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Union to conduct review of health board

A union representing health workers is to carry out a review of what it is like to work for the north Wales health board.

The reviews of staff opinions will be carried out in another six months. Credit: ITV Wales News

UNISON Cymru says it will look into Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board in the wake of allegations of historic abuse and the imposition of special measures by the Welsh Government.

Union members have been asked to complete a questionnaire about their working conditions.

The first "mass meeting" with hospital workers will held on Thursday at Ysbyty Glan Clwyd hospital.

The clear message from our members in the hospitals is they felt they didn’t believe they were being listened to or their concerns taken seriously.

The staff at Betsi Cadwaladr are horrified that the behaviour of a tiny minority has damaged the esteem that the overwhelming dedicated majority are held in. Continuous negative publicity is affecting morale.

– Jan Tomlinson, Branch Secretary UNISON

The report will be given to hospital managers and carried out again in six months says the union.

More: Health board boss sets 100-day target for improvement

Growing concern for missing teenage girl

Police are becoming increasingly concerned for Bethanie Summerscales who has now been missing for four days.

Bethanie is 5ft3 with blue eyes and long brown hair. Credit: North Wales Police

15-year-old Bethanie was last seen in the Llandegla area on Friday 31st of July.

She is described as being of stocky build, 5ft3 tall with blue eyes and long brown hair.

It is now four days since Bethanie went missing and we are growing increasingly concerned for her safety and welfare. Inquiries are on-going to locate her and we remain keen to speak to anyone who believes they may have seen Bethanie or a person matching her description.

– PC Andy Williams, North Wales Police

Anyone with information on Bethanie's whereabouts should contact North Wales Police on 101.

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Anniversary of WWII Allies' victory in Japan to be commemorated

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A special service to mark Victory in Japan (VJ) Day will be held at Llandaff Cathedral on Sunday 16 August.

Commemorating the allied victory in Japan and the end of World War 2 in 1945, the service has been jointly organised by the Welsh Government and Cardiff Council in conjunction with Llandaff Cathedral.

The First Minister will read at the service, together with D. Hugh Thomas CBE DL Honorary Consul for Japan.

We must never forget the sacrifice allied forces made for our freedoms during World War 2.

Victory in Japan by the allied forces brought to an end six years of conflict which saw the tragic loss of so many lives and the destruction of so many communities across the world.

Their heroics in battle, often so very far from home, will always have a special place in our hearts and it’s important we remember and show our gratitude for their service.

– Carwyn Jones AM, First Minister

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Three charged in Cardiff murder investigation

Three men have been charged in connection with the death of 35-year-old Russell Peachey, who died following an assault in Cardiff.

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Dean Anthony Beasley, 37, from Barry, Shaminder Singh, 40, from Cardiff and Christopher James Smith, aged 34, also from Cardiff have been remanded in custody.

All three are due to appear at Cardiff Magistrates Court tomorrow charged with murder.

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Russell Peachey was found unconscious on North Street in Grangetown in the early hours of Saturday morning and later died of his injuries.

We understand that the local community is shocked by this incident. We would like to reassure the residents of Grangetown that we will not tolerate this type of violent behaviour in our community and that we will respond quickly to such incidents.

If you witnessed the assault taking place I would strongly urge you to contact us straight away as you may have vital information which could assist this enquiry”.

– Det Insp Mark O'shea
Police have also renewed their appeal for anyone who may know the whereabouts of James Mark Williams, from Barry, who they want to speak to in connection with the incident Credit: South Wales Police

Man in hospital following Kingsway collision

A 35-year-old man is in hospital in Swansea tonight after being hit by a bus in the city centre.

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South Wales Police say officers were called to the incident just after 4pm.

The man was taken to Morriston Hospital. His injuries are not believed to be life threatening.

The road was temporarily closed with motorists advised to take alternative routes.

It has now been reopened.

A spokesman for Swansea Council said it was working with police to establish the cause of today's accident.

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