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Snow warning across most of Wales for Boxing Day

It is due to arrive at little late for a white Christmas, but snow has been forecast across large parts of Wales on Boxing Day.

The Met Office has issued a yellow warning of snow, from 11am tomorrow, covering North and Mid Wales, and parts of South Wales.

The South West is the only part of Wales the snow warning doesn't reach. Credit: Met Office

Yellow is the lowest type of severe weather warning, but the Met Office says that, where snow does occur, accumulations of 2 to 4cm are likely, even to lower levels, and more than 10cm of snow is possible in places.

Over 1,000 expected for 50th Porthcawl Christmas swim

More than 1,000 people are expected to brave the cold sea later, as Porthcawl Christmas Morning Swim marks its 50th anniversary.

Fancy dress is encouraged for those daring to take part. Credit: Amie Lipley / Porthcawl Christmas Morning Swim

Organisers are hoping for a record attendance, at what is now one of the UK's largest festive swims.

Swimmers are due to gather from 10.30am - before the official start at the top of the beach at 11.45am.

Around 1,000 people took part last year - and organisers expect even more today. Credit: Amie Lipley / Porthcawl Christmas Morning Swim

The event is raising money for a series of charities and local projects.


Two arrests after 'Cheeky' the Cwmbran donkey injured

Two teenagers from Cwmbran have been arrested after a donkey at a local community farm was discovered with puncture wounds last month.

Cheeky the donkey has received well-wishes from as far away as New Zealand, America and Tanzania. Credit: Gwent Police

The 22-year-old animal, named Cheeky, is back at Greenmeadow Community Farm, where she is recovering from injuries to both hind legs, her abdomen and neck.

Gwent Police said two 17-year-old boys have been arrested and bailed.

Officers are continuing to appeal for information about the incident, which they believe took place between 5pm on Friday 28th November and 8am on Saturday 29th November.

Anyone with information is asked to call Gwent Police using the 101 number or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111, quoting log 136 29/11/14.

Top 10 Christmas-themed streets in Wales revealed

The most popular Christmas-themed streets in Wales have been revealed by the Royal Mail.

The top 10 festive words appearing in street names here are: Holly, Angel, Mary, Bell, Festival, Bethlehem, Comet, Gold, Star and Evergreen.

Credit: John Walton/PA Wire

The UK has around 3,400 Christmas-themed street names, according to the Royal Mail's findings.

They include Christmas Street, Reindeer Road, Tinsel Lane and Rudolph Road - plus the rather marvellous Christmas Pie Avenue.

Holly Street is the most popular UK-wide, with almost 1,000 listings, while the Midlands has the most festive-themed street names of all the UK regions.

We decided to find out how well Christmas themes were represented on street names.

The team came up with a number of words closely linked to Christmas, drew up a shortlist and began to investigate.

We found the Christmas theme was very well represented and we had a lot of fun doing it.

– Steve Rooney, head of Royal Mail's Address Management Unit


Cardiff Council bans sky lanterns and balloon releases

The release of sky lanterns and large bunches of balloons is to be banned from all Cardiff Council venues and events from January 1st.

Council chiefs said the decision was due to "growing evidence of environmental damage and danger to wildlife".

Sky lantern and mass balloon releases are popular at events and memorial services in the UK.

Sky lanterns are popular at events - festival revellers are pictured here releasing them in 2010. Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire

Cllr Bob Derbyshire, Cabinet Member for Environment, said: "While we accept the popularity of mass balloon releases for charity and Chinese sky lanterns as it can be a striking sight, people have to realise that what goes up must come down.

"We are increasingly concerned that livestock and wildlife are swallowing or becoming entangled in a lantern's wire or bamboo frame.

"Marine life is endangered by lanterns and balloons falling into the sea and with agencies such as the National Fire Service reporting several major fires - including a very serious fire in Birmingham - starting as a result of Chinese sky lantern releases, then as a council we are acting responsibly and taking action."

90-year-old woman dies following Penarth collision

A 90-year-old woman who was critically injured in a collision with a car in Penarth yesterday evening has died.

Police are still trying to establish exactly what happened during the incident on Lavernock Road, between the junctions of Augusta Road and Forrest Road, at 5.10pm.

A 90-year-old female pedestrian was in collision with a silver Peugeot car, which was being driven by a 70-year-old female. The woman was taken to the University of Wales Hospital in Cardiff, where she died overnight. The woman’s family and HM Coroner have been informed. Police are continuing to investigate the collision and anyone who saw the lady walking along Lavernock Road or the car travelling along the same road prior to the collision is asked to contact police on 101 quoting occurrence number 1400476692.

– South Wales Police
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