12/05/2017 BBC Wales Today


12/05/2017

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Jailed for causing the death of a 22-year-old woman

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Outside court, Sophie Taylor's mother described her disappointment

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I feel people can go out into their vehicle

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and use it as a weapon, which was exactly what happened to

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Wales could follow England's lead and abolish University tuition fees.

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Mountain rescuers in a potentially life-saving operation.

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Why one of Wales' biggest teams is raising concerns

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Their Premier League survival could be secured this weekend

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And thousands of jellyfish lurking off the Welsh coast

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Why experts say there's a mega swarm.

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A 24-year-old woman has been jailed for six and a half years,

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for causing the death of her love rival in a late night car

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Melissa Pesticcio, and 23-year-old Michael Wheeler, who's been jailed

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for seven and a half years, followed Sophie Taylor at high

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speed, in what the court heard, was as a "Fast

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The judge described the incident as terrifying,

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and said their actions were like a pack chasing its prey.

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They released a pink balloons on the steps of the court today,

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Pink had been the 22-year-old call centre worker's favourite colour.

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She died in a late-night car crash last year but the fatal

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Today, those responsible for her death were jailed.

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She was loving, giving and trusting and those qualities in her work

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completely abused by these two, I can't even call them human beings.

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All three had been involved in a love triangle.

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Caught on CCTV last August, Sophie Taylor is seen being chased

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by Melissa Pesticcio, who was angry and jealous.

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Also giving chase was Michael Wheeler, who had been

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The pursuit of Miss Taylor's BMW by Melissa Pesticcio in another

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BMW and Michael Wheeler in his Vauxhall Corsa

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lasted three miles from the Rumney area to Adamsdown.

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They reached speeds of 56 mph along the narrow backstreets

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in what was described in court as a fast and furious style chase.

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As they entered Adamsdown, Sophie and her passenger Josh

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was so frightened that they dialled 999, reporting that they were

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Then, on the emergency call, a loud bang is heard.

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Sophie's car had been violently rammed, sending it into a spin,

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Sophie was killed, her passenger suffered life changing injuries.

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He spent 101 days in hospital and was in a medically

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He told the court the injuries had robbed him of his dignity.

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I had a brain bleed, I had brain swelling,

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I have got a permanent frontal lobe injury.

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Four of my ribs broke, which punctured my lung.

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The court heard Melissa Pesticcio had sent a text message to another

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friend discussing Sophie Taylor which read, I will find her

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That text and the chase was the culmination of a period

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of hostility between the two women, which amounted to a campaign

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of intimidation over a stolen boyfriend and an argument

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It can be distressing for families to hear details

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The family of Sophie and Joshua maintained their dignity

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and we are grateful for their support throughout

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And we are glad that justice has been achieved in the end.

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When the pair were jailed, there was applause and loud cheers

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Outside, Sophie 's parents spoke of their loss.

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I few people can go out into their vehicle and use it

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as a weapon, which was exactly what happened to our

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Sentencing, the judge said you were both consumed

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by a self-righteous, jealous rage, chasing Sophie,

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He said it was like a pack chasing its prey.

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He jailed Melissa Pesticcio for six and a half years and Wheeler

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Wales could follow England's lead and abolish tuition fees if Labour

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University funding is devolved to the Welsh Government,

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but the First Minister, Carwyn Jones has told BBC Wales it

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would be difficult to conceive a scenario where tuition fees

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are abolished in England but not in Wales.

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Well, let's get more on this now from our political

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What's the situation with tuition fees in England?

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All universities in England, Wales and Scotland charge ?9,000 per year

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for tuition fees. In England, there is no help from the government. The

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Welsh Government puts ?5,000 per year in and it costs around ?230

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million a year. There are plans to change that next year. There is a

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contribution towards living costs. But if the Welsh Government wanted

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to, they could abolish tuition fees now but it would cost hundreds of

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millions of pounds that they do not have. Yesterday, we saw that pledge

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to abolish tuition fees in England costing ?10 billion. That means

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there would be money coming to the Welsh Government to abolish fees in

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Wales but more importantly, if you can imagine the scenario where

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universities in England are essentially free, you could not have

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universities in Wales charging ?9,000 because nobody would go there

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and they would go bust. What kind of reaction has there been to this? The

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Conservatives has said that Carwyn Jones should not be making more

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spending promises that have not been thought through. Plaid Cymru have

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said that they don't think Carwyn Jones would keep to this promise.

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Ukip saying this promise is meaningless. The Liberal Democrats,

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it is a tricky one, it is a labour Welsh Government but the person in

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charge of education is a Liberal Democrat. They are saying they

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should be concentrating on living costs, not on fees.

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Specialist teams have joined the search for

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Tracy Kearns from Kinmel Bay has not been seen since last Sunday.

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A 48-year-old man, who is known to Miss Kearns, has been arrested

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A newspaper editor from Pembrokeshire who published

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information likely to identify a sex offence victim has been ordered

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Health services in England have been hit by a large-scale attack. NHS

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Wales says it has already but proactive protection measures in

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place. A 25-year-old man has been

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arrested in Flint for affray St Mary's Catholic primary

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school and several streets in the area were shut,

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after armed officers were called to Maes Alaw at around seven

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o'clock this morning. It followed reports of a man

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behaving in an aggressive Pagers may be technological

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relics for most of us, but they're still widely used

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by our emergency services. NHS staff, the fire service,

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lifeboats and search and rescue teams rely on these devices

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because they have good signal A mid-wales mountain

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rescue team has told this programme they're concerned,

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after warnings prices could rise Here's Teleri Glyn Jones

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with the story. A rescuing the Brecon Beacons back

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in March. In an emergency situation like this, communication is

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critical. It is really simple. It is just a little box and it has a

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display on it. Mark Jones from the rescue team says they use pagers and

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mobile phones to mobilise volunteers because phone reception could be

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unreliable. We respond to different types of calls, searches and medical

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emergencies. If somebody is having chest pains, you want to be

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responding to those calls immediately. We don't want to be

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half an hour behind the game. But that service is under threat since

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Vodafone decided to close down its pager business. There is one other

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company that provides the service. The companies were considering a

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merger but there were concerns that a monopoly could mean higher prices

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and worse signal coverage so Vodafone decided to stop its service

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anyway. We have quite a dispersed membership throughout South and mid

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Wales and we want as many of those, ideally all of those, to get the

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message immediately. Without a reliable service that we can afford,

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we cannot guarantee that. The Competition and Markets Authority

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says there is nothing they can do to stop companies choosing to exit the

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market which could leave emergency services across Wales out of reach.

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We return to our election coverage now and one issue which has forced

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itself onto the political agenda is immigration.

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It played a big part in last year's Brexit debate

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Different parts of Wales have experienced different

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The north east of the country, Wrexham and Flintshire are among

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the areas which have proved most popular.

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Roger Pinney has been to Queensferry and Shotton on Deeside

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It is where they go for a taste of home.

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At this shop in Queensferry, the stock is from Slovakia

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and the Czech Republic, Poland, Bulgaria,

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And in the main, those countries are where the customers come from.

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Attilan and Livia arrived four years ago from Hungary.

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Did you feel it was a big step for you, coming

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Yeah, it was a childhood dream for me.

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We have a better job here, we have a better life here.

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And do you plan to stay, would you go home sometime?

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Yeah, of course, we want to stay here.

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The shop is run by Betsy and her mother.

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Tried it and it's turned out really well.

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In the decade they've run the shop, it's doubled in size

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and in the same ten years, that's more or less

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what happened to the non-UK born population of Flintshire.

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Now, rightly or wrongly, they feel uncertain

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For us, being here, for so long now, working hard, having salaries,

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paying taxes, paying our rents, the bills, everything,

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our children go to school over here now and it is hurting

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To be fair, none of the mainstream parties say that but the scale

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of future immigration is an issue in this election and in the Brexit

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The Conservatives have renewed their promise to reduce it

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And we will hear from the other parties soon.

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This corner of North East Wales has much in common with

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Here, the old mainstays were the steel and textile industries.

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40 years ago, life on Deside was pretty certain.

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People grew up together, worked together, then came the steel

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When steel-making ended, 6500 jobs were lost in one day.

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But from the ruins, new opportunities arrived.

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The Deeside Industrial Park on the old steelworks

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Little wonder then so many East Europeans are being drawn

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in and you don't half to spend long here chatting to local

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people to discover that makes seven feel uneasy.

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What do you think the big issues are going to be around here?

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There's a lot of foreign people around here.

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A lot of people take issues with them taking

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Very difficult to get into the doctors.

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When you go, they are all foreigners.

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A lot of politicians are talking about that today.

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Struggling to get another job because obviously, immigration,

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people are coming over here and taking our jobs really.

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They are keeping wages down as well, yeah.

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And according to the Bank of England, in the lowest skilled

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industries, a ten percentage point rise in the proportion

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of immigrants is associated with a 2% reduction in pay.

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If they all go, who will have those jobs then?

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There's not enough people around here for those jobs.

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There's an awful lot of big factories over there now.

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So, do recent immigrants put pressure on local services,

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Or are they helping to drive the economy forward?

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Some big questions for the politicians.

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Meanwhile, on the election campaign trail today,

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The Foreign Secretary used his visit to Newport market to tell voters

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that the Conservatives will deliver a Strong and clear approach

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to defence, whereas the Labour party, under Jeremy Corbyn,

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Elsewhere, Labour's deputy leader has also been

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Tom Watson has been on a mini whistle-stop campaign tour,

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visiting areas such as Cardiff, Pontypridd, Merthyr and Caerphilly.

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During his visit, Mr Watson praised the party's record running

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And with the election just weeks away, we're asking what you would do

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What would you do if you were in the top job?

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We want to know which issues are important to you.

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And we've had plenty of ideas already but we'd like to have more

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so that we can take them all to the decision-makers

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after the results of the election on June the 8th.

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Swansea City's Premier League fate could be decided this weekend.

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If they win and other results go their way,

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they will be safe come Sunday afternoon.

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3,000 Swans fans will make the trip to Sunderland tomorrow,

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and with so much at stake, boss Paul Clement says

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it's all about who can handle the pressure.

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Swansea City, masters of their own destiny, are looking to capitalise

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on last weekend where their win over Everton saw them leapfrog howl. --

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Hull. It is Sunderland tomorrow afternoon but the boss is taking

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nothing for granted. They have a good manager with plenty of

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experience who wants to win every game he is involved in. Although

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they have had a difficult season, they will want to finish strongly.

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Mentally we are prepared for a tough game. It is certainly a crunch

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weekend. Victory for Swansea would apply huge pressure on rivals Hull

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and Crystal Palace will face each other on Sunday. The relegation race

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could be decided if Swansea win and Hull lose. We don't cheese nothing.

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We look for our work and the next game is the most important for us.

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We need to win the game. The pressure lies on all of us to win

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the game. We have to draw it. If we are defensively sound and solid like

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we were against Arsenal, then we are bound to create some chances at home

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and hopefully score. Swansea have spent almost the entire season

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struggling at the wrong end of the table and staying up would not

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normally be cause for celebration but this has been an extraordinary

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season. Three managers in, they look doomed before Paul Clement to change

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were macro charge. Another Coach has pulled out

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of Wales' summer tour games After Danny Wilson last week,

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the Scarlets have confirmed Stephen Jones won't be part

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of Robin McBryde's backroom team because of

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commitments with his region. The Scarlets play Leinster

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in the Pro12 semifinal next week. Lions captain Sam Warburton

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says his side needs to become the best in the world,

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in a matter of weeks, if it wants Warburton leads the Lions

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for a second successive tour and knows the tourists must gel

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quickly ahead of the first Test I think it's going to

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be very difficult... Four years ago, there were chances

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where the guys could have a little bit of a social together,

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we might be able to go out, have a couple of beers

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and do things like that. Which is quite a good way

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to get to know players. But the games are coming so thick

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and fast, there's not going to be I think going through difficult

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training and games will help. Welsh Cyclist Geraint Thomas remains

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in 2nd position overall, Caleb Ewan of Australia was first

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over the line, just. he was a fraction of a wheel ahead

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of Fernando Gaviria of Columbia, Thousands of giant jellyfish have

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washed up on Welsh beaches The barrel jellyfish have been

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spotted in Pembrokeshire, New Quay has been a hot spot,

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with over 300 seen in what's been They are known as barrel or even

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dustbin lid jellyfish And they have been washing up

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on the beaches of Wales Science officers from

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Cardigan Bay Marine wildlife Centre have counted over 300

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on beaches at New Quay alone. And while this happens annually,

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they say this number is rare. And have described

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it as a mega swarm. We don't normally get as many

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as we are seeing now. Last year was an unusual year

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in that we didn't see them This year we have seen them

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sort of April-May time And they seem to be a lot bigger

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than we usually see. I don't think I've ever seen them

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quite as big as they are this year Numbers have grown in recent

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years because of mild winters and warm waters,

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allowing plankton, their main And the fine weather

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lately has sparked this recent boom in jellyfish,

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which can grow up to These barrel jellyfish end up

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on the beach because they head inshore for the warmer water

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but they have a limited ability So they end up washed up

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on the beach in huge numbers. We have been coming here 40 years

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and I just never seen anything like this in terms of the numbers

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and the size of them. The last time we saw so many

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hundreds of these jellyfish washed up like this was when we had that

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really hot summer of 1976. There is advice not to touch or move

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the jellyfish as they do give a mild staying,

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similar to a nettle. And conservationists hope this

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will scratch the sea creatures' main predator,

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the large leatherback turtle. So this ancient sea creature could

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attract another to our beaches. some welcome rain in the forecast.

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Some sunshine to look forward to. Here is the radar from earlier. It

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was patchy in nature. It was pretty heavy. More showers to deal with

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tonight. They will tend to ease through the night. It'll start to

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feel fresher as we go through the night. The winds change in

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direction. Still fairly mild. Temperatures down to nine Celsius.

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Tomorrow we have a brief break from the rain but there is a weather

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front nearby that will bring the wet conditions as we head into tomorrow

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night. First thing tomorrow morning we do have a few showers running

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across mid Wales and across northern parts we have a few showers first

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thing as well. Temperatures in double figures. A mild start of the

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morning. As we head down into Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire and

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Carmarthenshire, a lot of dry weather to start the day. Maybe even

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some sunshine first thing. I am hopeful most of us will see the sun

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shining. First thing tomorrow morning, those showers will tend to

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clear and it will become brighter. A few showers along the coast later on

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in the day. Top temperature around 18 Celsius and late afternoon, we

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will start to see that front approaching. That will bring with it

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rain and cloud as well. Tomorrow night, a wet night as that front

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pushes its way north-eastwards. Behind it a few showers but also a

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lot of dry weather. Feeling fresher than tonight. A brief break on

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Sunday but later in the day, we will see that area of low pressure

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pushing in, bringing more... On Sunday, some sunshine, the odd

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isolated shower. Temperatures reaching 17 Celsius. More persistent

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rain to come by the time we get to Monday. A woman and her ex-boyfriend

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have been jailed for killing a woman in a fatal car chase. 22-year-old

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Sophie Taylor died when her car hit a block of flats in Cardiff in

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August last year. Tonight Michael Wheeler is starting a seven and a

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half year jail term while Melissa Pesticcio will serve six and a half

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years. We'll have a quick update at 8,

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more after the BBC Ten o'clock News. From all of us on the

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programme, goodbye.

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