Live: Wales breaking news plus weather and traffic updates (Tuesday, September 6)


All of the latest news from across Wales and further afield

Hello, and welcome to Wales Online’s live blog for Tuesday, September 6. We will be bringing you all of the latest news from across Wales – whether you’re on the move, at home or at work – as well as the latest traffic and travel.

HMP Cardiff’s Clink Restaurant to shut

The Clink Restaurant run by inmates at HMP Cardiff has announced its closure. The charity behind the fine-dining venue based at the prison said the restaurant will shuts its doors after more than 10 years of teaching prisoners skills in both kitchen and front of house roles.

Papa Johns store sacks ‘starving’ teenage worker

A Papa Johns boss fired a “starving” teenage employee because he asked for a free pizza while working overtime and couldn’t afford to buy one. In a text conversation seen by WalesOnline, the owner of a Papa Johns branch in Caerphilly refused to let Lawson Callaghan, 17, have free food and told him to “stop looking for handouts”, before he fired him, bragged about his wealth and called him a “loser”.

Tyson Fury vs Anthony Joshua December UK fight at Principality Stadium

Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn has stated Cardiff’s Principality Stadium is the only suitable UK venue to host a potential heavyweight clash between Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua in December.

On Monday, Fury – who was in Cardiff on Saturday for the WWE Clash at the Castle event – offered Joshua the chance to fight for a world title, despite the Londoner’s recent loss to Ukrainian Oleksandr Usyk.

Gareth Thomas makes admission

Former Welsh rugby star Gareth Thomas has responded to claims that he hid his HIV status from his ex partner by saying it wasn’t initially brought up during their relationship and he was never asked.

Ian Baum is suing Mr Thomas – also known as Alfie – for £150,000 in damages after claiming he hid his HIV status from him and failed to take reasonable care to ensure he did not pass it on. In his defence documents, submitted to the High Court, Mr Thomas accuses his ex of sleeping around and having lied about already having HIV when they they began their relationship in October 2013

WRU offer regions ‘impossible’ £32m deal

After months of discussions over the future financing of the four Welsh regions, there is finally an offer on the table from the WRU.

But we still appear to be some distance away from an agreement being reached, given the nature of the proposal. With just nine days to go to the start of the new season, everything remains up in the air with plenty of tough negotiating to be done. Read here for the latest on the ongoing saga.

Liz Truss officially PM after meeting Queen

The Queen has welcomed Liz Truss at an audience at Balmoral Castle in Scotland today, where she invited the newly-elected leader of the Conservative Party to become prime minister.

The historic audience was the first time that the 96-year-old monarch, who has faced ongoing mobility issues, has carried out the key duty at her retreat in Aberdeenshire, rather than at Buckingham Palace. Live updates here.

Married couple in hospitals 70 miles apart

A married couple who suffered life-changing injuries when a drug driver smashed into their motorcycle remain in different hospitals 70 miles apart more that seven weeks after the crash.

Richard and Alison Amner were travelling on their motorcycle along Ferry Road in Kidwelly, Carmarthenshire, on the evening of Saturday, July 16, when the collision happened.

Welsh school’s energy bill rockets by 80%

Primary school headteacher Gethin Richards plans to use financial reserves to pay for an 80% hike in energy costs. But he warned that this approach would only go so far.

His school – Ysgol Y Bedol, Garnant – paid £17,000 for electricity and £14,000 for gas between April, 2021, and the end of March, 2022. The school budgeted an extra £7,000 for energy for the current financial year, but this was before wholesale energy prices soared even further

Covid-19 weekly deaths falls for fourth week

The number of deaths involving Covid-19 registered each week in England and Wales remains on a clear downwards trend, falling for the fourth week in a row.

A total of 453 deaths registered in the seven days to August 26 mentioned coronavirus on the death certificate, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS) – down 18% on the previous week.

It is the lowest number of deaths since the week to July 8.

Barristers staging indefinite strike action over pay

Barristers in England and Wales have started an indefinite, uninterrupted strike, in an escalation of industrial action over pay which began in April. A protest was held on the steps of Cardiff Crown Court this morning.

The Criminal Bar Association (CBA) walkout is likely to worsen existing court delays, with tens of thousands of cases already waiting to go to trial.

The CBA wants a 25% rise in legal aid fees for representing defendants who could not otherwise afford lawyers.

Dad’s tribute to nine-year-old shot dead in Liverpool

The father of nine-year-old Olivia Pratt-Korbel, who was shot dead in Liverpool, has said the family has been “deprived of a real light in our lives”, adding that her death “cannot be in vain”.

John Francis Pratt and his wider family said in a statement that “words can’t express the pain we are going through after Olivia was so cruelly snatched away from us”.

Cheapest supermarket in August revealed

Aldi has been announced as the cheapest supermarket in August by consumer champion, Which? It compared a basket of 49 popular grocery items last month and found Aldi’s would have cost shoppers £76.24.

This was £1.66 cheaper than the Lidl basket and a huge £25.96 cheaper than at Waitrose. The products which were compared included Heinz baked beans, tea bags and milk.

First details of Liz Truss’s energy bills plan emerge

A plan that could see energy bills being frozen or lowered is set to be announced on Thursday, it is being reported.

The ‘deficit reduction scheme’ is expected to form the centre piece of the government’s attempt to tackle soaring energy costs for households this winter. More details here.

Boris Johnson’s early morning farewell speech

Outgoing Prime Minister Boris Johnson has just given his farewell speech outside Downing Street.

He is now heading to Balmoral with Liz Truss to officialy “hand over the baton”. Live updates here.

Thunderstorms hit parts of Wales

Did you see thunderstorms in your area last night?

There was some very dramatic thunder and lightning in parts. You can see lots of pictures and reaction here.

Met Office forecast for Tuesday

After the thunderstorms of yesterday there will be more heavy showers and warm sunny spells today. Here is the full forecast for Wales:


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