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Police and fire crews work 'to ensure residents' safety'

Police officers and firefighters are working together "to ensure the safety of residents" after a major grass fire in Burry Port this afternoon.

Flames can be seen close to homes on Gwscwm Road in the Carmarthenshire town.

Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service says the blaze is spread over four hectares, and more than 20 firefighters are working to bring it under control.

Local residents have also reported roads closed in the area.

Photographs show flames close to people's homes. Credit: Twitter @robbarnett1
A significant amount of smoke can be seen over the town of Burry Port. Credit: Twitter @LeeSutts

Major grass fire threatens homes in Carmarthenshire

Fire crews are tackling a major grass fire in Burry Port, Carmarthenshire, which is extremely close to homes.

Photographs show the fire threatening to reach people's homes. Credit: Twitter @scarletmarc

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Merthyr Town on the rise again after promotion

Merthyr Town FC will next season return to the same level the club were at before they went out of business five years ago.

The Martyrs won the Southern League South and West Division with games to spare, and after the final game of the season on Saturday, got a chance to lift their silverware.

They beat Stratford Town 3-1, to move past 100 points for the season, and are now looking forward to life in the Southern League Premier Division, the seventh tier of English football.

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Prisoner stabbed cellmate in neck with pen, trial hears

An inmate at Cardiff Prison died after his cellmate stabbed him in the neck with a ballpoint pen, a trial has been told.

Colin Capp, 23, is accused of the murder of Darren Thomas, 45, in March 2014.

HMP Cardiff is a Category B prison, holding adult male prisoners.

Cardiff Crown Court heard how Mr Capp wrapped a plastic bag around Mr Thomas' head and stabbed him 100 times in the neck with a pen, while he was sleeping in their cell.

Prosecutor Peter Rouch QC said: "Darren Thomas had around 100 puncture marks to the left side of his neck. He died from sustained application of significant pressure to the neck. His death was caused by strangulation, suffocation or both."

Mr Capp, originally from Scotland, admits killing his cellmate, but denies murder, on the grounds of diminished responsibility.

The trial continues.

Welsh charity 'shouldn't have been in list backing Tories'

A Welsh charity says it should not have been included in a list of 5,000 signatories supporting the Conservatives' economic plans.

Diverse Cymru, which aims to eliminate discrimination and inequality in Wales, says it has contacted the Conservative Party to remove its name from the list immediately.

Its chair, Keith Dewhurst, is standing as a Tory candidate in the general election - but Diverse Cymru says those activities are separate from his work with the charity.

We are not affiliated with, allied to or supporters of any political party in compliance with the relevant Charity Commission laws, regulations and guidelines.

Diverse Cymru’s name should not and should never appear on any list of political endorsements such as the one published today in the Telegraph of entrepreneurs of small businesses, neither of which terms apply to Diverse Cymru.

We believe we were included in error and have contacted the Conservative Party to remove our name from this list immediately, and are also working to ensure that Diverse Cymru is not similarly cited in future.

Diverse Cymru’s Board includes individuals with a wide-range of political opinions and has a strict policy on board member’s party affiliations not forming part of Board discussions or decisions.

Although our Chair, Keith Dewhurst, is an active member of the Conservative Party and is currently campaigning for the upcoming election these activities are independent to and separate from the work he undertakes on behalf of Diverse Cymru.

– Diverse Cymru statement

130 small and medium-sized businesses from Wales signed the letter.

A software company in Berkshire has also said one of its staff has been wrongly listed as a signatory to the letter, published in the Daily Telegraph this morning.

130 Welsh small businesses sign letter backing Tories

130 small and medium-sized businesses from Wales have signed a letter in the Daily Telegraph, backing the Conservative-led government to "finish what they started."

They joined a list of 5,000 signatures supporting the Tories' economic plan ahead of the general election.

The letter, on the front page of the Telegraph, said 'a change now would be far too risky.'

The letter says: [the government] managed to get the economy moving again by tackling the deficit, helping to keep interest rates low and inflation down. We’ve been helped by their steps to lower taxes, reduce red tape, simplify employment law and get the banks lending."

Labour has responded by accusing the Tories of "five years letting down Britain's small businesses. Government scheme after government scheme designed to boost finance for small firms has failed, and small business lending has fallen by £500m in the last three months."

The letter has caused controversy after a company included in the list said one of its staff members had been wrongly listed as a signatory.

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Cardiff Blues centre Hewitt retires due to neck injury

Cardiff Blues centre Dafydd Hewitt has been forced to retire from rugby immediately due to a neck injury.

The 29-year-old has only been able to make two appearances this season due to injury, and says being forced to retire is "the worst feeling".

The former Blues vice-captain has played 122 times for the region, scoring 13 tries, since 2006. He previously played for Llantwit Major and Cardiff RFC.

Dafydd Hewitt is among a small group of players to have played over 100 times for Cardiff Blues. Credit: PA

Hewitt was part of the Wales Under 21 Grand Slam-winning team in 2005, and captained the Under 21s at the World Cup in 2006. He was part of the Wales squad that won the Rugby World Cup Sevens in 2009.

It is hard to put into words how I am feeling at the reality of never wearing my Blues jersey again.

No rugby player expects to be told that they can never again play the game they love - it's the worst feeling. It was my childhood dream to play rugby for the Cardiff Blues, the team I followed as a boy and dreamt of representing. I have loved every moment of being a 'Cardiff Blue' and knew early on that it was a club I never wanted to leave.

I'd like to thank everyone at the Blues; the coaching staff, the management, and the medical team for their invaluable support, especially during the past few months.

I feel privileged to have played with so many great players and have forged friendships for life. I will miss everything about playing rugby and will always be a Cardiff Blue.

– Dafydd Hewitt

Cardiff Blues Chief Executive Richard Holland described Hewitt as "an outstanding servant, a true role model for young aspiring players, a hugely popular and much-admired professional."

Police appeal for help to find missing Wrexham teenager

Police are asking for help to find a fifteen-year-old last seen in Wrexham a month ago.

15-year-old Junior was last seen wearing a grey and dark blue hoody, dark trousers and trainers Credit: North Wales Police

Junior Scott, who also has connections to London, is described as Afro-Caribbean, 5ft 6ins tall, with short black hair.

He was last seen in Wrexham on March 27th.

Police are urging anyone who knows of his whereabouts to get in touch.

They've also asked Junior to contact them directly on 101 to let them know he's safe.

Murder investigation: Council says 'such events are a rare occurrence'

Rhondda Cynon Taf Council have released a statement in relation to the ongoing murder investigation in Pontypridd.

They say while local people in the area are understandably concerned, the event must be put into the 'wider context.'

Today 50-year-old Christopher May appeared in court charged with the murder of Tracey Woodford.

The news of this shocking incident will understandably cause anxiety and concern for local residents, but must be placed into the wider context that such events are a rare occurrence in Rhondda Cynon Taf.

Following the updates I have received from the local police, I am confident they are doing all they can to support the local community as part of the investigations.

Everyone's thoughts are I am sure, with the victim's family, and I hope the community will do all they can to assist the police with their investigations and bring forward any information they may hold.

– Cllr Andrew Morgan, Leader, Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council
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