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Cancer Research Open day aims to inform patients

Cancer patients and their families are being given the opportunity to find more information about what goes on behind the scenes in the fight against the disease.

It's hoped the open day will inform more people about the treatment of cancer.

Cancer Research UK will be holding a Cancer Research Open Day in Cardiff today, allowing members of the public to meet cancer scientists, doctors and nurses and find out what happens in laboratories.

The charity will also be hosting interactive demos and will be talking to the public about how they are fighting cancer in the Welsh capital.

A report published earlier this year revealed there was just over 18,000 new cases of cancer diagnosed in Wales in 2012 - around ten per cent more than a decade ago.

Researchers at the Centre in Cardiff are focusing on the biology and treatment of bowel, breast and urological cancers and leukemia and are also working on how to detect and treat the disease as early as possible.

Nationwide beach clean up event this weekend

Volunteers in Wales are taking part in a nationwide beach clean event this weekend.

Langland Beach in Swansea is one of the beaches pinpointed for a clear up. Credit: ITV Wales News

The clean up operation is happening on over thirty beaches in Wales including Llandudno, Freshwater, Langland, Ogmore and Rhyl.

The UK's leading marine charity hopes a record number of people will get involved to clear our beaches of litter. They blame a change in domestic habits over the last 50 years for the increased amount of litter, waste an plastic now being washed up on our shores.

"Our domestic habits over the last 50 years or so have resulted in dirty beaches. We throw more stuff away than ever. Plastic in the marine environment may take hundreds of years to break down and it washes up or is blown onto beaches in bits from micro pieces to larger chunks. We flush stuff down the loo we shouldn't, and that ends up in our water ways and then our beaches."

– Tom Bell, The Marine Conservation Society


Fernandez in line for first Premier League start

Defender Federico Fernandez is in line to make his first Premier League start against Southampton this afternoon after Jordi Amat was ruled out with injury.

Fernandez (right) battles for the ball against Chelsea's Oscar last week. Credit: Stephen Pond/PA Wire

The Spanish centre-half suffered knee ligament damage in last week's defeat to Chelsea and is expected to be out for around six weeks.

The Argentine international stands by to fill in the position alongside captain Ashley Williams.

Elsewhere striker Wilfried Bony could replace Bafetimbi Gomis up front in today's game at the Liberty.

The Ivorian was dropped to the bench at Stamford Bridge following his late return from African Nations Cup duty.

Gabbidon and Young lead Bluebirds against Derby

Danny Gabbidon and Scott Young take charge of first team affairs this afternoon following the departure of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer yesterday.

Danny Gabbidon could name himself in the squad to play Derby. Credit: Mike Egerton/EMPICS Sport

The Bluebirds find themselves in 17th place in the Championship, with a record of one league win in five following their midweek defeat to Middlesbrough.

Cardiff travel to 7th placed Derby County today, who will be boosted after a hard-fought 3-2 win away against Blackburn on Wednesday.

Elsewhere in the Football League Newport will be looking to end Shrewbury's 100% home record in League 2 - they travel to the Greenhous Meadow on the back of a goalless draw with Tranmere on Tuesday.

Justin Edinburgh's Newport are currently 17th in League 2. Credit: Jon Buckle/PA Wire


Cocaine worth up to £350,000 discovered in Rhondda house

The drugs were discovered at a Tonypandy property this afternoon. Credit: South Wales Police

Police have seized around five kilogrammes of what they suspect to be cocaine from a property in Tonypandy.

The drugs, which could be worth as much as £350,000 – were discovered in a box concealed in plastic packaging.

Our enquiry is still in its early stages but this looks like a substantial recovery of cocaine, which will undoubtedly have a huge impact on the supply of drugs throughout Rhondda.

– Detective Chief Inspector Mark Lewis

Drug processing equipment was also recovered from the house.

A 33 year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of drugs offences and is currently in police custody. The investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with information is asked to contact 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800555 111.

Wales ambulance service boss to step down

The chief executive of Wales' ambulance service is to step down due to ill health, it has been announced.

Officials said Elwyn Price-Morris had been suffering with serious health problems over the past six months.

Credit: ITV News Wales

However, a spokeswoman said Mr Price-Morris had now "accepted medical advice" in deciding to take "time away from the workplace".

She added: "Elwyn has held discussions with the Chairman of the Trust and they have reached a mutual decision that in his own interest and the interests of the service, he will not be returning to the chief executive's post once his health issues are resolved."

Memorial to remember those killed in Preseli aircrash

Seventy years ago today an RAF Liberator bomber crashed in the Preseli hills, killing 6 of the 9 men on board.

For the last 30 years the event has been commemorated every year - and today the nephew of one of the airmen who died made the trek too . Our West Wales Correspondent Kevin Ashford was there, and sent this report:

First Minister: This is a good day for Wales

The First Minister, Carwyn Jones, told ITV News that today is a 'good day' for Wales.

Speaking to our presenter, Jonathan Hill, the First Minister said: "If Scotland had voted 'yes' the next two years would all be about Scotland, and no focus at all on Wales or Northern Ireland."

Working together we can build a UK that recognises the different identities of the four nations within the UK but recognises that we do best when we work together and look after each other.

– First Minister Carwyn Jones AM
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