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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.

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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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Lydiate: still work to do for Wales

Dan Lydiate insists Wales will not be distracted by any RBS 6 Nations title talk after they kept the pressure on pace-setters England and Ireland by beating France in Paris.

Lydiate was in impressive form for Wales against France. Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

Although Wales are outsiders in what has become a three-horse race for Six Nations silverware this season, their 20-13 victory over Les Bleus continued an impressive recovery since losing at home to England last month.

And flanker Lydiate was a key figure as Wales defeated France for a fourth time in succession, highlighting his performance by delivering a brilliant reverse scoring pass to fly-half Dan Biggar for the 60th-minute touchdown that gave Sam Warburton's team priceless breathing space.

"We are not going to get ahead of ourselves, because we know there's plenty to work on...We got the win but we have a big game coming up the weekend after next (against Ireland)...After the first game against England it was all doom and gloom, so we will just stay focused on the challenge in hand. It is a lot more positive after this game than it was after the first match...We got a result in Scotland and the win over France gets the ball rolling again. We are back in the hunt."

– Dan Lydiate, Wales flanker

Hospital celebrates decade of children's care

The Noah's Ark Children's Hospital of Wales in Cardiff is celebrating its 10th anniversary.

It's treated nearly a million children in the past decade.

Part of the building is still being built, with more beds and more facilities to come.

Patient turned nurse, Cathryn Davies remembers her long stays in hospital as a child and how they inspired her to work as a nurse.

I started coming here as a child. I had a lot of surgery on my throat. I was in every week, sometimes every other week. But it's shaped who I am now, and it's made me into being a nurse, and hopefully the experiences that I've had as a child, helps me with how I look after these children now.

– Cathryn Davies, Nurse

Funeral of Bath crash victim held in Swansea

The funeral of one of the men who were killed by a runaway tipper lorry in Bath has taken place in Swansea today.

Phil Allen, 52, died along with Bob Parker and Stephen Vaughan after a car they were travelling in was hit by the truck.

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Phil Allen was killed in the crash along with Stephen Vaughan and Bob Parker. Credit: ITV News

Phil Allen was described by his family as "a loving, gentle and very thoughtful man."

A four year old girl from the local area, Mitzi Rosanna Steady, was also killed in the crash.

Read More: Mother's 'devastating loss' of son in truck accident

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