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The wind of change is blowing our way!

by Ruth Wignall

Tonight: Staying dry for most this evening and overnight with some lengthy clear spells initially. Becoming a little cloudier later in the night with an isolated shower possible towards dawn. Minimum Temperature 14C.

Thursday: A mixture of sunny spells and scattered showers, some of these perhaps turning heavy with a risk of thunder later. Still feeling warm in any sunnier intervals, although occasionally breezy. Maximum Temperature 21C.

Outlook for Friday to Sunday: Unsettled with showers or rain, heavy at times, on Friday and Saturday. Feeling warm in any sunnier spells, although breezy at times. Drier and brighter Sunday.

Missing teenagers - appeal for them to "get in touch"

South Wales Police are appealing for assistance in locating two missing teenagers.

Jodie Bickerstaff and Curtis Palmer
Jodie Bickerstaff and Curtis Palmer were last seen on July 23rd. Credit: South Wales Police

Jodie Bickerstaff was last seen in Penarth on Wednesday 23rd July at around 10am and Curtis Palmer was last seen by his mother at his home address in the Fairwater area at 9am. Police say they are likely to be together.

We are concerned for the welfare of both Jodie and Curtis as they haven’t been seen since Wednesday last week. Jodie and Curtis, if either of you see this please get in touch. You are not in any trouble we just want to know you are safe.

– Inspector Ioan Davies

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Recognise them? Police appeal over Cardiff violence

South Wales Police have released CCTV images of people they wish to speak to in connection with violence that broke out in Cardiff city centre at the weekend.

Gaza Protest
Violence broke out on Mill Lane in Cardiff. Credit: South Wales Police

Trouble broke out during a march against violence in Gaza that was attend by over a thousand marchers.

The events that took place in Cardiff on Saturday afternoon were completely unacceptable and I accept that it was extremely distressing for anyone caught up in it. Going forward we have set up a dedicated team of officers to investigate what went on.

– Superintendent Steve Jones
Gaza protest
South Wales Police want to speak to the people in the CCTV images. Credit: South Wales Police

South Wales Police are urging anyone who can help identify the individuals in the CCTV, or have any footage on their mobile phone, to contact them on 101.

Gaza protest
Police say the investigation is continuing. Credit: South Wales Police
Gaza Protest
Credit: South Wales Police
Gaza protest
Credit: South Wales Police
Gaza Protest
Credit: South Wales Police

Gang attacked innocent family as they slept in bed

A blundering gang who attacked an innocent family after mistaking their house for a drugs den have been jailed for a total of 38 years.

Stanley Butler, Shakira Hellings, Mark Peacock, Christopher Edwards
Stanley Butler, Shakira Hellings, Mark Peacock, Christopher Edwards. Credit: South Wales Police

The four thugs planned to attack a drug dealer for his money and went wearing masks and armed with knives.

But Merthyr Tydfil Crown Court heard they turned up at the wrong address and broke into a family home in the middle of the night.

Mark Peacock, 39, Shakira Hellings, 29, Christopher Edwards, 38, and Stanley Butler, 40, set upon the parents and their children demanding money.

They were jailed for a total of 38-years for the attack which the judge called "every family's worst nightmare".

The family were sleeping at their home in Penygraig, in the Rhondda Valley, South Wales, when they were woken up by the sound of their front door being forced.

The court heard how the gang began screaming for money and stabbed the teenage son twice in his leg. His sister, 21, was hit with a crowbar and when the parents were woken by screams - the mum was stabbed and the dad was also attacked with the crowbar.

The gang, including failed law student Heilings, admitted aggravated burglary and four counts of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

Coming soon? Driverless cars on the roads of Wales

Cardiff City Council says it's looking into piloting driverless cars on the capital's roads.

Driverless Car
Could Cardiff and other Welsh cities see driverless cars? Credit: Google

Driverless cars are set to take to the road in the UK from January 2015, the UK Government has announced.

Cities can now bid for a share of a £10 million competition to host trials, with up to three being selected.

Today a spokesperson for Cardiff City Council said they were looking into whether they would bid to be part of the trials and would make a decision very soon.

Guided by a system of sensors and cameras, the cars will, for the first time, be driven on public roads in a series of trials that will last between 18 and 36 months.

The government believes driverless cars could transform the UK's transport network and improve safety, reduce congestion and lower emissions.

Today's announcement will see driverless cars take to our streets in less than six months, putting us at the forefront of this transformational technology and opening up new opportunities for our economy and society.

– Vince Cable, Business Secretary

Watch Google's video of its prototype driverless - which takes you where you want to go at the push of a button.

Driverless cars are already in use in a number of countries, including America, Japan and Sweden.

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You dirty dogs! Council slaps penalties on pet owners

A Welsh council says its getting tough with owners who let their dogs foul by issuing six fixed penalty notices in the last 10 days.

Dog Fouling
Flintshire County Council has launched Operation Clean Up. Credit: PA

Flintshire County Council says it will pursue people who do not pick up after their dogs have fouled and it has taken on two extra officers to work on "Operation Clean Up".

Three fixed penalty notices were issued in Buckley, two in Connah’s Quay and one in Northop Hall.

Baby Alfie killer had 'momentary loss of control'

A court heard today that Michael Pearce, who was found guilty of the manslaughter of a six week-old baby Alfie Rhys Sullock, had "a momentary loss of self-control" and was "a man of previous impeccable character."

Donna and Alfie Sullock
Alfie pictured with his mother Donna. he died aged 6 weeks old.

The magistrate's son, of Nelson, Caerphilly was sentenced today to nine years in jail.

A jury cleared Pearce of murder but convicted him of manslaughter.

Today his defence team told a packed courtroom that Pearce had a "momentary loss of control".

Michael Pearce
Was sentenced to nine years but could serve half. Credit: Gwent Police

Defending QC Alexander Greenwood made submissions on behalf of Pearce - saying the injuries Alfie sustained were "unintentional and unintended. This was a momentary loss of self-control on the part of a man of previous impeccable character."

Judge Mr Justice Baker said the exact cause of Alfie's injuries would "probably remain unknown", it was likely they had been caused by up to "10 blows" from at least one object.

As the nine-year sentence was handed down, a cry of "Disgraceful" was heard from the public gallery.

Pearce could be released from prison on licence after serving half of his sentence.

All change! Time to blame the jet stream!

by Ruth Wignall

Today: A mainly fine and dry day with mostly light winds once again. Often fairly cloudy through the morning, but becoming brighter with some warm sunny spells into the afternoon and early evening. Maximum Temperature 23C.

Tonight: Staying dry for most this evening and overnight with some lengthy clear spells initially. Becoming a little cloudier later in the night with an isolated shower possible towards dawn. Minimum Temperature 14C.

Thursday: A mixture of sunny spells and scattered showers, some of these perhaps turning heavy with a risk of thunder later. Still feeling warm in any sunnier intervals, although occasionally breezy. Maximum Temperature 21C.

Outlook for Friday to Sunday: Unsettled with showers or rain, heavy at times, on Friday and Saturday. Feeling warm in any sunnier spells, although breezy at times. Drier and brighter Sunday.

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