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Our headlines tonight: It was like a scene out of a horror
film, the inquest hears - repeat offender Matthew Williams
Sport Wales,and the controversy over how it hands out tens of thousands
Why are parents having to pay out for signing lessons to communicate
It's not just infuriating, it's upsetting to think, I come as a
parent, and failing my child. The system is failing my child. Failing
in providing people the opportunity to communicate with my child. I
can't my blessings. Former speaker of the House
of Commons and Cardiff MP George Thomas, no further police
action into allegations This firm employs a hundred EU
staff, who will they And all routes from Pembrokeshire
lead to Cheltenham for these regulars who own a share of a horse,
who's been doing rather well. That's how the owner
of a Bed and Breakfast, where a 22-year-old woman
was killed, has described the moment Mandy Miles told an inquest
there was blood everywhere when prison leaver Matthew Williams
was found attacking Cerys Yemm at the Sirhowy Arms Hotel in Argoed
near Blackwood, in 2014. Williams was tasered
by police and later died. You may find some of the details in
Caroline Evans' report distressing. It was that this bed and breakfast
in November 20 14th that 22-year-old Cerys Yemm was killed by Matthew
Williams. This morning the Julie was played on a 999 call made by Iona,
Mandy Miles, telling police Matthew Williams was attacking Cerys Yemm
with a screwdriver and it looked to her as if he was eating her. She
said she's been told that was not the case. Breaking down she told the
court how, for the last two years, she's tried to forget what she saw
that night. She says she's been told that the reality of the situation
was not as she had thought, but the image in her head remains the same.
She told how she opened the door and spoke to Matthew Williams, asked
him, do you know what you're doing? Her son had shouted to him, that's a
girl. He said Matthew Williams looked up and said, that's no girl,
and carried on the attack. Cerys Yemm, she believes, was already dead
when she opened the door. The Julie heard from a friend of Matthew
Williams about, how in the days leading up to the deaths he and
Matthew Williams had been partying. Matthew Williams taking drugs, on
the night it happened, Cerys Yemm and Matthew had been at his house,
and they fail to get Cerys Yemm a taxi home, she left with Matthew
Williams. He knew that Matthew Williams had mental health problems,
he'd told him that he had loosely did. On that night, he said, Matthew
Williams was not right, but not aggressive. The owner of the hotel
so she knew nothing of any mental health issues, Sherwood not have
agreed to house him if she had. She's at Caerphilly Council, whose
she says failed to inform her. In her statement Cerys Yemm's mother,
Paula, said two weeks after her death she learned about Cerys Yemm
had been warned to stay away from Matthew Williams.
Sport Wales, the body that looks after grassroots and elite sport,
risked damaging its reputation in the way it awarded contracts.
That's according to an internal audit report leaked to BBC Wales.
It found that one consultant was given the details of a tender
Our political editor Nick Servini reports.
Wales former world champion sprinter Jamie Baulch says he's
concerned at the current turmoil at sport Wales, the body that funds
grass-roots and elite sport, could have an impact on the next
The crisis at the top of the organisation that develops
grass-roots and elite sport in Wales has intensified tonight.
Sport Wales has not been far from the headlines
Mainly because of this month, the chair, Paul Thomas, seen
here in a BBC Wales programme as a business troubleshooter.
In February his activities, as well as those of
the entire board were suspended over concerns from the Welsh government
The board has since been reinstated, but Mr Thomas B vice-chair remain
Now the focus has shifted to the day today running of the
The internal audit report found that the
Chief Executive, Sara Powell, gave the tender details for a surge
contract mentoring staff to a consultant called Sam Wail.
The managing director of a business called Unforgiving Minutes.
This happened two days before rival bidders received information.
The report said this meant there may be
a perception of some bidders being given
tender process, which may be perceived as undermining the spirit
of transparency for public procurement.
I've also seen a copy of an e-mail Trail, between Sarah
In which they discuss things like where Sam Wail
will be based for work, the terms of reference
and even payments of up to
And this exchange took place a full month before other companies were
invited to bid for the work. Then, two days before, Sarah Powell sent
an e-mail to Mr whale. I'm not sure how we're going to finalise
In the end there was only one tender from Unforgiving Minute the report
says know whether companies were unable to respond in the time frame.
Sam whale has not responded to an attempt to contact him.
Nick Servini is at Sport Wales' headquarters in Cardiff tonight.
Nick, what, if anything have they said tonight?
Well, Wail Sport Wales saying there is no attempt and have responded to
the report with a series of recommendations. It says these have
been accepted and, crucially, by the committee here at Sport Wales last
week. I think it sends from Sport Wales that any fallout from the
report can be contained. An interesting question is what the
Welsh government think about it. A short statement from them today
saying it is a matter for Sport Wales. Behind-the-scenes some raised
eyebrows about the contents of the e-mail that I reported. That,
despite that, I don't detect an appetite to get involved here. And,
you know, let's not forget. They are already investigating the chair and
vice-chair will remain suspended, so I'm sure, unless they can really
help it, they don't want to cause any other activities to further
unsettle his organisation. As for Sport Wales itself, I suspect it
would likely quiet life for the next few months, the question is whether
it will be allowed to do that. Mind you.
There are calls to improve support and sign language provision
Around 90% of children that are deaf have hearing parents.
And families are paying hundreds of pounds for British Sign Language
lessons which many are unable to afford.
The Welsh Government says policies and programmes
are in place which recognise the importance of communication.
Oliver is a happy-go-lucky three-year-old from Cardiff who
loves to play with toy trucks. He is also profoundly deaf. It had a
massive impact on myself and our family. We struggled to come to
terms with Oliver's hearing loss. Oliver's cochlear implants help him
to hear and speak. Without them he can't. His mother has recently
completed a beginner 's British sign language course. But that the cost
of more than ?350 they can't afford to pay for Oliver's father and
sister to have the same lessons. It's upsetting. It feels like my
child is being failed. I'm failing my child. The system is failing my
child. And really we are ostracising deaf children on a daily basis,
because we are not allowing people to communicate with them.
The children's Commissioner for Wales says children who are deaf
have the same right of anyone else to communicate in their own
language. They are only between two and 3000
deaf children up to the age of 19 in Wales, we are not talking enormous
numbers here. I don't think they are getting help they need and we should
be providing more. At Cardiff's deaf club they've
started a programme which brings hearing and deaf families together
and provides opportunity to learn BSL for free.
One of the difficulties is that that key moment BSL was recognised by the
Welsh government, back in 2007. But it's not an official language, which
means there is no legislation actually linked to the BSL act.
Really, it is the third language in Wales. It's difficult for parents to
access the correct teaching, the support linked to BSL.
The Welsh government has increased the number of qualified interpreters
and says it spent ?20 million improving support for those with
additional learning needs. Oliver hasn't started school yet, but his
family hope you'll get the right support to ensure he has every
opportunity to flourish. Police in South Africa investigating
the murder of a couple originally from the Cynon Valley are searching
for a second man. Roger and Christine Solik were found
dead in a river last month. Xolani Brian Ndlovu is wanted
on suspicion of murder, robbery, A bid to protect historic
place names will not Plaid Cymru's Dai Lloyd failed
to get a majority of AMs to back a bill that would protect the names
of houses, farms, fields, The Welsh Government said
the proposals were not feasible. The director of BBC Cymru Wales has
warned that the Welsh representative on the UK's new BBC board will need
to be appointed quickly if they're to influence the way
the organisation works. Rhodri Talfan Davies' comments come
after the Welsh government vetoed the UK government's choice
for the position. The recruitment process
will be reopened. The investigation into allegations
of child sexual abuse against the former Speaker
of the House of Commons, Viscount Tonypandy has
endedwith no further action. South Wales Police say
the complainants have been told. George Thomas, a former
Cardiff MP died in 1997. George Thomas was an MP in Cardiff
for nearly 40 years. He became a well known public figure
for this, his role as Speaker But four years ago allegations
of historical child sexual abuse A man now in his fifties,
living in Australia, alleges George Thomas sexually
assaulted him when he was nine-years-old, when he was staying
at his parents' home in Cardiff. He claims George Thomas
sexually assaulted him George Thomas died from
cancer in 1997, aged 88. A former Secretary of State
for Wales, he was later given There were other allegations
against him, that he sexually assaulted a 16 or 17-year-old boy
on a train between Newport and London in the 60s.And
that he inappropriately touched someone on a train from London
to Aberystwyth in 1959. South Wales Police now
say the investigation has now come to an end,
and that the allegations were investigated in line
with national guidance and that no The force says all three
complainants have been informed. Officers say Operation Hydrant,
which co-ordinates allegations into high profile people,
has been told. It's already been reported that
friends of George Thomas found these The investigation into these
claims is now over. These are our brightest
and best sixth formers. But why do so few make it
to Oxford or Cambridge? And we'll be finding out why
all roads from Pembrokeshire lead to Cheltenham, at least
for the regulars at this pub The latest unemployment figures
for Wales show joblessness here remains below the UK average,
but how might the labour There are thought to be almost
50,000 EU migrants working here earning an average salary
of almost ?22,500. That's a thousand pounds or so less
than UK born workers. In the latest in our series
of special reports looking at the impact of Brexit here,
Paul Martin has been to meet one business owner
reliant on EU workers. Loosening up ahead of the new
cricket season. It's not just on the pitch at the Morgan's stage where
work is going on. A quality service has had the contract to clean the
stadium for the last six years. Robin's company employs nearly 300
staff, more than 100 from the EU. The people I work for a kind with
us. Everything is good for us here. It's a good job for us. I can hear
for work and I want to apply for university. This job offers me the
opportunity to go there. It's a good thing for me, you know. I want to
stay here because I love everything here. Robbins says recruitment used
to be difficult until the upsurge in EU immigration midway through the
last decade. So how will his business cope after Brexit with days
of free movement of labour from the EU almost certainly coming to an
end? Ukip Assembly Member Dave Rowlands has come to listen to
Robin's concerns. When we recruit we advertise for
cleaners. In whatever form they are. We don't get the amount of local
people apply for those jobs that we want. Why is that? What can be done?
You're going to take away that was all three have now. We must make it
worthwhile for people... In what respect? From an income point of
view. Not that you have to pay them more. Perhaps it is better to remain
unemployed with all the benefits available.
What can I do about that? That's out of our. Absolutely
nothing. But the ethos of what's going on has to change. Dave
Rowlands says he doesn't want to pull up the drawbridge on foreign
labour. This was done and a Visa system.
People came in and visas. But Robin could also apply for those people to
stay because he could prove that they were necessary for the
expansion of his work. He thinks the emphasis should be on
getting more unemployed locals into work.
Robin pays good salaries and good wages. Why wouldn't Welsh people, or
Welsh youngsters, want to take up those jobs?
Is he right, Robin? I hope so. We have expansion plans. We are
probably one of the fastest-growing businesses in South Wales. We hope,
but as David said, they will make sure businesses like ours are looked
after and we will have the resources we need within south Wales and the
West to expand as our plans want us to.
There is currently a work permit system in place for non-EU citizens,
limiting entry to skilled workers in professions where there are
shortages. But we don't yet know if that is Theresa May's preferred
option, nor the impact that would have on a business like Robin's.
Downing Street says a letter sent by the secretary of state/ in his
delight that the sacked government adviser Lord Heseltine was advising
ministers was a clerical error. Alun Cairns rushed to all Welsh MPs
yesterday saying with the expertise of Lord has the time they would soon
be in a position to come to an agreement on the Swansea -based city
deal. Lord Heseltine was sacked last week after rebelling in the House of
What's stopping more Welsh teenagers getting
It's a question that has been asked for years,
today some of the brightest and best A level students in Wales gathered
in Newtown alongside representatives from some of those colleges.
Our Education correspondent Colette Hume joined them.
Oxford, the University of choice for 27 British Prime ministers. And a
byword for academic excellence. But latest figures show that less than
2% of first-year undergraduates and at Cambridge University come from
Wales. Rafael is one of the success stories. The 18-year-old from fringe
has a place at Harvard University in America.
Even if you think you can't make it, give it a go. I never thought I
would get into Harvard, but they did.
The network was set up by the Welsh government two years ago following
concerns that too few Welsh teenagers were replying to the
world's best universities. At this conference today some of the
country's brightest and best are talking to those universities. In
August Oxford University will hold its first ever summer school
specifically for Welsh students. We want to demystify Oxford and we want
them to realise we encourage applications from all people, we are
looking for the brightest comet doesn't matter where you from.
Oxford is a place they can see as part of their futures.
Ministers have admitted they need to do more to push the most able
pupils. What this is about is providing the
brightest and most able students with a platform that enables them to
achieve and fulfil their potential in the best universities in the UK,
Wales and across the world. This was Jacob Lew was getting his
A-level results in Nantgarw last summer.
For a start of! He's now in his first year and Cambridge and is the
first member of his family to go to university. Today his advice was
simple, aim high. Honestly, you have absolutely nothing to lose, and
potentially a place at the best university in the UK to gain.
So do it? Do it! These students are some of the brightest and best in
the country. It's helped even more of them will apply to the best
Rugby, and Wales have named an unchanged side for the third
consecutive game when they play France in the Six Nations
Coach Rob Howley is sticking with the 23 man squad that beat
Ireland last Friday as they play for a possible second
Hooker Ken Owens will win his 50th cap.
Racegoers from Pembrokeshire will be flocking to the Cheltenham Fesitval
tomorrow to follow the latest installment in the amazing
The horse is owned by a syndicate of seventeen people who drink
at the Cresselly Arms in Cresswell Quay.
Aled Scourfield went to meet them as they prepare for To be
This is normally a quiet corner of South premature. Cresswell key is
firmly in the grip of horse racing fever. This is why. To be fair, a
seven-year-old with seven winds in seven races. Claimed in
Carmarthenshire but owned by a syndicate of seven 17 local people
who follow him all the way to Cheltenham. It's been such a
roller-coaster ride. I've never, ever expected him to win a race. I
keep saying he can't win, then he does it again and again. He loves
racing. He comes from the back, you can see he enjoys it. When he goes
around the paddock his head is bouncing. What do you think the
party would be like if he winds? See that roof? It will be raised about
five foot in the year I think. The Cheltenham Festival is the highlight
of the country scene calendar. To be fair is writing to be favoured in
one of the most competitive races on Thursday's racecard. They will be
some party here To be fair continues his winning streak at Cheltenham. If
he does win, the prize money is over ?50,000. To be fair was gifted to
Michael Cole at he agreed to look after two foals. He is hopeful he
can stay the pace at Cheltenham. Can he do it at the festival?
I'd like to think he'll have a good race. I still think if he can come
in the first 60s had a good race. He stays well. I think we've got a
chance. He's just a brilliant horse. He just keeps going. This pub is
normally the meeting place for the local hunt, but horse racing has
captured the hearts of the locals. We've won already. We are at
Cheltenham. Let's hope the horse and jockey come around safely. Members
of the syndicate will make their way bright and early down the M4 in the
hope of more of this as the fairy tale story of To be fair continues.
The last person to leave the Preseli Arms, would be please turn off the
lights? Good luck to them. It's very nice outside, Derek? Much
of Wales sunny and warm. Beach weather. Look at this picture here.
Almost a clear blue sky, but not everywhere. Barry was grey with low
cloud and mist rolling in from the sea. Only 9000 babies afternoon. But
when she exceeded 17 Celsius making it the warmest day of the year so
far -- only 9 degrees in Barry this afternoon.
Much of Wales turned out sunny and warm today.
Mist and fog patches and the odd spot of drizzle.
Monmoutshire, most of Powys and the North East cloudy
Some dry weather but with spots of drizzle and some light rain
will spread South Eastwards during the afternoon.
Temperatures similar to today on the south and west coast
Cloudy with a little rain and drizzle.
In Wrexham tomorrow not as nice as today and cooler.
The morning dry but expect a little rain in the afternoon.
Tomorrow evening light rain will clear.
Dry overnight and colder than recent nights.
Friday will start dry and bright but it won't last.
Rain will spread across the country during the day.
So the weather going downhill on Friday.
Over the weekend fronts will move in from the Atlantic.
Bringing some heavy rain, drizzle and strong winds.
The headlines again. The Chancellor, Philip Hammond, has been forced in
it a U-turn to increase national insurance conclusions were
self-employed people. It follows backlash inside and outside
Parliament. That latter contributions. The owner of a B
when a 22-year-old was killed has told an inquest at the moment she
walked in on the attack was like a horror film. Matthew Williams
attacked a girl in her room. He later died.
I'll have an update for you here at 8 o'clock and again
From all of us on the programme, good evening.