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New homes registrations 'up on last year'

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An industry body says the number of new homes being registered in Wales has risen by over a third in the last three months compared to 2014.

The National House Building Council says they are up by 37%. The figures are taken from builders who are responsible for around 8 out of 10 of homes constructed in the UK.


Woman pleads guilty to arson attack that killed man

A woman has pleaded guilty to charges of manslaughter and arson after a fire at her father's flat killed a man. .

The blaze at New Road, Ynysybwl killed Mark Carpenter. Credit: ITV Wales News

Rebecca Jenkins, 28, set fire to her father's flat which killed his trapped housemate Mark Carpenter.

Emergency services responded to reports of a fire in a block of flats in New Road, Ynysybwl, in May 2014.

Mr Carpenter, 46, was found unconscious in the bathroom and taken to the Royal Gwent Hospital, Newport, where he later died of smoke inhalation.

Rebecca Jenkins pleaded guilty to arson and manslaughter. Credit: ITV Wales News

Jenkins, from Heol Gwyrosydd, Penlan, Swansea, had got into an argument over the phone with her estranged father, Brian Groves, after he refused to buy her heroin.

Cardiff Crown Court heard that later that evening, she sent a text to her mother, which read: "I've set fire to the settee. Mark's in there. I tried to get back in but it was too bad."

Judge Eleri Rees adjourned her sentencing to a later date following a psychiatric assessment.

Read more: Woman charged after man dies in Ynysybwl flat fire

Benny was a 'fantastic husband' says his widow

The wife of a man who died after being pulled from the sea at Three Cliffs Bay, Gower earlier this week has paid tribute to her "fantastic" husband.

Nurse Mel Collins paid tribute to her husband Benny. Credit: Mel Collins

Emergency services were called to the scene shortly after 3pm on Tuesday. Benny Collins was taken by air ambulance to Morriston Hospital where he later died.

His wife Mel Collins, a senior nurse at the same hospital said in a statement she was "overwhelmed by the kind words and expressions of sympathy and would like to thank everybody for their support."

Benny was a fantastic husband and devoted father to our wonderful son, Harry.

Words cannot express our feelings at this sad time. Harry has been so brave and his dad would be so proud of him.

Benny was such a kind and lovely man and was loved by everyone who knew him. All of his family in Athea, County Limerick, loved Benny and were so proud of him.

– Mel Collins


Burst main affecting water supply in Morriston

A burst water main is affecting water supplies for residents in Morriston.

Some people in the area took to social media to say their water supply had been cut off completely.

Credit: Welsh Water

Welsh Water say they are aware of the problem and are working to restore the supply by later this morning.

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