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Cocaine worth up to £350,000 discovered in Rhondda house

The drugs were discovered at a Tonypandy property this afternoon. Credit: South Wales Police

Police have seized around five kilogrammes of what they suspect to be cocaine from a property in Tonypandy.

The drugs, which could be worth as much as £350,000 – were discovered in a box concealed in plastic packaging.

Our enquiry is still in its early stages but this looks like a substantial recovery of cocaine, which will undoubtedly have a huge impact on the supply of drugs throughout Rhondda.

– Detective Chief Inspector Mark Lewis

Drug processing equipment was also recovered from the house.

A 33 year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of drugs offences and is currently in police custody. The investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with information is asked to contact 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800555 111.

Wales ambulance service boss to step down

The chief executive of Wales' ambulance service is to step down due to ill health, it has been announced.

Officials said Elwyn Price-Morris had been suffering with serious health problems over the past six months.

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However, a spokeswoman said Mr Price-Morris had now "accepted medical advice" in deciding to take "time away from the workplace".

She added: "Elwyn has held discussions with the Chairman of the Trust and they have reached a mutual decision that in his own interest and the interests of the service, he will not be returning to the chief executive's post once his health issues are resolved."

Memorial to remember those killed in Preseli aircrash

Seventy years ago today an RAF Liberator bomber crashed in the Preseli hills, killing 6 of the 9 men on board.

For the last 30 years the event has been commemorated every year - and today the nephew of one of the airmen who died made the trek too . Our West Wales Correspondent Kevin Ashford was there, and sent this report:

First Minister: This is a good day for Wales

The First Minister, Carwyn Jones, told ITV News that today is a 'good day' for Wales.

Speaking to our presenter, Jonathan Hill, the First Minister said: "If Scotland had voted 'yes' the next two years would all be about Scotland, and no focus at all on Wales or Northern Ireland."

Working together we can build a UK that recognises the different identities of the four nations within the UK but recognises that we do best when we work together and look after each other.

– First Minister Carwyn Jones AM


Memorial in Pembrokeshire marks 70 years since crash

This memorial has been taking place every year for the last 30 years Credit: ITV Wales / Kevin Ashford

A memorial has been held in the Preseli hills in Pembrokeshire to remember the 6 men who died when their RAF Liberator bomber crashed there in 1944.

Members of the Pembrokeshire Aviation Group, which includes relatives of a crew member involved in the crash, marked the 70th anniversary of the crash with a walk up to the crash site near Carn Bica.

Welsh Secretary 'positive' about possible powers

Welsh Secretary Stephen Crabb MP says he feels positive about the possibility of more powers for Wales. It comes after Scotland voted no to independence in an historic referendum.

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The Secretary of State for Wales told ITV News: "As Scotland gets new powers there's no reason why the ambitions and the aspirations of the nation of Wales for even more powers shouldn't be discussed and shouldn't be met, and we're very comfortable and positive about that."

New ambulance centre 'will improve response times'

Credit: Welsh Ambulance Service

A turf- cutting ceremony has been held to mark the construction of the new Ambulance and Fire Services Resource Centre in Wrexham.

The multi-million pound centre will include an eight-bay fire station, a six-bay ambulance station, and top-of-the-range training facilities.

Project leaders were joined at the turf-cutting today by Minister for Health and Social Services Mark Drakeford and Wrexham AM Lesley Griffiths.

The Welsh Government is making a significant investment in this new resource centre to provide both the ambulance and fire services with the most modern facilities available. It will allow greater coordination when it comes to responding to incidents and improve response times.”

– Mark Drakeford AM, Health Minister
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