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Two hundred job contracts end at Ford Bridgend

Around 200 jobs are to go at the Ford plant at Bridgend. The company says the workers were employed on temporary contract which would end in 2015.

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In a statement the company told ITV News, "Approximately 200 temporary contract employees at Bridgend Engine Plant, involved in the staged run out of a customer six-cylinder engine, are to be released on schedule in 2015.

Cardiff player out for season with ankle injury

Cardiff City defender Ben Turner is set to miss the rest of the season after scans revealed the extent of an ankle injury sustained during last weekend's FA Cup defeat to Reading.

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Turner has been ruled out for a least 10 to 12 weeks but manager Russell Slade has admitted he could be absent for longer.

The move could now edge Slade into a late change of plans before the transfer window closes on Monday with a replacement for Turner now high on the priority list.

Slade has brought in some cover already in former Huddersfield defender Lee Peltier who can cover right along the back four but with full back John Brayford also exiting the City Stadium this window another dip into the market is likely.

Teacher cleared of underage sex with girls

A primary school teacher has been cleared of having underage sex with teenage girls.

Jonathan Norbury denied all charged against him. Credit: Athena Picture Agency

Jonathan Mark Norbury sobbed in the dock as the jury of nine women and three men acquitted him of all 14 charges.

The 33-year-old had been accused of sexually touching the 15-year-olds as well as inciting them to engage in sexual activity a decade ago.

Norbury admitted romances with the pair, but only when they were above the age of consent.

His trial at Swansea Crown Court heard one of the girls became obsessed with the law graduate and began "stalking" him after he ended their relationship, while the court was told the other was looking for "revenge" after learning he had got married and settled down.

More: Swansea teacher denies teenage sex charges

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Backpacker 'hanged' himself in Thailand

A Welsh backpacker travelling in Thailand hanged himself from the air conditioning unit in his hotel room, an inquest heard. Jack Davies, 21, from Llanelli, West Wales, died suddenly while living in the Southeast Asian country.

Jack Davies, also known as Jay, was found dead while travelling in Thailand Credit: Wales News Service

Friends found his body in a guesthouse on the island of Ko Phi Phi off the coast of Phukhet. Police in Thailand said his death was "not suspicious" and sent a file to the UK for his inquest at Llanelli town hall.

Carmarthen coroner Mark Layton said he could not be satisfied that Jack intended to kill himself.

Jack suspended himself by a ligature from an air conditioning unit in a room in Thailand where he was residing. He was found by a friend who had been out drinking in town with him and came back to find Jack hanging there. The question of intent remains unclear

– Carmarthen coroner Mark Layton

His parents Christina and Jonathan Davies did not attend the inquest of Jack, a former pupil of Old Road Primary School, Bryngwyn Comprehensive and Coleg Sir Gar, In a statement last year they said: "Jay was a lovely boy and everybody loved him."

More: Llanelli backpacker found dead in Thailand

Burglars jailed for stealing property worth £70,000

Three Flintshire men have been jailed for a string of burglaries across north Wales.

Joel Reece Morris and Andrew Smith Credit: North Wales Police

The men appeared before Mold Crown Court for sentencing after pleading guilty at an earlier appearance.

Joel Reece Morris from Connahs Quay was sentenced to 2 years and 4 months and 25 year old Andrew Smith from Buckley received 2 years and 8 months.

Christopher Anthony Brick aged 26 from Connahs Quay was sentenced to 3 years and 4 months.

Christopher Anthony Brick Credit: North Wales Police

The three men who were responsible for 21 burglaries across our force area between the May 2013 and April 2014. Locations of the offences included Gwynedd, Conwy, Denbighshire and Flintshire. In total they stole property in excess of £70,000 and now, following a 9 month investigation, they have received appropriate sentences.

– Inspector Dave Jolly, North Wales Police

Swansea sees a £100m turnover and a profits rise

Swansea have announced a post-tax profit of £1.7million, with turnover increasing by more than £30 million to nearly £100 million.

The figures take in a period which saw Swansea finish 12th in their third Barclays Premier League season and reach the knockout stages of the Europa League.

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Turnover increased largely due to TV broadcasting income negotiated by the Premier League. Expenditure increased by £29.7 million with club record signing Wilfried Bony (£12million) - who has since been sold to Manchester City for a fee which could rise to £28million - and Jonjo Shelvey (£5million) recruited during the period.

The total cost of acquiring all new players during that year amounted to £33.4m, while an additional £6.9m was spent on new training facilities at Fairwood. Some additional improvements will still be necessary to fully complete the training sites at Fairwood and Landore to the board's satisfaction when cash flow permits.

– Swansea's finance director Don Keefe

Valleys college in 'special measures' for poor performance

Tonypandy Community College has been placed in 'special measures' by education inspectors for its poor performance. In a report published on Friday by Estyn - which inspects quality and standards in education in Wales -

In a report published on Friday by Estyn- which inspects quality and standards in education in Wales - said current performance is judged to be unsatisfactory because:

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  • Performance in indicators that include English and mathematics are weak, well below expectations and significantly below that of similar schools
  • Performance in the majority of non-core GCSE subjects is weak
  • A number of groups of pupils significantly underperform, such as boys in English,boys and girls in mathematics, and more able pupils across many GCSEsubjects
  • The low level disruption caused by a few pupils disrupts the progress of other pupils in a minority of lessons
  • Over half of pupils do not make sufficient progress in lessons
  • Too many pupils’ literacy skills are weak and their numeracy skills are very weak
  • The quality of teaching varies too much.

The school has been told to draw up an action plan which shows how it is going to address the issues. Estyn will monitor the school’s progress on a termly basis.

A spokesperson for Tonypandy Community College said the results of the Estyn report highlights many of the positive elements of our College, particularly in student care and attendance.

However, we disagree with a number of judgements made by the Estyn inspectors during their few days at our College and will be pursuing those directly with them. Their report tell us nothing new and the issues they have raised are already being improved upon. Sadly, due consideration has not been given to significant improvements at Key Stage Three, attainment at 5A*-G, 5A*-C and Post 16, with many measures above Local Authority and Welsh averages. In fact this is in contrast to the progress made by the College, which has been acknowledged by the Welsh Standard Unit which places our school in the top 3 groups across Wales. This is higher than many schools across Rhondda Cynon Taf and Wales as a whole and reflects the progress that the College is making to improve standards.

– Tonypandy Community College

“Sadly, due consideration has not been given to significant improvements at Key Stage Three,

attainment at 5A*-G, 5A*-C and Post 16, with many measures above Local Authority and

Welsh averages. In fact this is in contrast to the progress made by the College, which has been

acknowledged by the Welsh Standard Unit which places our school in the top 3 groups across Wales.

This is higher than many schools across Rhondda Cynon Taf and Wales as a whole and reflects the

progress that the College is making to improve standards.

“We will continue to improve at all levels across the College and look forward to ESTYN’s visit in the

summer term when they will measure progress against those recommendations made.”

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