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Three women rescued from Swansea flat fire

Three women have been rescued from a flat fire in Swansea in the early hours of Boxing Day.

Mid and West Wales Fire Service said crews were called to St Helen's Road just after midnight, and needed a thermal imaging camera to help find the women.

The cause of the fire is now being investigated.

The fire started in a flat on St Helen's Road, in Swansea.

Half-time: Charlton 0 - 1 Cardiff City

Cardiff City lead 1-0 against Charlton Athletic at half-time in the Championship.

Defender Tom Adeyemi scored with a header after 12 minutes, following a long throw from Aron Gunnarsson.

Callum Harriott was sent off for the home side after 33 minutes, for a lunge on Cardiff winger Craig Noone.

Callum Harriott protested his innocence but Charlton were reduced to 10 men. Credit: PA


Baby girl freed after being locked in car on Christmas Day

A baby girl was freed by firefighters on Christmas Day after being accidentally locked inside a car in Rhymney, Caerphilly county.

The baby was freed from a car on Tan y Bryn in Rhymney. Credit: Google Maps

Gwent Police said she slept through the whole thing.

Football: Swansea, Cardiff, Newport & Wrexham in action

A busy festive period of football includes Boxing Day fixtures for all four leading Welsh sides.

Swansea City welcome Aston Villa to the Liberty Stadium at 3pm, looking for a win that could move them up to sixth in the Premier League.

Top scorer Wilfried Bony could return for Swansea, after starting on the bench in the 1-0 win over Hull City. Credit: PA

Cardiff City travel to Charlton Athletic for the 1pm early kick off in the Championship. Both sides are locked together in mid-table on 30 points.

Russell Slade's side are looking for a first win in four games, after back-to-back defeats against high flyers Brentford and Bournemouth.

Newport County host Plymouth Argyle at 3pm in League Two. Both sides are currently in the play-off places, although Newport were beaten 3-0 by Luton in their last game.

Wrexham are looking to finally kick-start their Conference season, with a trip to struggling Southport at 3pm. Kevin Wilkin's side currently sit 12th, after defeat at home to Dartford last weekend.

Photos: Shoppers queue from 1am for Boxing Day sales

The Boxing Day sales began early in Cardiff, with shoppers queuing outside clothing store Next from 1am, and then scrambling to get inside when the doors opened at 6am.

Shoppers scrambled to get inside Next, desperate to find bargains. Credit: Matthew Horwood
Shoppers were queuing outside the Next store on Queen Street from 1am. Credit: Matthew Horwood

The capital's St David's shopping centre says it is expecting 200,000 people to spend over £2m in its 180 store on Boxing Day.


Three young players sign dual contracts

The WRU has announced that three young players - Tyler Morgan, Hallam Amos and Rhodri Jones - have become the latest to sign dual contracts, to secure their futures playing rugby in Wales.

They were on a list of 12 Welsh players to be offered national dual contracts.

Dragons centre Tyler Morgan, 20, is the first uncapped player to sign a dual contract. Credit: WRU
Dragons wing Hallam Amos, 20, has made one appearance for Wales. Credit: WRU
Scarlets prop Rhodri Jones, 23, already has 13 Wales caps. Credit: WRU

They will remain with their current regions, with the WRU involved in managing their playing time and development.

They take the number of players on the contracts to five, with established stars Sam Warburton and Dan Lydiate already having signed up.

Securing the signatures of these three young players represents the most momentous stage so far for the NDC system in Wales. The future of Welsh rugby is in the hands of the likes of Tyler, Hallam and Rhodri. Today's announcement marks a shift in the sands in terms of player retention and welfare in Wales.

– Roger Lewis, WRU Chief Executive

Updated snow warning: Up to 15cm could fall in Wales

The Met Office is now warning that up to 15cm (6 inches) of snow could fall on Boxing Day, with parts of Wales and the Midlands being the most likely areas affected.

A yellow warning of snow remains in place from 11am, covering most of Wales.

Only the far south east and south west of Wales is not covered by the yellow warning for snow. Credit: Met Office

There is uncertainty over how much rain will fall, instead of snow. Where snow does occur, accumulations of 2-4cm are likely. 10-15cm could accumulate, even at low levels, in Wales.

Forecasters say an area of rain, sleet and snow will spread eastwards across the UK today, before clearing during the evening and overnight. It will feel cold, with a maximum temperature of 7C.

Overnight, icy conditions will develop. A minimum temperature of -1C.

Tomorrow, it will be a cold and icy start, with some sunny spells. Wintry showers will then move southeast, before it comes drier and brighter later. Maximum temperature 4C.

Latest forecast: Up to 10cm of snow on Boxing Day

It is a cold evening, with frost developing under largely clear skies. Scattered showers will continue in the north, and it will turn cloudier later, with rain spreading into the south west by dawn. Minimum temperature overnight of -2C.

Boxing Day will start cold and largely dry, before rain and strong winds spread eastwards. Some snow is then likely, especially across the hills, but it could also accumulate at lower levels, especially in North Wales.

The Met Office's yellow warning for snow covers most of Wales. Credit: Met Office

The Met Office has issued a yellow warning for snow from 11am. It remains uncertain how much snow could fall, but it could be up to 10cm.

Rain and sleet is also likely, with roads turning icy. A maximum temperature of 7C.

The weekend may see more snow, and also sunny spells - cold by day, very cold and frosty by night.

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