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Heartbroken dog pines for friend for seven months

A heartbroken dog has spent seven months sat by a gate - waiting for his brother to come home.

Harry has spent seven months outside his house waiting for his pal, Hansum, to come home. Credit: Wales News Service

Harry has been waiting patiently outside the family home after his 'best friend' disappeared.

Beagle/Springer cross Hansum vanished from Giant's Grave in Briton Ferry on May 31st this year after being taken off the lead while out for a walk with his owner.

Harry has been pining ever since and now his owner has started a Facebook campaign to reunite the pooches - with almost 11,000 'online detectives' trying to work out where Hansum has gone.

Harry and Hansum spent all their time together, according to owner Credit: Wales News Service

We were out walking - Harry, Hansum and me. I let the dogs off the lead. Harry came back but Hansum did not.

I knew something was wrong because Harry and Hansum were brothers from the same litter, totally devoted to each other.

I looked everywhere but there was no sign of Hansum. Harry now pines for him, waiting by the gate to see if he'll come back. But day after day he doesn't.

– Julie - Harry and Hansum's owner

Julie fears Hansum might have been stolen as they walked close to her home in Briton Ferry near Swansea.

She launched the 'Find Hansum' Facebook page following his disappearance in May. It has since gained thousands of followers, shares and likes.

The mother-of-one is even offering a financial reward to anyone who can reunite the two pooches.

Hansum's owner Julie has set up a Facebook campaign to find him. Credit: Wales News Service

I'd love if it somebody who hears about Hansum could let me know where he is.

In my heart I believe he's alive and I just hope he's being treated well. It's possible he's been stolen or maybe taken in by someone who doesn't know he's being missed.

– Julie


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Evans' rape victim had to change name

The woman who was raped by footballer Ched Evans has had to change her name and move house five times after being identified by malicious Twitter trolls, her father has said.

Ched Evans Credit: North Wales Police

The man, who cannot be named to protect his daughter's identity, said she was separated from her family and friends over the festive period and was not even able to exchange Christmas presents with him.

She worked over Christmas to take her mind off her tormentors, who are supporters of Evans, her father said.

Evans was jailed in April 2012 for raping the woman in a hotel room in Rhyl, North Wales.

The Welsh former Sheffield United striker denied rape, saying the sex was consensual, but he was found guilty by a jury at Caernarfon Crown Court.

After his release in October, Evans released a video on his website protesting his innocence and vowing to clear his name.

"It's the fifth time she's had to move in under three years, she is just living her life on the run.

"I couldn't even see her over Christmas because it's too risky for her to visit me. I don't even know where she is living at the moment, so I haven't been able to give her the Christmas presents I bought her.

"The last time I saw her was almost a year ago, and it's been hard not having her at home over Christmas. I just want her near me so I can protect her."

– Ched Evans'rape victim's father speaking to the Mail On Sunday

Evans has been searching for new employment since his release from jail, but attempts to get his career back on track - with clubs including Sheffield United and Hartlepool United - have been thwarted by public backlashes.

He scored 42 goals in 103 games for the Blades, having previously played for Manchester City and Norwich City.

Bridgend volunteers gather for 'Twixtmas' beach clean

A voluntary beach clean-up is underway at Rest Bay in Porthcawl this morning.

The 'Beach Blitz' is just one event taking place as part of the Welsh Twixtmas campaign, where people are being encouraged to do something positive each day between Christmas and New Year.

The voluntary beach clean-up has been organised by Porthcawl Surf as part of the 'Welsh Twixtmas' initiative. Credit: Working Word PR

This year's Welsh Twixtmas is being hosted by Bridgend County. As well as the beach clean-up, volunteers are being encouraged to learn something new, give blood or donate food to a food bank.


Huge blaze causes 26 coaches to catch fire at Merthyr depot

The fire broke out at the Pant Industrial Estate in Merthyr Credit: ITV Cymru Wales

A huge fire has spread throughout a depot in Merthyr, setting 26 coaches ablaze.

Forty firefighters were called to the Pant Industrial Estate to tackle the fire at First Call Coaches.

South Wales Fire and Rescue Service arrived at the scene around 01:00 to find the fire had also spread to a main workshop.

The neighbouring A465 was closed to traffic due to smoke and debris on the road and diversions were put in place.

A joint police and fire investigation will be conducted at the scene today to establish the cause.

Winter Wonderland ride forced to shut after malfunction

Eight people were left dangling on a ride at Cardiff's Winter Wonderland for 40 minutes yesterday after a mechanical malfunction caused the ride to break down.

The Skyride was forced to close after an electrical malfunction Credit: ITV Cymru Wales/Tom Sheldrick

Passengers were stuck 20 metres off the ground after the ride, known as the Skyride, stopped half way to the top.

Emergency services were called to the scene at 17:45 to help get the people down but the ride operators managed to release the passengers before the fire service got to there.

It comes just weeks after the carriages on the same ride collided into one another while people were on board.

The Winter Wonderland operators say they are investigating the fault and refunds have been given to the people on the ride.

Emergency services were called to the Winter Wonderland at 17:45 Credit: Wales News Service

An electrical malfunction occurred with the Sky Swing late this afternoon, when the ride's safety procedures operated automatically, stopping the ride as it descended, leaving eight people on the ride at the time safely about 20 metres off the ground for some 40 minutes.

We are currently investigating the fault, and the ride will only be operational again when we are satisfied it has been resolved, but no member of the public was in any danger.

All passengers were checked over by our medical staff, and given hot drinks when they came off the ride, and all were of course given full refunds, in addition to our apologies for any anxiety caused. They were all comfortable with the way the situation was handled.

Though the emergency services were called, they were not required to intervene. Public safety is our paramount concern, and though no one was injured, we will be investigating this incident fully.

– Sayer's Amusements spokesperson, Operator Cardiff's Winter Wonderland
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Passengers affected by problems 'can use ticket tomorrow'

Train operator First Great Western says passengers affected by problems in and out of Paddington station can use their tickets to travel tomorrow.

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