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Jailed for causing the death of a 22-year-old woman
Outside court, Sophie Taylor's mother described her disappointment
I feel people can go out into their vehicle
and use it as a weapon, which was exactly what happened to
Wales could follow England's lead and abolish University tuition fees.
Mountain rescuers in a potentially life-saving operation.
Why one of Wales' biggest teams is raising concerns
Their Premier League survival could be secured this weekend
And thousands of jellyfish lurking off the Welsh coast
Why experts say there's a mega swarm.
A 24-year-old woman has been jailed for six and a half years,
for causing the death of her love rival in a late night car
Melissa Pesticcio, and 23-year-old Michael Wheeler, who's been jailed
for seven and a half years, followed Sophie Taylor at high
speed, in what the court heard, was as a "Fast
The judge described the incident as terrifying,
and said their actions were like a pack chasing its prey.
They released a pink balloons on the steps of the court today,
Pink had been the 22-year-old call centre worker's favourite colour.
She died in a late-night car crash last year but the fatal
Today, those responsible for her death were jailed.
She was loving, giving and trusting and those qualities in her work
completely abused by these two, I can't even call them human beings.
All three had been involved in a love triangle.
Caught on CCTV last August, Sophie Taylor is seen being chased
by Melissa Pesticcio, who was angry and jealous.
Also giving chase was Michael Wheeler, who had been
The pursuit of Miss Taylor's BMW by Melissa Pesticcio in another
BMW and Michael Wheeler in his Vauxhall Corsa
lasted three miles from the Rumney area to Adamsdown.
They reached speeds of 56 mph along the narrow backstreets
in what was described in court as a fast and furious style chase.
As they entered Adamsdown, Sophie and her passenger Josh
was so frightened that they dialled 999, reporting that they were
Then, on the emergency call, a loud bang is heard.
Sophie's car had been violently rammed, sending it into a spin,
Sophie was killed, her passenger suffered life changing injuries.
He spent 101 days in hospital and was in a medically
He told the court the injuries had robbed him of his dignity.
I had a brain bleed, I had brain swelling,
I have got a permanent frontal lobe injury.
Four of my ribs broke, which punctured my lung.
The court heard Melissa Pesticcio had sent a text message to another
friend discussing Sophie Taylor which read, I will find her
That text and the chase was the culmination of a period
of hostility between the two women, which amounted to a campaign
of intimidation over a stolen boyfriend and an argument
It can be distressing for families to hear details
The family of Sophie and Joshua maintained their dignity
and we are grateful for their support throughout
And we are glad that justice has been achieved in the end.
When the pair were jailed, there was applause and loud cheers
Outside, Sophie 's parents spoke of their loss.
I few people can go out into their vehicle and use it
as a weapon, which was exactly what happened to our
Sentencing, the judge said you were both consumed
by a self-righteous, jealous rage, chasing Sophie,
He said it was like a pack chasing its prey.
He jailed Melissa Pesticcio for six and a half years and Wheeler
Wales could follow England's lead and abolish tuition fees if Labour
University funding is devolved to the Welsh Government,
but the First Minister, Carwyn Jones has told BBC Wales it
would be difficult to conceive a scenario where tuition fees
are abolished in England but not in Wales.
Well, let's get more on this now from our political
What's the situation with tuition fees in England?
All universities in England, Wales and Scotland charge ?9,000 per year
for tuition fees. In England, there is no help from the government. The
Welsh Government puts ?5,000 per year in and it costs around ?230
million a year. There are plans to change that next year. There is a
contribution towards living costs. But if the Welsh Government wanted
to, they could abolish tuition fees now but it would cost hundreds of
millions of pounds that they do not have. Yesterday, we saw that pledge
to abolish tuition fees in England costing ?10 billion. That means
there would be money coming to the Welsh Government to abolish fees in
Wales but more importantly, if you can imagine the scenario where
universities in England are essentially free, you could not have
universities in Wales charging ?9,000 because nobody would go there
and they would go bust. What kind of reaction has there been to this? The
Conservatives has said that Carwyn Jones should not be making more
spending promises that have not been thought through. Plaid Cymru have
said that they don't think Carwyn Jones would keep to this promise.
Ukip saying this promise is meaningless. The Liberal Democrats,
it is a tricky one, it is a labour Welsh Government but the person in
charge of education is a Liberal Democrat. They are saying they
should be concentrating on living costs, not on fees.
Specialist teams have joined the search for
Tracy Kearns from Kinmel Bay has not been seen since last Sunday.
A 48-year-old man, who is known to Miss Kearns, has been arrested
A newspaper editor from Pembrokeshire who published
information likely to identify a sex offence victim has been ordered
Health services in England have been hit by a large-scale attack. NHS
Wales says it has already but proactive protection measures in
place. A 25-year-old man has been
arrested in Flint for affray St Mary's Catholic primary
school and several streets in the area were shut,
after armed officers were called to Maes Alaw at around seven
o'clock this morning. It followed reports of a man
behaving in an aggressive Pagers may be technological
relics for most of us, but they're still widely used
by our emergency services. NHS staff, the fire service,
lifeboats and search and rescue teams rely on these devices
because they have good signal A mid-wales mountain
rescue team has told this programme they're concerned,
after warnings prices could rise Here's Teleri Glyn Jones
with the story. A rescuing the Brecon Beacons back
in March. In an emergency situation like this, communication is
critical. It is really simple. It is just a little box and it has a
display on it. Mark Jones from the rescue team says they use pagers and
mobile phones to mobilise volunteers because phone reception could be
unreliable. We respond to different types of calls, searches and medical
emergencies. If somebody is having chest pains, you want to be
responding to those calls immediately. We don't want to be
half an hour behind the game. But that service is under threat since
Vodafone decided to close down its pager business. There is one other
company that provides the service. The companies were considering a
merger but there were concerns that a monopoly could mean higher prices
and worse signal coverage so Vodafone decided to stop its service
anyway. We have quite a dispersed membership throughout South and mid
Wales and we want as many of those, ideally all of those, to get the
message immediately. Without a reliable service that we can afford,
we cannot guarantee that. The Competition and Markets Authority
says there is nothing they can do to stop companies choosing to exit the
market which could leave emergency services across Wales out of reach.
We return to our election coverage now and one issue which has forced
itself onto the political agenda is immigration.
It played a big part in last year's Brexit debate
Different parts of Wales have experienced different
The north east of the country, Wrexham and Flintshire are among
the areas which have proved most popular.
Roger Pinney has been to Queensferry and Shotton on Deeside
It is where they go for a taste of home.
At this shop in Queensferry, the stock is from Slovakia
and the Czech Republic, Poland, Bulgaria,
And in the main, those countries are where the customers come from.
Attilan and Livia arrived four years ago from Hungary.
Did you feel it was a big step for you, coming
Yeah, it was a childhood dream for me.
We have a better job here, we have a better life here.
And do you plan to stay, would you go home sometime?
Yeah, of course, we want to stay here.
The shop is run by Betsy and her mother.
Tried it and it's turned out really well.
In the decade they've run the shop, it's doubled in size
and in the same ten years, that's more or less
what happened to the non-UK born population of Flintshire.
Now, rightly or wrongly, they feel uncertain
For us, being here, for so long now, working hard, having salaries,
paying taxes, paying our rents, the bills, everything,
our children go to school over here now and it is hurting
To be fair, none of the mainstream parties say that but the scale
of future immigration is an issue in this election and in the Brexit
The Conservatives have renewed their promise to reduce it
And we will hear from the other parties soon.
This corner of North East Wales has much in common with
Here, the old mainstays were the steel and textile industries.
40 years ago, life on Deside was pretty certain.
People grew up together, worked together, then came the steel
When steel-making ended, 6500 jobs were lost in one day.
But from the ruins, new opportunities arrived.
The Deeside Industrial Park on the old steelworks
Little wonder then so many East Europeans are being drawn
in and you don't half to spend long here chatting to local
people to discover that makes seven feel uneasy.
What do you think the big issues are going to be around here?
There's a lot of foreign people around here.
A lot of people take issues with them taking
Very difficult to get into the doctors.
When you go, they are all foreigners.
A lot of politicians are talking about that today.
Struggling to get another job because obviously, immigration,
people are coming over here and taking our jobs really.
They are keeping wages down as well, yeah.
And according to the Bank of England, in the lowest skilled
industries, a ten percentage point rise in the proportion
of immigrants is associated with a 2% reduction in pay.
If they all go, who will have those jobs then?
There's not enough people around here for those jobs.
There's an awful lot of big factories over there now.
So, do recent immigrants put pressure on local services,
Or are they helping to drive the economy forward?
Some big questions for the politicians.
Meanwhile, on the election campaign trail today,
The Foreign Secretary used his visit to Newport market to tell voters
that the Conservatives will deliver a Strong and clear approach
to defence, whereas the Labour party, under Jeremy Corbyn,
Elsewhere, Labour's deputy leader has also been
Tom Watson has been on a mini whistle-stop campaign tour,
visiting areas such as Cardiff, Pontypridd, Merthyr and Caerphilly.
During his visit, Mr Watson praised the party's record running
And with the election just weeks away, we're asking what you would do
What would you do if you were in the top job?
We want to know which issues are important to you.
And we've had plenty of ideas already but we'd like to have more
so that we can take them all to the decision-makers
after the results of the election on June the 8th.
Swansea City's Premier League fate could be decided this weekend.
If they win and other results go their way,
they will be safe come Sunday afternoon.
3,000 Swans fans will make the trip to Sunderland tomorrow,
and with so much at stake, boss Paul Clement says
it's all about who can handle the pressure.
Swansea City, masters of their own destiny, are looking to capitalise
on last weekend where their win over Everton saw them leapfrog howl. --
Hull. It is Sunderland tomorrow afternoon but the boss is taking
nothing for granted. They have a good manager with plenty of
experience who wants to win every game he is involved in. Although
they have had a difficult season, they will want to finish strongly.
Mentally we are prepared for a tough game. It is certainly a crunch
weekend. Victory for Swansea would apply huge pressure on rivals Hull
and Crystal Palace will face each other on Sunday. The relegation race
could be decided if Swansea win and Hull lose. We don't cheese nothing.
We look for our work and the next game is the most important for us.
We need to win the game. The pressure lies on all of us to win
the game. We have to draw it. If we are defensively sound and solid like
we were against Arsenal, then we are bound to create some chances at home
and hopefully score. Swansea have spent almost the entire season
struggling at the wrong end of the table and staying up would not
normally be cause for celebration but this has been an extraordinary
season. Three managers in, they look doomed before Paul Clement to change
were macro charge. Another Coach has pulled out
of Wales' summer tour games After Danny Wilson last week,
the Scarlets have confirmed Stephen Jones won't be part
of Robin McBryde's backroom team because of
commitments with his region. The Scarlets play Leinster
in the Pro12 semifinal next week. Lions captain Sam Warburton
says his side needs to become the best in the world,
in a matter of weeks, if it wants Warburton leads the Lions
for a second successive tour and knows the tourists must gel
quickly ahead of the first Test I think it's going to
be very difficult... Four years ago, there were chances
where the guys could have a little bit of a social together,
we might be able to go out, have a couple of beers
and do things like that. Which is quite a good way
to get to know players. But the games are coming so thick
and fast, there's not going to be I think going through difficult
training and games will help. Welsh Cyclist Geraint Thomas remains
in 2nd position overall, Caleb Ewan of Australia was first
over the line, just. he was a fraction of a wheel ahead
of Fernando Gaviria of Columbia, Thousands of giant jellyfish have
washed up on Welsh beaches The barrel jellyfish have been
spotted in Pembrokeshire, New Quay has been a hot spot,
with over 300 seen in what's been They are known as barrel or even
dustbin lid jellyfish And they have been washing up
on the beaches of Wales Science officers from
Cardigan Bay Marine wildlife Centre have counted over 300
on beaches at New Quay alone. And while this happens annually,
they say this number is rare. And have described
it as a mega swarm. We don't normally get as many
as we are seeing now. Last year was an unusual year
in that we didn't see them This year we have seen them
sort of April-May time And they seem to be a lot bigger
than we usually see. I don't think I've ever seen them
quite as big as they are this year Numbers have grown in recent
years because of mild winters and warm waters,
allowing plankton, their main And the fine weather
lately has sparked this recent boom in jellyfish,
which can grow up to These barrel jellyfish end up
on the beach because they head inshore for the warmer water
but they have a limited ability So they end up washed up
on the beach in huge numbers. We have been coming here 40 years
and I just never seen anything like this in terms of the numbers
and the size of them. The last time we saw so many
hundreds of these jellyfish washed up like this was when we had that
really hot summer of 1976. There is advice not to touch or move
the jellyfish as they do give a mild staying,
similar to a nettle. And conservationists hope this
will scratch the sea creatures' main predator,
the large leatherback turtle. So this ancient sea creature could
attract another to our beaches. some welcome rain in the forecast.
Some sunshine to look forward to. Here is the radar from earlier. It
was patchy in nature. It was pretty heavy. More showers to deal with
tonight. They will tend to ease through the night. It'll start to
feel fresher as we go through the night. The winds change in
direction. Still fairly mild. Temperatures down to nine Celsius.
Tomorrow we have a brief break from the rain but there is a weather
front nearby that will bring the wet conditions as we head into tomorrow
night. First thing tomorrow morning we do have a few showers running
across mid Wales and across northern parts we have a few showers first
thing as well. Temperatures in double figures. A mild start of the
morning. As we head down into Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire and
Carmarthenshire, a lot of dry weather to start the day. Maybe even
some sunshine first thing. I am hopeful most of us will see the sun
shining. First thing tomorrow morning, those showers will tend to
clear and it will become brighter. A few showers along the coast later on
in the day. Top temperature around 18 Celsius and late afternoon, we
will start to see that front approaching. That will bring with it
rain and cloud as well. Tomorrow night, a wet night as that front
pushes its way north-eastwards. Behind it a few showers but also a
lot of dry weather. Feeling fresher than tonight. A brief break on
Sunday but later in the day, we will see that area of low pressure
pushing in, bringing more... On Sunday, some sunshine, the odd
isolated shower. Temperatures reaching 17 Celsius. More persistent
rain to come by the time we get to Monday. A woman and her ex-boyfriend
have been jailed for killing a woman in a fatal car chase. 22-year-old
Sophie Taylor died when her car hit a block of flats in Cardiff in
August last year. Tonight Michael Wheeler is starting a seven and a
half year jail term while Melissa Pesticcio will serve six and a half
years. We'll have a quick update at 8,
more after the BBC Ten o'clock News. From all of us on the