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Rare bird found in Porth nursed back to health

The Goshawk was found in January. Credit: RSPCA

A rare goshawk that fractured her wing has been nursed back to health by the RSPCA.

The female goshawk, who is thought to be around one-year-old, was found with a broken wing by a member of the public in Porth Park, Porth, Rhondda Cynon Taf, in mid-January.

After two months in the care of RSPCA West Hatch and time in the centre’s flight aviary building up her strength she has now been released back into the wild.

She is a beautiful bird and we rarely see them admitted to the centre and we are all very pleased we have been able to nurse her back to health and release her back into the wild where she belongs.

The goshawk was brought in to us with a damaged wing - but we had no idea how she had fractured it.

Her wing carriage took several weeks to return to normal - but we have a very long flight aviary at West Hatch in which she was able to get back to full fitness.

Our vet team strapped her wing up and prescribed rest for this beautiful and powerful bird of prey until the bone had healed and she was ready to build her strength back up in our aviaries.

– Arminel Scott, RSPCA Wildlife Supervisor

Hughes hit with three week ban

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Wasps' Nathan Hughes has been hit with a three-week ban after being found guilty of striking Wales winger George North in an Aviva Premiership clash with Northampton Saints.

North was forced off on a stretcher after the collision for which Hughes was sent off - although both player and team denied the charge.

The RFU have now confirmed Hughes will miss three weeks following a hearing yesterday evening.

Nathan Hughes (Wasps Rugby) appeared before an RFU Disciplinary panel this evening, charged with striking with the knee and/or shin, contrary to Law 10.4(a), during Northampton Saints v Wasps RFC on Friday March 27 in the Aviva Premiership.

Hughes was found guilty of the charge and given a three-week ban starting today (March 31). He is free to play again on April 28.

– RFU Statement

This was a three week ban on the basis that no intention was found. However, there was recklessness meaning that, notwithstanding the harm, it was a low entry point of four weeks with mitigation of one week to reflect his previous clean playing record.

– Sir James Dingemans


South Wales Police continue investigation into fatal bus crash

South Wales Police is continuing its investigation into a collision where a police officer was killed.

Off-duty officer Sergeant Louise Lucas died after being hit by a bus on a stretch of road through Swansea City Centre yesterday.

Her 8-year-old daughter sustained minor injuries and was taken to hospital.

South Wales Police have paid tribute to Sergeant Louise Lucas, describing the incident as "devastating".

The force confirmed it was continuing to investigate the cause of the incident and is appealing for witnesses.

Wales move to second in qualifying group

Belgium's Vincent Kompany celebrates after scoring. Credit: DIRK WAEM/Belga/PA Images

Wales have moved to second in the table in their Euro 2016 qualifying group after Belgium beat Israel one nil.

Belgium survived a red card to captain Vincent Kompany as Marouane Fellaini's early goal was enough to beat Israel in Jerusalem.

Fellaini finished well after Kompany's initial shot had been saved, with the Manchester City skipper sent off after the hour mark as he picked up a second yellow card for fouling Eran Zahavi.

That dismissal was a boost for Belgium's Group B rivals Wales, with Kompany now suspended for the game in Cardiff in June.

Last night's win took Belgium above Wales on goal difference and into top spot in the pool, though, with Fellaini scoring his third goal of the week to seal three points.

Wales were victorious over Israel on Saturday and play Belgium in the summer.


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