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House prices 'flatline' in Wales

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The number of new properties coming onto the market in Wales increased in March, but the supply boost failed to excite buyers, as potential new buyers declined according to the latest Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) UK Residential Market Survey.

House prices stagnated with just 4% more surveyors in Wales reporting an increase – bucking the trend across much of the rest of the UK where 21% more surveyors reporting a rise in house prices in March (up from 15% in February).

Welsh speeders caught topping 136mph

The Institute of Advanced Motorists has discovered four people have been caught at speeds in excess of 120mph on roads in Wales in 2014 - with one even being caught at 136mph.

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This is one of the worst cases of speeding caught on a safety camera in Great Britain in the past year.

The findings come as a result of a Freedom of Information request made by the IAM.

The charity made the request to the four Welsh police forces, asking for details of their top five instances of excessive speeding captured on safety cameras on their roads in 2014.

136mph was recorded on the A5 Ty Nant to Dinmael road in Conwy Credit: Google Maps

Wales' worst speeder was recorded by North Wales Police at 136mph on the A5 Ty Nant to Dinmael road in Conwy, which has a speed limit of 60mph - thus breaking the limit by 76mph.

The A5 also saw two further instances of 120mph-plus recorded; 122mph on the Ty Nant-Cerrigydrudion stretch in Conwy; and 121mph at Halton, Wrexham.

The final case of 120mph being exceeded in Wales was captured by South Wales Police: 125mph on the M4 between Junction 35 Pencoed and Junction 34 Miskin, where a 70mph limit is in force.

125mph was recorded at J35 on the M4 Credit: Google Maps

Those guilty of this level of excessive speeding are clearly not deterred by a short ban or fine. Their minds need to be concentrated to appreciate that they are putting other road users at significant danger by acting in this way. It is crucial that drivers and riders receive continuous development.

– Sarah Sillars, IAM chief executive officer


Wales' Carlin wins gold

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Jazz Carlin won gold in the 400 metres freestyle at the British Championships in a time fast enough to take her to the world championships in Kazan this summer.

The 24-year-old touched in a time of four minutes 03:51 seconds to banish her bad memories of the London Aquatics Centre and finish almost a second inside the qualification time for the prestigious world championships in July.

It was also Carlin's second-fastest time in this discipline and saw her achieve redemption after her failed qualification attempt for the London 2012 Olympics.

Swimming with glandular fever, she finished fourth in her heat and did not make it to her home Olympics - but this result went some way to softening that blow.

The last time I raced in this pool it didn't go the way I wanted.

But I'm a completely different swimmer now and I want to be building on that in the summer. I feel a lot stronger mentally, it is all about accepting the journey and the highs and lows - you have got to get used to that and become the best you can be. Hopefully the next couple of years can go my way.

It will be great to race people at the Worlds, they will be going even faster and I have to be on my game then. I'm really looking forward to it and I'm so glad I got my time.

– Jazz Carlin, 2014 Commonwealth 800m freestyle gold medallist


Police re-issue appeal for missing woman

Gwent Police is re-appealing for information to locate a 23-year-old woman who has been missing for almost two weeks.

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Emilie Pavlou was reported missing from her Rhymney address on 2nd April.

She is described as being 5ft 3 inches tall with shoulder length brown hair. She is last known to be wearing a black coat, black boots and a patterned skirt.

Police believe Emilie may be in the Swansea or surrounding areas, possibly the Gower. She may also be in the company of a man, known to her, who is described as 5’6” tall, of a slim build with a brown beard and long brown hair usually worn in a ponytail.

Anyone with information relating to her whereabouts is asked to call Gwent Police on 101.

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Poll shows Labour maintaining lead in Wales

The latest Welsh opinion poll shows Labour maintaining its lead in Wales. For the first time, the results of the Welsh Barometer Poll have been weighted to reflect how likely people say they are to vote.

  • Labour 40%
  • Conservative 26%
  • UKIP 13%
  • Plaid Cymru 12%
  • Liberal Democrats 6%
  • Green 4%

The figures show little change since the last two Welsh polls, which were both carried out just before the televised debate by party leaders.

  • YouGov polled 1,143 Welsh adults for ITV Cymru Wales and Cardiff University, 13-15 April 2015.
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