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British Geological Survey: 3.0 magnitude quake in Wales

A 3.0 magnitude quake has been registered in north Wales according to the British Geological Survey (BGS).

The British Geological Survey said the quake was located at Caernarvon, Gwynedd. Credit: British Geological Survey

The BGS said the quake was recorded at about 2.41pm, at a depth of 6km, and its epicentre was located at Caernarvon.

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Police investigate 'serious incident' in Pontypridd

A rugby stadium has been cordoned off as police investigate a "serious incident" in south Wales.

Police officers descended on Pontypridd near its rugby club today, much to the shock of locals.

Pontypridd RFC said police were investigating something 'major'. Credit: ITV News Wales

Officers have been searching undergrowth and the force's helicopter has been spotted hovering over head.

A statement issued by Pontypridd RFC said police were investigating something "major".

A South Wales Police spokesman said the force was not able to give any further details at present as its enquiries were still in the early stages.


Plaid Cymru leader back on the campaign trail after debate

Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood is back on the campaign trail in Rhondda today after last night's "challengers' debate".

Unemployment figures: Regional breakdown

The north-west of England celebrated the biggest fall in the number of people out of work in the three months to February, official figures reveal.

The region saw a fall of 20,000, bringing the unemployment rate down to 5.6 per cent.

The south-west fared worst of the English regions, with an increase in unemployment of 7,000.

  • North West: down 20,000 to 209,000 (5.9% unemployment rate)
  • Yorkshire/Humber: down 17,000 to 166,000 (6.2%)
  • South East: down 13,000 to 195,000 (4.2%)
  • East Midlands: down 13,000 to 116,000 (4.9%)
  • Wales: down 12,000 to 92,000 (6.2%)
  • North East: down 11,000 to 100,000 (7.7%)
  • London: down 10,000 to 287,000 (6.2%)
  • West Midlands: down 1,000 to 172,000 (6.2%)
  • East of England: up 1,000 to 154,000 (5%)
  • Northern Ireland: up 3,000 to 53,000 (6%)
  • South West: up 7,000 to 126,000 (4.6%)
  • Scotland: up 9,000 to 167,000 (6%)

While Wales celebrate a 12,000 drop in unemployment, Scotland saw a rise of 9,000 and Northern Ireland saw 3,000 more people out of work.

Wales achieve highest ever Fifa ranking

Wales are up to 22nd in the Fifa rankings. Credit: PA

Wales have reached their highest ever position in the Fifa world rankings by climbing 15 places to 22.

Chris Coleman's side were the biggest movers - 153 points - in the April rankings after beating Israel 3-0 in their Euro 2016 qualifier in Haifa and have surpassed the 27th spot achieved by Terry Yorath's side back in 1993.

England have climbed three places to 14 after beating Lithuania in Euro 2016 qualifying and drawing a friendly in Italy last month, while Scotland are up 10 spots to 29.

Northern Ireland are up one to 42 and the Republic of Ireland have climbed four places to 62.

Germany still lead the way from Argentina but Belgium have moved into the top three for the first time above Colombia with Brazil fifth and Holland sixth.

Coleman resolves spat with Collins in public

Wales boss Chris Coleman. Credit: PA

James Collins is set to play a key role in Wales' Euro 2016 campaign but manager Chris Coleman admits he chose Cardiff's busiest shopping centre for peace talks between the pair so things could not turn ugly.

It was not so long ago that the West Ham defender's international career appeared over after player and manager fell out following Collins' withdrawal from a Wales squad.

Collins contradicted Coleman's claim he had turned down the chance to join the squad as a late call-up prior to the World Cup qualifier against Serbia in September 2013 and the pair had a tense public rapprochement in the middle of Cardiff.

We had a coffee in the middle of St David's Shopping Centre so it could not kick off!

There were too many people around so we had to be civil.

We had our spat, but I have known him since he was a kid and always liked him, and when he has been with us he has been right in the middle of everything.

His presence and personality are going to be very important going forward.

– Wales boss Chris Coleman.


Wales storm into 42-13 second half lead

A hat-trick of second half tries from George North has put Wales into a 42-13 lead over Italy after 60 minutes.

George North has been unstoppable for Wales. Credit: PA

The Welsh needed a penalty at the death in the first half to go into the interval 14-13 ahead, but their Italian counterparts have capitulated in the second period.

As things stand, Warren Gatland's side are four points ahead of England in the fight for the Six Nations title.

Wales name side to face Italy in Six Nations

Aaron Jarvis is in. Credit: PA

Wales have made two changes for their vital Six Nations clash with Italy on Saturday. Props Aaron Jarvis and Rob Evans are in the side, replacing injured duo Samson Lee and Gethin Jenkins.

Wales team to play Italy in the RBS 6 Nations Championship in Rome on Saturday:

L Halfpenny (Toulon); G North (Northampton), J Davies (Clermont Auvergne), J Roberts (Racing Metro), L Williams (Scarlets); D Biggar (Ospreys), R Webb (Ospreys); R Evans (Scarlets), S Baldwin (Ospreys), A Jarvis (Ospreys), L Charteris (Racing Metro), A-W Jones (Ospreys), D Lydiate (Ospreys), S Warburton (Cardiff Blues, capt), T Faletau (Newport Gwent Dragons).

Replacements: K Owens (Scarlets), R Gill (Saracens), S Andrews (Cardiff Blues), J Ball (Scarlets), J Tipuric (Ospreys), G Davies (Scarlets), R Priestland (Scarlets), S Williams (Scarlets).

'Military style' critical care service to launch in Wales

Medics who are part of a new "military style" rapid response team in Wales will be able to take blood to casualties in what is a world first.

The multi-agency Emergency Medical Retrieval and Transfer Service (EMRTS) Cymru will launch next month and bring some of medical skills usually used on the battlefield to civilian life.

State-of-the-art Welsh Government-funded vehicles for EMRTS (Cymru). Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire

The EMRTS will bring together a new flying doctors service, A&E specialists from the NHS and critical care experts such as advanced nurses and paramedics.

Officials say the team will be able to deal with a wide raft of life-or-death situations including mass casualty events.

Wales' Deputy Minister for Health, Vaughan Gething, said it "will be one of, if not the most, comprehensively equipped pre-hospital teams in the world".

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