The story of 2012: January - June

Workers leaving Peacocks
19 Jan: 249 workers at Peacocks' Cardiff HQ are told they're losing their jobs, after the retailer goes into administration Credit: ITV News Wales
Nikitta Grender
22 Feb: Former nightclub bouncer Carl Whant is jailed for 35 years for murdering heavily pregnant teenager Nikitta Grender in Newport Credit: Gwent Police
Bronglais Hospital protest
29 Feb: Demonstrators come to the Senedd to fight plans to reorganise the NHS - there are many similar protests around Wales Credit: ITV News Wales
Tribute to Gary Speed
29 Feb: Football pays tribute to Gary Speed, who died in November 2011, as Wales face Costa Rica in a memorial game in Cardiff Credit: David Davies / PA Archive / Press Association Images
Workers at Remploy Bridgend
7 Mar: The UK government announces seven of Wales’ nine Remploy factories, which employ many disabled workers, will close Credit: ITV News Wales
Wales celebrate the 2012 Grand Slam
17 Mar: Wales celebrate a third Six Nations Grand Slam in eight years, after a nervy victory over France at a raucous Millennium Stadium Credit: David Davies / PA Archive / Press Association Images
Grand Slam celebrations
19 Mar: Hundreds turn out in Cardiff Bay to acclaim Wales' victorious players and coaches Credit: ITV News Wales
A badger
20 Mar: The Welsh Government says badgers will be vaccinated in a test area to tackle bovine TB - there will be no cull Credit: Ben Birchall / PA Wire / Press Association Images
Wylfa power station
29 Mar: The companies behind plans to build a new nuclear power station on Anglesey pull out, leaving the 'Wylfa B' project in jeopardy Credit: ITV News Wales
MV Carrier
3 Apr: Seven crew members are rescued when cargo ship the MV Carrier runs aground at Llanddulas on the North Wales coast in high seas Credit: View Creative
Ched Evans
20 Apr: Wales footballer Ched Evans is jailed for five years for raping a teenager who was too drunk to consent Credit: North Wales Police
The Queen
26 & 27 Apr: The Queen spends two days in Wales as part of her Diamond Jubilee tour Credit: ITV News Wales
Gareth Williams
2 May: A coroner says Welsh MI6 spy Gareth Williams, found locked in a bag, was probably unlawfully killed, but it may never be explained Credit: Metropolitan Police
A Labour rosette
3 & 4 May: Labour enjoys strong local election results, claiming back control of many of the heartland councils it lost in 2008 Credit: ITV News Wales
Wales Coast Path
5 May: Wales becomes the first country in the world to have a path all the way along its coastline Credit: ITV News Wales
Sir Chris Bonington with the Olympic torch
29 May: Sir Chris Bonington carries the Olympic torch to the highest point in its journey around the UK - the peak of Snowdon Credit: Joe Giddens / PA Wire
Brendan Rodgers
30 May: Manager Brendan Rodgers leaves Swansea City with 'a heavy heart' for the bright lights of Liverpool - Michael Laudrup replaces him Credit: Barrington Coombs / PA Archive / Press Association Images
Diamond Jubilee celebrations at Plas Newydd
5 Jun: People at Plas Newydd, on Anglesey, mark the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, at the culmination of long weekend of bunting and sausage rolls Credit: ITV News Wales
Cardiff City's new red badge
6 Jun: It's confirmed Cardiff City will play in red in the new season, with a red dragon forming the centrepiece of the club's badge Credit: Andy Lloyd / PA Wire / Press Association Images
Flooding in Ceredigion
9 Jun: Flood water rushes out of a window, on the day that Ceredigion is hit by severe flooding, with hundreds forced out of their homes Credit: ITV News Wales
Tom Maynard
18 Jun: Welsh cricketer Tom Maynard, who's 23, dies after being hit by a London Underground train Credit: Adam Davy / EMPICS Sport
An organ donor card
18 Jun: The Welsh Government publishes planned legislation to introduce the UK's first opt-out organ donation system Credit: Clive Gee / PA Archive

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The biggest stories from the second half of 2012 will be featured in a round-up on 31 December.