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Cerys Matthews awarded with honorary degree

Cerys Matthews
Cerys Matthews will be presented with an Honorary Degree from the College of Science Credit: PA

Swansea University is to award an Honorary Degree today to Welsh singer/songwriter Cerys Matthews.

The award is part of the University's annual Summer congregations, held in the city's Brangwyn Hall.

Cerys Matthews was born in Cardiff and raised in Swansea. She first came to public attention as the lead singer for rock band Catatonia. She is also an accomplished author, especially of children's literature and verse.

Since 2008 she has programmed and hosted her own show on BBC Radio 6 Music, and in June this year she was recognised in the Queen's Birthday Honours List, receiving an MBE for her services to music.

To Napoli on loan for Swansea's Michu

Swansea have announced that Michu has joined Napoli on a season-long loan deal with the Italian club holding an option to make the transfer permanent.

Miguel Michu
Swansea City's Miguel Michu will be on loan to Napoli Credit: PA

The 28-year-old, who arrived at the Liberty Stadium in July 2012 from Rayo Vallecano, completed a medical with Rafael Benitez's side on Thursday morning.

Miguel Michu
The loan to Napoli was announced on Thursday. Credit: Napoli

Michu scored 22 goals in all competitions during his first season at Swansea but struggled to recapture that impressive form last term as injuries took their toll.


Woman pleads guilty to killing Swansea man

Katie Jenkins entered a guilty plea to manslaughter at Swansea Crown Court on Thursday and will be sentenced next week.

Richard Craddock
Richard Craddock died after being stabbed in the neck. Credit: South Wales Police

51-year-old Richard Craddock from the Sandfields area of the city was found in a road in Gowerton in the early hours of a Saturday morning in May 2013. He had a single stab wound to his neck.

Katie Jenkins who was 23 at the time, and from Waunarlwydd, near Swansea, was charged in connection with his death.

Richard Craddock
Richard Craddock died on Sterry Road in May 2013. Credit: ITV News

After very careful consideration, we concluded that a guilty plea to the offence of manslaughter did justice to the circumstances of the case. Katie Jenkins has now entered a guilty plea to this offence and will be sentenced next week. We have kept the family of Richard Craddock informed at all stages of the process and have met with them to explain these latest developments. Our thoughts remain with them at this difficult time.”

– Kathryn Jones, Crown Prosecution Service

E.coli outbreak killed two babies at Swansea hospital

A coroner has criticised a South Wales health board following an E.coli outbreak at a hospital that killed two babies.

Five-day-old Hope Erin Evans and another child - referred to as Baby A1 - died after contracting a particularly deadly and antibiotic-resistant strain of the bacteria called ESBL.

Singleton Hospital
Five-day-old Hope Erin Evans and another child died at the hospital.

An inquest in Swansea heard Baby A1's mother was diagnosed with the bug after having IVF treatment in India.

Hope and Baby A1 were in incubators next to one another in November 2011.

Although Hope weighed just 730 grammes and had been born prematurely - she was still given a 75% chance of survival.

But within 72 hours her condition quickly worsened. She was pronounced dead when she was just five days old.

Abertawe Bro Morgannwg health board said the unit had since undergone "major improvements". However, acting Swansea coroner Colin Phillips said he would still be writing up a Prevention Of Further Deaths report.

Mr Phillips also described the facilities at Singleton Hospital's neo-natal unit before the refurbishment as "poor" and "outdated".

Mr Phillips recorded a narrative verdict, stating Hope died from sepsis.

'Horrific' scene of dead sharks beached at Gower

A marine biologist says the scene of over 70 shark-type fish washed up on a Gower beach was horrific.

The animals were washed up at Pwll Du Bay Credit: Judith Oakley

Judith Oakley says she wandered around remote Pwll Du Bay in disbelief, "There were dead small sharks strewn across the strandline, sand and amongst the rocks. I counted 55 and have never seen such a terrible image on a Gower shore, and such a tragic death for these incredible animals."

Judith says the animals were all in good condition before they died. Credit: Judith Oakley

The Swansea Evening Post says strollers near Bishopston were confronted with the scene on Saturday morning. One person said some were more than 2ft long.

The paper says a spokeswoman for the Welsh Government said it was not "not the first time there has been a mass stranding of this type (of fish) on Gower."


40 jobs under threat at Swansea bakery

40 jobs are under threat at a bakery in Swansea, after it lost its contract with bread giant Hovis.

Swansea Bakeries Limited says it is currently consulting with employee representatives.

A spokesperson said all 40 of its employees are affected, but it is doing everything possible to safeguard all jobs.

The company said directors will do everything to mitigate the loss of the Hovis contract, by exploring all other options. It is currently in discussion with two distribution operations.

Police appeal following armed robbery in Swansea

Police in Swansea are appealing for information following a robbery which occurred shortly after 10:30am this morning on Nyanza Terrace in the Uplands area of the city.

A 39-year-old woman was walking along the street when she was approached by a man with a knife who demanded money from her. After a scuffle the man made off.

The man is described as a white man in his 20s with short hair and was wearing a light grey top with a blue pattern on the front and his hood raised.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Crimestoppers on 101.

This was a very distressing incident for the victim who suffered a cut to her hand which required hospital treatment. We have increased our patrols in the area and would like any witnesses or anyone with information to come forward.

– South Wales Police spokesperson

Ashley Williams signs new four-year Swansea contract

Swansea City and Wales captain Ashley Williams has signed a new four-year deal with the Swans, ending speculation over his future.

"I’ve enjoyed fantastic success at this club and I want to keep helping Swansea City progress" said Williams.

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