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October 2016

Part of M4 closed as three people are arrested following 'police incident'

A section of the M4 near Bridgend closed on Monday evening following a police incident. The road was closed westbound between junctions 37, for Pyle, and 38, for Margam while police dealt with the incident. A spokesman for South Wales Police confirmed ...and more »

Police to investigate possible North Wales care homes child sex abuse cover

The National Crime Agency is to investigate whether council officials were involved in a criminal cover-up of evidence relating to child sexual abuse in North Wales. Former police superintendent Gordon Anglesea, 79, is due to be sentenced after being ...

Yellow warning of fog issued for large parts of Wales – and visibility could be down to just 50 metres

Just as we thought Halloween was going to be one of the warmest on record, a spooky layer of fog is set to cover Wales. The Met Office has issued a yellow warning across large parts of the country for Tuesday. Expected to last until around 10am on ...and more »

A 1950s postcard album found in a skip has been returned to its rightful owner after 35 years

It was a postcard album from the 1950s filled with heartfelt messages which had been gathering dust after being found in Cardiff by a security guard more than 30 years ago. But yesterday the album was finally returned to its rightful owner – the ...

Scarlets get good news on Wales star Rob Evans as exciting New Zealand star finally arrives for duty

Scarlets prop Rob Evans is set to make his comeback from injury at the start of December. The Wales international loose-head hasn't played since the summer tour of New Zealand because of surgery on a wrist problem. But with his recovery continuing ...and more »

Llantrisant's war memorial finally set to be unveiled after nine years of work – and controversy

After nine years of hard work and planning – and a dispute over where it should be placed – a war memorial will be unveiled in Llantrisant town on Armistice Day this year. The Llantrisant War Memorial Committee's aim of erecting a memorial for local ...

Michael Cheika fires opening shot by urging Australia to dream big against Wales in quest for autumn Grand Slam

Australia have been encouraged to aim high and 'dream big' ahead of their opening autumn Test match against Wales on Saturday. And those lofty ambitions could mean that the Wallabies are targeting a series whitewash on their end-of-season tour, ...and more »

This town has just been named the best place in Wales

Nearly 5,500 voted in the contest, run by the Royal Town Planning Institute Cymru, which aimed to find the best place in Wales that has been protected, carefully planned or improved. And Aberaeron emerged as the most popular place with Tenby in second ...and more »

Residents concerned as gang of youths cause 'havoc' in neighbouring town after being moved on by police

A gang of youths have been causing "havoc" in a Rhondda town, weeks after police cracked down on anti-social behaviour in a neighbouring area. Residents in Ton Pentre are concerned after a group of youths were allegedly spotted causing a disturbance ...and more »

Shane Williams' verdict on Wales v Australia and the Welshman who could make the difference

Shane Williams insists Rhys Webb would start at scrum-half for the Lions if there was a Test tomorrow. Wales' record try scorer says Webb used to 'want to take on the world' when he was younger and made too many rash decisions on the field. But ...and more »

He was pronounced dead in hospital and has no understanding of his surroundings but little Jake is beating the odds

A South Wales family needs help to pay for the care of a one-year-old boy with brain damage – who was actually pronounced dead in hospital before a heartbeat was found. Little Jake Monk, from Ynysybwl, suffered a cardiac arrest on June 3 at the age of ...

These Indian restaurants have just been named the best in Wales

They faced fierce competition from other diners throughout the country but Moksh in Cardiff and Sopna in Caernarfon are officially the best curry houses in Wales. For they have both been named regional winners in the Asian Curry Awards 2016 with Moksh ...

Mayor handed drawings showing what Cynon Valley children want the council to do with 'forgotten' playground

Children's drawings outlining their hopes for a 'forgotten' local play area have been handed to the mayor of Rhondda Cynon Taff . During September, a 222-name petition was collected in Cefnpennar and Cwmpennar after their modest local park – containing ...

Sam Warburton ruled out of Wales' opening autumn series clash with Australia

Wales have lost captain Sam Warburton for the clash with Australia on Saturday, with the Cardiff Blues flanker failing to recover from a neck injury. Warburton missed the Blues' European game against Pau the weekend before last and was not released by ...and more »

Chemical incident causes college campus to be evacuated

A South Wales Police spokesperson said that they attended the scene shortly after 10am, due to a non-suspicious incident regarding the safe storage of chemicals. They are working to safely remove the chemicals from the site, a cordon has been put in ...and more »

Man dies after 2000 people attend illegal rave

South Wales Police confirmed they are investigating the death of a man aged 45, who had travelled from England to the rave, which was held at a disused warehouse on Hayes Road in Barry , Vale of Glamorgan. Two people have been arrested on suspicion ...and more »

Keelan Giles too young for Wales? Nonsense, if you're good enough, you're old enough and this kid is special

Some believe the teenager is still too raw to be thrust into international combat, but why wait on the evidence of his form and rivals for the jersey? Share; Comments. Get rugby news by email. Why Keelan Giles should play for Wales Video loading. The ...and more »

Final decision on whether to allow the expansion of Craig Yr Hesg quarry in Glyncoch will be made in December

Aberdare · Why Aberdare's secondary education facilities will soon be 'unrivalled across the South Wales Valleys' · Blaenau Gwent · This 26-year-old from Ebbw Vale has won a prestigious national business award · Bridgend Council · Council apologises ...

Inside the most expensive house on the market in Wales right now

It's a remarkable, huge listed building that was built in the 1820s and is set in eight acres of sloping woodland. It was once home to the Mostyn family, the nearest Welsh cousins of the Tudor dynasty, so it's got bags of history. Previously known as ...

Top News The family of a Cardiff teen are lodging a judicial review against his deportation today

The girlfriend of a Cardiff teenager who is set to be deported to Afghanistan travelled to London today to request a judicial review. After hours of uncertainty, we have received reports Bashir Naderi has been granted an injunction allowing him to stay ...and more »

Halloween in Wales 2016: Live updates on the spookiest day of the year

Happy Halloween! Today's the day is when the kids put on their spookiest costumes for a fun-filled night of trick-and-treating. Of course, the fun has already started, with lots of children AND adults holding Halloween parties over the weekend. Here's ...and more »

Wales v Australia LIVE breaking news: Liam Williams and Sam Warburton fitness latest as Howley prepares to name ...

Wales will hold a press conference with just 24 hours until interim boss Rob Howley names his squad for the first autumn international against Australia. There are currently doubts over the fitness of captain Sam Warburton and full-back Liam Williams ...

Wales legends Jonathan Davies and Martyn Williams pick their team to play Australia

Wales legends Martyn Williams and Jonathan 'Jiffy' Davies have selected the team they think should face Australia on Saturday in the opening Autumn international. The BBC Scrum V pundits were asked to pick their starting XV on Sunday's programme, with ...

The morning news headlines: Urgent cash injection needed to head off social care crisis, Chancellor told; Ministers ...

Chancellor Philip Hammond is facing calls for an urgent cash injection to head off a looming "crisis" in social care when he delivers his first Autumn Statement next month. Sarah Wollaston, the Conservative chairwoman of the Commons Health Committee, ...

Call for new court services in 'failed' Welsh care system

A judge has called for more investment and new court services in Wales to break the cycle of families having multiple children taken into care. In one case, 11 children had to be removed for their own safety from one mother over 15 years, BBC Wales found.and more »

Major disruption on the cards for train passengers around Christmas

Christmas railway misery looks set to be on the cards for commuters in South Wales as passengers are being warned of significant disruption over the festive period. A number of lines will be closed for engineering work with Network Rail, which manages ...and more »

Big rise in the number of Welsh youngsters calling Childline with anxiety – with the US election among the reasons cited

The number of children in Wales being counselled for anxiety has risen by more than a fifth in a year, new NSPCC figures have revealed. And worries including the effects of the Brexit vote and the US presidential election have been cited by some as ...and more »

Young people in Wales are terrified by instability across the world

The number of children in Wales being counselled for anxiety has risen by more than a fifth in a year, new NSPCC figures have revealed. And worries including the effects of the Brexit vote, war in the Middle East and the US presidential election have ...and more »

One of the main roads in and out of Cardiff will be affected by roadworks for the next three weeks

A busy thoroughfare in Cardiff will be affected by roadworks for three weeks while a former hotel on the street undergoes redevelopment. Renovation work on Cardiff Road in Llandaff started on Sunday, October 30, and are due to be finished by November 21.and more »

Welsh Tory leader Andrew RT Davies says opposing further devolution does not make someone 'less Welsh'

Welsh Conservative leader Andrew RT Davies has attacked politicians who accuse critics of further devolution of being anti-Wales. The South Wales Central AM used a speech to party officials held in private to spell out his belief that there is nothing ...

Asda stores across Wales were left in chaos as card machines stopped working

Asda stores across Wales were in chaos when the supermarket chain's card machines stopped working. Shoppers posted complaints and pictures of long queues at store ATMs. Huge queues were reported with reports of trolleys and baskets dumped in the ...

A teenager who has lived in Wales for half of his life is to be deported to Afghanistan

Thousands of people have signed a petition to protest against a teenager being deported to Afghanistan – despite having lived in Cardiff for almost a decade. Bashir Naderi, 19, fled Afghanistan when he was 10 after his father was killed and his mother ...and more »

The reason why 'talented' Wales don't beat the southern hemisphere big guns but England do

Wales will never have any hope of lifting a Rugby World Cup until they realise there's more to the global game than winning Six Nations titles and Grand Slams. That's the view of England's World Cup-winning coach Sir Clive Woodward as the European ...

This is where you can celebrate Diwali in Cardiff

The festival officially takes place today, Sunday October 30, but there is an event still to come in Cardiff which everyone can join in. A Diwali Mela will take place at the National Museum of Wales in Cathays Park, Cardiff. The six-hour event promises ...and more »

Asda customers unable to pay as card 'fiasco' hits all stores

ClaireWilliam10 tweeted: "Asda aberdare is CASH ONLY today. Problem with the card readers. If your going shopping there make sure you have the cash before shopping." And DaveCthetrucker wrote: "How much has @asda lost today then? Went into my ...

A Welsh MP has revealed that she couldn't afford to pay for her eight

A Welsh MP has spoken out about the anguish of not being able to afford to bury her eight-year-old son. Former school dinner lady and barmaid Carolyn Harris had to ask friends and take out a bank loan to pay for her son's funeral costs. Now the Swansea ...and more »

This is the moment a young girl met the German woman whose donated organ saved her life

Her distraught parents, Shelley and Ryan from Cwmparc in the Rhondda , spent months searching for a potential donor, and the cause attracted the attention of stars like Gok Wan, Danny Dyer, Helen Flanagan, Imogen Thomas, Charlotte Church and rugby ...and more »

Pontypridd 45

Gareth Llewellyn admits his Neath players need to “grow up” after they let what would have been a deserved victory at Sardis Road slip from their grasp. As the game entered the last seven minutes, Neath led 30-24 and, in truth, probably should have ...and more »

People in Cardiff put a lot of effort into dressing up for Halloween

From werewolves to witches, the bewitching hour brought out some devilish disguises onto the streets. There was even a clown or two, despite warnings from South Wales Police about dressing up as the circus creatures. Police had said anyone dressing up ...and more »

Halloween in Cardiff 2016: Here's where you can watch the Wicker Man burn

One effigy made in weekday workshops at the living history museum just outside Cardiff has already been torched, but if you missed the spectacle yesterday then you have another chance to go along today, Sunday October 30.

Wales talisman Gareth Bale puts pen to paper on new Real Madrid deal to remain with Spanish giants until June 2022

Wales talisman Gareth Bale has signed a new Real Madrid contract that will keep him with the Spanish giants until June 2022. The Welsh superstar has been heavily linked with a move to Manchester United in the past but has agreed to extend his contract ...

Is teen sensation Keelan Giles ready to play for Wales? The verdict on Welsh rugby's hottest property

Keelan Giles continues to be the talk of the town following another brace of tries in the Ospreys' 35-17 victory over the Dragons at the Liberty Stadium. So is the boy wonder ready to play for Wales...and if so when? Rugby correspondent Simon Thomas ...and more »

Two people injured after car crashed into bus stop in Newport

A person has been taken to hospital with "serious injuries" after a car crashed into a bus stop in Newport this morning. Gwent Police were called after a single vehicle collided with a bus stop on Cardiff Road in Newport at around 6am. Two people were ...and more »

Three people arrested in murder investigation after man dies following car park incident in Rhyl

Three people have been arrested in connection with the murder investigation into the death of a 48-year-old man on Thursday. Mark Roy Mason, known locally as Cecil, died following an incident in the Home Bargains car park in Rhyl on Thursday at around ...and more »

Brynglas Tunnels WILL remain open to help Cardiff cope with biggest day of Welsh sport it has ever seen

Football and rugby fans are demanding to know what plans are being put in place to accommodate them on arguably the busiest day of sport ever hosted by the Welsh capital. Although WalesOnline can exclusively real that the M4 Brynglas Tunnels at ...

The worrying facts and figures that show Wales will need to buck the trend of history to have success this Autumn

It's fair to say that since Warren Gatland became coach, Wales have become the dominant force in European rugby. Eddie Jones' England will have something to say about that soon enough, but two Grand Slams, a further Six Nations title and an impressive ...and more »

Gateshead 2 Wrexham 2

Dean Keates' first two games in charge of Wrexham have ended in draws, the Dragons coming from two down to earn a battling point on Tyneside following their ...and more »

BBC Radio pundit and former Wales star Ian Gough turns up at the wrong ground for Welsh derby match

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

Dan Biggar is no longer Wales' best number 10, it's time the jersey was given to Gareth Anscombe

So, Wales enter another Autumn campaign with Saturday's opener against Australia and let's hope that this time, by the end of the month, the figures in the win-loss columns are more in our favour. I'm not a massive one for statistics, but everyone in ...and more »

Fire that ravaged Welsh college confirmed as 'accidental'

About 85 firefighters tackled the blaze at Gower College on Tycoch Road, Sketty, after it broke out in a library. The flames gutted two floors of the campus but it was revealed today that the building is structurally sound. Jonathan Myers. A large fire ...and more »

Spooky Cardiff is unmasked as the most haunted city in Wales

In 1965, the police were called to investigate a poltergeist at Rhondda Street in Swansea which reportedly turned furnishings over and drove the Howells family to leave the property. The mother of the family, Marcia, described the experience on a HTV ...

Police launch appeal after thief steals £130000 worth of accordions

Police have launching an appeal to help find a thief who stole £130,000 worth of accordions from a music shop. The man pictured on CCTV is thought to hold vital information about the burglary from a shop in Sunningdale, Berkshire – and he is believed ...and more »

Top 12 fun things to do in Cardiff according to TripAdvisor

Well if you believe what the internet has to say, breaking out of a locked room is officially the most fun you can have in the city. That's according to TripAdvisor, with a live escape experience coming out on top - scoring a five out of five rating ...

The stars of the future and Wales fringe players who really stood out in the Scarlets v Cardiff Blues Welsh derby

With so many star names away in the Wales camp, it was an opportunity for regional fringe figures and men who have missed out on the international call to take centre stage at the Arms Park last night. Rugby correspondent Simon Thomas looks at the ...and more »

Signalling failures cause rail travel chaos in Cardiff

Rail passengers have been left facing travel chaos today (Saturday, October 29) after signalling failures between Cardiff and Newport caused delays. Engineering work also added to the havoc with services in Cardiff and the Valleys being amended or ...

Welsh rugby brothers make friends again after bizarre night of controversy

The brotherly bond remains strong in the Shingler family following an eventful head-to-head at the Arms Park last night. Cardiff Blues fly-half Steven and Scarlets flanker Aaron were at the centre of the most contentious incident during the Welsh derby ...and more »

Aaron Ramsey finally makes Arsenal return as he's named among substitutes against Sunderland

Wales midfielder Aaron Ramsey has been named on the bench for Arsenal's Premier League clash with Sunderland at the Stadium of Light today. Ramsey, 25, has not played in a competitive match since picking up a hamstring injury in his side's 4-3 defeat ...and more »

Toys 'R' Us stores to hold an autism friendly quiet hour

Toys 'R' Us stores in Wales are to hold an autism-friendly browsing event for families affected by autism and additional needs. The event will take place on the morning of Sunday November 6 and will offer the opportunity for families to enjoy an hour ...

Coal Exchange owner to star in 'Secret Millionaire' style TV show

The man behind the regeneration of Cardiff's historic Coal Exchange is set to appear on a Secret Millionaire-style TV show. Developer Lawrence Kenwright - whose city centre portfolio is expected to turn over more than £250m this year - rebuilt a ...

All you need to know about Wales GB Rally 2016 this weekend

The penultimate round of the World Rally Championships takes place today (Saturday) and tomorrow in Wales and we've rounded up the essential information if you're intending on braving the October weather and standing on a windy hillside. The Dayinsure ...and more »

Wales leads the way with the largest percentage of employees working night shifts

Wales has the largest percentage of employees working nights compared to the rest of the UK. Analysis, published by the Wales TUC, shows the number of people who work night shifts in Wales increased by more than 40,000 (29%) between 2011 and 2016 ...and more »

A Patagania promise kept, I'm finding out just how easy

So I'm keeping my Patagonian Promise at last. When I returned from a charity trek through that patch of Argentina that is forever Welsh last year I vowed I would attempt to learn the Welsh language. South America provided a powerful and quite shaming ...

MPs' report reveals 17m Brits have bad mobile phone signal | Daily ...

Grant Shapps, chairman of the British Infrastructure Group that produced the report that found 17million customers have poor reception at home, said the ...and more »

No need for northern bridge and data supports that. I'm sure you don't want £10m wasted

Andrew Morgan Labour leader says there is no need for the Northern Link Bridge development at Mountain Ash and it seems our Assembly member agrees with the Labour policy of lack of major highway infrastructure in Cynon Valley (NOT talking about highway resurfacing)


What happens when an asylum seeker arrives in the UK?

What happens to asylum seekers when they reach the UK and how do they get here? This is the process thousands have to go through each year. Share; Comments. Get daily news by email. Children's home in Treherbert housing four refugees. Through the ...and more »

Rugby club given £45k to build a fence after a player lost his leg because of dog mess

Collin, now 51, from Rhondda , had been selected for the Wales Under 15 team and was captain of his youth side but during a school match he fractured his leg – a routine injury made life-threatening because of dog mess. Within 24 hours, his leg had ...

A drink

A drink-driver has admitted causing the death of a father in a late-night crash. Lee Rees, 41, pleaded guilty to causing the death of Terry Hill by dangerous driving and to driving with excess alcohol. Mr Hill, from Broadlands, Bridgend , died in the ...

Queues on M4 from Cardiff to Newport ease following crash

Traffic has eased on the M4 following a crash involving three cars and a motorcycle. The collision happened on the eastbound carriageway at junction 28 at about 11:30 BST. Two of the lanes were closed causing queues to junction 32, Coryton Interchange, ...and more »

A man who died after incident in car park has been named

A man who died following an incident in a car park on Thursday night has been named as Mark Roy Mason. A murder investigation was launched after the 48-year-old, who was local to the Rhyl area, was allegedly stabbed to death at the town's Home ...and more »

Aberdare will be crawling with spooky faces this Halloween thanks to this amazing artist

From the devil to Dracula and ghouls to ghosts, a Cynon Valley town could be crawling with scary faces this Halloween thanks to a talented artist hoping to give market traders a seasonal boost. Angela Fairbank, 27, from Cwmbach, has turned a stall at ...

The full story behind the Welsh rugby derby farce and why the whole debacle is a lesson in communication

It's been a long-running saga with many twists and turns. Here, Delme Parfitt addresses exactly what's gone on. Share; Comments. Get rugby news by email. The Welsh regions will be without their top stars for the derbies. They are the most eagerly ...and more »

A nightclub worker who stole nearly £70000 has been ordered to pay back a total of £53.95

A former nightclub worker who stole nearly £70,000 from a 90s-themed bar in Cardiff has been ordered to pay back everything in his bank account. Jordan Rowlands was ordered to pay a total of £53.95 – which represents just 0.08% of the amount taken from ...

The latest pictures show the extent of fire damage at a Welsh college

A fire ripped through a college in the early hours of Friday morning was described as "significant" by emergency services. The blaze gutted two floors of the Tycoch campus of Gower College in Swansea. The college said in a statement that the fire ...and more »

Welsh weekly wage £46.30 behind UK average

Welsh adults in full-time work earn on average £46.30 less a week than the UK average, according to a report published by t

£2,000 worth of fireworks were stolen from a business in Talbot Green

South Wales Police are reminding people to only buy fireworks from registered retailers after around £2,000 worth of fireworks were stolen from a business in Tal

The card from the HRH The Prince of Wales's wreath from Aberfan

Today South Wales Police have received have an anonymous package containing the card from the HRH The Prince of Wales's wreath from Aberfan and we have given thi

The card from the HRH The Prince of Wales's wreath from Aberfan

Today we have received have an anonymous package containing the card from the HRH The Prince of Wales's wreath from Aberfan and we have given this back to the co

Cakehole Presley have released an album in tribute to their late guitar player Mark Humphries

Cardiff band Cakehole Presley have released their new album as a tribute to their band member Mark Humphries who died last year. The renowned busker, who would usually be seen playing his acoustic guitar around the Hayes area of the city centre, was a ...

Heroin batch linked to three sudden deaths as police issue warning

Police in Wales have issued a warning about heroin after a string of deaths linked to the drug happened over a week. Police say they are “extremely concerned” after five incidents were reported linked to heroin. In three of these incidents people died ...and more »

Google to open pop up digital garage in Port Talbot

Google will open a pop-up 'Digital Garage' in Port Talbot to deliver digital skills training for free. The garage will open on November 24, at St Paul's Centre, for two days, and will employ experts to run multiple free digital training session ...

Insurance company will cover costs to bring a man's body home to Wales after he died on holiday

An insurance company has offered to cover the costs of bringing a man's body home to Wales after he died while on holiday in France. William “John” Roberts, 67, from Tonypandy , Rhondda, had terminal cancer but decided to go on one last trip abroad ...

Can you name every Wales number 10 since 2000?

It's the most famous jersey in Welsh rugby , but how well do you know the men who've worn it in recent times? Since the turn of the century only 10 players have started Wales Test matches in the number 10 shirt. That's not many, so we're giving you ...

A mum says a soon

A Cardiff mum has said soon-to-be-closed anti-poverty scheme Communities First saved her life – and has told of her worry about what will happen without it. Communities First provided courses and activities aimed at reducing poverty in some of the most ...

Here's what happened in Cardiff City's feisty behind closed doors friendly as Neil Warnock acts as referee

Cardiff City held a feisty inter-squad friendly yesterday, with Lex Immers playing himself into contention for a increased role in the coming weeks. Since taking over the job, Warnock has focused on drilling a small number of players with his trademark ...and more »

Wales hand National Dual Contracts to four key players ahead of ...

Wales captain Sam Warburton has re-signed a new National Dual Contract alongside Dan Lydiate, Samson Lee and Hallam Amos. The quartet, one from each ...and more »

Cardiff petrol

A Cardiff man has been jailed for 12 years for threatening to set a teenage woman on fire before raping her. Dean Edwards, 39, also smashed the 19-year-old's head against a mirror and covered her mouth to muffle screams. Edwards, from Rumney, was ...

The message from Prince Charles stolen from the people of Aberfan has been returned

The handwritten note on a wreath placed by Prince Charles in Aberfan on the 50th anniversary of the disaster has been returned after it was taken. The Prince of Wales laid the wreath at Aberfan Cemetery on the 50th anniversary of the tragedy last week.and more »

The inside track on why Wales have released so few players this weekend

Ireland have released 16 members of their squad for provincial duty but Wales have been miserly by comparison. We clarify the entire situation. Share; Comments. Get rugby news by email. Robin McBryde, Rob Howley and Neil Jenkins during training.and more »

Professor Richard Wyn Jones' excoriating verdict on the Wales Bill plans for devolution

Those who continue to oppose devolution like to claim that the Westminster parliament is far more effective at scrutinising legislation than the National Assembly for Wales. Whilst the 'big guns' blast on the banks of the Thames, on the shores of ...and more »

Ospreys v Newport Gwent Dragons team news: Wales pair Dan Lydiate and Scott Baldwin start in regional derby

Released Wales duo Dan Lydiate and Scott Baldwin will start for the Ospreys in the Guinness Pro12 Welsh derby against Newport Gwent Dragons at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday (3pm). The pair have been made available by Wales a week ahead of the ...and more »

Rhondda village greengrocers could become a chip shop... but some of the local businesses aren't happy

A greengrocers shop in a Rhondda village could soon be converted into a chippy – but some local businesses aren't happy with the plan. Rhondda Cynon Taf council will discuss plans to convert 57 Tylacelyn Road in Penygraig at their meeting on Thursday, ...

Tony Blair says voters must have chance to change their minds on Brexit

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

This is where you can celebrate Bonfire Night near you

It's never too early to plan for Bonfire Night and if you're looking for a firework display near you this map should help. We've mapped the bigger events taking place up and down the country and will be adding to it as we get more details.and more »

Refuse was set on fire at a hospital blocking the fire escape

Refuse was placed against a fire escape and deliberately set alight at a Cardiff hospital in the early hours of Friday morning. Firefighters were called to Cardiff Royal Infirmary shortly before 3am. A spokeswoman for South Wales Fire and Rescue ...

Western Mail letters: Friday, October 28, 2016

Theresa May has apparently said she wants a “mature” approach to future dialogues and negotiations between the London Government and the devolved administrations. This is to be welcomed as – up to now – London has been anything but mature in its ...

BT Wales Director Pays Tribute to Apprentices at the Apprenticeship Awards Cymru

BT Wales director paid tribute to the contribution of apprentices to the business as the company collected a major honour at the Apprenticeship Awards Cymru. After being named Macro Employer of the Year at this year's awards ceremony, held at Venue ...and more »

Renters in Wales Among Most at Risk from Dangerous Gas Appliances

Wales has been revealed as the second most dangerous region in the UK for unsafe gas appliances, with a fifth (19%) of gas appliances in privately-rented accommodation in Wales deemed to be unsafe, new research from Gas Safe Register has revealed.

Wales breaking news plus live traffic, weather and M4 updates (Friday, October 28)

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

Welsh castles had record visitor numbers this summer

The summer was the best on record in terms of visitor numbers at Cadw historical sites, it has been announced – thanks in part to this huge dragon. Between July and September visitor numbers at Wales' castles were up 22% overall – with some of the ...and more »

Courteous, safe and polite

He's more of an Alfa-Romeo man, but when Vauxhall called James McCarthy and asked if he wanted to drive their new police van through Cardiff he couldn't resist. “You'll get a lot of that,” Vauxhall man Mike Roberts said as a bus let me out. I don't ...

A man falsely claimed £40000 in benefits after failing to declare he owned a house

A man who failed to declare that he owned a house while making several applications for benefits went on to falsely claim nearly £40,000. An investigation by his local authority revealed that Christopher Prole owned a house worth £65,000, affecting his ...and more »

Police investigate 'serious incident' at popular store

A person is understood to have been hurt at the store, where police have taped off the car park.and more »

Family of drink

The family of a young fashion designer who was killed when her car was smashed into by a drink-driver has handed in a 110,000-signature petition at Downing Street. Miriam Briddon, 21, from Llandysul, died in March 2014 after her Fiat Punto was hit by ...and more »

Anonymous leaflets against plans for a new mosque in Cardiff have been posted through letterboxes

Anonymous leaflets protesting against plans to build a new mosque in Canton have been posted through residents' letterboxes. The leaflet claims the development of a mosque on Sanatorium Road would cause traffic and parking problems – and that the ...

Two controlled explosions carried out at Swansea University campus after chemical incident

This video captures the moment two controlled explosions were carried out after a university campus was evacuated because of a chemical incident. Swansea University's Singleton campus was evacuated on Thursday afternoon shortly before 1.40pm after ...and more »

Two members of prison staff have been suspended after a prisoner was allegedly assaulted

... 18 at HMP Parc in Bridgend. According to a relative of the prisoner, the 22-year-old from the Rhondda was assaulted and taken to Morriston Hospital in Swansea. Prison operator G4S confirmed that two members of staff at the prison have been suspended.

Ynysybwl Man Foils theft from a Motor Vehicle

Thanks to the quick thinking of a member of the public a man has been arrested and charged for theft from a motor vehicle.

Butcher brothers celebrate a combined 43 years in business after opening in Merthyr a year apart

Two brothers who opened their butchers' shops on the same date a year apart are celebrating a combined 43 years in business this month. October 10 is always a special day on the calendar for Andrew and Anthony Cunningham, from Merthyr Tydfil , as it's ...

This former Cynon Valley pub could reopen after plans to refurbish and extend it are submitted

Plans to extend and refurbish a former pub building in the Cynon Valley could pave the way for it to reopen. The former Royal Oak Inn on Morgan Row, Cwmbach, could also have two additional flats built in a first-floor extension, alongside a third flat ...

Police incident blocks main road in Cardiff city centre

Two people had to be rescued after they were trapped inside a car following a crash. Emergency services were called to Bute Terrace outside the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff at around 3.45pm on Thursday. The crash involved two cars, one of which was said ...

A Valleys ex

A former miner has started a petition to stop the Government from taking “billions” from the Mineworkers' Pension Scheme. Ken Sullivan, 64, from Tredegar, is asking the UK Government to review the “unjust and broken” scheme which he said has taken £8bn ...

Dedicated Aberdare headteacher picks up MBE from the Queen after a career of service to education

The headteacher of a Cynon Valley secondary school was “humbled, proud and privileged” to receive her MBE at Buckingham Palace. Dr Sue Mitchell, who has been the headteacher of St John Baptist Church in Wales High School, Aberdare , for more than ...

Key dates revealed for Pontypridd precinct project as construction work could start by November 2017

Construction work on the Pontypridd precinct site could start in November 2017 and be completed by May 2019, it has been announced – while the estimated cost of the major project has also been revealed. Rhondda Cynon Taf council's cabinet members ...

University evacuated after discovery of 'volatile chemicals'

An evacuation cordon has been put up around Swansea University's Singleton campus following the finding. A spokesman for South Wales Police said they are responding to a "discovery of volatile chemicals which need to be disposed of". Police are ...and more »

Who can possibly replace Taulupe Faletau? The four contenders to wear the Wales No.8 jersey against Australia

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

Pembrokeshire seal photograph wins national recognition

A scuba diver from Pembrokeshire has won national recognition for her photograph of a grey seal poking its nose out of the water. The photograph was taken by Fran Hockley, 29, of Stackpole, when she was diving off the coast of Skomer Island. It was ...and more »

Trial of brothers accused of murdering man found in layby with gunshot wounds continues

The trial of two brothers accused of murdering a man found injured in a layby last July is continuing today. Stephen Bennett, 53, and Edward Bennett, 47, have pleaded not guilty to murdering husband and father Mark Jones, who worked for HMRC. Mr Jones ...

A Valleys town has made it into the list of top 5 town centres in the UK

Merthyr Tydfil was the only Welsh contender in the top five town centres, according to the annual Great British High Street competition. A Valleys town has made it into the list of top five town centres across the UK. Merthyr Tydfil was the only Welsh ...

Mystery 'Banksy' planting conspiracy theory letters all over Wales ...

STRANGE packages with discs full of conspiracy theories about NASA, 9/11 and Earth have been found dumped in locations all around the Welsh Valleys.

Rugby player receives his Welsh cap 36 years after being selected to play for his country

A former rugby player who was once named the “hardest” player in Pontypridd RFC's history has been given a Welsh cap – from an international fixture 36 years ago. Chris Seldon, 63, played for both rugby codes was selected to play rugby league for Wales ...

Cardiff Bay is named as one of the top 10 most popular UK autumn attractions

The picturesque waterfront has been ranked in the top 10 autumn attractions, ahead of the iconic Tower Bridge and Tate Modern in London. TripAdvisor revealed the places that have seen the greatest increase in traveller interest this autumn, based on ...

The region of Belgium with the powers of Wales' dreams

How did a region of 3.5m people end up with the power to block the policy of the entire European Union? Share; Comments. Get daily news by email. glasseyesview/Flickr. The landscape between Visé and Aubel in Wallonia, Belgium. For a week, the ...and more »

The £1.5m Cardiff home with city perks but the feeling of living in the countryside

This luxury property, Brook House, has gone up for sale in Creigiau with an asking price of £,1500,000. If you've ever fancied a city home which makes you feel like you've got a spot of countryside all to yourself, this home in Cardiff could be perfect ...

Here's what happened to the players Wales just stopped picking and the reasons they aren't selected anymore

Wales have named their Autumn international squad and there are a lot of familiar faces to go alongside the uncapped trio of Sam Davies, Rory Thornton and Cory Hill. But what about the players Warren Gatland and Rob Howley have picked in the past that ...and more »

Man denies murdering 24

A man has denied murdering a 24-year-old woman in the Llandaff area of Cardiff . Jordan Matthews appeared at Cardiff Crown Court on Thursday, where he pleaded not guilty to murdering Xixi Bi. The 23-year-old from Ely Road in Llandaff appeared before ...and more »

Owners of 'Barry Eye' told not to use name by London Eye lawyers

The owners of Barry Island's ferris wheel have been told they can no longer refer to the attraction as the "Barry Eye". The Danter family have been sent an email by lawyers representing the owners of the London Eye, telling them to stop referring to ...and more »

Extra cash is being set aside for Assembly Members' security after the death of Jo Cox

Money has been set aside to improve the security of Assembly Members' homes and offices following the death of Jo Cox. Mrs Cox, who was MP for Batley and Spen, was shot and stabbed in Birstall, West Yorkshire, on June 16. An Assembly spokesperson ...and more »

Britain, US sending planes, troops to deter Russia in the east

EUROPE: Britain said on Wednesday it will send fighter jets to Romania next year and the United States promised troops, tanks and artillery to Poland in NATO's biggest military build-up on Russia's borders since the Cold War. Germany, Canada and other ...and more »

Crews attend to six deliberate refuse fires across Gwent

Three of the fires were in Newport; they attended to one on Chaffinch Way, Duffryn, at 9.04pm, one in Woodside, also in Duffryn, at 10.02pm and one in Ringland at 6.54pm. They also attended to a deliberate refuse fire in Georgetown, Tredegar, at 4.34pm ...

How Wales legend Adam Jones is helping to make the next England tight

Eddie Jones has revealed the role former Wales prop Adam Jones has played in the development of the next England tight-head. Harlequins front-rower Kyle Sinckler has been on the periphery of the England squad since 2014, but is one of only two ...and more »

Morning news headlines: Mission accomplished for Calais jungle clearance, France says; 'State of unease' for those ...

French officials have declared the clearance of the Calais Jungle complete with 234 children being resettled in the UK. A total of 5,596 people have been evacuated since the operation began on Monday with many of them being taken away on buses, French ...and more »

Wales breaking news plus live traffic, weather and M4 updates (Thursday, October 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 comments below or you can also tweet us @WalesOnline to share the news that's ...and more »

Packages containing conspiracy theory discs mysteriously planted ...

The discs contain a number conspiracy theories, including clips about NASA, McDonald's, the 'Flat Earth' theory, CNN, David Bowie and terrorist attacks.

Cement mixer driver dies after the lorry he was driving hit three parked cars

The driver of a cement mixer has died after he crashed into three parked cars, police have confirmed. The man, aged 52, was driving a Mercedes Cement Mixer on a road near Bridgend when he lost control and collided with three parked cars. The incident ...and more »

Two hundred cyclists prepare for 100

Two hundred colleagues, friends and supporters of a man battling a terminal brain tumour are taking on a 100 mile bike ride to raise funds for the hospital treating him. Super fit police constable Mike Evans from Bridgend , a 10 times Ironman, has ...

A controversial quarry extension near Cardiff has been approved despite residents' concerns

But while members of Cardiff council 's planning committee sympathised with concerns raised by people in Creigiau, Pentyrch , Groesfaen in Rhondda Cynon Taff, and other neighbours, they said there were not enough planning reasons to refuse the ...and more »

Uefa investigate Cardiff sites to build state

The likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero – and Gareth Bale – will all hope to be involved in next June's Champions League final in Cardiff . And youngsters from the Welsh capital are to be given a helping hand to emulate their heroes ...

Don’t pay the price this bonfire night! Attend an organised display!

As Halloween and November 5th draw closer, South Wales Fire and Rescue Service (SWFRS) is urging the public not to pay the price this bonfire night and celebrate this year's Bonfire Night

Who have Wales released for the regional derbies, who have they kept on board and what's the thinking?

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

Newydd retains Gold title

Email Army cadet force in Cynon Valley

I'm messaging you today to discuss the promotion of the ACF (Army cadet force) within Aberdare and the following areas.

Shop worker who fought off a masked man armed with a knife thought it was a Halloween 'joke'

A Post Office assistant hailed a “hero” after fighting off a would-be robber armed with a knife said she first thought it was “a joke”. Paula Hooper, 51, took on the man who was wearing a devil mask and carrying a foot-long kitchen knife when he ...and more »

13 literary treats to indulge in at this weekend's Cardiff Book Festival

Whether you want poetry or sport, classic fiction or a biting commentary, there is something for everyone at the inaugural Cardiff Book Festival, which runs from Friday, October 28 to Sunday, October 30. The line-up is jam-packed with must-see talks ...

A new independent steakhouse is coming to Newport and here's what we know about it so far

It seems like there's a new restaurant springing up in Newport every other week lately - and soon a new steakhouse will be joining them. The restaurant expansion is, of course, fantastic news for the city as it means Newport's foodie scene is starting ...

AMs are urged not to block what could be 'last major piece of legislation on Wales for a long time'

The package of powers that the UK Government plans to devolve to the National Assembly could be the “last major piece of legislation on Wales for a long time”, according to the man charged with taking the Wales Bill on the final stage of its journey ...and more »

You might be able to see the Northern Lights from Wales tonight

The magical Northern Lights will be visible from the UK on Wednesday night and you might be able to see them from Wales. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Space Weather Prediction Center issued a G2 storm watch, which is a ...and more »

This video shows what went on behind the scenes when the Severn Tunnel was closed

Images showing what went on behind the scenes during the Severn Tunnel's six-week closure have been released to celebrate its re-opening. The tunnel was shut for the longest period in its 130-year history as engineers carried out the necessary work to ...and more »

Cowbridge RFC fall short in absorbing encounter

The youth had a fine win against Aberdare several positions above them in the league. Showing their attacking skills initially they to defend manfully in the later stages and they ran out winners by 28-0. Both teams now have a break with first XV in ...and more »

These are officially Wales' tastiest things to eat and drink

Wales has certainly developed a fine reputation for itself as a foodie destination with award-winning restaurants, chefs and produce. Now it has achieved success as the annual Great Taste Awards, which are organised by the Guild of Fine Food and are ...

Fire in Cardiff street sees flames and smoke come through upstairs window

This was the scene at a house in Cardiff on Wednesday as flames and smoke emerged from an upstairs window following a fire. The fire service was called to Sanquhar Street in Adamsdown at around 12.10pm. A spokeswoman for South Wales Fire and ...

Chepstow Racecourse victory sees Thistlecrack made favourite for the 2017 Cheltenham Gold Cup

The smile on the face of trainer Colin Tizzard painted a picture of both relief and joy as Thistlecrack set out on the Timico Gold Cup trail with an effortless victory in the Aspen Waite Complete Business Growth Service Novices' Chase at Chepstow. In ...and more »

One of Cardiff's best known hotels has been bought for £24m

The four star Clayton Hotel, located close to Cardiff Central Train Station, has been acquired by its current operator in Ireland's largest hotel operator Dalata Hotels. A meeting room at the Clayton Hotel. The acquisition of the 216 bedroom hotel was ...and more »

Widow becomes charity patron in memory of late Wales rugby league international husband Danny

The widow of a Wales rugby league international who died of a heart condition last year says she hopes backing a Welsh charity will help ensure her husband's death was not in vain. Thousands were moved to tears when Danny Jones' wife Lizzie sang ...and more »

Wales' first public discussion on Brexit to be held in Ebbw Vale

Wales' first ever public discussion on what Brexit means for the people of Wales will be held in Ebbw Vale . The talk, organised by The Welsh Affairs Committee, will be held at the Ebbw Vale Institute on Monday, November 14. Topics up for discussion ...

Is this your lawnmower?

Is this your lawnmower? Officers found the lawnmower in Rhos Dyfed, Aberdare on Monday and believe it may have been stolen.

Local government settlement to hit hardworking families

Commenting on the release of the provisional local government settlement, Welsh Conservative Shadow Cabinet Secretary for L

Wales Care Awards winners celebrate receiving social care 'Oscars' at Cardiff ceremony

The 14th annual Wales Care Awards took place in Cardiff on October 21 with the winners celebrating in style at

This Welsh guest house is the best 'hidden gem' in the UK

A multi-award-winning country house in Carmarthenshire has added another feather to its cap by winning top honours at an awards ceremony to celebrate the UK's best B&Bs, guesthouses and independent small hotels. Llwyn Helyg Country House in ...

Police 'no further along' in finding out what happened to missing mother as house search ends

A search at a house in Cardiff as part of the investigation into the disappearance of a grandmother who has been missing since January has concluded. South Wales Police searched a property on Heol Trelai in Ely which has now finished. Searches at ...and more »

Live updates as trial of brothers accused of murdering man found in layby with gunshot wounds continues

The trial of two brothers accused of murdering a man found injured in a layby last July is due to resume on Wednesday morning. Stephen Bennett, 53, and Edward Bennett, 47, are alleged to have murdered husband and father Mark Jones, who was found ...

Dr Bridget Talks to Swansea Based Inspirational and Motivational Speaker Jamie Denyer

Life threw Grief Preacher Jamie Denyer a 'curve ball' when his teenage nephew Connor was murdered. It took a massive amount of effort for Jamie to recover from that shock and now he helps others to overcome their issues and look towards the future.

£1.1m Lottery Grant Awarded to Grade 2 Listed Building in Meliden

A £1.1m lottery grant has been awarded to a scheme aiming to turn a redundant goods shed into a heritage and enterprise centre. Residents of Meliden were celebrating after today's Big Lottery Fund announcement marked a significant milestone in their ...

Morning news headlines: Conservatives in turmoil over Heathrow third runway decision; Calais jungle clearance to ...

Theresa May's decision to back Heathrow expansion plunged the Conservatives into turmoil as Cabinet ministers hit out at the move and a prominent MP quit. Tory supporting councils are poised to support legal action challenging the plans and Foreign ...and more »

The independent inquiry into child sexual abuse opens its Welsh office

It will also mark the start in Wales of the inquiry's “truth project”, through which victims and survivors of abuse can share their experiences. Prof Jay said: “I am delighted be in Cardiff today to meet with representatives from across Wales to ...and more »

This stunning picture of an army boxer was taken by a Welsh soldier

For the second year running, Army Photographer Corporal Paul Shaw, of the Royal Logisitic Corps, has scooped a top prize in the Army Photographic Competition. He also won in the professional portrait category – the same category he won last year ...and more »


Wales' largest onshore wind farm has generated electricity for the first time. The £365m Pen-y-Cymoedd farm is being built between Neath and Aberdare by Swedish developers Vattenfall. The company said the breakthrough was "one of the biggest boosts ...and more »

Transport Secretary Chris Grayling argues Heathrow expansion is good for Wales

Yesterday the government took a momentous step by backing a new northwest runway at Heathrow. After decades of uncertainty about hub airport expansion in south east England, the new runway will deliver a huge boost to jobs and growth, and secure ...and more »

Plaid say Wales' police could be £25m a year better off if policing was devolved

The police forces of Wales could be more than £25m a year better off if the Assembly gains responsibility for policing, Plaid Cymru has claimed. The UK Government last year delayed the introduction of a new funding formula for forces in Wales and ...and more »

This is the moment a brave shop worker fought off a man with a knife and wearing a 'red devil' mask

A Post Office worker has been hailed a “hero” after chasing a man armed with a kitchen knife and wearing a 'red devil' mask out of the shop. The man went in the Post Office on Grand Avenue in Ely , Cardiff , at around 8.30am on Tuesday morning and ...and more »

Three people are charged following the death of 22

Three people have been charged in connection with the death of a young woman who died in a car crash in the Adamsdown area of Cardiff in August. South Wales Police have confirmed the three have been charged with various offences after the death of ...and more »

Wales to go down specialist No.8 route in replacing Lions star Taulupe Faletau

Wales are set to go for a specialist No 8 to replace Taulupe Faletau against Australia, with Ross Moriarty and Dan Baker battling it out for the starting spot. There had been some speculation that the likes of Sam Warburton, Dan Lydiate or James King ...and more »

'We have lost the battle' Looming closure of Cardiff's last all weather bowls club disappoints players

Disappointed bowls players say they are dismayed about the looming closure of the last all-weather green in Cardiff . Members of the St Mellons Bowls Club are upset that their club will close to make way for redevelopment work by Cardiff council early ...

Charity fundraiser was killed when she was struck by van after her car ran out of fuel

Louise Hopkins, 41, died on November 5, 2015, on the A465 Heads of the Valleys Road, between Pant and Dowlais, in Merthyr Tydfil . An inquest at Aberdare Coroners' Court on Tuesday heard the mum-of-one had died instantly as a result of a blunt head ...and more »

Charity fundraiser was killed when she was struck by a lorry after her ...

Louise Hopkins, 41, died from a blunt head trauma when she was hit by the lorry on the A465 Heads of the Valleys Road in Merthyr Tydfil.and more »

Cardiff hotel boss says the council's city centre plans will have a 'dire' impact on tourism

The manager of Cardiff's oldest hotel has said the council's plans for the city centre will have a “dire” impact on tourism. Jon Swingler, general manager of the 150-year-old Royal Hotel, argued that the lack of car access to the city centre will put ...

Ken Owens calls for Wales to learn from 'missed opportunity' of New Zealand summer tour for autumn international series

Ken Owens is backing Wales to draw on the positives from their summer tour of New Zealand in the autumn international series. Warren Gatland's side threatened for long spells in the first two tests against the All Blacks but eventually succumbed to the ...and more »

Five years of promises and prevarication, the story of Wales' direct rail link to Heathrow

The project was described as the most important announcement for Wales in 50 years when it was promised by the UK Government in 2012. Yet there is as yet no confirmed date for building it. This is the story of the much-spoken about 'Heathrow spur'.and more »

Plan to replace two Cynon Valley primary schools with state

“In Cynon Valley we have already delivered a number of outstanding new schools such as the £50m Aberdare Community School, Cwmbach Primary School, Ynysboeth Primary School, Cwmbach Primary School and Abercynon Community Primary School.

Cardiff has a brand new arts centre and wedding venue and this is what it's like

A former chapel in Cardiff has been transformed into an arts centre and wedding venue following a major two-year restoration project. Grade II-listed Ebeneser Chapel in Charles Street is now called Cornerstone, and is the city's newest mixed-use venue.

This mother is moving hundreds of miles to become a teacher on a ...

Laura Marriner is moving with her family to Muck, which is just over two miles wide and has to have its groceries shipped in.and more »

Who's fit, when do the English

Our man Simon Thomas does his best to throw light on some of the many complicated issues facing Rob Howley ahead of the Autumn kick-off with Australia.and more »

Ynysybwl animal rescue centre forced to close by council

An animal rescue centre in Ynysybwl which was the "last chance saloon" for cats and dogs is forced to close by the council.

Friends of the Animals RCT must close its pet rescue centre after planners said it couldn't operate out of a home

An animal welfare group in Rhondda Cynon Taff has been ordered to close a rescue centre for homeless pets which was operating out of its founder's home. Friends of the Animals RCT uses the base in Ynysybwl, called Wonky Towers, to temporarily house ...and more »

The 10 places around the world you MUST visit (and Wales is one of them)

Lonely Planet is one of the biggest and best-known guide books in the world. And they've just unveiled their Best in Travel 2017 list, naming the places they think are the world's most exciting places to see. Only one of them is in the UK - and that's ...

This primary school teacher has been named Merthyr's best teacher – after nomination from pupil, seven

An “encouraging” and “fun” primary school teacher has won the title of best teacher in Merthyr . Nikki Hagerty, a teacher at Coed-y-Dderwen Community Primary School, was named the champion of St Tydfil Shopping Centre's Star Teacher competition on ...

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A young man from Ebbw Vale has won a prestigious national business award in recognition of his enterprising instincts. Ben Witcomb, 26, was crowned Young Franchisee of the Year at an awards ceremony in Birmingham. Ben took over his family's plumbing ...

Heathrow expansion: call for shovels in ground 'as soon as possible'

Business groups and trade unions have welcomed the Government's reported backing for Heathrow, but voiced dismay at the ongoing delay before the airport can expand. Brian Strutton, general secretary of the pilots' union Balpa, said: "We are pleased the ...and more »

A Merthyr pub has won a 'Community Hero' award – for its commitment to spreading Christmas cheer

A pub on Merthyr Tydfil' s High Street has been named a “community hero” thanks to its commitment to spreading Christmas cheer. The New Crown Inn was named a regional winner in the Enterprise Community Heroes Awards, which took place last week.

This Merthyr couple got engaged on Ben Nevis as they climbed to raise money for the terminally ill

A woman got the surprise of her life when she reached the top of Ben Nevis. Susan Phillips, 43, was posing for a picture at the top of the mountain when she turned around to see her long-term partner Dai Owen, 47, down on one knee. Susan, who was ...

A handwritten note from Prince Charles to the people of Aberfan has been taken

A handwritten note on a wreath placed by Prince Charles on the 50th anniversary of the Aberfan disaster has been taken. The Prince of Wales laid the wreath at the cemetery where of some of the tragedy's 144 victims are buried on Friday afternoon.and more »

A handwritten note from Prince Charles to the people of Aberfan has been taken

A handwritten note on a wreath placed by Prince Charles on the 50th anniversary of the Aberfan disaster has been taken. The Prince of Wales laid the wreath at the cemetery where of some of the tragedy's 144 victims are buried on Friday afternoon.and more »

Why Aberdare's secondary education facilities will soon be 'unrivalled across the South Wales Valleys'

“The presence of two state-of-the-art education facilities – in the form of the £55m Aberdare Community School and this new £22m college campus – is unprecedented, I would argue anywhere, certainly across the South Wales Valleys. “It will deliver ...

Cardiff airport confident of more than doubling passenger numbers to reach three million

Chairman of Cardiff Airport Roger Lewis is confident that it can reach three million passengers over the next decade, as it continues to drive impressive passenger growth. The airport, which is owned by the Welsh Government, has achieved 16 months of ...

Vale derby in League Cup as underdogs Llantwit Major aim to beat ...

One of the wonderful things about cup competitions, especially in football, is how you can find the odd 'David v Goliath' encounter in amongst the fixtures.and more »

Who really owns Cardiff? The massive companies who own the city's most famous buildings

They're the landmark buildings that are some of the most visited in central Cardiff. But as you walk through and beside places like House of Fraser or the city's Victorian arcades, have you ever wondered who really owns them? Here are the companies ...

A decision on Heathrow's expansion is due today

Heathrow is widely expected to be given the green light to add one or two more runways. However other options include a new runway at Gatwick or extending Heathrow's existing runways. There have been calls in Wales for the Government to give Heathrow ...and more »

Liam Williams to miss Wales' clash with Australia and possibly the whole autumn campaign, say reports

Liam Williams will miss Wales' clash with Australia on Saturday week because of an ankle injury - according to reports. The Scarlets full-back came off hurt during the first half of his Region's Champions Cup defeat at Saracens last weekend, and the ...and more »

Australia missing star centre Samu Kerevi for Wales Test showdown

Australia will be missing injured star centre Samu Kerevi and unavailable scrum-half Will Genia for the showdown against Wales in Cardiff on November 5. Kerevi has been forced out of the tour after undergoing surgery for a syndesmosis injury suffered ...and more »

Wales named one of the best places on the planet to visit by one of the world's biggest guide books

We always knew Wales was one of the best places on the planet – and now there's even more proof. Wales is the only area of the UK to feature on the Lonely Planet's Best in Travel 2017 list. Food, thrills and stunning scenery were just some of the ...

Morning news headlines: Government to announce winner of airport expansion decision; More than 50 dead as ...

The long-awaited decision on which airport expansion scheme should get the go-ahead is to be finally made. The Government will choose which project to back, ending more than a year of uncertainty since the Davies Commission came out in favour of a ...and more »

Farmers say our rural economy loses out on £220000 a day due to low milk prices

Farmers claim Wales' rural economy loses £220,000 a day due to milk buyers failing to pass back the full value of improved market returns to milk producers. The National Farmers Union (NFU) will make the claim at today's Welsh Dairy Show in Carmarthen.and more »

'I won't let them beat me' Shop worker tells of fear as store targeted by masked robbers

A shop worker said she was left frozen with fear after her store was targeted by two masked robbers. Two men in masks entered Spar, in Gabalfa Avenue, Cardiff , at around 8.45pm on Sunday, demanding money from the till. One of the men said he had a gun ...

Transport minister makes EU cash pledge for South Wales Metro

The prospect of Brexit should not stop Wales bidding for EU funding to improve its infrastructure, according to Conservative Transport Minister Paul Maynard. Earlier this month Welsh Government Economy Minister Ken Skates had flagged up concerns about ...

Wife of former Wales and Leeds footballer Mark Aizlewood took her own life 'after break

Aizlewood, 57, from Aberdare, had pleaded not guilty to fraud by false representation in connection with football-based apprenticeships. NINTCHDBPICT000232457288. South Wales Echo. 3. The former footballer was in the process of discovering his wife ...

A police boss is calling for cannabis to be legalised for medicinal purposes

Arfon Jones, Police and Crime Commissioner for North Wales, wants the drug to be legal for medicinal purposes. He says the use of cannabis, currently a class B controlled drug, is of “considerable benefit” to sufferers of many illnesses. Mr Jones, a ...and more »

Can you name every rugby team Wales have ever played in capped Test matches?

It's the start of another Wales campaign, and once again the national team will be facing familiar opposition. Australia, Argentina, Japan and South Africa are all teams we have become familiar with over the years, but how many teams have Wales ...

A man from Splott needs help to build a community centre which will help homeless people

A Cardiff man who started a charity after a chance encounter with two homeless people has appealed for help to create a new community centre in Splott . Paul Gwilym, from Tremorfa , started his charity Boomerang in 2012 after talking to two homeless ...

Daytime show Lorraine criticised for talking about women's fashion during one minute silence for Aberfan

Some viewers said they were left “upset” and “disgusted” when ITV daytime show Lorraine failed to observe a one-minute silence for Aberfan on Friday. The current affairs show ran an item on women's fashion at 9.15am on October 21 while hundreds of ...

This is what readers said about Theresa May's Brexit meeting with devolved leaders

Theresa May's meeting with the leaders of the UK's devolved government provoked an angry debate in our comments section. The majority of respondents took issue with Wales' First Minister Carwyn Jones' insistence that Wales should get a vote on the ...and more »

The first village in Wales to be powered by the sun is now ready for its first residents

Wales' first solar powered village for affordable housing opens next month to accept tenants off the council housing register in Pembrokeshire. The cluster of six homes is not a local authority project, or that of a housing association, it is a purely ...

This is what it's like to ride Cardiff's new night bus

Having spent many hours getting home on night buses in London, I was expecting much the same in Cardiff - mainly an odd mix of weary late shift workers heading back to the suburbs and intoxicated party people. But it wasn't like that at all. During the ...and more »

Britain's fattest woman dumped by her boyfriend after losing weight

A woman who was dubbed Britain's fattest woman at 60st has been dumped by her boyfriend after losing a third of her weight. Georgia Davis, 24, also known as 'the take-away princess', set her sights on slimming down and lost an impressive 20st, but it ...

Welsh MP at centre of migrant dental test row has been sent death threats

The Welsh MP who suggested dental tests could be used to check the age of migrants has been sent death threats which he has reported to the police. Monmouth MP David Davies said it was now common for MPs to receive such threats, but he said he was ...and more »

Wales will have ALL of their English

Lions stars George North and Jamie Roberts will be available for Wales' November 5 showdown against Australia in Cardiff after Premiership Rugby agreed to releasing English-based stars for the fixture. Premiership Rugby, the body which represents the ...and more »

Watch the dramatic moment heroic former Welsh rugby player saves a man from plunging to his death

A former Welsh rugby player has been hailed a hero after his swift actions while working on London Bridge could have saved a man's life. Ex-Fijian soldier, Francis Tuinasakea, 31, who turned out for Llandaff North and Caerau Ely a few years ago before ...and more »

Justin Bieber storms off stage in Manchester due to fans screaming

He reportedly told fans: "I appreciate all the support, I appreciate love, I appreciate the kind things. But the screaming in these breaks has got to stop. Please and thank you. Share. Get daily news by email. Justin Bieber stormed off stage in ...

A motorway junction marked for closure will now stay open

The Welsh Government will not proceed with plans to close junction 41 of the M4 – in part because of uncertainties caused by Brexit and surrounding Tata Steel.and more »

Mountain Ash pupils opened a remembrance garden and helped launch the town's 2016 Poppy Appeal

Primary school children from two schools have helped open a Cynon Valley town's memorial garden – and launch the local Poppy Appeal. Year five and six pupils from Miskin Primary and Caegarw Primary took part in the opening service of the Mountain Ash ...

Remember, remember the elderly this November

A WELSH care firm is reminding anyone holding Bonfire night parties and letting off fireworks this November (2016) to be considerate with regards the elderly and vulnerable.


Apartments in Abernant win award for being ‘Visibly Better’

Tenants at Alltwen, a housing scheme for people aged 55 years and above, can now live independently for longer thanks to major design changes to support sight loss.


This building is home to some of Wales' most creative businesses

It is just yards from the centre of Cardiff and a newly opened hub for like-minded creative industry and technology firms is already making something of a splash. Tramshed Tech is part of the wider Tramshed regeneration scheme, which also has live/work ...

Welsh hooker Edd Shervington comes out of retirement to sign for Bristol

Welsh hooker Edd Shervington has come out of retirement after signing a short-term contract with struggling Bristol. Shervington has joined the club until the end of November, with Ross McMillan having been ruled out for six months with a knee injury.and more »

Where you can get FREE street food tacos and tequila in Cardiff next week

A Mexican restaurant is giving away FREE tacos and tequila to guests as part of its Day of the Dead celebrations. Wahaca , which has a restaurant in Cardiff , is giving guests the chance to raise a toast to loved ones of the past with its two-day offer.

Australia forward Dean Mumm banned for Wales showdown

Australia have received a setback after it emerged flanker Dean Mumm will miss the international against Wales on November 5 in Cardiff after being found guilty of striking New Zealand lock Brodie Retallick last Saturday. The incident occurred during ...and more »

A new tapas restaurant is opening in Cardiff next month

A new Spanish tapas restaurant and bar venue will open in the centre of Cardiff early next month. The Curado Bar is track to be open in time for the first game in Wales' rugby autumn series when they play Australia on November 5. Curado Bar is the ...and more »

The final word from the Liberty Stadium as Swansea City rue missed ...

Football is a game of chances. At the Liberty Stadium this weekend , there were first chances, last chances and missed chances. Making the most of them all will ...and more »

Theresa May told UK faces 'full

A respected think tank has warned the UK risks a “full-blown constitutional crisis” if a consensus is not agreed on the strategy for leaving the EU. The Institute for Government issued its warning as Theresa May prepares to meet the leaders of Wales ...and more »

Western Mail letters: Saturday, October 22, 2016

The reason for more regulation and much needed training for landlords is to remedy the problems caused by landlords who simply let out properties and bank the rents but do nothing else, leaving the long suffering neighbours to deal with the mess, noise ...

Morning news headlines: Work begins to tear down Calais jungle camp; PM offers to involve Scotland, Wales and ...

French authorities are to start clearing the squalid refugee camp in Calais known as the "Jungle" and dispersing its residents across the country. The clearing of the settlement is scheduled to begin on Monday morning, with buses used to transport the ...and more »

Welsh Secretary Alun Cairns argues Wales' economy needs more 'runway capacity in the southeast'

This week the government will announce plans to expand Heathrow or Gatwick. It's a decision that will have big implications for Wales for decades to come. There are three great options on the table. A new northwest runway at Heathrow, a second runway ...and more »

Hundreds of millions of pounds are at stake for Wales in Treasury negotiations

Hundreds of millions of pounds are at stake for Wales in key negotiations about how the funding system will change as a result of the Assembly gaining new tax powers, Cardiff University's Wales Governance Centre and the Institute for Fiscal Studies ...and more »

Georgia Davis 'Britain's fattest teenager' is dumped by her boyfriend

The woman who was Britain's fattest teenager has been dumped by her boyfriend because she was more interested in dieting than him. Georgia Davis, 24, from Aberdare in Wales, found love with fitness club cleaner Matthew Takel, 44, last year. Miss Davis ...

Britain's 'fattest woman dumped by her 9st boyfriend after losing ...

A woman who now weighs 40st has reportedly been dumped by her boyfriend after losing weight. Georgia Davis once tipped the scales at 60st and was dubbed ...

Tributes paid to Welsh father and Challenge Cup

Tributes have been paid to a father-of-three and WRU Challenge Cup-winning rugby player from Aberystwyth believed to have died after a crash in Spain. Eifion Gwynne, who played rugby for Aberystwyth and Llandovery, reportedly died after he was hit by a ...and more »

A young barber from Cardiff has proved he is a cut above as he starts sweeping up national awards

Tariq Howe from Fadez Barbershop in Ely has won many national barbering awards. This is the winning cut from his last competition at Salon International in London. A young barber from Cardiff has proved to be a cut above the competition and is sweeping ...

Wales' top rugby stars are taking all their clothes off for a very good ...

Over recent months, a number of Welsh rugby stars have led the way in stripping off to just their pants to promote the Oddballs underwear brand.and more »

'A student on work experience would have done a better job' Welsh MP's damning verdict of Piers Morgan interview

A Welsh MP has ripped into Piers Morgan following his appearance on ITV's Good Morning Britain – and said a work experience student would have done a far better job interviewing him. David Davies , MP for Monmouth , wrote the letter of complaint to ...and more »

House 'full of cannabis plants' found on one of Cardiff's busiest high streets

A house “full of cannabis plants” has been discovered on one of Cardiff's most bustling high streets. The flat, on Cowbridge Road East in Canton , is believed to be above the Nishi Rath Takeaway. Three men in their 20s have been arrested. It was seen ...and more »

Cathays becomes latest area of Cardiff to receive a deep clean – after six tonnes was cleared in Riverside

And hundreds of homes in the ward have been singled out for special “student packs” designed to give more information about which bins to put out when. Areas of Splott, Grangetown, Butetown and Canton have already been targeted as part of Cardiff ...and more »

What we know about Wales' injured rugby stars and the men who could be called up to replace them

It proved to be a costly weekend of European action for Wales, with four members of Rob Howley's autumn international squad emerging as injury concerns. Rugby correspondent Simon Thomas delivers the medical bulletin and assesses the potential ...and more »

Demands for council to reveal details of what it plans for popular Vale of Glamorgan country park

More details about a council's plans to bring a host of outdoor activities – possibly including zip wires and mountain biking – to a popular country park should be revealed, an opposition councillor has demanded. Earlier this year the Vale of Glamorgan ...

Talking points from Allianz Park as the Scarlets suffer key injuries against the Champions Cup holders

Hardly anybody gave the Scarlets a hope of upsetting European and English champions Saracens in the Champions Cup... and so it proved. But what were the talking points from the home side's 44-26 victory at Allianz Park in north London? Andy Howell ...and more »

This Casualty actor injured himself on set in Cardiff and ended up in casualty for real

The cast of TV's Casualty were hit with a real-life emergency when a guest actor collapsed on set and was rushed for treatment – at Holby City. Brian Jackson – best known for the Man from Del Monte adverts – was filming the BBC medical drama when he ...and more »

Everything you need to know about breast cancer diagnosis and survival rates in Wales

More people are surviving breast cancer in Wales than ever before but the diagnosis rate continues to rise, new figures reveal. A new study by the Welsh Cancer Intelligence and Surveillance Unit has found that breast cancer is still the most common ...and more »

A man was taken to hospital after his car overturned in Barry

A man was taken to hospital after his car overturned in Barry in the early hours of this morning. Emergency services were called to the incident, which happened on Ffordd Y Mileniwm, The Waterfront at 4.04am on Sunday morning. South Wales Fire and ...and more »

Welsh rocker Jayce Lewis built his new studio himself on the site of an old monastery

He's had a number one album in Japan and India and a top 10 album in six countries. Welsh rocker Jayce Lewis has also worked with greats like Gary Numan, Queen drummer Roger Taylor, Brian May, Steve Strange and Swedish singer songwriter and ...

Promotion talk on the cards after stunning win against Nottingham Forest

Neil Warnock could scarcely believe it when Sky TV asked him whether promotion with Cardiff City was possible this season. Little wonder. After all, it is still just three points to the relegation zone and with the likes of Aston Villa and Leeds United ...and more »

The 70s cops who lived undercover in a Welsh village to help smash a worldwide drugs ring

Steve Jackson and Eric Walker lived out of a battered old transit van on the outskirts of the small village of Llanddewi Brefi in west Wales. Anyone who met them soon learned that they were searching for Eric's brother, who had absconded from police ...

Take That will play a concert at the Liberty Stadium, Swansea, next summer

Pop legends Take That are coming to play at the Liberty Stadium in Swansea next summer, it has been announced. The international chart toppers are booked to play the venue on Wednesday, June 14, with support from fellow nineties pop act, All Saints, ...and more »

Liam Williams and George North hand Wales 'worrying' injury scares ahead of Autumn matches

Wales have been hit by a quadruple injury blow as Northampton wing George North and Scarlets trio Liam Williams, Scott Williams and Jake Ball all picked up injuries just two weeks before the opening Autumn international against Australia. Northampton ...and more »

This heap of clothes piled up in a Cardiff shopping centre shows how much we throw away every 90 seconds

This one-tonne pile of clothes to show how much is wasted was the centrepiece of the launch of Cardiff Fashion Week 2016 . Models marched through the capital to officially launch the event. Dressed in high fashion designs created by etho-eco fashion ...and more »

The Welshman who tried to watch 365 different sports in 365 days

He's probably Wales' leading Christmas tree thrower and has watched some of the world's most obscure sports. Now, Kieren Blake is to complete his challenge to watch more than 300 sports in a year-long worldwide adventure.

Why were Swansea City players wearing black armbands? Swans take on Watford at the Liberty Stadium

Swansea City took on Watford at the Liberty Stadium in Bob Bradley's first home game in charge since replacing Francesco Guidolin at the South Wales club. It' was a must-win clash for the new manager with the Hornets in form and Swans sitting in 19th ...and more »

Why Rob Howley's Wales should be wary of Michael Cheika's Australia despite All Blacks defeat

New Zealand 37 Australia 10. Look at that scoreline and you'd assume this was another routine victory for the back-to-back world champions at Auckland's Eden Park. Wrong, for this was a hugely competitive Test with the Wallabies perhaps putting in ...and more »

Plaid Cymru leader says Wales must stay in the single market

The Rhondda National Assembly member also refused to rule out formally joining a coalition with Labour in Cardiff Bay but stressed “we are not looking to do that now”. Ms Wood told BBC Radio 4's Today programme that the EU referendum result, which saw ...

Wales choose not to play 2017 friendly at Principality Stadium

Wales football chiefs have ruled out playing a friendly at the Principality Stadium in March next year, according to reports. Chris Coleman's men have staged their home games at the Cardiff City Stadium for the last five years, with their most recent ...and more »

The swimming pool at Cardiff's Llanishen Leisure Centre has closed until the end of October for 'essential repairs'

Engineers are working "around the clock" to try to get Cardiff's Llanishen Leisure Centre pool reopened after a technical failure forced its closure. But the council has revealed it could remain closed for the whole of the half term week . The pool was ...

Group appear in court following disturbances in Newport

A man has appeared in court charged with violent disorder following a so-called “riot” in Newport's Pill area. Wearing a T-shirt reading “Just Do It” Gary Radford, 24, of Bowen Place, Newport , pleaded not guilty to the offence at Newport Magistrates ...and more »

The 6 Christmas markets you'll find in Newport this year

Rural-style markets are becoming increasingly popular and as we get closer Christmas, it's no surprise to hear we can expect more of these traditional events. In the run up to Christmas, there will be a number of markets going on in various locations ...

A Welsh council is in talks to help establish a Wales National Super Prix

A motor racing event that would see roads closed and competitors in a variety of cars speeding through the streets could be coming to Swansea . Swansea council is in talks with motorsports group SVG Racing, and if it goes ahead it would be a ...

All the details you need to know about Cardiff Fashion Week 2016

Cardiff Fashion Week kicks off today in a celebration of all things fashion in the Welsh capital. This is what you can expect and the timetable of events. Share; Comments. Get daily news by email. Holly Patterson. Love fashion? Then here is all you ...and more »

Implant call for Welsh patients with bowel condition

Colorectal surgeon Julie Cornish, at the Royal Glamorgan Hospital in Llantrisant, Rhondda Cynon Taff, said patients in Wales were "essentially getting a second-rate service". She said: "SNS should be a core treatment. If you look at the cost of a ...

The huge economic impact of the firms that make up this year's Wales Fast Growth 50

It was a momentous decision and one that placed a direct spotlight on the ability of indigenous businesses to grow the economy over the next few years. Given this economic uncertainty, the performance of firms such as those featured on the 2016 Fast ...

Bid launched to stop people who don't live in Wales getting elected to Assembly

A bid has been launched to stop people who don't live in Wales standing in Assembly elections. Two former Welsh Secretaries have joined forces to try and bar people who are not on the electoral register in Wales becoming candidates. A call for a ban on ...and more »

This is how Aberfan marked 50 years since the tragedy that claimed 144 lives

Wales fell silent today on the 50th anniversary of the Aberfan disaster to remember the 144 victims who lost their lives after the appalling tragedy. A minute's silence was observed across Aberfan, Wales and the UK, while tributes, remembrance services ...

14 fun things to do with the kids this half term in Bridgend (and half of them are free)

It might seem like only last week the kids were walking back into school in their crisp new uniforms, but October half term is already upon us. And if you're wondering how you're going to fill the days next week don't worry. We have put together a ...

Police investigating missing Cardiff grandmother end search at one property

Officers investigating the disappearance of a Cardiff grandmother have concluded their search at one property in the city. South Wales Police had been searching at a property in Abermouth Road, Gabalfa, as part of the investigation into missing woman ...and more »

Abercanaid woman, 88, died of 'deficient care' in hospital

An 88-year-old woman who died after being admitted to hospital with a broken leg received "deficient nursing care", an inquest has found. Tegwen Roderick from Abercanaid, Merthyr Tydfil, died from blood poisoning at Ysbyty Cwm Cynon, Mountain Ash, ...

The cost of parking your car in Rhondda Cynon Taf could be about to get cheaper

A six week consultation process will begin shortly and will include direct engagement with traders and shoppers in the five town centres with pay and display car parks: Pontypridd , Aberdare , Mountain Ash , Tonypandy and Porth . You will also be able ...

Over 350 cannabis plants seized after two police raids in Cardiff

Around 360 cannabis plants were seized by police on Thursday after raiding two factories in separate suburbs of Cardiff. Officers from South Wales Police discovered the first factory at a house in Clive Street, Grangetown, at approximately 1pm. Around ...


Most of the oil that leaked from a damaged pipeline into a Welsh river has been recovered. Between 70,000 and 100,000 litres of kerosene were thought to have ...and more »

Tributes to the former assistant Bishop of St Asaph

Bishop Huw spent his entire ministry in Wales – starting as a curate in Aberdare and rising to Dean of Brecon before being consecrated as Bishop of St Davids. Academically gifted, he was also a sub-warden at St Michael's Theological College, Llandaff ...

This is the Queen's personal message to the people of Aberfan

The Queen has sent a personal message to the people of Aberfan as they marked 50 years since the tragedy. The message was signed Elizabeth R and delivered by Prince Charles, who met with families in the small former mining village. Charles visited ...

Riot police deployed in city after reports of fires and fireworks set off

Riot police and helicopters were deployed last night after reports of a disturbance in the centre of Newport . Eyewitness reports said there were helicopters, riot police and fire engines deployed to help calm the disturbance that reportedly happened ...and more »

Syrian doctor said he would rather return to war

A Syrian doctor has said he prefers war-torn Aleppo to “miserable” Cardiff and now looks to be on his way home to Damascus. Dr Abdul Kader Al-Zuebi has only been in the country for two weeks, but said he has not enjoyed his time staying in a “miserable ...and more »

Residents' satisfaction with Cardiff council is down by more than 10%

A council have been accused of failing to 'deliver on the basics' as satisfaction with council services has plummeted by more than 10% in a year. Cardiff council have also missed targets in education and social care – despite Cardiff being the third ...and more »

Newport Gwent Dragons hand first start to Wales Under

Wales Under-20s star Harri Keddie will be handed his first start for the Newport Gwent Dragons in the region's Russian adventure against Enisei-STM on Saturday (1pm). Keddie was part of the Wales U20s squad that won the Six Nations Grand Slam last ...and more »

11 breakfasts in Newport you'll want to wake up for

Breakfast is widely regarded as the most important meal of the day so it's a good job Newport has plenty of newly opened eateries to complement the existing breakfast haunts. Along with new cafes and restaurants, what we're eating for breakfast has ...

Retired police superintendent found guilty of sexually abusing boys in his care

Gordon Anglesea, who won £375,000 libel damages from media accusing him of involvement with paedophiles, used his position and “connections with authority” to molest his two victims while running a “naughty boy school” in North Wales, Mold Crown ...and more »

Treorchy Primary School will be 'deep cleaned' over half term due to 'serious sickness bug'

A primary school will be closed for a 'deep clean' over half term following a 'serious sickness bug' in the school. Treorchy Primary School in the Rhondda has been forced to cancel a number of events due to the "nasty sickness bug", with teachers ...

Thug tried to rob a taxi driver by grabbing him around the neck and repeatedly punching him in the face

A thug who attempted to rob a taxi driver will spend an extra year behind bars after his prison sentence was increased. Daniel Elliott was jailed for two years and eight months' for attempted robbery and actual bodily harm at Cardiff Crown Court ...

A nurse's stunning rendition of 'Myfanwy' in memory of Aberfan brought a hospital to a standstill

A nurse brought a hospital to a standstill with a beautiful rendition of 'Myfanwy' in memory of the victims of the Aberfan disaster. Olwen Morgan, a senior matron at Neath Port Talbot Hospital , sang the traditional Welsh song before staff and patients ...and more »

Council leader apologises for losing her temper with a BBC crew

A Welsh council leader lost her temper with a BBC journalist pressing her to answer questions on a contract that allowed consultants to profit from cost cutting. Ceredigion council leader Ellen ap Gwynn told BBC Two's Who's Spending Britain's Billions?and more »

Why a tiny budget increase for Rhondda Cynon Taf council is actually very good news

Rhondda Cynon Taf council's budget will be increased by 0.2% in 2017-18 - which is possibly the best news the authority has had in half a decade. Rhondda Cynon Taf council 's leader Andrew Morgan has "welcomed the protection" from the Welsh ...

South Pembs. Golf Club Lady Captain's Charity Day

About 80 players took part and it was good to see entrants from as far away as Langland Bay and Pontadowe, Derllys Court and Aberdare, as well as the local clubs. We were blessed with good weather and the course was in immaculate condition thanks to ...and more »

Councillors in Cardiff back plans to restrict building of new shared homes in densely

Cardiff councillors have approved restrictions on approving new shared houses in student-heavy areas of the city. The authority had published plans which would impose strict criteria before new so-called houses in multiple occupancy (HMOs) could be ...

The definitive story of Swansea City's 100 Premier League games at the Liberty Stadium

When Swansea City won promotion to the Premier League in 2011, few outside South Wales would have wagered the Swans would remain at British football's top table five years down the line. Yet as Bob Bradley prepares his squad for a clash with Watford ...and more »

Iron Maiden singer Bruce Dickinson popped into a Cardiff bar to pull pints

It's not every day you get to see the lead singer of the world's most famous heavy metal band pulling pints. But that is exactly what happened in Cardiff's Fuel Rock Club on Thursday night when Iron Maiden singer Bruce Dickinson turned up behind the bar.

Police hunting rapist who has been on the run for three weeks make an arrest

Police searching for a rapist wanted in connection with an arson attack have made an arrest. Richard Pentreath, aka Hilary Clifford Thomas, has been at large for almost three weeks during which time he is believed to be linked to a house fire in ...and more »

Michael Sheen backs Welsh survey which encourages arts & culture lovers to share their everday experiences

Michael Sheen has thrown his support behind a 24-hour arts and culture initiative which starts at noon. For 24 hours between noon today (October 21) and tomorrow the people of south east Wales are being asked to take part in a culture event to find the ...

Owners of Award

The business behind some of Britain's best known inns saw a continued strong performance over the summer season with impressive sales growth underpinned by consistently good room occupancy and general footfall through its restaurants.

Morning news headlines: Witney Tories survive Lib Dem challenge to hold Cameron's old seat; Make me happy, bin ...

The Conservatives survived a strong challenge from the Liberal Democrats to hang on to David Cameron's old parliamentary seat, despite seeing their majority slashed in the Witney by-election. Barrister Robert Courts secured the victory over Lib Dem Liz ...and more »

Wales breaking news plus live traffic, weather and M4 updates (Friday, October 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 comments below or you can also tweet us @WalesOnline to share the news that's ...and more »

Wales set to fall silent as the nation remembers Aberfan

Wales will fall silent today as the nation remembers one of the bleakest chapters in its history – the Aberfan disaster. Fifty years after the tragic events of October 21, 1966, the community in the former mining village will come together to remember ...

Plaid Cymru is challenged to build a new type of politics in Wales to counter the right

She took her Rhondda seat from Labour in this year's Assembly election and she hopes that Plaid and not Ukip will win the backing of further disillusioned Labour voters. Turning her guns on Ukip, she said: “Ukip seem to be plagued with infighting and ...

Cardiff to welcome child refugees from the Calais Jungle in the next few days

Cardiff Council is to welcome child refugees from the Calais migrant camp into the city over the next few days. It is understood they will be reunited with their families but it is not known how may children will be arriving, Cardiff Council has ...

This Welsh teenager is deaf and blind but she can drive a car

But for Emma Gaylard, from Newport , getting the hang of parking and turning corners was harder than for most – because she is deafblind. The 18-year-old has a severe visual and hearing impairment which has been with her for most of her life. When she ...

Crafted in Newport is on the move to a new city centre location

Newport's own design-led store is preparing to move into it's third venue in less than a year. Over the past 10 months, Crafted has been test-trading the concept across a number of locations in Newport city centre. What started as a pop-up in Kingsway ...

The photographer who took one of the defining images of Aberfan wishes he had never taken it

The image of this young girl being carried from the wreckage of Pantglas Junior School became one of the defining images taken in the aftermath of the Aberfan disaster. Susan Maybank, now Susan Robertson, was eight years old when she was helped to ...and more »

Significant drop in number of drivers caught in Cardiff bus lanes but thousands are still fined

There was a big drop in the number of people fined for using Cardiff 's bus lanes last month – although thousands of drivers were still caught out. Cardiff council figures showed a total of 6,151 tickets were handed out in September, a fall of almost 1 ...

This 'utterly mad' and 'truly disturbing' Wales

A new Wales-set horror movie dubbed "truly disturbing" by critics is to feature at a Halloween film festival in Cardiff next weekend (Sunday, October 30). Hosted at Chapter Arts Centre , Abertoir Cardiff - a one-day off-shoot of the annual horror bash ...

The astonishing moment a truck driver brazenly fly

This is the astonishing moment a driver appears to deliberately dump a lorry-load of rubbish in a Cardiff country lane. Driving along Mardy Road in Rumney in broad daylight a load of bulky goods are tipped on to the road. Among the items dumped was a ...and more »

REVEALED: The Wales legend who former referee Howard Webb claims gave him 'most grief'

Former referee Howard Webb has revealed which footballer gave him what he dubs 'the most grief' during his career with the whistle. The referee-turned-pundit has taken charge of some of the highest-profile matches in recent years, including the 2010 ...

Former Welsh boxing champion 'squeezes her husband's hand' while in coma

Former Welsh boxing champion Rachael Buckland is said to be in stable condition after fracturing her skull and has managed to squeeze her husband's hand. The 25-year-old mum is currently in an induced coma at the University Hospital of Wales in Heath, ...and more »

Cardiff's first ever freerunning academy is due to open this weekend

A group of daredevils who have appeared on Britain's Got Talent is opening Cardiff 's first ever freerunning academy this weekend. Fluidity Freerun has taken over the old Infinity warehouse in Tremorfa to replicate an outdoor environment of wooden ...and more »

Two teenagers killed in a car crash were 'racing a friend to McDonald's' when the tragedy happened

Two teenagers killed in a car crash were racing a friend to McDonald's when their car smashed head on into another, an inquest has heard. Conor Tiley, 18, and Connor Williams, 17, died when the Fiesta they were in collided with a Vauxhall Astra in ...and more »

Aberfan 50 years on: A tragedy we will always remember, told by the people who will never forget

I knew as soon as I came out of the class that my sister was gone. You only had to look up the top end of the school and it was just... Well, it wasnt there. _\- Brian Williams_. **It was the last day of school before the half\-term holidays and Brian ...and more »

Leanne Wood doesn't rule out Plaid Cymru joining Labour in coalition

Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood has told us that the question of whether her party could join a coalition with Labour remains part of an “ongoing debate”. But on the eve of the Plaid Autumn Conference, she claimed her party is making a success of the ...and more »

New pill to be made available on the Welsh NHS for patients suffering with a severe skin condition

A new pill is set to be made available on the Welsh NHS for patients suffering with a severe form of the skin condition psoriasis. In a U-turn by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) patients will now be able to access Otezla on ...and more »

'Dangerous' American businessman admits murdering woman in Cardiff hotel

An American businessman has admitted the murder of a Cardiff student found dead in a Cardiff hotel room. Sammy Almahri, 45, changed his plea at Cardiff Crown Court this morning and admitted the murder of 28-year-old Nadine Aburas. Almahri had ...and more »

How Leigh Halfpenny's return home could be part of an extraordinary Welsh transfer merry

Which Welsh region could Halfpenny join, where will Liam Williams be playing his future rugby and what about new Wales star Sam Davies? Share; Comments. Get rugby news by email. The Welsh player merry-go-round we could see next summer ...

George North has 'no side letter and nothing in his contract' that allows him to play for Wales against Australia

George North's club Northampton are adamant he will not be able to play for Wales against Australia, as things stand. Lions winger North has told the Welsh management he is free to face the Wallabies on November 5 and they remain confident that will ...and more »

This is why Rhondda AM Leanne Wood is backing plans to re

Rhondda AM Leanne Wood says she is fully behind plans to reopen Penygraig's outdoor paddling pool, as she shares fond memories of using the facility as a child. Last week, we revealed that plans are ongoing behind the scenes to re-open the forgotten ...

Bridgend Carer in line for Nurse of the Year award

Angela, who has been shortlisted in the Nurse of the Year category of the awards sponsored by Ontex UK, is originally from Aberdare and began her training as a mental health nurse at the age of 18 at the Whitchurch Hospital in Cardiff, qualifying three ...and more »

Bridgend Carer in line for Nurse of the Year award

Angela, who has been shortlisted in the Nurse of the Year category of the awards sponsored by Ontex UK, is originally from Aberdare and began her training as a mental health nurse at the age of 18 at the Whitchurch Hospital in Cardiff, qualifying three ...and more »

Tiny Rebel's new Newport brewery will have a space for beer festivals

Newport's award-winning brewery has been granted permission to go ahead with its new brewery site, which will include a 'flexible community space' to host events. Tiny Rebel has been given the go-ahead by Newport City Council to start work on its new ...and more »

Why Amazon and Trago Mills are brilliant news for job seekers in Aberdare

Amazon's seasonal recruitment drive and the huge Trago Mills development in Merthyr Tydfil are excellent opportunities for Aberdare job-seekers, according to the local Job Centre. Around 80 people have already gained temporary winter employment at the ...

Cardiff commuters 'penned in like battery hens' on 'dangerously' overpacked trains

Rail passengers were 'penned in like battery hens' on overcrowded trains during today's morning commute into Cardiff. Commuters at railways stations in the capital were unable to get on Arriva Trains services on the Rhymney line stations on Thursday ...

Tributes paid to former Dean of Brecon

Originally from the Swansea Valley, he was educated at Pontardawe Grammar School, Bangor University and University College, Oxford. He spent his entire ministry in Wales – starting as a curate in Aberdare and rising to Dean of Brecon, a post he held ...

The Wales stars who arrived on the international scene with a bang but then lost their way

Tavis Knoyle is set to move to the Dragons from the Blues and it gets forgotten he has 11 Wales caps. We look at the others who came and went all too quickly. Share; Comments. Get rugby news by email. Paul Turner, Chris Wyatt, Matthew Robinson and ...and more »

Haverfordwest school merger plans to be discussed

Plans to merge two secondary schools in Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, will be discussed on Thursday. Full council is asked to back holding a consultation to close both Sir Thomas Picton and Tasker Milward schools and establish an 11-19 school.

Wales boss Chris Coleman to get the freedom of Swansea

Wales football manager Chris Coleman is set to receive the freedom of Swansea at a special event in the city today. The football star is to be bestowed with the title of Honorary Freedom of the City and County of Swansea. James Dean Bradfield of the ...and more »

Morning news headlines: Theresa May to tell European leaders there will be no second Brexit referendum; Trump: I ...

Theresa May will tell European leaders directly that there will be no second referendum on Brexit when she addresses them for the first time in Brussels. The Prime Minister will tell counterparts that the "priority now has got to be looking to the ...and more »

£20000 trainee GP offer to boost doctor recruitment

A group of GPs in Rhondda - where up to half of family doctors are over 55 - created their own website aimed at tackling recruitment issues. It follows on from long-term concerns about doctors retiring and some practices being handed back to health boards.

Veteran broadcaster breaks into tears remembering what he saw at Aberfan

Veteran broadcaster Vincent Kane has tearfully spoken about his memories of the Aberfan disaster in the lead up to the 50th anniversary on Friday. Kane, who reported on the 1966 disaster and its aftermath, told Channel 4 how after 50 years he still ...and more »

Every council in Wales will face a real

Every local authority in Wales will have a real-terms cut in funding from next April, it has been announced. But leaders of the 22 councils can take comfort from the fact that things could have been worse. Finance and Local Government Minister Mark ...

A flaming meteor

A flaming object - which could be a meteor from space - has been spotted plummeting from the sky and into the ocean off the South Wales coast. The amazing footage was captured by Mark James on Wednesday evening. A flying object plummets to earth ...

Former Wales goalkeeper Gary Sprake has died at the age of 71

Leeds United led the tributes to Sprake and said all of the players, management, and staff are "sending their condolences and support to the Sprake family at this difficult time." As a mark of respect they said they will be holding a minute's applause ...and more »

Wales stick to their guns on availability of George North as saga takes another new twist

Wales remain confident George North will be available for the opening autumn international against Australia despite conflicting comments from his club Northampton. Lions winger North has told the Welsh management he is free to line up against the ...

Police investigate deliberate fire at disused school which sent smoke billowing into the sky

Four fire crews from Ferndale, Aberdare, Tonypandy and Hirwaun responded to the call, along with a water bowser from Aberdare. More than 20 firefighters tackled the blaze, which is believed to have been started in a single story timber frame building ...

It is world famous as the town of books but Hay

It is famous the world over as a town of books – and each summer it plays host to Britain's most famous annual literary festival. But the Powys town of Hay-on-Wye, which boasts dozens of second-hand bookshops, is now facing the threat of its own public ...and more »

Why the saga over English

Two and a half weeks before the game we still don't know who's available. This isn't a pub match, it's international rugby. Share; Comments. Get rugby news by email. Wales players huddle during training. You'd expect there to be uncertainty about who ...and more »

This is when the Christmas lights are being switched on in your Cardiff neighbourhood

If you live in the Cardiff area there are lots of local events taking place outside the city centre to celebrate the start of the Christmas season. These are the Christmas lights switch ons we know about so far are taking place in communities across ...and more »

12 ways Friars Walk has changed Newport for the better

Friars Walk turns one in November, and it's already made a huge impact on the city. From leisure and food to big shops, it's even helped the smaller independent firms, all while making Newport a more interesting city to visit.and more »

New push for cash to make Cardiff's station fit for millions of new users

New Shadow Welsh Secretary Jo Stevens made her debut at Welsh Questions with a challenge to the UK Government to ensure Cardiff has a train station that is “fit for purpose”. The Cardiff Central MP claimed that passenger numbers are predicted to reach ...and more »

Police are still searching two Cardiff houses as they investigate mother's disappearance

Police investigating the disappearance of a Cardiff grandmother are continuing to search two properties in the city. Lorraine Ridout has been missing since January this year. Specialist search teams, including forensic experts, began working at two ...and more »

English rugby bosses could now release ALL Welsh players for Australia match amid utter confusion

Rob Howley may yet get use of ALL his English-based players for the November 5 clash with Australia, with club bosses in England now undecided on what stance to take. The thorny matter of player release was discussed at the monthly board meeting of ...and more »

Theresa May backs minute's silence across entire UK in memory of Aberfan disaster

Prime Minister Theresa May has backed a Welsh MP's call for the 50th anniversary of the Aberfan disaster to be marked with a minute's silence across the whole United Kingdom on Friday. During Prime Minister's Questions, MPs of different parties paid ...and more »

Calls for dual railway line on Valleys service following 'train chaos' and overcrowding

Trains between Barry Island, Cardiff Central, Bridgend, Merthyr Tydfil, Aberdare and Treherbert were all affected. Leanne Wood raised the issue of overcrowding at the First Minister's Questions on Tuesday calling for the valley line in the Rhondda to ...

Morning news headlines: Ministers 'warned of GDP fall' after customs union exit

Quitting the European customs union risks causing a 4.5% fall in GDP by 2030, Cabinet ministers have reportedly been warned. Pulling out of the agreement could also clog up trade through Britain's ports, economic reports circulated at a Brexit Cabinet ...and more »

Model jailed after trying to run over a love rival with his gold car

A model has been jailed for trying to run over a love rival in his gold car. Model Rommel Alleyne, 25, flew into a rage after spotting the man hand in hand with a former girlfriend. Alleyne - known as 'Rome' - swerved his customised gold Peugeot at ...and more »

The £2000 leggings helping Gareth Bale stay injury

They don't exactly look like a great pair of tracksuit bottoms, so just what is Gareth Bale wearing on his legs here? Unsurprisingly it's no fashion statement but the latest recovery method used by the Real Madrid and Wales superstar. After scoring in ...and more »

A 17th century coaching inn near Brecon is up for sale for £375k

A coaching inn on the outskirts of Brecon has gone on the market for the first time in 14 years. The Grade II-listed Castle Coaching Inn at Trecastle, which dates back to the 17th century, is up for sale for £375,000. The property has 10 letting ...

Teacher admits grooming 'extremely vulnerable' pupil who reported his 'crude' messages to Childline

Patrick Leslie Toogood had been employed at the Step-Ahead Educational Centre on Gors Avenue in Swansea for what is understood to be around 10 years. He was described in court as having served as the acting head at the specialist educational unit, the ...

Jobless total in Wales falls by 5000 despite rise in the rest of the UK

The number of people out of work in Wales fell by 5,000 in the three months to the end of August. Wales also saw the largest growth in private sector employment of any UK nation or region, pushing the total number of people in work to 1,459,000.and more »

Live updates as trial of American businessman accused of murdering student found dead in Cardiff hotel begins

The trial of an American businessman accused of murdering a woman who was found dead in a Cardiff hotel room is set to get under way today. Sammy Almahri, 45, has been charged with the murder of 28-year-old Nadine Aburas. Miss Aburas' body was ...and more »

Halloween 2016 events in Cardiff: The best deals for trick or treating

If you and your kids are desperate to trick or treat this Halloween you can do it without busting your bank balance. There are fantastic deals on for all your Halloween events at the supermarkets so you can enjoy the evening in style.and more »

An MP thinks child migrants should have their teeth tested to check their age before they come to UK

A Welsh MP claims teenage migrants who are being sent to the UK from the Calais jungle should have their teeth tested to check their age. Monmouth MP David Davies has suggested adults could be trying to make their way among the children who are ...and more »

Wales breaking news plus live traffic, weather and M4 updates (Wednesday, October 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 comments below or you can also tweet us @WalesOnline to share the news that's ...

Winners Announced for 2016 Social Business Wales Awards

The names of this year's winners for the Social Business Wales Awards have been announced. The winners were revealed at a ceremony held at the Liberty Stadium in Swansea on 28 September 2016 in front of an invited audience of VIP guests from the ...and more »

Young Welsh prop Nicky Thomas joins Scarlets from Gloucester

The Scarlets have strengthened their front-row resources by signing former Ospreys prop Nicky Thomas from Gloucester on a two-year deal. The 22-year-old has already linked up with Wayne Pivac's squad at Parc y Scarlets and will provide the West Walians ...and more »

Government accused of ducking key questions about the use of lethal drone strikes that killed Cardiff man Reyaad Khan

The UK Government has been accused of ducking key questions about the use of lethal drone strikes. A major report from the Joint Committee on Human Rights (JCHR) was published earlier this year in the wake of the killing of former Cardiff schoolboy ...and more »

Welsh councils could pool £13bn pension schemes for new era of investment

Proposals by Wales' eight local government pension schemes to pool £13bn of investments has spurred hopes that a new source of funding for infrastructure in this nation could be unlocked. The eight Welsh Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) funds ...

These are the events marking 50 years since the Aberfan disaster

A series of commemorative events have been organised in and around Merthyr Tydfil to remember those killed in the Aberfan disaster 50 years on from the tragedy. The events, taking place throughout the week, are in addition to a minute's silence being ...and more »

Pentonville Prison stabbing: Inmate killed and two injured

A prisoner has died and two others were critically injured in a stabbing at HMP Pentonville, leading to claims the prison system is in a "dark place". Jamal Mahmoud, 21, died at the London prison on Tuesday. Two prisoners, aged 34 and 26, have been ...and more »

Cartoon showing girl cutting up a rabbit removed from shop window after parent complains to police

A graphic cartoon of a young girl knifing a rabbit and slicing its eye out has been removed from a shop window following a complaint to police. Tattooist Lee Clements said he thought he was the victim of a prank when officers visited his Barry store ...

An office

A project to revitalise Pontypridd's precinct site could create hundreds of jobs, the council says – with the plans to be formally looked at this week. In July, Rhondda Cynon Taf council revealed its plan to bring the town centre land – where the Taff ...

It's one of Wales' most common lung diseases

There are “clear inconsistencies” in the diagnosis and management of one of Wales' most common lung diseases, a new report has found. The Royal College of Physicians (RCP) assessed the clinical effectiveness of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease ...and more »

Here's your chance to learn more about the Cross Valley Link project which will ease traffic around Mountain Ash

Andrew Morgan, leader of Rhondda Cynon Taf council and cabinet member with responsibility for highways, said: “These public exhibitions are an opportunity for residents to come along and see the plans for a project that has been an aspiration in the ...

Rhondda Cynon Taff to pay tribute to those killed in the Aberfan disaster with remembrance service in Mountain Ash

Rhondda Cynon Taff will pay its tribute to those who lost their lives in the Aberfan disaster with a service of remembrance in Mountain Ash on Friday. Organised by the council, the service is open to everyone and will coincide with the exact time of ...and more »

Donations flooding in to support family of Welsh boxing champion Rachael Buckland

Mrs Buckland, 25, was getting ready for bed at her home in St Mellons, Cardiff , when she lost her footing and fell down the stairs on Wednesday night. She fractured her skull and suffered a bleed to the brain and is currently in an induced coma at the ...and more »

This former Chinese restaurant in Barry is being turned into a cocktail and tapas bar

A former Chinese restaurant in Barry is to be turned into a cocktail and tapas bar. The new venue, called Barcode, is set to open on the town's Broad Street next month, on the spot where previously the Oriental Diner once stood. With the site currently ...

Hunt for new Aberystwyth University vice

A controversial vice-chancellor who survived an online petition calling for her resignation has left Wales for an institution in England, it has emerged. Aberystwyth University said Professor April McMahon stepped down from her role at the end of her ...

Flagship Schools Challenge Cymru initiative axed in Welsh Government's draft budget

A flagship school improvement strategy that supports schools in some of Wales' most deprived areas will be scrapped, the Welsh Government's draft budget confirms. The multi-million-pound Schools Challenge Cymru (SCC) initiative , which launched in 2014 ...and more »

An Aberfan survivor has been reunited for the first time with the two rescuers who saved his life

An office-led plan for the Pontypridd precinct could bring hundreds of jobs to the town, council says · Alan Tate (left) and Lee Trundle are among the players · Aberdare · A Cynon Valley football club is taking on a Swansea City all-star team to aid ...and more »

How Sam Davies learned of Wales call

How Sam Davies learned of Wales call-up from rival Dan Biggar and his old man Nigel celebrated with a Big Mac! 16:07, 18 Oct 2016; Updated 19:23, 18 Oct 2016; By Mark Orders. Wales newcomer reveals how Biggar was the first on the phone to ...and more »

This is what it's like to have your drink spiked

A student has spoken about her terrifying experience of having her drink spiked on a night out in Cardiff. In a heartbreaking account, she struggles to piece together details of the night, only managing to recall hazy details but with no idea whether ...and more »

Michael Sheen calls on Wales to work together to stamp out the 'hidden crime' of slavery

Hollywood star Michael Sheen praised the “humanitarian impulse of the Welsh public” as he called for the “hidden crime” of slavery to be eradicated. The Unicef ambassador addressed the All-Wales Anti-Slavery Conference at the Celtic Manor Resort in ...and more »

A shopping arcade in the centre of Cardiff is up for sale for £33 million

One of Wales' leading shopping centres has been put up for sale with a £33m price tag. The Queens Arcade, in the centre of Cardiff, has been brought to market by its owner Addington Capital. The real estate management firm acquired the arcade, which ...and more »

Rhondda Cynon Taff could again appoint a permanent chief executive after plan to cut number of councils ditched

Rhondda Cynon Taf council will consider once again appointing a chief executive – having operated without a permanent one for a year. The local authority last had a permanent chief executive in October 2015, when Rhondda-born Steve Merritt retired from ...

Police looking for mother missing for several months search two houses in Cardiff

Two addresses in Cardiff are being searched by police investigating the disappearance of a Cardiff grandmother. Specialist search teams, including forensic experts, have begun work at two properties, one in Aberporth Road, Gabalfa, and the other in ...and more »

Darker and dirtier streets – how proposed council budget cuts of £37m could be felt by residents in Bridgend

A huge £37m may need to be cut from Bridgend council's budget over the next four years, the authority has warned. It could lead to street lights being switched off and street cleansing teams being axed. Having already made savings of £30m over the last ...

The day the South Wales Valleys looked pretty in pink to raise thousands for a new cancer unit

Staff of Lasco Hair Centre, Lipstick and Lashes, The Iron Maidens and Katz Kutz worked with Giving to Pink volunteer, Kath Durbin, to raise money. Picture by Mountain Ash Studio. Schools, businesses, NHS staff and members of the public all joined ...

These Welsh takeaways are in the running to be named the best in Britain

The humble takeaway is the tasty staple of the Saturday night and now food lovers can vote for their favourite Welsh takeaway in the British Takeaway Awards. A total of 10 places from Wales will be vying to be crowned the best in Wales and the winner ...

Wales select rising star Sam Davies for autumn internationals as squad is revealed

Sam Davies and his Ospreys team-mate Rory Thornton have been named in the Wales squad by Rob Howley for next month's internationals. Outside-half sensation Davies and lock Thornton are the only uncapped players in the 36 named by the caretaker ...and more »

Research from Barclays Reveals Cost of UK Bricks has Risen 33% in a Decade

Research announced today by Barclays Mortgages and the Centre for Economics and Business Research (Cebr) has found that the cost of a single brick, when calculated from the price and size of the average house in the UK, has increased 33% in the past ...and more »

Penarth Seasiders do just enough to lose

Next Saturday they visit third-placed Aberdare (kick-off 2.30pm) and while Penarth always look capable of beating anyone in the division, the drop to 11th place means that league points are becoming a priority. Penarth: Tom Smith, Paul Collett, James ...

Passengers stopped from getting on board as packed trains and signal problems cause morning misery

... a reduced speed between Pontypridd and Cardiff. Buses are also replacing trains from Cardiff Queen Street to Radyr for most of this morning. Trains between Barry Island, Cardiff Central, Bridgend, Merthyr Tydfil, Aberdare and Treherbert were all ...

Welsh rugby farce as scheduling calamity means Regions without top Wales stars for next week's derby matches

Next week's regional derbies have been dealt a body blow with Wales' biggest home-based stars to miss the games because of a clash with Rob Howley's autumn international training camp. Cardiff Blues take on the Scarlets at the Arms Park on Friday ...and more »

Tell us your best stories about your nights out in Wales

Think of all the times you've woken up the morning after and the memory of that unbelievable thing that happened the night before hits you. It could be something that cracked you up laughing or something so shocking that you can still hardly believe it.

Commercial Vehicle Dealer Helps Merthyr Town FC Continue its Work Within the Community

Leading commercial vehicle supplier David Spear is no stranger to supporting their community, and their latest donation has made one local football club's ambition to become a fully accessible facility a reality. The Tredegar-based company, whose ...

Wales Revealed as One of Best Regions in the UK for Savings

The East Midlands, London and Wales all have something in common. They are the top savers in the UK according to the Regional Savings Index (RSI), a new study from Cardiff-based online investment service Wealthify that reveals Britain's best and worst ...

Cardiff and Vale College acquires leading workplace training firm ACT

One of Wales' leading apprenticeship and skills training providers, ACT, has been acquired by Cardiff and Vale College (CAVC). The deal, the value of which has not been disclosed, sees Cardiff-based firm ACT becoming a wholly-owned subsidiary of ...and more »

Police officers risked their own lives to save armed woman who had set herself on fire

Two South Wales Police officers who risked their lives to save a woman who had set herself on fire have been hailed for their bravery. Police Constables Christopher Bluck and Rhys Edwards, both patrol officers based in Bridgend , were called to the ...

New Welsh

Pupils and parents will take part in a special event on Monday to mark the opening of their new Welsh-medium primary school. The first intake of Ysgol Gynradd Gymraeg Hamadryad, in Grangetown, Cardiff , will attend a thanksgiving service led by ...

Why Brexit casts a shadow over the South Wales Metro

Economy Secretary Ken Skates stressed the risk posed by Brexit to the South Wales Metro project and pushed for new powers to integrate Wales' transport systems when he gave evidence to MPs. Mr Skates pushed for Wales to receive all the cash that the ...

23 stunning autumn walks that showcase the Welsh countryside in all its glory

The beaches are all but empty, trees and woodland are a glorious mix of rich, vibrant colours and the cooler air makes walking a lot easier than it is in summer. These gorgeous walks will make getting out and about in autumn pure joy.

This carer came out of retirement after just two weeks because she missed her work so much

A carer for vulnerable adults came out of retirement after just two weeks – admitting she missed the work too much. Now 61-year-old Celia Callaghan, who works in Integra's Ty Nant residential care home in Thomastown near Tonyrefail , has been nominated ...

Dinas Powys Ladies struggle to convert chances into goals

DINAS Powys Ladies fought out a hard draw against a spirited Aberdare Ladies to continue their unbeaten run. Failure to produce from dead ball situations early on in the game cost the Dinas 'Villagers'. The visitors had an early warning as the home ...

Barry referee rugby tackled by bystander during match

A football match had to be abandoned after the referee was tackled to the ground by a bystander during the game. It happened 20 minutes into the match between Barry Athletic FC and FC Pumas in Barry, Vale of Glamorgan, at about 14:15 BST on Saturday.and more »

Police raid Welsh abattoir warehouse as part of anti

There was a "huge" police presence on the Cibyn industrial estate on Friday evening after police officers and immigration officials executed a warrant at Menai Meats Wales under the Modern Slavery Act. The raid happened shortly before 8pm on Friday and ...and more »

New houses set to be built on shopping centre site in Cardiff

A new housing development is set to be built on the site of the Maelfa shopping centre in Cardiff - with anyone interested in the new homes being asked to register their interest. Under the plans, the majority of the existing site at Llanedeyrn is set ...

This empty nightclub in the heart of a Rhondda town could be transformed into flats

An empty nightclub could soon be turned into flats, with part of the old building set to be demolished. The old Apollo nightclub on Aberrhondda Road in Porth would be transformed into six flats – two three-bedroom flats on the ground floor, and four ...and more »

Doctor's surgery wants to work from portable cabins for another 12 months

A cramped Cynon Valley doctor's surgery could soon gain permission to operate out of 'temporary' portable cabins for a second year. The Cynon Vale Medical Practice in Cardiff Road, Mountain Ash , was forced into the measure in October 2015 when it ...

Watch as 80 surfers take to the sea in a beautiful 'paddle out' ritual in memory of their friend

When these surfers lost one of their own unexpectedly and tragically only one act of remembrance would do. Eighty of them, from beginners to pros, went into the waves at Porthcawl together for what is known as a paddle out - a floating memorial - to ...

The streets of Riverside are the focus for the latest Cardiff council cleaning 'blitz'

Riverside this week becomes the latest Cardiff district to be the focus of a “neighbourhood blitz” clean-up. The city council launched its “Love Where You Live” campaign last month spending a week in each of eight inner-city wards carrying out extra ...

A minute's silence will be held across Wales to remember the victims of Aberfan disaster

A minute's silence is being held across Wales on Friday to remember those killed in the Aberfan disaster 50 years since the day of the tragedy. First Minister Carwyn Jones is calling upon the people of Wales to pause and remember the 144 people - 116 ...and more »

This former pub could be demolished for flats – but the plans have had 111 letters of objection

A closed pub in Talbot Green could be demolished to make way for 18 apartments – but more than 100 letters of objection to the plans have been received by the council. The Hand and Squirrel pub would be turned into 12 one-bedroom and six two-bedroom ...

Body that would advise on what infrastructure projects Wales needs could be up and running within a year

A National Infrastructure Commission for Wales (NICFW), which would advise Welsh Government ministers on key infrastructure projects needed with an outlook stretching 30 years, could be operational within a year. Cabinet Secretary for the Economy and ...and more »

How beauty pageants helped this young woman overcome bullying

A woman is encouraging young people to speak out about bullying after overcoming the abuse she suffered to compete in beauty pageants. Penny George, 21, from Fairwater in Cardiff, said she was bullied throughout her life but that competing in pageants ...

Wales face number eight selection dilemma as Taulupe Faletau injury news adds to problems

Wales are facing a selection dilemma at No 8 with Taulupe Faletau and Ross Moriarty both definitely out of the opening autumn international against Australia. Lions star Faletau faces another two to three weeks on the sidelines with the knee injury he ...and more »

9 breathtaking images showing Caernarfon Castle's Weeping Window poppy display in all its glory

The beauty of the Weeping Window poppy display at Caernarfon Castle has been captured on camera by visitors during its opening week. The sculpture features thousands of handmade poppies in honour of Welsh soldiers who died during the First World ...and more »

The people behind the Cardiff buskers you walk past every day

To celebrate our passion for music, we thought we'd give you a taste of some of the best buskers in Cardiff. Without them, our streets would be pretty lifeless. From acoustic covers to amazing original songs, buskers perform a wide variety of music in ...

10 unusual and interesting jobs available in Rhondda Cynon Taf ...

The jobs include zorbing and making sushi, if you don't fancy the usual 9-5 grind.and more »

Listed former Boot Hotel in Aberdare town centre could be converted into 12 flats and a shop

A listed former hotel and pub in the heart of Aberdare could soon be converted into a large shop and 12 flats. The old Boot Hotel in Victoria Square was sold at auction in December 2015, with its new owner David Edwards revealing his vision for ...

Major road closed in both directions after four

A section of the A40 in Carmarthenshire has been closed in both directions following a four-vehicle crash. Police and ambulance are currently at the scene and the road - between Llandovery and Llanwrda - has been closed. Emergency services were called ...and more »

A female boxing champion is fighting for her life after falling down the stairs

A former Welsh boxing champion is in a coma fighting for her life after falling and fracturing her skull. Rachael Buckland, 25, was getting ready for bed at her St Mellons home when she lost her footing and fell down the stairs on Wednesday night.and more »

Aberfan 50 years on: How the press covered the disaster and the aftermath

On the Friday before half term, a waste tip from Merthyr Vale colliery slid down the mountain onto the village below, engulfing Pantglas Junior School and also destroying a farmhouse and several houses on Moy Road. The rescue operation that followed ...and more »

English rugby clubs issue firm statement as Wales told they won't be allowed their star players for Australia clash

Wales will be without their Aviva Premiership stars for the showdown with Australia at the Principality Stadium on November 5. Premiership Rugby Limited, the umbrella organisation which looks after the interests of England's top-flight clubs, this ...and more »

More rain and strong winds expected as flood warnings remain in place for parts of Wales

A total of six flood warnings and 10 flood alerts are in place in Wales' coastal areas with more rain and strong winds on the way. The warnings are mainly in south east Wales, near the Wye estuary in Monmouthshire. High tide in Newport is expected to ...and more »

Finance Wales boss Giles Thorley confident of securing more financial fire power for new £136m fund

The former chief executive and executive chair of Punch Taverns said he is also confident the £30m earmarked in core funding for the Wales Business Fund in realisations from the now fully invested £150m Wales Jeremie Fund will be more than realised.

Wales' schools urged to use the national football team to teach children

Schools in Wales have been encouraged to use the national football team as inspiration and work “together stronger” in a bid to raise standards. Rhys Howard Hughes, assistant director of the North Wales education consortium, said the Football ...and more »

South Wales Echo letters: Monday, October 17, 2016

Aberdare · Listed former Boot Hotel in Aberdare town centre could be converted into 12 flats and a shop · Carmarthenshire · Major road closed in both directions after four-vehicle crash. Most Read in News. Shocking moment referee is tackled to the ...and more »

Exclusive Interview with Simon Jones, Senior Partner at KPMG Cardiff

As part of Business News Wales' ongoing series of interviews with some of Wales' leading figures in business, we had the opportunity to interview Simon Jones. Simon is the senior partner for professional services firm KPMG's Cardiff office. Pic (C) Huw ...

Morning news headlines: Gove defends Johnson over pro

Michael Gove has leapt to the defence of Boris Johnson after the emergence of a previously unseen newspaper column in which the Foreign Secretary backed staying in the European Union. Mr Gove, whom Mr Johnson apparently "wanted to punch" for ...and more »

Cardiff Airport's Flybe London flights to continue

Flights between Cardiff and London City airports will continue while demand exists, the airline Flybe has said. The carrier initially launched the three-times-a-day service until 21 October while the Severn Tunnel was closed as part of the rail ...

Doctors and councils have warned that cuts in this week's Welsh budget will hit vital services

Doctors, local councils and trades unions have issued public wish lists to Welsh Government Finance Minister Mark Drakeford ahead of tomorrow's draft budget. GPs in Wales say that the future of general practice is at stake as they face a “perfect storm ...and more »

New Shadow Welsh Secretary Jo Stevens says that Brexit is a 'game' for eurosceptic Tories

"I just don't think it's a game at all... It's people's livelihoods at stake.” Share; Comments. Get daily news by email. MP Jo Stevens, who has just moved into her new office on Albany Road,. Jo Stevens argues the UK Government cannot be left to devise ...and more »

Plans for new National Infrastructure Commission for Wales to be unveiled today

New plans that are intended to improve infrastructure in Wales over the next 30 years and beyond are expected to be outlined by Economy Secretary Ken Skates today. He is due to set out his plans to establish a National Infrastructure Commission for ...

Flybe to continue its Cardiff to London air service 'while demand exists'

Flybe has responded to high demand for its Cardiff to London air service by extending it beyond its initial planned six weeks. The airline says it will now continue to operate the service, introduced while the Severn rail tunnel was closed for ...and more »

A programme sending bright young graduates into deprived schools is battling for survival after funding cut

Funding for a flagship teacher training programme designed to support Welsh pupils in areas of high deprivation will be stopped, we can reveal. The Welsh Government has announced it will not fund Teach First , which launched in Wales in 2013, beyond ...

Flooding expected in parts of Wales with the warning it could cause disruption to roads and even homes

A warning has been issued over potential coastal flooding in some parts of Wales as high tides are forecast for overnight. Natural Resources Wales is urging people living on parts of the Wye estuary, in Monmouthshire , to be prepared as high tides are ...and more »

Armed gang burst into house with foot

An armed gang who burst into a house making threats of violence and demanding cash had got the wrong address. A court heard how the three men — one of whom was brandishing a foot-long wrench — subjected the family to a terrifying ordeal in the ...and more »

Thomas Young gives the lowdown on what it's like to play under his dad Dai at star

"Outside of rugby, outside of work, it's back to what a father-son relationship would be." Thomas' two brothers - Lewis and Owen - both play for the family's home town club Aberdare, but there was no parental pressure to follow in their father's famous ...

Football referee believed to be seriously injured after bystander rugby tackles him to the ground

A referee is believed to have been seriously injured after being rugby tackled by a bystander during a football match. The incident took place during a match between Barry Athletic FC and FC Pumas at the home ground of Barry Athletic, in Paget Road, ...and more »

FIVE of the best Cardiff City debuts: Goals galore, incredible turnarounds and the birth of cult heroes

Thousands of players have represented the Bluebirds down the years, but few have made the instant impact of these men. We take a look at five of the best Cardiff City debuts. Share; Comments ...and more »

Police enquiries continue six months after city hit by two huge fires on the same day

Police enquiries are ongoing six months after Cardiff suffered two huge fires on the same day. Firefighters hadn't long got control over a huge blaze at a furniture warehouse on City Road on April 7 when South Wales Fire and Rescue Service received ...and more »

Police appeal for information to find 34

Police are appealing for information about a 34-year-old man who has been missing for more than a week. David 'Dai' Williams was last seen in Machen Place in the Riverside area of Cardiff at 7.30am on October 5. The last time he was seen he was wearing ...and more »

Welsh chocolatier smashes world truffle

So to make almost 50 in two minutes takes this art to a whole new level. A chocolatier from north Wales has now become the fastest truffle maker in the world after smashing the record on Saturday at the Hamper Llangollen food festival. Jo Edwards, who ...and more »

This is the violent background of a former prisoner who was awarded compensation after his cell light went out

A former inmate who won nearly £4,000 from a Welsh prison because his cell light went out is a violent offender who was jailed for robbing students and causing cruelty to a child, we can reveal. Kevin Manley, 39, was last month awarded £3,750 damages ...and more »

Penarth rescue of woman, 20, attempting to swim to Cardiff

A woman was rescued from the water off Penarth after getting into difficulty in the sea on Saturday night. Police believe she was attempting to swim across to Cardiff Bay when the alarm was raised at about 21:55 BST. South Wales Fire and Rescue tweeted ...and more »

Welsh councils recoup majority of Iceland bank investments

Welsh councils have recovered the majority of money they invested in Icelandic banks prior to their collapse in 2008. Powys council said it had recovered all of the £4m it had deposited. It was one of eight councils, three universities and three former ...

These are the dangerous homemade 'stinger' devices being left on Wales' roads

A number of homemade "stinger" devices designed to take out the tyres of vehicles and force them off the road have been found in Wales. The devices, that are made by sticking nails into blocks of wood or pieces of twisted metal with screws sticking out ...and more »

Wales breaking news plus live traffic, weather and M4 updates (Sunday, October 16)

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 »

This woman has written a song to remember the awful events in Aberfan

A woman has penned a song about the Aberfan disaster that is now in the running to win a UK-wide competition. Amy Goddard released her song Remembering Aberfan on October 3, and it is a semi-finalist in the video category of the UK Songwriting ...

What IS the 'Neil Warnock effect'? New Cardiff City signing Junior Hoilett provides his insight

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

Revealed: The most expensive house and the cheapest house sold in Wales during August 2016

The most expensive house sold in Wales during August this year fetched £1.05m - while the cheapest sold for just £10,000, figures show. The highest house sale in Wales during August was a detached house in Cilybebyll, Swansea , which sold for the ...

The moment Aberfan football players laid a wreath in memory of the 144 lives lost in their village

Aberfan football club laid a wreath in memory of the disaster that killed 144 people in the village 50 years ago. They were joined by the team from Cefn Cribwr who they played on Saturday - the team also laid a wreath.

Merthyr band's thrill at playing Wales match and releasing charity single

Not only did they get to perform before kick off and half-time during the Wales v Georgia match at the Cardiff City Stadium , but they've also this week released a charity single in aid of Musicians Against Homelessness. The band - Daniel Casey ...

Mystery of the Man In Black posters in Merthyr that have left locals in the dark

A series of mysterious posters and projections have been springing up around Merthyr town centre leaving the local community puzzled and perplexed as to what it's all about. Each poster asks the same question, 'Who is the Man in Black?' WHO IS THE MAN ...

Traffic disruption kept to an "absolute minimum" during closure of A48, police say

Traffic disruption has been kept to an “absolute minimum” during the weekend's closure of the A48 in Carmarthen , police have said. The road has been closed in both directions to allow repair works to be carried out after thousands of litres of oil ...and more »

The heartbreaking reason Cardiff's City Hall was lit up in pink and blue on Saturday night

City Hall in Cardiff was illuminated in pink and blue in support of a global movement to remember babies whose lives have been lost. Around the world, people took part in a 'wave of light' for Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day, lighting candles ...and more »

A crowdfunding campaign has been launched to help resettle Syrian refugees in West Wales

A campaign group is aiming to raise £40,000 to help Syrian refugees resettle in west Wales . Hiraeth Hope, alongside Citizens Cymru Wales, plans to help Syrian refugees settle into various communities across the region using their own private resources.

Walter Hain, a prominent anti

Walter Hain – father of former Welsh Secretary Peter and a legendary anti-apartheid campaigner who was a “banned person” in South Africa – has died peacefully in Neath aged 91. Walter Hain was jailed and banned before being prevented by the ...and more »

An underinflated tyre was a 'significant' factor in causing the deaths of four men

An inquest heard how the rear nearside tyre of Jacob Hocking's Vauxhall Astra was found to be some 54% lower than the standard recommended. The hearing was told it may have led the 22-year-old to apply “coarse” steering, causing the car to lose control ...and more »

This is when Swansea's Christmas lights will be switched on

Christmas will officially start in Swansea when the lights are switched on and Waterfront Winterland makes a comeback. Thousands of people have flocked to the attraction over the years which has previously featured an ice rink, Santa's grotto and a ...

A photographer spent four years documenting life in the Valleys

From family and the social scene to work and the open land, these photographs capture life and communities in the South Wales Valleys. 'in solution' by David Barnes is a series of photographs which document parts of the Valleys over the past four years ...

The remarkable transformation of the Principality Stadium as a new pitch is laid for the autumn international series

For the Wales rugby team, it will always be the green green grass of home. But the hallowed turf of the Principality Stadium isn't just green in colour, it's green in construction as well. The finishing touches have this week been made to a brand new ...

The talking points from Rodney Parade as Newport Gwent Dragons find more European joy against Brive

It's been a difficult start to the season for the Dragons in the Guinness Pro12, but once again on Friday night they showed that European action is to their liking. Having reached the semi-finals of the Challenge Cup last season, Kingsley Jones' men ...and more »

Rob Howley praying for an English clubs rescue package, with Wales stars' availability for Australia Test on a knife ...

Rob Howley is facing the prospect of having to send out a weakened Wales team to face Australia on November 5 – unless English clubs come to his rescue. The caretaker national coach is sweating on the availability of a raft of Aviva Premiership-based ...

Welsh starlet tipped for greatness agrees first professional contract at Liverpool FC

Liverpool and Wales starlet Ben Woodburn has put pen to paper on his first professional contract, according to the Liverpool Echo . The prodigious attacker turns 17 today and is expected to celebrate by sealing a three-year-deal with the Merseyside giants.

The full Neil Warnock verdict as his Cardiff City tenure starts with three points on a night to remember

It was a special night at the Cardiff City Stadium as Neil Warnock started his tenure with a win in front of a passionate crowd. In a tense and often fractious encounter, the Bluebirds secured a much needed win against an excellent Bristol City side on ...and more »

These detailed sculptures have been created by a blind artist who works entirely using her sense of touch

These detailed sculptures have been created by an artist who works entirely using her sense of touch - after she lost her sight two years ago. The sculptures of police dogs and horses, which have been created to honour their services, are the work of ...

Shortlist for rail franchise bids dominates week that also saw 19 companies take part in the latest trade mission to ...

Since his appointment to the Welsh Government Cabinet as Secretary for Economy and Infrastructure, Ken Skates has adopted a pro-business approach to growing Wales' economy. Having already consulted widely with individuals, business and other ...and more »

Aberfan today is a community forging new life while never forgetting its past

Aberfan is where the River Taff, once black with industrial filth, runs so clear that otters and kingfishers have returned. This picture of life and colour may not be the image the world has of a place more often associated with the dreadful day a ...and more »

Police called after eight

Police were called to Pantbach Road in Rhiwbina at 4.46pm after the eight-year-old boy was hit by a car. A spokesman for South Wales Police said: “There was a report that a young boy had been involved in an incident. “Officers attended the scene. The ...

The verdict on Cardiff City's debutants as immense Sol Bamba becomes an instant fans' hero

There has been plenty of speculation as to the make up of Neil Warnock's first Cardiff XI and he wasted no time making his mark. Three debutants came into the side with Joe Bennett, Sol Bamba and Junior Hoilett given the nod. All three made their mark ...and more »

Two men jailed after drug dealer got his friends and relatives to deliver heroin and crack cocaine for him

A drug dealer who got his brother and sister to deliver heroin and crack cocaine for him has been jailed. Nozomul Ali, 33, from Cardiff , was sentenced at Cardiff Crown Court on Friday along with his sister Fathia Begum, 26, brother Shanoor Ali, 24 ...

Piles of dead fish have been spotted on beaches across Wales over the past few days

Piles of dead fish have been seen on a series of Welsh beaches recently – but it's “only nature at work” according to experts. Over the past few days, people have been reporting similar incidents in a number of coastal areas including Aberaeron ...

Inspirational mum who has benefited from Communities First calls for re

An inspirational young mother has called on the Welsh Government to reverse its decision to shut down the Communities First anti-poverty programme, saying many people benefit from courses and other activities run by the initiative. Earlier this week ...

Bristol City fans let off flares inside Cardiff City Stadium amid raucous pre

This was the moment Bristol City fans set off flares amid a raucous pre-match atmosphere at Cardiff City Stadium tonight. Around 2,000 Bristol fans made the short trip to South Wales for the Severnside derby, with the Bluebirds expecting their biggest ...and more »

Call for a Welsh referendum if Scotland votes to leave the UK

A Scottish vote for independence should trigger a referendum in Wales which would give voters here the chance to break away from the UK, a leading Plaid Cymru figure has argued. Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has announced plans to legislate ...and more »

Transport giants Keolis and Amey pledge to transform rail in Wales if they win bid

Joint bidders to build the South Wales Metro and run the next Wales and borders rail franchise, Keolis and Amey, say they can transform the network and services if they win what is the biggest single procurement contract ever seen in Wales. It was ...and more »

Six formers and staff had valuables stolen when their minivan was broken into on a college trip

Thieves have made off with students' and teachers' clothes and valuables after breaking into their van during a college outing to Penarth. The group from St David's Sixth Form College in Cardiff say they were devastated to return after a sunny day on ...

First Minister and Welsh charities plea for UK to house more refugee children as 'a matter of urgency'

Young refugees in the notorious Jungle camp in Calais should be allowed into the UK “as a matter of urgency”, the First Minister has said. Carwyn Jones has written to Prime Minister Theresa May demanding the refugees be resettled here – and offering ...and more »

Disruption for travellers over Christmas week as buses replace trains and GWR services will not go to Paddington

There will be headaches for rail travellers over the Christmas and New Year period as signalling work disrupts train services in the Cardiff area and Great Western services will not be going to Paddington station for six days. Great Western Railway ...and more »

A councillor has defended controversial work on a Bridgend park and ride

A councillor has defended a controversial decision to build a park and ride car park in Brackla , Bridgend – even though an adjoining train station might not be built for years. Work has begun on the first phase of the long-awaited scheme proposed to ...

Tom Jones impersonator who was given months to live has had a life

A Tom Jones impersonator who was given months to live has had a life-saving heart operation after the NHS initially refused to fund it. John Prescott, 58, has been battling heart failure and suffered a heart attack in February, forcing paramedics to ...

Former Wales footballer Ched Evans found not guilty of rape

There were cries from the public gallery as he was acquitted and Ched Evans was discharged from the court. The Wales international and Chesterfield striker, who fought a five year battle to clear his name, wept and hugged his partner Natasha Massey ...and more »

The emotional moment distraught Welsh boxer Dale Evans was consoled by tragic Mike Towell's family at funeral

This was the emotional moment the family of tragic boxer Mike Towell consoled his shattered Welsh opponent at his funeral. Towell died in hospital 24 hours after being rushed to hospital following his bout with Welshman Dale Evans in Glasgow last month.and more »

Council 'missed opportunities' to change 'counterintuitive' road layout before police officer was hit by a bus

A city council missed chances to change a “counterintuitive” road layout before the death of an off-duty police sergeant who after stepping in front of a bus. At the conclusion of an inquest into the death of 41-year-old Louise Lucas, acting senior ...and more »

This is what the Commonwealth Games would have looked like if it had been held across Wales

From badminton in Bangor to triathlon in Tredegar, towns and cities across Wales could have hosted top-level international sport under now-scrapped plans for a Welsh 2026 Commonwealth Games bid. Earlier this year, the Government announced it had ...

Wales rugby star Adam Jones' mum killed in freak accident after slipping on new carpet and falling down the stairs

A TOP rugby star's mother was killed in a freak accident when she fell down new carpet laid on her stairs. Retired teacher June Jones – the mother of British Lions and Wales prop Adam Jones – tumbled down “slippery” new carpet laid just a month ago at ...

Murderer jailed for life could be on the run in Wales

Police are looking for a convicted murderer who is being recalled to prison and people are being warned not to approach him. Stephen David Lund, 62, who is also known as Peter James Lund, was jailed for life in 1980 after being found guilty of murder ...and more »

Pensioner vows to stop using his local pub of 15 years after they told him to leave his mobility scooter outside

A pensioner has vowed to stop visiting his local pub after he says he was told to leave his mobility scooter outside. Retired fitter and turner David Morgan had been enjoying visiting the The Potters Wheel in Swansea , on an almost daily basis, for ...and more »

The Wales qualified star who has just landed a Super Rugby contract under Tana Umaga in New Zealand

Former Scarlets man Michael Collins lands deal with Auckland Blues... but will that bring him to Warren Gatland's attention? Share; Comments. Get rugby news by email. © Huw Evans Agency. Michael Collins in action for the Scarlets. A former Scarlet who ...and more »

This is when the Christmas light switch on is taking place in Cardiff

Christmas is definitely coming to Cardiff as the lights have already been put up in the city centre ready for the big switch on. And now the countdown is on to the Step Into Christmas event, a night of music and entertainment featuring 80 festive ...

Body of a woman who vanished from a beach 22 YEARS ago 'found in Welsh cemetery'

An unidentified body buried in a Welsh cemetery for more than two decades is likely to be a woman who vanished as she walked her dogs on a beach in Ireland more than two decades ago. North Wales Police have been investigating a number of ...and more »

A Welsh council is imposing a 'voluntary ban' on smoking outside schools

Parents and people picking-up children from primary schools in Swansea will be urged not to light up as they do so. It follows a previous council campaign that saw signs go up in 77 play areas in the city, declaring them out of bounds to smokers and a ...

The highly unconventional management world of Cardiff City boss Neil Warnock as he puts a smile on our faces

New Cardiff City boss Neil Warnock said he wanted to put a smile on people's faces in the Welsh capital - and he has certainly started as he means to go on. Warnock has already had the Welsh media eating out of his hand with hilarious little anecdotes ...and more »

These roads will be closed in Swansea for the Glynn Vivian Art Gallery reopening

There will be some traffic disruption in Swansea this weekend when a parade takes place to mark the reopening of the city's Glynn Vivian Art Gallery. Hundreds of people are expected to take part in the parade, which will feature giant swans. It will ...and more »

Rail unions call for Welsh Government to run rail services in Wales

A rail union says it is time for the Welsh Government to take control of services - creating 'Welsh Rail' to run trains. They spoke out after four bidders were selected to progress to the next stage in the procurement process to operate rail services ...and more »

Police find 'large amount of drugs' in car after crash which closed main Cardiff road for hours

Police say they found a 'large amount of drugs' in a car after being called to a crash which closed a main Cardiff road for hours. Police and fire crews were called to the collision, which happened on the A4232 southbound near the M4 at around 1.35am ...and more »

Smashed to pieces

Passers by are now treated to a view of the eyesore 1950s office block they've never seen before. More than half of the block neighbouring Cardiff's Central Station has been demolished, leaving a cross-section of concrete, steel and rubble on show.

Warnock's signings are a first glimpse of ambition for years at Cardiff

Neil Warnock has already made four signings since joining the club earlier in the week and it's the first glimpse of ambition for years from the club. QPR manager Neil Warnock celebrates at the end of the match Neil Warnock has already worked his ...and more »

Morning news headlines: Brexit shock could see balance sheet 'liabilities' hit growth, watchdog warns; Watchdog ...

A major economic shock caused by Brexit could see "significant liabilities" on the Government's balance sheet "crystallise" and hit economic growth, the Whitehall spending watchdog has warned. The Commons Public Accounts Committee (PAC) said ...and more »

Wales breaking news plus live traffic, weather and M4 updates (Friday, October 14)

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

Donation to Charity Welsh Hearts Aims to Have Life

An 80 year old man whose life was saved by a defibrillator during a serious cardiac arrest at Cardiff Central Station has thanked the charity Welsh Hearts on their third birthday with a donation to purchase another device to get more of the life-saving ...

How Britain's gloom and the bravery of his wife's cancer battle is driving Neil Warnock to make Cardiff City happy again

Brexit uncertainty, a falling pound, 'Killer Clowns' on the loose and even a shortage of margarine in the shops. There's not an awful lot for people to smile about at the moment, and that's even before you start talking about the football. Perhaps it's ...and more »

This popular cafe and its toilets are closing after its lease ran out

A popular cafe in Cardiff's Bute Park and its adjoining toilets are to close after the lease ran out. It means the Secret Garden Cafe will not open again until the new year, which a conservation and awareness volunteer group for the Cardiff park has ...

Cardiff's new bus station will be no 'Soviet

The man behind the designs for the planned bus interchange in Cardiff 's Central Square has dismissed criticism of the amended designs and explained they will provide a gateway to Wales of which it can be proud. Last month new plans were unveiled for ...

Michael Sheen gives a moving recital of special Aberfan poem

Aberdare · This man is running the number of miles according to the day of the month - clocking up 500 miles this October · Bridgend · Missing parrot Presley's owner fears for his safety after an intruder opened his cage · Rhondda Cynon Taf Council.

Wales' new student funding system to stop 'Welsh money' being lost to England

The chairman of a major review of student finance in Wales says he expects a new university funding system to stop “large amounts of money” being lost to England. Sir Ian Diamond, vice-chancellor of the University of Aberdeen, said his proposed model ...and more »

Teacher 'discussed using drugs and alcohol with teenage lover'

An art teacher discussed using drugs and alcohol with a teenage girl during their affair, a hearing in Cardiff was told. Lecturer Nia Davies, 31, sent the teenager “hundreds of thousands” of personal messages including discussing cannabis and alcohol ...and more »

Man cut out of overturned car and taken to hospital after Cardiff crash

The one-vehicle crash happened on Penylan Road in Roath at around 6pm on Thursday. The male driver had to be cut out of the car by firefighters and was taken to hospital for observation. The road was closed in both directions between Melrose ...

Person cut from vehicle following collision between two cars in Cardiff

Fire crews have cut one person from a car following a road traffic collision in Cardiff . Emergency services were called to the incident in Court Road, Grangetown , at 5.18pm on Thursday. The ambulance service confirmed two people had suffered injuries ...

'We have to all find our passions and believe in ourselves' How sport helped this teenager overcome depression

After Luke Rees began to suffer from depression and self-confidence issues, his attendance at school dropped to around 40%. But once Luke, now 19, started an after school sports course once a week, his wellbeing and attendance began to grow slowly but ...


 6:30am on a fresh October morning, Graham Marsh and I set out from the Cynon Valley on a little adventure.

Wales Women's player outshines England 2003 World Cup winner and TV pundit with brilliant trick

Elinor Snowsill and Bristol centre Amber Reed have become social media stars for a training ground routine in the west country that sees two rugby balls placed on top of one another. Share; Comments ...and more »

Pressure grows on Welsh labour Government to improve lives of 136,000-strong autism community

Welsh Conservatives will today call on the Welsh Government to give more support to the estimated 34,000 people in Wales li

Husband of police officer hit by a bus says he doesn't believe the driver could have done anything to change the outcome

An inquest into the death of an off-duty police sergeant who was hit by a bus has been told her husband does not believe the driver could have done anything to change the outcome. Sgt Louise Lucas, from Llanishen in Cardiff, died after being hit by a ...and more »

Be part of the edtech revolution

Leadership & Management Wales has launched a new self-learning platform for leaders and managers in Wales.

This man is running the number of miles according to the day of the month

Fundraiser Mat Gilliard, 35, from Aberdare , will rack up 500 miles during October, in his bid to raise money for charities Ty Hafan, Mind, BAWSO and The Dyspraxia Foundation. He will run the number of miles according to the day of the month, starting ...

Missing parrot Presley's owner fears for his safety after an intruder opened his cage

A parrot that talks, swears and even dances has taken flight from its South Wales home after an intruder opened its aviary door. Owner Maria Davison has now offered a reward for the return of rescued African grey Presley, who flew out of the garden ...

Who'd be a manager in Wales? All four Welsh football clubs part company with bosses in just 16 days

Who would be a football manager? Or more specifically, who would be a football manager in Wales? Job security is hardly sky high in football management, but the turnover of managers in Wales this season has taken the managerial merry-go-round to a ...and more »

The start of a charity run has been changed after it clashed with Remembrance Sunday service

A fancy dress fun run, booked at the same time as Cardiff's Remembrance Sunday service and two minute silence to honour the fallen, has been put back an hour after criticism from runners, war veterans and members of the armed forces. Around 2,000 ...

Friends of a Cardiff woman who died on holiday in Spain are raising money so her heartbroken family can bring her ...

The devastated family of a Cardiff woman who died on holiday in Spain have thanked the local community for their support. A fundraising page has been set up for the family of Louise Tanetta, 35, so they will have enough money to bring her body home ...and more »

This is the scale of the Marmite shortage in Tesco stores in Cardiff

Tesco has stopped selling some of Britain's biggest brands as part of a row with suppliers. Marmite is the brand that's getting most of the attention, but the row with Unilever is affecting several more brands, including PG Tips, Persil and Ben and ...and more »

Cardiff City will smash season's best attendance against Bristol City as fans answer Neil Warnock's rallying cry

Cardiff City fans looked to have answered Neil Warnock's call for support in the Severnside Derby tomorrow night with over 20,000 tickets already sold. A number of walk up sales are expected on the evening, which means it will be by some distance the ...and more »

Laundry reopens following 'explosion' at Cardiff site

Emergency services were called to Snow White Laundry in Dumballs Road, Cardiff Bay, shortly after 4.30pm on Wednesday. Terrence Milling, director of the family business, was taken to the University Hospital of Wales for precautionary checks but did not ...

Plucky Penarth fall to defeat as Rhiwbina class tells in Plate tie

DESPITE facing opponents from a higher division, the Seasiders maintained their form from last week's success at St.Peters and looked very comfortable for much of this Swalec Plate first round tie. After early pressure was relieved by a penalty award ...

The mother of Wales rugby star Adam Jones died after falling down stairs in a tragic accident

Rugby player Adam sat by his brother, Nathan, and father at Aberdare Coroner's Court as the evidence into his mother's death was heard on Thursday. Alwyn Jones told the inquest he and his wife had spent the evening together watching television having ...

A Welsh couple who live in Bermuda are dealing with 130mph winds as 'extremely dangerous' Hurricane Nicole hits

A Welsh couple who live on Bermuda are preparing for a Hurricane Nicole to pass over their island home. Martin Williams and Laura Hunt woke this morning to find that the hurricane had strengthened overnight to an "extremely dangerous" Category 4 storm ...and more »

Super Furry Animals musician organises raves for kids in Cardiff

Family raves with all the freedom and excitement of a mini festival are coming back to Cardiff. Super Furry Animals ' guitarist Huw 'Bunf' Bunford and his partner Tabitha Orwin are local franchise holders for Big Fish Little Fish – the music and events ...

Why the cost of a brick in a house in London is £83 higher than in Cardiff

The the cost of a single brick, when calculated from the price and size of the average house in the UK, has increased 33% in the past decade. And the research from Barclays Mortgages and the Centre for Economics and Business Research (Cebr) found that ...and more »

BBC jobs in Cardiff are at risk as part of a restructure

In Wales, people working on X-Ray, Bargain Hunt and Crimewatch and others producing dramas at the Roath Lock studios in Cardiff Bay may be affected. It includes both factual and drama departments. Director of BBC Studios Mark Linsey said the ...and more »

Paul Nicholls targets Welsh Champion Hurdle hat

Paul Nicholls could be double-handed as he bids for a hat-trick of successes in the Welsh Champion Hurdle at Ffos Las on Saturday. The champion trainer has been successful in the last two Ffos Las showpiece hurdles with Saphir Du Rheu (2014) and Silsol ...

Pontypridd youngsters take a look around the beautifully

Pontypridd primary school children have visited a 1870s former colliery winding house, which will soon re-open as a public attraction. Students at Coed y Lan Primary School have had a look round Hopkinstown's Hetty Winding House, a vital cog in the ...

The 16 rugby buzzwords and cliches that need to be banished right now

Welsh rugby is packed full of buzzwords, cliches and stock phrases that need to be kicked into touch... immediately! Rugby coaches, journalists, TV pundits and commentators on our beloved game are equally culpable of trawling out the same well-worn ...and more »

Ed's Easy Diner in Cardiff remains open for business after chain is sold

Branches of Ed's Easy Diner have closed around the country after the American chain was sold to a new company - but the Cardiff restaurant remains open for business. The American-themed brand which operates 59 restaurants across the UK has been sold ...and more »

New hub for creative industry firms opens for business in Swansea

Holder Mathias has completed the second phase of the Urban Village scheme - a £25m development project from Coastal Housing Group. The latest phase completes a new courtyard space that acts as a central focus for the development, as well as two ...and more »

We want your pictures to star in our 2017 WalesOnline Calendar and here's how you take part

We're on the hunt for the best pictures of Wales for our official 2017 WalesOnline calendar. We love it when you share your pictures of Wales with us across social media and now is your chance to have your image appear in our calendar. So if you have a ...and more »

This is what YOU think of the Weeping Window poppy display at Caernarfon Castle

The venue is the first in Wales to host the sculpture as part of a UK-wide tour organised by 14-18 NOW, the UK's arts programme for the First World War centenary. The sculpture was designed by artist Paul Cummins and designer Tom Piper. It includes ...

New colony of red squirrels to be established in Wales in effort to rescue the threatened species

Conservationists are transporting red squirrels to Wales where a new wild colony of the threatened species will be established. It follows the success of a project to rid the island of Anglesey of non-native grey squirrels, increasing its red squirrel ...and more »

Welsh coach crash victim who suffered 96% burns has won a seven

A young Welsh woman who suffered 96% burns in a horrific road crash has been given a seven-figure payout. Catrin Pugh , 22, is believed to be the oldest person in the world to survive such severe burns which ravaged every inch of her body apart from ...and more »

Wales boss Chris Coleman admits he has 'no idea' why his players pose for those daft team photos

Wales manager Chris Coleman admits he has no idea why his players are doing daft team photographs before matches. Gareth Bale and his team-mates have posed for a number of ridiculous pre-match shots, taking things to another level again ahead of the ...and more »

South Wales Echo letters: Thursday, October 13, 2016

I follow the reports of the council's “Love Where You Live” campaign with great interest as litter is a blight on any community. Within the Echo report (October 11) Councillor Bob Derbyshire says he is pleased with the way the campaign is progressing ...

Tesco has stopped selling some of Britain's biggest brands because of a row with a supplier

Tesco has stopped selling some of Britain's biggest brands online because of a dispute with its biggest supplier. Marmite, Flora, PG Tips and Persil are among the brands pulled after a dispute with Unilever. Tesco stores are also running short of ...and more »

Thousands of cancer patients in Wales are surviving three or four decades after their diagnosis

More than 13,000 people in Wales are estimated to be alive today after being diagnosed with cancer in the 1970s and 1980s, according to a new study. The research, by Macmillan Cancer Support and Public Health England in collaboration with the Welsh ...

Welsh Secretary Alun Cairns says Brexit will be good for Wales

Brexit is an opportunity to change the future for Wales, Welsh Secretary Alun Cairns will argue in a major speech today. The Vale of Glamorgan MP will insist the UK Government remains committed to major infrastructure improvements in the nation and ...and more »

Cardiff being 'held back' by refusal to give it same powers enjoyed by English cities

Cardiff is being held back by a “one-size-fits-all economic strategy” which will act as a straitjacket for Wales' economy, the capital council's leader has warned. Phil Bale, who has led the Labour-run authority since 2014, pointed to the work being ...and more »

Kids in Wales are being given the nasal flu vaccine but US experts say it's no longer effective

Children in Wales are being urged to continue taking the nasal spray flu vaccine despite experts in the US stating it is no longer an effective prevention against the virus. As part of the flu vaccination programme in Wales, which was launched earlier ...and more »

The USA has abandoned the nasal flu vaccine being given in Wales this year

Children in Wales are being urged to continue taking the nasal spray flu vaccine despite experts in the US stating it is no longer an effective prevention against the virus. As part of the flu vaccination programme in Wales, which was launched earlier ...and more »

Former soldier died after altercation in the street while on a night out with friends

A former soldier who became involved in a “physical altercation” shortly before his death died as a result of cocaine and alcohol toxicity, an inquest has heard. Thomas Julian Sloman, 27, died on July 2 after a night out in Barry with his friends. In a ...and more »

Robber knocked woman to the ground as he tried to grab money from her hand in a post office queue

A robber knocked a woman to the ground as he tried to grab cash from her hand in a mid-morning queue at the post office. Dean Churchill, 30, attempted to “snatch” £450 from his victim as she waited to change the notes to euros at the foreign currency ...

Delivery driver stole parcels worth £36000 and sold them on eBay as 'DelBoy2410'

A delivery driver regarded by colleagues as the model employee stole nearly 700 parcels worth £36,000 and sold them to “unsuspecting customers” on eBay. Lyndon Linton admitted eight counts of theft from his employer Hermes parcel delivery but Recorder ...

The controversies (and one rather funny incident) involving the referees who hold Wales' autumn fate in their hands

Hardly a Six Nations Championship, World Cup or, for that matter, any rugby match goes by without a contentious refereeing decision. The more important the game the bigger the outcry... and they don't come any bigger than an international involving Wales.

Welsh MPs have enjoyed free trips around the world worth £26000

Foreign governments, organisations and charities have spent nearly £740,000 flying MPs around the globe so far this year. The latest parliamentary register of interests showed politicians have declared a total of £738,625.16p of foreign travel, paid ...

Work starts on car park for long

Aberdare · Aberdare's Ryan Owen completes gruelling 1,200-mile walk across the UK over 98 days – raising £8,000 for charity · Rhondda · Remember the loved-up lad whose friends organised a surprise 'funeral' – here's what he's doing now · Rhiwbina.

Care provider calls for ban on trick or treating the elderly

A CARE provider from Wales is calling for a ban on trick or treating the elderly this month (October, 2016).

First Minister Carwyn Jones refuses to confirm M4 relief road by 2021

The First Minister has been accused of downgrading his government’s manifesto commitment to delivering an M4 relief road by

WRU reveal development plans for historic building next to the Principality Stadium

The Welsh Rugby Union is considering a number of development options for the former County Court building it owns on Westgate Street next to the Principality Stadium. The unoccupied building, whose facade is listed, also has land available on one side ...

'Killer clown' craze: 12 of the creepiest UK sightings

As the 'killer clown' craze spreads across Britain, many witnesses have been documenting and sharing their encounters on social media. The unsettling craze, which began in the United States before spreading to other countries, has led to a spike in ...

This £1.5m Penarth home will make you feel like you're on holiday every day

From the stretching garden and seaside views to the massive master suite and indoor swimming pool, you'd be forgiven for thinking you were on your holidays every day if you lived in this stunning property. It's in Swansbridge, Penarth , and is on the ...

The fateful moment Wales legend Ieuan Evans cost Newport Gwent Dragons more than £60000

The Dragons have revealed the full financial and logistical implications of being drawn with Russian club Enisie-STM in the European Challenge Cup. Chief executive Stuart Davies says it will cost them in excess of £60,000 compared with facing Bristol ...

These hotels have been named the best in Wales

Two venues from Wales have been presented with main awards in the 'Oscars' of the hotel industry. The Hardwick in Abergavenny and Ael y Bryn in Pembrokeshire were awarded one of 10 César awards by the Good Hotel Guide 2017: Great Britain and ...and more »

Cardiff City LIVE debate on Blakey's Bootroom: Watch the show back as fans give verdict on new signings

Neil Warnock has wasted no time implementing his Cardiff City revolution, with three new signings through the door this week and another one possibly on the way. Sol Bamba, Junior Hoilett and Marouane Chamakh are all in contention to face Bristol City ...

Welsh police forces have received at least 80 calls about clowns during recent craze

Police chiefs have spoken out against the recent 'clown craze' after a spike of reports of people committing crimes while dressed in the sinister outfits. Forces have been inundated with calls about creepy clowns and they are now handing out fines and ...and more »

Violence, threats and confrontations in the pub

“The abuse varies in degrees, but most of the incidents, if not all of them happen in the Rhondda [and District] league,” he said. “Every ref gets abuse of some sort during their time, but recently - say over the past 18 months - it's been getting ...

A busy car park and road near Pontypridd is set to temporarily close for resurfacing

A car park and road near Pontypridd town centre will be resurfaced thanks to a £50,000 investment. The popular parking spot off West Street in Trallwn will be closed to motorists from October 17 to 31, allowing preparatory works to take place before ...

Welsh opponent of unilateral disarmament joins Jeremy Corbyn's ...

A Welsh MP who opposes unilateral nuclear disarmament and in June asked Jeremy Corbyn to step down has accepted a post as a Shadow Defence Minister.and more »

British Airways looking to cut 66 jobs at its maintenance facility based at Cardiff Airport

One of Wales' flagship aerospace operations, British Airways Maintenance Cardiff, is looking to shed its workforce by nearly 10%. The state-of-the-art aircraft overhaul, repair and maintenance facility, located at Cardiff Airport in the Vale of ...and more »

The full transcript from an exciting press conference with new Cardiff City boss Neil Warnock

Neil Warnock confirmed the Bluebirds are in talks over a potential fourth signing and spoke about his excitement at managing Cardiff for the first time against Bristol City on Friday night. Share; Comments ...and more »

Nuclear weapons material passes through or over 13 council areas in Wales

Thirteen local authority areas in Wales have been identified in a Ministry of Defence report as having nuclear weapons material passing through or over them. A Plaid Cymru MP has called on the UK Government to come clean about what is going on. But the ...

Welsh food and drink businesses get set for Paris showcase

Welsh food and drink companies are preparing to attend one of the world’s premier food exhibitions in Paris this month (16-20 October 2016).

Bear Grylls will perform these amazing feats when he brings his ...

He may have been urinated on by Mel B after being stung by a jellyfish, but now Bear Grylls is preparing for some more drama as he brings his new show ...and more »

There'll be no Cardiff marathon next year after concerns over route

Plans for a full marathon in Cardiff for 2017 have suffered a setback, but organisers say the event will take place in 2018. It was announced during this month's Cardiff Half Marathon that a full 26-mile run would take place in Cardiff and the Vale of ...and more »

Ebbw Vale v Pontypridd

... scrum half Greg Mogford (Ynysybwl), hooker Ethan Coombes (Beddau), props Joe Popple (Pontypool) and Sam May (Porth), locks Patrick McBryde (Hirwaun) and Peter Sidoli (unattached) and flankers Lee Evans (Aberdare) and Rhys Fitzgerald (Penallta) ...

Here's when the breathtaking castle poppy sculpture is coming to Cardiff

The Weeping Window poppy sculpture Weeping Window that has just opened at Caernarfon Castle, is coming to Cardiff too. The castle venue is the first in Wales to host the sculpture as part of a UK-wide tour organised by 14-18 NOW, the UK's arts ...

Leading South Wales Firm Continues to Build on Its Success

Leading South Wales firm LBS Builders Merchants Ltd, have expanded their branch network, securing their largest acquisition to date – Talbot Timber Limited. Talbot Timber has been supplying the construction industry across West Wales for more than 35 ...

Second Community Wind Share Offer to Launch in Aberystwyth

The second tranche of shares in the Small Wind Co-op is being launched at a drop-in event being held in the Morlan Centre, Queen's Road, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, SY23 2HH from 6.00 to 9.00pm on Wednesday October 12th. This follows a successful ...

Growing workloads and recruitment issues mean GPs in Wales have 'grave concerns' about the future of their practices

Four out of five GPs in Wales are concerned about the future of their practice due to growing workloads and recruitment problems, a new survey has revealed. The British Medical Association (BMA) Wales gathered the opinions of GPs across the country in ...and more »

Lord Mayor of London hails Cardiff's booming financial services sector

Growth in Wales' financial and professional services sector will help the UK's economy as a whole the Lord Mayor of the City of London said ahead of a visit to Cardiff today. Lord Mountevans will meet with senior business leaders in the capital to ...

The Adam Jones interview: Becoming the talk of English rugby, my coaching ambitions and Wales' key men

Welsh prop star Adam Jones has found himself back in the spotlight after starring for Harlequins in the unfamiliar position of loose-head on his return to Aviva Premiership action. The experienced tight-head prop was sent an SOS by Quins Director of ...and more »

More councillors call on council to block Cardiff Met expansion

Planners should “draw a line in the sand” and reject the expansion of Cardiff Metropolitan University's Cyncoed Campus, according to a city Lib Dem councillor. The university plans to build a new complex with a 25-metre swimming pool, trampoline ...

What is Cardiff Central Youth Club and why might it close?

In recent weeks there has been widespread speculation over the future of popular sports venue Cardiff Central Youth Club. Following proposals for the buildings to be the site of the new Brains brewery, an online petition has been launched to save the club.

Areas in the UK with the highest and lowest life expectencies

Britain is a divided nation, not just in terms of politics – but in terms of life expectancy, with some children likely to have 15 years more good health than people nearby. Data from the Office of National Statistics has highlighted the appalling gulf ...and more »

Three best friends who died after a car crash are remembered in poignant memorial on the first anniversary

Friends, family and members of the community gathered on the first anniversary of a tragic car crash in which three young men died. Hundreds of people met on playing fields next to Vere Street in Gilfach where dozens of balloons were released following ...

Top economist Gerald Holtham says there are opportunities and risks in Brexit

Leading economist Gerald Holtham has revealed where he thinks Wales' priorities should lie in the Brexit negotiations. He says Wales needs deals with the European Union to ensure the nation's universities and motor industry can adapt to the challenges ...

Ikea has removed a picture from its Cardiff store after customers complained it showed a boy posing 'like Hitler'

A picture hanging in an Ikea showroom in Cardiff has caused outrage – by showing a young boy posing like Hitler. Eagled-eyed Stevie Davies-Evans, 33, spotted the print in a bedroom showroom at the store on Monday. He was shopping for furniture for his ...and more »

Anti-social behaviour in the Treorchy and Trehebert area has already seen a reduction

A special operation to tackle anti-social behaviour in the Treorchy and Trehebert area has already seen a reduction in offences. 

This is the man who was fined for dressing up as a clown outside a school

This is the man who wore a clown outfit and was fined after he was seen outside a school. It is the first reported incident in Wales of someone being fined for dressing up as a clown. Gwent Police say he dressed in the outfit and "intimidated" children ...and more »

ONS figures show the differences in healthy lifespans across the UK

In Tower Hamlets girls born during the period were looking at 55.9 years of good health. But in Richmond upon Thames babies could expect 70.9 years. If they surviving to the age of 65, men and women across the UK could expect to live a further 18.3 ...

This wonderful 1870s winding house was at the heart of Hopkinstown's old colliery... now it could be re

A former colliery winding house in the heart of the South Wales valleys could be re-opened to the public in all its former glory. Rhondda Cynon Taf council has revealed it is in the process of granting a lease for the listed Hetty Winding House - part ...

From Bedwas to Bath, former Wales star Aled Brew tells of his ...

The former Dragons wing was playing in the Principality Premiership last season, now he's a first choice at the Aviva Premiership giants.and more »

Caerphilly man fined for clown costume outside school

A man has been fined for dressing in a clown's outfit and intimidating children outside his former Caerphilly school. Connor Jones, 18, from Penyrheol, was fined £90 for a public order offence after he was seen taking part in the "creepy clown" fad ...and more »

'Brothers shot' drug dealing taxman Mark Jones in Mountain Ash

Two brothers shot a drug dealing taxman at point blank range in a lay-by in Rhondda Cynon Taff, a court has heard. Stephen Bennett, 53, and Edward Bennett, 48, deny murdering Mark Jones as he sat in his Audi A3 at Lletty Bends, Mountain Ash, on 26 July ...and more »

Man who dressed up as clown outside Welsh school gets criminal record

The craze has continued to spread across the UK. This picture is posed by a model. A man who dressed in a clown outfit and intimidated children outside a school has been given a criminal record. The 18-year-old man was seen outside St Cenydd ...and more »

'It's been a hell of a ride!' Former Wales international Andy Powell ...

Powell has had to retire from the game at the age of 35 after struggling to overcome a knee injury.and more »

Aberdare Park's forgotten paddling pool could be turned into a new children's splashpad

The outdoor paddling pool at Aberdare Park could soon be brought back into use as a splash pad for young children. The Friends of Aberdare Park group - which formed last year to make improvements to the public park - has revealed an artist's impression ...

Barry is getting its first ever ice rink in time for Christmas

The Vale of Glamorgan Council has unveiled plans for the town's Central Park to be transformed into Ice Central. The rink will be undercover and will be in the park near to Barry Town Hall. It will officially open for the first time after the town's ...

The full truth about Wales' South Sea Islands tour next summer and the real reason why doubt surrounds Tonga clash

It's been said Wales are concerned about facilities amongst other things and are unwilling to make the trip unless they receive assurances from World Rugby, who have sent a delegation to Tonga and Samoa to inspect. But what's the truth behind this furore?and more »

Hard Brexit will cost Britain £66bn a year, leaked Treasury papers show

Losing access to the European single market would result in the loss of nearly one tenth of the UK's economic activity, cabinet ministers have been told. Leaked papers from the Treasury suggest the resulting loss of tax income would cost the public ...and more »

South Wales Echo letters: Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Aberdare · Aberdare's Ryan Owen completes gruelling 1,200-mile walk across the UK over 98 days – raising £8,000 for charity · Rhondda · Remember the loved-up lad whose friends organised a surprise 'funeral' – here's what he's doing now · Rhiwbina.and more »

This stunning poppy display has just opened at Caernarfon Castle

The venue is the first in Wales to host the sculpture as part of a UK-wide tour organised by 14-18 NOW, the UK's arts programme for the First World War centenary. The sculpture was designed by artist Paul Cummins and designer Tom Piper. It includes ...and more »

Morning new headlines: Hard Brexit to cost UK up to £66bn a year, says treasury; Samsung shares plunge as sales of ...

Treasury coffers will take a £66 billion annual hit if Britain goes for a so-called hard Brexit, Cabinet ministers have been warned. Leaked Government papers suggest leaving the single market and switching to World Trade Organisation (WTO) rules would ...

Winner of Boost Cymru Announced

A company that makes innovative products from jellyfish collagen has won a competition to find the most innovative new life sciences business in Wales. Cardiff-based Jellagen was named winner of the Boost Cymru competition at an event at Cardiff's Park ...

Wales breaking news plus live traffic, weather and M4 updates (Tuesday, October 11)

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

Former Wales and Lions forward Andy Powell forced to retire from rugby after knee injury, club announce

Former Wales No.8 Andy Powell is hanging up his boots following a knee injury, his club has announced. The 35-year-old has found it hard to get over his current knee injury, Merthyr RFC confirmed. In a statement, the club paid tribute to the big part ...and more »

Here's how Plaid Cymru complained to the Commons Speaker over Welsh Secretary's Question Time cottage

Plaid Cymru has complained to the Speaker of the House of Commons about Welsh Secretary Alun Cairns' claim there are “nationalist activists that take direct action against people who come in”. During an appearance on BBC Question Time last week, ...and more »

Government accused of showing disrespect to Wales and ...

Eluned Morgan gave a scathing critique of the Wales Bill and said AMs must give the green light to the changes.and more »

Here's how school inspections in Wales are changing

Education in Wales is changing, with the development of a new national curriculum and digital competence framework. To ensure that school inspections remain fit for purpose, education watchdog Estyn is making a number of changes of its own. It wants ...and more »

Who are Wales playing in the autumn internationals? When are the ...

Rob Howley is set to take charge of Wales for the first time in more than three years in their four-game autumn Test series next month. Warren Gatland is unable ...and more »


An ex-Wales footballer has denied being part of an alleged multi-million pound fraud involving apprentice schemes. Mark Aizlewood, 57, from Aberdare, pleaded not guilty to fraud by false representation in connection with football-based apprenticeships.and more »

Major Pontypridd precinct plan gathers pace as ground works in three nearby streets are about to start

"The Hetty Winding Engine runs as smoothly today as it did the year it was built - over 100 years ago". A busy car park and road near Pontypridd is set to temporarily close for resurfacing · Aberdare Park's forgotten paddling pool could be turned into ...

These are possible locations for a new brewery for Brains in Cardiff

It's one of the most ambitious city centre regeneration schemes ever planned in the UK - located on the current iconic Brains Brewery site in the centre of Cardiff. As revealed last week property development firm Rightacres has entered into a joint ...

This prisoner is behind bars again after fracturing a guard's eye socket when he was told he couldn't wear shorts

A jail inmate fractured the cheekbone and eye socket of a prison officer after lashing out when he was told he shouldn't be wearing shorts. CCTV of the assault, which took place inside HM Prison Parc in Bridgend , showed Patrick O'Driscoll punching the ...

Developers could start building 44 homes at Aberdare Girls' School in January after plans were passed

The Aberdare Girls' School WILL be transformed into flats after planning permission was granted for the 1913 building, despite neighbours' opposition. Aberdare Developments Ltd have been given the green light for proposals to build 44 homes on the ...

Beat flu before it beats you

THE annual national campaign to encourage people in eligible groups across Wales to have flu vaccination and protect themselves from the illness is being launched today (Monday October 10 2016).

Hundreds of people have given their responses to Brexit using anonymous suggestion boxes in a Welsh town

Hundreds of people in a quiet Welsh town are still voicing their anger over Brexit – by anonymously posting their frustrations to a collection of mysterious “ballot boxes”. Since the EU referendum result in June, posts have been submitted to the boxes ...

Drain covers have been removed from busy roads and thrown in the river in Pontypridd

Local residents in Pontypridd are concerned for the safety of cyclists and pedestrians after a number of drain covers were removed from busy roads and thrown in the river. Around six drain covers have been taken from the Glyntaf Roundabout area ...

Clowns 'running through gardens and peering through windows' according to police

People dressed as clowns in South Wales have run through gardens, jumped from trees, and even peered through windows, according to police. The craze of dressing up as a clown, which began in the US, has escalated across the UK over the last week .and more »

Former Wales footballer Mark Aizlewood denies role in alleged multi

A former Wales footballer has denied playing a role in an alleged multi-million pound fraud involving apprentice schemes. Mark Aizlewood, 57, a defender who won 39 caps, pleaded not guilty to fraud by false representation in connection with football ...and more »

Welsh Government minister must explain “misleading” statement on M4 inquiry

A Welsh minister has been accused of “misleading” Assembly Members and the wider public over delays to a public inquiry into the M4.

Watch as a train is squeezed through the narrow streets of a Welsh town

This driver faced a very tight squeeze as he tried to haul an entire TRAIN through the narrow streets of a Welsh town. The footage of the incident, taken last week, shows skillful drivers carefully negotiating the narrow streets of Barmouth in Gwynedd ...and more »

Dressing up as clowns or in costumes to frighten others intentionally will have consequences

South Wales Police want to remind you that dressing up as clowns or in costumes to frighten others intentionally will have consequences.

Trading standards body in court threat over cuts and statutory duties

The Chartered Trading Standards Institute (CTSI) has warned councils to “think carefully about their statutory duties when making cuts - or risk being hauled before the courts”.

St John and The Trussell Trust

Donations collected from 7S for this year's Harvest Festival we

'Clown' unmasked by police turns out to be a wanted man

A clown who was seen frightening people in the street was stopped by police - and turned out to be a wanted man. The 'clown' was wearing a mask and is said to have been "causing distress" to passers by in a Welsh town. PCSO Sabrina Illman was called to ...and more »

Care provider urges people to take extra care of elderly as clocks change

A WELSH care provider is urging people in Rhondda Cynon Taf (RCT) and Merthyr Tydfil to take extra care of the elderly after the clocks go back one hour this month (October, 2016).

20 reasons why you HAVE to watch Mamma Mia! in Cardiff

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

Police have appealed for information to try to find missing man from Ebbw Vale

Police are appealing for information after a man was reported missing from his home in Blaenau Gwent . Gwent Police are appealing to find Richard Anthony Taylor, 50, who has been reported as missing from his address in Ebbw Vale on Sunday, October 9.and more »

This is what you said about Trago Mills getting to work on their first site in Wales

Trago Mills announced they had officially begun building works at the site of their first megastore in Wales last week. The firm - who are building a store in Merthyr Tydfil, their first store outside Cornwall and Devon - started work on their £40m ...

Cardiff have big opportunity to set season in motion against Bristol City

It's been a miserable season for Cardiff City so far but can a win against Bristol City bring a change in fortunes?and more »

'It's giving us a bad name' Clown speaks out about bizarre trend sweeping the UK

A children's entertainer has called the trend of clowns scaring people “horrendous” – and says he has suffered verbal abuse as a result when driving from show to show. Mr T-Ricks – real name Alan Paget – based in Bridgend , has given his view on the ...

An American reflects on the US Presidential election from Wales

I remember the surreal June morning I woke up to the news that the United Kingdom would be leaving the European Union . It took me ages to process the headlines popping up in my feed: knee-jerk reactions to what was one of the most momentous and ...

How dedicated nine

A nine-year-old girl's passion and dedication has enabled a village play area near Pontypridd to become more accessible for people with disabilities. Mia Thorne, of Coedpenmaen Primary School, has cerebral palsy, and was keen to see the council make ...

Cardiff's pavements are not likely to get any better for the next 20 years

Whatever your thoughts on the state of Cardiff's pavements it's likely you're going to be seeing them in the same way in 20 years. Cardiff council has published a report laying out the condition of the footpaths. It says over time the footpaths will ...

This is why a gorilla was playing the drums in the middle of Merthyr

A gorilla, in a suit, brilliantly playing the drums in a town centre is certainly something you don't see every day. But that's exactly what passers by would have seen if they were heading through Penderyn Square in Merthyr Tydfil on Sunday. The ...and more »

Queensbury tunnel cycleway could cost 'just £2.8m', say campaigners

Converting an abandoned railway tunnel into an underground cycleway could cost a tenth of official estimates, said campaigners. The 1.4-mile (2.3km) tunnel, between Bradford and Halifax in West Yorkshire, could be opened for £2.8m, said Queensbury ...and more »

Hugh James acquires MLM Cartwright in biggest law firm deal ever seen in Wales

The biggest law firm acquisition deal in Wales has been confirmed with Hugh James acquiring MLM Cartwright. The deal, the value of which has not been disclosed, will see Cardiff-based MLM Cartwright, which employs 40 including 10 partners, joining ...and more »

Creepy clown filmed loitering outside a vet's surgery in Welsh town

Clowns have been spotted across the country - and this is the latest to be caught on camera. The clown was seen outside a vet's surgery in Merthyr Tydfil . He was caught on camera standing still on the pavement near Ash veterinary surgery as cars drove ...

The new tennis courts in Mountain Ash are finished and they look amazing

A project to install new and improved tennis courts and a children's park at playing fields in Mountain Ash is well underway - and the new 3G pitch nearby is nearly ready. The new leisure facilities at Caedrawnant playing fields are being installed by ...

Welsh rugby's winners and losers this weekend as two Welshmen become big news in England

The two Welsh Pro12 derbies inevitably took centre stage as the Ospreys and Scarlets pulled off home wins in contrasting fashion over the Blues and Newport Gwent Dragons respectively. But smiles and frowns in Welsh rugby weren't the reserve of our four ...and more »

When police warned people not to dress up as clowns one man had a very important question

You've probably heard by now of the craze sweeping the country which sees people dress up as sinister clowns in public. They've been seen in towns and villages all over Wales and have led to concerns someone might be hurt. So police issued a warning ...and more »

Students, tour guide rescued in Aberdare Forest

An aerial view of Aberdare National Park. Three university students and a tour guide went missing in the Aberdare Forest during a hiking excursion on October 8, 2016. GRAPHIC | GOOGLE MAPS. Advertisement. By STEVE NJUGUNA More by this Author.

Two clowns dressed all in white spotted roaming Welsh street at night

This sinister picture shows two clowns, dressed all in white, on the street of a Welsh village in darkness. It's the latest picture showing a craze that has spread across Welsh towns. The craze has seen a 10-year-old boy suffer bruising to his arm ...and more »

What does Wales' failure to beat Georgia mean? This is how our World Cup qualification hopes could be affected

With just two points from their two matches in this international break, qualification for the 2018 World Cup just got much tougher for Wales. Here's how things could go in group D. Share; Comments ...and more »

A play about one of Wales' most under

Before he made the speech that effectively ended Margaret Thatcher's political career, being attacked by Geoffrey Howe was likened (by Denis Healey) to being savaged by a dead sheep. The description provided political journalist Jonathan Maitland with ...

Wales breaking news plus live traffic, weather and M4 updates (Monday, October 10)

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

The number of butterflies in Wales has collapsed and experts are baffled

Butterfly numbers collapsed in Wales over the summer – leaving experts describing the dramatic fall in populations as a "mystery". The majority of species studied in the annual Big Butterfly Count saw populations fall and some saw their worst numbers ...and more »

Nearly 3000 children were arrested last year by a single Welsh police force

Arrests of children by a Welsh police force have fallen by almost 50% compared to five years ago, according to figures published today . South Wales Police made a total of 2,854 arrests of boys and girls aged 17 and under, almost a 50% reduction ...and more »

Wales leave us feeling deflated for once but the World Cup dream is far from over

It is not often that Chris Coleman's Wales aces have left us with a feeling of complete deflation in recent years. This was one of those very rare occasions as Tornike Okriashvili's 56th minute equaliser cancelled out Gareth Bale's early opener for ...and more »

Around 500 children became homeless in Wales last year because they were evicted from social housing

Around 500 children were made homeless last year through social housing evictions, according to a report published today . Welsh charity Shelter Cymru will today publish a report on the financial and human impact of evictions from Welsh social housing, ...and more »

A Welsh garden has some of the UK's biggest and best trees

One of Wales' most famous gardens has added several specimens to its champion trees list. Champion trees are the biggest and best tree species throughout the UK and a survey carried out by the Tree Register Bodnant Gardens boasts more than 130 ...

The Wales coaching report: The areas Rob Howley can target against Australia and Argentina this autumn

Australia and Argentina are Wales' first two opponents during an autumn campaign that also sees Rob Howley's men take on Japan and South Africa in Cardiff. And there's every incentive for caretaker boss Howley's charges to strike early blows in their ...and more »

Thousands of Wales fans help make spectacular gesture to cancer charity at World Cup qualifying match

This was the spectacular gesture made by thousands of Wales fans to raise awareness of breast cancer at tonight's World Cup qualifying match against Georgia. Ahead of the match, the FAW placed pink and yellow cards on supporters' seats behind one of ...and more »

Would giving Wales powers over income tax without a referendum be a breach of democracy?

Former Welsh Secretary Peter Hain will today launch a devastating attack on the plan to devolve income tax powers to the National Assembly without a referendum. Speaking in advance of a House of Lords debate on the Wales Bill Lord Hain, who retired as ...and more »

Welsh hospitals throw away nearly £3000 worth of food EVERY DAY

Health boards in Wales have thrown away an average of nearly £3,000-worth of hospital meals every day over the past five years. The figure, obtained via a Freedom of Information request, is likely to be higher because not all health boards supplied the ...

Cardiff Metropolitan University has been accused of being a 'bad neighbour' over plans to extend its Cyncoed campus

A controversial plan to extend the size of Cardiff Met's campus will go before planners this week. Cardiff Metropolitan University want to extend their Cyncoed campus adding accommodation and a new sports complex. But those who oppose the scheme say it ...

Wales' summer tour to Samoa and Tonga in doubt

A final decision on Wales' proposed tour of the South Pacific next summer will be made by the end of October. Tests have been scheduled in Samoa and Tonga in June but the games could be moved to New Zealand. There are believed to be concerns over ...and more »

Value of Welsh exports falls by £555m against last year

The value of Welsh Exports has fallen by £555m against last year, with exports to the EU falling and those to non-EU countries rising. The fall of 4.4% is for the year up to and including June compared to last year, taking the value of Welsh exports in ...

FIFA chief insists Team GB Olympic football team wouldn't threaten Wales' independent status

FIFA president Gianni Infantino has opened the door to the prospect of a Team GB football side taking part in the Olympics after insisting it would not jeopardise the four home nations' independent status. The head of the sport's global governing body ...and more »

This is why Wales are wearing red shorts against Georgia today

Eagle eyed Welsh fans will spot something different about the Welsh kit for the match against Georgia. The Welsh team will be sporting an all red kit - including red shorts instead of their usual white ones. Wales' players line up for a team group ...and more »

Swansea 22

RGC 1404 head coach Mark Jones believes it was “really important” for his side to get back to winning ways in the Principality Premiership against Swansea after defeat last week to leaders Aberavon. The loss was RGC's first of the season while Swansea ...and more »

Live traffic updates as football fans head to Cardiff for Wales v Georgia game

Thousands of football fans are expected to head into Cardiff for the Wales v Georgia match today. Wales will take on Georgia at Cardiff City Stadium in a World Cup 2018 qualifying match at 5pm. But fans are being advised to check their travel plans as ...and more »

Ryan Giggs reveals the day new Cardiff City boss Neil Warnock got the better of him

Ryan Giggs was back in his home city of Cardiff on Sunday as chief guest of honour at the FAW Trust Welsh Community Football Awards. Those awards, presented by McDonald's to honour grassroots clubs and volunteers, were staged ahead of Wales versus ...and more »

A48 in Carmarthen to close fully after 100000 litres of oil leak from pipeline

A map showing the oil pipeline route (in blue) beneath the A48 at Nantycaws with the area being repaired circled. Work is continuing to clean up a river which was flooded with up to 100,000 litres of oil after a pipe leak. Between 70,000 and 100,000 ...and more »

Tata is trying to offload the £15bn British Steel Pension Scheme

Tata is reportedly negotiating a new deal to get rid of the £15bn British Steel Pension Scheme. The Sunday Times says the Indian firm is believed to have opened talks with the Pension Protection Fund (PPF) and the Pensions Regulator over a ...and more »

Emergency services called after car crashes into Asda store in Cardiff

Head of Fire Control for South Wales Fire and Rescue Service, Jennie Griffiths, said: "Crews stabilising vehicle and awaiting arrival of paramedics before arranging safe rescue of casualty." Crews are responding to RTC report of a car in collision with ...and more »

Wales breaking news plus live traffic, weather and M4 updates (Sunday, October 9)

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

Jungle Camp children should be allowed into Britain, says former Archbishop of Canterbury

Former Archbishop of Canterbury Lord Williams has led some of the UK's most senior religious figures to urge Prime Minister Theresa May to allow nearly 400 refugee children into the UK before the notorious Jungle migrant camp in France is demolished.and more »

Firefighters called to Jamie's Italian restaurant in Cardiff

Fire services were called out to two restaurants in the early hours of Sunday morning. The first incident happened at around 1.15am at an indian restaurant in Penarth and less than two hours later they were called to Jamie's Italian restaurant in Cardiff.

Wales v Georgia big

Francesco Guidolin was sacked by Swansea City on Monday morning and right up to yesterday we had had Robbie Savage heavily criticising the club's decision to go for American Bob Bradley as new manager ahead of Ryan Giggs. Within 24 hours of the ...and more »

Five people in Wales have suffered burns after e

A plastic surgeon at a hospital which has treated five patients for burns from exploding e-cigarettes has warned: “People could die.” Morriston Hospital's burns and plastic surgery centre treated all the cases this year after the device batteries ...and more »

A top national surf event is coming to Snowdonia and you can watch all the action for FREE

The UK Pro Surf Tour, a top national surf event, has added Surf Snowdonia as a key date on its 2016 tour. And it won't cost you a penny to watch the action as the event has been sponsored by Conwy Council so will be FREE of charge. The addition of the ...

Why Michael Sheen is so moved to be part of Wales' 50th anniversary memorial concert for Aberfan

Hollywood actor Michael Sheen hopes a commemorative 50th anniversary concert of the Aberfan disaster can “look towards the future in a hopeful and positive way.” A new choral work called Cantata Memoria – For The Children , composed by the renowned ...and more »

The A48 in Carmarthenshire will close next weekend to repair leaking pipeline

The A48 in Carmarthenshire is to close next weekend to repair the damaged pipeline that has leaked thousands of litres of kerosene into waterways in Nantycaws. The scale of the Kerosene oil leak has escalated as the Welsh Government confirms around ...and more »

'Our special day' Royal Welsh soldiers marched through the streets of Pontypridd watched by thousands

... for our county borough to once again host The Royal Welsh," said Rhondda Cynon Taf Mayor, Rhys Lewis. “Having been granted the freedom of Rhondda Cynon Taf six years ago, the regiment has now exercised its right to parade through our streets.

There have been lots more reports of scary clowns across Wales

The craze of clowns being 'spotted' across the UK is continuing - with a string of supposed 'sightings' reported in Wales. A Facebook page named 'Clown Sightings UK' which posts pictures of clowns 'seen' across the country has listed a number of Welsh ...and more »

'I have £47 a week to pay for all of my food and my bills' This is what happens at a Cardiff food bank

But behind all the figures around the growing demand are real people who, for a variety of reasons, depend on their foodbank visits to provide them and their families with the basics. One of these examples is the foodbank at the City Temple in Cardiff ...

Around 80 business people slept outside the Principality Stadium in aid of charity

Around 80 people from businesses across Wales took part in Britain's biggest sleep-out on Friday night - sleeping outside Cardiff's Principality Stadium. The 'Byte Night' event was held to raise funds for youth services run by charity Action for ...and more »

Part of A470 closed following multi

Police said the road will be closed "for several hours" following the incident.and more »

What time does Wales v Georgia kick off? Is it on TV? What's the team news? Everything you need to know

Wales' World Cup credentials face another test on Sunday night as Georgia visit the Cardiff City Stadium. While the fixture looks straightforward on paper, Chris Coleman's men will have to do it without the injured midfield pairing of Aaron Ramsey and ...and more »

What is Rise Propaganda? We take a peek behind Newport's mysterious new movement

If you live Newport, you may have noticed the word Rise popping up on the streets. Whether in the form of art or stickers, Rise can be found in the city and we've traced them down to a website and Instagram page.

Prison authorities have wrongly released 18 prisoners during the past 10 years in Wales

Category B Cardiff prison made the most errors in Wales having accidentally freed 11 inmates between 2006/07 and 2015/16. Swansea accidentally released six inmates while Usk/Prescoed prisons – marked as one institution in the government figures ...

'Why didn't she confess?': the killing of John Sabine

The former mining village of Beddau sits in the Rhondda valley, surrounded by lush hills in every shade of green. On a warm late summer evening, children gather in its many playing fields, flying kites and kicking balls between discarded clothes ...

Hydro Industries opens water plant for 82 African villages

A Carmarthenshire company is helping to provide clean drinking water to half a million east Africans. Llangennech-based Hydro Industries officially opens a treatment plant, which it has designed and manufactured, in Sudan on Saturday. It will deliver 8 ...


Cardiff Blues coach Danny Wilson admitted he was shell-shocked as he delivered a brutally honest verdict on his team's 46-24 defeat to the Ospreys. The visitors leaked seven tries at the Liberty Stadium, with a “puzzled” Wilson acknowledging they had ...and more »

This barman ran off with £6000 while his managers were on holiday

A barman ran off with nearly £6,000 from a Cardiff Bay pub while his managers were on holiday – and spent the cash on a new television. Cardiff Crown Court heard Marcus Phillips “looted” the safe at The Waterguard in Harbour Drive and used the money to ...

Two teenage boys taken to hospital after being hit by a car

The boys, both aged 19, were taken to hospital after the incident happened in Bridgend at around 4pm.and more »

These pictures show construction work beginning at Trago Mills' huge first site in Wales

Work has officially begun on a new £40m Trago Mills megastore coming to Merthyr after the company first acquired the site in the 1990s. Construction work at the site in Merthyr Tydfil got under way on Friday after an official turf-cutting ceremony was ...and more »

Dinas ladies give Aberdare five of the best!

Dinas Powys Ladies travelled up the A470 to see if they could replicate the same performance as last year in the cup against Aberdare. With six players unavailable from last week's squad the strength in depth to call on is a credit to this team. The ...and more »

Investigation launched into of the leak of up to 100000 litres of oil into a river

An investigation into a pipe leak that flooded a river with hundred of thousands of litres of oil will continue over the weekend. Between 70,000 and 100,000 litres of kerosene are thought to have been spilled into the Nant Piwbr river in Carmarthenshire .and more »

Investigation launched into of the leak of up to 100000 litres of oil into a river

An investigation into a pipe leak that flooded a river with hundred of thousands of litres of oil will continue over the weekend. Between 70,000 and 100,000 litres of kerosene are thought to have been spilled into the Nant Piwbr river in Carmarthenshire .and more »

Cardiff Coldplay tickets on resale website for more than £600 – just hours after going on sale

Tickets for Coldplay's gigs in Cardiff next summer are going for as much as £600 – just hours after they went on general sale. The tickets are among many with sky-high prices on auction website Viagogo shortly after going on sale at 9am on Friday ...and more »

Campaigners to crowd fund legal challenge after Javid allows fracking

Campaigners are seeking to crowd fund a legal challenge to the decision by the Communities Secretary to overturn Lancashire County Council’s refusal of planning permission for fracking in the Fylde area.

Aberdare's Ryan Owen completes gruelling 1200

An Aberdare man has completed his 1,200-mile walk across the length of the UK over 98 days – and smashed his fundraising target by raking in £8,000 for a cancer charity. Ryan Owen, 43, from Trecynon near Aberdare , is now relaxing in the Orkney Islands ...

Why it's been a week of woe if you're a commuter around Cardiff

Suspected wartime bombs, traffic chaos, and overcrowded trains have caused misery for commuters around Cardiff this week. As we get ready for the Friday night rush hour we look back at the incidents that have caused problems on the roads and rail ...

Cardiff council is to investigate the possibility of trams running through the city centre

Cardiff council is to investigate the possibility of trams running through the streets of Cardiff city centre and the Bay. Officers say that the plan to convert parts of the Valley lines to light rail as part of the Metro project opens up new ...

Life sciences can be a game changer for the Welsh economy

THE final for Boost Cymru - a showcase for new ideas in Welsh life sciences as well as a platform for developing products or services that could go to market within two years – was held in Cardiff earlier this week. Entrants for this competition had to ...

REVEALED: The most and least affordable places in the UK to buy a home

Local authority name, Ratio of average house price to average salary. Burnley, 3.86. Blaenau Gwent, 3.98. Copeland, 4.11. Pendle, 4.25. Merthyr Tydfil, 4.47. Hyndburn, 4.68. Rhondda Cynon Taf, 5.05. County Durham, 5.12. Neath Port Talbot, 5.19. Stoke ...and more »

Club campaigns for 'ineligible' young disabled footballer to be allowed to play – after being fined £20 for fielding him

A South Wales football club has questioned the decision to fine them £20 for fielding a young disabled footballer, when they didn't know he was ineligible due to a safety matter. Now, Treforest FC are campaigning for amputee Lochlan Olden, a member of ...

Appeal for dog walker to come forward as search for missing Cardiff man continues

Police searching for a missing Cardiff man have appealed for a dog walker who might be able to help them. Christopher Webb was last seen in the Fairwater area on Tuesday, October 4. A direct appeal has now been made for a dog walker who was in the ...and more »

Alun Cairns refuses to back down amid claims he spread 'smears and insinuation' on Question Time

Welsh Secretary Alun Cairns has been urged to withdraw remarks he made on TV suggesting Plaid Cymru members were involved in “direct action” against English speakers who move into Welsh-speaking communities. Plaid leader Leanne Wood accused ...and more »

Byte Night: 100 people to sleep rough in Cardiff

The charity supports young people to rebuild their lives by offering accommodation, education and training. Among them is 19-year-old Jess Williams who was homeless for two years in the Aberdare area. She was helped into accommodation by the Rhondda ...

Plans revealed for huge redevelopment of the Brains brewery site in Cardiff

Ambitious plans for one of the biggest regeneration projects ever seen in Wales have been revealed for the Brains brewery site in the centre of Cardiff. It would see SA Brain moving from its landmark location near the River Taff to a new brewery and HQ ...

RCT council warns residents about tax telephone scam which asks for payments of £70

People in Rhondda Cynon Taff are being warned about a telephone scam which has already affected a number of residents. RCT council 's trading standards department has received a number of calls from concerned residents or their family members and ...

Wales' Health Minister has written to Jeremy Hunt urging him to value NHS staff from overseas

Wales' Health Minister Vaughan Gething has written to his counterpart in England to voice his “deep concerns” about plans to reduce the UK's reliance on medics from overseas. Jeremy Hunt, the Health Secretary for England, has set out a package of ...and more »

Everything you need to know about Velothon Wales 2017 and how you can sign up

Wales's biggest cycling sportive will return to Cardiff for the annual Velothon Wales in summer 2017. Up to 16,000 cyclists are expected to sign up for the event which is now in its third year,. Starting and finishing in the heart of Cardiff, the event ...and more »

'Gwlad! Gwlad!' The spine

Chris Coleman's men snatched a precious 2-2 draw thanks to Joe Allen's strike and Kevin Wimmer's own goal in the Ernst Happel Stadion. The 'Red Wall' was in situ in the Austrian capital, with a 4,000-strong army of travelling Welsh support revelling in ...and more »

We asked people about their worst experiences on overcrowded trains and this is what they said

In the wake of complaints about overcrowding on Welsh trains – and with a host of forthcoming engineering work set to cause passengers more delays – can occasionally be a bit of a hassle. We went out into Cardiff to speak to passengers about their ...

A fundraising campaign to shoot a sci

That's because Offworld – the sci-fi adventure set in Ystrad Mynach – has raised more than £10,000 in just one month. Director Terry Cooper and producer Adam Neal hoped to raise £2,500 in a September-long Kickstarter campaign, but ended up with more ...

Who are Fifth Harmony and all the information you need on their Cardiff show

Fifth who? Don't worry, you know their songs, especially if you watch X Factor , or are one of the billions of people who have clicked on their videos on Vevo. The Work from Home singers kicked off the European leg of their tour in Dublin on Wednesday ...

Stadiums in Wales to be hit by huge hike in business rates

The Liberty Stadium in Swansea could see its business rates jump by a staggering 300% after the recent rate revaluation. The rise means the venue, home of the Ospreys and Swansea City, could see an increase in its rate payments from £145,800 in ...


The salaries of university leaders in Wales are “broadly comparable” to those elsewhere in the UK, a new report has found. Research undertaken by the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (Hefcw) on behalf of the Welsh Government found that ...

Coldplay announce SECOND show at Cardiff's Principality Stadium as tickets for first show sell out in minutes

Tickets for Coldplay's Cardiff gig sold out within minutes of going on sale this morning. They went on to announce a second night on July 12 with tickets going on sale at 9.30am. Between June 6 and July 15, 2017 they'll be playing in stadiums around ...and more »

Who is Cardiff City's new World Cup defender Sol Bamba and why is he a free agent? Everything you need to know

Former Leeds United captain Sol Bamba is on the verge of becoming Neil Warnock's second signing as Cardiff City boss, as the new manager wastes no time in bolstering his squad. With ex-QPR winger Junior Hoilett already snapped up, Warnock looks set ...and more »

Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority Authority Launches ...

The Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority is to consult on proposals to invest in a package of new initiatives aimed at supporting the growth of the wider ...and more »

Man rescued from his bed after unattended cooking causes early

A man had to be rescued from his bed in the early hours of Friday morning following a fire in his flat. Emergency services were called to reports of the flat on fire in Gibbonsdown, Barry , shortly after 2.30am. The fire was caused by unattended cooking.and more »

Retired police chief says he was 'appalled' to be linked with paedophiles

A former police chief accused of child sex offences told a court he was “appalled” after opening a newspaper to see himself accused of being involved with paedophiles, a court heard. Gordon Anglesea, a former Superintendent with North Wales Police ...and more »

How to get Coldplay tickets for the Cardiff leg of the European tour ...

Coldplay is playing its only UK date at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff when it tours Europe in 2017.and more »

How to get Coldplay tickets for the Cardiff leg of the European tour

The A Head Full Of Dreams Tour played to 2.5 million people around the world, including four sold-out nights at London's Wembley Stadium. Other dates on the upcoming European tour include the Ernst-Happel-Stadion in Vienna, Stade de France in Paris ...and more »

Work starts on huge new £40 million Trago Mills megastore coming to Wales

Trago Mills is set to start construction at the location of their first store in Wales today after first acquiring the site in South Wales in the 1990s. The store will be considerably bigger than Cardiff's Ikea. The South West independent retailer ...and more »

Wales show luck can be their friend as they prove themselves capable of doing what's needed

If Austria's manager Marcel Koller was moaning about Welsh luck before, then he might well be wondering if karma wasn't being kind to him in Vienna. The frustration from 44,000 at the Ernst Happel Stadion and the loud chants of appreciation from 4,000 ...and more »

This large amount of rubbish was dumped at a Welsh beauty spot

This is the scene at a Welsh beauty spot after a large amount of rubbish was dumped. Fridges, children's toys and piles of furniture were left in a car park in the Wenallt, Rhiwbina , some time on Thursday. The area is surrounded by forest and is ...

This is what we learned about Wales as they battled to a 2

It was another huge night for Chris Coleman's Wales as they grabbed a crucial draw away in Austria to continue the momentum built up from Euro 2016. These are the main points we learned from events at the Ernst Happel Stadium.and more »

A road might be forced to close after up to 100000 litres of oil leaked from a pipe

Hundreds of thousands of litres of oil have been spilled after a pipeline leaked under a road. Between 70,000 and 100,000 litres of kerosene are now thought to have been spilled after the pipeline under the A48 at Nantycaws in Carmarthen leaked.and more »

Video footage shows exactly how Bob Bradley conducted his first Swansea City training session

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 »

'Wales is the forgotten nation no more'

Jack Marshman, from Abertillery , become the first mixed martial artists from Wales to be signed by the UFC today. It's huge news for MMA fans in Wales. Known to many as Jack "Hammer" Marshman, the fighter will make his debut at UFC Belfast against ...and more »

Pontypridd v Newport

Pontypridd play a Premiership tie at home to Newport on Saturday 8th October, the match at Sardis Road kicking off at 2.30pm. The Valley Commandos will be looking to continue the momentum gained in their spirited away victory at Bridgend last weekend ...

Cardiff MP Jo Stevens is named shadow Welsh Secretary in Labour's cabinet reshuffle

Cardiff Central MP Jo Stevens has been made Shadow Welsh Secretary as Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn appointed his new Shadow Cabinet. Ms Stevens said: “I'm delighted to be the new Shadow Secretary of State for Wales at a hugely important time for ...and more »

Oasis guru Alan McGee brings homeless charity show to Cardiff this weekend

Oasis guru Alan McGee is teaming up with bands from South Wales as part of a campaign against homelessness. The music mogul, who signed the Gallagher brothers to his record label Creation, launched a new nationwide campaign called Musicians ...and more »

Everything you need to know about Down's syndrome and the support available in Wales

People with the long-long genetic condition have varying levels of learning difficulties and often have very similar physical characteristics. But, make no mistake, babies with Down's are unique individuals, have their own personalities, and most go on ...

Just what will Neil Warnock's Cardiff City be like? The things we learned from his first press conference

The Neil Warnock era has begun in earnest after the Bluebirds' new manager was officially unveiled to the Welsh media at Cardiff City Stadium on Thursday afternoon. But what do we read into some of the many things he had to say? Here are the main ...and more »

The couple in this car walked away from horror crash with only minor injuries

A couple was told they were "lucky to be alive" after their car flipped over twice and landed on its roof. Duncan and Laura Wood's Vauxhall Astra was involved in a two vehicle collision and the driver of the other vehicle made off on foot. The Daily ...

Cynon Valley Party Meeting at Abercynon


Come and meet and chat to the Cynon Valley Party at the Navigation Abercynon on Tuesday 11th  October 2016.

A Cardiff McDonald's took this man's order of a plain hamburger way too literally

This Cardiff fast-food restaurant took the request a little too literally when someone ordered a plain hamburger. The sauce-covered buns were handed to Gareth Lennon, from Gwaelod-y-Garth, on Wednesday, as an interpretation of his order of a “plain ...

They said what? 20 classic Welsh rugby quotes that will make your eyeballs pop

Sometimes sporting occasions are remembered just as much for what was said - beforehand or afterwards - as what took place in the heat of battle. Welsh rugby has been no exception down the years, with some memorable quips, swipes, blasts and witty ...and more »

The Cynon Valley Party

The Cynon Valley Party - A new visionary forward looking political party.

The full transcript of Neil Warnock's wonderfully entertaining first press conference as Cardiff City manager

It's fair to say that new Cardiff City boss Neil Warnock was on good form at his first Cardiff City press confernece. Speaking at length about why he chose Cardiff, his contract situation, new signings, and his style of play, Warnock looked happy in ...and more »

RCT Turns Pink To Support Mayor's Charity

Rhondda Cynon Taf is set to be “in the pink” this October in a bid to show its support to an ext

Alzheimer’s Society statement on younger onset dementia

Kathryn Smith, Director of Operations at Alzheimer’s Society has said:

Our Schools Immunisation Team are in your area now

The health board’s school flu immunization team are in your

Wales Bill provides a “strong and balanced settlement”

MPs gave the Wales Bill an unopposed 3rd reading in the House of Commons last month.

Fantastic Rugby Aberdare Community School

“Fantastic little festival down @HawthornhsPE. All 30 boys played some great rugby. Well done to all the teams. “

Wales hopeful Thomas Young signs new Wasps contract extension

The former Cardiff Blues flanker has been with the Aviva Premiership outfit since 2014, working under his father Dai, the club's director of rugby. Now 24, he had a real breakthrough campaign last season, scoring six tries in 20 appearances and ...and more »

Wales hopeful Thomas Young signs new Wasps contract extension

The Aberdare-born Young is tied to Wales having played for the U20s at the 2011 Junior World Championship, having previously appeared at U16 and U18 levels. He isn't captured by Gatland's Law, as he has never been in a senior Wales squad so he ...and more »

The stunning Tower of London poppies will form part of a sculpture coming on tour to Wales

A new iconic poppy exhibition is coming to Cardiff next summer, it was announced today. The Weeping Window is touring the UK and visiting places with particular links to the First World War. It will be outside the Senedd in Cardiff Bay from August 5 ...and more »

These people are sleeping rough in Cardiff to raise awareness of homelessness

The Rhondda Cynon Taf (RCT) youth support team helped her with accommodation, liaising with housing providers to help her gain and maintain a tenancy. They also helped her gain important life skill training. Jess said: “Byte Night helps support ...and more »

These people are sleeping rough in Cardiff to raise awareness of homelessness

Jess Williams, 19, from Aberdare , is encouraging businesses to join in the sponsored sleep-out. The teenager was homeless for two ye