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Lane on M4 at Newport blocked due to 'dog on road'

There are tailbacks on the M4 at Newport this evening as rescuers try to get a dog off the motorway.


One lane is blocked and there is queueing traffic due to three cars and a dog in the road on M4 Westbound between J27 B4591 (Highcross) and J28 A48 / A467 Forge Road (Tredegar Park).

Lane one is blocked by the three cars, who are trying to assist with the retrieval of the dog says Traffic Wales.

Police are holding traffic back, whilst the dog is safely retrieved from the carriageway.

– Traffic Wales


Llandudno Pier sold for £4.5m to local businessman

One of Britain’s finest piers has been sold for £4.5 million to a local entrepreneur.

Credit: PA

Llandudno Pier has been bought by Adam Williams, whose company runs a leisure park, raceway and other attractions at nearby Towyn.

Today Mr Williams promised investment and that entry to the pier will still be free. It was put up for sale in March together with the two piers at Blackpool, with a total price tag of £12.6 million.

A listed building, the 2,295ft structure has been described as the finest surviving Victorian pier in the country.


Miliband and Wood least disliked leaders

Our poll also asked voters to rate how much they liked -or disliked- the leaders heading their parties UK and Welsh election campaigns. When the likes and disliked were averaged out, no-one achieved even 50% likeability. Ed Miliband and Leanne Wood were the two most popular -or more accurately, the least disliked.

Here's how the leaders of the Welsh election campaigns rated:

  • Leanne Wood (Plaid Cymru): 47%
  • Kirsty Williams (Liberal Democrat): 41%
  • Stephen Crabb (Conservative) 37%
  • Owen Smith (Labour): 36%
  • Pippa Bartolotti (Green): 35%
  • Nathan Gill (UKIP): 30%

And the UK leaders:

  • Ed Miliband (Labour): 47%
  • David Cameron (Conservative): 40%
  • Nick Clegg (Liberal Democrat): 40%
  • Natalie Bennett (Green): 39%
  • Nigel Farage (UKIP): 35%

Window cleaner gets jail term upped for robbing pensioner

A window cleaner who who left an 88-year-old woman a battered wreck after invading her home has had his "significantly too short" ten-year sentence increased to 14 years.

Window cleaner Gavin Tainton has had his sentence upped to 14 years. Credit: South Wales Police

Gavin Tainton attacked the woman and tied her up with electrical cables after storming into her home in Maesteg in August 2014.

"He grabbed her by the shoulders and picked her up and threw her onto the floor a number of times," Lord Justice Fulford told London's Appeal Court today.

Tainton, of Blue Mountain, Maesteg, also ripped out her phone line and ransacked her home and fled with just £15 as well as jewellery.

It was only when Mrs Davies presented herself to her GP with a mass of cuts and bruises that she was persuaded to report the crime.

Tainton was originally jailed for 10 years but his case reached the Appeal Court as lawyers for the Solicitor General urged judges to increase his "unduly lenient" sentence.

Arrests made in child sexual exploitation investigation

Four men have been arrested in connection with an investigation into child sexual exploitation.

Warrants were executed at four locations in Bristol and an address in the Newport area of South Wales.

The offences are alleged to have taken place in the Bristol area between 2011 and 2013, involving three victims aged between 12 and 15 at the time.

A spokesman for Avon and Somerset Police said: "If you have any information relevant to this investigation, please call us via 101 and ask to speak to Bristol investigations."

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