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Ashley Talbot died after being hit by a minibus outside school -

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a coroner says lessons must be learned.

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Health officials speak of a recruitment crisis in the NHS,

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costing health boards millions of pounds.

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And why Wales' biggest council plans to suspend the right to buy

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The coroner investigating the death of a 15-year-old boy who was run

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over in the grounds of his school said the inquest has identified

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Ashley Talbot was struck by a school minibus as he was leaving

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Maesteg Comprehensive in December 2014.

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The jury returned a verdict of accidental death and the coroner

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will now make a report about the design and construction of

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15-year-old Ashley was struck by a minibus

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Police say the driver, PE teacher Christopher Brooks,

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He was driving at 14 to 17 mph and would have had less

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But the inquest heard about wider safety concerns.

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One bus driver said this was an accident waiting to happen.

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Several children described near misses which they had witnessed.

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The coroner said the investigation had revealed matters of grave

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concern and he will now be preparing a report on the design, construction

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Reacting to the verdict, the solicitor of the family

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No child should die in a road traffic accident on school premises.

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In schools, more than anywhere else, the safety of children should be

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This school was constructed through a PFI initiative.

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It is clear from the evidence that we have heard in court

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that the staff of the school were never satisfied with the design

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And that they struggled, then, to provide a secure

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and safe environment, given the design restrictions

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Following the hearing, the local authority issued

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a statement saying improvements have already been carried out

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at the school and a review of safety in all schools in the county borough

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The chair of governors paid tribute to Ashley as a popular pupil

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and said the governors are satisfied the school is now safe.

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We complied with all the health and safety

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recommendations that were brought in following the terrible accident.

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We believe now that the school is certainly a very safe place.

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Ashley's mother has been too ill to attend the inquest.

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They have welcomed the ongoing health and safety investigation and

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They also plan to campaign for school safety in

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Failures to recruit doctors and nurses are costing Welsh health

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boards millions of pounds and today Assembly Members were told

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there's now a recruitment crisis in the Welsh NHS.

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In North Wales the amount of money being spent on agency staff this

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year matches the entire ?30,000 overspend of Betsi

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year matches the entire ?30,000 overspend of

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We are told our hospitals have rarely been busier,

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pressures rarely greater, the squeeze on cash rarely tighter.

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But at a time when the Welsh NHS needs every penny it can get,

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spending on agency staff to fill empty posts is spiralling.

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According to some critics, there is a recruitment crisis.

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In north Wales, as an example, there are 177 full-time nursing vacancies.

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There's a shortage of 79 health care assistants.

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Ward rosters are going only 85% filled.

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And that's despite a recruitment drive.

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We asked to be allowed into the hospital here in Bangor

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today to speak to doctors and nurses about recruitment, but that

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One, an experienced sister, who didn't want to be filmed,

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told me that recruitment problems were down to the

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Places like this are extremely tough to work in, she said,

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Outside our cities, most Welsh hospitals struggle for staff.

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Today at the Senate, Assembly Members were

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Why, for example, do many medical students leave

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We have recently run a survey of all of those trainees coming

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to interview with us to find out exactly what are those key factors.

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And the vast majority have indicated that it's important that they have

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got somewhere where their friends are, their family is and it's

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a geographical location that it is known to them.

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I was talking to a number of students thinking

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of going into medicine recently in my constituency.

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They were all young, single, you know, young men and women, 18,

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19-years-old, who couldn't wait to get out.

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And said, you know, they've spent their whole lives here,

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they wanted to go and see the big wide world.

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And the failure to recruit is costing money.

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This year, the Ysbyty Clwyd health board expects to be

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in the red to the tune of more than ?30 million.

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And that's similar to the amount it was spent on agency staff

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If you could fill posts, could you get rid of a big

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I think it would be a massive help if we could reduce the agency

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spend and we are working towards that every day.

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We have some rigorous plans in place to control

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the spend on agency staff, both from the medical point of view

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We need to recognise that there will always be a need

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in certain circumstances to employ agency clinical staff, to make sure

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A safe service, then, but also a cheaper service.

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This has now become a major challenge for the Welsh NHS.

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Meanwhile, the number of patients waiting more

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and Emergency departments in Wales has risen by a quarter.

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Just over 4,000 people spent 12 hours in A last month,

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The Welsh Government said the rise is "unacceptable" and pledged

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to work with NHS Wales "to achieve improvements for patients."

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A man from Tredegar has appeared at Westminster Magistrates' Court

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accused of downloading so-called Islamic State manuals.

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23-year-old Nathan Saunders is charged with five counts

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of possessing a record likely to be useful to a person committing

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A woman from Swansea who claimed she'd been imprisoned

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in her father's flat in Saudi Arabia is still waiting for a face-to-face

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21-year-old Amina Al-Jeffrey said her father locked her up

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because "she kissed a guy", an allegation he denies.

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Last Summer, Mohammad Al-Jeffrey was ordered to facilitate his

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daughter's return to the UK, but she remains in Saudi Arabia.

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A High Court judge has revealed her lawyer has yet to be

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Tenants in Cardiff could become the latest in Wales to lose

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the right to buy their council houses as the authority aims

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to tackle the city's growing housing need.

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The Council's decision to suspend the Right to Buy policy for five

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years will need to be rubber-stamped by the Welsh Government who plan

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to introduce a law that would amount to a Wales-wide ban

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In March, they'll have been married 60 years.

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For almost 40 of them, they've lived in this former council

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When we came here it was nothing like it is now and then we were hit

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-- here about a month and decided we'll buy it.

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We feel proud that we both came from, I came from a council house

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in Ely, Harry's from the docks and we're out here

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So, I'm quite pleased with both of us.

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The Fords would have benefited from a discount of up to 50%

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when the policy was first introduced in the 1980s.

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These days, social housing tenants in Wales can get out of a maximum

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of ?8,000 knocked off the value of their property.

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Last year, 359 properties in Wales were bought under

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the Right to Buy scheme, out of a total of more than 200,000

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Had we not had the Right to Buy, we wouldn't have a waiting list

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today and people on the waiting list are in significant housing need.

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So what we want to be able to do, we want to protect a very important

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asset for families to come, now and into the future.

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Cardiff Council's requests will need to be accepted

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Anglesey, Carmarthenshire and Swansea have already been given

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permission to suspend the Right to Buy policy in their areas.

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But other applications are still being considered.

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However, next month, government ministers for proposing

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a new law in the assembly that would amount to a Wales-wide

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It would bring the curtain down on a flagship Thatcherite policy

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driven by her desire to create a nation of homeowners.

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This just deflects attention from the huge national need

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We should be proud of the Right to Buy and we should

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encourage its use in the future but we certainly need

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to build more homes, that's what the Welsh government

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We really do need investment in new homes.

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Housing associations are a big part of that and are committed

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to building social homes that are needed up and down Wales

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and the Right to Buy is one part of that picture.

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It stops us losing homes that we desperately need

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but actually the focus needs to be on building new homes.

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But as far as Shirley and Henry are concerned,

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it afforded them the opportunity to turn the house into a home.

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He's had an incredible week, but the dream is over

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The teenager from Ebbw Vale lost to world number four Judd Trump

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But while Jackson's Welsh Open is over, one Welshman

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remains in the tournament - Lee Walker beat Graeme Dott to make

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Let's see what the weather has in store.

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Derek's here and is it a little milder?

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We're little bit milder, yes. 10 Celsius this afternoon. And, daytime

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temperatures will continue to exceed the mid-February average over the

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next few days, typically ten to 12 Celsius. Tonight, some rain for

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parts of mid and North Wales. That will gradually ease and clear.

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Elsewhere it is looking dry. A few gaps in the cloud and a mild night.

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Generally dry tomorrow morning. A bit misty and places first thing. It

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should writing up in Monmouth, a little sunshine. Across the rest of

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the UK a warm front through England and Scotland will bring spots of

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drizzle. Some sunshine in Edinburgh and Newcastle. Many areas dry but

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some pockets of rain in the West later in the day. Temperatures on

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the mild side generally speaking. Nine in Glasgow, 12 Celsius in

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London. Close to home, dry and brighter in the north and east

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tomorrow afternoon but how will increase. Some rain spreading from

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the West and look at those temperatures, ten to 12 Celsius with

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a south-easterly breeze. Tomorrow night a bit damp in places,

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otherwise dry. Enough moisture for a few mist and fog patches to form.

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Against a mile. Mist and fog patches on Saturday will live. A lot of dry

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weather, fairly cloudy, with a few sunny intervals. However, a cold

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front will move through the day. It stays on the mild side on Sunday.

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Again a few spots of drizzle, otherwise mostly dry. Hopefully a

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little bit of sunshine. In the next week, half term, mild, breezy a

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little rain, it may turn colder later in the week with showers.

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We're back with updates from around 6.25am in the morning

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But that's Wales Today, from all of us on the programme, goodnight.

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