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The murder of April Jones made headlines around the world.
Tonight, her sister tells us of her family's campaign for tougher
Even if we do manage to save one child, it has done its job.
You know, it has done a lot more than what happened for us.
For me, it could save another sibling.
15-year-old Ashley Talbot knocked down and killed by a minibus...
The inquest hears roads outside his school were "chaos".
All three emergency services under one roof -
is this the future for our police, fire and ambulance?
St Davids will have something to sing about if it lands
Well, probably one of the oldest cultural sites in Wales and,
of course, currently it has a very, very good classical music festival
in the summer and, of course, it has its theatre or choral
foundation which produces excellent music throughout the year.
And in tonight's sport, their remarkable turnaround continues -
delight for Swansea - but despair for Wales
They falter in the final few minutes.
The sister of murdered schoolgirl April Jones has told this programme
the family feel they've taken a step forward in their campaign for
Jazmin Jones's petition for "April's Law" has now reached
over 100,000 signatures and will be debated in Parliament.
It calls for sex offenders to remain on the register for life,
for internet search engines to be better policed, and harsher
sentences for those caught with indecent images of children.
Jazmin's been speaking to our reporter Matt Murray.
April Jones' sister Jazmin and her boyfriend Scott have kept
Jazmin started last October in a bid to get tougher sentences for people
Five years ago, her sister April was murdered by paedophile
Mark Bridger after being abducted from near their home.
Before April's disappearance her killer was looking
Jazmin is now petitioning for April's Law, it calls for sex
offenders to remain on the register for life and better policing
So he was found with I think over 500 indecent images of children.
As the search engine had that policing with them or he had been
caught with them, he would have been on the sex Offenders' Register and
when this incident happened, the police could have gone to him first
and it could have been a different outcome.
You believe that the authorities were aware of this and what was on
his computer and what he was searching for, you therefore think
your sister could have been alive today? They could have had her back
alive or her body back and not had to go through what we went through.
It could lead to a different outcome if they had known about it and they
were policed better than what they are at the moment. The Home Office
said that the UK has some of the doctors powers in the world to deal
with sex offenders and those who remain a rest would remain on the
register for life. Jazmin was just 16 when her sister was abducted. She
has since battled a problem with alcohol, 18 months before designing
the focus on this campaign and create a legacy for her sister. It
was more the fact that, I woke up one morning and thought if I carry
on drinking I could end up killing myself, I just could not kill myself
over that. It would not be fair on your family and what would your
little sister make of you now? She would have been very disappointed
and that Kightly into it. Everyone was like, what would your sister
spent? I just thought, you know, fair enough they have said that, but
I thought, they are correct, what would you think? I should be the
role model. I am the older sister. So I had to give up and do something
with my life. Five years ago, this town was rocked by the horrific
events surrounding April Jones' disappearance. Her family are
pleased this petition will they be Westminster but realised there is a
long way to go before they will know whether the idea of April's Law
becomes a reality. I think it is important, for me, even if we
managed to save one life one child, it will have done its job, it will
have done more than what it did for us. For me, it could save another
sibling. And Parliament will debate
the "April's Law" petition A schoolboy died after being knocked
down by a minibus driven by a teacher, an inquest
in Aberdare has heard. Ashley Daniel Talbot died
in December 2014 after the vehicle driven by his PE teacher -
Christopher Brooks - collided with him and another boy
at Maesteg Comprehensive. Caroline Evans has been
following the inquest, Well, Jimmy, the Coroner's Court
Howard House 15-year-old Ashley had been running for the bus home when
this happened. And how there had been problems with what was a
relatively new school with access. The headteacher and head of the
school said that when they first moved them to discover was chaos,
cars were parked everywhere and with children attempting to find routes
through that, Stav had to be put on a water standard at various points
to ensure that the children were safe. The situation had improved by
2014 to some extent, that was when Ashley had died, by then more
barriers had been put in place, pedestrian crossings had been
restored, but she said she was never completely satisfied with the
situation. And what more do we know
about the day of the incident? Well, the coroner spoke about that
and he told the jury how on the day that Ashley died, he and a friend
were running from the school buildings towards where the buses
were parked and how the teacher in the minibus had been driving towards
the school gates and had collided with the two boys. The hearing was
told that Ashley, who did not cross on the pedestrian crossing
available, suffered injuries that were so severe that he was declared
dead at the scene. Earlier this year the police confirmed that Mr Brooks
would not receive any criminal action. The inquest continues. Thank
you for that. A man accused of murdering his
girlfriend by beating her to death in their Cardiff flat has told
a jury he didn't mean Jordan Matthews admits manslaughter
but denies the murder of Xixi Bi He told the court he threw her
against a door frame following an argument,
and punched her but The UK Brexit Minister and Welsh MP,
David Jones, says the governments in Westminster and Cardiff Bay share
common ground over their views on future trade agreements
with the European single market. Mr Jones visited businesses
in Bridgend and Cardiff before appearing before a committee
of Assembly members this afternoon. The Welsh Government and Plaid Cymru
published a White Paper outlining their views
on Brexit last month. What the White Paper says
is not that we should stay in the single market,
but that we should have the best possible access to the single market
and that actually accords What we want to do is to strike
a very comprehensive free trade agreement with the European Union
to enable us to carry on unimpeded trade with the single market
and similarly for European companies A woman's body has been found
on a beach on Anglesey. Emergency services were called
to Newry Beach on Sunday night - police say the death is not
being treated as suspicious. Officers believe the woman lived
locally, but her body is yet to be Police, fire and ambulance services
are under the same roof for the very The change sees the creation
of Abertillery Emergency Services Station in the Gwent Police
Force area. The aim - reducing costs
and providing better service. It's believed the move will lead
to more shared facilities in future. The blue lights all under one roof.
Here is a demonstration of what difference it could make. A mock-up
of a car crash, a drink-driver and a passenger still stuck in the car.
The Ambulance Service sent a rapid response vehicle, the police
arrested the driver. Finally, the South Wales Fire and Rescue Service
arise to help remove the casualty to a waiting ambulance. We do joint
exercises with them at the station, so when we got out on the road it
just works really well. It is like a well oiled machine. Gwent Police has
said it is easier to receive and sheer intelligence from their
colleagues or Fire Service just up the corridor from them. It cuts out
the bureaucratic processes for us which sometimes you have to go
through and trying to get a meeting can take some time, so to be able to
speak to someone, they can share the facility, I can have a cup of tea
with someone, often when you get the best intelligence! It is fantastic.
Police community support officers are based here as well, the eyes and
ears of the operation on patrol in all weathers. Helping with some
long-standing local issues. Very small streets, they will use the
resources to remove the double parking for us which would not have
happened if they were not present. That is a massive thing for us to
get to the safely. There is only one other Place doing this in Wales, in
Queensferry, they have the potential to help as well as catch criminals.
To identify people who could be at risk from a variety of different
vulnerabilities and to work together to resolve those risks, to work in
partnership with each other. Back in Abertillery, front line staff, not
just managers share ideas around the table, each server suggesting how
best to improve the response to arson, anti-social behaviour and
other very local issues. By sharing resources as we are seeing here, it
will make savings to be addressed. This is a collaboration and action
in its most radical form. Where it is appropriate and relevant these
are things we will look at. Ian Sherwood emergency services station,
perhaps a more common sight in the future. -- Ayshire at emergency
services station. Police are appealing for witnesses
following an armed robbery in Usk A man holding a metal bar
and a small knife approached staff outside the One Stop Shop
as they were opening up. He demanded to be taken to the safe
and took what's described A brand-new primary school
for the community - Except in Gorseinion,
Swansea Council want In fact, it's called Parc y Werin -
the people's park. Campaigners are furious
and they want to reclassify the park a village green to protect it
from future development. The council's frustrated
that building work has Children at Gorseinion Creamery
gathered here. We can only imagine this. I bet like to see better
quality than the classrooms and things and also a better read. It
will be better for the community because more people will want to go
to the park because they have better facilities there. This is the
proposed site for the school, the Council rubber-stamped the plans
last year after it was decided that redeveloping the current junior
school building would not be appropriate. A group of local
campaigners have said that the park should be left as it is. We do not
want to stop the school going ahead, we just wanted it to be on a
different site. We just hope that the council could come to a
compromise on where to put it. They are taking a lot of green spaces and
we want to protect some of the green spaces. The model at a public
inquiry, those opposed to building the new school year will put their
case for the land to be given village green status. They will have
to prove that Parc y Werin has been used by local people for recreation,
for at least 20 years and if they succeed in doing that, they could
prevent the school being built here. It had been hoped that the new
school would be opening its doors for the first time this month. It is
really frustrating because when you speak to the children they want
their new school and they cannot understand why they cannot get on
and why we are not giving them the new school, the parents are
frustrated, we are frustrated. I understand people being concerned
about park areas and wanting to maintain and retain open space, we
are all about that, but in this day and age you must deliver the best
school and environment for children. The application is turned down
following the inquiry, the council intends to build the school as
quickly as possible. Much more to come
before seven o'clock... This is the smallest city in Wales -
can St Davids in Pembrokeshire land This is working out very well for
Swansea City's new coach. And just over a month in the job,
Swansea's remarkable Concerns have been raised in recent
years about the number of cuts to music services in schools
and today, in an effort to address the lack of provision,
a new ?1 million fund The Education Secretary,
Kirsty Williams, says she wants the public and private sectors
to contribute to create Our education correspondent,
Colette Hume, reports. Meet the guitar group at Woodlands
Community School in Cwmbran. The school encourages children
to learn to play but cuts to school music services means not every pupil
here in Wales has the chance. The Welsh Government
hopes its new National Endowment for Music will generate enough money
to pay for music lessons The Welsh Government is kicking off
this fund with a ?1 million investment that will be given
to the Arts Council of Wales to create the endowment
and an initial investment to start I hope that will show other people,
both in the public sector and the private sector,
that we are serious about this and that they too will want
to contribute to the endowment, and if they do that,
we hope to be able to make the first Councils across Wales have been
forced to cut their budgets for schools' music as front-line
services such as social Last year the National
Youth Orchestra of Wales received its lowest ever number
of applications from young hopefuls. The leading composer,
Owain Arwel Hughes, warned an Assembly committee that Wales
faced losing its reputation as a musical nation
unless more money was found. For now, many schools rely
on parents to help pay for the lessons and not every parent
can afford to. Teachers tell me that learning
to play a musical instrument can have huge benefits for children,
not just in terms of learning to play the instrument itself,
but music can also benefit children's literacy, numeracy
and even improve their behaviour. Obviously there is the perseverance
element where they know practice makes perfect and the performance
in front of an audience, So all those skills we can
teach through music, What's the best thing
about playing the guitar? The best thing is that you can
make your own music and, well, I like the fact that you can just
express your feelings and, like, you can create your music
on the guitar and any other instrument by
using your imagination. When I have got lots of things
on my mind it just makes me feel Probably that I can express my
feelings just through sound. Years of cuts to music services have
taken its toll on music in schools. The question now is will this
new endowment be enough to reverse the decline and create
a new generation of young musicians. St David's - our smallest city -
is hoping to become the UK's next If successful, it will follow
in the footsteps of Hull which has David Grundy has spent
the day in Pembrokeshire. Built around its picturesque
cathedral, St Davids is tranquil, the final resting place of our
patron saint and could be in the running for of UK City of Culture.
The current city of Culture is Hull, its sprawling's industrial landscape
is a world away from temperature. Hull and St Davids could not be more
different, Hull has a population of 259,000, 2000 as the population of
St Davids. Hull is a city that is changing after post-industrial
decline while St Davids remains a huge draw for tourists. The question
is, can St Davids the contrary in 2021 what Hull is doing now? What
has it got? It is a bilingual city, St Davids already has its fair share
of art galleries but the cathedral is the main attraction for tourists.
It has been contributing to the area's culture for centuries.
Pilgrims have come here since the days of Saint David and, of course,
we offer here cultural experience and the literacy in any case, but
the wonderful choir that is associated with the cathedral.
Winning city of Culture is not just about choir is, poetry and painting,
it is about using culture as a catalyst for regeneration. ?1
billion has been spent on the infrastructure of Hull since it beat
Swansea to the title in 2013. Events like the Turner Prize are expected
to boost its economy by an extra ?60 million this year alone. I think it
will make a huge difference to the local community, but I also think it
is great because at the moment St Davids Izale it -- a bit like a
hidden treasure. It is such a beautiful place. St Davids and its
cathedral is steeped in centuries of history, but turnaround times in
this competition are much shorter than the county council's 42 day to
single its interest to meet before the deadline. Formal bids are due by
the end of April and the winning city is announced in December. St
Davids himself said to the small things, convincingly City of Culture
judges to give it to the city of St Davids will be no small feat.
Football and rugby now in tonight's sport - here's Tomos.
After a great win over the Premier League champions,
some bad news tonight for Swansea City -
winger Nathan Dyer will miss the rest of the season
after rupturing the Achilles tendon in his left ankle.
He limped off in the win over Leicester City.
That victory means they're four points clear of the relegation zone.
Swansea City are undergoing a remarkable revival
and as Paul Clement marched over to the fans at the end
of the final whistle yesterday, there was a mutual understanding
His satisfaction and their response was clear to see.
It is four wins in six league matches, but it is not just
the results, it is also the way that Swansea are playing.
Yesterday they looked like their old selves and the goals
Alfie Mawson's thumping volley giving Swansea the lead
and just before the break, Martin Olsson flying down the left
side got his first goal for the club, the manager living
I am very happy with the form of the team,
But it's only a small step in ultimately what our objective
So how has Paul Clement turned things around?
Well, the training ground is where he says the hard work begins,
it is where he gets this players organised and confident
This is how the table looked when he took charge.
Swansea anchored to the foot of it, 12 points from 19 games
Six matches on, they have doubled their points,
climbing above Leicester and up to 15th.
It is Chelsea they face next and their former manager Ruud Gullit
has said that Clement's experience in Europe is giving him a real edge.
I think that the difference with him is because he has been with European
coaches and he has been sniffing around a little bit what happens
outside of England, I think that is his greatest advantage
because he knows the game in England as well.
Paul Clement clearly is not getting carried away,
but he will head to Stamford Bridge with a quiet confidence
that they can get something against the league leaders.
The Wales manager was at the Liberty Stadium yesterday
to watch Swansea's win and he's been boosted by news that
Gareth Bale has returned to training with Real Madrid.
The 27-year-old has been out of action since damaging
Coleman - who's heading out to Madrid to see his star player
in the next few days - is hoping he's fit in time
for Wales' crucial World Cup qualifier against the Republic
A lack of composure let Wales down, according to interim
head coach Rob Howley, after losing late
Many pundits have questioned Howley's substitutions,
arguing Ross Moriarty shouldn't have been replaced with
Wales will head to Murrayfield in less than a fortnight
They haven't lost against them since 2007.
Well done, referee. Jones, he knocks it on. Dan Biggar... So close, but
several opportunities were converted. For some, this was an
avoidable defeat. Well, it is one that unfortunately just got away.
The iman, played exceptionally well, it went right down to the wire, one
lapse of concentration, England capitalised and scored and brought 3
million well Shapps. Scotland could be a different entity, they lost in
Paris, they will be seeding, they will be wanting to take this. Wales
were much improved and played with more intensity. This was their only
try. Long periods of pressure did not yield enough points. The timing
of the winning try was tough to take. England capitalised on a poor
clearance. Winning the game any final attack. When Elliot Daly
crossed in the corner, Wales had made seven substitutions, this man
was brought on for Ross Moriarty. The decision that baffled some. Ross
Moriarty, that kid is phenomenal, if I had to be critical of anything,
why did they take him off? He has an aura about him. After two round of
games, England's top of the table, the only team unbeaten. Wales are
third and have the best part of the prepare for a trip to Murrayfield
defeated Scotland team who beat Ireland, and Ireland team that --
the Scots lost narrowly in Paris. They are facing an improved Scottish
side. They are playing an open brand of rugby and it will be hardest
match we have had up there for a long time. We will have to play
equally well to win because Scotland are dangerous. Another tough task
ahead, wheels have to win all of their remaining games to have any
chance of taking the title, while England are the only side that can
the Grand Slam. -- that can achieve the Grand Slam.
At just 15 years old, Jackson Page has made it
through to the second round at the Welsh Open Snooker.
Elsewhere, Matthew Stevens was knocked out against
Better news for Dominic Dale - he's through after winning 4-0.
Thank you. It has been a very windy day across Wales, especially across
the west course. Gusts of 46 miles an hour recorded on some occasions,
even 40 in Cardiff. Over the next four days the winds will ease and it
will turn milder. Tonight, the lighter winds but remaining just be
Cardigan Bay. Mist and for developing but remaining largely
dry. Overnight lows of 2 degrees to 5 degrees in towns and cities. Could
be cold enough for frost in rural areas. High pressure over
Scandinavia has been keeping things by and cold but as it breaks down,
this boat to the South West starts to move them, so turning more and
settled but as it breaks down, this boat to the South West starts to
move them, so turning more unsettled later tomorrow. Early mist and fog
patches, some sunny spells but turning increasingly cloudy as a
band of mainly light and patchy drizzle will spread and from the
South West later. Still quite blustery but strong winds easing,
greyer than today and the temperature is suppressed by that
cloud, Izale six Celsius in Wrexham and nine in Swansea. Tomorrow night,
that first cold front moves North eastwards, dry for a time, early
Wednesday, and then another trough bushing from the South West,
bringing thicker cloud and rain. As a wind is South-Westerly, also
slightly milder. Could be some brightness early on Wednesday, Mr
and murky as well. Some are really pushing up from the South, mainly
patchy, with winds turning more southernly, much milder than recent
days. Temperatures at 2 degrees or three degrees over the weekend, by
Wednesday up to ten or 11. Later in the week, that more unsettled at Van
Dijk influence but remaining relatively mild.
The headlines again - the sister of murdered 5 year
old April Jones has told this programme her family feel they've
taken a step towards tougher sentenced for sex offender.
Jazmin Jones' petition for what's been called "April's Law" will be
debated in Parliament after reaching more than 100,000 signatures...
Even if we do manage to save one child, it has done its job.
You know, it has done a lot more than what happened for us.
For me, it could save another sibling.
So it's really important for me, yeah.
I'll have an update for you here at 8pm and again
That's Wales Today, thank you for watching.
From all of us on the programme, good evening.