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Fire service apprentice killed on way to college

Off-duty firefighters fought to save a young fire service apprentice after a two-vehicle crash in Snowdonia, an inquest has heard.

At a Ruthin inquest today, assistant coroner Nicola Jones said she hoped the family of 19-year-old Trystan Rhun Jones could gain some comfort from the fact that everything possible was done to help him by highly-trained officers.

Despite their efforts the teenager was certified dead at the scene on the A5 at Capel Curig on May 17 last year.

Mr Roberts, of Faerdref, Cynwyd, near Corwen, was an apprentice fleet technician with the North Wales Fire and Rescue Service.

He worked at Llandudno Junction and is believed to have been on his way to Coleg Menai in Bangor when the collision occurred.

A conclusion of death as a result of a road traffic collision was recorded.

Heseltine joins scrutiny of Swansea city deal plans

Lord Heseltine meeting the Welsh Secretary Alun Cairns Credit: Office for the Secretary of State for Wales  

Plans for a scheme aimed at boosting Swansea and the surrounding areas will come under scrutiny by the Welsh Secretary and a former leading cabinet minister.

Alun Cairns and Lord Heseltine along with business and local authority leaders will go over the business case for what's known as the Swansea Bay City Region Deal.

Michael Heseltine, who was a cabinet minster in the governments of Margaret Thatcher and John Major, was born in Swansea.

Credit: PA, Ben Birchall

With discussions at an advanced stage, today’s challenge session is about putting the business case for the City Deal under the microscope so we are absolutely clear about expectations.

It is hugely helpful to have an expert in regeneration projects like Lord Heseltine to help with the task. He has years of experience in overseeing projects that really breathe new life into communities, and he is well practiced in seeing the vision turn into reality on the ground.

– Alun Cairns MP, Welsh Secretary


Taulupe Faletau could face bench action against Scotland

Taulupe Faletau in action against England. Credit: David Davies/PA Archive/PA Images

It says everything about Wales' current back-row riches that Taulupe Faletau could be on the bench for next Saturday's RBS 6 Nations clash against Scotland.

Number eight Faletau has provided a world-class presence for Wales since being handed his Test debut in 2011, making 60 starts during a 63-cap international career.

But the Bath forward's injury-hit season opened a door for Gloucester prospect Ross Moriarty, who underlined his quality with a memorable performance in Wales' 21-16 loss to England nine days ago.

With flankers Sam Warburton and Justin Tipuric also in prime form - and Faletau now fully fit and playing - Wales boss Rob Howley faces an intriguing four-into-three selection challenge later this week.

Ross is playing really well at the moment, and so are the other two.

We work for each other, and whoever plays is worthy of playing. And to be honest, those three right now are playing really well.

The boys are playing well at the moment, and it is down to the coaches to pick what team they pick.

– Taulupe Faletau, Wales back row
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