21/08/2016 BBC Wales Today


21/08/2016

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get gold for Great Britain again. The double,

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get gold for Great Britain again. The double, double.

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Good Evening.

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The family of a young woman from Ceredigion,

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killed by a drunk-driver are calling for a change in the law to allow

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judges to pass harsher sentences.

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The motorist who killed Miriam Briddon will spend just over

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two years in jail and Miriam's family say that's just not

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a strong enough deterrent.

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They've now launched an online petition urging the Government

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to toughen penalties for drink-drive offences.

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Nick Palit reports.

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Miriam Briddon was just 21 when she died in a crash

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back in March 2014.

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Her car was hit by another, driven by Gareth Entwistle

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who admitted causing death by dangerous

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driving while under the

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influence of alcohol.

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He was sentenced to 5.5 years but that was

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cut by six months on appeal.

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Two months on Miriam's mother has launched an

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online petition calling for tougher sentences.

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It has already reached 77,000 signatures.

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Causing death by drink-driving is a very serious

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crime and we feel at the moment that the sentences given does not

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reflect the seriousness of the crime.

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Lenient sentences fail to deter offenders and it fails to give

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victims justice.

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When an innocent person is killed the sentences given

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should reflect the crime.

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Miriam's killer was sentenced to five years

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but he will only serve half of that in jail.

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A spokesman for The Ministry of Justice said it is

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currently reviewing

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penalties for drink-driving related offences in order to find

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the best way forward.

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He added sentencing is a matter for individual judges making

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decisions on the facts of individual cases.

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But Miriam's mother is just hopeful that stronger deterrents will mean

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fewer families will suffer the pain and loss

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that they've been through.

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The success of Team GB at the Rio Olympics must be used

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to change Wales into a nation of sports players

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instead of watchers.

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That's according to former Paralympic gold medallist

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Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson.

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Welsh athletes won 10 medals for Team GB, surpassing the seven

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collected at London 2012.

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But she said making people more active is challenging.

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It's not easy.

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Because, you know, how many people watch Wimbledon,

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buy a tennis racket.

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Play it for a couple of weeks and disappear.

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You know, that's kind of what happens

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and people do dip in and out of their physical

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activity and sport as well.

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So people say we're a sporty nation.

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I think we're a nation that really likes watching sport.

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An investigation is underway after two shop robberies

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in the Waun Wen area of Swansea this morning.

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It's believed the same man is responsible for both.

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He wore a balaclava and demanded money while carrying

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a kitchen knife.

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Nothing was taken from the first shop after the shopkeeper

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challenged him.

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But cash and tobacco were taken from the Spar on Carmarthen Road.

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Police are continuing to search for a man following the attempted

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robbery of a Cardiff bank.

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Armed officers were sent to the Halifax branch

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on Albany Road in Roath yesterday.

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South Wales Police say no one was injured and nothing was stolen.

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A large kitchen knife, gloves and a motorbike

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helmet were found nearby.

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An American activist who was recruited by the Church

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in Wales to strengthen its work with communities here has reached

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the end of his mission.

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Mark Yaconelli's

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due to return to Oregon today with his family

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after spending six months with the Diocese of St Asaph

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to engage with young people and encourage new ways

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of connecting with religion.

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I have found people here who are doing that in new ways.

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Creative ways.

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People doing it through writing, through theatre, through cafes,

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through homeless shelters.

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Through reaching out to drug addicts.

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That's the way forward for the church.

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To find the way to meet the needs of people in new and creative ways.

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Football and Swansea City head coach Francesco Guidolin is urging fans

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to have patience as his side's new attack takes time to settle.

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The Swans slipped to a 2-0 home defeat against Hull

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despite dominating possession.

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Meanwhile, Cardiff manager Paul Trollope says he is still

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hunting for new players ahead of the close of the transfer window.

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The Bluebirds drew 2-2 against Fulham.

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Let's take a quick look at the weather.

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There'll be more heavy rain showers across most of the country,

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so another wet night.

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Tomorrow will stay cloudy with more rain coming in from the southwest,

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it'll be heavy on higher ground, especially Snowdonia.

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But it'll be drier and brighter in the south east later.

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Highs of 21C with the best of the weather in the north-east.

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That's Wales Today.

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We're back with updates from 6.25 tomorrow morning.

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From everyone on the weekend team, good night.

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