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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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Delays for holidaymakers continue at Passport Office

Problems with backlogs and delayed passports are still ongoing after the the highest demand for 12 years.

Yesterday, the PCS walked out over staff shortages saying poor staffing levels were partly responsible for the delays earlier in the year.

Last month the Home Office redeployed hundreds of staff to deal with a backlog of 30,000 applications, but some people are still experiencing delays putting holidays and trips abroad in jeopardy.

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14-year-old Megan Richards from Newport is one of thousands of people affected by yesterday's strike.

Megan Richard

Megan's grandmother Christine Richards said they had to travel to Peterborough.

"This is the first appointment we could get. We couldn't get one in Newport at all. The people have a right to strike... but when it impacts on you personally it's sometimes a little bit difficult to be sympathetic."

A spokesperson for the Home Office said the strike was 'irresponsible' and will lead to further inconvenience for customers.

Heart disease numbers falling in Wales

The number of people living with heart disease in Wales is falling, according to a new report out today.

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Credit: PA Images

The report 'Together for Health' published by the Welsh Government, shows there were 125,567 people living with coronary heart disease in in 2012-2013.

That's 8,040 fewer than in 2006-07, which is a reduction of 6%.

Heart disease however remains an issue in Wales claiming the lives of more than 4,300 people a year.

Treating such diseases also remains a concern making up 8% of the overall NHS expenditure. Between 2011-12 on circulatory disease, which includes stroke and cardiac diseases, hospitals spent more than £442m.

"This report shows a drop in both the number of people living with heart disease and dying from it. Admissions to hospital have also fallen as a result of better care in community settings.

"However, we must continue to tackle heart disease which remains a major cause of death in Wales. We will continue to invest in services, improve early diagnosis and prevent the causes of the disease, including cutting smoking levels and encouraging people to adopt healthier lifestyles."

– Prof Mark Drakeford, Health Minister

Wales and the Great War: Episode Three

This is the concluding episode in our series marking the centenary of the start of World War One.

Tonight's edition looks at the heroic efforts of the 1st Monmouths who - against all the odds - helped hold the line at the Second battle of Ypres.

It also features a tribute to Welsh air ace Ira Jones.

Click below to catch up with earlier programmes in the series

'Support Team England' poster replaced in North Wales

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The 'Support Team England' poster has been replaced by a drinks advert

A poster urging people in North Wales to 'support Team England' at the Commonwealth Games has been taken down and replaced by a drinks advert.

The image, at a bus stop in Rhos-on-Sea in Conwy, featured English Paralympic athlete Jade Jones and was accompanied by the hashtag #GoEngland - despite Wales competing at Glasgow 2014 in its own right.

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This controversial poster at Rhos-on-Sea in Conwy has now been removed Credit: Derek Bellis

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'Support Team England' poster appears in North Wales

Commonwealth poster
Credit: Derek Bellis

Commonwealth Games backers have confirmed they are investigating a giant poster on the North Wales seafront, which reads 'Proud to support Team England'.

The image, at Rhos-on-Sea in Conwy, features English Paralympic athlete Jade Jones and is accompanied by the hashtag #GoEngland - despite Wales competing at Glasgow 2014 in its own right.

SSE and its supply brands, including SSE SWALEC, are proud supporters of Glasgow 2014 and the four home nations, Team Wales, Team England, Team Scotland and Team Northern Ireland.

We are concerned about the placement of this advert and will work with the media owner to investigate.

– Scottish Southern Electric

Standards inspection for North Wales factory

UK government's health secretary, Jeremy Hunt, has ordered a safety audit of a north Wales poultry factory after alleged hygiene failings were uncovered at the plant.

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A plant at Llangefni is one factory to be inspected. Credit: PA

An investigation by a national newspaper found significant breaches at the 2 Sisters Food Group site at Llangefni.

The Food Standards Agency says it found no risk to public health but says the site will be audited in the next 24 hours.

Former factory manager admits child sex offences

The past of a former factory manager from North Wales caught up with him when he was jailed for five years for historic sex offences.

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John Sullivan admitted eight charges of indecency with a child. Credit: North Wales Police

John Sullivan, 64, was aged between 18 and 23 when he molested young boys aged between six and 11 at Llangollen in North Wales.

Since then he led a respectable life, was married with three grown up sons, did charity work, and ended up being the manager responsible for 200 people in a factory.

But police knocked on his door earlier this year and he was arrested after a man, now in his 50s, disclosed to police what Sullivan had done to him as a child.

Police discovered that Sullivan, now of New Cottages in Ellesmere, on the Wales/Shropshire border, had been interested in motorcycles.

That attracted children and he would show them the machines in a garage and offered them money to perform sexual acts on him.

Today he was sentenced under legislation is force at the time – rather than today’s sentencing regime which would involve far longer sentences.

John Hedgecoe, defending, said Sullivan had been brutalised himself as a child but made no excuses, knew it was wrong, and expressed genuine remorse.

He admitted eight charges of indecency with a child and indecent assault.

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