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Police close 'beehive’ house of serious drug use

A home in Newport has been boarded up and the tenant moved out following complaints of serious drug use and anti- social behaviour.

The flat on Kirby Lane, Pill was being used by drug users. Credit: Gwent Police

Gwent Police say the flat on Kirby Lane, Pill has been closed for three months following evidence of extreme anti-social behaviour and criminal activity.

Magistrates heard the tenant allowed drug users to stay and others would sit in groups drinking alcohol, throwing drug paraphernalia, empty alcohol cans and bottles and food packaging.

There were also reports of users queuing outside the property for drugs, and shouting, swearing and arguing.

PC Paula Spence from Pill Police Station explained : “This is the tenth property we have closed in Pill since December 2014 and we will continue to take action to close properties that cause a disturbance to other local residents."

New WRU boss - Six Nations TV deal 'a priority'

The Welsh Rugby Union has unveiled Martyn Phillips, a former head of B&Q, as the new Group Chief Executive of the governing body.

Martyn Phillips the new chief executive at the WRU. Credit: WRU

The 46-year-old ex-Wales schoolboy rugby international, who is currently a director of the Leading Edge management and leadership consultancy, will take up his new role at the WRU in the autumn.

Phillips, who is originally from Fishguard, will work alongside WRU Chairman Gareth Davies.

I am both delighted and honoured to be taking up the role of WRU Group Chief Executive at this incredibly exciting time for the game of rugby union in Wales.

The brand of the Welsh Rugby Union is known across the world and I aim to ensure that we sustain and develop a business base which supports the entire game in Wales and exploits our opportunities to the full.

– Martyn Phillips

One issue the new chief executive will be addressing is negotiations for a new broadcast contract for the RBS 6 Nations.

Body of man missing from coach holiday officially identified

The body of a man from Blaina who went missing on a coach holiday to the Isle of Wight has now been officially identified.

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The body of Michael Davies, 71, was found on marshland in Sandown on the Isle of Wight on Wednesday, July 1.

Michael (known as Mike to his family) was on holiday on the island with his wife, when he went missing on May 26.

The death is not being treated as suspicious at this time.

Mike's family, along with Hampshire Constabulary, would like to thank the public for all their assistance in the search for him.

More: Family appeal for grandad who went missing on coach holiday to Isle of Wight


Tributes paid to man killed by Brecon lightning strike

Colleagues of a man who died after lightning struck four people in the Brecon Beacons on Sunday have paid tribute to him.

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The 51-year-old, named earlier today as Jeremy Prescott from Telford, died along with one other man who has not yet been identified.

Two others were taken to hospital.

We were shocked and saddened to hear of the death of Jeremy Prescott on the Brecon Beacons last weekend in such tragic circumstances. Our thoughts are with Jeremy’s family at this very sad time.

– A spokesperson for the Duke of Edinburgh Awards

It is with great sadness that the Council can confirm the tragic death of our colleague Jez Prescott on Sunday.

Our thoughts are with Jez’s family, friends and colleagues at this very sad and difficult time.

Jez was a part-time youth and community worker in our Youth Innovation Team and had worked with the Council since 2001 when he joined as a youth volunteer worker.

He was a very dedicated individual who gave his time to help young people in the borough achieve their full potential and was a trained Duke of Edinburgh’s Award support worker.

It was in this role that Jez was a team leader for a D of E expedition on the Brecon Beacons when he was fatally struck by lightning in a sudden storm at a check point on the group’s route.

The Council is considering appropriate ways it can pay tribute to Jez, his work and the part he has played in supporting young people in our borough.

– Telford Council

Health board to pay £105,000 of protestors' costs

A judge has told Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board to pay the costs of those who brought a judicial review of its decision to downgrade maternity services at Glan Clwyd Hospital in Bodelwyddan.

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Justice Nicola Davies at Mold Crown Court also discharged a restraining order preventing the downgrade after the health board did a u-turn and agreed to carry out fresh consultations.

The health board was also told to make a £105.000 payment towards protestors' costs in the next 30 days.

Last week health chiefs said they would no longer contest a judicial review of the controversial plans. The board said it would start consultation afresh.

Campaigners brought the proceedings when the health board said it wanted to remove the doctor-led maternity service at the hospital.

More: 15,000 signature petition over maternity services at Glan Clwyd hospital delivered to the Senedd

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