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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.


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