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Buyer pays record £500,000 for private reg plate

A buyer has paid half-a-million-pounds for the private number plate "25 O" at a DVLA auction at the Vale Hotel in South Wales on Thursday.

The buyer paid a record sum for this number plate. Credit: DVLA

Milder temperatures to end the month

Tomorrow temperatures are expected to reach 10 - 12 degrees Celsius

Over the next few days temperatures are expected to increase, and in many places throughout Wales, they could reach double figures.

But, it's the overnight temperatures which will really be noticeably milder.

At the start of the week, Sennybridge in Powys saw temperatures drop to minus 4.2 degrees Celsius, tonight temperatures in the same area are expected to remain around 6 degrees - a ten degree difference.

In southeast Wales, over the next two nights, temperatures could remain in double figures.

By next week temperatures are expected to return to normal for the time of year

It is expected to remain mild until Sunday and then as winter officially begins the temperatures return to normal for the time of year with night-time lows on average of 4 degrees Celsius.

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Wales should get same offer as Scotland says First Minister

First Minister Carwyn Jones has responded to proposals for a major transfer of additional powers to Scotland by saying that Wales should be offered the same. But he added that the Welsh Government would then choose what to accept and that he continues to have concerns about income tax powers.

Whatever has been offered to Scotland today must be also offered to Wales, so we can better determine our own preferences for the future. However, we have consistently said that before any consideration can be given to income tax we must see fair funding delivered. It would completely irresponsible to lock in underfunding.

We would certainly expect to be offered full control over our electoral arrangements and Air Passenger Duty, in common with Scotland. It would unfairly discriminate against Wales if these were not on the table, and I would expect the UK Government to make this clear in the coming days.

A promise was made to the people of Scotland, and that is being delivered. However, I have long said we cannot continue with this piecemeal approach to devolution and changing the UK. We need a proper conversation that treats all four nations as equals, and which develops a long-term view on what the new UK should look like. This stuttering, ever-changing series of offers is confusing to people, and ultimately extremely damaging to the prospects of the union staying together in the long-term.

– First Minister Carwyn Jones AM

Dropped cigarette costs man £570 fine

A Llandovery man has been ordered to pay more than £570 for dropping a cigarette on the floor.

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Mathew James Abson of Stone Street was ordered to pay a fine of £200 for dropping his cigarette, £100 for failing to provide details to an officer, costs of £258.18 and a victim surcharge of £20.

The prosecution was brought by Carmarthenshire County Council and the case against the 35-year-old was proven by Carmarthen Magistrates in his absence.

Magistrates heard that council enforcement officers were on patrol in Rhosmaen Street, Llandeilo, in May when Abson was seen dropping a cigarette butt on the floor. When the officers approached him Abson was obstructive and refused to accept a fixed penalty notice or give his details and drove off.

Q: What's white and prickly and lives in Wrexham? A: An albino hedgehog

IT is not something you see everyday - a rare albino hedgehog, but one has been found at home in Wrexham.

The albino hedgehog will be lucky to survive in the wild. Credit: RSPCA

The small hedgehog was found by a member of the public in the garden at Fenwick Drive who called the RSPCA.

RSPCA inspector Tim Jones, who collected the hedgehog, said, “The hedgehog was slightly underweight and was found out in the daytime. This is the second albino hedgehog I have collected this year as I also picked one up at the end of the summer in the Wrexham area, which is quite unusual.”

The hedgehog has now been taken to RSPCA’s Stapeley Grange wildlife centre where they are caring for the prickly visitor until it is ready to be re-released.

Their unusual colouring, caused by a rare genetic disorder, means albino hedgehogs sadly have little chance of survival in the wild as their conspicuous coats often prove attractive to predators such as foxes, badgers and dogs.

Credit: RSPCA

Family tribute to motorcyclist dad killed in Cardiff

A 25-year-old motorcyclist who died as a result of injuries sustained in a road traffic collision on Monday evening at Leckwith, Cardiff, has been named as Lloyd Thomas Evans.

Thomas Lloyd Evans Credit: South Wales Police / Family Photo

Mr Evans from the Roath area of the city, sustained fatal injuries after his Suzuki motorcycle collided with the central reservation near to the northbound on-slip road at the Leckwith Interchange.

Lloyds’s family paid the following tribute to their son:

“Lloyd was a wonderful son to his mum Angela and step-dad Craig, and was the youngest of our children. He was a much loved brother to his sister Jenna, and was a devoted father to his eight year old daughter, Alyse, who he worshipped. He was also a much loved grandson, uncle, nephew, cousin and friend to so many. Lloyd lived life to the full, and had a wicked sense of humour, and once met he was never forgotten!

“We would like to thank all those who have left such kind words and comments on Lloyd’s Facebook page since his death, which we have found truly comforting at this devastating time."

A 24 year-old man from the Ely area of Cardiff has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving. South Wales Police are appealing for witnesses.

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