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It's a bronze medal for Wales' para-cyclists

Wales' paracyclists earned themselves a bronze medal at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow on Friday.

Matthew Ellis and Ieuan Williams came third in the Para-Sport 1000m Time Trial B Tandem Final at the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome.

Matthew Ellis and Ieuan Williams
Wales's Matthew Ellis and Ieuan Williams celebrate with their bronze medals. Credit: PA
Matthew Ellis and Ieuan Williams
Credit: PA

Tories support minimum alcohol pricing in Wales

The Welsh Conservatives are supporting moves to introduce minimum alcohol pricing in Wales. That's despite a controversial decision last year by David Cameron to drop a similar plan for England. The Prime Minister feared it would be 'unworkable' and open to legal challenge.

But the party's Shadow Health Minister in the Assembly, Darren Millar, says it can work in Wales.


Minimum price only targets problem drinkers says minister

Health Minister Mark Drakeford has welcomed today's expert report on minimum alcohol pricing which he says adds to the evidence that the move would help cut problem drinking.

And he says it won't have any impact on social drinkers.

Most people whose budgets are tight are sensible drinkers, the drink they buy will already be above the 50p minimum price per unit we propose. The evidence in today's report is that this will not have an impact on people who are living in pretty modest circumstances. It will help us to target people whose drinking has gone beyond that."

Most people whose budgets are tight are sensible drinkers, the drink they buy will already be above the 50p minimum price per unit we propose. The evidence in today's report is that this will not have an impact on people who are living in pretty modest circumstances. It will help us to target people whose drinking has gone beyond that.

– Mark Drakeford AM, Health Minister

Standards inspection for North Wales factory

UK government's health secretary, Jeremy Hunt, has ordered a safety audit of a north Wales poultry factory after alleged hygiene failings were uncovered at the plant.

A plant at Llangefni is one factory to be inspected. Credit: PA

An investigation by a national newspaper found significant breaches at the 2 Sisters Food Group site at Llangefni.

The Food Standards Agency says it found no risk to public health but says the site will be audited in the next 24 hours.

Former factory manager admits child sex offences

The past of a former factory manager from North Wales caught up with him when he was jailed for five years for historic sex offences.

John Sullivan
John Sullivan admitted eight charges of indecency with a child. Credit: North Wales Police

John Sullivan, 64, was aged between 18 and 23 when he molested young boys aged between six and 11 at Llangollen in North Wales.

Since then he led a respectable life, was married with three grown up sons, did charity work, and ended up being the manager responsible for 200 people in a factory.

But police knocked on his door earlier this year and he was arrested after a man, now in his 50s, disclosed to police what Sullivan had done to him as a child.

Police discovered that Sullivan, now of New Cottages in Ellesmere, on the Wales/Shropshire border, had been interested in motorcycles.

That attracted children and he would show them the machines in a garage and offered them money to perform sexual acts on him.

Today he was sentenced under legislation is force at the time – rather than today’s sentencing regime which would involve far longer sentences.

John Hedgecoe, defending, said Sullivan had been brutalised himself as a child but made no excuses, knew it was wrong, and expressed genuine remorse.

He admitted eight charges of indecency with a child and indecent assault.

Hen night billboard - the biggest party invite ever?

A bride-to-be had an early wedding present from her friends - a giant billboard advertising her hen party.

Sarah Molland
Is this the biggest party invite ever? Credit: Sarah Molland

Sarah Molland, 25, was on a pub crawl with friends when she came face-to-face with the huge roadside poster.

Her pals had clubbed together to organise the £500 billboard in Cardiff city centre.

I couldn't believe my eyes - I knew I would be getting plastered on my hen night but not like that. My first thought was: "I'll kill them" - but I was delighted really. It was very funny.

– Sarah Molland, bride-to-be

The 24ft X 12ft billboard is based on the hit Russel Brand film Forgetting Sarah Marshall.

Sarah's best friend and maid of honour Rachael Coombs, 25, spent months plotting to put the poster up for the hen night for 15 girls in the Welsh capital.

All the friends were sworn to secrecy so Sarah had no idea about the poster until she saw it on her big night out.

Sarah, of Birmingham, studied at Cardiff University and returned for her hen night - even staying in student accommodation for the weekend.


Police appeal after teens 'enticed' into white van

Police are appealing for information after a claim that a man tried to entice two teenagers into his van at Llantwit Major in the Vale of Glamorgan.

Llantwit Major
The incident took place in Llantwit Major on Thursday afternoon. Credit: Google Maps

South wales police say the teenagers were playing around Colhugh Street and Rosedrew Farm on Thursday afternoon when a man tried to entice them into a white van.

The man is described as being white, around 60 years of age, of skinny build with white hair and a short white beard.

Athlete 'shocked, devastated' at failed drugs test

Welsh Athletics has vowed to carry out an internal review after a second drugs scandal hit its team at the Commonwealth Games.

Rhys Williams
Rhys Williams will now not compete at the Commonwealth Games. Credit: PA

European 400 metres hurdles champion Rhys Williams, the co-captain of Wales' athletics squad in Glasgow, has been provisionally suspended and will miss the event after failing a drugs test.

The 30-year-old son of rugby union great JJ Williams becomes the second Welsh athlete to be forced out of the Games over an alleged doping offence, after 800m runner Gareth Warburton was withdrawn nine days ago.

Williams said he was "utterly devastated" by the news of his failed test and insisted, like Warburton, that he had never knowingly doped.

Williams, who also took bronze at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi four years ago, said he was shocked to test positive.

I am utterly devastated about the news of this anti-doping rule violation, which has come as a great shock to me. From the outset, I would strongly like to state that I have not knowingly taken any banned substance.

I'd like to take this opportunity to wish all the best to my team-mates at the Commonwealth Games. To be named co-team captain for the Welsh athletics team was a great honour and I am distraught that I won't be able to fulfil this role and join them as part of Team Wales. I wish them all well.

– Rhys Williams

Welsh athletics chief executive Matt Newman said "we just hope we can back up what the athletes suspect is the source of the contamination."

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