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Smoke billowed behind a school after 500 acres of gorse caught alight
North Wales Fire and Rescue Service said it had got a call just before 16:00 BST.

'A very, very long process' - jury trials resume in Cardiff

Colette Hume

BBC News

Jury trials resume at Cardiff Crown Court today, but the judge has warned it will be a lengthy process.

Cardiff and the Old Bailey in London have been chosen as the first courts in England and Wales where juries will be sworn in since lockdown.

Mrs Justice McGowan said jury selection will be "a very, very long process," with potential jurors brought into court one by one.

Those who have health or vulnerability issues, or are isolating, have already been stood down.

Chosen jurors will be brought into the court in two groups so they can see the participants and receive the relevant information.

They will swear their oath on a Bible or Koran which is in a wipeable cover and make notes on a wipeable clipboard.

The court will break every 75 minutes to allow for ventilation and for participants to move around.

The first case involves a defendant accused of causing grievous bodily harm and possession of an imitation firearm.

Cardiff Crown Court
BBC
A court has been prepared to hear cases while observing social distancing measures

A special thank you for specials

South Wales Police special constables have volunteered over 10,000 hours since lockdown, the force says.

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South Wales Police pay their respects

South Wales Police officers pause to remember the coronavirus victims who have served their communities.

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Gavin and Stacey star tells you 'what's occurring' with the lockdown

Would you ignore Nessa's advice to "back off" and keep your distance to prevent the spread of coronavirus?

In the guise of her character from the hit BBC TV series Gavin and Stacey, Ruth Jones warns people to stay safe, in a video shared on social media by her co-star and co-writer James Corden.

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Officers praised for 'saving bus driver's life' while on patrol

Police officers have been praised for helping a bus driver having a heart attack while on patrol in Barry.

The bus driver, 51, from Bridgend, had pulled over complaining of chest pains, South Wales Police said.

PC Westall, PC Roberts and PC Frost, helped the man out of the bus on Porthkerry Road, but he collapsed, and the officers used a defibrillator stored outside the police station to revive him.

When paramedics arrived they confirmed he was having a heart attack, and said the officers had saved his life, following the incident on Friday 3 April, the force said.

The bus driver was taken to the University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff, where he underwent surgery.

Ch Insp Tony Williams praised the three officers, saying: "Despite the current climate, our officers remain on the front line, responding to spontaneous incidents, serving communities and doing their very best to keep everyone safe."

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