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Two arrested on murder charges after man stabbed

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Two men have been arrested on suspicion of murder after a man was stabbed.

Gwent Police says officers and ambulance crews were called to Twmbarlwn Close, Risca, in Caerphilly county last night at around 8.45pm.

A 35-year-old man was taken to the Royal Gwent Hospital in Newport with stab injuries and later died. A police spokesman said the two men, aged 28 and 33, are currently in police custody.

One week to go before NATO summit

The so called ring of steel
A so called ring of steel surrounds Celtic Manor Resort. Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

There is just a week to go before the NATO Summit is held at Celtic Manor Resort in Newport.

Security fences have been put up in Newport and Cardiff.

The security operation has been described as one of the largest in British history with around 9,500 officers from across the UK being drafted in.

A number of demonstrations are being held in the run up to the event which will see some 150 world leaders attending.


FT: Port Vale 2-3 Cardiff City


90 - Goal! Michael Brown reduces the Cardiff advantage to just one goal. #Vale 2-3 #City

Cardiff City have beaten Port Vale 3-2 in the second round of the Capital One Cup. Cardiff City's Federico Macheda scored two goals in the second half. Port Vale's Michael Brown managed to secure a second goal for his side in two minutes extra time.


Welsh drivers urged to take regular eye tests

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Drivers are being urged to have a professional eyesight at least every two years Credit: Paul Faith/PA

All drivers in Wales should be made to take a compulsory eyesight test, according to road safety charity Brake.

Figures released by the charity show a quarter of motorists in the UK hadn't had their eyes tested in more than two years - despite research suggesting you can lose up to 40% of your vision, before noticing.

Brake is urging the government to introduce a requirement for drivers to prove a recent, professional eye test when applying for a provisional licence, and every 10 years thereafter.

It's estimated this would save at least £6.7 million a year by preventing crashes.

Making sure your vision is up to scratch is crucial to safe driving, and though it may seem there are plenty of excuses to put off going to the opticians, none is good enough when it comes to putting people's lives at risk. If you drive, it's not just your own health you are jeopardising by neglecting your eyesight, but the lives of those around you.

– Julie Townsend, Brake

Millions invested to reduce flood risk in Wales

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Aberystwyth was one of the places battered by storms this year Credit: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

A new report by Natural Resources Wales has found that £165 million has been invested in flood and coastal protection schemes since November 2011.

The investment, from the Welsh Government and European funding,is thought to have directly reduced the risk of flooding for more than 6,500 homes and businesses.

Since November 2011, Wales has experienced destructive and extensive flooding, with more than a thousand homes and businesses hit in places like Ceredigion, St Asaph, Ruthin and Rhyl.

In total, floods caused an estimated £71 million of damage.

The flooding we have seen in recent years in communities like Ceredigion, St Asaph and Rhyl, and the impact it has on people's lives, shows how important this work is.

With climate change predicting that we are likely to see more extreme weather in the future, we are taking action now to make sure we can be more resilient to the increased risk of flooding.

There is much work still to be done, but it is encouraging to see so many people who have suffered in the past working together and taking steps to make themselves and their communities better prepared for flooding.

– Steve Cook, Natural Resources Wales
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