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Police appeal after man 'shot in face' in Newport

Gwent Police says it has arrested two teenagers after a man was shot in the face in an alleyway on the Duffryn Estate in Newport.

The attack is said to have taken place in an alleyway at Duffryn. Credit: google maps

Police say the incident happened in an alleyway near Sandpiper Way, Duffryn on Wednesday 21st January.

"Two males, aged 17 and 18 from Newport have been arrested on suspicion of robbery. The 17 year old has been released on police bail pending further enquiries. The 18 year old remains in police custody at this time," Gwent Police said in a statement.

A 40 year old man was cycling along when two men blocked his path and demanded money. When the victim stated he didn't have any, they shot him in the face with what is believed to have been a BB gun, the victim fell to the ground but was able to get away. The victim attended the Royal Gwent Hospital where he required stitches and has since been released.

Gwent Police want to find the victim's stolen bike. Credit: Gwent Police

Police say the victim’s bike, an “X-rated Exile” jump bike black and orange in colour, was abandoned at the time of the incident and hasn’t been located since. They are appealing for information.

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Hospital appointments cancelled after 'exceptionally busy' weekend

'Non-urgent' outpatient appointments at the University Hospital of Wales and the University Hospital of Llandough have been cancelled.

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The Cardiff and Vale University Health Board say the move is due to 'extreme pressures on services' following a busy weekend combined with general winter pressures.

All available staff are being directed to help manage this situation unfortunately it has been necessary to cancel and rearrange a number of elective and outpatient activities.

As such non-urgent outpatient appointments at the University Hospital of Wales and University Hospital Llandough are cancelled today with the exception of cardiac, dermatology, haematology, mental health clinics, ophthalmology, dental, children’s clinics, thoracic and fracture clinics.

Those patients receiving care on a day-care basis in haematology, rheumatology, children’s, cardiac and neurology will continue as planned.

All appointments will be re-arranged as soon as possible.

– Alice Casey, Chief Operating Officer at Cardiff and Vale University Health Board

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Plaid leader welcomes Hain's anti-cuts call

Leanne Wood urges voters to reject austerity

Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood is urging other political parties to back calls to 'abandon austerity' which she says has been 'a disaster for the Welsh people and economy.'

She describes widely-reported comments by the former Welsh Secretary as 'a welcome step.' You can see more of Peter Hain's anti-austerity call in his interview with Political Editor Adrian Masters by clicking here.

Leanne Wood says the forthcoming UK election will see a clear division between pro- and anti-austerity parties.

While it is encouraging to see prominent members of the Labour party come out against austerity, it is lamentable that the vast majority of its MPs voted with the Tories less than two weeks ago in favour of billions more cuts to public services.

We simply cannot cut corners when it comes to protecting our vital public services. While the Westminster parties back spending £100bn on a new generation of nuclear weapons, Plaid Cymru is fighting for fair funding for Wales to invest in our Welsh Health Service.

– Leanne Wood AM, Plaid Cymu leder
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