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50th anniversary since closure of Capel Celyn School

Today marks the 50th anniversary of the closure of a school in north Wales before the valley it was in was controversially flooded for a reservoir.

The area is now a reservoir supplying water to England.

Capel Celyn School near Bala was closed in 1965, along with farms, a chapel a post office, a cemetery and 12 houses.

Families who had relatives buried in the cemetery were given the option of either moving them to another cemetery, or leaving them.

The community was moved on to create the Llyn Celyn, otherwise known as the Tryweryn reservoir and supply water to Liverpool and the surrounding area.

The event resulted in a series of protests at the time.

The event resulted in a series of protests and a surge in support in Welsh nationalism and led to Liverpool City Council issuing a formal apology for the flooding in 2005.

The incident resulted in a surge in support in Welsh nationalism.

999 calls to Welsh fire services continue to fall

Figures published by the Welsh Government also show the single biggest cause of accidental fires at home was the misuse of equipment or appliances.

Credit: South Wales Fire and Rescue Service

There were 4,560 primary fires in 2014-2015 compared to 4,790 the previous year. And the number of 999 calls has fallen by half in the last 11 years.


New homes registrations 'up on last year'

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An industry body says the number of new homes being registered in Wales has risen by over a third in the last three months compared to 2014.

The National House Building Council says they are up by 37%. The figures are taken from builders who are responsible for around 8 out of 10 of homes constructed in the UK.


Woman pleads guilty to arson attack that killed man

A woman has pleaded guilty to charges of manslaughter and arson after a fire at her father's flat killed a man. .

The blaze at New Road, Ynysybwl killed Mark Carpenter. Credit: ITV Wales News

Rebecca Jenkins, 28, set fire to her father's flat which killed his trapped housemate Mark Carpenter.

Emergency services responded to reports of a fire in a block of flats in New Road, Ynysybwl, in May 2014.

Mr Carpenter, 46, was found unconscious in the bathroom and taken to the Royal Gwent Hospital, Newport, where he later died of smoke inhalation.

Rebecca Jenkins pleaded guilty to arson and manslaughter. Credit: ITV Wales News

Jenkins, from Heol Gwyrosydd, Penlan, Swansea, had got into an argument over the phone with her estranged father, Brian Groves, after he refused to buy her heroin.

Cardiff Crown Court heard that later that evening, she sent a text to her mother, which read: "I've set fire to the settee. Mark's in there. I tried to get back in but it was too bad."

Judge Eleri Rees adjourned her sentencing to a later date following a psychiatric assessment.

Read more: Woman charged after man dies in Ynysybwl flat fire

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