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Welcome to Wales Today. Our headlines tonight:


The little girl turned away by the surgery who later died


Tonight, questions around the disciplinary


She was literally four minutes late because she checked her phone


The man who murdered his ex-girlfriend and her new partner


searched the web to learn how to do it.


She was studying in Bangor before being locked


Now the University urges the Home Office to intervene.


Why the cranes might stop the diggers.


The latest obstacle for the planned M4 relief road.


In tonight's sport: After Scotland, Jonathan Davies is here.


Wales fall in the world rankings, so what needs to change?


Calls have been made for the General Medical Council


to publish its findings about a GP who refused to see a young girl


from Newport because she was late for an emergency appointment.


Five year-old Ellie-May Clark died later the same evening


Dr Joanna Rowe was been given a warning by the GMC and has now


She was just perfect. That's how Brandy Clarke from Newport remembers


her granddaughter. Five-year-old Ellie-May Clark. We just take each


day as it comes and just try and get through as best you can. A funny


little girl, bright. Very intelligent. Just so funny and


loving. Ellie-May Clark had a history of severe asthma. Ending up


in a high dependency unit five times before receiving help from her local


surgery a further five times in the six months before her death. On the


26th of January 2015, short of breath, she came home from school


early. Their mother rang this surgery to book an appointment. Due


at 5pm, Ellie-May Clark's mother said she arrived at eight minutes


passed, although the receptionist said it was closer to 18 minutes


passed. The doctor refused to see Ellie-May Clark because she was late


and said she could come back the following morning. Later that night,


while she was in bed, her parents discovered she was having a seizure


and wasn't breathing. She died that night after doctors at the Royal


Gwent Hospital were unable to resuscitate her. An internal


investigation by the Aneurin Bevan Health Board found that doctors at


this surgery had been alerted to the risk she faced of having an episode


of severe life-threatening asthma. It also adds that while some doctors


turned no one away, Doctor Rowe was most likely to turn patients away


who turned up late and the report also said there was a consensus


among reception staff that doctor Rowe was an approachable and


volatile, although she denied that. The GP's case was passed to the


disciplinary panel. Although Doctor Rowe has been issued with a


five-year warning, the General medical Council dealt with her


hearing behind closed doors. Ellie-May Clark's family received a


copy of the report but nothing from the GMC. They have apologised but


some are calling for greater transparency. If a warning is given


and there is no explanation, the relatives of that patient who has


been heard have no idea on what basis the decision by the GMC was


made. The GMC may know but I would say, argue, as many members of the


public would do, that that is no longer sufficient. Doctor Joanne


Rowe was suspended on full pay for six months but continues to practice


at this surgery in the Splott area of Cardiff. She has declined to


comment on Ellie-May Clark's case. If she said sorry that at least


would be something. It would have been something.


Brandi Clark ending that report by James Williams.


A man once described as a gentle giant murdered his former-girlfriend


and her new boyfriend in a revenge attack, Cardiff Crown


Zoe Morgan and Lee Simmons were stabbed outside Matalan


Andrew Saunders was said to have searched the internet to learn how


to kill in the days leading up to the murders.


In Zoe Morgan it was said Lee Simmons had found love.


They worked together in Matalan and were waiting outside the city


centre store in Queen Street when they were attacked.


Andrew Saunders was Zoe's previous boyfriend.


The court heard how, in the days leading up to the murders,


he had been stalking Zoe, threatening her.


Witnesses described how he had first attacked Lee,


ignoring his pleas for help, and when Zoe failed to stop him


and ran away he had caught her and with a second knife


he stabbed her too, before casually walking away.


Investigations revealed he'd been watching YouTube videos


about revenge and Googling methods of killing.


In mitigation, his lawyer said his school teachers had


described him as a gentle giant, a young man with outstanding grades


He'd won a scholarship to play American football


at University in Canada, but the death of his grandfather


and the break up with Zoe had left him in emotional


After the murders, he was diagnosed with adjustment disorder .


His lawyer said he was an adolescent who couldn't manage.


In the weeks following their deaths, friends held vigils for Zoe and Lee.


Today, statements were read out from the couple's families.


Zoe's mother said their world has been turned upside down and they've


padlocked her daughter's room so it remains as she left it.


Lee's father said he cannot look at pictures of his son.


Andrew Saunders is said to be genuinely remorseful and wishes


Sentencing is expected to take place tomorrow.


A trial scheme where targets for Welsh ambulance response times


were dropped for all but the most life-threatening calls


The Welsh Government says the target has been met every month


since it was introduced, but the Conservatives claim


the system does not treat all suspected heart attack


Nearly ?14 million of improvements have been approved for the accident


and emergency department at Ysbyty Gwynedd in Bangor.


The redevelopment will include extra triage and resuscitation areas


Paediatrics facilities and waiting rooms will also be upgraded.


Tributes have been paid to Elli Norkett, the Welsh rugby


international killed in a car crash on Saturday.


The 20-year-old from Llandarcy sustained fatal injuries


in a collision between Banwen and Glynneath.


Elli was the youngest player at the 2014 Rugby World Cup.


In a statement, her family said she was loving and caring.


Her club, the Ospreys, said it's like losing a family member.


As a key Ospreys women's player, international but also colleague


to a number of staff, it was quite a big shock.


I don't think it was until late in the evening when the story


was put out nationally and then the response that we had


on Facebook and Twitter that it really sunk in.


It's a sad loss and I'm sure the family are feeling that.


The House of Commons has been told that the case of a Bangor University


student who faces deportation is serious, urgent and pressing.


Shiromini Satkunarajah is due to be flown to Sri Lanka tomorrow,


three months before she completes her degree.


Her lawyers are asking for a last minute review of her case.


Roger Pinney is at Bangor University now.


This young woman, Shiromini Satkunarajah, has been in the UK for


eight years. She initially came here with her parents. Their father was


on a student Visa, although there is a suggestion that they may have been


escaping from conflict in their native Sri Lanka as well. Her father


has since died and she was allowed to stay in the UK to complete her


school studies. She then won a place at Bangor University and was allowed


to study for her degree here while her appeals to stay in the UK were


being processed. That's where we've got to now. She was told last week


that those appeals had failed. She was detained and taken to a


detention centre and now she and her mother are awaiting deportation and


that could happen as soon as tomorrow. But she hasn't given up?


She hasn't and she has a great deal of support. She is being backed by


the... The National Union of Students, the Bishop of anger has


described it as a travesty if she was deported now, Bangor University


says she is an exceptional student and she should be allowed to


continue reading her degree. In the House of Commons today the case was


raised by Hywel Williams. And lawyers are working on this case.


They are hoping to file an emergency application again for her to stay


and, in the meantime, the lawyers say the two women should be released


from detention. This is all being dealt with by the Home Office. The


Home Office tell us they won't discuss individual cases but they do


add that the UK has a proud history of granting asylum to those who


genuinely need it. And the Home Office says every case is carefully


considered on its individual merits. That's where we stand. She could


face deportation tomorrow but her lawyers are still seeking a further


appeal. Children living in the most deprived


areas of Wales are 16 times more likely to be taken into care


than those living in the most affluent areas


and even more likely to be Those are the findings of academics


at Cardiff University. They describe harm to children


as one of the most toxic Michael Alli was taken into care


at the age of seven and brought up by foster families


in one of Cardiff's more in one of the capital's


more affluent areas. It was only then he became


aware of the contrast. I think it was a bit


of a culture clash for me, when I would say I was from Ely


and they would say, you're a chav. You start questioning where you're


from and why is it that and then when I was getting older


I realised the streets in Llandaff are a lot nicer,


the houses are a bit bigger. Michael bucked the trend and went


on to university, where he examined the link between foster care


and future offending. It is completely disproportionate


and it has really opened my eyes and made me realise how lucky I am


that I didn't go down that path and I have had a stable family


and stable upbringing. The impact of poverty


is far ranging. Successive governments in Wales have


attempted to improve the health and education outcomes of children


by trying to tackle the issue. But research by Cardiff University


as part of a much wider UK study suggests child welfare


is a far greater concern. With more than 5,000 children in


care and nearly 3,000 on the child protection register,


you are 16 times more likely to be in care if you live in the most


deprived areas of Wales And 24 times more likely to be


on the child protection register. There's a lot of policy attention


to reducing health inequalities which is absolutely


right and appropriate. The adult outcomes though of harm


to children are much more serious than the problems caused


in adulthood by educational underachievement or having slightly


worse health so I would say that child welfare inequalities


need to be much more The risk of not looking at the two


is that we are simply The research in no way


suggests all children The body representing councils


in Wales say with reducing resources and increasing demands,


services are under immense pressure but they are working


with the Welsh Government to support those in the most


deprived communities in Wales. Much more to come before seven


o'clock: Jonathan Davies is here to look


ahead to how Wales turns And the Cardiff graduate who picked


up her Oscar for one It's been debated for


the best part of 30 years. Tomorrow a five month public inquiry


begins into whether the M4 relief road around Newport should get


the go ahead. In a moment, why cranes -


the feathered variety - might stop the diggers


in their tracks. First, Jordan Davies


on the arguments for and against one of the largest civil engineering


projects in south Wales. It's a saga that's had more twists


and turns than a TV soap opera. Needed, some say, to


avoid scenes like this. Bumper-to-bumper for hours


on the M4 around Newport. It has a natural bottleneck,


the Brynglas Tunnel, The M4 either side was


designed as a bypass. Officials recognise this stretch


of road carries more traffic A relief road around Newport


was first mentioned in the '90s. Fast forward to 2014


and the Welsh Government announced its preferred route,


the so-called black route. These are the Welsh Government


plans, from Castleton to Magor. But this road isn't


without controversy. Newport docks isn't just a place


where things float, they also fly. The owners say it will be difficult


for tall ships to access one of their docks because of the relief


road passing overhead. And environmental and major groups


are worried the road will devastate places


like this, the Gwent Levels. Some opposition parties


are concerned about the potential ?1.1 billion price tag


but the Welsh Government, several business groups


and countless commuters believe it's vital,


saying the road as it is acts as a natural barrier


to economic growth. So this all leads us


to an inquiry in Newport, where the fate of the M4 relief road


will be decided. Will this be the final


scene in this drama? The hopes of motorists,


environmentalists and the public purse


are all resting on the ending. Well, it's emerged


that the preferred route for the new motorway could cut


through the first nesting site in Wales for common


cranes in over 400 years. Here's our environment


correspondent, Steffan Messenger. Wiped out by hunting


and loss of habitat, this secretive bird hadn't been seen


in Wales since the Tudor age The story starts on the Somerset


Levels where, since 2010, a group of wildlife charities have


been trying to reintroduce them. 93 cranes have been hand-reared


and released on this site and over the course of the last six years,


they have started to spread out. They have nested successfully


on the Gwent Levels last year and produced their first chick


in Wales for over 400 years, If you've got cranes


back in the landscape, But could this crane


comeback be cut short? The new nesting site is on land


the Welsh Government wants to concrete over for its ?1 billion


upgrade to the M4. The crane is just one of a number


of iconic species that environmentalists claim could be


badly hit by the government's That's because their preferred route


cuts across some unique landscape. The ancient marshes


of the Gwent Levels. The black route crosses in areas set


aside for nature conservation. Five sites of special


scientific interest. At Magor marsh nature reserves,


Gwent Wildlife Trust has received a compulsory purchase order


for part of its land. The charity says it's gearing up


for the David versus Goliath fight It's going to affect hundreds


of hectares of wetland habitat. Thousands of metres of ditches


will be concreted over. It should never have come


to a public inquiry. The designations are there


and it will be completely The common crane's fate may not stop


the motorway from being built but it's one example of mounting


environmental concerns. Even Wales' Future


Generations Commissioner, one of the government's


own advisers, Mitigation measures to protect


wildlife are being promised and ministers say the public inquiry


will be a chance to properly scrutinise them before a final


decision on the M4's future is made. Rugby and football -


Tomos has tonight's sport. Any chance of winning


the Six Nations title evaporated in Murrayfield and tonight Wales


have dropped to seventh in the world rankings ahead


of May's World Cup draw. Rob Howley's men failed


to score a single point in the second half -


a first defeat against In a moment we'll hear


from Jonathan Davies. First, if you can stomach it,


the key moments from the game. Free kick quickly


taken by Rhys Webb. Scott Williams long


to Leigh Halfpenny. Liam Williams, the first


try of the game. Scotland over the ball again,


win yet another penalty. One boot into touch


and the job is done. Let's start with Dan Biggar


seemingly overruling his captain, turning down an opportunity to kick


for three points. Very odd. Shambolic really because I


don't think the referee was sure what was going on. That position at


16-13, I felt they had to go for goal, especially when they weren't


turning the pressure into points and they haven't done that over the last


few games. So surprising they went for touch and got penalised at the


next line-out. Would you bring in new players? I would like to know


first what they are trying to do attacking wise because they don't


seem to create any thing to ask questions of the opposition defence.


They tried to barge over and we are way behind on the stats with tries


scored in opposition 22. If they need to freshen it up, Liam Williams


at fullback. Do you put Sam Davies in? George North has been very


quiet. But I would like to know what they are trying to do offensively


with Alex King and Robert Howley. It doesn't seem that they are creating


enough opportunities to score tries. And after that defeat, they have


dropped down to seventh in the world rankings. If they drop out of the


top eight, it will be a tough World Cup draw. You don't want to be in


the group of death. Last time we did well against England so we got


through and it was exciting but for me Wales should be in the top eight.


If they lose the next two games they will be nice and they could be in


the group of death again. I learned a week on Friday. They are going for


the title. How do we beat them? Unless we score more tries, we won't


beat them. If we can't score tries, we should put points on the board.


We are capable of beating them if we attack well but that's the big? Now.


-- the big question now. But two really tough games to finish the


tournament. Thank you very much. Football, and Gareth Bale,


who hobbled-off in Real Madrid's win over Villareal last night,


suffered just a knock and should be fine to feature


against Las Palmas on Wednesday. Bale scored in his first start


for three months but was replaced towards the end after he appeared


to land awkwardly on his ankle. Wales face the Republic of Ireland


in Dublin next month. Amid the glitz, glamour


and confusion of this year's Oscars, there was a win for a graduate


of Cardiff University. Producer Joanna Natasegara was part


of the team behind the Oscar The White Helmets tells


the story of rescue workers It's not the moment this year's


Oscar ceremony will be remembered for


but for Joanna Natasegara, in telling the story


of the White Helmets. The first responder rescue workers


are estimated to have helped save the lives


of tens of thousands of civilians The short documentary shows


them working in the most difficult including rescuing this


baby alive from rubble. Speaking after the ceremony, Joanna,


a Cardiff University graduate, said she had mixed emotions


following her win. We wish we'd never had to make this


film, we wish we didn't have to be here tonight with this award,


but we do and so we are pleased at least they get


the recognition they deserve. Watching her daughter's moment


in the limelight during She heads charity Safer Wales


based in Cardiff, for whom Joanna made a film following a stint


working for the organisation. To make a great documentary,


you talk about the facts, you talk about truth,


you give a voice to people who haven't had a chance


to have that voice before, but who do you put that voice


in front of? I think that's what she really


finds exciting and that's what I find really


impressive about her work. And another person impressed


with her work is George Clooney. The Hollywood star is reported to be


developing a drama based on the White Helmets,


meaning this is one story that could see more Oscar success


in the future. The prize for best weather picture


goes tonight to Sue Charles. Sadly, it is more like the worst


because Storm Doris brought strong winds over the last few days. Not as


windy but still very blustery over the next few days with wintry


showers and dry spells and feeling colder. Tonight, showers continue.


Any snow, mainly over higher ground, but colder than recent nights. These


temperatures in towns and cities around freezing but it will be even


colder in the countryside and the Met office has a warning out for the


risk of ice on untreated surfaces. The pressure chart shows some dry


spells for a time tomorrow but another front pushing in from the


north-west through the day. Tomorrow it is a cold start with a frost and


eyes risk. Some brighter spells but then showers pushing in from the


north-west, merging into longer spells of rain and becoming wintry


over higher ground with sleet and snow mixed in. Brighter spells in


between, especially further south, and those showers rattling through


on brisk winds. These will reach gale force along the coast. But the


winter chill making it feel even colder than that. Tomorrow night the


front starts to clear through. Fewer wintry showers slowly easing


overnight, turning Dreier, blustery but still quite close -- cold. The


chart shows a window of dry weather for a time on Wednesday but this


front pushing up from the south-west later in the day so, on Wednesday, a


cold, bright start for many but going downhill. The rain pushes up


from the south-west by the afternoon and it will stay quite chilly at


7-9 C. It will stay unsettled and often very windy through the rest of


the week with showers and a few sunny spells. Frost patch is


possible by night. Thursday is a drier and brighter day and then it


is looking milder but changeable for the end of the week. But milder by


the end of the week for the next couple of days. Cold enough for snow


for some of us. But today, in Blaenau Ffestiniog, this picture was


taken by our weather watcher. If you have any photos to take the weather


story, you can sign up and become a weather watcher and keep to date up


online. Calls have been made


for the General Medical Council to publish its findings about a GP


who refused to see a young girl from Newport because she was late


for an emergency appointment. Five year-old Ellie-May Clark died


later the same evening I'll have an update


for you here at 8pm and again From all of us on the


programme, good evening.


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