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Accident brings chaos to Cardiff city centre roads

Some drivers are reporting delays of over an hour. Credit: Matthew Horwood

A traffic accident is causing chaos on roads into the centre of Cardiff this afternoon. South Wales Police say two cars collided with a man on North Road at around 3pm.

Both carriageways northbound are shut and only one carriageway is open southbound.

Vehicles are being diverted via Column Road and motorists are being asked to avoid the area. The man suffered serious injuries but police say they are not life threatening.

An investigation is underway.

A pedestrian's injuries were described as serious but not life threatening. Credit: Matthew Horwood

Concern over the future of Cardiff's arts sector

There are claims that Cardiff's reputation could be under threat because of cuts to its culture budget.

Hundreds of thousands of pounds have been taken from the city's art sector, as the council looks to save more than fifty million pounds this financial year.

But tonight there's a warning that those cuts could be a step backwards for a vibrant capital, as Megan Boot reports.

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Shopping addict: Spending money was a 'buzz'

Shopping addict Vicki Appleton says spending money gave her a "real buzz".

Speaking on ITV's This Morning programme, the mother-of-one from Cardiff said her obsessive shopping started when she was just a teenager.

In the years that followed the 29-year-old managed to rack up a bill of over £200,000, including spending £25,000 on a round the world trip.

Dr Dave Barker, a consultant forensic psychiatrist at the Priory Group talks to ITV News about how to spot the signs of someone with a shopping addiction.

Addicted to shopping: Welsh mum spends £200k in 10 years

Vicki Appleton from Cardiff says her addiction started when she was 13 Credit: Dimitris Legakis/Athena Picture Agency Ltd

Shopping is an expensive habit for many of us, but for one Welsh woman, it almost cost her life.

Mother-of-one Vicki Appleton from Cardiff, started her obsessive shopping when she was just 13 years old, splurging her £20 wages on clothes, bags and sweets.

By the time she left school, her addiction had escalated, taking out loans and credit cards to satisfy her shopping urges.

In the years that followed the 29-year-old managed to rack up a bill of over £200,000, including spending £25,000 on a round the world trip.

She said,

"When I was 20, I went into a travel agents' to see if there were any cheap deals. By the time I left I'd spent £10,000 on a round the world trip, complete with dozens of first class flights."

But, her addiction eventually led her to try to take her own life.

In October 2013, Vicki admitted admit herself to a psychiatric unit.

She says she's now trying to get her life back on track.

"Now I'm desperately trying to control my addiction for Eli's sake. I'm unsure exactly how much I owe to creditors but I know there's around £30,000 of things I haven't paid for."

"I haven't paid any of my household bills for two years and I'm so terrified of being left alone with my credit cards that I've made my brother move in.

Some women might think retail therapy is a bit of harmless fun, but it almost claimed my life."

How to spot the signs of human trafficking

People across Wales are being trained to help spot potential victims of human trafficking. There were 50 reported cases of slavery in Wales last year - up from 34 cases in 2012.

The Welsh Government says the training is part of a wider programme to raise awareness of the issue. Cardiff Airport is one of the organisations taking part - and we got special insight into what they're doing, as Megan Boot reports

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£13,000 worth of mobile phones stolen in Cardiff

Police in Cardiff want to speak to this man in connection with the theft of £13,000 worth of mobile phones.

Police want to speak to this man about the theft of 26 mobile phones Credit: South Wales Police

At around 10.30am on 21st March a man, claiming to be a delivery firm worker, attended a mobile shop in Cardiff city centre.

He left with 26 iPhones worth around £13,000.

Anyone with information is asked to contact South Wales Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 quoting the reference number: 1400095629.

DWP: Reforms are 'necessary' to restore fairness

Following a protest march in Cardiff calling for an end to the so-called 'bedroom tax', the Department of Work and Pensions say the reforms are 'necessary' in order to restore fairness to the system and make a better use of social housing.

Our reforms are necessary to restore fairness to the system and make a better use of social housing.

We are saving the taxpayer £1m a day, but we have given councils £345m since reforms came in last year to support vulnerable groups.

The removal of the spare room subsidy means we still pay the majority of most claimants' rent. But the taxpayer no longer covers the costs of extra bedrooms, so we can free up bigger homes for people forced to live in cramped, overcrowded accommodation.

– Department of Work and Pensions spokesperson

Protesters call for an end to 'bedroom tax'

The spare room subsidy was introduced one year ago. Credit: PA

Protesters are marching through Cardiff as part of a UK-wide day of action calling for an end to the so-called 'bedroom tax'.

Campaign group, Cardiff & South Wales Against the Bedroom Tax will be joined by AMs and MPs as well as members of the clergy on the rally through the city centre.

They say the policy, which was introduced a year ago, is breaking up families and dividing communities.

The Department of Work and Pensions say the removal of the spare room subsidy restores fairness and saves the taxpayer money.

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