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Welsh Govt vows to act on 'failing' pupil referral units

Wales' education watchdog has warned that some of our most vulnerable pupils are being let down due to huge inconsistencies in provision outside of mainstream schools.

In its annual report, Estyn said that, while special schools are very successful, too many pupil referral units are 'failing' the children who attend them.

The Education Minister Huw Lewis today pledged to act urgently to address the problems.

Tom Sheldrick reports:

Police appeal after attempted robbery in Cardiff

Police in Cardiff are appealing for information to identify a man suspected of trying to rob a convenience store on Whitchurch Road in Cathays.

Police want to identify this man suspected of trying to rob a convenience store in Cathays. Credit: South Wales Police

At around 10.25pm on Friday 2nd January a man entered the Midnight Shop convenience store and demanded cash from the shopkeeper who refused to hand anything over. The man left the store and made off along Gelligaer Street.

Credit: South Wales Police

Police are appealing for assistance in identifying the man and ask anyone with any information to contact South Wales Police on 101 or anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555111 and quote reference 1500004884.

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North and Roberts on Euro Player of the Year long-list

George North and Jamie Roberts have both made been named on the 15 man long-list for European Player of the Year 2015. Credit: Press Association Images

Wales backs George North and Jamie Roberts have been named on the 15 man long-list for European Player of the Year 2015 after helping their club sides progress through the knockout stages of the European Champions Cup.

North touched down for four tries in a single game for Northampton against the Ospreys in round two of the new competition, while Roberts helped Racing Metro overcome North's Northampton side with an impressive man-of-the-match display during Saturday's final round of pool games.

The long-list will be reduced to a five man shortlist after the competitions semi-finals. The winner will be announced in May.

European Player of the Year 2015 Longlist

  • Nick Abendanon (ASM Clermont Auvergne)
  • Steffon Armitage (RC Toulon)
  • Chris Ashton (Saracens)
  • Jamie Heaslip (Leinster Rugby)
  • Juan Imhoff (Racing Metro 92)
  • Jonathan Joseph (Bath Rugby)
  • Fritz Lee (ASM Clermont Auvergne)
  • Camille Lopez (ASM Clermont Auvergne)
  • Ian Madigan (Leinster Rugby)
  • George North (Northampton Saints)
  • Jamie Roberts (Racing Metro 92)
  • Aurélien Rougerie (ASM Clermont Auvergne)
  • Nicolas Sanchez (RC Toulon)
  • Dimitri Szarzewski (Racing Metro 92)
  • Billy Vunipola (Saracens)

Chicken found covered in paint and tinsel

THE RSPCA is appealing for information after a chicken was found covered in paint.

The chicken was found covered in white emulsion. Credit: RSPCA

The chicken - which also had tinsel wrapped around its beak - was found by a member of the public on Oakland Terrace, Rhymney.

The spread of paint suggested that it had been done deliberately. The chicken was taken to a veterinary surgery and washed and blow dried twice. Fortunately it was emulsion paint and it was washable, and the chicken was fine.

– Gary Lucas, RSPCA
The chicken has now been returned to its owner. Credit: RSPCA

The owner, who was tracked down, said the bird had gone missing a day earlier and she was pleased to have her back, "I could not believe my ears when I heard she was found covered in paint.We’ve had Lambie since May. She seems fine now and is back with the other hens.”

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