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Tonight, the professor who says it is possible for parents


to spot groomers if they know what to look for.


from other people who may be close and special to them.


In doing that, they are seeking to create a sense of exclusivity.


Now restrictions on industrial disputes by public sector workers


Leila May had a brain tumour, undiagnosed for more than a year.


Tonight her family's call for swifter diagnosis.


Some of our most spectaular landscapes,


and now a new walk is planned through the heart of Wales.


will head coach Rob Howley spring any surprises


when he names his Six Nations squad tomorrow?


It's an ever-increasing crime - the online sex abuse of children.


And targeting youngsters while they play games


or use social media is reaching an alarming high.


That's according to an expert at Swansea University


who's studied the behaviour of online predators


and now plans to publish new advice for parents.


The professor says it is possible for parents


to spot groomers if they know what to look for.


Caroline Evans has this special report.


A judge has warned a man who groomed children and the computer game that


he faces a custodial sentence. Shocking examples of which Auden in


Wales have been groomed online. This paedophile was given a ten year


sentence, but many remain undetected. Who knows what grooming


is? Lessons like this now take place in schools up and down Wales. In


this ever-changing world, we must all learn. How do parents tell if


online friendships are what they seem? The clues are there, says this


professor in Swansea, if you know what to look for. They are seeking


to isolate the victims and so on, but especially there are seeking to


develop trust. The academics here studied the chat logs of online


groomers. She said it was unexpected. Groomers do not lie


about their age, and the speed at which they operate is frightening.


In one case, it took less than ten minutes for them to commit a child


to meet them in real life. They are skilled communicators, that is


something we need to be aware of. They are using a sophisticated


language Toolkit in order to be able to persuade their victims that they


need to engage. Payne, but was one warning sign. They will be paying


condiments on sexual physical attributes of the victims, but also


and frequently they are on a nonsexual nature. They may be, in


their victims and their maturity, and how well they play a particular


game online. For other aspects which do not seek to target or address


sexual topics. Then there is isolation, seeking to drive a wedge


between the victims and their families. They are seeking to create


a sense of exclusivity. Their relationship they are seeking is


special and unique, is not any other relationship with parents, friends,


relatives. It is not as important, it is not as unique. They tried to


create that isolation. The latest figures show 135 people had been


reported to the police in Wales for meeting a child following sexual


grooming over the last five years. Just before Christmas, the NSPCC


reported ChildLine was contacted by 85 children in Wales about online


sexual abuse in the last 12 months. Hunting down the criminals has led


for the police to develop a new way of working. This is a demonstration


of how officers known of the need to remove computers for online


investigation but can look at them on the spot. They are doing search


warrants at offenders' addresses. They are seizing technology that


they find there, looking for indecent images of children. Just


last month, across this force, there were 12 warrants executed against


offenders. ACC dreich polices has to be a partnership with education at


its core. -- ACC Drake. Negotiating this online world safely


is a hard lesson. Back in Swansea, the professor is


soon to publish more findings, but is also actively seeking funding to


turn the research into public information for parents. In the


meantime, her advice is to keep a careful eye on the conversation joy


child is having online. Restrictions on strikes by public


service workers will be scrapped under plans published


by the Welsh Government today. There are more than 400,000


union members in Wales. That's more than 35%


of the workforce - a bigger proportion


than any nation or region. two thirds of Welsh


workers are union members. Ministers here insist the assembly


has the power to change the law, despite the UK Government saying


it's a matter for Westminster. Our political correspondent,


Daniel Davies, has the story. There is a long history of


industrial action in Wales, from the General strike of the 1920s to


struggles like these when miners clashed with police in the 1980s.


Firefighters and teachers have walked out in recent years, and they


are amongst those facing new laws on industrial action. As our NHS staff,


junior doctors been on strike in England. Unions across Britain will


need to show 40% of their members backed industrial action before it


can happen in public services. The Welsh governor and wants to


scrap that. Just as we will make sure the people who want to pay


their dues to trade unions are not thwarted in being able to do that,


as we are making sure that people who do the important work of


representing their members to trade unions are not thwarted by the need


to do that. Here in Wales, we understand that if you want good


industrial relations, you need to create a climate in which people


come together and try to work together to solve difficult


problems. A town synonymous with a low point in industrial roll Laois


and is. Troops shop at striking miners here in 1910. Things have


come a long way since the clashes here more than a century ago. Now in


the way it runs public services, the Welsh governor and says it


prioritises corporation with workers and unions. It says the


Conservatives' more adversarial approach, making it more difficult


for unions to take action, will undermine those services. Do you


have any thoughts on whether the law should be making it more difficult


for them to strike? I don't think so, no. They have a valid reason why


they want to strike. They have a right to strike. Stop sending this


overseas aid away and look after your own people first. Then you can


send whatever it is left away. Partnership is the buzzword, but


confrontation could be brewing over whether the Assembly even has the


power to do this. Industrial Galatians law is a matter for


Westminster, the UK government says. Conservatives say they are standing


up for service users. To me, that is not what the public in Wales want,


they want improvement in their overall lies and public services and


making it easier to strike in the public service in Wales and taking


away the right to expect a decent service is not positive politics. UK


government does not have responsible at the four Welsh are big services


that are devolved. They should stop interfering in that. They thereby


had run schools and hospitals in Wales, that is what the Welsh


government is elected to do. Teachers on strike in 2014. Workers


fought for the right to strike. Now it is the subject of a political


scrap. A dispute over whether the Assembly


has the power to do this - Next, a statement in the Assembly


tomorrow. After that, possibly the courts. The brochure and UK


government have been to this bring court before what they disagree


about what is and isn't devolved. They are treading softly this time.


The worst Gottman says that evidence up in the Supreme Court, it is


confident it will win that case. When you are dealing with


devolution, there are a lot of grey areas, that means a lot of work for


the lawyers. That means something is happening to take away all of that


ambiguity. The Wales Bill. The Welsh government thinks it can change this


before the bill comes in, and they are not sure whether it will happen


after that. They have a type timetable to get this done and


dusted by August. The Wales Bill will be


voted on tomorrow, and is designed to give more


responsibility to Assembly Members. UKIP will vote against,


the Tories will vote for. and Labour are meeting now to decide


whether to back the plans or not. In the last of our, they have


confirmed that they will back the plans.


Our political editor, Nick Servini, is in Cardiff Bay.


So what kind of powers are we talking about here?


The Labour group has been meeting another part of the Assembly this


evening. As you say, they have agreed to support the legislation


when there is a here tomorrow afternoon. We had a statement from


the chair of the group, saying, this is not the bill Wales deserves. On


balance, it will give the country more constitutional certainty and it


goes on to say that the financial deal in particular represents a step


forward. So a hard, pragmatic look at the situation here, I think.


While the reservations, the brutal reality of the situation is, because


of the Westminster timetable, because of so much uncertainty over


Brexit and how much it is going to dominate in the years ahead, if


ministers were to reject this tomorrow, they don't know with any


degree of certainty when they would get the opportunity again. In terms


of the maths and bolts of it, because we already know that the


Conservatives will support this, the fact the Labour group will support


it as well means that, barring any unforeseen events tomorrow, this


legislation will be accepted by the Assembly members.


What kind of powers are we talking about?


It is a mixed bag, in many respects. Plenty about the SMA as an


institution itself. It will have the power to give the boat to


16-year-olds in Assembly elections, decide how many Assembly members it


was to have in future. There were also things like devolving teachers'


pay. A lot of that is a tidying up exercise. The area where it goes


into new territory is on the financial side of things,


particularly giving the Assembly partial control of income tax


without the need for a referendum. So opening the door, paving the way


for Wales and England to have different income tax rates. There is


also a big attempt to clarify and simplify who is in control of which


powers, Cardiff Bay Westminster. That has proved controversial among


many critics. The reality of the situation tonight is that most


ministers are clearly prepared to live with it, despite the fact they


may have concerns. The inquests into the deaths of 30


British holidaymakers in Tunisia, has heard the attack could have


been stopped sooner. was among 38 people


who lost their lives when a gunman opened fire


on tourists in June 2015. The coroner was told


local security units had deliberately slowed down


to delay their arrival at the hotel. A man accused of trying


to kill a shopkeeper in Flintshire in a robbery


has admitted harming him. Imtiaz Ul Haq suffered


serious knife wounds to his throat during the attack


at the Costcutter store Matthew Whelan denies


attempted murder, but admits wounding


with intent and robbery. The prosecution will decide now


whether to accept his plea. that caused a gas explosion


at a house in Newport William Flindell previously


pleaded guilty to arson. The judge ordered


a psychiatric report ahead The incident happened


in April last year and extensively


damaged the house. Nearly 1,000 drivers were wrongly


sent speeding notices after a temporary limit on


a north Wales road was not lifted. The 40 miles per hour limit


in the Conwy tunnel was only meant


to be imposed at night, but drivers in the day


were sent speeding tickets. They all got an apology


from North Wales Police in the post. Around 500 children and young people


from across the UK are diagnosed but delays in that diagnosis


can have dire consequences, Now a family from the Vale


of Glamorgan is spearheading a campaign to raise awareness


among parents and doctors Eight-year-old Leila May Cummings


from Barry was diagnosed But that was after a whole


year of health problems, She's since had surgery


to remove the tumour, but the delay may have


had lasting consequences. She's left with quite


a memory deficit, You know, she's a very different


person to how she was. I mean, the brain


is a complex thing. You know, the longer something


is there that shouldn't be, Brain tumours are the biggest


cancer killer of children Every year, 500 youngsters


are diagnosed, and a quarter die. The charity Head Smart have printed


2 million symptom cards, and are trying to raise awareness


in parents and doctors. Those symptoms could be


anything from headaches and persistent vomiting,


a wry neck in a child, or imbalance, a child not able


to ride a bike or dance well. But, combined with other symptoms,


they suggest that a parent ought to be talking to their GP


and pushing for a scan. For a year, Leila May's


condition worsened. She became weaker, aggressive,


and suffered seizures. An MRI scan in Cardiff finally


revealed the tumour. to highlight


the symptoms of brain tumours so other families don't go


through what you've been through? And, you know, avoiding those


long-term disabilities. Re-occurring vomiting,


headaches, seizures, In a statement from the Welsh


government, they said it can be ... They added the Refresh Cancer


Delivery Plan for Wales includes... Head Smart say their campaign has


already halved the diagnosis time. That's something Leila May


and her family know is vital. Rob Howley - on the eve


of naming his Six Nations squad, is it time for him


to pick the young guns? And it's turned milder. Cardiff was


the warmest place in the UK. But is there another cold snap on the way?


It winds through some of the most beautiful parts of this country,


and now there are plans for a new long-distance


walking route from south Wales to Shropshire.


The trail would follow the 129 miles of the Heart of Wales railway line.


A feasibility study has been carried out,


and a new fundraising campaign is being set up.


The Heart of Wales railway line runs through some of the most remote


but also some of the most spectacular parts of the country.


The 129-mile-long railway line links Swansea with Shrewsbury.


It's a route also used by many ramblers,


and a new trail is planned for them that will weave alongside the line.


Today, a campaign's been launched to get supporters of the project


to raise money to pay for things like signposts and stiles.


The Heart of Wales railway line is a picturesque line


that's always been popular with walkers.


The group that setting up this crowdfunding campaign hope to be


able to raise enough money to have this path run all the way


from Llanelli all the way to Craven Arms in Shropshire.


The trail will follow the railway closely,


but the final route will be determined by things


like access rights and land ownership.


A feasibility study was carried out last year.


The challenge now is to raise money to pay for the train.


It will benefit the local businesses -


pubs, cafes, shops, accommodation along the route -


which hopefully will aid the economy in mid Wales.


And finally it will provide some extra passengers


It's hoped the walking route will boost business,


with walkers using pubs, cafes, shops and B along the way.


The railway station here closed in the 1980s.


It was reopened in 2011, and the cafe's now thriving.


It's an ideal meeting place for a coffee or tea


before going on the walk, or perhaps when you come back.


But also there's a large car park here, which is also very practical


for people who come in from often quite a distance away


Some of the funding for the feasibility study


and the company's keen to see the trail succeed.


We're supporting it through the funding


and we've also funded a feasibility study.


So we're hopeful that it will get off the ground


and encourage lots of people to come and visit the area.


Swansea and Shropshire councils have helped fund sections


Discussions with other councils are ongoing.


It's an ambitious timetable, but the people behind the plan


say most of the trail will be open by the end of the year.


All routes lead now to tonight's sport, and Tomos.


Wales Coach Rob Howley is finalising his Six Nations squad.


Tomorrow, he'll name around 35 players


before the start of the campaign in Italy


on who will take over the captaincy from Sam Warburton.


Ospreys lock Alun Wyn Jones is favourite.


On the eve of naming his Six Nations squad, plenty to ponder on.


And after a frustrating autumn series, calls for the North Wales


coach to be bold and not just pick players with test experience.


Many Welsh fans feel Keelan Giles should have


A certain try machine, the ospreys winger suffered


He is being assessed by medics today, and Howley will be hoping


Also tipped to be in the squad is Tom Young, son of Wasps' director


of rugby and former Wales captain, Dai Young.


The 24-year-old flanker has continued to impress


for his English club and, having been courted by England


last year, is tied to Wales, having played at under 20s.


I'd like to see Rob being a bit bolder


who have excelled throughout the season thus far,


give them a chance to play in the big arena.


Whether you put them on the bench and then bring them on gradually


as the game's starting to evolve a little bit...


You know, it would be nice if Rob just went a little bit away


from the status quo and pick players who are excelling


The players will go into training with the Wales camp


following mixed fortunes in Europe this weekend.


scoring seven tries and guaranteeing a home quarterfinal spot.


After his side's victory, Alun Wyn Jones refused to be drawn


on whether he is to take over the Wales captaincy.


He is expected to get the nod, replacing Sam Warburton.


The Blues could face the Ospreys in the last eight.


Both them and the Dragons need to win


their final group games next weekend.


The Blues host Bristol, and the Dragons need a win in Brive.


And it's all over for the Scarlets, out of the Champions Cup.


Heartbreak for them after a last-gasp converted try gave


holders Saracens a 22-22 draw to end the Scarlets' hope of progression.


Rob Howley will already have a good idea of the 15


and we'll have a clearer idea of his vision tomorrow.


Football, and Tottenham midfielder Tom Carroll


is having a medical at Swansea City today


ahead of a proposed ?4.5 million move.


The Swans are also close to completing a ?4 million


deal for full back Martin Olsson from Norwich.


The chairman of Wrexham Supporter's Trust


has defended the way the club is run


after its president stepped down last week,


questioning whether fan ownership is working.


The Supporters' Trust took-over in 2011.


The team are 14th in the National League -


that's the fifth tier of English football.


Obviously, off the field, we feel that everything's gone great.


the Disabled Supporters' Association,


the viewing platforms that we've built.


We're still over 3,500 members, they believe in the football club.


On the field, we've been struggling a little bit


We've got a new manager now, and we're totally behind him.


Alex Thomson has smashed the world record for the greatest distance


beating the previous record by a couple of miles.


Feels like a long-time coming. I should have broken it a couple of


months ago. You need to break it by more than one mile.


The sailor from Bangor has been alone on the ocean for 71 days


competing in the round-the-world Vendee Globe.


He's now 74 nautical miles behind the leader,


Ice Arena Wales will host two Wales Netball Internationals


The venue's been switched from the National Sports Centre


after tickets sold out inside 48 hours.


Up to 3,000 fans will be able to watch the team


on the 7th and 8th of February.


Let's take a look at the weather forecast now.


There is no sign yet of any more snow. I know some of you will be


disappointed to hear that, others pleased. At least in the near


future. This week is different to last week, much quieter and more


settled. Cardiff was the warmest place in the UK yesterday, and it


has been mild again today, 11 Celsius in ask. This was taken by


one of our watches in banker. -- Bangor. Some drizzle is likely later


on in the south-east and far north-west. Some low cloud and fog


patches. Temperatures staying well above freezing, the lowest between


four and eight Celsius. He was the picture for ATM tomorrow. It is


looking pretty grey in the south and East. The cloud is big enough for


some spots of drizzle, mist and fog patches. Mostly dry and fairly


cloudy, 7 degrees in Cardigan. A lot of cloud around. A little bit of and


drizzle drive. Quite mild in the north and west, up to six Celsius in


the south east. In Carmarthenshire, cloudy but drive. Highs of aid


Celsius with a light breeze. Some spots of light rain or drizzle, nine


Celsius in Holyhead with a south-westerly breeze. Sponsored


result in the North, mist elsewhere, but drive. On Wednesday, a misty


morning in places. Maybe the odd spot of light rain on Anglesey.


Otherwise drive. Some places brighten up. The best chance of


sunshine in the south and south-east. Mild in Rhyl, but chilly


in Monmouth. Little change for the rest of the week, high pressure will


keep things largely dry and settled. Cloud amounts more unsettled weight


in the week, but we might see some sunshine and frost.


Academics at Swansea University say the grooming of children while they


play online games or use social media is reaching an alarming high.


They are calling for more funding so their research into the behaviour of


online groomers can be spotted. I'll have an update


for you here at 8pm, and again after


the BBC news at 10pm. From all of us on the


programme, good evening.


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