'short-cut' by monks across the River Usk between Tintern Abbey and Abergavenny Priory when the church owned ...

School forced to clarify position after concerns pupils prevented from celebrating Eid

A multi-cultural school in Cardiff has been forced to clarify its position after claims Muslim pupils would not be allowed to celebrate the holy day of Eid. Parents at Fitzalan High School, in Leckwith , reacted angrily to suggestions pupils would be ...and more »

Flybe's new Cardiff to London service gets off to a flying start

Flybe has launched its new service Cardiff and London City airport and some business people want it to become permanent. The regular flights are intended to run while the Severn Tunnel is closed during repair work. And the first day's service was so ...and more »

Tata still exploring sell off options for Port Talbot steelworks

Tata Steel has reported a net loss of $475m for the first quarter - fuelled by a discontinuing of operations including businesses in the UK - of its current financial year as it continues to explore merger options for its European business. The Indian ...and more »

£1.5m plan to prevent landslips on Maerdy mountain road

A mountain road in Rhondda Cynon Taf will be shut in order for £1.5m of repairs to take place following two landslides. Maerdy mountain road will be resurfaced, a new drainage system will be created and stone walls repaired. The landslides followed ...

Former Cardiff nightclub owner to star in American crime drama

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Shamed police secretary forged estranged husband's signature in a £120000 fraud over 'dream' country cottage

A shamed police force secretary is facing the sack for forging her estranged husband's signature in a £120,000 fraud over their dream country cottage. Anna Colcombe faked the signature of husband Geoffrey Jones to get a mortgage pay-out after their ...and more »

The Welsh rugby winners and losers this weekend as Leigh Halfpenny shows courage and Merthyr have a party

Welsh rugby will see more smiling faces heading to work on Monday morning than glum expressions after three wins in the Guinness Pro12 on the weekend. But it wasn't all beer and skittles on the oval ball front as we give you five winners and five ...

Plaid Cymru calls for regional development agencies

"In places like the Rhondda, almost 9% of people are unemployed and more than a quarter of people are economically inactive. "That's why we need specific targeted and focused measures if we are to improve prosperity levels." A publicly-owned national ...

'Brilliant' young artist found dead at home just weeks after graduating and landing the job of her dreams

A "brilliant" young artist was found dead at her West Wales home just weeks after graduating and landing the job of her dreams. Police are investigating but Jess Knowles, 26, is believed to have died from a mystery seizure in her flat. Tributes flooded ...and more »

Temperatures are set to reach as high as 25°C this week

Just when you thought autumn might be kicking in, the sun is on its way back - and temperatures could hit a mid-summer 25°C this week. On Tuesday and Wednesday parts of Wales will see temperatures reach as high as 25°C. But make the most of it ...

Flybe flights from Cardiff Airport to London City launched as major rail works begins

A new flight service between Cardiff and London has been launched today to coincide with major rail engineering works on the Severn Tunnel. The Flybe flights to London City airport will take 1hr 15mins and will run three times a day until October 21.and more »

Britons may need visas to travel to Europe after Brexit, says Home Secretary

The price of post-Brexit border control could be Britons having to apply for visas to travel to continental Europe, the Home Secretary has suggested. Amber Rudd said reports the European Commission is considering plans for a visa programme to operate ...and more »

Call to guarantee Welsh representation on the Supreme Court

Welsh representation on the UK Supreme Court should be guaranteed, a major report will state today amid concerns about the state of justice system. Cardiff University's Huw Tomos Pritchard warns there is a “democratic deficit regarding the oversight of ...

Car overturns and leaves motorway leaving one person seriously ...

One person is in a serious condition in hospital after the BMW left the motorway.and more »

Wales' leading university ponders new EU campus in response to Brexit

Wales' leading university is weighing up the possibility of opening a new EU campus in response to the UK's vote for Brexit, its vice-chancellor has revealed. Professor Colin Riordan said Cardiff University leaders would scope out the potential for a ...and more »

Cardiff City will struggle to play the 'Wales way' but Paul Trollope has every right to believe in his philosophy

For the first time this season, the frustration was visible in the Cardiff City camp. Emotions boiled over in a frantic final ten minutes at Carrow Road as Anthony Pilkington, Aron Gunnarsson and even Peter Whittingham, normally the most phlegmatic of ...and more »

Thousands of people take part in Memory Walk in Cardiff and raise nearly £240000 for Alzheimer's research

Organisers said the number of participants at the Alzheimer's Society Cardiff Memory Walk far exceeded the 3,000 they expected. Walkers are expected to have raised about £240,000 for the cause. Linda Smith cut the ribbon to start the walk at Roald Dahl ...and more »

The Barry Eye is now open to the public and the views from the top are 'breathtaking'

The long-awaited Barry Eye is finally up and running and its owner says visitors can now enjoy “breathtaking views” which will last a lifetime. The big wheel, which resembles the London Eye, has been standing tall on Barry Island Pleasure Park for some ...

KTS Owens Thomas appoints associate directors

Accountants and business advisers KTS Owens Thomas has appointed two new associate directors to support its growth in the market. Richard Goddard gained his experience working for Big Four accounting firm Deloitte. As an associate director he will lead ...

More than 6000 runners turn out for the Cardiff 10K

More than 6,000 professional athletes, runners and fundraisers took to the streets of Cardiff city centre today to take on this year's Cardiff 10K and 2K, in a celebration of fun, fitness and fundraising. Organised by leading Welsh charity, Kidney ...and more »

Two hundred people gather to protest against plans to reopen Cardiff quarry

More than 200 people joined together on Sunday to protest against plans to reopen a quarry. Campaigners formed a giant human “NO”, which was captured by drone footage, in protest against building materials company Tarmac's plans to reopen and ...and more »

Deadline passes for the return of Welsh woman who claims her father imprisoned her in Saudi Arabia

The deadline for a Saudi man to allow his 21-year-old daughter to return to the UK after being accused of imprisoning her at his home in Jeddah, has ended. Mohammed Al-Jeffery was ordered by British judge Mr Justice Holman to return his daughter Amina ...and more »

How a little white lie turned a £4.40 train fare into a £600 fine

A man who tried to dodge a £4.40 rail fare ended up with a £600 fine from the train company. Kieron Stokes, 27, hopped on a busy train without a ticket on his way to see favourite band the Stereophonics. He should have paid £4.40 for the single ticket ...and more »

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Carmarthen Quins made it two wins from two in the Principality Premiership after cruising to victory over West Wales rivals Llanelli at Carmarthen Park. What had been billed as an intriguing derby match ended up as completely one-sided affair with ...and more »

Llandovery 48

Llandovery swept aside the challenge of newly promoted Bargoed with a scintillating exhibition of back play. The brilliance of the autumn sunshine was reflected in the blaze of the attacking talents of a back division that simply had too much speed for ...

A new telephone scam by callers posing as HMRC is targeting victims in Wales

Dozens of people have reported being hit by a telephone scam which sees victims told they owe money to HMRC. Ogmore MP Chris Elmore said around 100 people have reported the fraud, which is said to be affecting people in the Bridgend area, in the past ...

So Gavin Henson plans to play for Wales again... can it REALLY happen after a five

Henson declares he can bring things to the Wales 12 jersey that 'not many players can do', but how realistic is his wish to play for his country once more? Shares; Comments. Get rugby news by email. Gavin Henson has revealed he would love to play for ...

In Full: Kirsty Williams' challenge to Welsh universities over Brexit

As the Aberdare Committee of 1881 noted, there was a “widespread desire for a better education system in Wales” in the second half of the 19th century. The establishment of our own university colleges was central to the fulfilment of that desire. I ...and more »

This is how foreign students feel about living in Wales after Brexit

The reputation of British universities is said to have fallen this year, with concerns persisting on the effect the EU referendum result could have on the country's higher education sector. Almost three-quarters of British universities in the top 400 ...and more »

Wales breaking news plus live traffic, weather and M4 updates (Sunday, September 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 comments below or you can also tweet us @WalesOnline to share the news that's ...and more »

Comparison site ActiveQuote named as one of Britain's fastest growing technology businesses

Comparison site ActiveQuote has won a place on a league table of Britain's fastest growing technology firms. Published today, the 16th annual Sunday Times Hiscox Tech Track 100 league table ranks Britain's private technology, media and telecoms (TMT) ...

Wales No.8 Taulupe Faletau emerges as major doubt for autumn series as he faces two months on sidelines

Wales No.8 Taulupe Faletau is a major doubt for the start of the autumn internationals after it emerged he faces up to eight weeks on the sidelines following a scan on his left knee, according to Bath's new director of rugby, Todd Blackadder. The ...and more »

A protest was held in Cardiff after Britain First members turned up at a mosque in the city

Three members of the far right group were filmed walking into the Cardiff 's Al Manar mosque where they demanded to see controversial preacher Ali Hammuda . He hit the headlines when an audio clip emerged in which he appeared to say it was ...

Merthyr RFC 24

It was billed as the 'Battle of the Brothers' as multi-millionaires Sir Stan Thomas' Merthyr and Peter Thomas' Cardiff clashed at the Wern Sports Park in the Premiership. And it was Sir Stan's side who emerged as the bonus point victor to give him the ...

An ex

A retired police officer slammed down wannabe gang members from Porthcawl in a magnificent Facebook rant - and residents of the seaside town absolutely ...and more »

'Don't mention the R

A second successive defeat for Cardiff City has done nothing to calm frustrated fans who were disappointed with their side's performances before the international break. Two Anthony Pilkington goals weren't enough to stop Cardiff falling to a 3-2 ...and more »

Union official warns Ford workers are gripped by 'uncertainty' as concerns grow for future of Bridgend

Around 1,000 jobs at Ford's Bridgend engine plant could be placed in jeopardy, a union official has warned. With production of two engines set to end by 2020 and investment in the new Dragon engine reduced, Unite's Bryan Godsell said workers have been ...

Someone is sabotaging bike trails in Caerphilly and cyclists are ...

Logs, rocks and trees are being placed across popular riding trails, according to local cyclists.and more »

Gavin Henson reveals all about booze, the past and his plan to play for Wales at the 2019 World Cup

Gavin Henson has opened up on his controversial career and revealed he no longer drinks with his team-mates after the alcohol-fuelled misdemeanours that have marred his rugby life. And the 34-year-old says he has not given up hopes of playing for Wales ...

Man arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after woman found ...

The woman was conveyed to hospital last week where she currently remains in a stable condition.and more »

Will a 75 year

After the brilliant Kayleigh Morgan last week, will Wales have another singer through to boot camp? Shares; Comments. Get daily news by email. Saturday night's X Factor judges. Swansea's Peter Knox thinks he's "ready for the big time" and hopes to get ...and more »

Would be Van Halen singer Mitch Malloy returns to Cardiff

He last played in Cardiff back in 2004 as part of a solo acoustic tour which laid bare his musical ability. Now Mitch Malloy is back in the Welsh capital as part of his 'It's The Right Time' tour. He is set to perform at The Globe on Saturday ...

Drivers who ignore speed restrictions on a busy part of M4 will soon ...

Prosecutions can be handed out whatever the variable limit is from 20mph to 70mph.and more »

Wales breaking news plus live traffic, weather and M4 updates (Saturday, September 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 comments below or you can also tweet us @WalesOnline to share the news that's ...

This is how well your council performs in delivering services to you

Council performance indicators show improvements in service delivery again: how is this possible after all the cuts? Newly released figures demonstrate that the quality of services delivered by local authorities in Wales is not determined by the size ...and more »

New Aberfan play Revlon Girl shines a light on a community's 'incredible endurance and spirit'

From Call The Midwife to A Song For Jenny, Maxine Evans has been a regular face on our TV screens in recent years, possibly most memorably as Rhian Evans in Sky 1's comedy drama Stella. But if you were to walk past the actress in the street tomorrow, ...

CCTV footage captures a stranger walking into a salon and brazenly taking a phone

When a salon apprentice stepped away from the front desk for just over 10 seconds someone came in, took her phone, and walked out. But the incident, which happened at Guy Christian salon in City Road in Cardiff shortly before 7pm on Wednesday, was ...and more »

A kebab shop has been fined for displaying a food hygiene rating of five – when its actual score was ONE

A kebab shop owner has been fined for displaying a food hygiene rating of five when he had actually been awarded a score of just one. Dragon Grill House owner Mahmut Kinili was fined £590 after failing to pay a fixed penalty, which was originally ...

A new £3.5m transport hub is going to be built in Port Talbot

Work on the £5.3m hub is set to begin this autumn next to the rebuilt Parkway station. The hub, which will be financed by £2.7m from the Welsh Government and ...and more »

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But Ben is massive on social media. Huge. In fact, he calculates that his videos have been viewed three billion times in the last month. He also has: 8.4 million ...and more »

Everything you need to know about the St Fagans Food Festival

Foodies in Cardiff and South Wales will be able to fill their bellies and tickle their tastebuds with a seemingly never ending choice of food at the St Fagans Food Festival. An array of stalls will be showcasing the finest Welsh foods and drinks at the ...and more »

This is when Victoria Park's splashpad in Cardiff will close for the winter

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Neath actor and writer brings his play home from triumphant Edinburgh debut

A NEATH actor and playwright is looking forwards to bringing his work home after a successful debut at the Edinburgh Festival this summer. Cimla-raised Alun Saunders, who is a graduate of the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, is now embarking on ...

Witness appeal after a man was left with 'serious head injuries'

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New transport hub at Port Talbot Parkway station gets go ahead ...

The £5.6m project will link up with the £11.3m redevelopment of Parkway train station by Network Rail.and more »

Bear Grylls has picked his top 10 things to do in Britain and four of them are in Wales

He's the daredevil adventurer who got Spice Girl Mel B to pee on his jellyfish sting , and now the TV presenter and celebrity survival expert Bear Grylls is turning his attention to Wales and the rest of the UK in a bid to boost tourism to Britain ...and more »

This Swansea house is being demolished brick by brick because it ...

A house is being taken down brick by brick because when it was built it broke planning rules. The house was classed as too big for the Swansea community ...and more »

The roadworks you'll have to deal with in Cardiff in the next few weeks (and months)

Cardiff council have released their latest roadworks report which details current road works and major activities scheduled on the city's roads. Cardiff central. Area includes: City centre, Cathays, Adamsdown, Cyncoed, Pentwyn, Plasnewydd/Roath, Penylan.

10 year delay to council reform would be “humbling” for First Minister

Welsh Labour plans to force councils to merge may be delayed by up to ten years according to Carmarthenshire c

Officer jailed for section 106 planning gain fraud

A Reading Borough Council officer has been jailed over a £42,000 fraud involving money raised from developers through section 106 planning gain contributions.

Katie Hopkins hits out at Welsh mothers saying she's 'outraged they were allowed to breed at all'

And now she's turned her sights on a group of Welsh mothers, saying she's "outraged they were allowed to breed at all". Hopkins was reacting to an article about children being excluded from lessons at a school because of their uniform. In the past, she ...and more »

Everyone in Britain could get £300 from MasterCard

Every British adult could be in line for a payout worth hundreds thanks to a lawsuit against MasterCard potentially worth £14 billion. "MasterCard charged billions of pounds of unlawfully high fees for its sole benefit and to the detriment of consumers ...and more »

A valleys sci

The team hopes to start filming in April 2017, and the Kickstarter fundraising campaign runs until September 30. Producer Neal, from Aberdare , said: “If anyone would like to get involved, they can join in the Kickstarter, to help us make the best film ...

A 'frightened' badger was found hiding in a castle while Antiques Roadshow was being filmed

A "frightened" badger was found hiding on a stairway which leads to a cave at a Welsh castle while a TV show was being filmed upstairs. He was rescued from the stairwell at Pembroke Castle and the stairwell was closed off to the public while he was ...and more »

A new running club in Merthyr Tydfil wants you to enjoy curry and beer, too

It's more than just about going out to exercise at this new running club in Merthyr - members are also invited for curry and beer at the end of sessions. Called #RunWithUs, the group is part of a new movement of social running committed to “breaking ...and more »

Here's how to see the devil in the shawl in this famous Welsh painting

It was painted in 1908 by the English painter Sydney Curnow Vosper. It depicts a scene in Capel Salem, in Pentre Gwynfryn in Gwynedd. It has become a Welsh icon. It is noteworthy because of its depiction of Welsh piety - at a time when the chapel was ...

Tour of Britain welcomed by Monmouthshire

The victory, his first individual win since breaking his leg 14 months ago at the Tour de France, came at the end of a hard 127-mile stage from Aberdare. The Kiwi was part of a five rider break who survived until the final dash for the line, with Bauer ...

Tributes paid to 'incredibly proud and loving father' who died in a collision

The family of a 33-year-old father-of-one who died following a crash on Monday has described him as an "incredibly proud and loving father to his baby boy". Lee Bennison, from the Leeswood area of Mold, died following a collision in Mynydd Isa, near ...and more »

Derelict Grade II listed cottage near Llanidloes is a fairytale auction property for £75000

From the outside, this cute and historic two bedroom cottage just outside Llanidloes in Powys hints at its former glory before it became semi-derelict. The black beams, the sweet porch, the stone chimney and the cute wooden windows all suggest a past ...

The morning news headlines: Theresa May: New grammar schools will end selection by postcode and wealth; North ...

A new wave of grammar schools will end "selection by house price" and give every child the chance to go to a good school, Theresa May will say. Selective schools will have to meet targets on how many pupils they have from poor families or set up new ...and more »

A man who fell asleep in his car on New Year's Day was found to have £50000 of drugs

A man who fell asleep in his car after becoming “comatose” on New Year's Eve was found to have drugs worth more than £50,000. Gethin Bishop was one of three men sentenced at Cardiff Crown Court for their part in bringing drugs to the streets of Cardiff ...

Union calls on Ford to 'end the silence' over its plans for Bridgend engine plant

Unite, the trade union which represents workers at Ford's Bridgend engine plant, has called on the car-maker to set out its plans for the future of the factory and its workforce. In a letter which members will receive by post and email today, Unite ...and more »

Carwyn Jones to warn Wales 'will not consent' to a Brexit deal that means leaving the European single market

First Minister Carwyn Jones will today warn that Wales will not consent to a Brexit deal that fails to guarantee the nation continued access to the European single market. The Welsh Labour leader will use a speech to the Chicago Council on Global ...

This cliff diver just jumped head

A visit to Chepstow Castle isn't complete without a 26-foot dive head first into the moat – if you're a professional cliff diver that is. Blake Aldridge, Tom Daley's diving partner from the 2008 Beijing Olympics, conquered the 11th century castle in ...

Over 52 gallons of water have been removed from Tredegar House this year because of its leaky roof

More than 52 gallons of water have been removed from Tredegar House this year after several holes in the roof caused water to leak into the historic house. Along with its intricately carved dining room and priceless collection of portraits, the ...

The Tour of Britain 2016 Bath finish

Roaring crowds welcomed the Tour of Britain riders as they cycled across the finish line at Bath's Royal Victoria Park. Thousands of spectators lined the streets and gathered along Royal Avenue to cheer on the riders as they darted through in a close ...

A popular commuter coffee shop has opened a second branch outside Newport train station

A long-term favourite with coffee-drinking train commuters in Newport , Hi Coffee has finally gone off the rails and opened its second branch across the city. Situated at the Riverfront's Millennium Plaza development, the expansion marks three years ...

Mark Cavendish and Sir Bradley Wiggins whizz through Gwent on Tour of Britain

ROAD sides across Gwent were filled with thousands of residents and visitors as the Tour de Britain streamed through towns earlier on this afternoon. Stage five of the UK-wide event started in Aberdare at 10.30am before streaming through Maesycwmmer, ...

Tesco is ending 24

Among the affected stores are three in Wales; Merthyr Tydfil Extra, Hengoed Ystrad Mynach Superstore and Swansea Pontardawe Superstore. A 45-day consultation period will start this week and staff impacted by the change in shifts will be offered shifts ...and more »

Care home residents in Aberdare have a wonderful new 'sensory garden' in memory of much

A new 'sensory garden' which creates a calming atmosphere for dementia sufferers has opened in memory of a much-loved care home resident. Elderly people living at Ysguborwen Care Home in Aberdare can now listen to the calming sounds of the birds, ...

RECAP Tour of Britain 2016 in Gloucestershire: Reports, video, updates and pictures

The riders went through Coleford, Cinderford, Minsterworth, Gloucester and Dursley as part of stage five of the tour. The likes of Sir Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish graced the county's roads on their way from Aberdare to Bath and were met by cheers.

Maerdy Mountain Road needs 'extensive new drainage system' to stop future landslips

The major A4233 road, which connects Aberdare in the Cynon Valley with the village of Maerdy in Rhondda , was damaged by a landslip on December 31, 2015, at the hairpins at Aberdare's end of the road. The hairpin towards the climb up Maerdy Mountain ...and more »

Pep&Co has received 140 applications for 12 jobs at its new Pontypridd store

More than 140 people have applied for the 12 new jobs at the Pep&Co clothing store which is coming to Pontypridd. And the company has also revealed it is on the lookout for a Pontypridd mum to be the face of its newest store - and she will also win a ...and more »

Ryan Owen from Aberdare has walked more than 1000 miles to Scotland

A Cynon Valley man has reached Scotland and passed the 1,000-mile mark on his quest to walk the entire length of the UK. Ryan Owen, 43, from Trecynon near Aberdare, set off on his gruelling mission to walk from Land's End to John O'Groats on July 1 ...and more »

Folly Farm in £1m investment following a 30% rise in visitor numbers

One of Wales' leading visitor attractions, Folly Farm Adventure Park and Zoo, has confirmed it is investing £1m in new facilities following a 30% rise in visitors over the last three years. This will see a new gift shop and visitor entrance at the ...

All you need to know about the Cardiff 10k 2016

More than 5,000 runners will run through the streets and parkland of Cardiff this weekend for the annual Cardiff 10K. Dressed in a variety of costumes, fancy dress outfits and charity T-shirts, with both experienced elite runners and amateurs competing ...and more »

200,000 tonnes of Welsh

Steel from Wales will be used in the building of the new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point. Some 200,000 tonnes of reinforcing steel involved in the building ...and more »

A tourist attraction on one of Wales' best

A team which has worked to open an historic island just off the Welsh coast which was home to a Napoleonic-era lookout post as a tourist attraction have spoken of their sadness at its closure. St Catherine's Island, which is only connected to the ...and more »

Watch Mel B PEE on Bear Grylls after he got stung by a jellyfish in Wales

She was the Spice Girl who once headed up the world's premiere Girl Power band. But from here on Mel B will be forever known as Mel P, the singer having recently been filmed urinating on Bear Grylls , the intrepid explorer having got his hand stung by ...

The Grade I listed county hall in Caernarfon is for sale for £650000 and includes the old county court

It would be an absolute crime not to consider viewing this outstanding historic building in Caernarfon if you are looking for a unique period building woth potential as your next home or restoration project. The former county hall which then became the ...

13 things you always used to see in Welsh houses but don't anymore

If you asked your mamgu where the pop was, or the iron if you needed to help out with a bit of smwddo, you may have got the answer "In the cwtch dan star". It's the cupboard under the stairs, and a crucial storage place in a classic Welsh home.

These 'bone conducting headphones' are the only ones you can wear to run the Cardiff 10K

What are headphones, where can you get them, how much do they cost and what has Beethoven got to do with it? Shares; Comments. Get daily news by email. Bone conducting headphones. These are what bone conducting earphones look like. Runners ...and more »

So, should the Post Office think again over its relocation plans in Bridgend?

Fears over accessibility and the future of Bridgend town centre have led to calls for the Post Office to reconsider relocation plans. A public consultation has already begun on the Post Office's plan under a modernisation scheme to move its Crown ...and more »

A cyclist was nearly run off a Welsh road by the Tour of Britain Team Sky bus

This is the moment a cyclist is nearly run off the road... by the Team Sky Tour of Britain bus. The footage shows the coach forcing cyclist Andy Rolfe into the grass as it sped past on the narrow road. After whizzing past, the bus pulled in to avoid an ...and more »

Welsh candidate's bid to become first European female on FIFA ...

A Welsh candidate has been barred from becoming Europe's first female FIFA member because of unforseen regulations. Professor Laura McAllister, highly ...and more »

Great days out show why more than a million people visited Merthyr Tydfil last year

There are huge indoor climbing walls, indoor and outdoor water parks and one of Europe's largest mountain bike centres, and all in the stunning scenery of the Brecon Beacons. So it perhaps it's no wonder that more than 1.2 million people visited ...

Is there an opening date for Cardiff's Coyote Ugly bar?

The countdown is well and truly on for the launch of Cardiff's long-awaited Coyote Ugly bar with a 'tentative' date set for the grand opening. The bar is aiming to open on October 12, a little later than the planned September launch. It will be the ...

This Welsh restaurant in New York is now so popular even celebs like Matthew Rhys aren't above being booted out

It may have only opened just over a week ago, but it seems New York's hip and happening Welsh restaurant Sunken Hundred has already got so popular that it can afford to eject celebrity customers. And it was Matthew Rhys - the Cardiff-born star of the ...

A man who mugged an 87

A man who mugged an elderly lady as she walked home from her morning shopping was caught after being spotted in the act by an old friend he had grown up. Darren Watts was jailed for 40 months at Cardiff Crown Court after pleading guilty to the robbery ...

British Army's new made in Wales light tank Ajax completes live firing tests

The next generation light tank being built for the British Army in Wales has successfully completed further live firing tests. Two versions of the vehicle took part in the tests which were carried out at a range in West Wales over the summer. The Ajax ...and more »

This huge branch fell from a tree on a Cardiff street and nearly landed on a mum

A mum-of-three narrowly escaped being hit by a 20ft-long falling branch on a busy Cardiff street. Freelance journalist Cathryn Scott, 38, was getting something out of her car in St Anthony Road, Heath, on Wednesday evening when she heard a noise.and more »

Dutch sprinter takes Tour of Britain victory at Llanelwedd

... while second overall Steve Cummings continues as the Adnams Best British Rider in the Tour of Britain. The Tour of Britain remains in Wales for the Start of Stage Five in Aberdare Park in Rhondda Cynon Taf, which then crosses South Wales and the ...

Bridgend's 'leaking' civic offices are going to be repaired

A “badly-leaking” roof at Bridgend council's civic offices is set to be repaired as part of a project that will also see a new solar energy system installed. The authority said energy-efficient windows are also going to be installed and the exterior ...

Are these three Cardiff brothers the Wales football team's lucky charms?

Aberdare · Care home residents in Aberdare have a wonderful new 'sensory garden' in memory of much-loved Violet Vaughan · As billions of daddy longlegs are set to hatch out this autumn, how to keep ...and more »

Morning news headlines: Brexit on agenda for Theresa May in talks with European Council president; Reports of hate ...

Theresa May will today discuss Brexit with European Council president Donald Tusk amid increasing pressure over a lack of detail in the Government's stated strategy. The Prime Minister has faced accusations of vagueness and contradiction over the ...and more »

Wales breaking news plus live traffic, weather and M4 updates (Thursday, September 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 comments below or you can also tweet us @WalesOnline to share the news that's ...and more »

BMA in Wales wants faster action on GP 'crisis'

The "crisis" facing GP services in parts of Wales is "getting worse" with more practices than ever facing an uncertain future, say doctors' leaders. It comes as ...and more »

More than 600 children from Wales received suicide counselling sessions last year

A total of 614 calls and online messages were received by the Children's helpline from children in Wales – an average of almost 12 each week. The helpline dealt with record levels of calls regarding suicide across the UK last year, with the number of ...and more »

US medical devices firm to confirm major expansion of its Bridgend plant

First Minister Carwyn Jones is expected to confirm a major expansion of Zimmer Biomet's medical devices plant in Bridgend later today - in a £2.5m investment that will create 39 new jobs and safeguard a further 50. Mr Jones will confirm the investment ...and more »

Warren Gatland's message to Wales players: 'I'll pick 25 Englishmen and two Welshmen if I have to'

Warren Gatland has insisted he has no fears about losing the support of his Wales stars if he drops any of them from the 2017 Lions squad. The New Zealander has landed the role of Lions head coach for a second successive time having been formerly ...and more »

KFC wants to open more than 20 new branches in Wales – where will your nearest one be?

Monmouthshire · Neath Port Talbot · Newport · Pembrokeshire · Powys · Rhondda · Pontypridd · Torfaen · Vale of Glamorgan · Wrexham. Trending British & Irish Lions Crime Wales Football Team Stuff to do in Wales Swansea City FC Cardiff City FC · Sport.and more »

Tour of Britain arrives in Wales with Dylan Groenewegen snapping up stage win

Dutchman Dylan Groenewegen edged home favourites Dan McLay and Ben Swift in a dramatic sprint finish to clinch victory in stage four of the Tour of Britain at Builth Wells on Wednesday. Expertly put in position by LottoNL team-mate Tom Leezer, ...and more »

Tour of Britain arrives in Wales with Dylan Groenewegen snapping up stage win

But ultimately it was Dutchman Groenewegen who held on for his second victory in Britain this year having also triumphed on the opening day of the Tour de Yorkshire. The Tour continues in Wales on Thursday with a 205km stage which starts in Aberdare.

Longest stage of Tour of Britain takes place in Wales

Wales will also host the start of stage five on Thursday in Aberdare, before the race moves back into England, ending in Bath. Economy Secretary Ken Skates said: "The Tour of Britain is a fantastic opportunity for us to showcase Wales' unique and ...

Nansi the Mumbles gorilla needs help to get back to her former glory

Now Nansi – who was originally called Norman – needs more surgery. This time she needs a facelift and some urgent repairs to her arms which used to double as swings. Nansi was a Norman before kidnappers gave him the snip. A campaign is underway to ...and more »

You can now live in the Swansea house that looks like Hitler!

A house in Swansea that became an internet sensation due to its uncanny resemblance to Adolf Hitler has been put up to let. The otherwise innocuous “Hitler House”, as it has been cruelly dubbed, in Port Tennant Road just off the city's Fabian Way ...and more »

Wales fans split on Rob Howley as supporters 'baffled and pleased' by appointment

Monmouthshire · Neath Port Talbot · Newport · Pembrokeshire · Powys · Rhondda · Pontypridd · Torfaen · Vale of Glamorgan · Wrexham. Trending British & Irish Lions Fantasy Football Francesco Guidolin Wales Rugby Team Swansea City FC Cardiff City.and more »

Monmouthshire to welcome Tour of Britain

THE world's top cyclists including Sir Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish are to be welcomed to Monmouthshire tomorrow when the Tour of Britain cycle race passes through the county. Running for 127 miles from Aberdare to Bath, the British ...and more »

Fancy cycling the distance of Cardiff to Sydney in 24 hours for charity without leaving Wales?

Monmouthshire · Neath Port Talbot · Newport · Pembrokeshire · Powys · Rhondda · Pontypridd · Torfaen · Vale of Glamorgan · Wrexham. Trending British & Irish Lions Crime Wales Football Team Stuff to do in Wales Swansea City FC Cardiff City FC · Sport.

The full Warren Gatland Q&A: Wales lacked a bit of pace in New Zealand but my Lions team will have everything

Answer: A few months ago, John Feehan rang me and asked if I would be interested in leading the Lions to New Zealand - to which I answered that I was. Then there was an interview process that was in July, so there was a lot of preparation with that in ...and more »

Here's where immigrants to Wales come from

They show the numbers of people from countries outside the UK who made up the population in 2015. They are estimated figures from the Office for National Statistics and don't state when people moved to Wales. Poland is the most common non-UK country ...

Wales fans have a new football chant to the tune of Ghostbusters and it is genius

Chris Gunter has become something of a cult hero for Welsh fans who love his metronomically dependable performances for his country and the passion he wears on his red sleeve every time he pulls on a Wales shirt. So it was only fitting that those ...

Dead birds of prey found on estate in 'most significant wildlife poisoning case ever recorded in Wales'

Tour of Britain arrives in Wales with Dylan Groenewegen snapping up stage win. The Tour continues in Wales on Thursday with a 205km stage which starts in Aberdare. KFC wants to open more than 20 new branches in Wales – where will your nearest one ...

The future for Ford at Bridgend could lie in a new generation of electric engines, says car industry expert

Car industry expert Prof Garel Rhys says he is confident the Ford engine plant at Bridgend has a positive future despite the company's plans to cut investment and engine production there. Prof Rhys said the plant, like others in the UK, enjoys good ...and more »

An advert for a Cardiff firm which referred to bra size was 'sexist and ...

Following complaints from listeners, the Advertising Standards Authority reviewed the advert and has banned it.and more »

Ford at Bridgend can have a bright future believes Economy Minister Ken Skates despite decision to scale back new ...

The Welsh Government believes there can be a bright future for Ford's Bridgend engine plant for "decades to come” despite concerns after the car giant confirmed it is scaling back its new Dragon engine project. Ford yesterday announced it is reducing ...and more »

Lidl is going to open a major new store in Cardiff

Discount retailer Lidl is to demolish one of its existing Cardiff stores and give it a multi-million pound revamp. Lidl will demolish its Roath store on Colchester Avenue store and replace it with a larger building taking over a much bigger plot. The ...

This large shipping tanker got stuck on a Welsh river

Coastguards monitored the ship, which got stuck under the Briton Ferry bridge, but it was successfully refloated this morning. They were alerted about the ship during the early hours of Wednesday at 1.22am. Gayle Marsh. A large shipping tanker appears ...and more »

A man has died at a major Welsh tourist attraction

A man has died during a visit to Zip World - the world's fastest zip line and underground trampoline centre. Ambulance services were called shortly before 2.15pm on Saturday to reports of a medical emergency involving an elderly male at Zip World Titan ...and more »

Wales awaiting injury update on Lions star Taulupe Faletau ahead of the autumn international series

Wales are still awaiting news of the knee injury sustained by Lions colossus Taulupe Faletau just 12 minutes into his Aviva Premiership debut with Bath last weekend. Bath's director of rugby Todd Blackadder has hinted it could be a matter of weeks and ...and more »

Tour of Britain in Gloucestershire: The best spectator spots to see the peloton

Unless you've been living under a rock the last few weeks, you'll be aware that the Tour of Britain, featuring cycling legends like Sir Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish, winds through Gloucestershire tomorrow. Here are some of the best places we ...

Wales has to grab the opportunities for its vibrant financial sector regardless of uncertainties over a UK outside ...

Here Chris Nott, who chairs the Welsh Government's external advisory panel for the sector, explores. Chris Nott. No-one knows, or can know, what will happen when the UK withdraws from the European Union. The overriding message from prominent figures ...

Wales stars could need three months to recover from brutal Lions tour

Richard Cockerill has claimed players will need three months rest after next year's Lions tour of New Zealand. Leicester Tigers director of rugby warned clubs who provide a sizeable contingent of players for the 10-match trip, which includes three ...and more »

A Portrait of Britain: These beautiful pictures show people going about their daily lives

Portraits which document British people going about their everyday lives are being displayed around the country. The images are being displayed at shopping centres, train stations and high streets as part of a new exhibition called Portrait of Britain.and more »

Morning news headlines: Theresa May faces MPs amid Brexit strategy 'confusion'; Sports Direct's Mike Ashley to face ...

The conundrum of how to maintain the economic benefits of single market membership while also ending free movement of EU citizens - seen by many as incompatible positions - has become central to the debate over how to deliver Brexit. Mr Davis made his ...and more »

Wales breaking news plus live traffic, weather and M4 updates (Wednesday, September 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 comments below or you can also tweet us @WalesOnline to share the news that's ...and more »

How parents in Wales spend an extra £12296 on homes to get their children into a specific school

It is a hot topic of conversation among parents but only 13% of those in Wales with school-age children have sold their home and moved to a new one to get their child into their desired school catchment areas. While that rate is one of the lowest in ...and more »

This is what remains of landmark Cardiff pub The Wharf as bulldozers raze it to the ground

Although no decision has been made on what will replace it, plans to create flats on the Schooner Way site have been submitted to Cardiff council. The decision to knock down the pub , manager's flat, and boatshed came after Brains announced the closure ...

Tour of Britain set to enter Gloucestershire

The likes of Sir Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish will grace the county's roads on their way from Aberdare to Bath. Brit Steve Cummings, well placed in the general classification, will look to keep his hopes of overall victory alive. Deputy Mayor of ...

The timely return of the forgotten Welsh prop who was tipped to be the next big thing

Nicky Smith has been backed to get a call from the Wales management as they search for a replacement for the crocked Rob Evans in the squad for the autumn internationals. Scarlets scrummager Evans will miss the November campaign following an ...and more »

The Lee Byrne interview: Life after rugby injury heartache takes former Wales favourite full circle

So, what do you do when you have to give up playing rugby for a living and suddenly find yourself looking for a job? That was the dilemma former Wales and Lions full-back Lee Byrne was faced with last year when he was forced to hang up his boots due to ...and more »

Cardiff's iconic Magic Roundabout to get a facelift as it approaches its 25th anniversary

It may have lost a bit of its magic – but 25 years after it was unveiled one of Cardiff 's most famous pieces of road art is now heading for a facelift. Cardiff council has announced it is about to give way to calls for work to be carried out on the ...

Lecturer 'caught in secret affair with student by 18

A college lecturer had a secret sexual affair with an 18-year-old student – until he was caught by her father, a disciplinary hearing in Cardiff has been told. The Education Workforce Council hearing was told IT lecturer Russell Oakley, 38, suddenly ...and more »

North Wales councils seek power to create 120000 jobs

Devolving powers over employment, taxes, skills and transport to north Wales would boost its economy, jobs and productivity, a report backed by the region's six local councils says. Billed as a "growth vision", it aims to create at least 120,000 jobs ...

Everything you need to know about the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series in Pembrokeshire

Elite divers will leap from platforms suspended 20 to 27 metres above the water as the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series returns to Wales this weekend. Blue Lagoon in Pembrokeshire will be the location for the diving event. The untouched cliffs and ...

Child and Family Poverty in Wales survey 2016

For the past two years, Children in Wales has published a report, Child and Family Poverty in Wales: A snapshot of key issues raised by families (

Priority Sectors “spreading the jam too thinly” to be effective

Recent figures have revealed that over two-thirds of all VAT/PAYE registered companies (68%) in Wales are now

Congestion “starving jobs” in Wales according to CBI

The Confederation of British Industry in Wales is warning that traffic congestion across the country c

Ford scales back Bridgend engine plant investment

Ford is to cut the level of investment and will halve the production of its new generation of petrol engines at its factory in Bridgend. The American car firm said it would reduce from a planned £181m to £100m. It did not plan job losses among the 1 ...and more »

Council's proposal to invest £44m into two Barry schools

A public consultation on plans to invest £44m into two ailing secondary schools has been launched. The Vale of Glamorgan council wants to develop a new school on the site of Barry Comprehensive School and improve the current facilities at Bryn Hafren ...and more »

Dylan Thomas £2,000 drawing up for auction in Cardiff

A sketch by Welsh poet Dylan Thomas, discovered more than 60 years later, is set to be sold at auction.and more »

Union raises 'grave concerns' for future of Bridgend Ford factory

The Unite union has raised "grave concerns" over the future of the Ford engine plant in Bridgend which employs 1,850 people. It said the American company has decided to halve the plant's proposed production of the new Dragon engine, due to begin in ...and more »

Grumpy Moldova boss refuses to give Wales any credit in bizarre and abrupt press conference

Dealing with a heavy defeat is not always easy and it's something that Wales fans can relate to as much as anyone. And there can't be many more arduous tasks for a manager than having to sit in front of a bunch of journalists and try to explain what ...and more »