15/04/2017 BBC Wales Today


15/04/2017

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A police operation is underway this weekend -

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aimed at reducing the number of motorbike related

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In some areas, like North Wales, there's been a slight increase

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in the number of motorcyclists killed - although the nation

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North Wales Police say a loss of control while overtaking

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or tackling bends is behind many accidents - as Carys Notley reports.

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The Horseshoe Pass near Llangollen, a particular favourite among bikers

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keen to ride fantastic, winding and picturesque roads.

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But they can prove dangerous and that's why North Wales Police

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are out again, as part of a Wales-wide operation

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Operation Darwen is about road safety for everybody.

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What we do see, sadly, though, is that motorcyclists,

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some motorcyclists do come to our attention more

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Motorbikes make up just 0.2% of traffic in Wales

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but they account for 41% of deaths and serious injuries.

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But for the first time in five years, the number of motorcyclists

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killed or injured in road accidents here has dropped.

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Figures show there were 693 incidents in 2015, that's compared

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to a seven-year high in 2014, of 749.

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A step in the right direction but for some,

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Not only has the amount of traffic escalated,

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that is a mix of cars, motorbikes and cyclists.

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That's a concern because you've got people who go slowly and people

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who go moderately and some people who go very fast.

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And on bends round the Horseshoe Pass, that can be dangerous.

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Operation Darwen runs from spring through to the autumn when officers

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will regularly patrol the roads favoured by bikers.

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They say it's all about raising awareness and ensuring motorists

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enjoy some of Wales' most scenic routes safely.

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Three local authorities are to avoid fines of more than ?600,000,

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for missing a recycling target last year.

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Newport, Blaenau Gwent and Torfaen should've recycled

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But the Welsh Government has decided not to penalise them -

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saying it expects their performance to improve.

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The National Library of Wales is part of a new sound archive network.

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It'll become one of ten "sound preservations centres", that'll work

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with the British Library to protect rare and unique recordings.

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In Wales alone, 5,000 items will be digitised.

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They are all on various formats from old wax

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cylinder recordings, vinyl, old tape recordings

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and cassettes and they are vulnerable because they are decaying

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and also we haven't got the machines to play this type of format any more

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Onto sport and Swansea City stay in the bottom three

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in the Premier League, after losing 1-0 at Watford.

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It's a fifth defeat in six for the Swans -

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but there's some comfort for them - because fellow relegation contenders

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A big afternoon of rugby in the capital.

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More than 60,000 fans have descended on Cardiff city

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centre for Judgement Day at the Principality Stadium.

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This was the scene just before kick-off, in the first of two

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matches between the four Welsh regions.

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The first game saw a bonus point win for the Blues against the Ospreys.

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The Blues dominated for much of the game -

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scoring five tries - in their first Pro12 win over

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The second half has just got underway in the game

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between the Dragons and the Scarlets.

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The current score - 6-3 to the Dragons.

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Cricket and play is coming to an end on the second day of

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Glamorgan's County Championship match against Worcestershire

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On their second innings, the home side are 135-3 -

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trailing the visitors by 67 runs with seven wickets remaining.

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A look at the weather now, with Owain Wyn Evans.

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You know it wasn't such a bad day across Wales today

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We have this area of high pressure pretty much in charge.

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This behind me is tomorrow's weather and what we will see

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Back to tonight, a largely dry picture but we will see some

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rain creeping into parts of North Wales, though.

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It will turn a bit breezier and the wind direction is switching

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to more of a northerly so the source region is colder.

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Tomorrow, outbreaks of rain spreading down towards the south

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east, drying up at times, blustery, top

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Our next update's at 6.50am tomorrow evening.

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Good evening. These and but not spectacular is probably a neat way

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to describe the weather this Easter weekend. -- decent but not

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spectacular. A bit of sunshine, patchy cloud

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