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Anti-IS protest stops traffic on Severn Bridge

Protesters brought three lanes of traffic to a standstill on the Severn Bridge today in an attempt to highlight the plight of Iraqi Kurds.

Around ten cars, some flying the flag of Kurdistan, closed off the westbound stretch of the bridge linking south Wales with South West England.

Police attended the protest to ensure the safety of motorists.

Man found dead in mountainous area of South Wales

A man has been found dead in a mountainous area in South Wales.

The body was found at about 5pm this evening between Beaufort and Brynmawr

Formal identification is yet to take place but Gwent Police have informed the family of missing 34-year-old Shaun Lewis.

The death is not being treated as suspicious.

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Farm owner pleads guilty to forced labour charge

A farm owner has pleaded guilty to forcing a vulnerable man to work for him for more than 13 years.

David Daniel Doran, 42, admitted requiring homeless Darrell Simester to perform forced or compulsory labour. Credit: Wales News Service

David Daniel Doran, 42, has been on trial at Cardiff Crown Court for the past three weeks on a compulsory labour charge alongside his father Dan Doran, 67.

But today Doran junior changed his plea - resulting in the prosecution dropping the case against the elder defendant.

The court has previously heard that missing Kidderminster man Darrell Simester was found in an "appalling" state on Cariad Farm near Newport, last year.

The former warehouse worker said he worked 15-hour days without pay and was made to live in a rat-infested shed for a decade.

His parents Jean and Tony said their 44-year-old son looked more like a man in his nineties and later found he had a massive hernia protruding from his groin.

Clegg: Lib Dems should aspire to deliver home rule in Wales

Nick Clegg has said the Lib Dems should "aspire to deliver home rule to Wales" when it is delivered in Scotland.

"When we will, and we will - no ifs and no buts ... when we deliver what is in effect home rule here to Scotland within the United Kingdom I think we should aspire to deliver home rule to Wales as well."

Teen held after 93-year-old woman collapses following burglary

A 15-year-old boy has been arrested after police found a 93-year-old woman collapsed in her home following a burglary.

Police were called to the pensioner's home in St Christopher Drive, Killay, Swansea, yesterday morning.

A 93-year-old woman was found collapsed. She was taken to Morriston Hospital by ambulance, where she remains in a critical condition.

An investigation into the incident was launched and it became apparent that the woman had been the victim of a burglary.

– Police spokesman

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Ambulance death mother 'treated worse than an animal'

The daughters of a woman who died waiting in an ambulance queue outside a hospital have told ITV News their mother was "treated worse than an animal".

Sonia Powell was outside Swansea's Morriston Hospital for more than half-an-hour before she died.

Daughter Tracey Evans told Rupert Evelyn, "All her daughters and my dad could not be by mother's sides in her last moments, it's absolutely disgusting the way that my mother was treated."

ITV News Wales Correspondent Rupert Evelyn reports from Swansea:

Health Board 'reviewing all aspects' of ambulance death

The Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board said this afternoon it is reviewing "all aspects" regarding Sonia Powell's death in an ambulance outside Swansea's Morriston Hospital.

The Health Board is reviewing all aspects of what happened and we are currently discussing these with the family.

We can confirm the ambulance with two paramedics on board left Neath Port Talbot Hospital at 2.49pm and arrived at Morriston Hospital at 3.04pm.

The Emergency Department doctor began his assessment of the patient in the ambulance at 3.07pm. A doctor remained with Mrs Powell on the ambulance until she sadly passed away at 3.40pm."

– ABMU Health Board spokeswoman

"Yesterday was a busy day for Emergency Departments and this was intensified at Morriston by 20 emergency ambulances arriving and departing within a short space of time," she continued.

Smoking in cars ban would 'reduce health conditions'

Banning smoking in cars when children are present would reduce the number of youngsters suffering from second-hand smoke related health conditions, the Welsh health minister has said.

Our aim is to protect the health of children and young people from the harm associated with exposure to second-hand smoke when travelling in private vehicles.

Changing the law would protect children from the health harms associated with exposure to second-hand smoke in private vehicles, encourage action by smokers to protect children from second-hand smoke and lead to a reduction in health conditions in children caused by exposure to second-hand smoke.

– Mark Drakeford

Wales considering banning smoking in cars

A ban on smoking in cars with children in England was backed by MPs in February.

Smokers in Wales who spark up in their car while travelling with an under-18 passenger could soon face a £50 fine, according to the Welsh Government.

A six week consultation on plans to issue on-the-spot fines to drivers caught with a cigarette in their hand was launched today.

The Welsh Government says the ban would protect children from toxic second hand smoke.

"Some people light up in their cars without thinking and believe that opening the window will help disperse the smoke; however it simply blows back into the car," said Welsh First Minister Carwyn Jones.

"Children cannot escape from the toxic chemicals contained in second-hand smoke when travelling in vehicles."

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