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Police appeal after road crash leaves boy 'critical'

Police are appealing for information following a road crash in which an 11 year-old boy was flown to hospital by air ambulance.

Police want to trace the driver of this red motorbike. Credit: South Wales Police

The collision happened on Penrhiwceiber Road, Mountain Ash at around 0845 this morning.

Police and emergency services attended and the Wales Air Ambulance took the boy to the University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff. His condition is described as critical.

South Wales Police says it wants to trace the rider of a red motorbike which left the scene moments after the incident.

Anyone with information is asked to call 101 quoting reference number 1500323884.


Tony Blair admits 'mistake' on devolution for Wales and Scotland

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Former prime minister Tony Blair has admitted his government made a "mistake" by failing to do enough to ensure that devolution of powers to Scotland and Wales did not undermine the United Kingdom's national identity.

Mr Blair insisted that he still believes he was right to create national assemblies in Edinburgh and Cardiff in 1999, arguing that resisting demands for the devolution of power would have stoked up demand for outright independence.

But in a new book entitled British Labour Leaders, he acknowledged that did not understand at the time the importance of maintaining cultural unity between the different parts of the UK.

Plan to revive 'sleeping Dragon Studios'

Film studios in South Wales, dubbed 'Valleywood', could be taken over by an American company.

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Dragon Studios have seen some productions but have been in the hands of administrators since 2008. Now Fox Television 21 is being helped to secure the lease of the facility.

The creative industries are one of our fastest growing priority sectors. The Welsh Government is committed to ensuring further growth by supporting this venture at Dragon Studios and others like Pinewood Studio Wales and the establishment of the Bad Wolf production company, operating between South Wales and LA.

All this will bring more international TV drama productions to Wales, leading to increased inward investment and production spend, strengthening of the supply chain, and increasing the skills base of local talent working within the creative industries to create wider economic benefits for the whole of Wales.

– Edwina Hart AM, Economy Minister

Six point try to be trialled in Wales

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A six-point try is set to be trialled in Welsh rugby's Principality Premiership this season.

The trial, which has been given a green light by the Welsh Rugby Union board but is subject to World Rugby approval, will also see penalties and drop-goals reduced from three points to two.

A penalty try, meanwhile, will be an automatic eight-point score, with no conversion taken.


The Welshman "who won the war" remembered

Now 100 years ago Wales - and the world - was at war. Men from every line of work signed up to serve at the front, including several hundred from police forces in South Wales. In the Summer of 1918 one of them - Lieutenant Ernest Rollings - discovered a stash of German papers after his unit raided a German position. What happened next made him a celebrity in his own lifetime.

Man in 'critical, but stable' condition after Cardiff assault

Police were called to Adamscroft Place, Adamsdown, yesterday morning. Credit: ITV News/Tom Sheldrick

A man's been arrested on suspicion of assault after an incident in Cardiff.

Police were called to Adamscroft Place, Adamsdown at around 7am yesterday where a 34-year-old man was found with serious head and facial injuries. He is currently in a critical but stable condition at the University of Hospital of Wales.

A 38-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of assault. South Wales police believe the two men involved know each other and so are not looking for anyone else in connection with the incident.

Anyone with information is asked to contact South Wales Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 quoting 1500321067.

Webb dubbed Welsh Rugby Writers' player of the year

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Wales scrum-half Rhys Webb has won the Welsh Rugby Writers' player of the year award.

Webb, who scored 19 tries in 27 appearances for Wales and the Ospreys last season, pipped his regional and Test team half-back partner Dan Biggar to the honour.

The 25 year old made the Wales number nine shirt his own last term, with his try tally including touchdowns against New Zealand, Australia, England, Scotland and Italy.

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