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Police appeal for missing Swansea man

Matthew Wall from Swansea didn't return home on Tuesday. Credit: South Wales Police

South Wales Police is appealing for information regarding the whereabouts of 31-year-old Matthew Wall from Swansea, who has been reported missing. Mr Wall was reported missing on Wednesday after he did not return to his home address on Tuesday night. Police are concerned for his wellbeing and are currently conducting extensive enquiries in the Swansea area in order to trace him.


Welsh speaking drunk in English police cell insists on interpreter

A drunken man who was arrested in Manchester demanded an interpreter after telling police he would only speak in Welsh. Officers spent four hours trying to find a Welsh language expert to deal with the man, 26, who could speak perfectly good English.

But they failed to find a translator and had to let him go without charge.

The Welsh speaker was arrested on this street for being drunk and disorderly. Credit: Google Streetview

Officers went onto Twitter to blast the "difficult and time-wasting" prisoner who was arrested at 2am for a public order offence in Sackville Street, Manchester.

Their official tweet said: "Drunk and disorderly - despite speaking English in custody, insisted on Welsh interpreter which we struggled to find.

"And no, it's not a dig at the Welsh, just frustration and feeling that someone was being difficult needlessly."

The un-named man was bailed to return to the police station when sober and he accepted an £80 fixed penalty fine - written in English.

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We spent several hours trying to find an interpreter for the man who has Welsh roots. He's wasted his own time and our time. At least he saw sense in the end.

– Greater Manchester Police

Mum-to-be jailed for three years over sex crime

A mum accused with her partner of taking advantage of a boy of 15 for “depraved sexual desires” has been jailed for three years and criticised by a judge for becoming pregnant again with the case hanging over her.

The mother-of-two became pregnant again during the investigation. Credit: Andrew Price

Mother-of-two Nicola Mason, 25, a former chip shop worker, and her partner John Ford, 47, a taxi driver who was jailed for four-and-a-half years, were told by Judge Rhys Rowlands at Caernarfon crown court that their behaviour had been “totally perverted.”

The judge remarked that her third child was on the way and declared :”Your behaviour in seeking to expand your family shows at best precious little judgement on your part.” The couple, of Rhydwyn, Holyhead, must register as sex offenders indefinitely and a sex offences prevention order was made. She appeared tearful as she left the dock. Ford had pleaded not guilty to inciting sexual activity and she denied sexual activity with a child. Judge Rowlands told them :”A jury saw through your lies.”

Welsh Secretary Stephen Crabb quizzed by Welsh Affairs Select Committee on NHS row

Welsh Secretary, Stephen Crabb has been questioned this afternoon on the ongoing row between Westminster and the Welsh Government in Cardiff over the health service. The MP for Cardiff South and Penarth ,Stephen Doughty ,asked him if the continuing war of words was was damaging morale?


Appeal after gang sex attack on teen in Cardiff park

South Wales Police is appealing for information regarding the sexual assault of a teenage girl in Gabalfa Park, College Road, Cardiff last week.

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The incident is reported to have happened between 10pm on Thursday 16th October and 2.30am on Friday 17th October. The 17-year-old was walking home after a night out when she was approached by a group of five to six youths of around the same age, who shepherded her into the park where the attack happened.

One of the youths was wearing an all-grey tracksuit and two were on bikes - one is believed to be a BMX while the other was a slightly larger bike say police.

The victim had initially been walking along Station Road with a friend before walking alone along Gabalfa Avenue and then College Road.

If anyone spotted a group of teenage boys hanging in or around the park that night or in the early hours of the morning, please get in contact as we would like to hear from you. I would also stress to the community that while this was traumatic for the teenage girl in question, incidents like this are extremely rare.

– Detective Inspector Lloyd Williams

Detectives are also looking for the victim’s house key, which is a distinctive all-black single Yale style key and was lost on the night.

New M4 road "threatens future" of Newport Docks

The owners of Newport docks, which supports 3,000 local jobs, say they are concerned about its future because of plans to build a new M4 relief road south of the city.

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Associated British Ports says the route could impact on its existing operations and "future development of the Port of Newport."

Newport is Wales’ leading general cargo port, handling in excess of 1.5m tonnes of cargo per year. Its operator, ABP, is repeating its concerns over the Port’s future on the day that Assembly Members prepare for a debate in the Senedd on the wider importance of ports to the Welsh economy.

ABP says the route would mean building a bridge which would bisect the North and South Docks, creating a height restrictions and a report found that 58% of vessels entering the North Dock during 2004-2008 would not have been able to access it if the proposed bridge had been in place.

This height restriction would be introduced against a backdrop of a global trend of increasing cargo and vessel size...The M4 bridge in its current proposed ‘black route’ position will also limit how mobile cranes and other large plant are deployed across different areas of the port.

– Matthew Kennerley, Director of ABP

ABP says the plans are "a real threat" to the future of Newport docks.

ABP has proposed an alternative crossing point several hundred metres further north of the current proposal, but says this has not been accepted by the Welsh Government.

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