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Blind WWII veteran to ride longest zip wire

A blind World War Two veteran is to celebrate his 92nd birthday - by riding the world's longest zip wire in north Wales.

Alan Saunders served as a Royal Marine in World War Two. Credit: JustGiving

Alan Saunders from Crawley, West Sussex will face speeds of up to 100mph as he goes across the 500ft, mile long wire in Penrhyn Quarry later.

During the Second World War, he served as a Royal Marine and is one of the last survivors of the 1942 Dieppe Raid - an ambitious assault on a German-held port in Normandy which resulted in huge losses for the British army.

He's hoping to raise thousands for the charity Blind Veterans UK - and has so far raised over £1,600.

I never thought that I'd be supported by Blind Veterans UK myself, nearly 90 years later! My sight loss wasn't because of my time in the Marines, but Blind Veterans UK now supports veterans like me, regardless of when or how they lost their sight.

Blind Veterans UK has given me a new lease of life and I wanted to give back to the charity. I'm dedicating my Velocity zip wire challenge to all the veterans who've been supported by the charity

– Alan Saunders

Wales' women in World Cup qualifying action

Wales's women face the Ukraine tonight in a crunch World Cup Qualifying match in Lviv.

Wales could secure a World Cup play-off spot if they beat Ukraine tonight. Credit: FAW

Ukraine moved into second place and above Wales in the qualifying table on goal difference following their 8-0 win over Turkey on Saturday.

Wales need to win later and hope Finland lose to France elsewhere in Group 6 to secure a play-off spot.


Man charged with murder after death of woman in Mold

45-year-old Karen Catherall was found dead on Sunday. Credit: Family Photo

A 47-year-old man has been charged with murder following the death of a woman near Mold at the weekend.

North Wales Police say Darren John Jeffreys, of Pwllglas, Mold, will appear before magistrates in Wrexham this morning.

He is charged with murdering Karen Catherall, 45, whose body was found at a house in Gwernaffield near Mold on Sunday.

FT: Cardiff City 0 - 1 Middlesbrough

Cardiff City will play Derby in their sixth match of the Sky Bet Championship. Credit: PA

Cardiff City lost 1 - 0 to Middlesbrough. It's their second loss so far in the Sky Bet Championship. Tonight's defeat means the pressure is on boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for their next match against Derby on Saturday.


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