08/04/2017 BBC Wales Today


08/04/2017

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That's it.

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Good evening.

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On the hottest day of the year so far, Fire Services across Wales

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are warning of the dangers of deliberately lit grassfires.

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Last night and today South Wales Fire Rescue Service

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crews have been tackling fires that have damaged tens of

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square miles of land.

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Rhiannon Wilkins has spent the day with a fire-crew

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in the Brecon Beacons.

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A grass fire in the heart of the Brecon Beacons

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measuring ten kilometers.

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Firefighters Craig Hope and John Jenkins have been

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overseeing how to tackle it from noon today.

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The best thing to do now would be to get the helicopter here, get up

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and have a look at the whole area and then make a plan.

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It's one of around 70 grass fires in the last few weeks

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the South Wales Fire and Rescue Service has had to deal with.

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I guess it's just the front we can see, so could it actually

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potentially go a lot further back?

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That's the actual back of the fire, if you look at the way

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the wind is blowing.

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So there is a front to this fire, which is way over in the distance

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and we cannot actually see it from here.

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Yesterday you say you were tackling one just over here.

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Yeah, just over on the ridge over there you can see.

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That was approximately 200 hectares of grass and vegetation and we put

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that out yesterday evening just before it got dark and now we've got

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another ignition as you can see on the other side.

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Because we are in the Brecon Beacons, which is a high area

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in itself, so we can't get high enough, that's why

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we need a helicopter.

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Could you ask the duty manager if I could have the helicopter

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to come to a grid reference, please?

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As well as a helicopter, crews were deployed to different

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vantage points with concerns the blaze could spread to Pen y Fan,

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packed with hundreds of walkers on the hottest

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day of the year so far.

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The Fire Service are confident they have this blaze under control

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but with many grass fire started deliberately, time spent

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on the mountain could be time spent elsewhere.

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Tributes have been paid to a 66-year-old woman

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who was killed after being struck by a transit van on the M4

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near Cardiff yesterday.

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Patricia Joyce Connors' family have described her as a loving mum,

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grandmother and great-grandmother.

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South Wales Police have confirmed she was struck

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as she tried to save her dog.

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More than 13,000 people have been caught speeding on the M4 around

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Newport since a variable speed limit was introduced six months ago.

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An average of 84 motorists a day were caught breaking the limit

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between Coldra and Tredegar Park.

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A Welsh Government Spokesperson said it's encouraging that compliance

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with the speed limits continues to improve.

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Going for a haircut can be a relaxing experience,

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but for a child with autism having a haircut can be

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painful and stressful.

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Well, a barber from Britton Ferry, James Williams - otherwise

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known as Jim the Trim - has developed a unique technique

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where he will cut a child's hair lying on the floor,

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sitting on window sills or even in the car.

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As part of an autism awareness event this weekend,

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James and 11 other barbers will cut the hair of 60 children with autism.

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They like to keep themselves busy.

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Your job within that is to keep them occupied

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using something like an iPad, playing with toys.

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Finding out what they relate to best and that's how I

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have learned to give them the freedom and that's why it works.

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Some football scores for you now - and trouble for Swansea City

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after losing 1-0 to West Ham this afternoon.

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The Swans are now in the bottom three of the table with only six

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games left to secure their Premier League survival.

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Better news for Cardiff City, they fought back from behind to end

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Brentford's winning-run in the Championship with a 2-1 win.

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Newport County are second from bottom of League two

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after losing 1-0 in Exeter.

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And frustration for Wrexham losing away to Bromley,

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the final score there 3-4.

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Rugby, and in the Pro-12, Newport Gwent Dragons lost

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away to Zebre by 29-14.

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Disappointment also for the Ospreys with a last minute Leinster

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drop-goal securing the Irish side a 20-18 victory.

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The Scarlets face Treviso later - kick off is at 7:35pm.

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Cricket, and not the start Glamorgan had hoped for taking a thumping

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in their opening Division Two game.

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They're all out this evening for 187.

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Northants winning by an innings and 22 runs.

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It reached 20.3 Celcius in Trawsgoed in Ceredigion earlier,

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the hottest temperature in Wales so far this year so let's take

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a look at the forecast.

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Clear skies overnight, with the chance of mist,

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fog and frost patches by dawn.

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Tomorrow morning, sunny spells for most at first though patchy

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cloud will spill in from the west during the afternoon.

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Highs around 17 Celsius.

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We'll be back at 6:50pm tomorrow evening.

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Until then, from all of us on the weekend team,

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hwyl fawr, bye-bye.

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