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Children's Commissioner: Pupils let down by school meals

Over half our schoolchildren are going hungry during the day, despite having school meals, according to evidence gathered by the Children's Commissioner for Wales.

A survey suggests that nearly 30 per cent of primary school children say they are often hungry after dinner, with another third again saying they sometimes want more food - and many saying they are being denied second helpings when they ask for it.

Rob Osborne reports:

Your views: Pupils left hungry after school dinners

The Children's Commissioner for Wales has warned that nearly a third of five to eight-year-old children in Wales are left feeling hungry after a school dinner.

Read More: Welsh children left 'feeling hungry' after school dinners

We have been asking what you think - and what the food is like where your children go to school.

Here are some of your comments:

My boy is nearly 11 and the portion sizes haven't changed since he was in the infants! Surely that's not right.

– Marie Gurner

My son constantly comes home hungry the days he has hot dinners, the portions should be a lot bigger once they get to junior school but they are not. The meal choice isn't the best either!

– Sian Hancox

No major problems with the food at my kids' school - good menu, healthy, and fruit at snack time. It's a school, not a hotel!

– Timothy Anderson

We had to stop the school meals because our son was always hungry after school dinners. He now has a packed lunch - it's inconvenient but at least he's not hungry all day.

– Alun Davies

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Taxi driver banned for mocking passengers in reviews

A taxi driver has been banned, after rating his passengers' appearance and tips in online reviews.

Richard Evans, a cabbie in Llanelli, took secret pictures of his customers for his guide to other drivers, with mocking comments - such as 'Shrek.'

Richard Evans, 44, won't be able to work as a taxi driver over the busiest period of the year. Credit: Wales News Service

He included customers' names and addresses in comments on how generous they were with money.

He has had his taxi licence suspended for three weeks.

At the Carmarthenshire Council inquiry, he said: "I admit it was very foolish and there was no malice intended. I want to apologise to everyone that I have harmed or caused offence to."

Flintshire man admits murdering mother-of-two Karen

Darren Jeffreys admitted strangling his girlfriend. Credit: Andrew Price

A man from Mold has admitted murdering his girlfriend at her home in September.

Darren Jeffreys, 47, pleaded guilty to the murder of Karen Catherall, at a court hearing today.

The 45-year-old mother-of-two was found strangled and with head injuries, at her home at Gwernaffield in Flintshire.

Karen Catherall was described as kind-hearted and full of life. Credit: Family photograph

The pair had met via an online dating website and started a relationship a few months before her death.

Jeffreys was warned to expect a life sentence, at a further hearing in February.

Man rescued from Cardiff river dies

South Wales Police has confirmed that a man rescued from the River Taff in Cardiff on Tuesday died in hospital shortly afterwards.

He has been identified as a 51-year-old local man.

His death is not being treated as suspicious.

His family have been informed.

The man was pulled from the river in Grangetown on Tuesday.


Powys wind farm plans withdrawn

Plans for a new wind farm in the Dyfnant Forest in Powys have been dropped by ScottishPower Renewables.

The company has been working on the proposals since 2008, but says it has decided not to process further, after carrying out a detailed review.

The developer said it was concerned about whether the wind farm could be financially viable.

Unfortunately, with anticipated lengthy planning processes and major grid modernisation required, we are not confident the project can be delivered in a timeframe that would make it financially viable for us.

We are currently seeking to replace our turbines at Llandinam in Mid Wales, and we await a planning decision following a lengthy Public Inquiry. We have decided to focus our onshore wind efforts in Wales on this project.

We have been an active wind power developer in Wales since 1992, and we hope that our association with renewable energy in the country will continue for many years to come.

– Simon Christian, UK Managing Director, ScottishPower Renewables
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