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Samson Lee unfazed by talk of ghost at Wales' World Cup hotel

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Samson Lee has revealed talk of ghostly goings-on at Wales' World Cup hotel in Surrey.

The 19th Century Oatlands Park Hotel in Weybridge is known for tales regarding sightings of the so-called "grey lady" in a crinoline dress, while room 1313 on the hotel's third floor has a history of guests reporting extreme temperature changes and the feeling of a "presence".

The hotel, which dates back to 1856, stands on the site of the Tudor royal palaces of Henry VIII and Elizabeth I.

A few boys think they've seen a ghost, but I'm not sure they actually have. I think it's best to stay away from room 1313. It has been discussed over food and stuff like that, and Dan Lydiate isn't happy about it. He actually thinks he's seen a ghost, but I think he's dreaming

– Samson Lee, Wales Prop

Dan Lydiate and Taulupe Faletau have said they've seen a couple of ghosts, but I haven't seen any. I am sure a few of the boys are playing a few pranks, like hiding in the cupboards. But fingers-crossed, I haven't seen any ghosts yet.

– James King, Wales back row

Any cheerful paranoia about the paranormal, though, will certainly not hinder preparations for next Saturday's World Cup Pool A decider against Australia at Twickenham, with Welsh spirits high after booking a last-eight place.

Unbeaten Wales know that victory over the Wallabies - a feat they have not accomplished since 2008 - would see them progress as top seeds and into a probable quarter-final appointment with Scotland or Japan.


Boy 'hit his head' after falling from rope swing

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A boy who died after falling from a rope swing hit his head, an inquest has heard.

Ethan Brady-Rainer, 12, is thought to have fallen into the river Dee while playing with friends at Pontcysyllte, near Llangollen, on September 30.

A pathologist said that death was caused by a head injury after a fall from height.

Ethan, of Telford Avenue, Trevor, was a Year 8 pupil at Ysgol Dinas Bran, Llangollen.

The inquest was adjourned to a full hearing which is expected to be in February.

Ched Evans conviction referred to Court of Appeal

Ched Evans's conviction for rape has been referred to the Court of Appeal.

He previously denied the charge but was sentenced to five years' in prison.

Ched Evans's conviction will go to the Court of Appeal Credit: PA

The decision of the Commission is not a judgment on guilt of innocence in relation to Ched Evans, nor is it a judgment about the honesty or integrity of the victim or any other person involved in the case.

Our role is to consider applications to see if, in our judgment, there is any basis on which to ask the court to hear a fresh appeal – that is our statutory responsibility.

In this case we have identified new material which was not considered by the jury at trial and which in our view might have assisted the defence. In those circumstances, it is right and proper for the matter to be before the Court so that they can decide whether or not the new information should affect the verdict in this case.

– Richard Foster, Chair of the Criminal Cases Review Commission,


Woman dies following serious collision

North Wales Police say a woman has died following a collision near Betws-y-Coed.

The woman, who was aged in her 70’s, was a passenger on a motorcycle which was in collision with a Nissan Qashqai yesterday on the A470.

The male rider remains in a serious condition in Ysbyty Gwynedd in Bangor.

We are continuing to appeal for witnesses, and are particularly keen to trace the driver of a white coloured vehicle who may have witnessed the collision.

The A470 re-opened shortly before 7pm and I would like to thank local residents and members of the public for their patience.

Anyone who may have information that could assist the investigation is asked to contact the Roads Policing Unit based at Llandegai on 101, quoting reference number S152191.

– Sergeant Jason Diamond, North Wales Police

Two people taken to hospital after serious crash

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Two people have been taken to hospital with serious injuries, after a crash involving a car and a motorcycle.

It happened on the A470 near Betws-y-Coed on Sunday at around 14:15.

The road is currently closed and traffic is being diverted. Police say the road is likely to be closed for the next three to four hours.

We are appealing to anybody who may have witnessed this collision to contact us. We are particularly keen on tracing the driver of a white coloured vehicle who may have witnessed the collision and who had left the scene prior to police arrival.

– Sergeant Jason Diamond, North Wales police
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