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Former drug smuggler Howard Marks diagnosed with cancer

Marks is also known as 'Mr Nice' Credit: PA

Notorious former drug smuggler and author Howard Marks has been diagnosed with inoperable bowel cancer, he's announced.

The 69 year old said he had 'no regrets' about a life which saw him mingle with A-listers from the entertainment world and spend seven years in jail, after being convicted of serious drug offences.

Dubbed 'the most sophisticated drugs baron of all time' grew up in Wales and later worked for the British Secret Service, where he earned a degree in nuclear physics and philosophy.

He's also been connected with the Mafia, the IRA, MI6 and the CIA.

The father of four is due to perform in London next month, featuring guest appearances from actor Rhys Ifans - who played the part of Marks in a film of his life, and members of Welsh group Super Furry Animals.


Gatland thanks Jones for contribution to Welsh rugby

Wales coach Warren Gatland has thanked Adam Jones for his contribution to Wales, and has offered best wishes for his future in the game.

The prop announced his retirement from the international stage on Twitter earlier today.

I want to thank Adam for his achievement in winning 95 caps for Wales and earning five test appearances for the British and Irish Lions.

There is no doubt that Adam has played a huge part in Wales' success. He has three Grand Slams and a Championship to his name. That is an unbelievable record.

He made a big impact and contribution on the international stage and we all wish him well for his future career with the Cardiff Blues

– Warren Gatland


Jones thanks fans after announcing retirement

Jones was also overlooked for the autumn internationals earlier this season Credit: PA

Wales prop Adam Jones has announced his retirement from international rugby - just five days after being left out of this year's Six Nations squad.

As well as being a triple Grand Slam winner, the 33-year-old won 95 caps for Wales and 5 as a British and Irish Lion.

Before the squad was announced, Jones had been strongly backed to earn a recall, especially when Scarlets forward Rhodri Jones was ruled out of the entire tournament due to a shoulder injury.

In an interview with the Sunday Times, Jones said he'd made up his mind before Christmas that he'd step down if he failed to make the Six Nations cut.

I told myself then that I would train as hard as I can and get as fit as I can. If it didn't happen, then I'll call it a day.

It's obviously not the way I would want to finish, it's not how I planned it in my head, and I hope no-one thinks I'm simply quitting.

– Adam Jones

Today he took to Twitter to thank Welsh fans for their support.

Jones will continue to play for the Cardiff Blues, who secured a place in the European Challenge Cup quarter-final yesterday.

Search for missing dog Sylvia ends in sadness

Japanese Shiba Inu called Sylvia was found drowned Credit: Janice Bannister

A search which has gripped dog-loving Britain has ended in sadness after Japanese Shiba Inu Sylvia was found drowned in the sea at the western entrance to the Menai Strait.

She was discovered west of Caernarfon, a few miles from where she disappeared from Newborough beach on the west coast of Anglesey a week ago.

Her owner Janice Bannister had spent £750 hiring a helicopter to comb the area and dog lovers from all over Britain joined in the search.

Mrs Bannister said she was devastated to discover Sylvia had drowned, but wished to thank all those who had helped her.

On her Facebook page set up to help trace her dog, Mrs Bannister posted:

'R.I.P Sweet Sylvia. I am so sorry we couldn't save you, I promised we'd find you and we did. Now you can come home to rest. Love and miss you, you will forever be in our hearts.'

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