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Flintshire man admits murdering mother-of-two Karen

Darren Jeffreys admitted strangling his girlfriend. Credit: Andrew Price

A man from Mold has admitted murdering his girlfriend at her home in September.

Darren Jeffreys, 47, pleaded guilty to the murder of Karen Catherall, at a court hearing today.

The 45-year-old mother-of-two was found strangled and with head injuries, at her home at Gwernaffield in Flintshire.

Karen Catherall was described as kind-hearted and full of life. Credit: Family photograph

The pair had met via an online dating website and started a relationship a few months before her death.

Jeffreys was warned to expect a life sentence, at a further hearing in February.

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Photos: Flooding causes disruption in Machynlleth

The Dyfi Bridge, just north of Machynlleth, is closed this morning due to flooding.

The Dyfi Bridge is the subject of a flood warning, while there are 13 further flood alerts in place.

The A487 in Machynlleth is closed due to heavy rainfall overnight.
Some people ventured through the water.

One flood warning and 13 flood alerts throughout Wales

There's one flood warning and 13 flood alerts in force from South Wales to the North.

The warning is for Dyfi Bridge, the A487 and extensive areas of agricultural land.

Natural Resources Wales publishes flood warnings and alerts online. Credit: Natural Resources Wales

The alerts cover the following areas:

  • River Wye in Powys
  • Rivers in the Llynfi and Ogmore catchments
  • Rivers in the Neath catchment
  • Rivers in the upper Teifi catchment upstream of Llanybydder including Llanybydder
  • Rivers in North Ceredigion including the Rheidol, Ystwyth, Melindwr and Ceunant
  • Areas around the river Mawddach and river Wnion, from Fairbourne to Ganllwyd and Rhydymain
  • River Severn and its tributaries in Powys
  • Afon Vyrnwy, Afon Tanat and Afon Cain & their tributaries
  • Isolated properties and extensive areas of agricultural land in the Lower Dee flood plain
  • Areas around the river Conwy from Dolwyddelan to Conwy
  • Isolated properties and extensive areas of agricultural land in the Upper Dee flood plain
  • Areas around the river Dyfi, from Dinas Mawddwy and Llanbrynmair to the estuary, including Machynlleth
  • River Ely

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Man charged with string of indecent image offences

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A Wrexham man has been charged with 14 offences as part of the ongoing investigation into historical. child abuse in north Wales.

Roger Owen Griffiths, 76, is facing 11 counts of taking indecent images of children and three of possessing extreme pornographic images of children between 2010 and 2014. He was previously charged with two offences of indecent assault against a boy aged between 12 and 14. Those offences are alleged to have taken place between 1982 and 1984.

Griffiths will appear before Wrexham Magistrates' Court in January. The charges are part of the National Crime Agency's Operation Pallial investigation.

Extra funding for out-of-school childcare

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Communities and Tackling Poverty Minister, Lesley Griffiths, has announced £400,000 to provide out-of-school childcare for families across Wales.

The funding, which the Welsh Government says is on top of £2.3 million already provided, is aimed at gaps in childcare provision across Wales.

Projects set to get extra funding include childcare centres in Caerphilly and Conwy which will provide play workshops for local children.

Providing quality childcare and improving parents’ access to it is one of my top priorities. Childcare facilities are not just simply a place to go while parents are at work, they are also about improving the lives of children, especially those from our deprived communities.

Childcare not only plays a central role in improving children’s well-being and reducing inequalities, it is also vital to ensuring parents are able to access employment and training opportunities.

– Lesley Griffiths AM, Communities and Tackling Poverty Minister
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