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Plenty of evening sunshine and a muggy night once again

by Kate Lewis

There will be plenty of late evening sunshine and it will continue to feel warm through the course of the night.

Temperatures dropping to between 15 and 17 deg C.

A sunny and bright start expected throughout the country tomorrow.

During the course of the afternoon cloud will develop and by the evening there is a risk of a few isolated, heavy and thundery showers especially in the south.

Despite this, another warm day is expected especially along coastal areas.

Maximum temperature 26 °C, 79 in Fahrenheit.

Thursday is likely to be a day of sunny spells with isolated heavy showers during the afternoon.

Wales top boxer Fred Evans is out of games

Olympic silver medallist Fred Evans has been forced out of the Commonwealth Games after having his accreditation refused.

The Welsh welterweight did not travel with his team-mates to Glasgow on Tuesday after being informed he had been denied the chance to compete based on checks completed by the Home Office and Commonwealth Games officials.

Fred Evans
Fred Evans of Cardiff won silver at the London Olympics. Credit: PA

In April Evans admitted his part in a nightclub assault in Birmingham, for which he was ordered to pay a total of £1,085 in fines and costs but it was not immediately clear if this was the reason for the accreditation refusal.

We have engaged in rigorous and thorough communications with all relevant bodies over the last few weeks, including putting forward two mitigation plans, unfortunately all of which have been unsuccessful.

The key Welsh and British sporting agencies have been supportive in our attempts to get Fred to the Games and we are bitterly disappointed at the outcome.

Fred is a world class boxer and has handled this difficult situation in a very disciplined manner, continuing to work hard in the hope of a satisfactory resolution.

We thank him for his professionalism and wish him all the best for his future ambitions.

– Brian Davies, Team Wales Chef de Mission

Wales' athletes share skills ahead of games opening

Wales have taken their biggest ever team to a Commonwealth Games with 231 athletes travelling to Glasgow.

Before they left for Wednesday's opening ceremony some of the teams trained together to swap skills and disciplines.

Dean Thomas was there when the women's netball squad teamed up with the rugby 7s.

Today Frankie Jones was named as the flag bearer for the Welsh team.

The gymnast will carry the Wales flag during the opening ceremony for the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Frankie Jones
Gymnast Frankie Jones is to carry the Wales flag at the opening ceremony. Credit: PA


Police unveil marked tractor with flashing blue lights

It probably won't be giving chase down a country lane in the fight against crime anytime soon but Dyfed Powys Police has unveiled its latest vehicle this week - a tractor with flashing blue lights.

Police Tractor
The aim of the police tractor is public engagement in rural area. Credit: Dyfed Powys police

The force hopes the novelty piece of kit will strike a chord with rural communities and encourage public engagement in agricultural events over the summer months.

It was launched this week at the Royal Welsh Agricultural Show in Llanelwedd, near Builth Wells.

We're very impressed with this new piece of kit - and are hoping it'll encourage people to come and have a look and to then speak to us at events over the summer. Engagement with our rural communities is important to us. We're sure it will appeal to children and adults alike, and as part of the fun why not have your photo taken with the police tractor.

– Inspector Tim Davies, Dyfed Powys Police

But the tractor will not be taking to the streets or lanes carrying out patrols as it is on loan and will be handed back later in the year.

Frankie carries the flag for Wales at games

Gymnast Francesca 'Frankie' Jones will carry the Wales flag during the opening ceremony for the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

The 23 year old has been chosen out of over 230 Welsh athletes competing at the games and will lead them into Celtic Park for the opening parade on Wednesday evening.

Frankie Jones
Gymnast Frankie Jones already has a silver medal. Credit: PA

Glasgow will be Jones' third Commonwealth games after competing in Melbourne 2006 and Delhi 2010, the later of which saw her finish 4th overall and take silver in the hoop discipline.

Jones has become one of Wales' most successful ever rhythmic gymnasts and competed for Team GB at the London 2012 Olympics.

There is no doubt the whole sport in Wales has grown off the back of her personal success and without her we would not have had such a thriving gymnastics team here in Glasgow.

– Brian Davies, Team Wales Chef de Mission

Probation Service must work harder to protect Wales

The work of the Probation Service in Wales needs to improve to better protect the public and reduce the risk of reoffending says a report published today.

Probation Service
The inspector criticised court reports prepared by the service. Credit: National Probation Service

Paul McDowell, Chief Inspector of Probation, said a recent inspection looked at whether the service was working so as to reduce the likelihood of reoffending and whether it provided a high quality service to courts and victims.

The inspectors' concerns included:

  • An initial assessment of the offender’s likelihood of reoffending had either not been completed or been completed too late - this meant proper consideration could not always be given to the methods most likely to be effective when working with the individual.
  • A number of cases had not received an initial screening or full analysis of the offender’s risk of serious harm to others and too few cases included an effective plan to manage the risk of harm an offender posed.
  • Court reports did not always include information from children’s social services where there were potential child protection concerns because inquiries had not been made

There were some disappointing findings ... Specifically, a significant number of initial assessments and sentence plans had not been completed, or had been completed so late that they were not meaningful. Oversight by managers needed to be more rigorous so that these deficits could be addressed. Notwithstanding this, when appropriate work was delivered the results were satisfactory and we saw good use of restrictive interventions to manage an individual’s risk of harm to others.

– Paul McDowell, Chief Inspector of Probation

Fresh attempt to settle rail electrification row

New Welsh Secretary Stephen Crabb turns to one of the items at the top of his in-tray today -the row between the Welsh and UK governments over who pays for the electrification of the Valley lines. Ministers in Cardiff Bay say Mr Crabb's predecessors, Cheryl Gillan and David Jones, were quick to claim the credit for the giving the multi-million pound project the go ahead, so there's no way that the bill should be passed on.

Today Mr Crabb will hold talks with this cabinet colleague, the Transport Secretary, Patrick McLoughlin. The Transport Department argues that as the Welsh Government manages the Wales and Borders rail franchise, it should be responsible for repaying the cost. That would mean either funding a bigger subsidy or putting up the fares.

Only yesterday, the Prime Minister defended what he saw as a done deal but ITV news understands that there might at least be a concession over how quickly the money needs to be repaid. A senior Welsh Government source was also optimistic that the dispute could soon be settled.

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