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Christine and Roger Solik from the Cynon Valley were brutally
Their family tell us of their devastation.
Described as wonderful parents to their four children, relatives are
dealing with the shock of the news and I getting used -- ready to fly
out to South Africa. Are BBC license fee payers in Wales
being short-changed? BBC Scotland is today given more
money and a brand new channel. If Debra Poole re-marries she'll
lose her police widow's pension, she tells us why she's campaigning
for the rules to be changed. I'm being made to choose
between love and money. The Duchess of Cornwall is right
on cue during a visit to And he's back in the starting line
up, can George North repeat last season's performance
against Scotland this Saturday? The family of a couple found
brutally murdered in South Africa say they are "devastated"
by the news of their deaths. The bodies of Christine
and Roger Solik, originally from the Cynon Valley,
were found in a river around James Williams has spent
the day in Mountain Ash where some of their family members
still live, he sent us this report. Inseparable and a relationship to
aspire to. It is to be used from four loving children to their
parents. Christine and Roger Solik. Born and bred in the mountain ash
area of the Cynon Valley. I have spoken to Christine's brother and
sister where they are consoling their mother and they are devastated
by the news and finding it difficult to comprehend it was only last month
they saw Christine who had returned home to bury her father. A tight
knit community mourns. People are shocked by the news we have heard,
the brutality and the senselessness of the killings and the thoughts the
community out with the family. My office managers know the family and
she's has spoken to them already and they said they are devastated which
is understandable. Married in the Valleys, it was however South Africa
where the need their life. Moving there in 1981. Work, family and
retirements would follow before enjoying their final days in the can
to's Kwazulu-Natal province. In a town not far from the mountains.
Police suspect they were kidnapped from their home last Friday.
Christine's body was found later that day in a river, bound and
murdered 50 miles from their home in a gated community. Later, the couple
's car was found abandoned in another area. Roger, 66 and
suffering from Parkinson's disease, would not be found until Monday.
Over a mile from where Christine's body was discovered. With around 51
murders a day in South Africa violence is not uncommon. But
elements of this case seem unusual. There is a lot of shock and the
police are taking it seriously because it isn't normal in these
kind of cases the people would be taken away from their home,
kidnapped, and then killed somewhere else. That is unusual and so the
police are focusing on trying to find out what the motive is here
because it is not normal that happens. There is an awful lot of
detail in this case to come out that hopefully will make things a bit
more clear because people are not only frightened but very baffled by
how this has happened. From a small town in South Africa to a small town
in the South Wales Valleys. That shock at the murder of Christine and
Roger Solik continues to reverberate.
The Foreign Office has said tonight that they'll support the family
Yes, they have. A spokeswoman at the heart of the Foreign Office has said
they are working closely with the local police and are happy to assist
the family. The local police have said they are working around the
clock to try to catch the killers. I have been here all day and I've been
talking to Christine's family. They are devastated. Earlier this evening
had an opportunity to speak to her mother. She told me Christine and
Roger had been wonderful parents to their four lovely children and I
asked what was Christine like? She says she was chatty, just like her.
Members of both families are going to leave the UK and fly to South
Africa on Saturday ahead of Tuesday's funeral service in Cape
Town. In South Africa they will meet Christine and Roger's children who
released their statement saying please keep them in force and
prayers. -- thoughts. The BBC has been accused
of insulting Wales after it announced a new Television
channel and funding for Scotland It comes a day AFTER it
confirmed an ?8.5 million Our Arts and Media Correspondent,
Huw Thomas, has been taking a look This is an argument
about the BBC's priorities This morning, in Glasgow,
the BBC revealed it's investing ?19 million of new money in Scotland
recruiting 80 journalists, and launching a brand new channel
with a nightly news programme featuring local and world news
from a Scottish perspective. It'll also spend ?20 million
to increase the number of programmes that are made in Scotland and shown
across the UK. Now this has proved controversial
today because it comes just a day after the announcement that
an extra ?8.5 million would be coming to Wales,
mainly for new dramas, Not all good news for those who'd
been calling for an extra And politicians from different
parties are saying it's unfair. It is clear to me, whatever Scotland
wants to do and how it wants to arrange its programming,
that is fine for the BBC. But as one of the devolved
nations, license payers in Wales should get the same deal as
licence payers in Scotland. The BBC denies that accusation,
saying the new money it's spending in Wales will be
"transformational". It says spending on programmes made
in Wales like Doctor Who and Casualty meant it was already way
ahead of Scotland in making There's also the money the BBC
spends on Welsh language output, including much
of the budget for S4C. At the end of the day, this boils
down to what the audience wants. Viewers in Scotland have different
needs to those in Wales, and the different choices being made
require different levels of funding. Bosses at Aberthaw power station
in the Vale of Glamorgan say cleaner coal from overseas will be used
in future to ensure emissions EU judges ruled the plant
was pumping out illegal levels of air pollution,
and had to change Our environment correspondent
Steffan Messenger has had rare access to see what the future holds
for one of Wales's This is the route we are
putting new investment on. This huge site capable of powering
three million UK homes is at a By 1967 this industrial wilderness
will begin to look like this. At the time it was built,
it was hailed as one of the most advanced power stations in the world
designed to use Welsh coal which takes longer to
burn than alternatives. But as well as carbon emissions that
process produces toxic nitrogen oxide gases
which can harm people's health. In September last year
the European Court of Justice ruled that Aberthaw was pumping out double
the legal amount. Several years ago this stockroom
would probably have held With the introduction
of new legislation we have to change our diet
across from low volatile coal, the indigenous Welsh coals
across to highly volatile coal which, unfortunately,
is only available outside of the UK. The plant operator, RWE is investing
?5 million in upgrading its boilers and conveyor belts
to handle coal from places It is also cutting its
operating hours focusing on supplying electricity only at times
of peak demand, It means that from the end
of the month the vast majority of deliveries from Welsh
opencast mines will end. For the people who work this
is a really poignant scene, the penultimate delivery of coal
from Tower Colliery here to It is happening because the UK
is shifting its energy mix away from burning fossil fuels like
coal towards more low carbon energy generation, renewable
energy and new nuclear power plants like the one
that is planned on Anglesey. The Westminster government wants
to see all coal fired power stations But that is still eight years away
and in the meantime, Aberthaw's manager believes it has
an important role to play. Although there has been
periods this year when coal generation has fallen
to zero in the summer, when the margins are tight the UK
very much needs the capability That is where we see our future
for the next few years. Not everyone agrees
as this protest at It is going to close as a result of
government policy and the fact it is very old. Isn't it time to start
thinking beyond that rather than eking out a few little bits of extra
profit from an ageing asset? For the 200 or so staff
it is a challenging time. But Aberthaw's managment team say
the changes being put in place will mean they can keep generating
power here until at least 2021. A man from Pontypridd
been jailed for 28 days for filming and livestreaming
a court case on Facebook. 39-year-old David Davies,
from Llantwit Fardre, broadcast the footage on Monday
as a witness gave evidence He was arrested when he returned
yesterday and sentenced Cameras are not allowed in courts
in Wales and England. The number of cancer cases in Wales
has risen by nearly ten percent There were just over
19,000 diagnoses in 2015, Public Health Wales says the main
reason for the increase The Charity Commission has
launched an investigation Capricorn Animal Rescue
near Mold looks after injured But welfare and financial concerns
were highlighted by a BBC Wales The Charity Commission
says it decided to act following complaints from the public
and former volunteers. It is a relief really,
I think that is the main feeling, relief that someone is being looked
into and hopefully changes will It is quite concerning they have
frozen their bank account knowing the animals
are still in that rescue. But we know there is a lot of people
there ready to come in We are just grateful somebody has
paid attention and done something. The commissioner who advises Welsh
ministers on sustainability says plans for a new M4 relief road
should not go ahead. Sophie Howe, the Future
Generations Commissioner, believes the plan is "ill
conceived" and not the most The Welsh Government wants to build
the new motorway south of Newport to ease congestion,
at a cost of ?1.1 billion. A public inquiry on the project
starts next week. There are calls tonight for police
widows to be granted a pension for life even if they
re-marry or live with a new partner. New legislation from the Home Office
means only the spouses of officers Debra Poole moved from Cardiff
to Ceredigion with her husband Russell when he retired
from the police service. It was their dream to have a quieter
life so bought this smallholding in Sarnau near Cardigan
after he finished working. Russell had been a hard-working
and decorated officer Debra was just 47 when he died
from cancer nearly 15 years ago and was left to bring up
three young children. She receives a widow's
pension of around ?900 each month which is vital
for her with her younger But if she remarried or lived
with a new partner Debra would I will be made to choose
between love and money. He quite often put his life
on the line for the job, and I'm not saying he never thought
anything about it, that was his job. But he also paid 11% of his pay
every month for his pension Debra wants the regulations
to change and on this More than a 115,000 people
have signed a petition. They want the rules to be
brought into line with Northern Ireland which grants all
police widows a pension for life. The Home Office says new legislation
brought in last year means the spouses or partners of officers
who die on duty will retain their The system changed a little bit
for England and Wales from the 1st of April 2015 but there is no
retrospective change in it. There is a retrospective change
in Northern Ireland where, if widows or widowers have remarried
they have been able to get Clearly, people get into a situation
where is it going to be a future happiness for them or is it
going to be how much money they have That is an unfair decision
for people to make. That is where Debra finds herself,
unable to do what her husband wanted after his death and move
on with her life. You're watching Wales
Today from the BBC. He's the only change in the starting
line up on Saturday, can George North repeat last year's
success against Scotland? It was against the rules,
why more Welsh will now be The Duchess of Cambridge has been
in Torfaen visiting a project which helps young people in care
with mental health problems. It's her first visit to Wales
as the official patron Is not as you might expect on a
royal visit. But this mental health project in Pontypool is aligned with
a caused the Duchess of Cambridge has chosen to champion. Children's
mental health. Foster carers and pen is told about the expert support
they received from staff here. The charity Action for Children has been
commissioned for the past 12 years to provide the service by Torfaen
council and the local health board. Lots of our children from difficult
his studies and backgrounds and for them to have the pitches come and
celebrate with them the changes they have made to their lives is
important. Craig was one of the first people to meet the Duchess of
Cambridge today. He was taken into care. He told me he used to get
angry at school and storm out of class. I was getting into trouble
loads of times but now I am just settling down really well. I have
been doing anger management. It means you don't go out of class? You
do more work in school. What was of like meeting the Duchess of
Cambridge? Really good but nervous. Nerve wracking. Is she any good that
Paul? A bit. Not as good as you. Things have improved so much he is
considering going back to his birth family, proof the life changing
event of been taking into care doesn't have to affect life chances.
They were a fair few questions from these 80 roles. A quick hug and then
onto next engagement. The Queen Mother charity's Payton and her last
year, the Duchess of Cambridge picking up today where she left off.
Some MPs have tried it but it's been against the rules until now.
Last year the government said the translation
costs would be too high, but now the rules are changing
to allow Welsh to be spoken in some debates.
It's a campaign that's gone on for years,
as our parliamentary correspondent, David Cornock reports.
Can I tell the member of the House, there are standards of dress
Ond mae'r heniaith yn y tir ac alawon hen yn fyw.
The honourable gentleman will do the Hansard writers the great
courtesy of providing them with the text of which
he has just eloquently read to the House.
Nearly every rule that Parliament has is broken in some way
Theoretically, the rule is the language of Parliament is
English but, of course, when Her Majesty signs off bills
Last year, the government said allowing MPs to speak Welsh
at Westminster would be too expensive so why
Every single penny of the additional cost incurred will be
within the current budget of the House.
The fact that we have been sensible about our approach, we have
looked at what this actually means from a fiscal point of view, means
we can reflect the legal status of the Welsh language
without bearing any further cost to the taxpayer.
The change will apply only to the Welsh grand committee,
a forum for the 40 Welsh MPs that has few powers and rarely meets.
In fact, the Welsh grand hasn't met for a year
but the next time its members gather here at Westminster their
debates will, for the first time, be bilingual.
The change of heart has been widely welcomed.
Often, I have been in Welsh grand debates where
the majority of people attending the debate would be Welsh speakers.
Late on a Thursday afternoon in Westminster Hall, the majority of
people you'd speak Welsh to if conversing in private.
It will be natural for most of us to have a chance to debate in Wales
and I think it is a welcome step forward.
But don't expect to hear Welsh used much of the chamber of
either the Commons or the House of Lords.
There, Norman French remains the language of choice for special
Rugby and George North will return to Wales' starting line-up
for Saturday's Six Nations clash against Scotland at Murrayfield.
He's recovered from a leg injury, that sidelined him for Wales' 21-16
loss to England earlier this month and replaces Alex Cuthbert.
It's the only change, with Wales boss Rob Howley retaining
a back row of Sam Warburton, Justin Tipuric and Ross Moriarty.
Taulupe Faletau is on the bench again.
Ross, how much of an impact could George North have on the weekend?
Pretty big. He was a world-class player and Wales looked like a
different team with him in their starting line-up. The way he took
that try against Italy. He had that leg injury and it didn't stop him
running from 70 yards. A good record against Scotland. He scored a try
against them last year. He has scored a try in his last 56 Nations
game. It is a record. If he's goes this weekend come he will be the
only player out to score six consecutive tries. He is worth a try
and stop he will have to be on his defensive mettle is because
Scotland's back three are potent. You got Tommy Seymour,. Wales have
had a long winding streets against Scotland, do you think you can make
-- they can make it ten in a row? The bookies have them as favourites.
People thought they were the dark horses after they win against
Ireland. But they have been brought back down to earth with that defeat
against France in Paris. Wales have bullied them over the years, they
have not lost the Scotland since Warren Gatland took over in 2008.
They have bullied them up front which is what France did last week.
Those victories, there have been nine in a row, an average 15 points.
They normally win quite healthily against Scotland. They have got the
psychological edge. Scotland suffering with some key injuries.
Greig Laidlaw is out. He is their goalkicker. Strauss, their biggest
ball-carriers missing. The bookies have a marginal favourites but both
teams of the best bits of victories because having lost one each come if
they lose another, they are out of contention for the Six Nations. It
is win or bust for both Wales and Scotland.
There are weather warnings in place ahead of that game on saturday.
Wet and windy overnight into tomorrow. The Met office has issued
the warning is for Doris. A warning that ghosts could reach 70 to 80 mph
along the North Wales coast. This is the rapidly deepening area of low
pressure will stop Storm bodies -- storm Doris arriving overnight. Rain
heavy at times. Overnight turning windy with another band of rain
spreading in from the north-west in the early hours. Strengthening
of 4-9 C. The brain is at its of 4-9 C. The brain is at its
heaviest first thing tomorrow. Easing through the morning don't
wind picks up. Deals as well. Reuters buzz developing later.
Remaining very windy. Most of Wales covered by well a yellow warning.
The white arrows are the average wind speeds. It will feel colder.
Tomorrow night, the storm clears eastwards and a chance of a few
wintry showers. Turning cold overnight with winds slowly easing,
drier and quietly but called with a frost risk early Friday. Generally
fine, bright and breezy on Friday. Cloud thickening and rain starting
to arrive from the north-west later in the day. After a wet and very
windy Thursday with storm Doris, fine for a time on Friday and then
drain and strengthening winds spread eastwards overnight Friday into
Saturday. Some dry spells is fully time on Saturday before another
friend arise from the west bringing rain later Saturday and Sunday could
be fine at first with rain later. There is a smartphone app where you
can have an explain the forecast online.
The family of a couple found brutally murdered in South Africa
say they are "devastated" by the news of their deaths.
The bodies of Christine and Roger Solik, originally
from the Cynon Valley, were found in a river around
That is Wales today. I would have a quick update at eight o'clock. They
will be a full round-up after BBC News at ten.