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Britain's Got Talent finalists Bars & Melody visit Cardiff

Rap duo Bars & Melody, featuring 13-year-old Leondre Devries from Port Talbot, are in Cardiff to mark the release of the their debut single.

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Leondre and Charlie greet their fans in Cardiff Credit: Emily Gadd / ITV News

Leondre Devries from Port Talbot and Charlie Lenehan from Bristol, reached the final of the ITV talent show Britain's Got Talent earlier this year.

Watch: BGT star Leondre on ITV Wales before he was famous

Our reporter, Emily Gadd, is in Cardiff and sent this picture of fans queueing to see the boys.

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Drug smuggler jailed for swallowing 70 bags of cocaine

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Shaun Hall admitted swallowing 70 bags of cocaine Credit: Home Office

A 49-year-old man from Cardiff has been sentenced to five years in prison after admitting swallowing 70 bags of cocaine and attempting to smuggle them into the UK.

Shaun Hall was caught when he arrived at Gatwick airport on a flight from Jamaica, after a body scan revealed he had half a kilo of the drug inside his stomach.

Border Force officials say the drugs have an estimated street value of around £81,000.

This case shows the lengths smugglers will go to in their attempts to bring Class A drugs into the UK. Those who swallow packages like this are risking their lives. If one of the packages had split it could have been fatal.

– Carole Upshall, Border Force Regional Director

Hall, from the Grangetown area, was sentenced to five years in prison.

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Delays for holidaymakers continue at Passport Office

Problems with backlogs and delayed passports are still ongoing after the the highest demand for 12 years.

Yesterday, the PCS walked out over staff shortages saying poor staffing levels were partly responsible for the delays earlier in the year.

Last month the Home Office redeployed hundreds of staff to deal with a backlog of 30,000 applications, but some people are still experiencing delays putting holidays and trips abroad in jeopardy.

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14-year-old Megan Richards from Newport is one of thousands of people affected by yesterday's strike.

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Megan's grandmother Christine Richards said they had to travel to Peterborough.

"This is the first appointment we could get. We couldn't get one in Newport at all. The people have a right to strike... but when it impacts on you personally it's sometimes a little bit difficult to be sympathetic."

A spokesperson for the Home Office said the strike was 'irresponsible' and will lead to further inconvenience for customers.

Heart disease numbers falling in Wales

The number of people living with heart disease in Wales is falling, according to a new report out today.

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The report 'Together for Health' published by the Welsh Government, shows there were 125,567 people living with coronary heart disease in in 2012-2013.

That's 8,040 fewer than in 2006-07, which is a reduction of 6%.

Heart disease however remains an issue in Wales claiming the lives of more than 4,300 people a year.

Treating such diseases also remains a concern making up 8% of the overall NHS expenditure. Between 2011-12 on circulatory disease, which includes stroke and cardiac diseases, hospitals spent more than £442m.

"This report shows a drop in both the number of people living with heart disease and dying from it. Admissions to hospital have also fallen as a result of better care in community settings.

"However, we must continue to tackle heart disease which remains a major cause of death in Wales. We will continue to invest in services, improve early diagnosis and prevent the causes of the disease, including cutting smoking levels and encouraging people to adopt healthier lifestyles."

– Prof Mark Drakeford, Health Minister

Wales and the Great War: Episode Three

This is the concluding episode in our series marking the centenary of the start of World War One.

Tonight's edition looks at the heroic efforts of the 1st Monmouths who - against all the odds - helped hold the line at the Second battle of Ypres.

It also features a tribute to Welsh air ace Ira Jones.

Click below to catch up with earlier programmes in the series

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