South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)

Published by Media Wales Ltd., the South Wales Echo is a newspaper that features news and events. The editor of this periodical is Mike Hill.

Articles from March 14, 2008

45 Officers Suspended by Police in Three Years; 'They Should Be Setting Example to the Rest of Us'
Byline: Matthew Aplin ASSAULT, fraud, theft and deception. These are just some of the offences suspended South Wales police officers have been accused of in the past three years. Information released to the Echo under the Freedom of Information...
A European Flight for Every Reader
YOU could become a European jet-setter with a bit of help from the Echo. Readers can enjoy flights to a host of top destinations including Milan, Paris, Barcelona, Malaga and Amsterdamby simply collecting eight out of the 10 tokens we are printing...
Asbo for Man Who Terrorised Ex-Girlfriend
Byline: Liz Keen A JUDGE slapped an Asbo on rail worker Sammy Shead after he battered at the front door of an ex-girlfriend. Track worker Shead, 24, also ripped part of a drainpipe from the wall and broke window panes. The anti-social behaviour...
Avery '80S Wedding; Two Pints Sitcom Star Natalie Casey on Bringing Adam Sandler's 'Genius' to the Stage
"IT'S a good opportunity to wear a wedding dress before getting married without looking like a psycho," jokes Natalie Casey, talking about her latest stage role. And what a wedding dress - a lurid frou-frou number straight out of the 1980s book...
A Walk Home Led to a Long-Lasting Marriage; Family News
Byline: Gareth Rogers HAROLD and Hilda Odgers met by chance three months before their quick fire wedding - and 60 years later, they're celebrating their diamond anniversary. On Thursday, March 27, the couple will be honoured by the Queen on the...
Ball Wizard Aims to Net a Wembley Appearance; City 'Keepy Uppy' Expert Has Semi in Sights
ATALENTED football "freestyler" is getting a look at Cardiff City's Wembley opposition-before hopefully appearing with the players on the famous turf. Ninian Park season ticket holder Ash Randall, from Caerau, Cardiff, will be performing his classy...
Barcelona Now Just a Couple of Hours Away; Budget Carrier Unveils Route to Home of Las Ramblas
Byline: Ben Glaze FLYERS from South Wales will soon be sampling the delights of the Nou Camp stadium, Las Ramblas and Gaudi's Sagrada Familia. Budget airline bmi baby yesterday announced a twice-weekly service from Cardiff International Airport...
Bowls: Cardiff Rack Up Another Title to Make It Lucky 13; DRAKES PRIDE
Byline: Neil Collett CARDIFF IBC have regained the Welsh Indoor Bowls Association's national club championship title for the first time since 2006. The now13 times champions and record winners of the event reaffirmed their status as Wales' leading...
BROUGHT TO JUSTICE; Who's Been in Court?
The following cases were heard at Cardiff Magistrates' Court: - Nathan Dacruz, 27, of Burnham Court, Llanrumney, Cardiff was given a community order for 12 months, ordered to pay pounds 65 costs after pleading guilty to stealing meat valued at pounds...
'Carer Slept on Duty and Taunted Patients' Woman Fails to Overturn Ban on Working as Adult Carer
Byline: Ben Glaze A CARER once charged with manslaughter over a disabled patient's death has failed to overturn her ban on looking after vulnerable adults. A panel found Rachel Close, 40, guilty of "reprehensible failures", "grave, serious and...
Death Driver Is Facing Jail Term; Man 'Inattentive' as He Knocked over and Killed OAP
Byline: Jean Parry THE driver of a car who knocked down and killed a South Wales pensioner who was holidaying in Torquay with her husband has been warned he faces jail. Tegwen Ellis, 75, and her husband Henry, then 76, were out for an evening...
Drever to Call It a Day; Weekender Retirement Beckons for Champion of the World
INGLIS Drever could be retired rather than attempt another Cheltenham Festival success after landing a famous third victory in the Ladbrokes World Hurdle. Trainer Howard Johnson is considering calling time on the Graham Wylie-owned nine-year-old's...
Family's Pride as Son Accepted by Guards; Family News
Byline: Edited by Katie Bodinger A VALLEYS family are celebrating their son being accepted into the 1st Queen Dragoon Guards. Young trooper Steven Panks (pictured left) from Caerphilly, has been accepted into the guards after completing his gruelling...
Few as Dedicated to the People of Cardiff as Betty; Former Headteacher Nominated for City Honour PEOPLES FELLOW AWARD IN ASSOCIATION WITH South Wales ECHO
Byline: Laura Wright NOMINATIONS for the inspirational People's Fellow Award from Cardiff University have been flooding in. The Award, which is usually out of the reachof the general public, will be given to a person as a reward for their work...
Fish Get Chipped to Protect Stock; Microchips Fitted to Beat the Fish Thieves
Byline: Katie Bodinger MOST people wouldn't expect fish to come with chips before they have even been caught. But carp at Peterstone Lake, near St Mellons, were just that after being fitted with the latest crime-fighting technology. The 2mm...
Flick of the Week; 10,000 BC (12A, 108 Mins) Action * *
I BLAME Mel Gibson, indirectly, for the fact that 10,000 BC wasted almost two hours of my life. Gibson's career would likely have been over had he not returned from his drink-driving arrest (complete with anti-Semitic comments) a few years back...
Football: A NATION EXPECTS; Only the Grand Slam Will Do for Us Says Williams
Byline: Gareth Griffiths SHANE Williams has warned his teammates the Welsh nation expects them to deliver the Grand Slam against France tomorrow at the Millennium Stadium (5pm). Wales can afford to lose by 18 points to nearest challengers Les...
Football: 'City Will Struggle to Keep Rambo'
Byline: Mark Bloom FORMER Liverpool defender Mark Lawrenson believes that Cardiff City boss Dave Jones faces 'mission impossible' to keep Aaron Ramsey. And the Match of the Day pundit, who covered City's FA Cup quarter-final win over Middlesbrough...
Football: Enckelman Eager to Follow Dad's Example; City's Finnish 'Keeper Sets Sights on Wembley Outing
Byline: Terry PHILLIPS PETER Enckelman is hoping to follow his dad, Goran, by playing at Wembley Stadium. Goran, of course, played at the old Wembley. He was in the Finland team who played England in 1976. Now Peter is preparing to play for...
Football: Home Advantage Is Key for County; Newport out to Win Three Key Games in Eight Days
Byline: Terry PHILLIPS NEWPORT County have three home matches in eight days as they step up their battle to clinch promotion from Blue Square Conference South. They take on Essex club Thurrock at home tomorrow and the kick-off has been brought...
Football: Money Talks on Wembley Way; Boot Room Cup Semis Used to Milk Cash
Byline: Ian Carbis WHEN Cardiff City were last at Wembley, beer was sixpence a pint, and petrol was 14 pence a gallon. And it was a final. In 1927, the semi-finals were played on neutral grounds, with the trip to north-west London saved for...
Football: Williams Is Wary of the Threat Posed by Upbeat Bluebirds; Colchester Boss Knows City Will Be out to Add to His Struggling Side's Relegation Fears
Byline: Mark BLOOM JIMMY Greaves coined the phrase "It's a funny old game," and boywas he right in every sense of those five immortal words. Last weekend at Middlesbrough's Riverside Stadium, nearly 4,000 Bluebirds supporters sang "Davey Jones'...
French Invasion Gets under Way; Rugby Fans from France Arrive to Support Their Team
Byline: Katie Norman FRENCH fever is gripping Cardiff ahead of Wales' Grand Slam challenge tomorrow. Rugby fans today flooded into Cardiff ahead of Saturday's Six Nations finale - and some French fans have even admitted they would not be too...
Galaxy's So Smooth; Road Test
Byline: Maxine Ashford Motoring Editor IF space and comfort top your wish-list then look no further than the new Ford Galaxy Ghia. With ample room for seven adults to sit in comfort, plus store their luggage, the Galaxy really lives up to the...
Gavin's Top Tips
JAZZ MIDNIGHT Special play at the Windsor Hotel, Penarth, Cardiff, on Thursday. Call 029 2070 2812 for more information. CLASSICAL THE Symphony Orchestra of Royal Welsh College Music and Drama performs at St David's Hall, Cardiff, on Monday....
GP Unaware of E.coli until Four Days after Alert; Boy Prescribed Painkillers Was Later Admitted to Hospital
Byline: Madeleine Brindley A GP who prescribed painkillers to a young boy with E.coli O157 said he did not know there was an outbreak in the South Wales Valleys. The first time "Dr V" was alerted to the outbreak was on September 20, 2005 - four...
Green Teens Praised by a Telly 'Expert' Children on Mission to Encourage People to Help the Environment
Byline: Ben Glaze TWO climate change champions have met one of television's greenest stars to collect tips on cutting Wales' carbon footprint. Ashley Yarrow and Tom Williams, both 15, picked the brains of Dick Strawbridge, who moved his family...
HOLLYWOOD; Mercedes Makes Its Mark On
Byline: Chris Russon Motoring Writer IT wasn't the first time the growl of a five-litre V8 from a Mercedes SL had been the soundtrack on Sunset Boulevard. But this time even the glitterati of Beverly Hills turned their heads at a car they had...
M4 Crash Driver Was 'Impatient' Court Told of Bad Driving
A QUALIFIED pilot has denied he was driving badly the day a pensioner died on the M4. Robert Veart, 41, of Milverton Road, Llanrumney, owner of Veart Construction, is on trial at Cardiff Crown Court accused of driving dangerously in his van and...
Meet the French Team Taking on Wales . . . Wales V France, Millennium Stadium, Tomorrow, 5pm
15. Anthony Floch Age: 25 Caps: 2 Club: Clermont Auvergne Height: 6ft Weight: 12st 13lbs SCORED a try on his full debut against Italy, but still very new to playing at this leve 14. Vincent Clerc Age: 26 Caps: 32 Club: Toulouse...
Nominate a People's Fellow; PEOPLES FELLOW AWARD IN ASSOCIATION WITH South Wales ECHO
DO you know a special someone who is always working for others? Maybe they are constantly raising money for charity, work for the community, campaign for the rights of others, or maybe they are an inspiration in another way. If so, they deserve...
Nothing's Too Much Trouble for This One in a Million; High Praise and a Trophy for Thoughtful Shopowner
Byline: Jessica Flynn Community Affairs Correspondent IF anyone has a problem in Maureen Burton's community they know they can go to the card shop owner for help and support. The mother of two worked in a drop-in centre in Maelfa Centre, Llanedeyrn,...
Nursery Adopts Fingerprint Test for Creche Entry; Parents' Biometric Data Will Be Checked to Gain Access
Byline: Greg Tindle A NEW fingerprint security system is being used to provide top-level safety for children being collected from a busy nursery. Anyone arriving to pick-up a child must first pass the fingerprint test before the youngster will...
Our Children Are Gods, Legends and Great Lovers; Mum Draws Inspiration from Mythology and History
Byline: Gareth Rogers and Laura Wright CHOOSING the perfect name for your child is always a tough decision. But one mother wanted more inspiration than most and instead of flicking through an A to Z of baby names Elaine Romaeo picked up books...
Police Offer Help to Quit the Game; Drug Treatment Key to Ending Prostitution
Byline: Laura Wright PROSTITUTES and kerb crawlers have been targeted in a police operation to help get working girls off the streets. Police in Cardiff believe that drug-taking is one of the main causes of prostitution. In a bid to tackle the...
Prices Soften on 4x4s Thanks to Negativity; Second Band News in Association Usedcarexpert.Com
Byline: By Matt Tunbridge MOST of us don't live in London, but to read the national press you would think we do. For the millions outside the M25, even if Ken Livingstone decides to tax the residents of Chelsea for breathing whilst driving, our...
Q&A; These Are the Crucial Three Questions the Judge Must Answer before He Can Decide City's Fate
Q Does Langston have a right to care that Peter Ridsdale has formed a new company to build Cardiff City's stadium? A One of the main planks of Langston's case involves a new company called Cardiff City Stadium Ltd, or Devco. The company was recently...
REVIEW: Chris Rea; St David's Hall, Cardiff Rating: *****
CHRIS Rea must have felt it ironic that the United Kingdom leg of his tour opened in Cardiff last night. For Rea is a season ticket holder at his home-town football club, Middlesbrough, and we all know what happened to them against Cardiff City...
REVIEWS; THE COTTAGE (18, 91 mins)Comedy/Horror * *
EVERY once in a while a British talent emerges from nowhere with a work of audacity and invention. Two years ago Paul Andrew Williams was just that man with his impressive debut London To Brighton, an explosive thriller about a prostitute and an...
Rugby Union: Edwards Demands Defensive Solidity
WALES assistant coach Shaun Edwards is urging his players to hold fast against the French and break the Six Nations defensive record set by England's team in 2003. Ryan Jones' men have conceded only two tries in four championship matches to date...
Rugby Union: 'Hopefully We Can Give Slam-Chasers a Boost' Under-20s Confident of Winning Their Own Title, Says Winger
LEIGH Halfpenny will be looking to add to his burgeoning reputation by helping Wales' Under-20s claim their version of the Six Nations title against their French counterparts at Rodney Parade tonight (7.10pm). The Cardiff wing has kicked points...
Rugby Union: Jenkins Is Hoping for a Touch of Deja Vu; Six Nations Championship Wales V France, Millennium Stadium, Tomorrow, 5pm
Byline: Gareth GRIFFITHS IT was one of the most enduring images of the Grand Slam triumph of 2005. Cardiff Blues prop Gethin Jenkins celebrating after charging down a kick from Irish outside-half Ronan O'Gara and scoring the try which set Wales...
Rugby Union: Vickery Admits England Don't Merit Sympathy
ENGLAND will bring the curtain down on another failed RBS Six Nations campaign tomorrow, with skipper Phil Vickery declaring: "I don't want anyone to feel sorry for us." The 2007 World Cup finalists' long wait for Six Nations silverware has now...
Rugby Union: Wales on Course to Rewrite Their History Books; Six Nations Championship Showdown RBS 6 Nations
Byline: Gareth GRIFFITHS TO those who think Wales can do a number on France tomorrow the Grand Slam omens look good. Warren Gatland's team will be looking to complete are mark able piece of historical symmetry when they run out at the Millennium...
Rugby Union: Wales on Course to Rewrite Their History Books; Six Nations Championship Showdown Wales V France, Millennium Stadium, Tomorrow, 5pm
Byline: Gareth GRIFFITHS TO those who think Wales can do a number on France tomorrow the Grand Slam omens look good. Warren Gatland's team will be looking to complete are markable piece of historical symmetry when they run out at the Millennium...
Sam Hammam 'Stood Behind Pounds 30m City Cash' Evidence Given to Judge 'Links Ex-Chairman to Money'
Byline: David James CARDIFF City have laid evidence before the High Court claiming Sam Hammam referred to Langston's money as his own. The allegation is one of the main planks of the club's case that its former chairman is the man now threatening...
Today's Lesson: How to Brush Your Teeth; Shock Report Reveals State of Valleys Children's Mouths
Byline: Ben Glaze HEALTH experts are to be sent into classrooms to teach children how to brush their teeth. The radical move comes as it was revealed children as young as five are missing up to four teeth in parts of South Wales. Youngsters...
Touareg Boosts Its Pulling Power; Extra BHP for 4x4diesel Engine
Byline: Maxine Ashford Motoring Editor VOLKSWAGEN has outwitted the Chancellor by boosting the power of its large Touareg luxury 4x4model without raising CO2 emissions or fuel consumption. The Touareg R50 boasts one of the most powerful diesel...
Traffic Watch; How to Avoid Roadworks
Wales play France in the final game of the Six Nations at the MillenniumStadium on Saturday. Take the A4161. There will be road closures and diversions in place in the city centre. Roadworks: In Newport, restrictions and major roadworks are taking...
Two Pints of Bitter and a Book of 12 Stamps. Plan to Offer Post Service in Pubs
Byline: Katie Bodinger POSTAGE stamps could be sold alongside pints ifaWelsh politician gets his way. Welsh Conservative leader Nick Bourne AM believes post office services could be offered alongside people's favourite tipples. He claims the,...