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Welsh furniture store creates parody John Lewis advert

A Welsh furniture store has created a real stir online, with a parody version of John Lewis' famous Christmas advert.

Staff at Pieces for Places in Barmouth put their own twist on Monty the Penguin, in a video filmed around the seaside town.

Their advert didn't cost anywhere near as much as the real thing - and their penguin certainly wasn't as lifelike - but they say it was a lot of fun and has got a great reaction.

Kevin Ashford reports:

Robber on the run from Monmouthshire prison

Gwent Police is appealing for help to locate a convicted robber who has absconded from Prescoed Prison in Monmouthshire.

Jeffrey Griffiths, 34, was sentenced to seven years in prison for robbery in September 2013.

Griffiths is described as being of medium build with short brown hair. He has tattoos on both arms. Credit: Gwent Police

He absconded at around 10pm last night. He has connections in the Swansea area.

Gwent Police says he is not a registered sex offender but there may be a potential risk due to the fact that the individual is no longer in the custody of the prison service.

Anyone with information is urged to call 101.


Wales and South Africa prepare at Millennium Stadium

Wales and South Africa have been making their preparations at the Millennium Stadium this afternoon, ahead of tomorrow's final autumn international.

Both sides are looking to end their seasons on a high, with next year's World Cup firmly in their sights.

Wales are also desperate to end their long losing run against the southern hemisphere's big three sides - which was extended to 26 matches after defeat against New Zealand last weekend.

Read More: Wales beaten 34-16 by ruthless All Blacks

Council boss was given £90,000 Porsche as work car

Pembrokeshire Council has confirmed that its controversial former chief executive Bryn Parry-Jones was given a £90,000 Porsche as his work vehicle.

This is a hybrid electric Porche Panamera of the type Mr Parry-Jones used. Credit: Porsche

The council has revealed details of the car's lease after a Freedom of Information request.

Mr Parry-Jones left his post at the council last month, with a pay-off of nearly £275,000.

Bryn Parry-Jones had been the highest paid council chief executive in Wales. Credit: Pembrokeshire Council

He had been under scrutiny after the Wales Audit Office ruled cash payments given to him in lieu of pension contributions were unlawful.

Read More: Council boss payments ruled 'unlawful'


Cake - and rehearsals - on WMC's 10th birthday

Our reporter Megan Boot is at the Wales Millennium Centre today as it celebrates its 10th anniversary.

The iconic steel facade of the Cardiff Bay arts centre has been recreated in fondant icing for its birthday cake.

Sharp fall in winter deaths in Wales last year

The number of winter deaths in Wales fell last year, according to official figures released today.

There were an estimated 1,100 excess winter deaths here in winter 2013-14, a 41% fall from the previous year's 1,850, and lower than the year before that also.

Last winter saw wet and stormy weather, but temperatures were reasonably mild.

The Official for National Statistics compares the number of deaths in winter months with the average in other seasons.

Older people are disproportionately affected in winter months.

Across the UK as a whole, winter 2013-14 was the lowest number of excess winter deaths since records began in 1950-51.

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Tesco: Stores now 'trading normally' after Black Friday rush

Tesco have said their stores are now "trading normally" after a Black Friday rush that saw police called to help control crowds of bargain-hungry shoppers.

The supermarket said in a statement: "Over 600 Tesco stores have Black Friday offers available in store."

"In the interest of customer safety a small number of these stores contacted police last night to help control crowds safely and stores are now trading normally."

Police were called to this Tesco store in north London. Credit: ITV News

A source at the company said they had taken on board complaints from police about improving in-store security.

"We will work with them following this event to make any improvements for next year," the source said.

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