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Emergency services prepare for 'Black Friday'

Thousands of revellers are expected to celebrate in pubs, bars and clubs tonight.

Emergency services across the country are making preparations as the festive party season gets underway. 'Black Friday', the Friday before Christmas is traditionally seen as one of the busiest of the year.

Anticipating a rise in the number of alcohol-related injuries, injury assessment centres have been set up in some areas by the emergency services.

No-one wants to stop people having a good time at Christmas,but you really don’t need to drink to excess to do so. You will put yourself, and maybe others, at risk.

Enjoy yourself, but keep an eye on how much you drink and pace yourself. Drink plenty of water or soft drinks as well, so you keep well hydrated.

Our emergency departments are incredibly busy at the moment, so please don’t add to our workload by excessive binge drinking and ending up here for treatment.

– Andy Macnab, ABMU health board Emergency department consultant



Rudolph appointed Glamorgan captain for 2015

Jacques Rudolph has been named captain for Glamorgan for next season. Credit: Scott Heavey/EMPICS Sport

Jacques Rudolph has been appointed Glamorgan captain for the 2015 season replacing Mark Wallace. The South African scored almost 2,000 runs in the first XI this year winning the club's List A player of the year award and broke the Glamorgan List A record with an unbeaten 169 against the Sussex Sharks.

He leads from the front and has shown throughout his career, and in his first season at Glamorgan, that he is a true professional and role model for younger players.

Mark Wallace has done a fine job as Club Captain during the course of the past three years, demonstrating tremendous dedication and commitment to the role and he will continue to be a valued and experienced voice in the dressing room and on the field within a leadership capacity.

– Hugh Morris, Glamorgan chief executive

Trio jailed for £5m mortgage fraud scam

Ben Pickering, Mark Cainen and Paul John were jailed for fraud. Credit: South Wales Police

Three men have been jailed for more than 17 years after carrying out mortgage fraud in the Swansea area.

Ben Pickering, Mark Cainen and Paul John got mortgages using fake identities as part of an eight-year scam worth more than £5million. They were all convicted of conspiracy to defraud at Swansea Crown Court.

Pickering was jailed for six years, Cainen for eight years and John for three years and four months.

A 34-year-old woman also received a 12-month suspended sentence and was ordered to carry out 200 hours of unpaid work.

These four defendants were involved in an audacious, systematic and very large scale financial fraud, committed over a prolonged period.

The scale and complexity of their dishonesty was considerable. Two defendants used a variety of names and used their own companies to facilitate the fraud. Numerous documents were falsified in order to create a web of deceit.

– Catrin Evans, Crown Prosecution Service
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