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Flying the flag - Welsh businesses set out
what they need from any Brexit deal on the eve of triggering Article 50.
We can't afford to get this wrong, it is much too important for Wales.
wanted on suspicion of murder, after a disabled man's body
A student on work placement at a nursery
describes seeing young children being frequently force-fed.
The long road to repair - the bill to fix the country's
I have to go to a lot of villages that are quite far out and go along
a lot of backroads and some of those are in a really bad state.
A major shake-up in domestic cricket, a proposed
Will it be an opportunity for Glamorgan, or a threat
Tomorrow the Prime Minister will trigger Article 50,
starting the process of the UK leaving the European Union.
As Westminster presses go, there's mounting pressure
from government and businesses here for Wales not to be forgotten.
In a letter to politicians seen exclusively by BBC Wales,
the leading business organisation the CBI says the priority should
be making sure ALL nations of the UK remain in the single
In a moment, our political editor, Nick Servini.
First, our business correspondent, Brian Meechan.
The UK Government has already given some idea of what Wales could be
facing after leaving the EU. Theresa May met business leaders including
the CBI in Swansea last week. On her first trade mission outside Europe
she visited India to lay the groundwork for a future deal. Today
she has agreed to begin discussions with Qatar to open up the Gulf
states to UK products but relations with is Scotland have become
strained. The CBI letter to Welsh politicians spells out what business
needs from negotiations, including allowing third -- thousands of EU
workers to stay here and no trade barriers. A lot of them don't
understand what is important for business. They are not that close to
business, some are but a lot of them don't understand what we are really
concerned about, and we need a launch pad for the rest of this, we
need to get this right. The business community wants to make sure that
Brexit doesn't lead to the four four countries of the UK go off in
different directions. Toilets and cosmetics are being parcelled up
here and being sent to shoppers online. Mostly it is across the UK
but increasingly other countries are important as well, taking up 15% of
the business, with the biggest markets being Germany, France and
the US. It is a similar picture for the whole of Wales. 67% of exports
from here go to the EU. Germany is that a guest market for Welsh
products, taking 24% of exports. -- is the biggest. France is next at
16% and the USA takes 13% of what Wales sells abroad. This man is the
honorary consul for India in Wales and the bones retail outlets in
Cardiff. The growing economy of India is another foreign market
Theresa May would like a trade deal with after Brexit but on her visit
there it was made clear that the country would want more visas,
including for students, in return. There has to be that respect the
people before all negotiations and we need to treat people with equity
and fairness and unless we do that I think the difficulties will arise
and I am sure the markets are wide open, especially the Indian markets,
they are looking forward to trading. At this Swansea manufacturer flying
the flag for Wales is much easier outside the EU. The boss supports
Brexit and believes there is no reason to be anxious. Perhaps
channel that banks into something positive and look further afield. I
don't think that losing one customer will be the death of us, it just
means we have to change. The UK has two years to iron out the details of
its future outside the EU once the Prime Minister triggers Article 50
tomorrow. What that looks like will depend on the negotiations in that
time. The First Minister, Carwyn Jones,
says his greatest fear is that farming and economic subsidies
will disappear altogether So, Nick, the First Minister ramping
up some of the rhetoric around If you take farm subsidies currently
coming from Brussels, the presumption is that they will now
come from Westminster. Carwyn Jones took the debate further, saying
there may not be any subsidies in the future. There is no real
foundation him saying that, Theresa May has said there will be a new
system introduced, but it is provocative to him to come out and
say this. He is latching on to comments from prominent Brexiteers
saying the common agricultural policy needs to be made more
competitive. It is provocative for him to say this on the eve of
triggering Article 50, because subsidies are such a huge part of
farm incomes. It may be a glimpse of a critical and outspoken term that
the First Minister will take during this negotiation process.
And last night we reported about the Welsh Government refusing
to bail out four health boards that had failed to balance their books.
Today the First Minister indicating he may go further.
This is ABMU, Betsi Cadwaladr, Cardiff and Vale, serious financial
problems. He was asked what it means the services and he said they would
need to balance their books and do it without cutting services and if
they can't do that and they will look at the governance arrangements
in the same way that they looked at the Scituate -- situation with Betsi
Cadwaladr. Betsi Cadwaladr has come under the direct control of the
Welsh government for nearly two years so he has raised the
possibility, it is just a possibility but the extraordinary
prospect of most of the health boards in Wales being centrally
controlled by ministers in Cardiff who don't trust the health boards to
balance their books. North Wales Police are searching
for a 25-year-old man wanted on suspicion of murder,
after what's been described as "a callous and brutal attack"
on a disabled man in Wrexham. A postmortem examination has found
67-year-old Nicholas Anthony Churton Officers have warned the public not
to approach Jordan James Lee, A cul-de-sac a few hundred miles
from Wrexham town centre. There has been a police presence since the
body was discovered. People believe Mr Churton died on Thursday Friday
last week. He was 67. Detectives say he was well-known in the Wrexham
area. At one stage he ran a wine bar a few miles away. Police say he was
vulnerable, he had this ability is. A postmortem suggests he died of a
severe head injury. -- he had disabilities. Police say they
looking for 25-year-old Jordan James Lee Davidson. Members of the are
being urged not to approach him if they spot him but to contact police.
We believe somebody in the area knows where Jordan is. We would like
to appeal to them to come forward and speak to the police. We want to
reassure the public that every possible line of enquiry is being
pursued to trace Jordan and we would like to reiterate that he is not to
be approached and if he is seen the police are to be contacted
immediately. There has been activity elsewhere in this case, homes have
been surged in another part of Wrexham and in Colwyn Bay. Two men
and a woman have been arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender.
A man's changed his plea and admitted attacking a pharmacist
Peter Bellett was due to stand trial in Swansea for the attack last
wounding Michael Irons at Garnant Pharmacy
with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.
The jail term of Andrew Saunders, who stabbed a couple to death
in Cardiff city centre, will not be reviewed
Saunders, who murdered Zoe Morgan and Lee Simmons,
was sentenced to life with a minimum term of 23
The couple were killed in September last year
near the Queen Street Matalan store where they worked.
A student on a work placement at a nursery in Port Talbot has
described seeing young children being frequently force-fed
Swansea Crown Court heard the Bright Sparks nursery closed
The owner and two members of staff deny causing cruelty.
Our reporter Ben Price has been in court.
Today the prosecution called on its first witness in this trial. The
student and placement at the Bright Sparks nursery in Port Talbot
between 2013 and 2015, who claims to have witnessed children suffering
acts of cruelty. Bright Sparks cared for up to 90 children from newborns
to those between seven and eight years of age. The student told the
jury today that on many occasions she saw children being force-fed by
certain members of staff and she also recalled on one occasion one of
the children being picked up by the wrists and in her words being flung
across the room. Asked why she hadn't reported these incidents
soon, she said she felt scared and said she was in an environment with
trained professionals and she felt out of place doing so.
There is no suggestion though, Ben, that any of the children
No, but the prosecution argues that some of these children were left
traumatised and very distressed by what happened to them. The former
owner of the nursery Katie Davis faces a single charge of causing
cruelty to a person under the age of 16. The assistant manager faces six
counts of the same charge. All of the women denied the charges against
them and the trial continues. Flytipping is on the increase,
according to Natural They say there were more than 42,000
incidents in the last year. They're working with
North Wales Police's rural crime Today a builder was fined
and ordered to do 100 hours of unpaid work for dumping rubbish
on a country road on Anglesey. Oswyn Williams arrived
at Mold Crown Court this He runs a construction company
called Glyndwr Services. In 2015, a large amount
of rubbish was found dumped Two piles of green waste
and rubble were in a lay-by, and another pile containing
clothing, a tarpaulin and furniture A receipt from a builders' merchants
was among the waste, which contained Mr Williams' company details
and his name. Another piece of evidence also
proved key to his conviction. Oswyn Williams had offered
to dispose of a number of pieces of furniture and other
items from an office He was eventually traced when a bank
paying-in book belonging to the owner of the property
was found amid the rubbish. Fly-tipping is a growing problem in
Wales, costing the taxpayer more than ?2 million a year to clean up.
Councils use everything from CCTV to a shared database to catch people.
It effects duty spots, affect the environment, and it seems to be a
problem on the increase. -- it affects beauty spots.
North Wales Police's rural crime team worked
with Natural Resources Wales to investigate the case and say
people need to be wary of some of those offering
We have a number of incidents now, ongoing
cases, really, with Facebook being used to advertise man-in-a-van type
of business, and a lot of the members of the public contact these
people and, subsequently, their waste just gets
Mr Williams escaped a jail sentence, but was fined a total of ?750
and ordered to do 100 hours of unpaid community work.
Much more to come before 7 o'clock...
Working out depression, and why men struggle
with talking about it - even though it affects one in ten of us.
How a Baptist minister opened his own pub to encourage
Crumbling away and in terminal decline - that's the verdict
of our roads from the latest survey by the Asphalt Industry Alliance.
It claims more than ?590 million would have to be spent
to bring our local roads up to a reasonable standard.
It suggests one in six are in "poor structural condition",
The thud of hitting a pothole, enough to make
An ageing road network, increased traffic and wetter winters
are all blamed for the problem, according to the latest survey
Local authority roads are probably local authorities' principal assets,
people need to get to work, children to school, social services rely on
it, so it is important that our crumbling roads are maintained.
This most recent survey says it would cost just over
?590 million to get Wales' roads into a decent state.
That's an average of just under ?27 million per council.
And last year alone, 141,000 potholes were filled in Wales.
The Welsh Local Government Association says that an additional
?172 million was invested into Wales' roads
And that has meant there are now fewer highways in poor condition
as the money was spent on full resurfacing work rather
than the "patch and mend" repairs that had been ongoing.
In many parts of Europe roads are often in a better condition than our
motorways but that is because of tolls. They generate income but it
is also claimed it puts people off using them in the first place.
Motorists at this service station in Llanrhystud this morning
I do not think they are very good at all.
I do a lot of travelling with work and all sorts of things,
playing golf, and most of the roads that I travel on need some sort of
I think definitely they have been getting worse, maybe because of the
weather war because the budget is spent elsewhere, and they could be
improved, definitely, especially along the little country roads.
I have to go to villages that are quite far out, go
on lots of backroads and some are in a really bad state.
Apart from hundreds of millions needed, it'd also take nearly
a decade to bring our roads to a reasonable condition.
13% of adults in Wales have received treatment
It's an issue which costs the Welsh economy an estimated ?7.2 billion.
Now Aaron Corria, who works in a school in Cardiff,
has set up his own website after his latest bout of depression
He is fit and healthy with a toned physique that
He has a nice home and a rewarding job.
But despite this seemingly charmed existence Aaron Corria has been
In the Christmas holidays things came to a head.
I had a very, very low point just after Boxing Day.
Luckily my dad was around, he sort of got hold of me
and I moved back home for a week, saw the family and got
That's the stigma, you don't have to have a certain job
Anybody can get it, can get the illness.
It's a chemical imbalance in your brain.
For Aaron, as well as his medication, regular exercise
and training has helped with his physical
It gives you a focus, something to release energy,
release anxiety, release stress levels, and obviously it
That's a chemical in the brain that obviously helps you feel good.
The latest figures in Wales show 16% of women have received treatment
for mental-health problems but fewer men have received
That could be because they are less likely to seek help.
Overall it costs our NHS here over ?600 million a year,
more than any other service in the Welsh NHS.
Aaron believes there's a stigma surrounding mental health
which forced him to become secretive about his condition.
He says people like him can become withdrawn and are
That's what inspired him to set up his own website, Brotectors.
It's an online forum and support group for other men
I've had hundreds and hundreds of e-mails from people thanking me
People seeking help, people asking me how
It's been really overwhelming, I'm so surprised, I didn't think it
Aaron believes only those who suffered from depression can
truly understand it and for him the satisfaction of helping others
is also vital treatment to help him battle his own demons.
It could be the biggest shake-up to domestic cricket for years -
a new Twenty20 competition featuring fewer teams,
Glamorgan Cricket Club says it wants one of the franchises
But critics fear it could spell the end of county cricket.
Tomos Dafydd is at the Swalec Stadium for us - how
Glamorgan was founded back in 1888, dominant force in Welsh cricket. Now
this new tournament has been proposed, Glamorgan won't be playing
in it. Eight new teams will be created, based in cities, we don't
know what they will be called or what they will be -- where they will
be but Glamorgan is adamant that they will be part. They hope to
rival other tournaments overseas such as the IPL in India.
Why are they so keen? While Glamorgan won't be playing in
this new tournament, they are keen for Cardiff side to be based in the
Swalec Stadium. They want to generate more revenue and help grow
the game here, get more people playing and watching. For the
purists, Test cricket will always be the favourite but it is the T20
game, the shortened version, that is the really popular game that will
dry audiences to cricket and attract big-money deals. Let's see how it
has fared at Glamorgan. If you look at attendances last season, an
average of 5000 3020, compares to County Championship over four days,
just a few hundred. -- an average of 5004 T20. Glamorgan made an
operating loss of ?300,000 last year. One official put it to me
today that the more events they host here the better it will be for both
-- for Glamorgan's finances. I have been speaking to a former captain
and he says it is try to -- time to try something new.
You can't fight against the tide, I think.
Yeah, I'm a bit of a traditionalist but I enjoy going to
Twenty20 and, as I said earlier, you look at the Twenty20
competitions around the world and how successful
they are, the standard of the cricket being
game's just moving on and on, and you see the huge crowds
But that's not to say that first-class cricket and Test
Glamorgan will set out some plans to Assembly Members trying to get some
support so it looks like the new tournament could be on its way by
the year 2020. Glamorgan see it as an opportunity but others see it as
a threat to the future of county cricket.
Pubs and churches are historically seen as places that sit at the heart
But now one Baptist Minister has decided to combine the two -
Customers are encouraged not to use their mobile phones
or computers at St Canna's, with the aim of building
As you can see, we've got quite a bit of work still to do.
Reverend James Karran is passionate about his faith,
building a strong community and real ale, and so St Canna's
on the outskirts of Cardiff city centre is born.
It is fuelled by Reverend Karran's ideals and faith but the pub
The bar is over here, I can show you what we've got going on.
St Canna's a sixth-century saint, actually from around the West Wales
area but for some reason she had a bit of a following here as well.
So we've got the two logos that were designed for us.
Pubs and churches not so long ago used to be the two hubs of community
in any local community and they're both really struggling
People are constantly on social media and for a lot of people it's
For my work as a chaplaincy at the University of South Wales
we saw this all the time and how younger people especially can
become very isolated because they would just spend
so much time on their own with their screens.
I have toyed with the idea of giving people a reduction
in the cost of their pint if you would leave your phone
behind the bar but I don't know about that yet.
So over here, this is my baby, one of the best things
Our piano, or our joanna, as we named her.
Hopefully we're going to get lots of people playing this.
We don't have any recorded music at the ale house,
nothing that distracts from conversation, but we do
encourage, if possible, people to play their own music.
With a few days to go until the grand opening,
it's all hands on deck with final preparations and the hope is once it
opens St Canna's will be a pub with a very different
It is opening time on the weather service now.
We're all going to see some rain at some point
But we've seen the last of the frost for a while.
Now it was a cold and foggy start in Welshpool this morning.
A little sunshine in Llanrwst but cloudier than recently.
And not everywhere stayed dry today, with heavy showers
This evening and overnight outbreaks of rain and drizzle
Some drier spells and a milder night than recently.
Lowest temperatures eight to 11 Celsius.
Here's the picture for eight in the morning.
damp in the west with patches of rain and drizzle.
During the day, the rain will become more widespread.
Some heavy persistent rain in the afternoon
Top temperatures 11 to 15 with a south to south-westerly breeze.
dull with outbreaks of rain and drizzle.
Some heavy persistent rain in the afternoon.
Bright for a while but a little rain in the afternoon.
Tomorrow night further showers or longer spells of rain.
On Thursday some dry spells but outbreaks of rain as well.
Parts of mid, north and west Wales turning wet in the afternoon.
The southeast though may brighten up.
The reason for the rain, low pressure over the Atlantic
with a cold front moving eastwards on Friday.
So on Friday more rain, heavy in places.
Improving form the west later in the day.
Turning drier and brighter with a few showers.
On Saturday a mixture of sunshine and showers.
Scotland's parliament has voted in favour of second
A majority at Holyrood backed Nicola Sturgeon's
call for Scotland to have another say, following the vote
But the UK government says it'll block a referendum until the Brexit
I'll have an update for you here at 8 o'clock and again
That's Wales Today, thank you for watching.
From all of us on the programme, good evening.