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Welsh rugby referee Nigel Owens let off speeding after needing toilet

Nigel Owens is Wales' top official Credit: Lynne Cameron/PA Archive/Press Association Images

International World Cup referee Nigel Owens has escaped penalty points for speeding after telling how he was dashing to the toilet while driving on the motorway.

43 year-old Owens, Wales' top rugby official, was clocked breaking the speed limit in his BMW while on the way to a rugby match in Pontypridd on Boxing Day last year.

Although he told a court he put his foot down on the M4 motorway because he urgently needed the toilet.

Magistrates agreed it was an emergency - and spared him penalty points on his driving licence.


Bomb blast survivor climbing Pen y Fan for 24 hours

An ex-serviceman who was blinded in a Belfast explosion 30 years ago will today attempt to scale Pen y Fan continuously for 24 hours.

Andrew Bull will be raising money for cancer charity Macmillan Credit: ITV Wales News

Along with some friends, Andrew Bull from Nantyglo will try to continuously relay the peak in memory of a friend who died from cancer in 2012.

He was caught in a bomb blast on Fall Street, West Belfast in November, 1983 and was left blind and severely scarred.

Last year Wales This Week caught up with him to hear his account of what happened.

Cardiff named best city to live in UK

People living in Cardiff enjoy the best quality of life compared with the UK's other major cities, according to a report.

Cardiff Bay Credit: PA

Cardiff beat off competition from other major cities like London, Manchester and Liverpool.

The report, by MoneySuperMarket, ranked the UK's 12 largest cities by measuring a range of different factors such as house prices, salaries and 'life satisfaction'.

The Welsh capital, which scored above average on every factor apart from salaries, took the number one spot from last year's winner Bristol.

Cardiff residents were found to have the lowest average living costs at £359 a week, compared with £486 typically in London, which had the highest living costs. These costs include money spent on food and drink, clothing and footwear, household goods and services, health, transport and recreation. Cardiff also had one of the lowest unemployment rates of the cities looked at, at 8.1%.

Cardiff Castle Credit: Cardiff Castle

On a national level, the economy is performing well. Big contributors to that are growth in salary, disposable income and house prices, while unemployment has fallen.

However, the precise story differs city by city. While some, like Cardiff, Belfast and Bradford, measure up well against many of the indicators, others aren't feeling the benefit of the rising economic tide.

– Dan Plant, consumer finance expert at MoneySuperMarket
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WATCH: Vintage car pulls-out in front of truck (We've bleeped the swearing)

A trucker filmed himself driving head-on towards a vintage Rolls Royce when it pulled out in front of him - and stopping just millimetres away.

Mike James, 36, was carrying a load of steel sheets when the olive green Roller lurched into the middle of the road. Mike slammed his foot on the brakes - and someone managed to bring his articulated lorry to a halt in the nick of time.

The near miss, in Ammanford, West Wales, was captured on a video camera mounted on Mike's dashboard. Mike said: "It was quite a shock, I can tell you"

The luxury motor was being directed out of a drive by a friend of the owner - but didn't notice the truck bearing down on them. Mike added: "It was lucky I only had four tonnes of steel on the back because earlier in the day it had been 25 tonnes."

Swansea grandad in high-heels wearing pledge

Swansea man Kevin Cozens is pledging to wear a pair of four-inch heels while carrying out his everyday tasks - for charity!

The 49-year-old grandfather is hoping to raise money for the NSPCC. Kevin from Penlan, says the only time he will not be wearing the heels in October is to sleep, shower and drive – for safety reasons.

I’ve previous walked ten miles for charity in a pair of heels and it was pretty painful - my little toe nails even fell off afterwards – so I’m completely aware how difficult it’s going to be. But everyone has been really supportive, especially women because they know how hard it can be walking in high heels.”

– Kevin Cozens

Kevin’s wife Wendy, 58, said she fully supports his efforts. To sponsor Kevin, visit .

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