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Man charged with string of indecent image offences

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A Wrexham man has been charged with 14 offences as part of the ongoing investigation into historical. child abuse in north Wales.

Roger Owen Griffiths, 76, is facing 11 counts of taking indecent images of children and three of possessing extreme pornographic images of children between 2010 and 2014. He was previously charged with two offences of indecent assault against a boy aged between 12 and 14. Those offences are alleged to have taken place between 1982 and 1984.

Griffiths will appear before Wrexham Magistrates' Court in January. The charges are part of the National Crime Agency's Operation Pallial investigation.


Two appointed to panel reviewing Daniel Morgan investigation

Daniel Morgan was murdered in 1987. Credit: Family Photo

Two new members have been appointed to an independent panel reviewing the investigation into the murder of Cwmbran private investigator Daniel Morgan.

Mr Morgan was found dead in the car park of a London pub in 1987. In 2013, the Daniel Morgan Independent Panel was established to look at how police corruption affected the investigation into his death.

Professor Rodney Morgan, a professor of criminal justice at the University of Bristol and Northern Ireland Policing Board chief executive Samuel Pollock OBE have now joined the panel, which is chaired by Baroness O'Loan.

Serious allegations of police corruption have surrounded the investigations into the murder of Daniel Morgan. I have been clear that the Independent Panel should leave no stone unturned in its pursuit of the truth.

– Theresa May MP, Home Secretary

Extra funding for out-of-school childcare

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Communities and Tackling Poverty Minister, Lesley Griffiths, has announced £400,000 to provide out-of-school childcare for families across Wales.

The funding, which the Welsh Government says is on top of £2.3 million already provided, is aimed at gaps in childcare provision across Wales.

Projects set to get extra funding include childcare centres in Caerphilly and Conwy which will provide play workshops for local children.

Providing quality childcare and improving parents’ access to it is one of my top priorities. Childcare facilities are not just simply a place to go while parents are at work, they are also about improving the lives of children, especially those from our deprived communities.

Childcare not only plays a central role in improving children’s well-being and reducing inequalities, it is also vital to ensuring parents are able to access employment and training opportunities.

– Lesley Griffiths AM, Communities and Tackling Poverty Minister


Family of missing Newbridge man make fresh appeal

Kyle Vaughan was known to his friends as 'Jabbers' Credit: Family/Gwent Police

The family of a missing man from Newbridge have made a fresh appeal for information, two years after he disappeared.

Kyle Vaughan, who was 24, was last seen at his home on December 30th 2012.

His damaged silver Peugeot 306 was found abandoned on the A467 between Risca and Crosskeys later that night, after a suspected collision.

A major murder investigation was launched within a week of his disappearance, and two men remain on police bail.

On the two year anniversary of his disappearance, his family say the best Christmas present they could receive would be to find out what happened to him.

Read more: One year anniversary of Kyle Vaughan's disappearance.

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