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Man rescued after flat fire in Swansea

The fire broke out just before 1am. Credit: Claire Wookey

An elderly man has been taken to hospital with the effects smoke inhalation after a fire at a 6 storey block of flats in Swansea.

Around thirty firefighters were called to Brynfield Court, Langland just before 1am.

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Firefighters rescued him from the balcony of the flat by crossing from the neighbouring property.

The rescue operation lasted around two hours. There are no other casualties reported.


Warburton benched as four Welsh players make Lions XV

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Lions tour captain Sam Warburton will have to settle for a place on the bench as the British and Irish Lions unveil their team to take on New Zealand in the first test on Saturday.

Irish flanker Peter O'Mahony will captain the side for their Eden Park clash.

It the first time a tour captain has not led the Lions in an opening Test since England's Doug Prentice missed out in 1930.

Liam Williams starts at fullback at the expense of Leigh Halfpenny who has earned a spot on the bench.

Jonathan Davies, Alun Wyn Jones and Taulupe Faletau have also been handed places in the starting XV, with Ken Owen, Rhys Webb and tour captain Sam Warburton joining Halfpenny on the bench.

Lions: Liam Williams, Anthony Watson, Jonathan Davies, Ben Te’o, Elliot Daly, Owen Farrell, Conor Murray, Mako Vunipola, Jamie George, Tadhg Furlong, Alun Wyn Jones, George Kruis, Peter O’Mahony (c), Sean O’Brien, Taulupe Faletau

Replacements: Ken Owens, Jack McGrath, Kyle Sinckler, Maro Itoje, Sam Warburton, Rhys Webb, Jonathan Sexton, Leigh Halfpenny

We have picked a side based on form with a lot of players putting their hands up, especially from the Crusaders and Maori All Blacks games, and it was a lively selection meeting. The win against the Chiefs was also extremely important for the squad and some players played themselves into the side. We have continuously been strong at set piece and have been good defensively in the last two or three outings. But to beat the All Blacks you have to be courageous and play some rugby - you have to score tries and I think we have picked a team capable of doing that.

– Warren Gatland, Lions Head Coach

Cardiff Council to call 'urgent meeting' with Tesco over job losses

The Leader of Cardiff Council, Cllr Huw Thomas, has said he will be calling for an urgent meeting with Tesco CEO Matt Davies in order to find out the company's reasons for closing their call centre in Cardiff.

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Cllr Thomas said, 'Tesco is a strategic company in Wales and given the current economic climate in Cardiff, this decision is both surprising and disappointing.

He added that the council need to 'understand the reasons why this decision has been taken and the redundancy package that is being offered to those affected.'

Cardiff has recently been announced as the third-best office location in the UK and, with levels of investment rising, our city is an increasingly attractive place to do business. We will do everything within our powers and remit to find the best possible solution for those affected by this decision.

– Cllr Huw Thomas
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