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Dylan Thomas notebooks to return to Wales from US

Thomas sold his notebooks to the University of Buffalo, New York, in 1941 Credit: Topham/Topham Picturepoint/Press Association Images

Notebooks belonging to Swansea-born poet Dylan Thomas will go on show in Wales - more than 70 years after he sold them to a US university.

The move comes after a museum dedicated to the poet received a grant of almost £1 million.

The money - £935,700 in total - from the Heritage Lottery Fund will go towards the redevelopment of the Dylan Thomas Centre in Swansea.

It means memorabilia, including a love letter to his wife Caitlin, will be able to be brought out of the archives and put on show alongside the notebooks, which Thomas sold to the University of Buffalo, New York, in 1941.

Thomas, whose work includes Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night and the play Under Milk Wood, died in 1953 aged 39.

Phone salesman saved customer's nude photos

Lee Hawkes from Swansea, admitted one charge of voyeurism. Credit: Wales News Service

A mobile phone salesman secretly copied naked photos of women customers from their phones - then transferred them onto his own computer. Sales manager Lee Hawkes, 35, downloaded dozens of images of two women who took their mobiles in for repair at his shop in Brecon, Powys.

Police raided his shop and found 48 images of a woman in her twenties in a series of different nude poses. There were a further 135 sexually explicit images of a woman in her thirties.

Merthyr Crown Court heard a colleague at the Get Connected shop was "gobsmacked" when Hawkes showed him the images and said it happened "industry wide" and was normal behaviour." Police were brought in after a complaint by staff at the shop.

Hawkes downloaded the images a shop in Brecon. Credit: Wales News Service

Hawkes, from Swansea, admitted one charge of voyeurism and two of unauthorised access to data.

Judge Twomlow jailed Hawkes for four months but suspended the sentence for 12 months. He was also put on the sex offenders register.

Pc Gareth Tanswell said after the case, "People's mobiles carry a vast amount of personal data and images these days, and they expect to be able to trust those that they give access to them for repair, maintain or for advice purposes."


Woman rescued from house fire in Swansea

Three police officers have rescued a woman from a burning house in Swansea.

Officers were called to a property in Severn Road, Clase, on Saturday following reports of a house fire.

They found the house ablaze and after entering the smoke-filled property, rescued a 22-year-old woman from a bedroom.

The woman and the three officers were taken to Morriston Hospital for treatment for smoke inhalation.

The brave actions of the officers undoubtedly saved the life of this woman.

The officers entered a smoke-filled house and rescued the woman. They even re-entered the terraced house in an effort to prevent the fire from spreading to adjoining properties before being supported by the fire service who extinguished the fire.

This was an outstanding act of bravery by the three officers who will be commended for their actions and decision-making at the scene.

– Chief Inspector Tony McAlinden

Swansea's Maccarinelli in WBA title bout

Maccarinelli (right) goes into the bout in good form. Credit: Peter Byrne/PA

Swansea born boxer Enzo Maccarinelli takes on German Juergen Braehmer this evening, hoping to bring the WBA light-heavyweight title back to Wales.

33-year-old Maccarinelli goes into the fight in decent form with three wins leading to the opportunity against Braehmer at the Stadthalle in Rostock.

The fight's expected to get underway at 10pm BST.

Five new cases in salmonella outbreak

Five new cases of salmonella have been reported to Public Health Wales, following an outbreak last month.

Public Health Wales says there are now 17 cases, with nine confirmed as being linked to the outbreak, in Swansea, Neath Port Talbot, Carmarthenshire, Rhondda Cynon Taf and the Vale of Glamorgan.

Penclawdd Shellfish Processing Ltd voluntarily withdrew their laverbread from sale, after 10 of those effected by the infection reported having eaten laverbread before they became unwell.

A study has confirmed a strong association with laverbread probably produced between 5th and 8th March.

Public Health Wales says samples taken from Penclawdd's factory in Swansea have not shown any evidence of salmonella.

MP: 'Confidence' holding students back from Oxbridge

by Tom Sheldrick

A Welsh MP looking into why many young people from Wales are put off from going to the prestigious Oxford or Cambridge Universities says it's often because they don't have confidence in themselves - or don't believe they're the right kind of person.

More than 87,000 students from Wales applied to go to university in 2012 - but only 700 applied to the two universities that many consider to be among the best in the UK, and just 135 applications across both universities were successful.

Today the universities held an event for prospective students in Swansea to encourage more people to apply.


Source of salmonella outbreak 'unclear'

Public Health Wales says it is working with the Food Standards Agency and environmental health officers from Swansea, Neath Port Talbot and Carmarthenshire to investigate the outbreak.

We know that the majority of cases have eaten laverbread produced by Penclawdd. The company has cooperated fully with our investigations and has chosen to voluntarily withdraw the product from sale as a precaution.

Laverbread is generally a safe product to eat, and it remains unclear whether it is indeed the source of this outbreak.

However, given that we cannot rule out laverbread at present, it is very important that, to avoid the risk of illness, anyone with this product at home does not eat it.

– Dr Jorg Hoffmann, Public Health Wales

Anyone who is concerned about their health should contact their GP or call NHS Direct 0845 4647.

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