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And that's all from the BBC News at Six.
An inquest hears police tasered Matthew Williams four times
as they were called to the Bed and Breakfast where Cerys Yemm
Also tonight, Labour tells the UK Government to 'get moving' and give
the Swansea Tidal Lagoon the go ahead.
Swansea needs to see the benefits in terms of energy infrastructure,
long-term infrastructure that the project will leave after it's gone,
and the tool is it will bring. after it's gone, and the tool
is it will bring. Arson attacks on Welsh holiday
cottages in the 70s, new documents on how authorities
responded are revealed We've decided to report on social
media and mental health. As part of the BBC's School Report
day, pupils take their concerns And in tonight's sport,
the manager says he's 17 year-old Ben Woodburn
gets his first senior call-up ahead of Wales's crucial World Cup
qualifier next week. "I have never been more scared
in my entire life" , the words of the police officer
called to the Bed and Breakfast Cerys Yemm was killed
by a resident, 34-year-old He died shortly after his arrest in
Argoed during which he was tasered You may find parts of
Caroline Evans report disturbing. Today the inquest heard from one of
the first police officers to enter the room at the Sirhowy Arms Hotel.
PC Alan Cotterell told how, with the help of the owner's husband, he
pushed the bedroom door open. Matthew Williams was on the floors
snarling and growling. He looked possessed, he said.
His eyes almost black. He told the jewellery he'd never been more
scared in his entire life, and said this was by far the most a
horrendous thing he'd ever seen. He said he used his Taser, praying it
would work. He quickly realised from the severity of her injuries that
Cerys Yemm was dead. But felt Matthew Williams was such a threat
he feared for his own life. He described how he tasered Williams
once, and managed to get the handcuffs on him. But as officers
tried to hold him down, he was lifting them up with such ease they
had to use the Taser again. He told the court, I feel if that Taser
hadn't worked I wouldn't be such today. He used it three more times
within a minute. Before Matthew Williams stopped trying to get up.
At that point PC Cotterell told the court he formally arrested him for
murder, around 20 minutes after being placed on ambulance he died.
The inquest into the death of Matthew Williams on Cerys Yemm
Labour says the UK government should "get moving" and give the Swansea
A report commissioned by the government that backed
the technology was published two months ago.
But ministers are yet to agree to guarantee how much money
the company will get for the electricity the lagoon
will feed into the National Grid, known as the strike price.
Seven square miles of water that could generate enough energy to
power 150,000 homes a year. The Swansea tidal lagoon project got the
thumbs up in a report by former energy minister Charles Hendry, two
months ago. The company wants to start building in one year's time.
That the future is uncertain. The people behind this project started
developing the idea to harness the energy generated underwater here
seven years ago. But with investors to keep happy, they are still
waiting for further backing from the UK Government. That backing boils
down to a decision on how high a price the UK Government will
guarantee the company would get for energy. Trying to put pressure on
the UK Government Labour's Shadow energy sector came to Swansea today
to meet the company and see the site. She didn't say how how the
price should be, but she urged Mr 's in Whitehall to get on board.
We want them to get moving on this as quickly as possible. Swansea
needs to see benefits in two rooms infrastructure, long-term and
structure that the project will leave in Swansea after it's gone and
the tourism it will bring to Swansea. You can see how beautiful
it is. The tidal lagoon will be here, and the benefits are going to
be amazing. The company didn't want to do an
interview saying, perhaps to dramatically, they are looking
forward to the UK Government's decision. If the lagoon happens it
could lead to a network of others around Wales and the UK. Including
in Cardiff. On another boat in Cardiff Bay Welsh Conservative
leader and Wattie Davis played down Rebecca Long baby's demand. I
wouldn't put a lot of stalled by what she said today.
This is virtually over the line. There's still a little bit more work
to do on it. It's really important that the strike price for the energy
it generates is competitive. Because jobs relied on a competitive energy
price. It's the eve of the Conservative
Spring conference which happens to be in South Wales. Executives from
tidal lagoon power armour 's business leaders meeting the
Business Secretary in Cardiff tonight. -- are amongst business
leaders. But speculation about a big spot announcement seems to be
premature. The UK Government says it is considering the report, but with
the side of energy bill that state it is unsurprising it's not speeding
Our political editor Nick Servini joins me now, Nick,
how much pressure is being put on the UK government?
There will be a lot of pressure. Theresa May will be in Wales
tomorrow, and they will be pressure from within her own party. The
context is that this is a government that says it does not want to be
consumed by Brexit. So in that sense you'd have thought things like
infrastructure projects only way of avoiding that accusation. What I'm
hearing about, and Paul touched on it, is that the UK Government is not
in a position to make a call. But a call is imminent on another project,
the Swansea city deal. This is a plan for local authorities, UK and
Welsh governments, to come together for major projects. I don't know how
we'll play into that tomorrow. We know that Prime Minister is, when
they come to Wales, liked to have announcements to make. But we know
there have been issues with the Swansea city deal and it made teak
longer. What can we expect that the
conference than? It is an extraordinary time in
British politics. Theresa May has this enormous job of holding the UK
together and negotiating a breakdown in the relationship with the EU. We
have seen this tit-for-tat with Nicola Sturgeon today, and I think
the expectation tomorrow in her speech and speeches from senior
Conservatives is to talk about the strength of the union of the United
Kingdom. If you think about it, whereas can she do that? It's
difficult in England, counter-productive in Scotland when
there's an SNP conference. Political turmoil in Northern Ireland. So it
comes to be relatively benign conditions of the devolved country
like Wales. These are warm words but people say it needs commitment. That
is where the pressure for things like infrastructure improvements and
major projects will come from tomorrow.
We will hear more on this tomorrow. I give.
Fewer people had to spend 12 hours or more in A departments
in February compared to January, with the number of patients left
The latest figures also show an improvement against the four-hour
wait target, with just over 80% of patients seen.
But the Welsh Government's 95 % target has never been met.
An inquiry has been launched into how a teenager
from Denbighshire fell to her death on a luxury yacht in Jamaica.
Bethany Smith fell from the 196 foot mast of the yacht
The 18-year-old left Wales ten years ago
to sail around the world with her family.
The UK government's attempts to respond to the Meibion Glyndwr
holiday home arson campaign, which began in the late 1970s, have
Secret papers obtained by BBC Wales have re-ignited claims that
elements of the security services were involved.
They also detail concerns that the police couldn't distinguish
between legitimate Welsh nationalists and extremists.
It was a turbulent period in our history, it will be a long-lasting
campaign, and we still don't know who was behind it.
it knew, Radio Cymru's Manylu programme used a Freedom of
information request to see these documents.
For a year that request was denied, the BBC made a string of
Then, finally, these documents, many marked secret, and
But they do give a unique insight into
thinking at the highest levels of government.
One document suggests the police didn't understand the
distinction between legitimate political nationalists, and criminal
One Chief Constable and says, seems to think the
presence of nationalists in positions of influence in
broadcasting and education was a matter for the police.
The first attacks came on December 13 1979.
The attacks intensified, by the end there had
And they seem to be a high level of organisation.
On one night alone and estate agents in
In Mayfair, Kensington, Chelsea, Notting Hill.
The actor Bryn Fon was picked up at his home.
He was later released without charge, and it's accepted he was
The secret papers reveal the Chief Constable of North
Wales was sent greeting cards, naming actors and musicians as fire
I turned out to be the reverse of what they expected.
The fact that I hadn't been a member of
Cymdeithas Yr Iaith, I wasn't a card-carrying Welsh nationalist,
But then they tried to turn that on its head by saying
The attacks went on and army disposal team was brought in to show
journalists the damage the incendiary devices were capable of
In the early 1990s Sean Aubrey Roberts was part of a
self-styled Meibon Glyndwr colour party which took part in parades.
In 1993, following a surveillance operation involving MI5 officers, he
But he clearly could not have been involved in arson attacks more than
As a folk singer and politician Dafydd Iwan has
been involved in nationalist politics for more than half a
century, he's long believed the security services played a part.
It's been worrying me for many years.
Was it a genuine campaign by Welsh nationalist sympathisers,
or was it in fact engineered by agent provacateurs?
You know that you give the impression that Welsh
nationalism was going along a similar route to Northern Ireland
There was a real concern about the potential
But the idea that the security forces were somehow
complicit in doing things which could have endangered life is so
fanciful it's frankly to be beyond any belief.
We never had any hint of that, in the Welsh office, and I do
not give any credence to its whatsoever.
And so the debate continues, the holiday home arson
campaign never escalated as some of the secret papers suggest UK
Even with these newly released documents,
And you can hear more on this story on BBC Radio Cymru's Manylu
programme which is available on iPlayer radio.
A heroin addict has been jailed for 13 and a half years for killing
38-year-old Dean Jones assaulted former solicitor
Alison Farr-Davies at their flat where she was left to die.
From a privileged background 42-year-old Alison Farr Davis grew
up in Kidwelly. She entered the legal profession working around the
UK. But in the years that followed her
life was blighted by an addiction to class a drugs. During a period of
homelessness she met this man, Dean Jones, himself a heroin user he
became his boyfriend -- her boyfriend. Today he was jailed for
killing her. I tell my girls that monsters don't exist, but they do.
He is a monster for what he did to Ali. He robbed us of a beautiful
person and we miss her so much. The couple had been living in this
house in Swansea was withdrawing from drug abuse. It was also at this
property Ms Farr Davis was found dead in September last year. The
court heard Dean Jones had been seen running from this house into the
street shouting for help to save Alison. He claimed she'd taken an
overdose, but in truth, she'd been assaulted and suffered injuries to
her head and chest. Possibly 12 to 18 hours before her death. According
to a pathologist missed Farr Davis had 63 external injuries, and some
significant internal injuries including 19 broken ribs. This
punctured her heart and lungs. The judge, Keith Thomas, said she was
incapacitated by who withdraw from drugs which made her entirely
defenceless. He described it as an uncorrupt and senseless attack.
Jones will serve two thirds of his 13.5 year sentence in prison before
being considered for parole. Still to come in the
programme tonight. Strike a selfie pose,
but for School Report day these pupils investigate how social media
can affect young people. And he could be lining up
against Bale and Ramsey next week, the 17-year-old set to make his
Wales debut in Dublin. Senior representatives of the Church
in Wales have been meeting Last month an electoral
college of 47 people failed to agree on a candidate,
so now responsibility lies Our reporter Nick Palit has been
following their progress, and joins us now from
Llandaff Cathedral in Cardiff. Thank you. Today was the last day of
a three-day meeting of the bench of bishops who decide who will be the
next Bishop of Llandaff. This is important for the Church in Wales,
because the dieses based biscuit the job behind me serves nearly half the
population of Wales. -- the diocese based behind me. Barry Morgan served
as Bishop of Llandaff and Archbishop of Wales. Why is it taking so long?
As you may remember last month an electoral College of 47 officials
failed to agree who would be the 72nd Bishop of Llandaff. After
voting on a confidential list of candidates they failed to come up
with a two thirds majority for anyone. It's been reported that a
leading gay cleric, the very Reverend Jeffrey John, narrowly
missed out. Because nobody was appointed the constitution says the
bench of bishops must decide. They've been meeting. That ended at
lunchtime today. In the last hour the Church in Wales issued a press
statement saying they have drawn up a new short list and the process
will continue. There is no fixed timetable for this process but added
the bishops wish to announce their choice as soon as all formalities
The choir Only Boys Aloud was turned down for Arts Council of Wales
funding because it did not provide enough opportunities for girls,
Creator Tim Rhys-Evans told an inquiry on public funding
for music in schools that the lack of public sector support
was "galling" and their bid being rejected was difficult.
When I was on the youth choir of Wales, they were 70s Pranab 's, and
ten tenors. -- 70 Sopranos. It was our intention to do something about
We have experience on success, so I find that difficult.
A spokesperson from the Arts Council of Wales says its extremely proud
to have been able to provide over ?70,000 to the Aloud Charity
since its inception but its revenue funding decisions were affected
by several years of reduction in funding.
Young journalists from 44 schools across Wales have been taking part
in the BBC School Report Project learning how to make
With social media a big part of modern life,
school reporters Holly, Halley, Isabel and Molly,
from Porth County Community School have looked at the effect it's
Wales' Children's Commissioner told them it's something
Today we've decided to do a report on the effects of social media on
the mental health of young people. We've becoming pleasingly alarmed
the impact of social media is having on our friends. People are rage are
overly concerned with social media. -- people are age.
These are images we see everyday. We enjoy keeping up with what our
favourite celebrities are doing. But young together some young people
feel they are underachieving if they don't have all the possessions of
Dodi activities these people do. Some are going as far as buying
themselves likes to look more popular. Do you think people create
unrealistic images on social media? They look up to social media stars
and think that is perfect. They try to make themselves or change
themselves. An social media websites like Facebook and snap trap they do
certain things like heart or not and categorise people by locks. It's not
just the pressure to be popular but causes low self-esteem. Hurtful
comments can cause problems. Figures show this is a growing problem. The
NSPCC says the number of children or young people targeted by online
bullies in the UK has increased the 88% in five years. Make-up Tip 's on
you to have turned this girl into a social media star, but despite
millions of fans even she has admitted she's been upset by nasty
comments. The children's Commissioner, Sally Holland, says
there is an important role for parents and teachers. Could parents
and schools do more to stop these things happening on social media? I
know as a parent of teenagers it's quite hard because teenagers want to
keep that aspect of their life private. It's important to develop
an open atmosphere in the household. Adults, teachers or parents, they
need to educate themselves. Students become wrapped up in how they are
seen by others and chase likes. They are concerned about status updates.
That can damage their sense of identity and self confidence. We are
keen to educate students in how to, perhaps, combat and deal with social
media. Social media is here to stay, for our generation it is the way we
contact and stay in touch with friends. But it's up to us to make
sure we use it responsibly. That report from our
School Reporters from He's not a household name yet
but teenager Ben Woodburn's international football career
is about to lift off. The 17-year-old, who plays
for Liverpool, has been named in the Wales squad for the first
time ahead of their crucial World Cup qualifier
against Republic of Ireland. Manager Chris Coleman has rejected
any suggestions the call-up is designed to keep the teenager out
of England's clutches. He became Liverpool's youngest ever
scorer earlier this season. Many acknowledged his talent. But for
Chris Coleman it's no surprise. Then would burn has been on the radar
scoring like this since he was 13. It makes me laugh, don't tell me
about this kid I've been looking out for five years. We know what about
Ben, we know he's a good player. If I thought it was too early we
wouldn't call him up. This game is massive for us. With all due respect
to Ben Woodburn this is a good game for me to get him in. This is the
big one. And he's done enough. He's earned his place with us. Born in
Nottingham he is eligible to play for England, but the forward
qualifies for Wales through his maternal grandfather, and has
already played under 16, under 18 and under 19 level. Coleman says he
never feared he'd choose to representing and over Wales.
You can sit down as much as you like with players like Sirhowy Arms Hotel
and they come and play for Wales, and timidly, they make their own
mind up. He hasn't played for England or Scotland, use played for
Wales. -- players like Ben Woodburn. It's a natural progression. Wales
had to Dublin with a job to do. They are boosted by the return of Gareth
Bale and Aaron Ramsey. They are four points behind the Republic of
Ireland. The side finishing top qualifies automatically with eight
of the nine second-place teams facing play-offs.
People about the phone go this is do or die. I don't see that. All I see
is huge challenge, we've always wanted to be involved with games
like this. The pressure is on. For all the right reasons. I'm looking
forward to it. A week Friday it's D-Day in Dublin for the game that
could decide Wales's World Cup ambitions.
And you can see the squad in full on the BBC website.
Turning to Rugby and Wales have arrived in Paris, as they look
to end their Six Nations campaign on a high with victory over France.
Interim Coach Rob Howley says securing a top four world ranking
Victory for Wales, and an England win over Ireland, would lift Wales
into fourth spot ahead of May's 2019 World Cup draw.
I spoke to the players this morning about motivation. Things motivate as
in different ways, there or ambition, music, everyone is so
different. Ultimately, this is an opportunity to go into the next
Rugby World Cup ranked fourth. That's a large incentive for this
That's a large incentive for this group of players.
And it wasn't quite the fairytale story at Cheltenham for
the syndicate from Pembrokeshire, who we featured on last
Tobefair which is owned by seventeen people from Cresswell Quay,
My money's on a change in the weather.
Colder tonight with rain and stronger winds on the way tomorrow.
North East Wales enjoyed some sunshine today but generally much
cloudier compared to yesterday with a little rain in Llanbedr.
This evening patches of rain will clear.
Overnight dry bar the odd shower in the north and colder
Ground frost in some sheltered spots by dawn.
Here's the picture for 8 in the morning.
A bit chilly but much of the country dry.
More cloud for mid and north west Wales.
During the day the weather will go downhill.
Rain in the north late morning will spread further south
The wind increasing as well and feeling cool.
Dry for a while but turning wet and windier.
In Caerphilly, dry and bright for a while but rain
Tomorrow night breezy with outbreaks of rain.
Some heavy, persistent rain in mid, west and northwest Wales.
If you're heading to Paris for the rugby.
Although parts of the north and east should be drier and bright at times.
Highest temperatures in the North East, 14C.
So much more unsettled over the next few days.
A reminder of our top story, an officer who tasered a man he found
killing Cerys Yemm in a hostel told an inquest he has never been more
scared. The officer says he tasered Matthew Williams four times. He died
shortly after his arrest. More after the news at ten. That is