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people over the age of 65 are getting married these days.

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Welcome to Wales Today.

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Our headlines tonight.

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It was like a scene out of a horror film, the inquest hears repeat

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offender Matthew Williams killed Cerys Yemm.

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Sport Wales, and the controversy over how it hands out tens

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of thousands of pounds of public money.

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And why are parents having to pay out for signing

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lessons to communicate with their own deaf children?

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Good evening.

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Like a horror film.

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That's how the owner of a Bed and Breakfast,

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where a 22-year-old woman was killed, has described the moment

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she walked in on the attack.

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Mandy Miles told an inquest there was blood everywhere

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when prison leaver Matthew Williams was found attacking Cerys Yemm

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at the Sirhowy Arms Hotel in Argoed near Blackwood, in 2014.

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Williams was tasered by police and later died.

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You may find some of the details in Caroline Evans' report distressing.

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It was that this bed and breakfast in November 2014 that 22-year-old

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Cerys Yemm was killed by Matthew Williams.

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This morning the jury was played on a 999 call made

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by owner Mandy Miles, telling police Matthew Williams

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was attacking Cerys Yemm with a screwdriver and it looked

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to her as if he was eating her.

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She said she's since been told that was not the case.

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Breaking down she told the court how, for the last two years,

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she's tried to forget what she saw that night.

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She says she's been told that the reality of the situation

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was not as she had thought, but the image in her

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head remains the same.

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She told how she opened the door and spoke to Matthew Williams,

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and asked him, "Do you know what you're doing?"

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Her son had shouted to him, "That's a girl."

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He said Matthew Williams looked up and said, "That's no girl,

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and carried on the attack.

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Cerys Yemm, she believes, was already dead when

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she opened the door.

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The jury heard from a friend of Matthew Williams about,

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how in the days leading up to the deaths he and Matthew

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Williams had been partying.

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On the night it happened, Cerys Yemm and Matthew

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had been at his house, and when they failed to get

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to get Cerys a taxi home, she left with Matthew Williams.

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He knew that Matthew Williams had mental health problems.

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On that night, he said, Matthew Williams was 'not right',

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but not aggressive.

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The owner of the hotel said she knew nothing of any mental health issues,

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she would not have agreed to house him if she had.

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She's blames Caerphilly Council, who she says failed to inform her.

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In her statement Cerys Yemm's mother, Paula, said two weeks

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after her death she learned that Cerys had been warned to stay away

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from Matthew Williams.

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A teenager from Denbighshire who left the UK ten years ago

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to sail around the World with her family has been killed

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in a sailing accident in Jamaica.

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18-year-old Bethany Smith fell from the mast of the luxury

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yacht she was working on.

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The Foreign Office says it's supporting her family.

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An investigation into allegations of child sexual abuse

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against the former Speaker of the House of Commons,

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Viscount Tonypandy has ended with no further action.

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South Wales Police say the complainants have been told.

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George Thomas, a former Cardiff MP, died in 1997 aged 88.

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Sport Wales, the organisation which looks after grassroots

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and elite sport, risked damaging its reputation in the way

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it awarded contracts.

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That's according to an internal audit report leaked to BBC Wales.

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It found that one consultant was given the details of a tender

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two days before other bidders.

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Our political editor Nick Servini reports.

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Wales former world champion sprinter Jamie Baulch says he's concerned

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that the current turmoil at Sport Wales, the body that funds

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grass-roots and elite sport, could have an impact on the next

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generation of Welsh sport stars.

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The crisis at the top of the organisation that develops

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grass-roots and elite sport in Wales has intensified tonight.

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Sport Wales has not been far from the headlines recently.

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Mainly because of this man, the chair, Paul Thomas,

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seen here in a BBC Wales programme as a business troubleshooter.

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In February his activities, as well as those of the entire board

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were suspended over concerns from the Welsh government that it

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had become dysfunctional.

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The board has since been reinstated, but Mr Thomas,

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and the vice-chair remain suspended.

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Now the focus has shifted to the day-to-day running

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of the operation, based in Cardiff.

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The internal Deloitte audit report found that the Chief Executive,

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Sara Powell, gave the tender details for a surge contract mentoring staff

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to a consultant called Sam Whale.

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The managing director of a business called Unforgiving Minutes.

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This happened two days before rival bidders received information.

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The report said this meant there may be a perception of some bidders

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being given undue advantage during the tender process,

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I've also seen a copy of an e-mail Trail,

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between Sarah Powell and Sam Whale.

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In which they discuss things like where Sam Whale

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will be based for work, the terms of reference and even

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payments of up to ?1000 a day, potentially discounted.

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And this exchange took place a full month before other companies

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were invited to bid for the work.

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Then, two days before, Sarah Powell sent an e-mail

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to Mr Whale:

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In the end there was only one tender from Unforgiving Minute

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the Deloitte report

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says no other companies were able to respond in the time frame.

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Sam Whale has not responded to an attempt to contact him.

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There is no suggestion of impropriety on his part.

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In response to this report Sport Wales has

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tightened up some of its procedures in relation to contracts, which it

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says were accepted by its own audit committee last week.

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It also insists there is no suggestion of

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impropriety among its staff members.

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Taken as a whole, tonight, at least,

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from Sport Wales a sense that the

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fallout from this report can be contained.

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Nick Servini, BBC Wales Today, Cardiff.

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Police in South Africa investigating the murder of a couple originally

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from the Cynon Valley are searching for a second man.

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Roger and Christine Solik were found dead in a river last month.

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Xolani Brian Ndlovu is wanted on suspicion of murder, robbery,

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kidnapping and theft.

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The director of BBC Cymru Wales has warned that the Welsh representative

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on the UK's new BBC board will need to be appointed quickly if they're

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to influence the way the organisation works.

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Rhodri Talfan Davies' comments come after the Welsh government vetoed

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the UK government's choice for the position.

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The recruitment process will be reopened.

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There are calls to improve support and sign language provision

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for families with a deaf child.

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Some are paying hundreds of pounds for British Sign Language lessons

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which many are unable to afford.

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The Welsh Government says programmes are in place which recognise

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the importance of communication.

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Ben Price reports.

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Oliver is a happy-go-lucky three-year-old from Cardiff

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who loves to play with toy trucks.

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He is also profoundly deaf.

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It had a massive impact on myself and our family.

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We struggled to come to terms with Oliver's hearing loss.

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Oliver's cochlear implants help him to hear and speak.

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Without them he can't.

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His mother has recently completed a beginners British

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sign language course.

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But that the cost of more than ?350 they can't afford to pay

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for Oliver's father and sister to have the same lessons.

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It's upsetting.

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It feels like my child is being failed.

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I'm failing my child.

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The system is failing my child.

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And really we are ostracising deaf children on a daily basis,

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because we are not allowing people to communicate with them.

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The children's Commissioner for Wales says children who are deaf

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have the same right as anyone else to communicate

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in their own language.

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They are only between 2,000 and 3,000 deaf children up

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to the age of 19 in Wales, we are not talking

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enormous numbers here.

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I don't think they are getting help they need

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and we should be providing more.

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At Cardiff's deaf club they've started a programme which brings

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hearing and deaf families together and provides opportunity

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to learn BSL for free.

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One of the difficulties is that that key moment BSL was recognised

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by the Welsh government, back in 2007.

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But it's not an official language, which means there is no legislation

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actually linked to the BSL act.

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Really, it is the third language in Wales.

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It's difficult for parents to access the correct teaching,

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the support linked to BSL.

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The Welsh government has increased the number of qualified interpreters

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and says it spent ?20 million improving support for those

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with additional learning needs.

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Oliver hasn't started school yet, but his family hope you'll get

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the right support to ensure he has every opportunity to flourish.

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Downing Street says a letter sent by the Welsh Secretary,

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expressing his delight that the sacked Government

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adviser Lord Heseltine was advising ministers,

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was a clerical error.

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Alun Cairns wrote to all Welsh MPs yesterday,

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saying with the expertise of Lord Heseltine, they'd

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soon be in a position to come to an agreement

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on the Swansea Bay city deal.

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Lord Heseltine was sacked last week, after rebelling in the House

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of Lords over Brexit.

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A bid to protect historic place names will not

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proceed in the assembly.

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Plaid Cymru's Dai Lloyd failed to get a majority of AMs to back

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a bill that would protect the names of houses, farms, fields,

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natural features and landscapes.

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Rugby, and Wales have named an unchanged side for the third

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consecutive time for the game against France in the Six Nations

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in Paris on Saturday.

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in Paris on Saturday.

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Coach Rob Howley is sticking with the squad that beat Ireland,

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as they play for second place.

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Ken Owens will win his 50th cap.

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Let's see what the weather has in store, Derek's

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got tonight's forecast.

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Hello, shwmae.

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Most of us enjoyed a taste of spring today with lots of blue

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skies and sunshine.

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In Flintshire and the temperature exceeded 17 Celsius.

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The warmest day of the year so far, but not everywhere.

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Cooler on the south and west coast.

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Clear for some of us, but overnight low cloud

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becomes more widespread, a few mist and fog patches.

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The odd spot of drizzle.

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Not as nice as today, cloudier, grey and misty for some

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of us tomorrow morning.

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Spots of drizzle in the south.

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Rain in the West.

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Across the rest of the UK rain across Scotland and Northern Ireland

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spreads north-eastwards into Wales during the afternoon.

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Some dry weather, a little sunshine in eastern England.

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Behind the rain, brightening up across Scotland

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and Northern Ireland.

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A mixture of sunshine and wintry showers.

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It will start to turn colder.

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In Wales tomorrow mostly cloudy, spots of drizzle, some mainly light

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rain spreading south East in the afternoon.

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Temperatures similar to today.

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Elsewhere in a few degrees cooler.

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Light rain tomorrow will clear, it's looking dry overnight

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with a colder night than recently.

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Temperatures dropping as low as three Celsius.

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Friday, dry and bright for a while, but it won't last.

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Rain on the way, winding eastwards and some of this rain turns

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heavy with strong winds.

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Breezy on Saturday, some heavy, persistent rain in the West

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and north-west, it should ease off later in the day.

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So a taste of spring for most of us, but the next few days

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much more unsettled, wet and windy.

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See you soon.

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That's Wales Today thank you for watching, from all of us

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on the programme, goodnight.

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