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Parents 'overestimate alcohol consumption'

Underage drinking is 'in decline'. Credit: David Jones/PA

Parents in Wales are over-estimating the number of young people who drink alcohol.

According to new figures, from the Alcohol Education Trust, less than a quarter of 11 to 15 year olds think its okay to get drunk.

But parents here thought the figure was much higher.

Official figures show there's currently a downward trend in the number of young people trying and drinking alcohol


New lane to be opened on busy M4 intersection

The lane has been constructed to improve congestion. Credit: PA

A new lane on the M4 will be officially opened today by Transport Minister Edwina Hart.

The lane at junction 32 will aim to improve traffic flow and safety on the busy intersection of the M4 in Cardiff.

A new dedicated lane for the A470 northbound at M4 junction 32 westbound, has been built in the hope of improving congestion around the Welsh capital and south Wales.

A dedicated lane for the A4232 southbound at M4 junction 33 westbound is under construction.

This is a very busy part of the road network in Cardiff which provides important economic links for south east Wales. The new lanes will greatly ease congestion at these two busy intersections, improving journey times and safety.

The Welsh Government is investing in the road network throughout Wales to improve access to jobs and services and strengthen our economy.

– Edwina Hart AM, Transport Minister

Coombs banned for three-weeks after stamp citation

Wales forward Andrew Coombs is banned for three-weeks after allegedly stamping on Alun Wyn Jones. Credit: Brian Lawless/PA Wire.

Wales and Dragons forward Andrew Coombs has been banned for three weeks after being cited for allegedly stamping on Alun Wyn Jones's head.

The incident happened during last Friday's Guinness Pro12 match between Newport Gwent Dragons and the Ospreys at Rodney Parade.

Coombs appeared before a disciplinary committee in Dublin yesterday, which upheld the citation.

In imposing a suspension of three weeks, the committee took into account the various mitigating factors including the player's apology to his opponent and his previous good disciplinary record.

Andrew Coombs is free to resume playing on Monday October 6, 2014 and has the right of appeal.

– Guinness Pro12 statement

The 29 year old will miss the Dragons' next three Pro12 games against Glasgow, Treviso and the Scarlets.

Blind WWII veteran to ride longest zip wire

A blind World War Two veteran is to celebrate his 92nd birthday - by riding the world's longest zip wire in north Wales.

Alan Saunders served as a Royal Marine in World War Two. Credit: JustGiving

Alan Saunders from Crawley, West Sussex will face speeds of up to 100mph as he goes across the 500ft, mile long wire in Penrhyn Quarry later.

During the Second World War, he served as a Royal Marine and is one of the last survivors of the 1942 Dieppe Raid - an ambitious assault on a German-held port in Normandy which resulted in huge losses for the British army.

He's hoping to raise thousands for the charity Blind Veterans UK - and has so far raised over £1,600.

I never thought that I'd be supported by Blind Veterans UK myself, nearly 90 years later! My sight loss wasn't because of my time in the Marines, but Blind Veterans UK now supports veterans like me, regardless of when or how they lost their sight.

Blind Veterans UK has given me a new lease of life and I wanted to give back to the charity. I'm dedicating my Velocity zip wire challenge to all the veterans who've been supported by the charity

– Alan Saunders


Wales' women in World Cup qualifying action

Wales's women face the Ukraine tonight in a crunch World Cup Qualifying match in Lviv.

Wales could secure a World Cup play-off spot if they beat Ukraine tonight. Credit: FAW

Ukraine moved into second place and above Wales in the qualifying table on goal difference following their 8-0 win over Turkey on Saturday.

Wales need to win later and hope Finland lose to France elsewhere in Group 6 to secure a play-off spot.

Man charged with murder after death of woman in Mold

45-year-old Karen Catherall was found dead on Sunday. Credit: Family Photo

A 47-year-old man has been charged with murder following the death of a woman near Mold at the weekend.

North Wales Police say Darren John Jeffreys, of Pwllglas, Mold, will appear before magistrates in Wrexham this morning.

He is charged with murdering Karen Catherall, 45, whose body was found at a house in Gwernaffield near Mold on Sunday.

FT: Cardiff City 0 - 1 Middlesbrough

Cardiff City will play Derby in their sixth match of the Sky Bet Championship. Credit: PA

Cardiff City lost 1 - 0 to Middlesbrough. It's their second loss so far in the Sky Bet Championship. Tonight's defeat means the pressure is on boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for their next match against Derby on Saturday.

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