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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.
We're back in Breakfast with updates from 6.25.