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Coroner: 'Insufficient evidence' to say how Nida died

Nida Naseer went missing from her Newport home on the evening of Saturday 28th December Credit: Family / Gwent Police

A coroner has returned an open verdict into the death of Newport teenager Nida Naseer.

The 18-year-old's body was found on the foreshore of the Gwent Wetlands in March, nearly three months after she disappeared from her home in Pill.

Her father told the court her disappearance in December last year was a mystery.

Coroner David Bowen said there was insufficient evidence for him to reach a conclusion as to how she died.


Addict jailed for murdering man for drugs money

Gareth Wyn Jones had only been released from jail five days before the killing. Credit: Wales News Service

A heroin addict found guilty of murdering a man just five days after being released from jail will serve at least another 20 years behind bars.

Gareth Wyn Jones, 28, attacked David Lewis - described as 'vulnerable' - in order to steal money and his bank card to pay for a drugs binge.

Cardiff Crown Court heard Mr Lewis, 45, suffered around 100 blunt force injuries to his head and neck, before being strangled and left face down in the River Taff.

David Lewis, described as 'vulnerable', was killed for his bank card and cash. Credit: Family

Jones had pleaded guilty to manslaughter but denied murder on the grounds of diminished responsibility. But after more than five hours of deliberations, a jury delivered a unanimous guilty verdict and ruled the killing was intentional.

Jones had only just become a free man after serving half of a six-year sentence for stabbing his girlfriend in the head with a fork.

'Complete cowboy' builder to be sentenced

A builder described as a 'complete cowboy', defrauding dozens of trusting customers out of almost £1 million, will be sentenced later today.

Mark Jenkins, from Caerphilly, overcharged his victims, demanded large sums of money upfront as deposits and regularly failed to complete work.

The 45-year-old was previously known as Mark Killick and also used the name Mark Richards, trading as Pro-Fit Builders, XL Builders and Trade Bookers.

A total of 42 homeowners across Cardiff, Methyr Tydfil, Clevedon, Weston-super-Mare and Bristol fell victim to him.

Swansea brothers' bravery recognised after eye cancer battle

Alfie Morris (left), Charlie Morris (right) Credit: Family Photo

Two brothers from Swansea have received awards in recognition of their courage and bravery, after one of them battled a rare form of cancer.

In 2007 Alfie Morris, who was then four months old, was diagnosed with retinoblastoma - a cancer which affects the retina of children.

Over the next two years of his life, Alfie went through intensive treatment to try and combat tumours in both of his eyes. Unfortunately his left eye couldn't be saved.

The boys have been described as 'best buddies' Credit: Family Photo

Now seven years old, Alfie and his nine year old brother Charlie are being recognised for their outstanding efforts and bravery.

Both boys, who attend Burlais Primary School, have been named as champions by the Childhood Eye Cancer Trust (CECT).

The awards recognise the courage, resilience and patience shown by all children affected throughout their treatment and beyond.

Their mother Rebecca Jones says the boys are best friends as well as brothers.

Alfie has been through a lot in his short life and this award means so much to him. He really is an inspiration to all of us, as is Charlie who has been the perfect brother to Alfie.

They're the best buddies as well as brothers and Charlie has been there every step of the way for Alfie throughout all the hospital visits, operations, check-ups, at school you name it.

Charlie has been my rock. It hasn't been easy but I'm so proud of the two of them and glad they have been recognised in this way.

– Rebecca Jones, Mother


Wales revealed as 'broadband burglary' hotspot

Over a third of people in the UK admitted to using their neighbours' networks Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Wales is the third most likely place in the UK for 'broadband burglary', according to new research.

A survey by broadband provider Hyperoptic found 40% of Welsh residents had successfully accessed their neighbours' WiFi.

A further 32% admitted to guessing other people's passwords.

The most common reason according to 31% of those surveyed was a need for faster internet speed.

Wales was third in the list, following London and the North East.

It's a shock to discover so many people admitting to 'borrowing' their neighbours' broadband.

'Stealing' other people's WiFi cannot be condoned and is highly likely to have a detrimental effect on the connection your neighbours are receiving - and paying for.

Many customers of standard broadband already battle with a slow and unreliable service that doesn't allow everyone in the home to make the most of the internet at the same time, let alone carry unwanted surfers sneaking on to the network.

– Dana Tobak, Hyperoptic

Supporting Welsh town centres is key to regeneration, says Minister

£7 million has also been granted to projects which directly tackle poverty in Wales' most deprived town centres Credit: PA

Wales will host its second Regeneration Summit later in Swansea.

The key focus of the event, held at the city's Liberty Stadium, will be supporting and revitalising town centres in Wales.

The Welsh Government is investing £102 million over the next three years to support 11 local authorities, including Swansea, to regenerate town centres and high streets.

Minister for Communities and Tackling Poverty Lesley Griffiths will speak at the event.

Make no mistake about it, regeneration is central to my work and supports our key aim of tackling poverty in Wales.

By helping to regenerate towns and cities we create much needed housing, encourage more shoppers to visit our high streets and bring local jobs back into the heart of our communities.

It is particularly fitting we are holding our summit in Swansea this year, as the city has benefitted greatly from our regeneration programme.

– Lesley Griffiths, Minister for Communities and Tackling Poverty

Report aims to reduce child deaths from meningitis

Encountering meningitis is rare, with a full-time GP in Wales seeing an average of one case every 17 years Credit: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

A new report on meningitis has been published today, aiming to reduce the number of child deaths from the disease.

Published by the Child Death Review Programme for Wales, it identifies key recommendations on early diagnosis and keeping up with vaccinations.

The report describes how meningitis can be difficult to diagnose, with symptoms common to many other illnesses.

Since the introduction of the 5-in-1 vaccine in 1992, cases of the disease have virtually disappeared in Wales.

Early symptoms of meningitis are similar to many other illnesses and so diagnosing the disease can be challenging.

However, there is a lot of guidance available and healthcare professionals - as well as parents and carers - must always be alert to the dangers of the disease.

There is clear evidence that vaccinations have been extremely successful in preventing certain types of meningitis, and so it is also hugely important to ensure the current vaccination programme for children is effectively implemented.

– Dr Ciaran Humphreys, Consultant in Public Health
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