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Friday, 13 December, 2002, 15:12 GMT
Armed siege in Grangetown, Cardiff
Armed police cordoned off an area in Grangetown, Cardiff, on Friday while attending an incident involving a man alleged to have a firearm.

About half a dozen people who either live in flats in the houses on Ferry Road were stopped by police from going to their homes.

Two hours after police arrived at the scene, a spokesman announced that the incident was over without injury.

A man was understood to be helping police with their inquiries.

Soldier's parents briefed on Deepcut inquiry

The parents of a teenage Welsh soldier are meeting the man heading a new police investigation into her death.

Cheryl James from Llangollen in north Wales died of a single gunshot wound to the head at Deepcut barracks in Surrey seven years ago.

Three other young soldiers have died there in unusual circumstances.

Miss James' parents, who now live in Llanymynech in Powys, are being briefed on the inquiry's progress.

Roof fall at colliery injures miner

A miner was taken to hospital on Tuesday following a roof fall at a west Wales colliery.

A rescue team at Betws Colliery near Ammanford in Carmarthenshire got the man out.

Firefighters from mid and west Wales also attended the site which is a source of quality anthracite.

The man was thought to have suffered a broken leg.

Pc quashed neighbour's parking ticket

A policeman who had been commended for his bravery has been jailed for three months after being found guilty of using his position to quash a parking ticket for a neighbour.

Pc Paul Taylor, 36, was found out more than a year later when officers searched his home in Caerphilly, south Wales, on another matter.

Taylor, an officer with 15 years service, had denied perverting the course of justice.

But he and his neighbour Raymond Lucas were both found guilty by a jury at Cardiff Crown Court last month.

The trial heard that two halves of the 30 ticket issued in November 2000 were discovered at Taylor's house in March.

Lucas, who was described by the judge as a "foolish man trying to get out of paying for a ticket" was given a 12-month conditional discharge.

6m seafront development for Anglesey

Plans to build a 6m sea front development on Anglesey have been supported the island's council.

The development, at Beaumaris, would complement a proposed 450-berth marina for the town.

The plans would include creating a promenade link to the town, improvements to the pier and developing other visitor attractions and facilities.

Flat fire claims woman's life

A woman has died in a fire at a ground floor flat in Ruabon near Wrexham.

The body of the as yet unnamed woman was discovered in Bowen Court on Church Street on Monday morning.

She is believed to have been 28 years old.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

North Wales Fire Service is offering free fire safety checks to people in Ruabon today.

Man in hospital after assault

A 30-year-old man is in hospital after suffering a serious assault in the Grangetown area of Cardiff.

The attack happened at about 2040 GMT on Monday night in Clive Street.

The man was taken to the University of Wales Hospital and is in a critical but stable condition.

Police are appealing for witnesses to the assault to contact Canton CID or ring Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

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