How Wales is enjoying the summer sun

Roads, railways and airports are facing one of their biggest days of the year with the traditional start of the summer holiday season.

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Newport men prepare for round the world cycle

Two men from Newport are getting ready to cycle 18,000 miles around the world, in the hope of raising thousands for the charity Cancer Research UK.

Ryan and Robert both describe themselves as keen travellers. Credit: Robert Shipley and Ryan Farley

Robert Shipley and Ryan Farley will set off from their Newport Velodrome this afternoon, heading south through France, Spain and Portugal before flying to North America and continuing their route down though the USA and South America.

They'll then fly to Australia and New Zealand, before beginning the long cycle home through South East Asia and Eastern Europe - returning back home in around a year.

Ryan Farley recently cycled from Barcelona to Nice in under 6 days. Credit: Robert Shipley and Ryan Farley

Celebrity golfers get into the swing of charity tournament

Gethin Jones watches closely after his putt.

Some of Wales' most famous faces are taking part in a spot of golf to raise money for charity.

They are taking on teams from England, Scotland and Ireland in this year's Celebrity Cup at the Celtic Manor in Newport.

At the end of round 2 Wales were in second place, just one point behind Scotland.

Gethin Jones and Gareth Edwards are part of the team representing Wales.

Dragon Peter Jones looks on after his swing.
Brian McFadden and Martin O'Neill are representing Ireland.

Mrs Browns Boys' creator Brendan O'Carroll is also part of Team Ireland. He said:

"I play in charity golf events all over the world and this has been the best welcome we've ever had. It's like coming home.

"We're here to raise money for some great charities but the whole point is to have fun. The sun is out and I'm enjoying myself. We're all having a ball."

Welsh teammates Gareth Edwards and Gethin Jones line up at putt.

Celebrity Cup: We get a golf lesson from Gethin Jones

This weekend celebrities will be testing out their golfing skills, as they battle it out to win the Celebrity Cup.

The event - which is held at the Celtic Manor resort in Newport - aims to raise thousands of pounds for charity.

More: Celebrity Cup practice round begins at the Celtic Manor

Nicola Hendy went along to see preparations, and got a golf lesson from TV's Gethin Jones.

Celebrity Cup practice round begins at Celtic Manor

Gethin Jones gives Nicola Hendy some guidance

Today sees the practice session for the Celebrity Cup golf competition at the Celtic Manor.

Celebrities like Rob Brydon (who is leading the Welsh team) and Bradley Walsh will be taking part in this year's event, which begins properly on Saturday.

Last year it raised £65,000.


Rogue builders gang sentenced at Newport Crown Court

A gang of rogue builders who ripped off scores of people by over-charging them for poor or incomplete work have been sentenced at Newport Crown Court

The men, from the eastern area of Cardiff, preyed on elderly and vulnerable people, the eldest of which was 98-year-old.

The men were described in court as "vultures waiting for money"

Tom Connors was given a 42 months custodial sentence reduced to 38 and will serve half in prison, the other half on license.

Richard McCarthy was given a 27 months sentence reduced to 25 months. He will serve half in prison half on licence.

Ben Jones & Keith Palmer both received a 11 month sentence each suspended for two years, along with 240 hours of unpaid work each and a curfew between 8pm and 6am.

Celebrity golf gets ready to tee off in Newport

Today sees the start of the Celebrity Cup golf competition at the Celtic Manor.

Former Ryder Cup Captain Bernard Gallacher will be putting the celebrities through their paces in skills challenges which will also include special guest star, Jesse Metcalfe, of Desperate Housewives and Dallas fame.

The four captains hoping to lead their respective teams to victory are Rob Brydon (Wales), Mike Tindall (England), Keith Duffy (Ireland) and Gavin Hastings (Scotland).

Last year the event raised £65,000.

Rob Brydon taking on his teammates in last year's event

The action begins with a practice round today before the competition proper tees off with the first round robin matches over nine holes on Saturday morning.

Further matches take place on Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning before the winners and team standings are decided in the final matches on Sunday afternoon.

NATO summit logo 'shows Wales is a special place'

The official logo for the NATO summit in Newport this September has been unveiled in Brussels.

Foreign Secretary William Hague says it "shows Wales is a special place".

Welsh Secretary David Jones also told our Correspondent Carole Green that efforts are underway "to make sure that the public recognition that we get as a result of this summit carries forward into a real benefit for the people of Wales".

Husband murdered wife after she left him, court hears

The trial of a man accused of the murder of his wife in a shooting in Newport has got underway today.

Caroline Parry, 46, died last August.

Her husband Christopher Parry, 49 and from Cwmbran, denies murder but admits manslaughter.

Newport Crown Court has heard that he shot her dead in the street after she left him for another man.

The incident in which Caroline Parry was shot happened on Seabreeze Avenue last August.

The prosecution told the court that he carried out a carefully planned attack, waiting for her and waving for her to pull her car over, before he took a shotgun from his boot and shot her.

The court heard he then shot himself at point-blank range, but survived substantial head injuries.

The trial continues.

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