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Man airlifted to hospital following off-shore slip

The man was flown to Ysbyty Gwynedd following the slip. Credit: Bing

A 58-year-old man was winched aboard an RAF rescue helicopter yesterday afternoon after suffering a spinal injury following a slip on board a motor cruiser off Puffin Island.

Hundreds of holidaymakers and onlookers watched on as an insure lifeboat from Beaumaris was launched to bring the man back to shore.

A Sea King helicopter from Valley was then called and the man was airlifted to Ysbyty Gwynedd.

Kayak kids saved in Anglesey

A man and three children have been saved off the coast of Anglesey this afternoon after their two kayaks capsized.

It happened in Church Bay on the north coast of the island. The Holyhead lifeboat, along with a passing boat, found the four clinging to a rock.

A Sea King helicopter from RAF Valley also attended.


Flights from Cardiff to Anglesey drop by 43%

Over £1m of tax payer's money is spent a year on subsidising the air service between Cardiff and Anglesey but a report publishd today says if the service is to continue it needs to be marketed better to improve passenger numbers.

The flights operate twice a day but passengers numbers have dropped. Credit:

The National Assembly’s Public Accounts Committee report comes ahead of a decision by the Welsh Government on whether the service should continue.

The service has been running twice daily weekday flights since 2007 and and without a £1.2m subsidy “would not otherwise be commercially viable” says the report.

The report says passenger rates have fallen by 43% since their peak in 2008-09 and poor marketing is to blame.

While initially successful, the committee would like to see this improved, in order to once again maximise value for money, such as promoting the available connecting bus service and flights to other destinations.

– Public Accounts Committee

The committee says its also concerned the service is under performing when it comes to providing value for money for the Welsh taxpayer and says the Welsh Government should in future ask for a "comprehensive marketing programme" to be undertaken by a successful bidder.

Rapper caught with cannabis at Welsh airport

The 32 year-old was filming in Wales when he was stopped at the airport. Credit: PA

Rapper and actor Ashley Walters, also known as Asher D of So Solid Crew, was ordered to pay nearly £1,500 on a cannabis rap after being stopped at an airport on Anglesey.

Walters, has appeared in The Bill, Grange Hill and starred in the Channel 4 drama Top Boy.

He appeared before magistrates at Holyhead, Anglesey, and admitted possessing cannabis at the island’s airport at Valley.

Walters, of Hackney, London, was filming Take Down at nearby South Stack last month - the court heard the 32-year-old was arrested on June 17 as he prepared to board a flight to Cardiff.

Deputy head struck off after relationship with boy, 15

A former deputy headteacher has been struck off the teaching register, after a tribunal ruled he had a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old boy from another school.

Meirion Owen Williams was deputy head of Ysgol y Borth, a primary school on Anglesey, when the relationship went on for six months in 2003, the General Teaching Council for Wales hearing heard.

The GTCW panel today ruled his behaviour amounted to unacceptable professional conduct, and banned him from teaching for life.

Education Minister welcomes local authority progress

Education Minister Huw Lewis has welcomed the news that education services in Pembrokeshire and Anglesey have been brought out of special measures, while Powys has also been judged to have made progress.

I’m pleased to see that two local authorities have come out of special measures today and one out of significant improvement.

They’ve made positive progress and have improved, but they all must now work hard to ensure their improvements are sustainable to provide the best education possible for young people in their areas.

We’ve put in place an ambitious agenda to raise standards and performance across the board here in Wales – we owe our learners nothing less than the best.

– Huw Lewis, Education Minister


Education 'improvements' in Pembrokeshire & Anglesey

Education services in Pembrokeshire and Anglesey have come out of special measures, after follow-up inspections by the education watchdog Estyn found they had made improvements in how they run their schools.

Pembrokeshire Council has been criticised over its safeguarding of children, but Estyn judged it to have made 'excellent progress' in that area, part of 'sufficient progress' generally.

It said: "'Since October 2012 the authority has made excellent progress to transform arrangements for safeguarding in all its education services and schools."

Council leader James Adams welcomed the news as a significant milestone for the authority.

There are four remaining local education authorities in special measures. Credit: Dominic Lipinski / PA Wire

On Anglesey, the watchdog says, since an inspection in May 2012, "significant change and improvement have taken place over a comparatively short period, within the schools service and corporately."

Estyn has also released a report on the local education authority in Powys today, which was not in special measures but had been labelled as 'in need of significant improvement'.

After follow-up monitoring, it has been judged to have made 'sufficient progress', through significant changes, a collaboration with Ceredigion, and improved transparency.

There are now four remaining local education authorities in special measures: Blaenau Gwent, Merthyr Tydfil, Monmouthshire and Torfaen.

The status is used by Estyn when it considers schools fail to supply an acceptable level of education, and appear to lack the ability to approve.

Two divers missing off Anglesey coast

The divers were reported missing at around 11.30am

A search is underway off the Anglesey coast after two divers were reported missing.

The men were part of a diving party off South Stack, Holyhead. The coastguard was called at around 11.30am.

An RAF helicopter and lifeboats from Holyhead and Trearddur Bay are all part of the search covering 27 square miles.

Duchess of Cambridge admits worry whilst William served in Anglesey

The Duchess of Cambridge has spoken publicly for the first time about how she felt on edge when Prince William was a pilot based at RAF Valley in Anglesey.

"I loved my time in Anglesey when William was serving with RAF Search and Rescue. I cannot pretend that I didn't feel anxious at times when William was on shift in howling gales, knowing that he was out flying in extremely challenging conditions, but he loved doing it and I always felt incredibly proud of him. I also knew that I was not alone and that there were many supportive Search and Rescue wives on Anglesey and at other bases across the country."

– Duchess of Cambridge

Her comments are part of a foreword to a book by three former RAF wives about what it's like to be a serving pilot's other half.

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