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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.

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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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Photos: Flooding causes disruption in Machynlleth

The Dyfi Bridge, just north of Machynlleth, is closed this morning due to flooding.

The Dyfi Bridge is the subject of a flood warning, while there are 13 further flood alerts in place.

The A487 in Machynlleth is closed due to heavy rainfall overnight.
Some people ventured through the water.

Alternative Technology Centre celebrates 40th year

The Centre for Alternative Technology near Machynlleth is forty years old this year.

For the last four decades, it has been promoting alternatives to mainstream energy sources as well as making people more aware of their responsibilities to the environment.

It's also become quite a tourist attraction having had around two million visitors through its doors as Kevin Ashford reports:

April's parents: House demolition 'weight off our minds'

Coral and Paul Jones Credit: ITV Wales

The parents of April Jones say the plans to demolish the house where it's believed their daughter, April, was murdered is a "weight off our minds".

"The Welsh Government has bought the house in Machynlleth connected to the death of our daughter, April. This is a huge weight off our minds, as it can now be demolished. The loss of our beautiful daughter was bad enough, but the house has been a constant reminder of the tragic events. Our family want to thank the Welsh Government for listening to us and for understanding our need to see the house demolished."

– Coral and Paul Jones

House where April Jones murdered to be demolished

The home where it's believed April Jones was murdered Credit: ITV Wales

The house where it's believed April Jones was murdered is to be demolished. The property has been bought by the Welsh Government.

“After discussions with the family, the Welsh Government has purchased the property in Machynlleth connected to the death of April Jones. The Welsh Government will now work with the local authority, the Jones family and the local community on the most appropriate future for the site, following demolition of the property. The house was purchased at a commercial rate. No further comment will be issued on this matter.”

– Welsh Government spokesperson
April Jones Credit: Family/Dyfed Powys Police
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