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Heavy rain and thunder expected to sweep across UK

Heavy rain and thunderstorms are forecast to sweep across much of the UK today, with a yellow weather warning for rain issued for England, Wales and parts of Scotland.

A yellow warning for rain has been issued Credit: Met Office

The Met Office has warned that the wet weather will move across western areas this morning before settling over the east later on, with the possibility of thunder and lightning following suit.

There is also a risk of localised flooding in the south east and East Anglia, experts predict, with up to 25mm of rain expected to fall within an hour and more than 50mm by the end of the day.

Euro 2016 qualification top of Bale's agenda

Gareth Bale celebrates scoring the winner against Belgium on Friday. Credit: PA

Helping Wales get to their first major tournament since 1958 is top of Gareth Bale's wish list for next season, he has said.

The 25-year-old marked his 50th international appearance on Friday with the only goal against Belgium to take Wales to within touching distance of Euro 2016.

The Real Madrid forward's strike moved Chris Coleman's side three points clear at the top of Group B with four games remaining.

I think everybody knows how much I want to get to a major tournament with Wales. It's top of my list now. It's on, so we'll keep working hard to do it.

We know what position we're in and we're going to enjoy this.

We know there's still a long way to go. We can enjoy now, but when the next camp comes around we will be straight back on the floor.

We will be working hard on the training field and ready to do the business.

– Gareth Bale

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Chief executive at North Wales health trust suspended

The chief executive of a beleaguered Welsh health trust has been suspended with immediate effect, following a number of serious concerns over the way it has been run.

Health Minister Mark Drakeford told the Welsh Assembly today that Prof Trevor Purt, who ran the Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board, had been suspended.

Ysbyty Gwynedd, Bangor, is one of the hospitals run by the trust Credit: Google Maps

It comes after the board was placed in special measures yesterday, as the trust faced backlash from a report last month alleging "institutional abuse" had taken place at a now-closed mental health unit.

Read: Troubled Welsh health trust placed in special measures

Mr Drakeford said he had demanded improvements from the trust in the areas of leadership, mental health services, maternity services, GP and primary care, as well as "reconnecting with the public".

The measures I have announced will provide immediate stability and ensure the board has clear and authoritative advice and guidance in discharging its responsibilities.

Special measures are only instituted in response to serious concerns - it is not a routine response; it reflects the seriousness of the situation.

– Mark Drakeford, Health Minister, Wales

NHS Wales chief Simon Dean has been asked to step in as an "accountable officer", he added.

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