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Police in Pontypridd appeal to help find missing man

Police in Pontypridd are appealing for information to help find 32-year-old Paul Rees, who has been reported missing.

Paul Rees
Paul Rees, 32, was last need in Ton Pentre in Rhondda Credit: South Wales Police

He was reported missing on Monday 21st July and was last seen in Ton Pentre, Rhondda.

He is described as 6ft 5ins in height, with short brown hair and was wearing denim jeans, a t-shirt and flip flops.

Police are appealing to anyone who has seen Paul or heard from him to contact Pontypridd Police on 101.

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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.

Neighbours' concern over cat shootings

Neighbours in a street in Llantwit Fardre are growing increasingly concerned for their pets after three cats were shot by an air rifle.

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One-year-old Skye has been shot twice

Black cat Skye was shot in her side and has had to have her chest drained.

One neighbour had to pay over £1000 of vets' bills after his cat Mansell, pictured below, was shot only for it to be targeted again a few weeks later.

Mansell
Mansell was shot with a pellet from a suspected air rifle

Neighbours have handed out leaflets to local residents urging them to be vigilant.

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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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

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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

Hen night billboard - the biggest party invite ever?

A bride-to-be had an early wedding present from her friends - a giant billboard advertising her hen party.

Sarah Molland
Is this the biggest party invite ever? Credit: Sarah Molland

Sarah Molland, 25, was on a pub crawl with friends when she came face-to-face with the huge roadside poster.

Her pals had clubbed together to organise the £500 billboard in Cardiff city centre.

I couldn't believe my eyes - I knew I would be getting plastered on my hen night but not like that. My first thought was: "I'll kill them" - but I was delighted really. It was very funny.

– Sarah Molland, bride-to-be

The 24ft X 12ft billboard is based on the hit Russel Brand film Forgetting Sarah Marshall.

Sarah's best friend and maid of honour Rachael Coombs, 25, spent months plotting to put the poster up for the hen night for 15 girls in the Welsh capital.

All the friends were sworn to secrecy so Sarah had no idea about the poster until she saw it on her big night out.

Sarah, of Birmingham, studied at Cardiff University and returned for her hen night - even staying in student accommodation for the weekend.

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