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Waters 'rough' and 'choppy' in search for missing boy

Crews searching for a child missing off the coast of Anglesey have described weather conditions as 'rough'.

Both lifeboat stations were requested by HM Coastguard to launch this afternoon after they received reports of two people, a man and a boy, who were swept out to sea off Aberffraw.

Trearddur Bay volunteers launched the Atlantic 85 class lifeboat within three minutes of the pagers sounding at 1pm this afternoon, with Porthdinllaen all-weather lifeboat launching shortly after to assist in the search.

Weather conditions are rough, with very choppy seas.

– RNLI statement
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Major search for child swept out to sea off Anglesey

RNLI crews have launched a major search for a missing boy swept out to sea off the coast of Anglesey (file photo). Credit: Nicholas Leach

A major search operation is underway for a child missing in rough waters off the coast of Anglesey.

RNLI lifeboats from Porthdinllaen and Trearddur Bay launched just after one o'clock this afternoon after receiving reports of a man and a boy being swept out to sea off Aberffraw.

An RNLI spokesperson said the child, whose age is currently unconfirmed, is still missing in conditions described as rough with very choppy seas.

The man managed to make his way back to shore.

The search currently involves two RNLI lifeboats, coastguard teams and an RAF helicopter.

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Man arrested after Swansea hostage situation

South Wales Police say a hostage incident at Swansea Marina has been resolved. A local man is in police custody at Swansea police station.

In a statement, South Wales Police said: "Officers were called to the building at 4pm on Friday after a man was taken hostage inside a public area of the building, by another man who was in possession of a firearm.

"Specialist resources were dispatched to the scene, including the police helicopter, armed response officers, and a trained police negotiator.

"After approximately two hours, a tactical response team discharged a Taser to subdue the man and detain him. A handgun has been recovered from the scene."

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Police ask for 'co-operation and understanding'

South Wales Police says 'co-operation and understanding' from the public is appreciated while its officers dealing with the ongoing incident in Swansea.

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Armed police on scene of Swansea Marina incident

The owner of the Pumphouse Pub in the Maritime Quarter told ITV News that armed police are on the scene blocking entry to the marina.

There's a police helicopter and armed police outside blocking the road. We haven't been asked to close the pub, but there are police and dogs on leads outside and nearby. The marina is also blocked off and no boats are allowed in or out.

– Owner of the Pumphouse Pub

The Grape and Olive restaurant at the top of the Meridan Tower has tweeted to say it's closed due to an incident.

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Swansea Marina 'on lockdown' after incident

Eyewitnesses in Swansea Marina say the area is 'on lockdown' after an incident in Meridian Tower.

Man accidentally sets house on fire trying to kill spider

A man accidentally set a house on fire - while trying to kill a spider.

The man tried to get rid of the spider by setting it on fire. Credit: PA/file photo

Firefighters were called to an address in Bridgend, South Wales, and saw smoke billowing from a rear window.

But they were gobsmacked to discover that the fire started when a man sprayed a spider with an aerosol before setting it alight.

A spokesman for Mid West and Wales Fire (MWF) Service said: "We attended at an incident at Kenfig Hill at 11.57am today.

"Crews extinguished a small fire at the rear of the property, which was caused when the occupant tried to remove a spider after initially spraying it with an aerosol and then setting it alight.The flames then spread to the rest of the room."

The fire service urged members of the public to avoid using aerosols inappropriately - and added that there were "more conventional ways" to get rid of spiders and insects.

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