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It was the biggest ever drugs investigation by Dyfed Powys Police.
19 people are sentenced to 169 years behind bars.
Together they prayed upon those in the grip of addiction who often
turned to other crimes to support their habit.
Also tonight, a dangerous and manipulative sex offender.
Gymnastics coach Luke Griffin is jailed - a court hears
he was sexually gratified by feet and tied up
Why the Welsh Government sold these properties for almost a million
This power tunnel is the blueprint for one to be built on Anglesey.
It'll carry electricity cables linking the new Wylfa nuclear power
station to the National Grid - tonight an insight
And in tonight's sport, he says he's in the best
Nathan Cleverly prepares to fight in Germany for the world title.
Good evening, welcome to the programme.
It was the biggest drugs investigation ever conducted
by Dyfed Powys Police and it's led to 19 people being sentenced to 169
The gang, which included members from South Wales,
Liverpool and Manchester, attempted to sell ?19
These are the people who, it was said in court,, brought misery and
debt too many families. Convicted of a conspiracy to supply class a
drugs, they have been jailed for 106 to nine years. Described in court as
the leaders of this drugs ring, 32-year-old Matthew Roberts and
30-year-old Ian Michael Edwards from Liverpool took their time to recruit
and plan their efforts to bring 15 kilos of cocaine to south-west
Wales. It is fair to say this is one of the most challenging operations
we have taken here. Given the example of the numbers deployed in
Liverpool during the arrest phase of the upstream suppliers, in excess of
200 officers were deployed in the Liverpool area. This quiet street in
the Swansea Valley became the centre of their operations. It was to a
flat in this property where the cocaine was transported from
Liverpool and Manchester. Here it was cut, mixed and packaged, ready
to be sold on the streets of the South West valleys and
Pembrokeshire. It was here where Dyfed-Powys Police were able to
conceal a recording device to catch the gang of criminals red-handed.
The investigation focused on the activities of organised crime groups
in South West Wales, Liverpool and Greater Manchester. Very soon it
became clear to police of the rules of certain gang members, some acted
as the organisers, others as the pals guardians and careers. It
became a UK police effort to catch all those involved and eventually
more than 2.5 kilos of high purity cocaine was seized by Dyfed-Powys
Police as well as hundreds and thousands of pounds in cash. Each
defendant in this case had a distinct role in the group. Each
bears no responsibility for bringing misery to the communities they
supplied. Together they prayed upon those in the grip of addiction who
often turn to often other types of crime to support their habit. There
has been a 15% rise in hospital admissions involving cocaine over
the last five years. In 2013, cocaine was mentioned on the death
record of seven people. In the same year, police in Wales made 761
cocaine seizures, that is higher than the number of times they seized
heroin or amphetamines. There is a clear message to those individuals,
take this opportunity as a warning that this is not the place to come
to be involved in organised crime. The judge said the analysis of the
data obtained during this operation and the surveillance methods
deployed by the police of the absolute highest order. At the close
of proceedings, the judge said this had been a detailed and exceptional
investigation. He formally commended three officers of Dyfed-Powys Police
and a civilian crime analyst. He said the public would then a great
debt of thanks for their work. A 20-year-old gymnastics coach has
been sentenced to six years in prison at Cardiff Crown Court
for sexually abusing The police have called 20-year-old
Luke Griffin a dangerous and manipulative sex offender
after he groomed seven girls and one boy between the ages of seven
and ten over two years. The court was told that Griffin
was sexually gratified by feet Teleri Glyn Jones is in the newsroom
now. What more can you tell us? The court
heard that Luke Griffin targeted seven girls and a boy, all under ten
years old, I licking, biting and tickling their feet, all for his
sexual gratification. He tied up some of his terrified victims and
lock them in the boot of his car. Some of the assaults he even
recorded on his phone. The prosecutor said he was deliberate
and sophisticated in the way he chose his victims, targeting young
and vulnerable children whose parents had split up. He would then
arrange left to and from the gymnastics club in order to get
access to the children away from their parents. The judge said it was
the grossest breach of trust and that each child had been profoundly
affected. Was at the police said about this? Detective has said this
was a particularly serious case because Luke Griffin had abused a
position of trust to deceive decent trusting people. She said the
parents had been on a harrowing journey and that the children had
shown remarkable bravery in coming forward. The Crown Prosecution
Service said they hoped a six-year sentence would be of some comfort to
the young victims and their families. We approached British
gymnastics for a comment and they say they have been working with the
relevant authorities but that it wouldn't be appropriate for them to
comment at the moment. The man charged with the murder of
two people on Cardiff's Queen Street Andrew Saunders, who's 20,
spoke to confirm his name and date of birth and gave his address
as of no fixed abode. He was remanded in custody,
to appear at Cardiff Zoe Morgan and Lee Simmons
were stabbed near the Matalan shop The appointment of a new Chief
Constable for Dyfed-Powys Police Mark Collins who's currently
the deputy chief constable in Bedfordshire will take over
from Simon Prince, who's Mr Collins began his career
in Carmarthen in 1987. He says his main challenges will be
policing rural communities The challenges will always be the
morality of the force and getting to emergency calls as quickly as we
possibly can. That'll always be a challenge for a force such as
Dyfed-Powys Police but we also have challenges with austerity. We're are
negotiating for a new forming -- funding formula.
A company seeking a management buyout of Tata steel
is willing to increase its bid for the Port Talbot steelworks
Speaking exclusively to BBC Wales, the chairman of Excalibur,
Roger Maggs, also says he'd consider working with competitor
Liberty Steel and look at taking on the pension scheme.
I suspect there are other solutions other than the pension protection
front which will not be popular, or the change in the law that now seems
to be drifting away. If the door closed? Can explore other ways?
Having been told, don't worry about it, we're happy to explore other
ways. Let s speak to our business
correspondent Brian Meechan who's How significant is it that Roger
Maggs is speaking out now? It is significant, Excalibur had been one
of the three bidders that were expected to go on to the short list
to buy Port Talbot and the other UK sites that at a steel has. Before
that short list was expected, it emerged that Tater was in talks with
a German firm over a merger that would see it and other UK operations
on hold. It has to be said that is surprising to some people and this
move, I think, is the first time ultimately that Excalibur had spoken
out since that happened. It is making a move in three significant
areas saying it will increase its bid, it will potentially work with
liberty, its competitor, who it had seriously ruled out working within
the past, and that whole issue of pensions, a major part of the deal,
it now will be willing look at taking on that pension scheme. What
can we expect to see in the coming months about the future of Port
Talbot? I think the key issue is, that relationship as it emerges
between Tater steel and the other group and whether that merger will
go ahead. It is a complex one but many are concerned that it doesn't
leave a long-term future guaranteed for Port Talbot and the Welsh sites
although they say that necessarily true if it is efficient enough.
Pensions is the key issue, it is not just down to them because ultimately
the UK Government will play a part in funding any dealers goes ahead
and in dealing with the pensions issue. The pensions issue ultimately
is going to be crucial in anything that goes ahead now.
Three shops in Pontypridd were sold by the Welsh Government for close
to a million pounds less than the price they paid for them.
The units were purchased for ?1.25 million in 2008 as part
of regeneration plans which didn't materialise.
An opposition AM has referred the case to a spending watchdog.
The government says it sold the shops based
The shops are empty now, though clearly they were bargains to be had
here. In 2008, the last government was hoping this area would be
transformed by a new shopping centre. As a result, it bought three
shops at a total cost of over ?1 million. But when the economy crash,
the idea was dropped. Ministers had paid ?100,000 for these two shops
and a further 4,000 and ?50,000 with this one. Earlier this year, all
three were sold for a total of just ?271,000. Around a fifth of the
original cost. It only came to light after this assembly member uncovered
the information through a Freedom of Information request. He has now
referred the matter to the police. It is clear that it is happening
time and time again is at the very least, we are talking about a series
of incompetence is. There should be some disciplinary procedures
following there if people have not done what they should have been
doing. An independent valuation for the last government said the lower
price was as a result of changes in market conditions for properties of
this nature over the period between 2008 and 2016. The properties were
vacant so not generating a rental income and that the condition had
deteriorated for the past eight years. I have been told the Welsh
government only asked for that information earlier this week. I
have a letter containing the advice and it is dated yesterday, a month
after the initial request was made to ministers so we have asked the
Welsh government, why was that decision taken earlier this year to
sell these properties? The Welsh government says it the properties
because they had been identified as surplus stock. The matter has now
been referred to Wilson 's public spending watchdog and they say they
are considering the information to see if further investigation is
required. Still to come in the programme:
From a classical pianist to a tennis champion -
the first awards celebrating the achievements of young
black people in Wales. And could it be last orders
at one of Dylan Thomas The campaign to save a treasured
watering hole in New Quay. A 2.5 mile tunnel under
the Menai Strait with cables linking Anglesey's Wylfa Newydd power
station to the National Grid - National Grid say they're proposing
the underwater link instead of pylons, to protect
the area s natural beauty. However campaigners say power
lines should be buried The Menai tunnel will be based
on ones already under Anglesey is positioning itself as a
so-called energy Island, providing up to 10% of Britain's power using a
combination of generators, most notably the replacement for the
existing nuclear power station but it needs a way of delivering that
power to the National Grid on the mainland in an area of outstanding
natural beauty. To do that, they will have to tunnel under the water.
Techniques are already being pioneered in the UK capital. A city
the size of London it uses a vast amount of power and that is why they
are in the process of upgrading the infrastructure, but with pylons
above ground but with cables down below. It takes a full five minutes
to descend the dozens of flights of concrete steps that icky deep under
the heart of central London. These tunnels will eventually house
massive budget city cables, but of the power during deep under the
Thames. It is part of ?1 billion project, three tunnels, 30
kilometres. A similar project will be built in North Wales. The
Welshman will be a four point one: otters and analyse straight and the
tunnel will be even bigger than this, five metres in diameter. I am
external affairs manager of the National Grid. I know in London that
this project has cost ?1 billion. An expensive option, do you know the
last one will cost? We're looking at probably over ?1 million just for
this cable channel to take the link from Anglesey and over to the
mainland and into the National Grid. This is a feat of engineering. Here
in London we are digging through London clay. Different conditions in
Wales with rock and limestone that it will be a real engineering
challenge for us to do that. This project has taken about eight years
and we think it will be less for North Wales. Back on Anglesey
however, one Councillor has cold the tunnel a token gesture. Many have
campaigned for all the power cables to be buried because it is concerned
more pylons will have a negative impact on the island landscape. We
do not want pylons across the island because it affects the beauty. It is
our biggest selling point. It is a way important for our economy.
Economy is built on farming and tourism and that is what is
important to us, the natural beauty. National Grid say they published
their favoured route but the pylons and details of the tunnel and now
want local people's views until the consultation ends in mid-December.
The first ever awards ceremony for young black people in Wales
who've made a positive contribution to their community has taken place.
Among the winners a former asylum seeker now a tennis champion
A chance to showcase the talents of black youngsters from around Wales.
These towards held in the Senate today, recognition for hard work and
community spread shown by each of the winners. Kimberley from Swansea,
a former asylum seeker, has become a number-1 Welsh under 18 's tennis
player. Without funding, she has been coached by her father who
learned the game a book. It really means a lot to be me because words
can't explain how much my parents have struggled and how much I have
struggled and this award can show people that if you work hard and are
determined and if you sacrifice, you can become big and people can
recognise how much hard work you do. Also from Swansea, this lady awarded
for her music and passion to share it with others. There are not many
coloured people, I would say, but do what I do. It is very rewarding. I
want to show others that anything, any dream you can put your mind to,
you can achieve. These towards are about unearthing new talent which
deserves recognition. One of the nominees for the sport towards was a
chilly the national Welsh youth champion and I did not know, I had
never come across her name or seen her on TV, so you can imagine that
such a gem had it not been for these towards. There were towards for
young carers, volunteers and entrepreneurs among others. The
wider aims, say the organisers, is to share to the world the
conservation of the Black committee. Anything and I cannot believe it is
a chilly happened so, thank you. For me, good to see so many other people
in the black community. It is good, it feels nice. A very good day.
Thank you very much. Let's catch up with the sports
news - here's Claire. The pressure is still on for our
Welsh Football Clubs with Swansea, Cardiff and Newport at the wrong end
of the table. The Swans welcome Liverpool
to the Liberty Stadium, only one point above
the relegation zone. Cardiff are one OFF the bottom
of the championship, Newport County who're bottom
of League Two play Stevenage. The club's confirmed it's unlikely
a replacement for sacked manager Warren Feeney will be appointed
before the end of next week. Wrexham are mid-table
in the National League The most important thing for me is
to work with my players and with my team on the training ground and to
prepare the next game and focus with concentration. It is not a good
moment for our team because we have not a good table. We need a result.
On the international front - there's another World Cup worry
Joe Allen is doubtful for Stoke's game against Manchester United
on Sunday, he hasn't trained all week with a tight hamstring.
Coleman is already without Aaron Ramsey for next week's
qualifiers against Austria and Georgia.
Rugby and the Dragons play Glasgow in the Pro12 tonight looking
Tomorrow the Ospreys are first up away to Ulster.
The Blues are home to Leinster and the Scarlets
He says he's trained like a machine and is in
Nathan Cleverly fights in Germany tomorrow hoping to dethrone WBA
World Light Heavyweight Champion - Jurgen Brahmer.
It's a fight, that's taken five years to make and as Huw Morgan
reports, the Welshman says, it's now his time and the belt
Famous for its historic gates and buildings,
Neubrandenburg is a world away from the glitz and
glamour of Las Vegas or Madison Square Garden.
This weekend the eyes of the world will be firmly on this
quiet German city, two hours north of Berlin.
These two boxers, Nathan Cleverly and current light
heavyweight champion Jurgen Brahmer go head-to-head with this belt on
They've never fought in the ring but Brahmer has defined Cleverly's
Five years ago they were meant to fight for the WBA light
heavyweight championship in London, only for the German to withdraw with
injury, handing Cleverley his first title at just 24 years of age.
He is now 29 and no longer a world champion and his career has
All experiences, Cleverly says, he has learned from.
I wouldn't have done anything differently.
I look back and think, wow, what an absolutely brilliant
That was the first chapter of my career and it was an
I lived the dream, I was a world champion in a 24.
At some point it will come to an end and
here we are, wiser, I've learned a lot, I am more humble,
I am stronger and I'm ready for chapter two and to
The sports stadium is a venue Jurgen Brahmer
With the final preparations underway in the venue
ahead of fight night tomorrow, Cleverly's trainer is in confident
We're prepared to go into deep, deep waters in this fight.
Best physically and mentally I've ever seen him in the
four or five years I've been involved with Nathan.
He has come for one thing and that is the world title.
Don't be fooled by his relaxed demeanour.
Nathan Cleverly is a man on a mission, to
become world champion for the second time.
And just a reminder that you can catch the Dragon
in action tonight - Scrum V Live is on BBC
It's the oldest pub in the Ceredigion seaside town
of New Quay and it's said to have inspired some of Dylan Thomas' work.
But the Dolau Inn which opened in the 18th century is set to close
as a pub - and be turned into accommodation.
Locals have now started a petition to try and save it.
The town was not yet awake. Dylan Thomas 's play, quite early one
morning, inspired and written during his short time Britain in the
seaside town of the key. Dylan was a regular in most of the towns pubs
but it was the Dolau Inn it was said to be his wife was my favourite. It
is the oldest pub here but its life after 250 years of serving beer is
due to come to an end as the brewery in to turn it into accommodation for
their neighbouring pub. It has a lot of history. I think it is about the
first, second or third house built here so it has been around for a
very long time and a lot of the locals and tourists have great
memories of the place and it would be a shame to lose it. It wasn't
just and Thomas are trying here but also actors Richard Burton along
with Oscar winner Paul Scofield when they were visiting Newquay but it is
the link to the Welsh writer and poet that have earned it a place on
the Dylan Thomas trail with many tourists popping in here, following
in Dylan's footsteps. Dylan Thomas 's year here was even turned into a
film when Matthew Rees, Sienna Miller and Keira Knightley starred
in the edge of Love. Local historian says places like the Dolau Inn and
its regulars inspired his most famous work. He wrote quite early
one morning, which was a radio play and during the war and it is based
absolutely on new key. What you will find, if you look at the two of
them. I'll paintings still hang on the wall, it is a different pub from
the days of Dylan Thomas but many here have fond memories. Iron member
when I was a youngster, this was the first place I ever came to drink and
those of my father back in 1968. It seems time has passed and will be
cold but this pub, steeped in Welsh history. Last orders!
The weather is next. Were in for a mixed weekend, feeling
fresher with rain at times on Saturday and then Sunday is looking
drier and brighter. The pressure chart shows this rain that is curing
eastwards and the next area of low pressure arriving overnight to bring
in rain at times tomorrow. This evening, dry for a time with clear
spells further east that this next and of more persistent heavy showery
rain will arrive in the West overnight with those of seven to 12
Celsius. Tomorrow, some dry spells in the north and east but a Met
Office warning for outbreaks of rain pushing in from the Southwest. Heavy
at times with a risk of hail and thunder. It should ease in the
afternoon with winds easing and much fresher feel in recent days. Top
temperatures of 11 Celsius. Later tomorrow, that Lou clears eastwards
and a brief ridge of high pressure building from the south overnight
into Sunday, a settled spell between these two weather systems so
tomorrow night, showers easing, turning drier. Colder overnight with
temperatures into new single figures in rural mid Wales. Sunday, some
early mist that a dry and chilly start and then turning into a fine,
dry day with some good sunny spells. Highs of 14 or 15 Celsius. Ideal
weather if, like me, you are taking part in the current half marathon on
Sunday. It should stay dry with sunny spells. A mixed weekend. Heavy
rain at times on Saturday and on Sunday, the better day. And they
should be largely dry and fine but breezy and some early signs of
things getting warmer again midweek. Finally, today's picture by one of
our weather watchers. A rainbow between the sunshine and showers
today. More rain there at times. If you have any photos to help tell the
weather story, you can become a weather watcher and upload pictures
on the website. We'll have a quick update at 8,
more after the BBC News at 10. For now from all of
us on the programme,