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St David's Day deal: Crabb 'disappointed' by FM response

Welsh Secretary Stephen Crabb has written to the First Minister, saying he is disappointed by his response to the St David’s Day agreement and fears momentum will now be lost.

It comes after Carwyn Jones said he felt Wales was not being treated with the same degree of respect as Scotland, adding that the process had been "rushed and unsatisfactory".

I was disappointed to read your reported comments in response to the announcement over the weekend. The package represents a significant movement in Welsh devolution, paving the way for a clearer, stronger and fairer devolution settlement for Wales.

My officials are pressing ahead to ensure a new Wales Bill will be introduced early in the next Parliament. However, I am concerned that momentum may now be lost unless there is strong and positive engagement from the Welsh Government.

– Stephen Crabb MP in letter to First Minister


Man 'wrapped towel around grandmother's face' during robbery

A man has been jailed for ten years after wrapping a towel around a grandmother's face during a robbery.

Daniel Rowlands from Risca was jailed for ten years on Friday. Credit: Gwent Police

Cardiff Crown Court heard Daniel Rowlands, 29, crept into her house while she was watching TV.

The grandmother, 68, initially thought her grandchildren were playing a trick when she felt a towel being thrown over her head.

But the court heard she was subjected to an ordeal that was 'akin to torture' and that Rowlands 'threw the victim around her house in darkness while ransacking it for £40.'

Speaking to Rowlands, Judge Huw Rees said:

This was a violent robbery of an aged person in her home.

She thought she was going to be killed, and all for the paltry sum of £40.

You threatened to kill her. Her trauma was an enduring trauma.

Attacks on the elderly in their own home is despicable and deserves severe punishment. Any such attack is cowardly.

– Judge Huw Rees

Rowlands, of Risca, pleaded guilty to robbery and possession of an offensive weapon. He was jailed for ten years on Friday.


Lydiate: still work to do for Wales

Dan Lydiate insists Wales will not be distracted by any RBS 6 Nations title talk after they kept the pressure on pace-setters England and Ireland by beating France in Paris.

Lydiate was in impressive form for Wales against France. Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

Although Wales are outsiders in what has become a three-horse race for Six Nations silverware this season, their 20-13 victory over Les Bleus continued an impressive recovery since losing at home to England last month.

And flanker Lydiate was a key figure as Wales defeated France for a fourth time in succession, highlighting his performance by delivering a brilliant reverse scoring pass to fly-half Dan Biggar for the 60th-minute touchdown that gave Sam Warburton's team priceless breathing space.

"We are not going to get ahead of ourselves, because we know there's plenty to work on...We got the win but we have a big game coming up the weekend after next (against Ireland)...After the first game against England it was all doom and gloom, so we will just stay focused on the challenge in hand. It is a lot more positive after this game than it was after the first match...We got a result in Scotland and the win over France gets the ball rolling again. We are back in the hunt."

– Dan Lydiate, Wales flanker
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