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Welcome to Wales Today - our headlines tonight


Now a trial to fast track cancer diagnosis -


It is the word cancer. When people bandied at around it is kind of


frightening. Joseph Smith


killed in a head on car crash. His stepfather is found guilty


of causing his death is convicted using DNA -


in the first investigation Beautiful Bodnant


- now even bigger - as twenty acres of lost garden


are restored - after a decade Tipped to lead the Lions


this summer Sam Warburbon out And Welsh Cyclists in


Hong Kong making their World We have some of the worst cancer


survival rates in Europe. For lung cancer - the most


common cancer world wide - Wales ranked second worst


in a landmark study, coming 28th out of 29


European countries. If survival rates here were as good


as Belgium and Switzerland - the best performing countries -


an extra 190 people a year might survive for at least five years


following diagnosis. A year ago Welsh doctors visited


Denmark to see how cancer services Owain Clarke looks at


the ground-breaking new trial - hoping to catch cancer


in its early stages. I know my own body and I knew


something was wrong. But Dennis wasn't sure what. Persuaded to go to


his GP, he found out he had prostate cancer. That cancer word is


frightening. But an early diagnosis means he has a much better chance of


making a recovery. But the picture is not rosy above the board. Cancer


rates survivals are lower than many other European countries. It has one


of the worst rates for cancer mortality. We are urgent about


tackling this issue and doing something different to deal with it.


Last spring this group from Welsh NHS travel to Denmark where they


have invested heavily in specialist by rustic centres like this one


where patients who have vague symptoms can have scans and tests at


the same time. People had to wait too long within the health care


system. From when they attended health care to the start of


treatment. The group came back from Denmark confidence that the system


they saw saved lives and that it could be adopted right here in Welsh


NHS. To be fair, they didn't hang about. Here around 40 GPs are taking


part in a new trial builds on the principles of the Danish model. What


will they be looking for? We go through gaps where we don't see


people. It's like if you see people in the street after a long time and


they looked different. We get the same signals when people come in. We


can see whether people reminders of whether they look like they did last


time. So a patient won't have to wait for a series of individual


tests. Instead, they will be sent within a week to a diagnostic


clinic. As many tests and scans as necessary will be performed, where


possible on the same day. Will there be enough staff and resources to


make it work? There is fewer radiologists, not enough


endoscopists. We don't have enough scanners. We need a completely


different way of working. Currently, we are concentrating on a smaller


group of cancer patients. I would like to provide the same level of


high quality of care for all patients. Even before the trial is


under way, one group of patients are already seeing the benefits. This is


an MRI of a gentleman's prostate this morning. Those with prostate


cancer get a routine MRI scan and biopsy on the same day. We were


having weights of 60-100 days to get through the biopsy with the results


and everything. Now results show that we occasionally have delays but


they are coming through the pathway within 15-20 days. When it comes to


cancer, speed often matters. Because of his early diagnosis, Dennis is


confident he will long be able to see his young family grow up. I have


four children under seven. I have to keep fit for those. If the new trial


helps others diagnostic centres might become a feature of the NHS,


like in Denmark. 16-years-ago Denmark


revolutionised cancer care - Why is it taking so long


to improve cancer care? The stats are very bleak. Ten common


cancers, on all of them survival rates in Wales are well below the


average in Europe. When Denmark found out it was doing badly, there


was proper. It set about transforming its cancer care. Some


might be asking why is it taking so much time for Wales to be starting


to do something similar. Others will ask, if I don't live in a pilot


area, what's in it for me. If they were, they are likely to be rolled


out. What about the cost? It is cheaper to treat cancer at the


earlier stages not to mention the most important fact that patients


are more likely to live. We often hear fact-finding trips that come to


and good ideas forgotten. At least a year on from Denmark, things appear


to be moving forward. Now the rest of the day's news.


A 24-year-old man, who killed his own stepson in a car crash


has been found guilty of causing death


Joseph Smith suffered multiple injuries when the car driven


by Dean Collins hit oncoming traffic on a busy road in Cardiff.


"Erratic, and weaving in and out of traffic."


That's how witnesses at the trial described Dean Collins' driving


in the moments leading up to this crash.


The car he was driving crossed the central reservation,


into oncoming traffic on Western Avenue in Cardiff


His stepson five-year-old Joseph Smith suffered


Today at Cardiff Crown Court the jury


and four counts of causing serious injury by dangerous driving.


His partner, Joseph's mum Laura Bright,


seen here by his side, was in the car with him,


and the couple's two-year-old daughter.


Also in the car was five-year-old Joseph Smith,


a young football fan on his way to training.


The court heard he sat in the back not in a booster seat,


a legal requirement for children under 12, or under 135cm tall.


The seat belt crossed his neck, instead of his body.


The trial also heard how Collins had small traces


although it's not known whether this would have


who passed his driving test three months before the accident -


says he has no memory of what happened.


And that it was an unavoidable tragic accident.


On hearing the jury deliver all five guilty verdicts, Dean Collins turned


towards his family at the back the back of the court.


He held their gaze, gesturing towards them as he


He's been remanded in custody ahead of sentencing


Kate Morgan, BBC Wales today, Cardiff Crown Court.


More than a hundred and twenty jobs are being lost at an aviation


company in Flintshire - after it failed to find a buyer.


Marshall Aviation Services says - its closing its site in Broughton -


which has been open since 1930 because of significant


The Unite Union says - the closure is devastating for North Wales.


A brother has a committed to sending abusive text messages to four


schoolgirls who he thought were bullying his sister. One of them was


found dead. Nyah A sheep rustler from Garnant has


been given a suspended jail term - after Police used DNA evidence


to prove that - newborn lambs had been born to stolen ewes -


the first investigation Andrew Thomas had previously pleaded


guilty to handling 18 stolen sheep. He was ordered to pay


a thousand pounds Newborn lambs, full of the joys


of spring but they proved to be the undoing of sheep rustler


Andrew Thomas. Swansea Crown Court heard that


Thomas was himself a sheep farmer Suspicions were raised


at a livestock market after sheep with damaged ears


were sold by Thomas. There was concern that


had been tampered with, To prove Thomas's guilt,


police used DNA tests on the sheep, They waited for pregnant ewes


that have been sold to give birth. Blood was then taken


from the newborn lambs which proved they'd been fathered by the rams


on the victim's farm. It's believed to be


the first investigation Up to 15 lambs, we had,


nine of those could be proven to be directly linked to the rams


that the victim had. There were rams that the victim bred


himself and they were rams that hadn't been used on the sheep


anywhere So, the fact that they directly


linked those rams back to the farm stock proved that were used,


their mothers were the stolen ones. His honour Judge Geraint Walters


said the farming community had pulled together to defeat those


seeking to deceive it. He added that Thomas had caused


a great deal of hurt and had stolen The judge said, it would take a long


time before they forgave him. Unions say livestock thefts can


have a devastating impact on farmers and they hope this case will act


as a deterrent to rustlers. DNA testing is new technology,


we haven't seen this And I hope it will be a deterrent


against these people who take part part in these acts and will think


twice before doing it. Andrew Thomas declined


to comment as he left court. After receiving an eight-month


suspended jail term and an order to pay ?1000 in compensation


to the victim. Much more to come


before seven o'clock It isn't much to look at -


and it only cost a pound. Could this ferry be restored


to carry passengers And the weather's


been kind to us today. Dry with a mix of clouds


and hazy sunshine. Not so nice tomorrow, though,


with a cold front on the way. It's 20 acres of woodland


and meadow - and it's taken From today the public will be able


to explore the whole of Bodnant Garden near Llandudno


for the first time. Mathew Richards is


there for us tonight. thanks very much. A familiar scene


if you've been here but if you look beyond the house and gardens, a


previously hidden world full of thousands of flowers, plants, and


trees. The National Trust is hoping it will attract visitors of all


species. 140 years old, the Bodnant Garden


still has a few surprises. 20 acres of woodland


alongside the Conwy history was previously overgrown


for all but the most determined. But a decade's worth


of work by the head gardener and his team, clearing


diseased trees and cultivating new plants means the public


finally get a look. These had to be micro-propagated


from tiny little cuttings in a laboratory, grown


for years in the laboratory and gradually weaned in the nursery


before, several years later, we can The naturalist and broadcasting


Iolo Williams says it's a rare opportunity to see this


kind of land preserved. I can hear robins


singing, I can hear song thrush, so it's


an oasis for wildlife. We've lost 98% of our


Meadows in my lifetime, our hay meadows, full


of wildlife, I remember walking


through them as a child, full of butterflies,


grasshoppers The official opening of this


previously private land was no mere It became a very public


place for visitors of all shapes and sizes to enjoy the


scenery, put their feet up, or take a leisurely stroll stop like these


California holiday-makers. It's nice you have the


views of the house and Once everything grows up,


it'll be just as beautiful I like the views on the back


side of the hill too, out towards the meadows


and the sheep. The custodians say


it's important that preservation work


like this continues. What they've done here sums up


what the National Trust is Great conservation, restoring


nature, playing our part in one of the greatest conservation


challenges of the moment which is This wild garden will


blossom over the coming decades with or without


the assistance of volunteers. The past ten years


of hard work was, it 88 acres of land in total with five


more acres still hidden to the public. Hoping to open those in two


years. It's taken ten years to get here because 60 diseased trees had


to be removed and then cultivating began. 16,000 bulbs were planted,


many other plans as well. Some of them I'm not a good enough gardener


to identify myself. Now, back to you.


Climate-change scientists from Aberystwyth -


are travelling to Everest in a bid to become the first team -


to successfully drill through the world's highest glacier.


The group will use a drill adapted from a car wash -


to cut into the glacier in the Himalayas.


In the foothills of a breast, the world's highest glacier.


The Khumbu has never been drilled before but a


team of climate change scientists from Aberystwyth University


They are making last-minute checks before they


travel to the Himalayas in a bid to become the first team to


Once done, the team will be able to take


temperature readings, measure


how it flows and how water drains through it.


In order to predict what will happen to that water supply,


We need the people to model these glaciers so we


can predict what is going to happen in the future in the scenario of


changing precipitation and a warming climate.


Those computer models need accurate data relating to the


To drill into the ice they will need to use hot


pressurised water so they'll be using machinery you usually find in


This is the adapted car wash mechanism.


They will produce a jet of hot water through this tiny hole.


The pressure is high enough to tear through


They will need three generators to do it because they


will be working on 50% capacity because of the lack of oxygen


The group from Aberystwyth University


will be working at an altitude of 16,500 feet


and drilling the ice as far down as 650 feet.


Ph.D. Student Katie Miles will be


It's coming from high up on Everest, it could be minus 30.


But it could also be nearer zero because


it's coming down to a lower elevation and getting warmer.


So, were hoping to find out, obviously,


when we drill the borehole but also over time as we leave it there


The Khumbu and the surrounding areas are source of


water for about 40% of the world's population so this work will be seen


as vital to find out how the glacier reacts to climate change.


Let's get tonight's sport now, here's Tomos.


He's been tipped by some to lead the Lions this summer


but the Wales and Cardiff Blues flanker


is expected to be out because of


Warburton injured his knee on friday night


and is likely miss the rest of the domestic season


but his coach at the Blues says he should be fine for the Lions Tour


of New Zealand the squad will be announced a week tomorrow.


He knows his body and he knows if he gets it right, he will be back


relatively quickly. This is good news bearing in mind how bad it


could have been. The former Wales and Lions


scrum half Mike Phillips has announced he's retiring


from rugby. The 34-year-old played


94 times for Wales will hang-up his boots at the end


of the season. The Olympic Champion


Elinor Barker will lead an inexperienced British team


at the World Track-Cycling Welsh cyclists Manon Lloyd and


Lewis Oliva will make their senior Barker says new faces in the squad


has helped maintain morale amid allegations of sexism


and bullying at British Cycling. For years, the story was one of


success but in recent months British cycling has been damaged by a series


of allegations, all have been denied. An investigation will


release its findings next month. Preparing for the World


Championships in Hong Kong Elinor Barker has said that negative


headlines haven't hampered the team. It's nice to have the freshness in


the squad, people doing it for the first time. It's a different


experience when you do a massive competition for the first time. She


won gold in the team pursuit last year. With established as missing,


an opportunity for the likes of man on Lloyd. The Olympics in Tokyo is


the ultimate aim. Before that, her first senior World Championships.


What are her expectations? No idea. It's difficult, the year after the


Olympics. People coming in, going out, retiring. You don't know what


the standard is going to be like. Lewis Oliver never made it to the


squad while training with British cycling. Now, he's concentrating on


the events he's good at. It's a one-to-one relationship, there are


not many riders on the team compared with Great Britain. Although the


budget for Great Britain is enormous, here, per capita, you can


have more of a one-to-one input with riders which helps no end. Reaching


the podium in Hong Kong over the next five days is the target for


these athletes. The pressure is on the next generation to continue


Great Britain's success on the international stage.


See how they get on in Hong Kong on BBC Two Wales and the Red Button


Its been more than 30 years since summer travellers sailed


Now - a team of ferry enthusiasts are hoping to re-introduce


The Endeavour project - bought an old German ferry


for just a pound last year - and believe they can


She certainly isn't much to look at. Not surprising after more than 20


years sitting in Liverpool docks. Still capable of carrying 400


passengers on day trips? There is quite a lot of work to do and it has


to be 100% perfect to get our passenger certificate, which we are


well aware of. We are looking around launching in around 2020-21.


Definitely for the summer of 21, we want to be at sea carrying


passengers. She began life as a harbour ferry in Germany. Her future


is in the hands of dedicated volunteers who are unfazed by the


challenge they've taken on. The engines need to be stripped down and


reconditioned but you realise how well maintained this ship has been


and you start to believe that perhaps in three or four-year 's


time, the endeavour will take to the seas again. Progress is already


being made in other parts of the ship. The ceiling was down, the


paint was ripping off. We have got it civilised and the best place on


the ship so far. Even with volunteer labour, the cost of restoring the


Endeavour is ?3 million. Some of that will come from private


investors who believe there is a market for trips along the coast.


There is a great deal of work to do if the ship is going to sail again


but last autumn the ship was about to be scrapped so you can realise


how far the volunteers have already come to realising their dream. I'm


not sure if he runs to the shipping for cast. But here is the weather.


Dry and bright with a moderate to fresh breeze.


Plenty of sunshine in Penycwm near Newgale.


Partly cloudy in Bethesda this afternoon with a high of 12C.


Maybe the odd light shower in the south but no more than that.


Tomorrow's chart shows a cold front lying through northern England


and Ireland and that will move southwards during the day.


Bright in places but cloudier than than today.


Some rain to the north over the Irish Sea.


During the day, a little rain will spread south.


Turning light and patchy and in the north it will brighten-up


during the afternoon with odd shower.


Breezier than today and feeling cool.


Some dry weather but spots of rain in the afternoon.


Bright in places but generally a lot of cloud.


A few showers but some places will stay dry.


Some drier spells as well and feeling a touch milder


So a little more changeable over the next few days.


One or two showers but a good deal of dry weather as well.


Bank holiday Monday may turn out to be the best day.


Not that warm but feeling pleasant in the sunshine.


The headlines. A new trial is hoping to diagnose patients more quickly


for cancer. They will refer patients who don't show obvious symptoms to a


one-stop diagnosis centre to be examined and tests on the same day.


I'll have an update for you here at eight o'clock -


That's Wales Today - thank you for watching -


from all of us on the programme, good evening.


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