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Their families describe the pain of their loss,

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as the boss of a haulage firm and a mechanic are jailed.

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And Jo Stevens resigns as Shadow Welsh Secretary in protest

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over Labour MPs being forced to back the bill to trigger Brexit.

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The owner of a haulage company and a mechanic are starting

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prison sentences tonight for the manslaughter of three men

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from south Wales and a four-year-old girl who were killed

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Stephen Vaughan and Phillip Allen, both from Swansea, and Robert Parker

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from Cwmbran, died alongside Mitzi Steady, who was from Bath.

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Their families told the court about the life-changing impact

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of the crash in Bath two years ago, as Ben Price reports.

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This was the scene near Bath in February 2015 after the brakes

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of a 32 tonne tipper truck failed to work causing it to career out

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of control, devastating everything in its path.

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Tonight the owner of Grittenham Haulage Ltd,

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Matthew Gordon, is starting a seven and a half year jail sentence

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for the manslaughter of four innocent lives.

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The judge described Gordon as a man who had showed more concern

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A business owner who flouted the rules.

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Mechanic Peter Wood will spend five years and three months behind bars,

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the judge told him that he should have known that his casual attitude

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We need to remember the devastation that their gross negligence

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caused to innocent lives and their families.

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As well as the deep impact this has had on the community at large.

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Including the driver of the bus, the emergency services,

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and all the passers-by who attended the scene.

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Philip Allen from Swansea and Robert Parker from Cwmbran

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were on business the day of the crash.

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Stephen Vaughan from Swansea, a professional chauffeur had

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As they meade their way back to Wales they travelled

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as they did so there was nothing Mr Vaughan

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could do to avoid the truck which careered towards them.

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The track had also hit four-year-old Mitzi Steady,

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killing her as she tried to cross the road.

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Her grandmother suffered life changing injuries.

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Gordon and Wood listened in the dark as a series of very emotional victim

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Stephen Vaughan's wife, Sian, wept as she spoke of her loss

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and described the time she had to go to identify her husband's body.

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The man she'd married just six months before the crash.

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We would have had a family by now, which we've been denied.

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You know, the owner of the company has gone on to have a child,

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You know, I feel very upset over that.

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He's gone to have a life, and mine has been taken away from me.

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Phillip Allen leaves behind two grown-up children,

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His wife, Louise, said he was her soul mate,

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the family had been looking forward to seeing him give his daughter

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away at her wedding, but he died before he could walk down the aisle.

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In her statement Louise Allen said Hayley's wedding day will always be

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remembered as bittersweet, emotional day.

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Robert Parker was married for 42 years, and had one son, his wife,

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Denise, said their lives can never be the same again.

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The judge, Mr Justice Langstaff described the condition

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of the brakes on the vehicle which crashed as appalling,

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and he said the failures of Gordon and Woods to maintain

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He said this was not a one-off, but an accident waiting to happen,

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which devastated the lives of so many families.

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Gordon and Woods were jailed for a total of 12 years and nine months.

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Ben Price, BBC Wales Today, at Bristol Crown Court.

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The Labour MP, Jo Stevens, has resigned as shadow Welsh

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secretary over her party leader's instruction that Labour MPs

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must vote to support the bill to trigger Brexit.

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In her resignation letter to Jeremy Corbyn, she said

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she was a passionate European and had been urged by her

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constituents in Cardiff Central to vote against the Article 50 Bill.

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Here's our political correspondent, Arwyn Jones.

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She's only held the role since October last year,

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but the shadow Secretary of State for Wales has decided that,

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for now, her conscience comes before her career.

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Jo Stevens isn't the first Labour MP to resign over this issue,

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but she is the first member of the Shadow Cabinet to go.

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Front bench members of parties are generally expected to resign

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from their post if they choose to defy an instruction

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to vote in a certain way, called a three line whip.

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In a letter to Jeremy Corbyn the Cardiff Central MP said

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she believed Brexit is a terrible mistake, and that many of her

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constituents have strongly urged her to vote against triggering

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the process of leaving the EU.weather It means a search

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Since the election in 2015 the post of Shadow Secretary of State

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for Wales has been filled by Owen Smith, Nia Griffith,

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The party leader, Jeremy Corbyn, wished Jo Stevens well,

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said he understood why she was torn, but insisted it's important

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the Labour Party respect the outcome of the referendum on leaving

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The leader of the Welsh Conservatives, Andrew RT Davies,

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has demanded a public apology from the First Minister

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for accusing him of not wanting to be part of deciding Wales'

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Writing to Carwyn Jones, Mr Davies called the comment,

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made on the BBC's Wales Report programme, a "false

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A spokesman for the First Minister has described

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BBC Wales understands a one-off pension contribution of up

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to ten thousand pounds, could be made to Tata

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workers in their 50s, who plan to retire early.

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Unions will begin balloting members on Monday, on whether to move

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from the current final salary provisions, to a less

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It's all part of changes linked to long term investment

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Six decades of food production has come to an end in Newport tonight,

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At one time, the company employed 1,000 people in the city.

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Now, the remaining 100 staff, will lose their jobs.

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Food Utopia say they've been unable to find a way to keep

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It's the end of an era, to be honest.

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They are looking at other jobs within the food industry, we've had

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We are offering as much as we can, but obviously, from our point

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The people took pride in the work, and pride in what they'd done.

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Onto sport, and in Rugby, the Ospreys may be forced to play

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their home European Challenge Cup quarter final, against

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Stade Francais, away from the Liberty Stadium.

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They're due to face the French club on the first Sunday in April.

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But that could clash with Swansea City's Premier League

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match against Middlesbrough if Sky decide to move that game

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The Cardiff Blues meanwhile will play Gloucester

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The Welsh boxer Lee Selby says he's proud to be fighting

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at what h' calls 'the Mecca of boxing in Las Vegas

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The 29-year-old from Barry, will make the third defence

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of his IBF World featherweight title against the Argentine Jonathan

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Time for a look at the weekend weather now, Sue's

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Tonight, outbreaks of rain, possibly wintry over higher ground,

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but misty and murky with overnight lows of 3 to 6C a small

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Tomorrow, some early fog and mist, rain will start

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Across the UK that band of rain moving eastwards through the day,

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allowing some dry and bright spells to develop behind it

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but a scattering of showers will push in from the west again

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later, possibly wintry on high ground, especially

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And for Wales, some bright spells, also a few scattered

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showers some wintry, but temperatures generally higher

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Tomorrow night, those showers peter out dry for a time,

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mist and fog developing, then clouding over with a few

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spots of rain pushing in from the west overnight.

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Less cold here, but temperatures around freezing where it's

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This warm front moves eastwards through Sunday,

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So a milder, more unsettled Atlantic influence, but still some

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uncertainty how far north this system will spread.

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So a misty murky start Sunday cloudier with some drizzle.

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Spells of rain move eastwards, more likely to be heavier

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Eventually clearing from the southwest later,

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remaining misty, but slightly milder at 7 to 10C.

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Some dry spells tomorrow and we are into mild and unsettled weather into

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next week. Spells of rain at times, generally blustery but less cold.

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We're back with our next update at 5:20 tomorrow evening.

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But for now, from all of us on the late team,

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