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Number of child arrests 'falls in four years'

Credit: David Jones/PA

The Howard League for Penal Reform says there's been a dramatic fall in the number of children being arrested in Wales over the last four years.

The charity says in the Dyfed Powys Force area arrests are down by 70%, in Gwent by 61% and in the South Wales Force area they're down by 47%.

The League says every police service in England and Wales made fewer arrests in 2014 than in 2010, with some constabularies reducing their numbers by more than 70 per cent.

It says several police services have reviewed their arrest procedures and policies as a result of the Howard League’s engagement with them.

Police appeal after man dies in M4 junction 44 crash

South Wales Police say a male driver of Ford Focus died in a crash on the eastbound carriageway of the M4 today.

The stretch between junctions 45 Ynysforgan and 44 Birchgrove was closed for around five hours.

Police are appealing for witnesses

The collision happened half a mile west of junction 44.

Police would like to speak to anyone who saw what happened or the driving of the vehicle prior to the crash.


Two prisoners taken to hospital after Swansea fire

The fire brigade was called to the fire at Swansea Prison earlier this evening. Credit: PA

Two prisoners have been taken to hospital after a fire broke out in Swansea Prison earlier this evening.

Emergency services were called to the scene to put out two cell fires. A Prison Service spokesperson said the prisoners were taken to hospital as a precaution and that no members of staff were injured.

Staff at HMP Swansea responded quickly to put out two cell fires on Friday 20 November.

The fire brigade attended and there were no injuries to staff. Two prisoners have been taken to hospital as a precaution and there was no wider disruption to the prison regime.

– Prison Service spokesperson

Taylor wins Asian player award

Neil Taylor collects Asian Player of the Year for the second time Credit: Asian Football Awards

Swansea City full back Neil Taylor has been named Asian footballer of the year for the second time at the Asian Football Awards.

Taylor beat off competition from Wolves captain Danny Batth and West Brom striker Adil Nabi to lift the title with judges praising his contribution towards Wales’ qualification for next summer’s European Championship finals in France.

Taylor, whose mother is from Kolkata in India said:

“It’s a great feeling to win this award. I am pleased to be here tonight to pick it up, it means a lot to me. Hopefully Asian football flourishes throughout the years.

“My advice to any young aspiring player is to sacrifice. You have to be willing to sacrifice and follow your own path of where you want go, where you want to be and what you want to achieve. You also need to have people who are willing to go on that journey with you.

“Whatever background you are from, it doesn't matter. You can make it to the top. Hopefully this can inspire the next generation of footballers.”

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