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They're being blamed for an increase in violence and more ambulance call


Concern over the easy access to so-called


A dog breeder who left puppies "close to death"


is banned from keeping the animals for four years.


And Wales and England name their sides, but despite


Rob Howley's request for the roof to be shut,


An influx of new drugs is creating a serious problem in Welsh prisons.


That's according to the Prison Officers Association.


It says violent behaviour in prisons is increasing


and blames new psycho-active substances, which used to be


classed as "legal highs", until the law changed last year.


It comes as new figures show the number of ambulance


call-outs to prisons, has doubled over a four year period.


Gareth Bryer has this special report.


Riots last year in Birmingham prison, ?2 million of damage


caused in just 12 hours with inmates even posing in helmets stolen from


It's just one of a string of serious incidents in our prisons


One of the things fuelling the problems is the


influx of psychoactive substances, or so-called


influx of psychoactive substances, or so-called legal highs, into the


Now though they were outlawed last year they are still


It's kind of like a sledgehammer blow, if you


It's just knocked the prison system sideways.


Steve Masterman served several prison sentences


He now helps people with drug problems.


It's quite common for people to be in prison


addiction and if you like, a dependency upon these new and


emerging psychoactive substances, whereas before they may not have


even heard of it in prison it is easy, readily available, and it's


the drug of choice at the moment in prisons.


People across the prison service have said access to these


drugs, combined with a shortage of staff,


has led to a violent and


And it's not just the prison service that is


Because security measures means it takes longer to


reach patients in prison, ambulance staff are often tied up for longer


And paramedics have told me that can have a significant


impact on the service's ability to deal with other emergencies.


calls from Welsh prisons which required ambulances doubled, from


around 220 in 2012 to 420 in 2015-16.


Now the figures don't show the reason for


each call but most people with experience


of the prison system say


it is due in part to more prisoners taking these substances.


Now there are calls for more to be done before


the largest prison in the UK opens in Wrexham later this month.


I think we've got real problems within the


Welsh prison system in relation to the staffing


levels, we are going to


have a new prison that will be open shortly,


it's going to have a major problem, 2000 prisoners, all


of those are huge, all of that requires a major investment,


within society, whether prisons are based we feel we


are not getting the resources required and we call upon the


The Ministry of Justice says it has taken immediate action to deal with


problems like drugs and it says it is also going to spend an extra


?100 million a year on 2500 extra front-line staff but it points out


that the issue the prison service faces are long-standing ones which


won't be resolved in weeks or months.


South Wales Police have warned people to consider the impact


of social media messages following the death


Although her death is not being treated as suspicious


officers have asked anyone with information to contact them.


The force says action will be taken against anyone who posts


abusive, threatening or insulting messages online.


Five drug dealers have been jailed for a total of 12 years


after they were arrested in separate raids in Llanelli.


Samuel Thorne, Phillip Williams, Debbie Wood, David Williams


and Darren Polverino all admitted drugs supply offences


They were caught as part of Dyfed Powys Police's Operation


Panther last summer, which was prompted by a rise


It's been confirmed tonight that the Neath Labour MP


Christina Rees has been appointed Shadow Welsh Secretary


in a reshuffle by the Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn.


She replaces Jo Stevens, who resigned in protest


at an instruction that Labour MPs should back the bill


Christina Rees is the fifth appointment to the role


Parents who oppose Welsh medium education for their children should


That's the suggestion of a co-ordinator of the campaign


group, RhAG, or Parents for Welsh Education.


Michael Jones, was responding to the recent decision


by Carmarthenshire Council, to remove the English


language stream at Ysgol Llangennech, near Llanelli.


He told the Newyddion Naw programme, his message to parents


who opposed the plan, was that people who "cannot


stand" the language should "move somewhere else".


An illegal dog breeder from Ceredigion who left


puppies "close to death" has been banned from keeping


31-year-old Richard Jones from Llanwnnen near Lampeter


was convicted of two counts of illegal dog breeding


and 21 counts of causing unnecessary suffering to dogs,


Left to go blind and close to death, these dogs were suffering with


chronic skin conditions and were described in court as mentally


stressed as they were left in the dark without exercise.


Today Richard Jones was banned from keeping dogs


for four years and given a nine-week suspended prison sentence after


being convicted of two counts of illegal dog


breeding and 21 counts of causing unnecessary suffering.


Jones had been running a licensed premises near Lampeter with over 70


dogs breeding 40 litters a year up until 2015,


when the local authorities decided not to renew his licence.


But he carried on breeding until it was raided by the police


and council officers in June last year.


They found 113 dogs suffering in two different locations and the bodies


of dead dogs discovered an old fertiliser bags.


Jones's barn is extremely remote, in this


field in the middle of nowhere, there isn't anything around for


miles, but it is here that officers from Ceredigion Council found


dogs in complete darkness and some close to death.


But now months after that operation, and Jones being


convicted of causing unnecessary suffering, you can still hear


animals being kept inside this barn today.


It was ruled today that the 23 dogs remaining here will be


Linda Goodman is the founder of the animal welfare


She described it is heartbreaking that the animals were


still at the premises and expressed disappointment with the sentence


That's no justice for the dogs that are still there and it is


no justice for all the dogs that have suffered and died in the whole


time that Ceredigion Council have known we had concerns about this


As I say that up to 70 dogs being bred from, he was selling them


through puppy dealers, licensed pet shops so no one


ever really came here, nobody knew this place


But as West Wales has been labelled the puppy farm capital of


the UK campaigners feel more still needs to be done to stop this


Wales' finance secretary says, a new bank should be created to fund


big building projects if the UK loses access to EU loans.


Mark Drakeford met representatives of the European Investment Bank


earlier, which has lent billions of pounds to schemes in Wales.


If it is not possible, then there is a substantial investment that the UK


makes in the bank that would return to the United Kingdom and we would


have to look to see whether we could create a different institution that


would do something of the work that the EIB Daz but does it simply on a


UK basis. Rugby, and Rob Howley has made just


two changes from the side Although Dan Biggar and George North


are named in the starting XV, there's still a question mark


over their fitness. It's no secret that Wales


wanted the roof shut, So it'll be open to the elements


on Saturday afternoon. Both took knocks in Rome, and Dan


Biggar and George North are named but not guaranteed to start


on Saturday, Rob Howley says he will Go to the day of the game, I think


it's pretty important, it is a big game, both players


want to be part of it as you would expect,


so we're giving them every


opportunity to be fit. So this is how Wales line-up, Rob


Evans and Thomas Francis both props coming into the side after


impressing from the bench in Rome. They join Ken Owens and the front


row, Jake Ball and captain Alun Wyn Jones in the second row, Sam


Warburton, Justin Tipuric and Ross Moriarty in the back row. An


unchanged back line with Dan Biggar partnering Rhys Webb at hardback and


the Scarlets players Scott Williams and Jonathan Davies in midfield with


Lee Williams, George North and Leigh Halfpenny making up the back three.


And the bench sees a welcome return to


Taulupe Faletau, back in the 23 and Rob Howley knows he will need


experience, we also need to be at their best. England have gone 15


games without being beaten, they are playing with confidence, huge amount


of self belief, and I have no doubt that they will be ready for this


game. Wales have made no secret of their desire to play under the shed


roof, in the past it has served them well and made for an intimidating


atmosphere yet England have struck the first blow insisting that the


roof remain open. Protocol says there has to be an agreement between


the sides and Eddie Jones has won the first battle. His mate two


changes to the side that narrowly beat France and is out to unsubtle


Wales anywhere he can. He was in a playful mood today. We are prepared


to win, prepared for any shenanigans that might go on, and we are looking


forward to it. Bloody excited about playing, to be honest, they are a


cunning lot, the Welsh, they always have been! They've got daffodils,


they've got everything! Who knows! The defending champions arrive in


Cardiff aiming to extend their unbeaten record to 16 matches, Wales


will be out to stop them in their tracks and pull the wheels of their


chariot. Not long to wait now. Absolutely, Lucy, and East West


split, across Wales today, cold and grey in the east and more of the


same tomorrow. Overnight remaining cold variable cloud, blustery with


wintry showers in the hills, dry for most, clear skies and widespread


frost with temperatures falling below freezing for many. High


pressure over Scandinavia tomorrow, called Continental air pushed in by


easterly winds picking up moisture as it crosses the North Sea, thicker


cloud to the east of the UK, the air turning drier as it moves across the


land, brighter that the West. Tomorrow early frost, and the


bitterly cold day, often cloudy especially in the east, across the


UK that feed of cold air bringing thicker cloud across eastern


England, some showers across North Sea coasts, some wintry high ground,


brightest and crossed South West England, Northern Ireland and most


of Scotland, coldest year, top temperatures just six for the South


of England. For Wales the odd snow flurry, nothing significant,


brighter spells more likely to the west of high ground, top


temperatures four in the West, called tonight, subtle changes in to


Saturday, more of a trough coming from the North Sea bringing thicker


cloud and snow to the east of the UK. Widespread frost on Saturday,


largely dry, thicker cloud for most, strong North easterly winds making


it feel very cold, the cloud could be thick enough for the occasional


wintry flurry further east, sunny spells more likely in the West, top


temperatures in three and five Celsius, less cold on Sunday and


Monday, signs of something springlike for the middle of next


week, Lucy. That sounds welcome, thank you.


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