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Man dies after falling from Snowdon

A young walker has died after falling 200ft on Snowdon yesterday. It happened just below the 3,560ft summit. The man who has yet to be identified was winched off by RAF rescue helicopter.

The Sea King aircraft, based at Valley in Anglesey, flew some members of Llanberis mountain rescue team up the mountain.

Public Health Wales: Childhood obesity 'must be tackled now'

A new report out today by Public Health Wales reveals over a quarter of five year olds in Wales have an unhealthy BMI.

The report looked at the prevalence of obesity in children living in areas with the highest levels of deprivation, compared to the lowest levels.

It found areas like Merthyr Tydfil, Gwynedd and Bridgend had the highest number of overweight or obese children.

"Simple and easy steps such as replacing fizzy drinks with water, and snacking on fruit instead of chocolate or crisps are the answer for so many children this age."

"The difference in levels of obesity in children living in areas with the highest levels of deprivation compared to the lowest levels of deprivation is worrying and needs urgent attention."

"It is something that must be tackled now by all sectors in society so children can go on to lead healthy lives into adulthood and reverse this trend."

– Linda Bailey, Public Health Wales

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Quarter of five-year-olds have 'unhealthy BMI'

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Public Health Wales measured almost 30,000 children as part of the research Credit: PA

Over a quarter (26%) of five year olds in Wales have an unhealthy body mass index (BMI), compared to just over a fifth of five year olds across the border in England.

The findings, published by Public Health Wales, did show 73% of children measured had a BMI, which was classified as healthy. But, of those classified as unhealthy, 11% were classified as obese.

The report uses information gathered by school health teams on the heights and weights of children in reception year in Wales.

A showery start to the day!

by Ruth Wignall

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.

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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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.

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.

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