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Swansea fall to narrow Liverpool defeat

A James Milner penalty was the difference this afternoon as Liverpool edged past Swansea at Anfield.

Swansea's Neil Taylor clashes with Jordan Ibe. Credit: PA

The first half saw Garry Monk's side - who have only beaten Aston Villa away from home this season - flood the midfield to stifle Liverpool, who failed to establish any cohesion in the final two-thirds.

The only real opportunity of the first period came after six minutes, when Jordon Ibe's heavy touch gave Kyle Bartley enough of a chance to put in a sliding challenge - although the centre-back could only watch as his tackle diverted the ball onto a post and not past Lukasz Fabianski in the Swansea goal.

The breakthrough came just past the hour when Ibe's cross hit Neil Taylor's arm and despite an initial delay from referee Anthony Taylor, the linesman flagged for the infringement.

Milner dispatched the subsequent penalty high into the roof of the Kop end goal and despite late Swansea pressure, 1-0 was how it stayed.

The defeat leaves Swansea 15th in the Premier League table, just four points off the relegation zone.


Scarlets made to work for PRO12 win over Zebre

Scarlets were forced to hang on in their PRO12 encounter with Zebre this afternoon, but the Welsh region secured victory in a result that lifts them up to second in the table.

Hadleigh Parkes won man of the match for his performance. Credit: PA

Tries from Hadleigh Parkes and Aled Davies helped ensure Scarlets went into half time 17-0 ahead.

But after the break Zebre's number eight Andries Van Schalkwyk went over twice to bring the game within a try of the Italian outfit.

It was a nervy finish for Wayne Pivac's side, who needed the boot of Steven Shingler to make sure of the win late on.

Police concerned over missing elderly woman

Police in Llangennech says they're concerned for the welfare of an 81-year-old woman who's been missing from the area since midday today.

Mary Angela Leaf has been missing since midday today. Credit: Dyfed Powys Police

Mary Angela Leaf was last seen wearing a thin, grey anorak.

Anyone with any information regarding her whereabouts is urged to call Dyfed Powys Police on 101.

AM left 'astounded' after taxpayers fund police service that 'wasn't used'

A Conservative AM has said he was left 'astounded' that a bill for over half a million pounds was paid by North Wales police for a mobile phone service that wasn't used.

The bill was paid by North Wales police for over half a million pounds.

Darren Millar, AM for Clwyd North, said people would want to know how it was missed that they were spending thousands on redundant service.

Taxpayers footed the phone bill of £560,000 between 2013 and this year and details about cash paid to the mobile company emerged at an audit meeting held jointly by the force and Crime Commissioner Winston Roddick QC.

It was told the mobile phone operator accepted there was “a likely issue” and repayments were being agreed, the error having been discovered at the end of August.

In a statement Mr Roddick said he was pleased to say that the discrepancy was picked up by the force’s own financial department and that steps were now being taken to recover the money involved.

A police spokeswoman said they were in talks with the company concerned and the matter was being resolved.


'Yellow warning' of wind issued across many parts of Wales

A Yellow Warning for high winds across many areas of Wales has been issued by the Met Office, as poor weather conditions and gusts of up to 70mph have been affecting traffic and travel across the country.

High winds have caused huge waves in Porthcawl today. Credit: Christopher James

There's been disruption on the Great Western Railway and Cross Country routes at Cardiff Central due to the adverse weather conditions, with Network Rail issuing speed restrictions on all routes as a precaution.

Elsewhere Virgin Trains West Coast services at Holyhead are being delayed due to high winds, with delays of up to half an hour on all routes expected to last until at least the late afternoon.

Information on rail routes affected by the weather can be seen here.

The weather has been affecting travel routes across Wales. Credit: PA

On the roads the A5 is both ways blocked due to fallen tree between the B5106 Pont y Pair bridge in Betws-Y-Coed and the A4086 at Capel Curig.

A fallen tree has also blocked the A470 Station Road between Parry Road in Llanrwst and the B5279 at Tal-y-cafn.

All up to date information on any disruption on the roads caused by the weather can be accessed here.

Elsewhere Irish Ferries were forced to cancel all high speed services between Holyhead and Dublin. Updates on the ferry service can be seen here.

Ospreys secure PRO12 derby win over Cardiff Blues

A try from skipper Alun Wyn Jones helped Ospreys come from behind to win the Guinness PRO12 derby clash against Cardiff Blues 13-6 at a rain-lashed Liberty Stadium.

Alun Wyn Jones scored the only try of the match for the home side. Credit: PA

Blues, who claimed a losing bonus point in the 13-6 defeat but have not won in Swansea since 2005, were leading 6-0 through two Jarrod Evans penalties before Jones squeezed over.

19-year-old Evans came in for his first PRO12 start for the Blues in place of Patchell and scored the only points of the first half with a seventh-minute penalty after the Ospreys were penalised for not releasing at a ruck.

But though Blues led 3-0 at the interval in rainy and blustery conditions Ospreys had the better of the territory in the first 40 minutes.

Blues suffered a major blow when Wales captain Sam Warburton left the field with an ankle injury in the 32nd minute but they finished the half the stronger and would have doubled their lead two minutes from time had fly-half Evans not missed with his second penalty attempt.

Ospreys started the second half without Biggar, who was replaced by Sam Davies, and he had an immediate impact with a series of kicks to the corner and missed a 42nd-minute penalty.

Evans boosted Blues' chances with a near 50-metre penalty after 50 minutes but after that it was all Ospreys as Jones got the ball on the tryline by the posts for a converted try.

And from then on in Ospreys played territorial tactics with Davies kicking penalties on 70 and 78 minutes.

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