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Champion runner admits attempted murder of British Athletics official

A former fell-running champion has admitted the attempted murder of a British Athletics official and assaults on two other men who stepped in to help him.

Former fell-running champion Lauren Jeska Credit: Facebook

Lauren Jeska pleaded guilty to attempting to kill former rugby player Ralph Knibbs, who was stabbed at the Alexander Stadium in Birmingham in March.

Jeska, 41, of Wesley Terrace in Machynlleth, Powys, also admitted two charges of having a knife in a public place, during a video-link appearance at Birmingham Crown Court.

The court heard the injuries of Jeska's other victims - accountant Timothy Begley and finance director Kevan Taylor - were "not of the most serious order".

Judge Philip Parker QC was told that the defendant had been the subject of psychiatric assessment but further reports would be necessary before she is sentenced on November 15.

April Jones tribute repeatedly stolen from Machynlleth

April Jones was abducted in 2012 Credit: Family Photo/Dyfed Powys Police

A tribute to murdered schoolgirl April Jones has been repeatedly stolen from Machynlleth's town centre.

The pink ribbon was tied to railings ever since the five year old was abducted by Mark Bridger in October 2012. In 2013 Bridger was given a whole life sentence for her abduction and murder.

But in recent months the ribbon has repeatedly been taken, leaving April's family upset:

Please, whoever it is that keeps taking April's pink bow off the railings by the clock please stop.

It is upsetting sometimes that some people can be cruel.

– Coral Jones, April's Mother

Dyfed Powys Police have told ITV News that officers are aware.

The news comes in the same week that April's family have launched a new appeal to stamp out online abuse images.

Plans to ease bottleneck go on display

Flooding in June 2012. Credit: PA Wire

Plans for an upgrade at one of Wales' most notorious traffic bottlenecks go on display today.

The A487, at Machynlleth, is regularly closed by flooding or damage by vehicles. That leads to long diversions and disruption.

The proposed £24m scheme consists of a new viaduct structure which will cross the River Dyfi upstream of the existing bridge near Machynlleth.

The A487 is an important part of the Welsh north-south and east-west trunk road network. However the current Dyfi Bridge creates a pinch-point on this important road. This new bridge will greatly improve safety, journey times and network resilience, while enabling the historic Grade II* listed original bridge to remain in place.

– Edwina Hart AM, Transport Minister
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