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They're being blamed for an increase in violence and more ambulance call

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Concern over the easy access to so-called legal

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Drugs are far more freely available in our prison system today as in

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society. That is why we are saying it is an epidemic.

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puppies close to death is banned from keeping the animals

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Neath MP Christina Rees is named as Jeremy Corbyn's

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But the elements aren't always so forgiving,

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the plans to protect Newgale. A pottery class helping people

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But despite Rob Howley's request for the roof to be

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They coming lot, the Welsh. They always have been. They have got

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gates, daffodils. They've got everything cost who knows.

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An influx of new drugs is creating a serious problem in Welsh prisons.

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That's according to the Prison Officers Association,

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which blames a rise in the use of so-called legal highs

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for an increase in violent behaviour among prisoners.

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It comes as new figures show the number of ambulance

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call outs to prisons, has doubleds over a four year period.

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Gareth Bryer has this special report.

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Riots last year in Birmingham prison.

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?2 million of damage caused in just 12 hours.

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With inmates even posing in helmets stolen from staff.

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It is just one of a string of serious

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incidents in our prisons, including here in Wales.

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One of the things fuelling the problems is the influx

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of psychoactive substances, or so-called legal highs.

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Although they were outlawed last year, they are still

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It is kind of like a sledgehammer blow if

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It has just knocked the prison service sideways.

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Steve Masterman served several prison

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sentences, but is turning his life around.

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He now helps people with drug problems.

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It is quite common for people to be in prison and to

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develop an addiction there if you like where

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develop an addiction there if you like where they are dependent

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Before, they may not have even heard of it.

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It is readily available and it is the drug

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People across the prison service has said

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that access to these drugs, combined with a shortage of staff,

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has led to a violent and volatile prison population.

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It is not just the prison service under pressure.

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Because security measures mean it takes longer to reach patients

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in prison, ambulance staff are often tied up longer on these calls.

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Paramedics have told me that has a significant impact on the

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serviceability to deal with other emergencies.

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Over four years, the number of 999 calls from Welsh

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prisons which required ambulances doubled.

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From around 200 in 2012 to over 400 in 2015-16.

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Figures don't show the reason for each call, but most

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people with experience of the prison system say it is due in part to more

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Now there are calls for more to be done

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before the largest prison in the UK opens in Wrexham later this month.

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We will have a new prison that is going to be

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opened that is going to have a major problem.

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All of those issues require major investment, major

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And within the Welsh society as we are, and where the

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prisons are based, we feel that we are not

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getting the resources that

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are required and we call the Government to give more investment.

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The Ministry of Justice says it has taken immediate action to deal with

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problems like drugs and it says it is also going to spend an extra

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?100 million a year on 2,500 extra front-line staff.

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But it points out that the issues the prison service

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faces are long-standing ones which wouldn't be

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An illegal dog breeder from Ceredigion who left puppies

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"close to death" has been banned from keeping dogs for four years.

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31-year-old, Richard Jones, from Llanwnnen, near Lampeter,

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was convicted of two counts of illegal dog breeding

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and 21 counts of causing unnecessary suffering to dogs,

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You may find some of the images at the beginning of Matt Murray's

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These dogs were suffering with chronic skin conditions

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and were described in court as mentally stressed as they were

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Today Richard Jones was banned for four years and given

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a nine week suspended prison sentence.

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After being convicted of two counts of illegal dog breeding and 21

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counts of causing unnecessary suffering.

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Jones had been running a licensed premises near Lampeter with over 70

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dogs breeding 40 litters a year up until 2015.

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When the local authority decided not to renew his licence.

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But he carried on breeding, until it was raided by the police

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and council officers in June last year.

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They found 113 dogs suffering in two different locations

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and the bodies of dead dogs discovered in old fertiliser bags.

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Jones' is extremely remote. It is in this field in the middle of nowhere.

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There is nothing around for miles. It was here where officers found

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dogs in complete darkness and some close to death. Months after that

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operation, Jones has been convicted of causing unnecessary suffering,

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you can still hear animals being kept inside this barn today.

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Today it was ruled that the 23 dogs still remaining here will be removed

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Linda Goodman is the founder of the animal welfare

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campaign group, Cariad, She described it as heartbreaking

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that the animals were still at the premises and disappointed

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That is no justice. It is no justice for the dogs that are still there

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and it is no justice for the dogs who have suffered and died in the

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whole time that the council have known that we have had concerns

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about this breeder. They were up to 70 dogs being bred from. They were

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being sold through puppy dealers and licensed pet dogs, so no one ever

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ready came here. No one knew this place existed.

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But as West Wales has been labelled the puppy farm capital of the UK

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campaigners feel more still needs to be done to stop this

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South Wales Police has warned people to consider the impact of social

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media messages following the death of a 14-year-old girl from Swansea.

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Nyah James was found dead on Monday and although her death is not

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being treated as suspicious, officers have asked anyone

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The force says action will be taken against anyone who posts

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abusive, threatening or insulting messages online.

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A minute's silence has been held at a Flintshire paper mill

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Contractor Austin Thomas was killed when he was hit by a bucket loader

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Fellow workers at the factory held the silence

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along with colleagues at other sites across the UK.

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An investigation into Mr Thomas's death is ongoing.

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Five drug dealers have been jailed for a total of 12 years

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after they were arrested in separate raids in Llanelli.

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Samuel Thorne, Phillip Williams, Debbie Wood, David Williams

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and Darren Polverino all admitted drugs supply offences

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They were caught as part of Dyfed-Powys Police's Operation

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Panther last summer, which was prompted following a rise

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In the past hour, it's been confirmed that the Neath Labour MP

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Christina Rees has been appointed Shadow Welsh Secretary

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in a reshuffle by the Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn.

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She replaces Jo Stevens, who resigned over Brexit.

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Our parliamentary correspondent, David Cornock, is at Westminster.

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Christina Rees is the fourth person to hold this role since Jeremy

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Corbyn became leader only 17 months ago, the fifth since the general

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election since 2015. It is an important role, Welsh Labour's most

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important voice. The elected MP for Neath in the 2015 general election.

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Her background has been in the law, but she has also achieved success on

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the sporting field. She is a former Welsh squash international. 1/100

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caps for country and I am told is an expert on coaching and squash. That

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might come in useful given the current difficulties with Corbyn's

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top table. Last night, eight MPs voted against Jeremy Corbyn's orders

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against triggering Article 15 and triggering Brexit. -- article 50.

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Kevin Brennan is a shadow arts minister, he was dismissed. Jeremy

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Corbyn's approaches likely different, even though he rebelled

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and in normal circumstances would lose his job, the signs are tonight

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that he and other front bench rebels are going to stay in place. -- he

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would be normally dismissed. The problems of the last year or so,

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Jeremy Corbyn is quite short of options.

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It's one of the most picturesque parts of the country,

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but Pembrokeshire Council says it's fighting a losing battle trying

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to maintain the coastal road through Newgale.

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Drop-in sessions are being held, to explain the authority's ideas

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on how to stop the area being cut off during bad weather,

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On a crisp winter 's day, the three mile stretch of beach in new Gale is

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a popular spot. It is a relaxed and peaceful scene, but the elements

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aren't that always as forgiving. Three years ago, heavy rain resulted

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in chaos for people using the road behind the beach. Ten people had to

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be rescued after a bus was hit by a large wave during high tide. It is a

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fight against the forces of nature, a fight the experts say nature will

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win. The shingle bank behind us is becoming more unstable. Sea level

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rise and climate change, the consultants have advised us that in

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about 20 years, the shingle bank will become unsustainable. Common

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sense suggests that we actually build that road, start to think

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about building that road now. The county council is looking at a

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number of options on show at the Duke of Edinburgh pub which has been

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flooded itself countless times. Elevating the current road and

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reinforcing the sea defences aren't deemed to be realistic about

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predictions of how high sea levels will rise. The proposals is to build

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a bridge behind this pub. Another option is a bypass the was skirt

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around the top of the valley, bypassing Newgale altogether. Both

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options would see the pub and surf shop being left to see nature take

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its course. It's a shame. This is beautiful. There are not many people

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who wouldn't agree with that. It is vital for the local community in

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order that we can get access down here. Also, for an emergency access.

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A few miles up the road is a wool mill. 110 years old, it is the

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oldest working woollen Mill in Pembrokeshire. The owners say it is

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vital it is good access to get tourists in and to get the mill's

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products out. We've got to see something happen here. If we don't,

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this peninsular will just cease to exist. Most of the businesses won't

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continue to survive because most of them rely on. If there is no...

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There will be difficulty getting supplies and here. The A487 isn't a

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trunk road, so it is the council and not be Welsh Government that needs

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to maintain it. A new road will take time and money. Both are things that

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Newgale might not have much of. A sneak preview behind the scenes

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in the Wales women camp as they prepare to take on England

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in the Six Nations balancing To make the six Nations squad is

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always a huge overwhelming achievement because it makes all of

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that hard work and all of those sacrifices that we make worth it.

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Attitudes towards people with mental health problems have become more

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A poll run by the mental health campaign Time To Change Wales

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suggests there's been a shift in public attitudes

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in the last four years, with more than three-quarters

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of people giving a positive response to questions around mental health.

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It is more common than you may think. Out of every four people, one

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of us will experience mental health problems in any given year. In this

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line-up, Andy is that person. I had a breakdown in 2002. I ended up

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getting kicked out of the house and in 2003, I found out that I had got

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bipolar. Was it a relief with the diagnosis? It was. It was really

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therapeutic because once I actually knew what was wrong, it made it so

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much more easy to understand where I got from and why they had gone

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wrong. Is there still a stigma attached to mental health issues?

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Absolutely. It is rife. Social stigma is kind of like a leper.

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Almost 72% of those said we had a positive attitude back in 2012, a

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recent survey suggests an almost 5% shift. Now more than three quarters

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of us responding positively. There is still a lot of work to do, so we

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know from the evidence that there are areas where the stigma is not

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shifting or not shifting fast enough. In particular problem with

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men, an issue with people in ethnic minority communities, it is a big

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problem amongst children and young people. One of the things we want to

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do today as well as noting where we have got to in terms of shifting

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stigma is to think, what do we want to do next in Wales? Pottery is one

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of the more popular classes on offer here. A charity working with adults

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with mental health challenges. I have autism. And ADHD. My parents,

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they said there was nothing wrong. They would say, no, no, it is just

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you being eccentric. It is not true. There is definitely something wrong.

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You get depression or you feel down, it is not like just feeling down. It

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is like the whole world has no reason to be year. There is no light

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at the end of the tunnel and you need to get out of that. You need to

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get out of it. I suffer from bipolar which is a hereditary condition. For

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I was diagnosed, I used to feel that the only way I could describe myself

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as a child and a teenager was but I felt like a Martian. Before I was

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diagnosed with bipolar, I was very worried about people with bipolar

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disorder. When I was diagnosed, it did make me panic a little bit. I

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find it easier to accept people with mental health problems now after

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being here. A change in attitudes. But it is still a work in progress.

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More than one in five public toilets have been closed

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by councils in Wales, in the last three years.

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The Welsh local government Association says, "councils have

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faced significant cuts in funding, which has impacted on public

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Campaigners say urgent action is needed to provide services

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for vulnerable people, such as the elderly and those

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People who have never suffered from, or don't know anybody who suffers

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from an illness or are reliant on toilets, don't necessarily

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It is a big deal to be able to walk somewhere or go somewhere and

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BBC Radio Wales and Radio Cymru both ended 2016, with a small rise

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in the number of listeners, compared with the rest of the year.

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The latest audience figures, show Radio Wales attracted 375

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thousand listeners between October and December while 114,000 people

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Rob Howley has named his side to face England for Saturday's six

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nations clash in Cardiff, here's Claire with the details.

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Rob Howley has made just two changes from the side that beat Italy

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in Rome and although Dan Biggar and George North are named

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in the starting 15, there's still a question mark

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It is no secret that Wales wanted the roof shut, but England don't

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agree, so it will be open to the elements come Saturday afternoon.

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Both took knocks in Rome and Dan Biggar and George north are named

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but not guaranteed to start on Saturday.

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Rob Howley says he'll make the call as late as possible.

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So I think it'll be pretty important.

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Both players want to be part of that game as you would

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We are giving them every opportunity, to be fair.

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Props, Robert Evans and Thomas Francis, both

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coming to the side after impressing from the bench out in Rome.

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They join Ken Owens in the front row.

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Jake Ball and skipper Alun Wyn Jones are in the second row and Sam

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Warburton, Justin Tipuric and Ross Moriarty make up the back row.

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It is unchanged back line with Dan Biggar again partnering

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with Rhys Webb at halfback and Scarlet's duo

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Scott Williams and Jonathan Davies continue at the midfield with Liam

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Williams, George North and Leigh Halfpenny

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On the bench, a welcome return for Taulupe Faletau.

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He's fit and back in the 23 and Howley knows he will need

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They are a side playing with confidence, a huge amount of

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And I've got no doubt that they will be ready for this

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Wales have made no secret of their desire to play under a shut

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In the past, it has served them well and made for a

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England have struck the first blow, insisting the principality roof

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Protocol says there has to be an agreement between the

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two sides and Eddie Jones has won the first battle.

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He has made two changes to the side that narrowly

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beat France and he is out to unsettle Wales anyway he can.

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I think we are bloody excited about playing them to be

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They are a cunning lot, the Welsh, aren't they?

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Yeah, they have got gates, they have got daffodils,

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The defending champions arrive in Cardiff aiming to extend

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Wales will be out to stop them in their tracks and pulled

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BBC Wales has removed its latest promotional trail for Saturday's

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game from social media following complaints.

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The video which shows Welsh rugby fans struggle to answer a question

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on "What's good about England" has been criticised online

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BBC Wales says the video was meant to be tongue in cheek,

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Just a few hours before the men's game kicks off,

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next door, at the Cardiff Arms Park, the women's side will

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But unlike the men, who can devote their time preparing

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for their fixtures, the women's squad aren't

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full-time players, juggling their training with other jobs.

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Ahead of a BBC Wales documentary tonight,

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we've had a sneak preview behind the scenes in

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Pushing their fitness to the limit as they prepare for what could be

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the toughest match of the tournament.

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This Six Nations, the eyes are on the women's squads.

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With each of the games broadcast live for

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There's no doubt the game's popularity has

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grown and the Wales team proved their worth

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in their opening game of

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the championship last weekend, beating Italy by 20-8.

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But the next challenge is England this Saturday

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where they kick off at 11:30 at their new home,

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For the first time, England go into the six Nations for time

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But the Welsh women still play as amateurs,

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juggling training with everyday jobs.

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Dyddgu Hywel spending her day classroom as a full-time education

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studies lecturer at Cardiff Metropolitan University.

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Juggling lecturing prep and squad sessions

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When I'm going to get my gym sessions in, make sure

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that I've got time for food shopping, nutrition.

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We have got training every night with

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Meanwhile, centre, Gemma Roland has balanced her

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passion for rugby with a career in the Army.

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Making the Six Nations squad, it is always a huge

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overwhelming achievement because it makes all of that hard work and all

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of those sacrifices that we make worth it.

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I feel a lot of similarities when I put on my army

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uniform and when I put on a Welsh jersey or a Welsh strip because you

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know that you are doing something that is bigger than just you.

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Wales have won all five of their fixtures since former Wales

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international Rowland Phillips took charge of them last summer.

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We have to keep progressing as a team.

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We have to push them to the limit because a lot of

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them probably don't know where the limit is anyway,

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so we have to keep pushing it until we find it.

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As all eyes turn to the Arms Park, and the

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match against old rivals England, the hope is all the hard work will

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And you can see the full documentary "Wales Women: Inside the Scrum"

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tonight at 19:30 on BBC Two Wales.

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The Cardiff Devils stunned the Belfast Giants last night,

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to progress to the Challenge Cup final.

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They won 5-1 to set up a final against either

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the Sheffield Steelers or the Nottingham Panthers

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At the home of the Devils, Wales netball team lost

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to New Zealand for the second night on the bounce.

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Wales got closer to the Silver Ferns last night who won 72-39.

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Despite two heavy defeats against the second best team

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in the world, captain Suzy Drane has hailed the occasions,

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saying it's been a great experience for everyone involved.

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It's been something of an east west split today.

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but much cloudier further east, grey skies in Llandrindod

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And it will be cold and grey again for much of Wales tomorrow,

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but with some sunny spells, again brightest in the west.

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Tonight it will remain cold with variable amounts of cloud,

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the odd wintry shower in the hills, but dry for most

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some clear skies too and a widespread frost

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Breezy along the coast with temperatures falling

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The reason it's so cold, we've got high pressure

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over Scandinavia, easterly winds blowing in

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bringing cold continental air picking up moisture as it crosses

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Thicker cloud to the eastern side of the UK,

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the air turning drier as it moves across the land, so the best

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Tomorrow, early frost, then another bitterly cold day

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often cloudy especially in the east with the odd snow flurry,

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more likely to the west of high ground in those

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brisk easterly winds and top temperatures of just 2C

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That cloud could be thick enough for the odd wintry flurry

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nearer the border - staying dry for most -

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but the coldest night for while - down to minus 3C in towns

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across mid Wales - even colder in the countryside.

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Subtle changes for Saturday, more of a trough coming

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off the North Sea bringing thicker cloud some snow

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to the eastern side of the UK, but Wales will still see the driest

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A widespread frost Saturday, largely dry,

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for the odd wintry flurry further east,

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again any sunny spells more likely in the west.

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Should stay dry for Wales England in the Six Nations on Saturday

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afternoon, but feeling very cold in that

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A chance of a the odd snow flurry overnight into Sunday,

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then similar conditions, often cloudy but dry - still

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By Monday it will start to turn less cold, then signs of things

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becoming a bit milder, with winds turning more SE

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by the middle of next week, briefly feeling a bit more

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Your mind of tonight's headlines. An influx of new drugs is creating any

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series of new problems in prisons. It is violent behaviour in prisons

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is increasing. New psychoactive substances which used to be classed

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as legal highs until the law changed last year. And it has been confirmed

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tonight that the Neath Labour MP Christina Rees has been appointed

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shadow secretary by Jeremy Corbyn. She replaces Joe Stephens who

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resigns over Brexit. Our next update is at 20:00 and then

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again after the ten o clock news.

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