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Welcome to Wales Today. Tonight's headlines:
The trial of a former North Wales Police superintendent
accused of historic sex abuse begins at Mold Crown Court.
Retiring after 14 years, in his last address,
the Archbishop of Wales has urged the Church
The Church has treated gay people like it has treated other
minorities in the past, in a pretty shocking way.
And therefore, I am just saying to people, don't imagine that
you are being un-Biblical if you vote in favour.
Unemployment here falls again, with the gap between Wales
and the rest of the UK continuing to widen.
Changing the school week to four longer days and one half day -
research is carried out for the Welsh government.
Changing the routine is going to be very challenging for me,
I would be quite happy with it but then again I don't work.
And she's our golden girl - we hear from Hollie Arnold
as she reflects on her Paralympic success.
A court has heard how a former senior North Wales Police officer
who faces sexual charges was seen at a house frequented
Gordon Anglesea denies three charges of indecent assault and one serious
sexual offence dating back to the 1980s.
A jury at Mold Crown Court heard how one of his alleged victims claims
he was handed between abusers like a handbag.
Gordon Anglesea arriving at court today.
Once a senior police officer rising to the rank of superintendent,
now facing claims he sexually abused teenage boys.
The architecture of St Joseph's School in Wrexham has changed
in the last 30 years but here in the early '80s
there was a Home Office attendance centre for young offenders.
It was run, the jury was told, by the then
Inspector Gordon Anglesea, and it was there that three
of the alleged offences are said to have taken place.
Opening the case, the prosecution told the jury the alleged victim
He had been sent to the attendance centre
He claims Gordon Anglesea indecently assaulted him
On a third occasion there was a serious sexual assault.
The second alleged victim, the prosecution said,
had been a resident at the Bryn Alyn children's home in Wrexham.
There, he said, he was sexually abused by the owner John Allen.
In 2014, Allen was jailed for life after he was convicted of sexually
In her opening speech, Eleanor Laws QC said the man
describes how John Allen trafficed him to other men.
He says he was handed around like a handbag.
He has recently identified one of those other men
The jury has also been told that later in the trial it will hear
from a witness who said he saw Gordon Anglesea at a house
Gordon Anglesea denies all the charges and the case continues.
In his last address before retirement, the Archbishop of Wales
has urged the Church to embrace same sex marriage.
Retiring after 14 years leading the Church in Wales,
Dr Barry Morgan chose to focus on homosexuality in his final
address and told the Church's governing body they must not be
selective when interpreting the Bible.
Caroline Evans is in Lampeter for us this evening.
Why would we want to deny such a possibility for those who are
attracted to their own gender? He's responding to claims that he's been
swayed by liberal culture, he said he has taken his views from the
Bible. But there is a deep divide on this issue.
This couple would have loved a full church wedding with hymns and all
but it was not to be. I believe that marriage should be open to
everybody. It should be available. And you should have the choice of
how to do it. A Sevilla wedding in a registry office if that is what you
want, or the chance of marrying in a church. When members of the Church
in Wales' governing body voted on the issue last September, the result
showed a majority in favour, but not a big enough majority to change the
law. After that, the archbishop told me that he believed it would be
foolish for the bishops to bring forward a bill to try to change
church law at that point. But a year run, he has returned to the subject
and made it the focus for his final address to the governing body. It is
in fact about freedom. No Christian, I hope, today, would ever argue, but
for 19 centuries the church accepted it and defended it. It was a speech
that brought out strong reactions. Whilst really encouraged by it, I
was not expecting him to do this. After all, this was his last
governing body, he had an opportunity to say what you like. I
am sorry that the archbishop didn't take the opportunity to exploit
something new, that he returned to a theme he has talked about many times
before. It was a missed opportunity to give us something fresh and new.
Afterwards, the archbishop explained why he had chosen to make gay
marriage the focus for his address. I think the fundamental issue I am
dealing with is not so much same-sex relationships as the way we
interpret and read the Bible. It is a far deeper question ban same-sex
relationships. The church has seen many changes since the archbishop
took up the office 14 years ago. Wear it goes from here will be for
someone else to oversee. And of course, with his retirement
will come the appointment of a new archbishop and that could in theory
be someone with very different views. Certainly I would say the
issue of gay marriage is something that will remain under discussion in
the Church in Wales for some time to come.
Unemployment in Wales has fallen again and the gap between the rates
in Wales and the UK as a whole continues to widen.
But there is still a lower proportion of people here who don't
have a job and aren't available to work because they're ill,
Our economics correspondent Sarah Dickins has been
The statistics out today cover the period between May
They show that a little more than 4% of people between 16 and 65
in Wales are not working but available for work.
But that's nearly 5% for the UK as a whole.
Looking more closely at the figures, in Wales there are 35,000 fewer
Now, when you look at all the other regions and nations,
However, when you look at people who aren't working and aren't
available to work because, for instance, they are sick
or caring for someone, the picture is quite different.
Wales doesn't have as big a proportion of people
74.5% of 16 to 64-year-olds are employed across the UK.
But in Wales that's lower at only a little more than 73%.
It's factors like that and how many low paid jobs we have that explains
why Wales has low unemployment but also has one of the weakest
While politicians of all colours may claim it's their policies that
have lead to more jobs, it's difficult to unravel why
The period of time covered in these statistics does include run up
to the EU referendum and the vote itself.
But it is too early to tell the impact of the Brexit vote
It's very unlikely that any post Brexit business decisions
will have resulted in people being fired or hired yet.
A 37-year-old man's been arrested on suspicion
of murder following the death of a woman in Swansea.
The body of 42-year-old Alison Jane Farr-Davies was found
at a house in the Hafod area of the city yesterday afternoon.
The man remains in custody and police are appealing for witnesses.
A woman accused of murdering her father by deliberately starting
a house fire in Cardiff has appeared in court.
Robert Sadler died at his home in the Llanrumney area
Emma Sadler was initially arrested and detained under
the mental health act before being rearrested this week.
She's due to appear in court again next January.
A man from Denbighshire has been accused of harassing a Catholic
priest who he says abused him as a teenager.
Mark Murray from St Asaph travelled to Italy last year
But the Church has filed a legal complaint against him for "trespass,
stalking and interfering in his private life".
Summoned to appear in an Italian court, Mark Murray has gone
He was 14 when he says he was groomed and abused
at Mirfield seminary in Yorkshire by a Catholic missionary.
He is one of eleven men who were given financial settlements
by the Comboni Order for abuse they suffered, though the payments
Father Romano Nardo has never been charged and, according to police,
is too frail to face questioning in the UK.
After 45 years of frustration, Mark Murray went to Verona in Italy
Working with an Italian newspaper he secretly
But Mark Murray was subsequently accused by the Comboni Order
of trespass, stalking and interference in
Interference in the private life, that is a disgusting
accusation for someone who has been a victim of abuse.
What about interference in my life when I was a child?
And what about the interference in dozens and dozens and dozens
of other children's lives who are now men and still struggling
Mark Murray said he wanted to meet Father Nardo to take back some
of the power he felt he'd lost as an abused teenager and having
reached some sort of reconciliation, he was horrified to be contacted
about legal proceedings by the Comboni Order.
Mark Murray says the response of the Comboni Order flies
in the face of Pope Francis' view that abuse victims should be heard
His parish priest says he's shocked by the treatment Mark has received.
I am outraged that this should happen in a Catholic institution
I am outraged that the Order have no flexibility to even approach
a person like Mark and the others and try to understand
Mr Murray didn't attend today's hearing at a court in Verona.
He's waiting to find out if he'll face any further legal action.
Could Wales see a change to the hours of the school week?
We look at the impact it could have on teachers and parents.
And forget digital cameras and smart phones -
why this photographer has stepped back in time to capture
A report says the Welsh government still faces tough spending decisions
even if the new Chancellor puts austerity measures on hold
The Institute of Fiscal Studies says budgets for local authorities
and universities remain particularly vulnerable if spending on the NHS
Our political editor Nick Servini has been looking in depth
This is the kind of report we have had in recent years but the ISS is
very well on this. It talks about Welsh government having to make
cuts. Free % until 2020. Nearly 12% over a 10-year period. And it talks
about the particular vulnerability to those services in Wales that are
not protected, particularly like the NHS at the moment. A lot of that
kind of stuff we knew. What brought it up to date in a way was talking
about Brexit and what the IFF says is that broadly speaking the Welsh
government will be about half ?1 billion out of pocket every year
because of the loss of EU funds after 2020. A lot of that money will
be made up by the UK Government at Westminster. The extent to which
they do that will be a matter of intense debate. And there was some
pretty strong advice from Alun Cairns on how to deal with these
cuts. The Welsh government gave us a fairly bland statement saying this
is the result of a programme of austerity by the UK Government. Alun
Cairns, the Conservative Welsh Secretary, says that when it comes
to day-to-day spending, people have to live within their means. And some
clear advice on how they should go with regards sacking civil servants.
We have seen across Whitehall significant cutbacks in the civil
service, for example, but the output has not necessarily changed. I am
not sure we have seen the same scale-back of civil service
bureaucrats in Cardiff Bay or in the Welsh government in today's Park.
There are savings that can be made that don't impact public services
directly. The Welsh government will say that they have reduced their
headcount by I think this is a reminder we don't talk so much about
posterity in recent months, it has all been about Brexit. Ironically,
austerity could be relaxed because of Brexit but it is a reminder of
how the issue of public sector budgets is not going to go away.
A four and a half day school week - that's one option explored in
A report by the Public Policy Institute for Wales says changing
the school week so there are some longer and some shorter days
could save money and help free up time for training teachers.
But it also highlights concerns about the impact
on childcare and activities outside the classroom.
Here's our education correspondent Bethan Lewis.
Science is the last lesson of the day for these new pupils. The school
day year starts at 8:40am and finishes at 3pm. And it is the same
every day. But could some longer and some shorter days be good for
teachers and the children? Headteacher Helen Jones says there
are pros and cons but welcomes a closer look at the issue. It would
definitely require the support of the workforce, parents and pupils to
enable it to work but I think it has some merit. It should not be a
gimmick. We need to know it is going to impact positively on our young
people so they get something from it. In parts of Scotland, schools
have four longer days from Monday to Thursday and a half day on a Friday.
That could give pupils and teachers free time on a Friday afternoon or
could be an opportunity for teachers to go on training courses and for
the pupils a chance to do out of school activities or even a
part-time job. With tighter budgets, there is an argument that it could
be more cost-effective. For parents at this Swansea primary School, any
change would suit some more than others. Very challenging for me as a
single mother. Having to work around picking up at midday instead of
normal time at 3pm, that would mean shortening my Friday. I would be
quite happy with it but then again I don't work. I am a stay at home mum.
I would quite enjoy the children being home on a Friday afternoon. By
taking a short today and making other days longer, they are going to
be too tired. After school rugby training is in full flow. The
research by the public policy Institute for Wales notes concerns
that a longer school day could make these sorts of after-school
activities more difficult. The purpose of the public policy
Institute is to think radical things. In that way, we in rich the
debate around policy and we get a look at the possible impact of
radical ideas like this one. As well as arguments around varying the
length of school days, some are also calling for shorter school terms and
more frequent holidays. The Welsh government says it is not going to
introduce a policy across Wales of four and a half day school weeks but
it will look at some of the ideas raised in the report as it focuses
on raising standards. And in the end, that is the key issue. Making
the school day longer or shorter is unlikely to happen without a strong
case that it would improve the quality of young people's education.
To Rio, and Welsh Paralympians Hollie Arnold and Rob Davies have
Both won gold medals within minutes of each other
Hollie, who lives in Ystrad Mynach, claimed victory in the javelin
and Rob from Brecon took a table tennis title.
They've been speaking to our correspondent
Hollie Arnold knows how to become Paralympic champion in style.
The 22-year-old set a new world record in the javelin throw
Everybody from Wales is doing amazing and we have
Tell me about the Welsh connection because you are originally
from Grimsby but moved to Ystrad Mynach
I moved to Wales about seven years ago for the coaching facilities
I did really like Wales so moving has helped.
I went to London for my second Paralympics, I became double world
champion, so just the help from the other guys at Sport Wales
and my team, my family and everything else,
Like Hollie, table tennis player Rob Davies is currently a world
number one but in Rio yesterday, he claimed his first
The former semi-professional rugby player from Brecon turned to table
tennis after being paralysed by an accident on the pitch.
I'm finally glad to get here and being number one this year,
coming in here, to actually do it on the big stage, I am so happy.
So far, six of the medals won by Great Britain at the Paralympics
have come courtesy of athletes from Wales.
With five days left and ten Welsh athlete still in action,
those in charge of running disability sport in Wales
say they are pleased with how it's going.
I am really pleased for all concerned with disability sport
in Wales and for everyone who has worked with these guys.
This is a world stage, it is massive, and they have
When it comes to delivering medals, could Swansea's Aaron Moores be
At the Games today, he qualified second fastest for the 100m
He holds the current world record and will be chasing Paralympic gold
The bravery of lifeboat crews who save lives at sea
It's prompted one photographer to travel across the country
But in this age of smartphones and digital cameras,
the way he's doing it is very much steeped in the past,
It's a technique which harks back to the birth of photography.
Jack Lowe has turned his back on 21st-century technology.
Instead he is using this Victorian camera, capturing
The key with this is not only are the plates beautiful
but they also unlock our participation and engagement
They get to see the photographs being made and feel they are part
And these are very atmospheric photographs, aren't they?
They seem to somehow capture that heroism of lifeboatmen
Jack is making his way across the country,
photographing the men and women saving lives at sea.
He is documenting the story of the crews who risk their lives
every time they answer a call for help and launch their lifeboats.
I would like to have you rested on this rail.
In Penarth, it was the turn of Ben Evans to be photographed.
He's the helmsman with the Penarth lifeboat,
It's great what he's doing, going around the country.
Crewmembers from other stations around the country, everyone
is talking about the coverage he has given and it is great just
Jack plans to visit all 237 lifeboat stations across the UK
And he hopes to complete the project by 2020,
with an exhibition planned for the following year.
After the painstaking process is completed, the image is finally
developed and the story of another crew is recorded for posterity.
Benny's here and it's feeling really muggy out there.
It is warm and humid. We did not break any records today. The
temperature did get up to 28 Celsius in Porthmadog and well above the
average for the time of year for all others. Another warm day tomorrow,
not as warm as today, but the last of the hot and humid days as things
turned pressure on Friday and the weekend. Here is a satellite picture
from earlier. A little bit of cloud across South Wales which did make
things grey for a time but that did push northwards and most of us were
enjoying some sunshine through the afternoon. A lovely evening for most
of us. We could see the odd shower on the hills across North Wales but
the bulk of the country is dry with some clear skies across the
south-east. Cloud will increase from the West as we go into the early
hours of tomorrow morning. Temperatures pretty stuffy. The wind
light. Tomorrow, low-pressure nearby. A little bit more unstable
tomorrow. First thing tomorrow morning, a great start for the rush
hour. Some mist and fog so it is poor visibility but the sunshine
will break through the cloud and it will start to brighten up as we go
through the morning. By the afternoon there is the potential for
a few showers, especially across south-east Wales. The temperature is
still pretty warm, ranging between 19 and 24 Celsius. The wind light
and variable. Tomorrow night, we will see some hefty showers across
the south-east. The potential for some flash flooding. The Met office
has issued a warning for those flowers -- showers. Quite a bit of
cloud around and it is still quite muddy. And then this cold weather
front will cushion on the early hours of Friday morning. Behind it,
much fresher air heading our way. First thing on Friday, a little bit
of rain across eastern counties. Behind it, it will brighten up and
we can look forward to some sunny spells but also much fresher
temperatures. Between 16 and 18 Celsius. Still in the sunshine it
will feel pleasant. But a brisk winds. And as we head into the
weekend, much fresher temperatures. Largely dry as we head into
Saturday. We can look forward to some bright spells, a lot of dry
weather, fairly quiet for the start of the weekend but by the time we
get a Sunday looking much cloudier with the risk of some rain. Looking
hot and humid as we head into tomorrow. Thing is getting much
fresher in time for the weekend. A nurse who almost died from a
bowler after volunteering in Sierra Leone has been cleared of
misconduct. Pauline Cafferkey was accused of failing to declare she
had a high temperature after arriving at Heathrow Airport two
years ago. A jury at Mold Crown Court has heard
how a former senior North Wales Police officer who faces sexual
charges was seen at a house frequented by paedophiles and boys.
78-year-old Gordon Anglesea faces three charges of indecent assault
and one serious sexual offence dating back to the 1980s. He denies
all the charges and the case continues.
And the Archbishop of Wales has urged the judge to embrace same-sex
marriage. Doctor Barry Morgan is retiring after 14 years leading the
Church in Wales and chose to focus on homosexuality in his final
address. He told the governing body they must not be selective when
interpreting the Bible. I'll have a quick update
for you at 8pm and a full round up From everyone on the programme,
thanks for watching.