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‘Devastated’ family of James Corfield’s Royal Welsh safety review call

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Mr Corfield was a member of Montgomery Young Farmers Club

The family of a young farmer whose body was found in a river after a night out during the Royal Welsh Show say “urgent safety issues” must be addressed.

James Corfield, 19, from Montgomery, went missing at last year’s event near Builth Wells and his body was found in the River Wye six days later.

A coroner gave a verdict of accidental death. Mr Corfield’s family said they were working with show organisers.

The Royal Welsh Show has been asked for a comment.

Mr Corfield’s mother Louise and father George want to make the annual four-day event – one of the largest agricultural events in Europe which attracts about 240,000 visitors every July to Llanelwedd in Powys – “safer for the young people of Wales”.

“There are important and urgent safety issues that have been identified and are currently starting to be addressed,” said a family statement read by their solicitor Paul Inns.

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“We will be working hard to ensure that these improvements will be in place before July to make sure things will be a lot safer this year.”

Powys council set up and are co-ordinating an action group to improve the safety of people attending the Royal Welsh – looking at issues like lighting, fencing, transport and medical centres – after Mr Corfield’s death in July 2017.

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CCTV pictures of Mr Corfield’s last known movements were played at an inquest in Welshpool on Friday.

It showed him walking away from a group of minibuses for people staying at a young people’s village across the River Wye from the main showground.

He was seen heading in the direction of the rugby field which has a path alongside the river.

Insp Andrew Pitt from Dyfed-Powys Police, who led the search effort, told the hearing that it was his supposition that Mr Corfield had gone into the River Wye in an attempt to reach the young people’s village.

Mr Corfield, a member of Montgomery Young Farmers Club, was due to meet his family at the showground the next day.

His mother reported him missing after he failed to show up on 25 July.

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The inquest at Welshpool heard that by that evening the police considered him to be a high-risk missing person and a large-scale search was launched.

A police helicopter, along with boat and dive teams, mountain rescue crews, the fire service and search dog handlers were involved, along with other volunteers.

Mr Corfield’s body was found on Sunday 30 July.

His mother told a police family liaison officer her son “would not have gone into the river voluntarily” as he did not like the water.

Another police officer told the hearing there was no evidence of any third party involvement in Mr Corfield’s death.

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-mid-wales-42662556

Baby and woman killed in Gellilydan crash named

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Millie Wyn Ginniver was six months old

A baby girl and a woman who died after a crash have been named – while another woman, believed to be the baby’s mother, is in a critical condition.

Six-month-old Millie Wyn Ginniver, from Blaenau Ffestiniog in Gwynedd, was a passenger in the car that killed Anna Williams, 22, from Penrhyndeudraeth, who is thought to be her aunt.

Their Ford Fiesta collided with a lorry on the A487 in Gwynedd on Thursday.

The driver is named locally as Millie’s mother and Ms Williams’ sister Sioned.

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Anna Williams was a passenger in the car and was pronounced dead at the scene

Sgt Emlyn Hughes of North Wales Police has appealed for witnesses to the Gellilydan crash.

The road was closed for about six hours after the crash while police investigated the cause.

Officers said the driver, now understood to be Sioned Williams, had been taken to Royal Stoke Hospital while her baby was taken to Alder Hey Hospital in Liverpool but died on Thursday evening.

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The next of kin of all three have been informed and are being supported by police.

Catherine Ebenezer, the owner of a holiday home near the crash scene, said she had previously written to the authorities calling for changes to be made to make the road safer.

“Every time we’ve stayed there, there seems to be accidents,” she said.

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The collision happened near Pandy Bach holiday home at Gellilydan

“One week there were three accidents. There is a whole series of bends on the road, the worst of the bends is the one near the house.

“What originally prompted us was there was a danger to us and to guests and visitors.

“There’s a parking area just beyond the gate. It’s a dangerous bend and a blind corner. It’s very dangerous to pull out onto the road. Anything pulling out of the layby can be rear-ended.

“We wanted to put up a notice saying ‘danger concealed entrance’ but we weren’t allowed to do that. It is something to do with standard signs that are allowed.”

She said “slow” warnings were painted on the road but added: “I really thought they would take the point that with this high number of minor accidents, it was only a matter of time before a major accident occurred.

“Now tragically that major accident has occurred.”

A Welsh Government spokesman said: “The trunk road network is regularly inspected and any safety-related defects are addressed as a priority.

“The government is absolutely committed to improving road safety and reducing the number of people killed and seriously injured on Welsh roads.”

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-north-west-wales-42663399

Escaped eagle owl seen in garden in Llanishen, Cardiff

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Eurasian eagle owl snapped in garden at West Rise, Llanishen

The hunt is on to catch an escaped eagle owl which was spotted by a householder perched on a garden bench.

The RSPCA was alerted by the “shocked” resident of West Rise in Llanishen, Cardiff, following the sighting on Thursday at about 08:00 GMT.

It had straps on its feet indicating it had escaped from its owner, the RSPCA said.

On Tuesday, a golden eagle caused a flap after landing on the windowsill of a house in Rhondda Cynon Taff.

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The owl was pictured flying away, his foot strap clearly visible

Eagle owls are one of the largest species owls and their sheer size and aggressive nature makes them the most dominant bird of prey.

The RSPCA urged members of the public not to try to handle the bird if they see it.

“It must have come as a huge surprise to this household to find an eagle-owl sat on a bench in their garden,” said the charity’s animal collection officer Gary Lucas.

“The bird has jesses on, and we’re eager to trace the owner and return this beautiful creature home.

“We’re in the process of seeking to securely and safely rescue the bird – and if anyone spots this eagle-owl in the area, we’d urge them to not seek to handle the bird, but to notify us of the location.”

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The eagle owl was spotted on Thursday

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-south-east-wales-42653803

Wales-Scotland clash over NHS winter pressures

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Vaughan Gething said NHS Wales and social care are under considerable pressure

Scotland’s first minister has criticised Welsh health secretary’s assertion that recent spikes in demand could not “reasonably” be planned for.

Vaughan Gething highlighted a 54% rise in demand for ambulances in the “red” category – the most life-threatening – on New Year’s Eve in Wales.

SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon disputed his planning claim, saying Scottish ministers had “properly planned”.

She called Scotland’s NHS the “best-performing” in the UK.

She was addressing Scottish Labour leader Richard Leonard in the Scottish Parliament on Thursday.

In Cardiff Bay on Wednesday, Conservative Angela Burns asked a question on the “crisis in the Welsh NHS this winter, in light of reports that services are at breaking point”.

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Nicola Sturgeon: “We have properly planned”

Mr Gething said that this winter “we’ve seen extraordinary reversals of the norm”.

“For example, in out-of-hours care, we saw a significant spike in Cardiff and the Vale, when normally in the Christmas period—on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day – you see a fall in calls for services, but this year we saw a significant rise,” he told AMs.

“So, these are not pressures that you could reasonably plan for in terms of those spikes.”

After rejecting that claim, during Thursday’s First Minister’s Question Time at Holyrood, Nicola Sturgeon said the Scottish NHS faced “unprecedented pressures”, with flu rates for the first week in January “four times what they were in the same week last year”.

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-politics-42652425

Woman dies and two hurt, including a baby, in Gellilydan crash

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The collision happened near Pandy Bach holiday home at Gellilydan

A woman has died and another woman and a six-month-old baby girl have “life-threatening” injuries after a crash between a car and a lorry in Gwynedd.

A Ford Fiesta collided with a lorry on the A487 at Gellilydan near Blaenau Ffestiniog at about 11:15 GMT.

A passenger in the car was pronounced dead at the scene while the driver and baby have been airlifted to hospital.

The road was closed for about six hours as North Wales Police officers investigated the cause of the crash.

Officers say the female driver has been taken to Royal Stoke hospital and the baby is at Alder Hey Hospital in Liverpool. Both have “sustained serious life threatening injuries”.

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The next of kin of all three have been informed and are being supported by police.

“Sadly this is now a fatal road traffic collision investigation and our thoughts remain with the families at this time,” said Sgt Leigh Evans of the North Wales Police’s Roads Policing Unit.

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-north-west-wales-42655089

Lewis Oliva: Cyclist’s stolen Olympic shoes found in alley

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Rob Davies (centre) found the shoes and handed them over to PC Alex Reed and PC Stephen Westlake

Shoes stolen from a professional cyclist that he wore at the Olympics have been found dumped in an alley.

The shoes, belonging to Welsh Cycling sprinter Lewis Oliva, were stolen at about 17:00 GMT on Tuesday from his car which was parked on St Angela Road in Cardiff, close to the University Hospital of Wales.

The footwear was found by a member of the public on Wednesday.

South Wales Police is in the process of returning the shoes to Mr Oliva.

Following the theft, an appeal was made on Twitter by his partner and double European team pursuit champion, Ciara Horne.

Police said a sports bag containing the shoes were on the passenger seat of a black Volvo.

They were found less than 24 hours later in an alleyway off Whitchurch Road, just a few hundred metres from where the theft happened.

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The Olympic shoes were stolen from Mr Oliva’s car

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An eyewitness took a picture of the car after the theft

Eyewitness Jon Antoniazzi, who was was returning from a meeting at the hospital when the thief struck, said: “It was pretty dark. I was going back to my car [and] there was a bloke loitering around.

“I thought ‘this looks a bit dodgy’. I got into my car and the next thing I knew he was running down the road. It happened so quickly.

“I called the police straight away. I gave them a description; he was wearing a black puffa jacket and jeans. I only saw him from behind.”

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Lewis Oliva rides for Team USN

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The incident comes as figures were released about the number of vehicles broken into.

South Wales Police did not provide details to the Freedom of Information request by the RAC Foundation.

Dyfed-Powys Police had 549 reports of break-ins in 2016, up 23% on the last 12 months, but lower than the previous two years.

The hike was the joint-third highest of all forces in England, Wales and Scotland.

There were 552 reports made to Gwent Police, which was up 11% and has risen year-on-year since 2013.

North Wales Police had the highest number of break-ins in Wales but has also seen the biggest fall.

There were 1,187 crimes in 2016, down 10% on 2015 and a fall of nearly 600 on 2013.

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-42632900

Grenfell Tower fire paramedic caught speeding at 116mph

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David Hickling has received The Queen’s Award for his work

A paramedic who was one of the first at the scene of the Grenfell Tower disaster has avoided a driving ban after being caught speeding at 116mph.

David Hickling, 46, of South Benfleet, Essex, was caught while off duty on the A55 near Caerwys, Flintshire, in July.

The London Ambulance Service suspended him and Hickling said a driving ban would cost him his job.

Flintshire magistrates gave him six points on his driving licence and he must pay £635 in fines and costs.

Hickling was driving to a terrorism-related training course when he was clocked in July, three weeks after the tower fire that killed 71 people.

He admitted breaking the 70mph (110km/h) speed limit but told Flintshire Magistrates’ Court at Mold that a driving ban would mean the end of his career of 22 years.

A psychotherapist’s report showed the exceptional stress Hickling was under.

He served for five years in the Army and had been in his present role for the past eight years.

Magistrates heard Hickling, the clinical leader for the hazardous area emergency team, was involved in the search and recovery of bodies at the London tower block.

He already had six points on his licence, but magistrates accepted a ban would cause exceptional hardship.

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Seventy-one people were killed in the west London tower block fire in June

His barrister Phil Williams told the court his client was the bronze commander for the ambulance service and first on the scene at the Grenfell Tower disaster and responded following the Westminster Bridge attack.

Chairman Terry Eastham said: “Society is grateful to such people and the personal cost involved will never be truly known.”

Hickling told the court he had been informed by his employers that if he received a ban then “I will no longer be able to carry out my work.”

The court heard his work had affected his mental health but he had been determined to remain on duty because of his great sense of responsibility towards his team.

Mr Williams said his client did not seek sympathy or make excuses, but was in a highly pressurised job he carried out with honour.

He said Hickling was “extremely sorry” and embarrassed for the offence and the difficulty he had placed himself and the ambulance service in.

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-north-east-wales-42643329

Four accused of £1.3m Bermuda government fraud

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Joel Ishmail, Samantha Bevan, Jeffrey Bevan and Paul Charity deny the fraud

An accountant and his ex-headmistress wife fiddled £1.3m from the Bermuda government to buy luxury cars and properties, a court has heard.

Jeffrey and Samantha Bevan, of Cwmbran, Torfaen, are accused of laundering proceeds of £1.7m ($2.4m) stolen cash to spend on a lavish lifestyle.

Joel Ismail, 42, and Paul Charity, 52, both of Leicester, are also accused of taking part in the fraud.

They have denied all charges and are on trial at Cardiff Crown Court.

The court heard Mr Bevan, a qualified accountant, began illegally taking taxpayers’ money after moving his family to Bermuda in 2011.

The 50-year-old moved for a £80,000-a-year job as payments manager in the office of the Accountant General of Bermuda while his 52-year-old wife taught at a school on the island.

The father-of-two is accused of making 52 bogus payments to himself before illegally transferring the money back to the UK in the name of the married couple.

This was allegedly used to pay off the £140,000 mortgage on their house, invest in 11 properties in Newport, Swansea, Glasgow and Nottingham and buy two Mercedes Benz cars.

Prosecutor Tim Evans described Mr Bevan as a “gambling addict” with a “fascination with risk and trying to win big”.

Paddy Power revealed Mr Bevan had made 18,853 bets online between November 2008 and May 2014.

He deposited more than £2m into his account on the site, later withdrawing the remaining £1,539,400.

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Bermuda is a British overseas territory situated about 1,800 miles off the east coast of America

The jury was told Mr Bevan quit his job after less than three years to move back to Wales – blaming his mother’s poor health and the children’s schooling.

An investigation in Bermuda uncovered a series of bogus payments including £65,000 ($89,000) to Chevron International and another for £52,000 ($71,000) to the Sylvia Richardson Care facility, the court heard.

Mr Evans said: “Mr Bevan had gone by then. He went because he knew that he was about to be rumbled for a massive fraud.”

Mr Bevan claimed the payments were for overtime while working for the Bermuda government, saying he earned £295 ($400) per hour working 35-hours a week but worked 50 hours a week on top of that.

Mr Evans said: “His defence will be that every cent of the $2.4 million was effectively overtime, over and above his basic and overtime hours, presumably tax free, and paid voluntarily and legitimately by the Bermudan government.”

Mr Evans said members of the Bermudan government would give evidence “about how ridiculous his claim is”.

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Mr Evans said Mrs Bevan must have seen money pour into their joint account and “at the very least suspected that it was the proceeds of dishonest criminal conduct”.

The jury heard Mr Bevan was being prosecuted for the £1.3m ($1.7m) which “found its way to the UK” but not the $441,995 he allegedly spent while still in Bermuda, as he could not be prosecuted for alleged offences committed in Bermuda in a UK court.

Mr and Mrs Bevan deny 13 counts of converting criminal property and three counts of transferring criminal property.

Friend Mr Ismail and financial advisor Mr Charity deny converting criminal property.

Mr Charity, who is accused of deleting e-mails to conceal them from the police investigation, also denies perverting the course of justice.

The trail continues.

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-42636939

Parc Prison to expand school parent evenings to all inmates

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Parc Prison houses approximately 1,336 male inmates

A prison in Bridgend is expanding a scheme which allows inmates to be kept up to date with their child’s school progress.

The privately-run Parc Prison began hosting parent evenings in 2014.

Taking place six times a year, they allow fathers to sit with their child’s teacher to discuss their schoolwork.

They are aimed at reducing reoffending and criminal lifestyles being passed on to children.

Corin Morgan-Armstrong, head of family intervention for G4S which runs the prison, said they identified “a need to reconnect fathers with their children” and began to develop relationships with schools.

The prison now has links to more than 50 schools in the Bridgend area.

“They quickly saw the benefit that bringing these parent-teacher evenings into Parc and including the fathers could have for everyone involved,” she said.

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Parc Prison is the only private prison in Wales

“It’s important to remember that 7% of all children in the UK will experience parental imprisonment before they leave school and 65% of boys with a father in prison will enter the criminal justice system.

“This needs to change.”

The scheme is currently available to inmates on the family and military veteran units, but Mr Morgan-Armstrong said it would be expanding to include the whole prison population this year “due to the success”.

The Right Reverend James Langstaff visited a parent evening at the prison as part of his role as Church of England Bishop for Prisons in England and Wales.

He said allowing prisoners to remain engaged with their child’s education “has the potential to encourage reform and reduce re-offending”.

“I am interested in the potential to replicate the HMP Parc model and am keen to encourage such initiatives where they may be possible,” he added.

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-south-east-wales-42620686

Betty Guy murder trial: ‘Drugs and alcohol used to kill’

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Penelope John and Barry Rogers were arrested in July

A woman was killed by her daughter and grandson who gave her a cocktail of drugs and alcohol before suffocating her, a court has heard.

Penelope John, 50, and Barry Rogers, 33, of Pembrokeshire, are alleged to have killed Betty Guy, 84, of Johnston, in November 2011.

Swansea Crown Court heard Mr Rogers told an ex-partner he and his mother had killed her.

Both deny her murder.

Paul Lewis, prosecuting, described how the pair drove from Mr Rogers’ house in Frome, Somerset, and gave Mrs Guy “a cocktail of crushed tablets and alcohol”.

It is alleged Mr Rogers then deliberately killed her “probably by smothering her with an object such as a cushion or pillow”.

Ms John then contacted the emergency services in the early hours of 7 November to say she thought her mother had died.

She also said Mrs Guy had stomach and bowel cancer but the prosecution said that was not the case, although she may have feared she had.

While the retired nurse suffered from health complaints, there was nothing in her medical history to suggest she had cancer and was not terminally ill, Mr Lewis said.

Mr Lewis added: “Even if she had been however, the law still does not permit the killing of one person by another in circumstances such as this.”

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Her GP, Dr Roger Burns, reported bruising to the legs and mouth, but no post-mortem examination was carried out.

A death certificate listed the cause of death as broncho-pneumonia, septicaemia and hypertensive heart disease.

However, in 2015, Mr Rogers’ ex-partner Sandra Adams told police he had told her he had been involved in the death of his grandmother with his mother.

“He told Ms Adams in essence that he had smothered Mrs Guy by putting a pillow over her face,” Mr Lewis said.

A police investigation was launched and the court heard Mr Rogers had also confessed his involvement to other former partners.

He and his mother were arrested in October 2016 but they maintained Mrs Guy died of natural causes.

While they were in custody, a covert audio device was installed at Ms John’s St Dogmaels home in Pembrokeshire.

This picked up the pair discussing Mrs Guy’s death and they were heard saying, “which were inconsistent with her having died naturally,” Mr Lewis said.

But he added: “What the defendants did, whatever their motivation, was wholly unlawful and each of them is guilty of the murder of Mrs Guy.”

The trial continues.

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-south-west-wales-42626820