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Overnight trips 'up on last year', tourism figures show

More visitors are coming to Wales and, per person, they are spending more than last year.

That is according to the second annual report on tourism.

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During the first quarter of 2015 the total volume of overnight trips to Wales was 1.62 million That's up by 7 per cent up in comparison with the first three months of 2014.

In January-April 2015, average spend per day trip in Wales was higher than the average in the first four months of 2014.

In 2015, 46 cruise ships are scheduled to visit Wales – a 94% increase year on year, with 22,500 passengers and an economic impact of £2.9 million.

Tourism in Wales is in a strong position. Two years into the ambitious tourism strategy, ‘Partnership for Growth’ we are seeing that public sector leadership and support, driven by private-sector investment and innovation, is helping to put Wales ahead of the competition.

– Ken Skates AM, Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism


Teenager seriously injured after falling into disused quarry

The teenager fell into a disused quarry in Llandudno Credit: ITV Cymru Wales News

A teenager is in hospital after being seriously injured after falling into a disused quarry in Llandudno.

The 17 year old was rescued after a joint operation by ambulance crew, a mountain rescue team and the coastguard helicopter.

The girl sustained injuries to her head and had to be airlifted to Ysbyty Gwynedd hospital in Bangor.

Denbigh CCTV cameras no longer monitored by operators after budget cuts

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CCTV cameras in Denbighshire’s two main towns will no longer be monitored by operators.

That is the result of the county council slicing £200,000 from its budget during the current year.

There are 59 cameras covering public areas in Rhyl, 18 in Prestatyn and four in Rhuddlan. All cameras are linked to a control room in Rhyl police station, and they are monitored round-the-clock by council staff.

Service talks have been held with partners including North Wales Police and the town councils, all have agreed to contribute £64,000 towards the annual cost of providing a much-reduced service.

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It has been agreed to keep the cameras operating and recording but with no monitoring.

Only one member of staff will be needed to maintain the system and officers are currently consulting staff about redundancies.

In a report to this week’s meeting of the partnerships scrutiny committee Graham Boase, the head of planning and public protection, says the savings must be made by March and so the present service must end by October 31.

Wales World Cup qualifying fixtures released

Wales will look to make the most of home advantage when their World Cup qualifying campaign gets underway next September.

Chris Coleman's men play three of their first four matches in front of their own fans, with the opening match against Moldova followed by games against Georgia and Serbia later that Autumn.

Wales travel to Austria on October 6th, with a trip to face their remaining Group D opponents, the Republic of Ireland, the following March.

Gareth Bale celebrates a Wales victory Credit: PA photo

June 2017 sees Wales make the return trip to Serbia, with the remaining qualifiers - including Moldova and Georgia away, and Austria and the Irish at home - inked in for that Autumn.

Wales fans might feel quietly confident of their team's chances of qualifying for their first finals since 1958, but many will hope it doesn't come down to the last game: that match, against Ireland, comes just three days after the away fixture in Georgia, with a six hour flight from Tbilisi to factor in.

Speaking from Russia, Wales FA Chief Executive Jonathan Ford admitted there were "tougher" groups, but also said there were easier ones too:

Wales fixtures - World Cup Qualifying Group D:

Monday, 5 September 2016 Wales v Moldova Kick off: 7.45pm

Thursday, 6 October 2016 Austria v Wales Kick off: 7.45pm

Sunday, 9 October 2016 Wales v Georgia Kick off: 5.00pm

Saturday, 12 November 2016 Wales v Serbia Kick off: 7.45pm

Friday, 24 March 2017 Republic of Ireland v Wales Kick off: 7.45pm

Sunday, 11 June 2017 Serbia v Wales Kick off: 7.45pm

Saturday, 2 September 2017 Wales v Austria Kick off: 7.45pm

Tuesday, 5 September 2017 Moldova v Wales Kick off: 7.45pm

Friday, 6 October 2017 Georgia v Wales Kick off: 5.00pm

Monday, 9 October 2017 Wales v Republic of Ireland Kick off: 7.45pm

Police appeal after mechanical digger driven into Swansea pub

Police are appealing for information after a digger was driven into a pub in Swansea in the early hours of this morning.

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South Wales Police responded to reports of a JCB being driven in to the Royal Oak hotel in Penclawdd around 1am on Sunday, July 26.

No-one was injured. Fire and Ambulance services were called to inspect the safety of the property.

Anyone with information is asked to contact South Wales Police on 101.

A digger was on site on Sunday afternoon to help with the clearup Credit: Mike Griffiths/ITV News
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