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All change! Time to blame the jet stream!

by Ruth Wignall

Today: A mainly fine and dry day with mostly light winds once again. Often fairly cloudy through the morning, but becoming brighter with some warm sunny spells into the afternoon and early evening. Maximum Temperature 23C.

Tonight: Staying dry for most this evening and overnight with some lengthy clear spells initially. Becoming a little cloudier later in the night with an isolated shower possible towards dawn. Minimum Temperature 14C.

Thursday: A mixture of sunny spells and scattered showers, some of these perhaps turning heavy with a risk of thunder later. Still feeling warm in any sunnier intervals, although occasionally breezy. Maximum Temperature 21C.

Outlook for Friday to Sunday: Unsettled with showers or rain, heavy at times, on Friday and Saturday. Feeling warm in any sunnier spells, although breezy at times. Drier and brighter Sunday.

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'Lesson to be learnt' from double killing tragedy

A review into the events leading up to a father killing his wife and two year-old son has concluded there are lessons to be learnt.

Suzanne and William Jones
Suzanne Jones and her son William died at the family home. Credit: North Wales Police

Suzanne Jones and her son William died at the family home near Tremadog in Gwynedd in 2012.

42-year-old David Wyn Jones was indefinitely detained in a secure hospital after pleading guilty to manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility at Caernarfon Crown Court.

The court heard that Jones was mentally ill and suffering from delusions. He thought his son William was the devil, and stabbed and strangled his wife Suzanne as she tried to defend her son.

David Wyn Jones
David Wyn Jones Credit: North Wales Police

Today a Serious Case Review carried out by Gwynedd & Anglesey Community Safety Partnership and the Gwynedd & Anglesey Local Safeguarding Children Board concluded that:

While the outcome may not have been different, if there had been a more rigorous, assessment of the children’s needs, of the impact of the parental mental health on the father’s parenting capacity..., a more rigorous sharing of information,.. the question of whether the tragedy could have been avoided may have been easier to answer.

– Report Conclusion

The Serious Case Review concluded that "that there are lessons to be learnt" and one should be that the relevant authorities develop and implement a standardised approach to risk assessment.

Nine year jail sentence for baby Alfie killer

Michael John Pearce, 32, was babysitting Alfie Rhys Sullock last year in Nelson, Caerphilly, while the child's mother went on a night out.

Alfie sustained fatal head and abdominal injuries.

Michael Pearce
Michael Pearce was sentenced to nine years at Newport Crown Court Credit: Gwent Police

Today Michael Pearce of Nelson was given a nine year-jail sentence at Newport Crown Court after being found guilty of manslaughter.

Stink kicked up over government subsidised meals

Food critics may be impressed with the menu and the prices but the Welsh Government's staff canteens have come under criticism.

Canteen
Tories are questioning meals prices at Welsh government canteens. Credit: PA

The cost of meals for workers at the Welsh Government's Cathays Park headquarters and its other offices around Wales is leaving a bad taste in the mouths of some.

Taxpayers in Wales have seen their financial contribution towards lunches for ministers and staff rise by an eye-watering 61% since 2010, according to figures released by Welsh Conservatives.

They say the subsidy has cost taxpayers £1,373,702 in the past four years, during which time many workers have had their pay frozen.

On the menu are dishes such as:

  • Chicken and seafood paella with saffron shallots, cooked in a 'live chefs' theatre' for £3.25.
  • Grilled Welsh pork loin steak with leek and black pudding mash for just £2.95.

A Welsh Government says the claims are a "staggering hypocrisy from a Welsh Tory AM whose colleagues and staff eat in a subsidised canteen" and a subsidy they are happy to support.

The increase in contract value reflects the extended scope of the contract which has risen from five sites to ten. The cost of catering across our administrative estate has been reduced by 47% under the new contract arrangements which began in April this year.

– Welsh Government spokesperson

What are your thoughts on the meal subsidies? Let us know at wales@itv.com or at Facebook and twitter @ITVWales

Appeal following explicit comments to girl on train

Police are appealing to the public for help after a vulnerable girl was subjected to inappropriate sexual comments during a train journey into Newport.

British Transport Police
Police think these men may have key information. Credit: British Transport Police

Officers have released CCTV images of a group of men they believe may have key information.

The victim, who was 15 years old, was travelling from Westbury in Wiltshire to Newport in Gwent.

During the journey, she was approached by a man who struck up a conversation with her. As the train approached Newport, he subjected her to a number of explicit and lewd comments, which naturally caused her some distress. This was understandably an extremely distressing experience for the young victim, who has learning difficulties and epilepsy.

– PC Debi Rouse, British Transport Police

Police have been investigating since the incident took place between 5.20pm and 5.50pm on Friday, 16th May and are asking anyone who recognises the men pictured to get in touch.

Contact British Transport Police on Freefone 0800 40 50 40 or text 61016 quoting reference WSUB/B8 of 25/07/2014.

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Welsh gold medallists: Kate and Wills 'gave us a boost'

The first two Welsh swimmers to win gold medals for swimming in 40 years at the Commonwealth Games have said how having the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in the audience "gave us a boost".

Jazz Carlin, who won gold in the 800m freestyle and silver in 400m freestyle, said the team "wanted to put on a good show" for the royal couple.

Penarth library helps remember 300 WW1 soldiers

A library in Penarth in the Vale of Glamorgan is helping to piece together the stories of locals who died in the First World War.

It's estimated over 300 soldiers from Penarth died on the battlefield.

Penarth library

Marcus Payne, the local librarian says his research allowed him to uncover a lot of personal detail about the individuals who were injured or died during the war.

Penarth Times

4 August marks one hundred years since the outbreak of World War One.

Watch ITV Wales at Six tonight for the full report.

Team Wales aiming to exceed medal expectations

Athletes from Team Wales are hoping to exceed their pre-Commonwealth target of twenty seven medals as they go into day seven of the games.

Yesterday Georgia Davies secured a gold in the 50 metres backstroke.

Georgia Davies in 50 metre backstroke final
Georgia Davies secures gold in the 50m backstroke final Credit: PA

The current medal tally stands at:

  • Gold-4
  • Silver-10
  • Bronze-13

Hoping to add to the total today, Sean McGoldrick will look to progress in the boxing ring and on the track Joe Thomas faces the 800m semi final this evening.

Read More: Georgia Davies sets games record in 50m backstroke heats

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