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Our headlines tonight.
It was like a scene out of a horror film, the inquest hears repeat
offender Matthew Williams killed Cerys Yemm.
Sport Wales, and the controversy over how it hands out tens
of thousands of pounds of public money.
And why are parents having to pay out for signing
lessons to communicate with their own deaf children?
Like a horror film.
That's how the owner of a Bed and Breakfast,
where a 22-year-old woman was killed, has described the moment
she walked in on the attack.
Mandy Miles told an inquest there was blood everywhere
when prison leaver Matthew Williams was found attacking Cerys Yemm
at the Sirhowy Arms Hotel in Argoed near Blackwood, in 2014.
Williams was tasered by police and later died.
You may find some of the details in Caroline Evans' report distressing.
It was that this bed and breakfast in November 2014 that 22-year-old
Cerys Yemm was killed by Matthew Williams.
This morning the jury was played on a 999 call made
by owner Mandy Miles, telling police Matthew Williams
was attacking Cerys Yemm with a screwdriver and it looked
to her as if he was eating her.
She said she's since been told that was not the case.
Breaking down she told the court how, for the last two years,
she's tried to forget what she saw that night.
She says she's been told that the reality of the situation
was not as she had thought, but the image in her
head remains the same.
She told how she opened the door and spoke to Matthew Williams,
and asked him, "Do you know what you're doing?"
Her son had shouted to him, "That's a girl."
He said Matthew Williams looked up and said, "That's no girl,
and carried on the attack.
Cerys Yemm, she believes, was already dead when
she opened the door.
The jury heard from a friend of Matthew Williams about,
how in the days leading up to the deaths he and Matthew
Williams had been partying.
On the night it happened, Cerys Yemm and Matthew
had been at his house, and when they failed to get
to get Cerys a taxi home, she left with Matthew Williams.
He knew that Matthew Williams had mental health problems.
On that night, he said, Matthew Williams was 'not right',
but not aggressive.
The owner of the hotel said she knew nothing of any mental health issues,
she would not have agreed to house him if she had.
She's blames Caerphilly Council, who she says failed to inform her.
In her statement Cerys Yemm's mother, Paula, said two weeks
after her death she learned that Cerys had been warned to stay away
from Matthew Williams.
A teenager from Denbighshire who left the UK ten years ago
to sail around the World with her family has been killed
in a sailing accident in Jamaica.
18-year-old Bethany Smith fell from the mast of the luxury
yacht she was working on.
The Foreign Office says it's supporting her family.
An investigation into allegations of child sexual abuse
against the former Speaker of the House of Commons,
Viscount Tonypandy has ended with no further action.
South Wales Police say the complainants have been told.
George Thomas, a former Cardiff MP, died in 1997 aged 88.
Sport Wales, the organisation which looks after grassroots
and elite sport, risked damaging its reputation in the way
it awarded contracts.
That's according to an internal audit report leaked to BBC Wales.
It found that one consultant was given the details of a tender
two days before other bidders.
Our political editor Nick Servini reports.
Wales former world champion sprinter Jamie Baulch says he's concerned
that the current turmoil at Sport Wales, the body that funds
grass-roots and elite sport, could have an impact on the next
generation of Welsh sport stars.
The crisis at the top of the organisation that develops
grass-roots and elite sport in Wales has intensified tonight.
Sport Wales has not been far from the headlines recently.
Mainly because of this man, the chair, Paul Thomas,
seen here in a BBC Wales programme as a business troubleshooter.
In February his activities, as well as those of the entire board
were suspended over concerns from the Welsh government that it
had become dysfunctional.
The board has since been reinstated, but Mr Thomas,
and the vice-chair remain suspended.
Now the focus has shifted to the day-to-day running
of the operation, based in Cardiff.
The internal Deloitte audit report found that the Chief Executive,
Sara Powell, gave the tender details for a surge contract mentoring staff
to a consultant called Sam Whale.
The managing director of a business called Unforgiving Minutes.
This happened two days before rival bidders received information.
The report said this meant there may be a perception of some bidders
being given undue advantage during the tender process,
I've also seen a copy of an e-mail Trail,
between Sarah Powell and Sam Whale.
In which they discuss things like where Sam Whale
will be based for work, the terms of reference and even
payments of up to ?1000 a day, potentially discounted.
And this exchange took place a full month before other companies
were invited to bid for the work.
Then, two days before, Sarah Powell sent an e-mail
to Mr Whale:
In the end there was only one tender from Unforgiving Minute
the Deloitte report
says no other companies were able to respond in the time frame.
Sam Whale has not responded to an attempt to contact him.
There is no suggestion of impropriety on his part.
In response to this report Sport Wales has
tightened up some of its procedures in relation to contracts, which it
says were accepted by its own audit committee last week.
It also insists there is no suggestion of
impropriety among its staff members.
Taken as a whole, tonight, at least,
from Sport Wales a sense that the
fallout from this report can be contained.
Nick Servini, BBC Wales Today, Cardiff.
Police in South Africa investigating the murder of a couple originally
from the Cynon Valley are searching for a second man.
Roger and Christine Solik were found dead in a river last month.
Xolani Brian Ndlovu is wanted on suspicion of murder, robbery,
kidnapping and theft.
The director of BBC Cymru Wales has warned that the Welsh representative
on the UK's new BBC board will need to be appointed quickly if they're
to influence the way the organisation works.
Rhodri Talfan Davies' comments come after the Welsh government vetoed
the UK government's choice for the position.
The recruitment process will be reopened.
There are calls to improve support and sign language provision
for families with a deaf child.
Some are paying hundreds of pounds for British Sign Language lessons
which many are unable to afford.
The Welsh Government says programmes are in place which recognise
the importance of communication.
Ben Price reports.
Oliver is a happy-go-lucky three-year-old from Cardiff
who loves to play with toy trucks.
He is also profoundly deaf.
It had a massive impact on myself and our family.
We struggled to come to terms with Oliver's hearing loss.
Oliver's cochlear implants help him to hear and speak.
Without them he can't.
His mother has recently completed a beginners British
sign language course.
But that the cost of more than ?350 they can't afford to pay
for Oliver's father and sister to have the same lessons.
It feels like my child is being failed.
I'm failing my child.
The system is failing my child.
And really we are ostracising deaf children on a daily basis,
because we are not allowing people to communicate with them.
The children's Commissioner for Wales says children who are deaf
have the same right as anyone else to communicate
in their own language.
They are only between 2,000 and 3,000 deaf children up
to the age of 19 in Wales, we are not talking
enormous numbers here.
I don't think they are getting help they need
and we should be providing more.
At Cardiff's deaf club they've started a programme which brings
hearing and deaf families together and provides opportunity
to learn BSL for free.
One of the difficulties is that that key moment BSL was recognised
by the Welsh government, back in 2007.
But it's not an official language, which means there is no legislation
actually linked to the BSL act.
Really, it is the third language in Wales.
It's difficult for parents to access the correct teaching,
the support linked to BSL.
The Welsh government has increased the number of qualified interpreters
and says it spent ?20 million improving support for those
with additional learning needs.
Oliver hasn't started school yet, but his family hope you'll get
the right support to ensure he has every opportunity to flourish.
Downing Street says a letter sent by the Welsh Secretary,
expressing his delight that the sacked Government
adviser Lord Heseltine was advising ministers,
was a clerical error.
Alun Cairns wrote to all Welsh MPs yesterday,
saying with the expertise of Lord Heseltine, they'd
soon be in a position to come to an agreement
on the Swansea Bay city deal.
Lord Heseltine was sacked last week, after rebelling in the House
of Lords over Brexit.
A bid to protect historic place names will not
proceed in the assembly.
Plaid Cymru's Dai Lloyd failed to get a majority of AMs to back
a bill that would protect the names of houses, farms, fields,
natural features and landscapes.
Rugby, and Wales have named an unchanged side for the third
consecutive time for the game against France in the Six Nations
in Paris on Saturday.
in Paris on Saturday.
Coach Rob Howley is sticking with the squad that beat Ireland,
as they play for second place.
Ken Owens will win his 50th cap.
Let's see what the weather has in store, Derek's
got tonight's forecast.
Most of us enjoyed a taste of spring today with lots of blue
skies and sunshine.
In Flintshire and the temperature exceeded 17 Celsius.
The warmest day of the year so far, but not everywhere.
Cooler on the south and west coast.
Clear for some of us, but overnight low cloud
becomes more widespread, a few mist and fog patches.
The odd spot of drizzle.
Not as nice as today, cloudier, grey and misty for some
of us tomorrow morning.
Spots of drizzle in the south.
Rain in the West.
Across the rest of the UK rain across Scotland and Northern Ireland
spreads north-eastwards into Wales during the afternoon.
Some dry weather, a little sunshine in eastern England.
Behind the rain, brightening up across Scotland
and Northern Ireland.
A mixture of sunshine and wintry showers.
It will start to turn colder.
In Wales tomorrow mostly cloudy, spots of drizzle, some mainly light
rain spreading south East in the afternoon.
Temperatures similar to today.
Elsewhere in a few degrees cooler.
Light rain tomorrow will clear, it's looking dry overnight
with a colder night than recently.
Temperatures dropping as low as three Celsius.
Friday, dry and bright for a while, but it won't last.
Rain on the way, winding eastwards and some of this rain turns
heavy with strong winds.
Breezy on Saturday, some heavy, persistent rain in the West
and north-west, it should ease off later in the day.
So a taste of spring for most of us, but the next few days
much more unsettled, wet and windy.
See you soon.
That's Wales Today thank you for watching, from all of us
on the programme, goodnight.