20/01/2017 BBC Wales Today


20/01/2017

News and weather from BBC Wales.


Similar Content

Browse content similar to 20/01/2017. Check below for episodes and series from the same categories and more!

Transcript


LineFromTo

Welcome to the programme. Tonight's headlines:

0:00:040:00:06

Constant complaints and old, cramped carriages -

0:00:060:00:09

now MPs say trains on Arriva services need to be

0:00:090:00:12

replaced urgently.

0:00:120:00:14

And Adam Issac is jailed for sexually abusing boys he met

0:00:140:00:18

through an online computer game.

0:00:180:00:20

Good evening.

0:00:360:00:37

Some of our trains have up to 4.5 million miles on the clock

0:00:370:00:41

and there's now an urgent need to replace old and

0:00:410:00:44

cramped carriages.

0:00:440:00:46

That's according to a group of MPs who also say there's been a huge

0:00:460:00:49

failure to account for a significant rise in passenger numbers.

0:00:490:00:53

We're taking more than twice as many journeys on trains

0:00:530:00:56

as we did ten years ago, which MPs say has led

0:00:560:00:58

to overcrowding and dissatisfied customers.

0:00:580:01:01

Here's our Business Correspondent Brian Meechan.

0:01:010:01:05

It's a service many have always relied on.

0:01:050:01:08

But while travellers have changed, it seems the trains haven't.

0:01:080:01:12

Those operating today by Arriva Trains Wales are,

0:01:120:01:15

on average, 27 years old.

0:01:150:01:18

MPs argue that the increasing number of passengers who want to use

0:01:180:01:22

the service have had enough of the conditions.

0:01:220:01:25

There have been complaints about the standard of the carriages

0:01:250:01:28

and the overcrowding that many believe happens too regularly.

0:01:280:01:32

During peak times it's no good at all.

0:01:320:01:35

It's really, really bad.

0:01:350:01:36

I've seen people fainting and being sick.

0:01:360:01:38

On the whole, because I travel on the valleys lines,

0:01:380:01:41

it's really good, but come Saturdays they've only got three carriages on.

0:01:410:01:44

There should be more.

0:01:440:01:45

The Welsh Affairs Select Committee says the problem was that

0:01:450:01:48

when the contract was agreed between the UK's Strategic Rail

0:01:480:01:51

Authority and Arriva, it didn't factor in more

0:01:510:01:54

people using trains.

0:01:540:01:56

Not enough account was taken of the possibility of a huge

0:01:560:01:59

growth in numbers whichy we subsequently saw.

0:01:590:02:01

It ended up costing a lot more money than it should have

0:02:010:02:04

done to deal with this.

0:02:040:02:06

Having said that, we recognise that Arriva Trains Wales

0:02:060:02:08

and the Welsh Assembly Government worked quite well to

0:02:080:02:11

overcome those problems.

0:02:110:02:12

Passenger jurneys have increased by around 50%,

0:02:120:02:15

with over 29 million in 2014-2015, around 10 million more

0:02:150:02:19

than a decade before.

0:02:190:02:21

Arriva Trains Wales' profits have remained fairly consistent.

0:02:210:02:24

It's made over ?88 million in the last five years.

0:02:240:02:28

The vast bulk of that being paid as a dividend to its owners,

0:02:280:02:32

the German transport company Deutsche Bahn.

0:02:320:02:35

Again, over a five-year period, the company has received

0:02:350:02:38

roughly ?750 million from the Welsh Government

0:02:380:02:41

in subsidies.

0:02:410:02:43

Arriva Trains Wales says it welcomes the fact that the report recognises

0:02:430:02:47

there have been improvements and investments in its services.

0:02:470:02:51

However, it does say it will continue to try to solve

0:02:510:02:55

the problems, but as the MPs made clear, there's no quick

0:02:550:02:59

or easy solution.

0:02:590:03:02

Arriva's trains are generally running on time.

0:03:020:03:05

While overcrowding on services arriving in Cardiff is worse

0:03:050:03:08

than on trains arriving in Bristol and Liverpool, it's

0:03:080:03:12

better than those pulling into Manchester and Leeds.

0:03:120:03:15

But the Welsh Government says the current franchises

0:03:150:03:18

isn't fit for purpose.

0:03:180:03:20

Major investment will be needed soon.

0:03:200:03:22

70% of the Arriva fleet will not be able to be used

0:03:220:03:26

after 2020 because of new disability regulations.

0:03:260:03:29

Those will have to be replaced.

0:03:290:03:32

The impact is the degree of breakdown.

0:03:320:03:35

If we had 40-year-old cars, we would have a problem

0:03:350:03:38

keeping those going.

0:03:380:03:40

Arriva is one of four bidders for the next franchise,

0:03:400:03:44

which comes up in 2018.

0:03:440:03:46

The Welsh Government will award that on a not-for-profit basis,

0:03:460:03:50

signalling a major change in direction in the future of rail.

0:03:500:03:54

South Wales Police have said tonight that a 26-year-old man

0:03:540:03:57

from the Swansea area was arrested yesterday on suspicion

0:03:570:04:00

of terrorism offences.

0:04:000:04:02

It was part of a joint operation between Counter Terrorism units

0:04:020:04:05

in Wales and the West Midlands.

0:04:050:04:07

Officers say the investigation does not concern any immediate

0:04:070:04:09

threat to public safety.

0:04:090:04:12

An amateur boxer from Port Talbot has been jailed for 12 and a half

0:04:120:04:16

years after admitting killing his girlfriend.

0:04:160:04:19

21-year-old James Tobin was caught after police bugged his home

0:04:190:04:23

and heard him admit to his father that he'd killed Kellie Gillard.

0:04:230:04:27

Swansea Crown Court heard Tobin hit Miss Gillard with forceful blows

0:04:270:04:30

during an argument two years ago, causing her to hit the wall

0:04:300:04:33

and fall, rupturing an artery.

0:04:330:04:36

A man from Merthyr Tydfil has been sentenced to two years and eight

0:04:360:04:40

months in prison for sexually abusing teenage boys he met

0:04:400:04:44

via the online game Minecraft.

0:04:440:04:47

23-year-old Adam Isaac from Maesgwynne pleaded guilty

0:04:470:04:50

to eight sexual offences between August 2015

0:04:500:04:53

and January 2016.

0:04:530:04:55

Rhiannon Wilkins reports.

0:04:550:04:57

Adam Isaac, seen here leaving court after a previous hearing,

0:04:570:05:02

is tonight behind bars.

0:05:020:05:05

He sexually abused two boys aged 12 and 14 online.

0:05:050:05:10

He asked them to send intimate photos of themselves to him,

0:05:100:05:13

and he perform sexual acts on himself during video calls.

0:05:130:05:18

Indecent images of a third boy were also found in his possession.

0:05:180:05:23

The father of one of the victims says it's had a profound impact.

0:05:230:05:28

He was quite calculatedly groomed on chat messages.

0:05:280:05:34

He had no idea what was happening.

0:05:340:05:37

I think the realisation, to him, of what's happened,

0:05:370:05:40

was very hard for him to cope with.

0:05:400:05:43

It was through the online world of Minecraft that

0:05:430:05:46

Isaac targeted them.

0:05:460:05:48

The game has more than 100 million registered users, players

0:05:480:05:52

interact with each other, and build 3-D worlds

0:05:520:05:55

using virtual building blocks.

0:05:550:05:57

After grooming the boys using it, the prosecution said Isaac then sent

0:05:570:06:01

them money on PayPal.

0:06:010:06:03

But it wasn't until one victim's father found online Skype

0:06:030:06:07

conversations asking about his son's sex life that the matter was brought

0:06:070:06:12

forward to the police.

0:06:120:06:14

A spokeswoman for Microsoft, who own Minecraft, said a safe

0:06:140:06:17

online experience is a priority.

0:06:170:06:20

And they offer resources to help parents keep their children safe.

0:06:200:06:24

But online gaming is a concern for children's charity, NSPCC.

0:06:240:06:29

Online grooming is a term that is vastly growing now

0:06:290:06:34

and picking up pace.

0:06:340:06:37

That, for me, really reinforces the concern that is out there.

0:06:370:06:41

It's the biggest, near enough, the biggest child protection issue

0:06:410:06:44

of the 21st century.

0:06:440:06:47

Sentencing 23-year-old Adam Isaac to two years

0:06:470:06:51

and eight months in prison, the judge, Mr Justice Twomlow,

0:06:510:06:55

told him, "You knew you would find teenage boys.

0:06:550:06:58

"This was clearly a grooming process."

0:06:580:07:01

He went on to say, "People have to understand the seriousness

0:07:010:07:05

"of behaviour like yours and it will result in prison."

0:07:050:07:13

A union says 90 jobs are going at a Greggs

0:07:130:07:16

factory in Treforest.

0:07:160:07:18

The company says it intends increasing its production of bread

0:07:180:07:21

there but production of doughnuts and other bakery products will be

0:07:210:07:24

transferred to its other regional bakeries over the next two years.

0:07:240:07:28

The union says the firm is looking for voluntary redundancies.

0:07:280:07:33

Around 200 beech trees which were up to 200 years old have been illegally

0:07:330:07:38

cut down in Blackwood.

0:07:380:07:40

National Resources Wales says it's a devastating case

0:07:400:07:44

which will have a terrible impact on the environment.

0:07:440:07:47

It says no licence was granted and it will take the necessary

0:07:470:07:50

action against those responsible.

0:07:500:07:52

Let's take a look at the weekend weather forecast now with Derek.

0:07:520:07:57

Hello.

0:07:570:07:59

Much of Wales has been fine and sunny today.

0:07:590:08:02

Stunning in Snowdonia and there is more dry

0:08:020:08:05

and cold weather to come tomorrow.

0:08:050:08:07

Tonight, dry with a widespread frost.

0:08:070:08:09

One or two freezing fog patches, some patchy cloud in the south

0:08:090:08:13

and south-west later in the night.

0:08:130:08:16

Temperatures in mid Wales getting as low as -6

0:08:160:08:19

so a frosty start for much of the country tomorrow morning.

0:08:190:08:22

A few freezing fog patches.

0:08:220:08:24

Some patchy cloud in the south and south-west.

0:08:240:08:27

Across the rest of the UK, freezing fog patches will slowly lift.

0:08:270:08:31

Sunshine for many but not everywhere.

0:08:310:08:34

Cloud will spread into central and eastern England during the day

0:08:340:08:37

with a few drizzly showers.

0:08:370:08:39

Cloudy in the south-west and in Northern Ireland.

0:08:390:08:42

Temperatures on the cold side.

0:08:420:08:44

Close to home, a dry afternoon.

0:08:440:08:48

The best of the sunshine in the north

0:08:480:08:50

with cloud spreading from the south.

0:08:500:08:52

Colder than today.

0:08:520:08:54

An east or south-easterly breeze.

0:08:540:08:57

Cloudy but dry in Pembrokeshire tomorrow with a cold breeze.

0:08:570:09:01

Thermals will definitely come in handy if you are walking

0:09:010:09:06

up Pen y Fan tomorrow.

0:09:060:09:09

Tomorrow night, some frost but cloud will increase overnight.

0:09:090:09:12

A few showers spreading from the south-west.

0:09:120:09:15

Flakes of snow in places and icy patches.

0:09:150:09:18

Sunday will be a cloudy day.

0:09:180:09:20

Showers mainly in the west, otherwise dry and bright in places.

0:09:200:09:24

It will turn slightly less cold.

0:09:240:09:27

Next week, more dry weather thanks to high pressure.

0:09:270:09:32

Some fog patches likely for a while but the wind

0:09:320:09:35

will gradually pick up as we go through the week,

0:09:350:09:38

making it feel cold.

0:09:380:09:40

That's all from me.

0:09:400:09:42

Enjoy the weekend.

0:09:420:09:44

And keep warm.

0:09:440:09:46

We're back at 5:20pm tomorrow evening.

0:09:460:09:49

But that's Wales Today.

0:09:490:09:51

Have a great weekend.

0:09:510:09:52

Good night.

0:09:520:09:54

Download Subtitles

SRT

ASS