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St David's Day deal: Crabb 'disappointed' by FM response

Welsh Secretary Stephen Crabb has written to the First Minister, saying he is disappointed by his response to the St David’s Day agreement and fears momentum will now be lost.

It comes after Carwyn Jones said he felt Wales was not being treated with the same degree of respect as Scotland, adding that the process had been "rushed and unsatisfactory".

I was disappointed to read your reported comments in response to the announcement over the weekend. The package represents a significant movement in Welsh devolution, paving the way for a clearer, stronger and fairer devolution settlement for Wales.

My officials are pressing ahead to ensure a new Wales Bill will be introduced early in the next Parliament. However, I am concerned that momentum may now be lost unless there is strong and positive engagement from the Welsh Government.

– Stephen Crabb MP in letter to First Minister


Man 'wrapped towel around grandmother's face' during robbery

A man has been jailed for ten years after wrapping a towel around a grandmother's face during a robbery.

Daniel Rowlands from Risca was jailed for ten years on Friday. Credit: Gwent Police

Cardiff Crown Court heard Daniel Rowlands, 29, crept into her house while she was watching TV.

The grandmother, 68, initially thought her grandchildren were playing a trick when she felt a towel being thrown over her head.

But the court heard she was subjected to an ordeal that was 'akin to torture' and that Rowlands 'threw the victim around her house in darkness while ransacking it for £40.'

Speaking to Rowlands, Judge Huw Rees said:

This was a violent robbery of an aged person in her home.

She thought she was going to be killed, and all for the paltry sum of £40.

You threatened to kill her. Her trauma was an enduring trauma.

Attacks on the elderly in their own home is despicable and deserves severe punishment. Any such attack is cowardly.

– Judge Huw Rees

Rowlands, of Risca, pleaded guilty to robbery and possession of an offensive weapon. He was jailed for ten years on Friday.


Police investigate suspicious death in Pontypridd

The death of a 42-year-old man at the former Morning Star pub in Graig, Pontypridd, is being investigated by South Wales Police.

The incident happened in the Graig area of Pontypridd. Credit: Google Maps

The death of the local man was reported at around 7.30pm on Saturday.

Two men aged 31 and 42 from the area have been arrested and are currently being questioned at Merthyr Tydfil police station.

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