A homeless Newport mother, sharing a room in a Bed & Breakfast with five young children, under the age of nine, is making a plea for a house from the council.
28-year-old Melanie Pyke is a mother of five. She has three children of her own aged 7, 5, and 18 months old, and recently took on the care of her sister's two children, after she died in April.
Melanie had been living above the pub where she worked in Newport with her three children.
But when she took on the care of he late sister's children, Melanie had to quit her job and became homeless.
The family of six now share a room on the third floor, in a B&B in Abertillery, after Newport County Council stepped in with temporary accommodation.
The B&B is seventeen miles from Newport where the children attend school and nineteen miles from Melanie's mother Karen.
Melanie says the room is 'crowded' and the family has to use a shared bathroom.
They also have to use the bathroom altogether, as she cannot leave any of the children unattended.
That means if one of the children need to the use the toilet at night, they have to use a bucket in the room.
Newport City Council say there is a shortage of housing but they have 'discussed other options' such as privately-rented accommodation with Ms Pyke: