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New mum beaten up by partner for showing off new baby to friends

A new mother was beaten up by her baby's dad for proudly showing off the newborn to her friends before his family.

Swansea Crown Court Credit: PA

Jealous Anthony Davies, 33, attacked his girlfriend just two days after she gave birth to their baby.

He pushed her over and dragged her around their house in an attack as their baby slept in a Moses basket.

Swansea Crown Court was told the stitches she had from the birth had burst during the attack.

Davies was said to be "frustrated" her friends visited the newborn ahead of his brothers.

Judge Huw Davies told him: "You acted in a wholly unacceptable way. This was a frightening experience for your partner."

Davies, of Pontarddulais, admitted battery. He was sentenced to a 12 month community order.

More severe weather warnings issued

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The Met Office has issued more 'be aware' warnings of rain and high winds for the whole of Wales.

It says a series of low pressure systems will bring mild and moist air to Wales along with strong winds.

This will lead to some large rainfall accumulations: 60 to 80 mm may fall fairly widely over the two days, and perhaps more than 120 mm over the highest ground.

Forecasters say Southwesterly winds will increase later on Monday morning, with gales extending eastwards across Wales .

Gusts of 50 mph are likely inland whilst gusts of 60 mph will affect some exposed coasts in the west and south.

There are 10 flood alerts in force.

Swansea fall to narrow Liverpool defeat

A James Milner penalty was the difference this afternoon as Liverpool edged past Swansea at Anfield.

Swansea's Neil Taylor clashes with Jordan Ibe. Credit: PA

The first half saw Garry Monk's side - who have only beaten Aston Villa away from home this season - flood the midfield to stifle Liverpool, who failed to establish any cohesion in the final two-thirds.

The only real opportunity of the first period came after six minutes, when Jordon Ibe's heavy touch gave Kyle Bartley enough of a chance to put in a sliding challenge - although the centre-back could only watch as his tackle diverted the ball onto a post and not past Lukasz Fabianski in the Swansea goal.

The breakthrough came just past the hour when Ibe's cross hit Neil Taylor's arm and despite an initial delay from referee Anthony Taylor, the linesman flagged for the infringement.

Milner dispatched the subsequent penalty high into the roof of the Kop end goal and despite late Swansea pressure, 1-0 was how it stayed.

The defeat leaves Swansea 15th in the Premier League table, just four points off the relegation zone.


Ospreys secure PRO12 derby win over Cardiff Blues

A try from skipper Alun Wyn Jones helped Ospreys come from behind to win the Guinness PRO12 derby clash against Cardiff Blues 13-6 at a rain-lashed Liberty Stadium.

Alun Wyn Jones scored the only try of the match for the home side. Credit: PA

Blues, who claimed a losing bonus point in the 13-6 defeat but have not won in Swansea since 2005, were leading 6-0 through two Jarrod Evans penalties before Jones squeezed over.

19-year-old Evans came in for his first PRO12 start for the Blues in place of Patchell and scored the only points of the first half with a seventh-minute penalty after the Ospreys were penalised for not releasing at a ruck.

But though Blues led 3-0 at the interval in rainy and blustery conditions Ospreys had the better of the territory in the first 40 minutes.

Blues suffered a major blow when Wales captain Sam Warburton left the field with an ankle injury in the 32nd minute but they finished the half the stronger and would have doubled their lead two minutes from time had fly-half Evans not missed with his second penalty attempt.

Ospreys started the second half without Biggar, who was replaced by Sam Davies, and he had an immediate impact with a series of kicks to the corner and missed a 42nd-minute penalty.

Evans boosted Blues' chances with a near 50-metre penalty after 50 minutes but after that it was all Ospreys as Jones got the ball on the tryline by the posts for a converted try.

And from then on in Ospreys played territorial tactics with Davies kicking penalties on 70 and 78 minutes.

'Complete performance' needed as Monk prepares Swansea for Liverpool

Swansea City boss Garry Monk says he's focused on securing a positive performance and result for his side, as they attempt to stop a slide which has brought only one win in nine league games.

Garry Monk is looking to turn Swansea's form around. Credit: PA

Monk's men play a resurgent Liverpool tomorrow, but says he's not looking at the form of the opposition.

...this week has been about us and concentrating the players on what we do best and improving in all areas. For us, it's about getting that performance. That's the biggest part. When you're in these periods you need a complete performance that gives you that belief to get through it. We know they 're capable of it and it's just getting that one result, that one performance.

– Garry Monk, Swansea City Manager

In team news Swansea's former Liverpool midfielder Jonjo Shelvey misses out through suspension and Monk has a number of selection dilemmas ahead of the trip to Anfield.

He made four changes for the disappointing 2-2 home draw with Bournemouth but the likes of Kyle Bartley, Leon Britton, Wayne Routledge and Eder all appeared rusty.

They were difficult circumstances. We made the changes with the right intentions, and those players were part of the team that fought back from 2-0 down when as a team we were not performing at our best. They deserve big credit for that, and you don't judge them on that performance. Any player will tell you they need a run of games to get up to speed.

– Garry Monk, Swansea City Manager
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'Positive reasons' for free vote on Syria says Shadow minister

A member of Labour's Shadow Cabinet has rejected claims that the party's leadership has mishandled its position on military action in Syria.

There has been intense criticism of Jeremy Corbyn for writing to Labour MPs setting out his position before the Shadow Cabinet had reached an agreement.

He'd also earlier indicated that he wouldn't allow a free vote - where MPs vote according to their own conscience rather than following the party whip - when parliament decides whether or not to back action.

But speaking on a visit to the National Assembly in Cardiff, Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Seema Malhotra, said that it had been 'a really important way to have this conversation.'

And she told Political Editor Adrian Masters that 'there are many positive arguments' for giving Labour MPs a free vote.

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