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Ched Evans' rape retrial to begin in October

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Ched Evans' rape retrial is to begin in October, with the case expected to last for two weeks.

The footballer was at Cardiff Crown Court today to learn the date of his new trial following a successful appeal against his conviction.

The former Wales international was originally convicted in 2012 for raping a woman in a hotel room and served half of his five-year sentence in prison.

His case was referred to the Criminal Cases Review Commission and his conviction quashed after "fresh evidence" emerged.

A new trial will begin in Cardiff on October 4.

Mr Evans has pleaded not guilty to one count of rape relating to May 30, 2011.


'Unexploded device' found to be a gas cylinder

Police put up a 200 metre cordon around Tide Field Rd off Rover Way in Cardiff after reports of an unexploded device being found, but it turned out to be an old gas cylinder.

Tide Field Rd off Rover Way. Credit: Google Street View

Police were called to Tide Field Road at 12.30pm today following reports of an unexploded device being found during construction excavation in the area.

The roads have now reopened.

The device has been confirmed as a gas cylinder and the road has since reopened.


Dan Lydiate still hurting from Six Nations defeat to England

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Dan Lydiate has admitted that Wales still feel the pain of their Six Nations no-show against England that arguably cost them this season's title.

Lydiate and company return to Twickenham on Sunday for another appointment with their fierce rivals.

This time, there will be no Six Nations points at stake, just important preparation before Wales head off on a demanding three-Test mission against the world champion All Blacks in New Zealand.

We've got a chance now to play against the Grand Slam-winning side, and the boys are really looking forward to it.

We are still scratching our heads now about the first-half. It was tough watching it back, and nobody wants to feel like we did after that game again. We've just got to make sure our preparation is right and we fly into the game.

All credit to England, they flew into us and we were found wanting. We weren't at the races at all.

– Dan Lydiate, Wales Flanker
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