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Four-year-old boy dies in Swansea house fire

A four-year-old boy has died in a house fire in Swansea.

Emergency services were called to the incident at a two-storey property in Lon Tan-yr-Allt, near Pontardawe around 1:40am this morning.

A mother and her six-year-old daughter were outside of the property when the emergency services arrived.

Firefighters rescued two children aged three and four from the property but the four-year-old boy sadly died at the scene.

The mother and two children are being treated in hospital for smoke inhalation.

A joint fire investigation will start today with Mid and West Fire Service and South Wales Police.

Our deepest sympathies of the whole rescue service are with the family and community of Alltwen. We are very proud of the work the crews did and the bravery shown during the incident.

– Chris Margetts, Mid and West Fire Service


Appeal for missing Gary Jones from Newport

Police are concerned for Gary's welfare. Credit: Gwent Police

Gwent Police is appealing for information to help locate 53-year-old Gary Jones who's gone missing from the Newport area.

He's been described white male and is around 5ft 9 in height, medium build, receding dark hair with blue/green eyes.

Gary was last seen around 11:45pm on the 24th July 2016 at this home, wearing dark blue jeans and a dark coloured t-shirt.

Police are concerned for his well-being.

Anyone with information is asked to call Gwent Police on 101 quoting log number 171 25/07/2016.

Report praises improvements in SE Wales schools

A new report has praised the improvements made by schools in South East Wales over the last four years.

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The report by education inspectorate Estyn shows that 'the rate of improvement in pupils' outcomes at key stage 4 has been faster than across Wales as a whole over the last three years.

I'm pleased but not surprised with this very positive outcome.

Standards across the region have seen significant improvement over the last couple of years and this is in part due to the focus that the Education Achievement Service has brought to pupil level outcomes in every single school.

The five councils that make up the region took a bold decision several years ago to move services into a company structure.

This decision is proving to be a good one and I expect to see further improvements in outcomes for young people this summer and in the years ahead.

We are in a good place but we are not complacent. I want all of these 'Good' judgements converting to 'Excellent' over the next couple of years.

– Paul Matthews, lead Chief Executive for the region

Welsh house prices 'see their biggest monthly fall for 5 years'

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House prices in Wales have seen their biggest monthly fall for 5 years.

But according to an Acadata survey Torfaen has seen an annual rise of almost 10 percent. The average house price is around 1 hundred and 68 thousand pounds. It also says Merthyr Tydfil has an annual fall of 5.6%, after last months drop of 5.3%.

Monmouthshire leads the table on prices with an average of £242,128. In Gwynedd it's £162,028.

The lowest average price in in Blaenau Gwent at £92,932


First milestone of St Fagans redevelopment project complete

The first building to be completed in an ongoing £25m project to redevelop St Fagans will open its doors today.

The Bryn Eryr, which is based on an archaeological site from the time of the Roman conquest, is a recreation of a small Iron Age farmstead near Llansadwrn in the eastern corner of Anglesey.

This rural settlement consists of two roundhouses built with six-foot thick clay walls and large conical thatched roofs.

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The farmstead was built with the help of hundreds of volunteers, school children and members of neighbouring communities in Ely and Caerau.

Together with the Museum’s own building team, they raised up the clay walls, helped to interpret the history of the houses and rediscovered the lives of its original inhabitants.

READ MORE: What's the future for Wales' National History Museum at St Fagans?

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