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'Essential we understand causes of childhood suicide'

It is "essential" to "understand the causes of childhood suicide" if more young people are to be protected from it, the Welsh Government has said.

Health Minister Mark Drakeford said:

The death of a child, whatever the circumstances, is a particularly tragic event and one which affects friends, family and the wider community.

Understanding the circumstances surrounding a child's death can help people begin to make sense of the tragedy and may help to prevent the deaths of other children.

This is a very difficult area of research but it is essential that we try and understand the causes of childhood suicide to help identify opportunities for prevention and to try reduce the risk.

– Mark Drakeford

Read: Proposals from review into suicides of young people

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Suicides review: Welsh child protection register needed

Wales needs its own child protection register if it is to better prevent the suicides of children and young people, a report has said.

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A tribute left on the common at Cefn Cribwr, in Bridgend county, to 16-year-old Jenna Parry, who was found hanged in 2008. Credit: PA

The Child Death Review Programme, which looked into the probable suicides of 34 young people in Wales over the last six year, called for more to be done to implement NHS guidelines on self-harm.

From 2007, Wales was rocked by a spate of teenage suicides in the county of Bridgend.

A total of 25 people were found dead in the first two years, and all but one had hung themselves.

The clinical lead for the review, Dr Ann John, said: "This is a key piece of work in helping us all to understand the factors that have contributed to these deaths, identify opportunities for prevention and make recommendations to reduce the risk of suicide for children and young people in Wales."

Two policemen charged with theft

Two police officers have been charged with theft.

The pair, who are aged 43 and 45 and serve with South Wales Police, are due to appear in court next month.

"South Wales Police have charged two men, aged 45 and 43, with theft," a force spokesman said.

"Both men are serving officers with South Wales Police and were arrested following an investigation by the professional standards department.

The force has not revealed the rank of the officers or the circumstances surrounding the allegations.

Man held over Cardiff Prison death 'is fellow inmate'

Prison sources have told the Press Association the man arrested following the death of an inmate at Cardiff Prison is a serving prisoner.

It remains unclear at present what the arrested man's status is and what wing the police's investigation centres around.

South Wales Police say the death of the 45-year-old inmate is being treated as 'suspicious.'

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Police investigating 'suspicious' death at Cardiff Prison

South Wales Police says the death of a 45-year-old inmate at Cardiff Prison yesterday is being treated as 'suspicious.'

A 22-year-old man has been arrested and is in custody.

South Wales Police is investigating the suspicious death of a 45-year-old inmate at HMP Cardiff during the early hours of Thursday, March 6.

A 22-year-old man has been arrested and is in custody at Cardiff Bay Police Station.

The HM Coroner has been informed and an investigation is continuing.

– South Wales Police statement

Welsh MP plays down Sam Warburton nationality row

A Plaid Cymru MP has attempted to play down a row over Wales rugby captain Sam Warburton after he criticised him for suggesting that he felt British, rather than Welsh.

The Lions captain's comments was responding to claims by an England wing that Wales players "hate England".

Jonathan Edwards yesterday tweeted:

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I really find it difficult to understand how someone who does not consider themselves to be Welsh can be captain of the national rugby side

He has now clarified his point:

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One thing we can all agree on is that Sam is a great player and we’re all hoping for a Welsh win on Sunday

He also issued a statement saying: "Let's be clear I am not attacking any individual over their identity.

"I would hope that the captain of Wales would feel Welsh. Of course lots of people feel both Welsh and British."

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