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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."

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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

£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

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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.

Daughter: 'I could pass my mother's killer in the street'

by Tom Sheldrick

A daughter has spoken of her anguish at the possibility that she could one day come face-to-face with the man who killed her mother.

Fifty-two-year-old Karen Welsh was strangled by John Constantine at her home in Thornhill in 2010 after befriending him in hospital.

He was later convicted of manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility.

Now Karen's daughter Joanne Welsh says that she's been told the Prison Service is considering moving him to a mental health unit in South Wales.

A bereavement expert said the situation is likely to affect family's members' emotions, adding that the grief process is "hard enough".

The Prison Service says it doesn't comment on individual cases.

Family's 'suffering' as killer could be moved to area

The daughter of a woman killed by a man suffering with paranoid schizophrenia says her family are facing further trauma by the possibility that the Ministry of Justice may move her mother's killer to a medium secure mental health ward near their home - and in time even grant him escorted leave.

52-year-old Karen Welsh, a nurse from Cardiff, was killed at her home in March 2010 after she befriended a fellow patient while being treated for depression in hospital.

Her daughter Joanne Welsh told our reporter Tom Sheldrick she feels her views have been ignored.

She added "I don't begrudge him being cared for - I just don't understand why it has to be in South Wales."

Daughter 'tortured' following mother's death

The daughter of a woman killed in 2010 has said more consideration has been given to her killer than to her or her family.

Nurse Karen Welsh was strangled by John Constantine at her home in Thornhill, Cardiff.

Joanne Welsh has now expressed her anger after she was told the Ministry of Justice would review the transfer of her mother's killer to a medium secure mental health ward in South Wales:

In six months' time I could pass that man in the street, what about my mental health? Consideration is being given to the health of a man that has taken someone's life over me and my family who have been constantly tortured for years...Although I have been told that the decision to move him is being reviewed, I have not been told that the decision has changed. If the decision does not change, then I have been given false hope.

– Joanne Welsh, Karen Welsh's daughter.
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