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They're being blamed for an increase in violence and more ambulance call
Concern over the easy access to so-called legal
Drugs are far more freely available in our prison system today as in
society. That is why we are saying it is an epidemic.
puppies close to death is banned from keeping the animals
Neath MP Christina Rees is named as Jeremy Corbyn's
But the elements aren't always so forgiving,
the plans to protect Newgale. A pottery class helping people
But despite Rob Howley's request for the roof to be
They coming lot, the Welsh. They always have been. They have got
gates, daffodils. They've got everything cost who knows.
An influx of new drugs is creating a serious problem in Welsh prisons.
That's according to the Prison Officers Association,
which blames a rise in the use of so-called legal highs
for an increase in violent behaviour among prisoners.
It comes as new figures show the number of ambulance
call outs to prisons, has doubleds over a four year period.
Gareth Bryer has this special report.
Riots last year in Birmingham prison.
?2 million of damage caused in just 12 hours.
With inmates even posing in helmets stolen from staff.
It is just one of a string of serious
incidents in our prisons, including here in Wales.
One of the things fuelling the problems is the influx
of psychoactive substances, or so-called legal highs.
Although they were outlawed last year, they are still
It is kind of like a sledgehammer blow if
It has just knocked the prison service sideways.
Steve Masterman served several prison
sentences, but is turning his life around.
He now helps people with drug problems.
It is quite common for people to be in prison and to
develop an addiction there if you like where
develop an addiction there if you like where they are dependent
Before, they may not have even heard of it.
It is readily available and it is the drug
People across the prison service has said
that access to these drugs, combined with a shortage of staff,
has led to a violent and volatile prison population.
It is not just the prison service under pressure.
Because security measures mean it takes longer to reach patients
in prison, ambulance staff are often tied up longer on these calls.
Paramedics have told me that has a significant impact on the
serviceability to deal with other emergencies.
Over four years, the number of 999 calls from Welsh
prisons which required ambulances doubled.
From around 200 in 2012 to over 400 in 2015-16.
Figures don't show the reason for each call, but most
people with experience of the prison system say it is due in part to more
Now there are calls for more to be done
before the largest prison in the UK opens in Wrexham later this month.
We will have a new prison that is going to be
opened that is going to have a major problem.
All of those issues require major investment, major
And within the Welsh society as we are, and where the
prisons are based, we feel that we are not
getting the resources that
are required and we call the Government to give more investment.
The Ministry of Justice says it has taken immediate action to deal with
problems like drugs and it says it is also going to spend an extra
?100 million a year on 2,500 extra front-line staff.
But it points out that the issues the prison service
faces are long-standing ones which wouldn't be
An illegal dog breeder from Ceredigion who left puppies
"close to death" has been banned from keeping dogs for four years.
31-year-old, Richard Jones, from Llanwnnen, near Lampeter,
was convicted of two counts of illegal dog breeding
and 21 counts of causing unnecessary suffering to dogs,
You may find some of the images at the beginning of Matt Murray's
These dogs were suffering with chronic skin conditions
and were described in court as mentally stressed as they were
Today Richard Jones was banned for four years and given
a nine week suspended prison sentence.
After being convicted of two counts of illegal dog breeding and 21
counts of causing unnecessary suffering.
Jones had been running a licensed premises near Lampeter with over 70
dogs breeding 40 litters a year up until 2015.
When the local authority decided not to renew his licence.
But he carried on breeding, until it was raided by the police
and council officers in June last year.
They found 113 dogs suffering in two different locations
and the bodies of dead dogs discovered in old fertiliser bags.
Jones' is extremely remote. It is in this field in the middle of nowhere.
There is nothing around for miles. It was here where officers found
dogs in complete darkness and some close to death. Months after that
operation, Jones has been convicted of causing unnecessary suffering,
you can still hear animals being kept inside this barn today.
Today it was ruled that the 23 dogs still remaining here will be removed
Linda Goodman is the founder of the animal welfare
campaign group, Cariad, She described it as heartbreaking
that the animals were still at the premises and disappointed
That is no justice. It is no justice for the dogs that are still there
and it is no justice for the dogs who have suffered and died in the
whole time that the council have known that we have had concerns
about this breeder. They were up to 70 dogs being bred from. They were
being sold through puppy dealers and licensed pet dogs, so no one ever
ready came here. No one knew this place existed.
But as West Wales has been labelled the puppy farm capital of the UK
campaigners feel more still needs to be done to stop this
South Wales Police has warned people to consider the impact of social
media messages following the death of a 14-year-old girl from Swansea.
Nyah James was found dead on Monday and although her death is not
being treated as suspicious, officers have asked anyone
The force says action will be taken against anyone who posts
abusive, threatening or insulting messages online.
A minute's silence has been held at a Flintshire paper mill
Contractor Austin Thomas was killed when he was hit by a bucket loader
Fellow workers at the factory held the silence
along with colleagues at other sites across the UK.
An investigation into Mr Thomas's death is ongoing.
Five drug dealers have been jailed for a total of 12 years
after they were arrested in separate raids in Llanelli.
Samuel Thorne, Phillip Williams, Debbie Wood, David Williams
and Darren Polverino all admitted drugs supply offences
They were caught as part of Dyfed-Powys Police's Operation
Panther last summer, which was prompted following a rise
In the past hour, it's been confirmed that the Neath Labour MP
Christina Rees has been appointed Shadow Welsh Secretary
in a reshuffle by the Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn.
She replaces Jo Stevens, who resigned over Brexit.
Our parliamentary correspondent, David Cornock, is at Westminster.
Christina Rees is the fourth person to hold this role since Jeremy
Corbyn became leader only 17 months ago, the fifth since the general
election since 2015. It is an important role, Welsh Labour's most
important voice. The elected MP for Neath in the 2015 general election.
Her background has been in the law, but she has also achieved success on
the sporting field. She is a former Welsh squash international. 1/100
caps for country and I am told is an expert on coaching and squash. That
might come in useful given the current difficulties with Corbyn's
top table. Last night, eight MPs voted against Jeremy Corbyn's orders
against triggering Article 15 and triggering Brexit. -- article 50.
Kevin Brennan is a shadow arts minister, he was dismissed. Jeremy
Corbyn's approaches likely different, even though he rebelled
and in normal circumstances would lose his job, the signs are tonight
that he and other front bench rebels are going to stay in place. -- he
would be normally dismissed. The problems of the last year or so,
Jeremy Corbyn is quite short of options.
It's one of the most picturesque parts of the country,
but Pembrokeshire Council says it's fighting a losing battle trying
to maintain the coastal road through Newgale.
Drop-in sessions are being held, to explain the authority's ideas
on how to stop the area being cut off during bad weather,
On a crisp winter 's day, the three mile stretch of beach in new Gale is
a popular spot. It is a relaxed and peaceful scene, but the elements
aren't that always as forgiving. Three years ago, heavy rain resulted
in chaos for people using the road behind the beach. Ten people had to
be rescued after a bus was hit by a large wave during high tide. It is a
fight against the forces of nature, a fight the experts say nature will
win. The shingle bank behind us is becoming more unstable. Sea level
rise and climate change, the consultants have advised us that in
about 20 years, the shingle bank will become unsustainable. Common
sense suggests that we actually build that road, start to think
about building that road now. The county council is looking at a
number of options on show at the Duke of Edinburgh pub which has been
flooded itself countless times. Elevating the current road and
reinforcing the sea defences aren't deemed to be realistic about
predictions of how high sea levels will rise. The proposals is to build
a bridge behind this pub. Another option is a bypass the was skirt
around the top of the valley, bypassing Newgale altogether. Both
options would see the pub and surf shop being left to see nature take
its course. It's a shame. This is beautiful. There are not many people
who wouldn't agree with that. It is vital for the local community in
order that we can get access down here. Also, for an emergency access.
A few miles up the road is a wool mill. 110 years old, it is the
oldest working woollen Mill in Pembrokeshire. The owners say it is
vital it is good access to get tourists in and to get the mill's
products out. We've got to see something happen here. If we don't,
this peninsular will just cease to exist. Most of the businesses won't
continue to survive because most of them rely on. If there is no...
There will be difficulty getting supplies and here. The A487 isn't a
trunk road, so it is the council and not be Welsh Government that needs
to maintain it. A new road will take time and money. Both are things that
Newgale might not have much of. A sneak preview behind the scenes
in the Wales women camp as they prepare to take on England
in the Six Nations balancing To make the six Nations squad is
always a huge overwhelming achievement because it makes all of
that hard work and all of those sacrifices that we make worth it.
Attitudes towards people with mental health problems have become more
A poll run by the mental health campaign Time To Change Wales
suggests there's been a shift in public attitudes
in the last four years, with more than three-quarters
of people giving a positive response to questions around mental health.
It is more common than you may think. Out of every four people, one
of us will experience mental health problems in any given year. In this
line-up, Andy is that person. I had a breakdown in 2002. I ended up
getting kicked out of the house and in 2003, I found out that I had got
bipolar. Was it a relief with the diagnosis? It was. It was really
therapeutic because once I actually knew what was wrong, it made it so
much more easy to understand where I got from and why they had gone
wrong. Is there still a stigma attached to mental health issues?
Absolutely. It is rife. Social stigma is kind of like a leper.
Almost 72% of those said we had a positive attitude back in 2012, a
recent survey suggests an almost 5% shift. Now more than three quarters
of us responding positively. There is still a lot of work to do, so we
know from the evidence that there are areas where the stigma is not
shifting or not shifting fast enough. In particular problem with
men, an issue with people in ethnic minority communities, it is a big
problem amongst children and young people. One of the things we want to
do today as well as noting where we have got to in terms of shifting
stigma is to think, what do we want to do next in Wales? Pottery is one
of the more popular classes on offer here. A charity working with adults
with mental health challenges. I have autism. And ADHD. My parents,
they said there was nothing wrong. They would say, no, no, it is just
you being eccentric. It is not true. There is definitely something wrong.
You get depression or you feel down, it is not like just feeling down. It
is like the whole world has no reason to be year. There is no light
at the end of the tunnel and you need to get out of that. You need to
get out of it. I suffer from bipolar which is a hereditary condition. For
I was diagnosed, I used to feel that the only way I could describe myself
as a child and a teenager was but I felt like a Martian. Before I was
diagnosed with bipolar, I was very worried about people with bipolar
disorder. When I was diagnosed, it did make me panic a little bit. I
find it easier to accept people with mental health problems now after
being here. A change in attitudes. But it is still a work in progress.
More than one in five public toilets have been closed
by councils in Wales, in the last three years.
The Welsh local government Association says, "councils have
faced significant cuts in funding, which has impacted on public
Campaigners say urgent action is needed to provide services
for vulnerable people, such as the elderly and those
People who have never suffered from, or don't know anybody who suffers
from an illness or are reliant on toilets, don't necessarily
It is a big deal to be able to walk somewhere or go somewhere and
BBC Radio Wales and Radio Cymru both ended 2016, with a small rise
in the number of listeners, compared with the rest of the year.
The latest audience figures, show Radio Wales attracted 375
thousand listeners between October and December while 114,000 people
Rob Howley has named his side to face England for Saturday's six
nations clash in Cardiff, here's Claire with the details.
Rob Howley has made just two changes from the side that beat Italy
in Rome and although Dan Biggar and George North are named
in the starting 15, there's still a question mark
It is no secret that Wales wanted the roof shut, but England don't
agree, so it will be open to the elements come Saturday afternoon.
Both took knocks in Rome and Dan Biggar and George north are named
but not guaranteed to start on Saturday.
Rob Howley says he'll make the call as late as possible.
So I think it'll be pretty important.
Both players want to be part of that game as you would
We are giving them every opportunity, to be fair.
Props, Robert Evans and Thomas Francis, both
coming to the side after impressing from the bench out in Rome.
They join Ken Owens in the front row.
Jake Ball and skipper Alun Wyn Jones are in the second row and Sam
Warburton, Justin Tipuric and Ross Moriarty make up the back row.
It is unchanged back line with Dan Biggar again partnering
with Rhys Webb at halfback and Scarlet's duo
Scott Williams and Jonathan Davies continue at the midfield with Liam
Williams, George North and Leigh Halfpenny
On the bench, a welcome return for Taulupe Faletau.
He's fit and back in the 23 and Howley knows he will need
They are a side playing with confidence, a huge amount of
And I've got no doubt that they will be ready for this
Wales have made no secret of their desire to play under a shut
In the past, it has served them well and made for a
England have struck the first blow, insisting the principality roof
Protocol says there has to be an agreement between the
two sides and Eddie Jones has won the first battle.
He has made two changes to the side that narrowly
beat France and he is out to unsettle Wales anyway he can.
I think we are bloody excited about playing them to be
They are a cunning lot, the Welsh, aren't they?
Yeah, they have got gates, they have got daffodils,
The defending champions arrive in Cardiff aiming to extend
Wales will be out to stop them in their tracks and pulled
BBC Wales has removed its latest promotional trail for Saturday's
game from social media following complaints.
The video which shows Welsh rugby fans struggle to answer a question
on "What's good about England" has been criticised online
BBC Wales says the video was meant to be tongue in cheek,
Just a few hours before the men's game kicks off,
next door, at the Cardiff Arms Park, the women's side will
But unlike the men, who can devote their time preparing
for their fixtures, the women's squad aren't
full-time players, juggling their training with other jobs.
Ahead of a BBC Wales documentary tonight,
we've had a sneak preview behind the scenes in
Pushing their fitness to the limit as they prepare for what could be
the toughest match of the tournament.
This Six Nations, the eyes are on the women's squads.
With each of the games broadcast live for
There's no doubt the game's popularity has
grown and the Wales team proved their worth
in their opening game of
the championship last weekend, beating Italy by 20-8.
But the next challenge is England this Saturday
where they kick off at 11:30 at their new home,
For the first time, England go into the six Nations for time
But the Welsh women still play as amateurs,
juggling training with everyday jobs.
Dyddgu Hywel spending her day classroom as a full-time education
studies lecturer at Cardiff Metropolitan University.
Juggling lecturing prep and squad sessions
When I'm going to get my gym sessions in, make sure
that I've got time for food shopping, nutrition.
We have got training every night with
Meanwhile, centre, Gemma Roland has balanced her
passion for rugby with a career in the Army.
Making the Six Nations squad, it is always a huge
overwhelming achievement because it makes all of that hard work and all
of those sacrifices that we make worth it.
I feel a lot of similarities when I put on my army
uniform and when I put on a Welsh jersey or a Welsh strip because you
know that you are doing something that is bigger than just you.
Wales have won all five of their fixtures since former Wales
international Rowland Phillips took charge of them last summer.
We have to keep progressing as a team.
We have to push them to the limit because a lot of
them probably don't know where the limit is anyway,
so we have to keep pushing it until we find it.
As all eyes turn to the Arms Park, and the
match against old rivals England, the hope is all the hard work will
And you can see the full documentary "Wales Women: Inside the Scrum"
tonight at 19:30 on BBC Two Wales.
The Cardiff Devils stunned the Belfast Giants last night,
to progress to the Challenge Cup final.
They won 5-1 to set up a final against either
the Sheffield Steelers or the Nottingham Panthers
At the home of the Devils, Wales netball team lost
to New Zealand for the second night on the bounce.
Wales got closer to the Silver Ferns last night who won 72-39.
Despite two heavy defeats against the second best team
in the world, captain Suzy Drane has hailed the occasions,
saying it's been a great experience for everyone involved.
It's been something of an east west split today.
but much cloudier further east, grey skies in Llandrindod
And it will be cold and grey again for much of Wales tomorrow,
but with some sunny spells, again brightest in the west.
Tonight it will remain cold with variable amounts of cloud,
the odd wintry shower in the hills, but dry for most
some clear skies too and a widespread frost
Breezy along the coast with temperatures falling
The reason it's so cold, we've got high pressure
over Scandinavia, easterly winds blowing in
bringing cold continental air picking up moisture as it crosses
Thicker cloud to the eastern side of the UK,
the air turning drier as it moves across the land, so the best
Tomorrow, early frost, then another bitterly cold day
often cloudy especially in the east with the odd snow flurry,
more likely to the west of high ground in those
brisk easterly winds and top temperatures of just 2C
That cloud could be thick enough for the odd wintry flurry
nearer the border - staying dry for most -
but the coldest night for while - down to minus 3C in towns
across mid Wales - even colder in the countryside.
Subtle changes for Saturday, more of a trough coming
off the North Sea bringing thicker cloud some snow
to the eastern side of the UK, but Wales will still see the driest
A widespread frost Saturday, largely dry,
for the odd wintry flurry further east,
again any sunny spells more likely in the west.
Should stay dry for Wales England in the Six Nations on Saturday
afternoon, but feeling very cold in that
A chance of a the odd snow flurry overnight into Sunday,
then similar conditions, often cloudy but dry - still
By Monday it will start to turn less cold, then signs of things
becoming a bit milder, with winds turning more SE
by the middle of next week, briefly feeling a bit more
Your mind of tonight's headlines. An influx of new drugs is creating any
series of new problems in prisons. It is violent behaviour in prisons
is increasing. New psychoactive substances which used to be classed
as legal highs until the law changed last year. And it has been confirmed
tonight that the Neath Labour MP Christina Rees has been appointed
shadow secretary by Jeremy Corbyn. She replaces Joe Stephens who
resigns over Brexit. Our next update is at 20:00 and then
again after the ten o clock news.