News in Wales: 2015 Review of the Year part one
As 2015 draws to an end, we take a look back at some of the major stories of the year, along with others that proved popular with readers.
- The year started with Oldham Athletic football club withdrawing its offer to sign convicted rapist Ched Evans following threats to the club's "staff and their families". Evans later released a statement apologising for "the effects of his actions", but maintained his innocence. His case is now to be reviewed at the Court of Appeal.
- In the courts, an ex-lover of paedophile Lostprophets singer Ian Watkins was cleared of child sex abuse image offences. Joanne Mjadzelics, 39, from Doncaster, who denied the charges, claimed she had encouraged the singer to send the images to her so she could expose his criminality.
- Meanwhile, hundreds of kind-hearted strangers attended the funeral of Royal Air Force veteran Keith Ingram Nutbrown, who died in Flintshire without any family.
- There was sadness for fans of 1980s pop band Visage when lead singer Steve Strange died following a heart attack. The Welsh New Romantic icon - best known for the hit Fade To Grey - died in hospital in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt. Friends Boy George and Spandau Ballet brothers Martin and Gary Kemp carried his coffin at his funeral in Porthcawl in March.
- In Carmarthen, services were held to remember 11-year-old Cameron Comey who went missing in the Rover Towy. The schoolboy fell into the water while playing with his brother. Despite extensive searches of the area, his body has never been found.
- Politicians were left shaken and stirred by a decision not to allow the new James Bond film Spectre to be shot in the Welsh assembly's debating chamber. The revelation caused a social media storm with some saying it had been a missed opportunity to showcase Wales and attract visitors.
- Three teenagers and a woman died in a two-vehicle crash on the A470 near Brecon, Powys. Alesha O'Connor, Rhodri Miller, Corey Price, all 17 and from Barry, and Margaret Challis, 68, from Merthyr Tydfil, were killed near Storey Arms. In September, police said seven teenagers arrested in connection with the crash would face no further action.
- Earlier in the month, champion golfer Alan Bannister, who claimed £26,000 in benefits saying he was too ill to walk but played the sport regularly, was jailed for six months. Bannister, 56, of Barry, said he was in constant pain and struggled to walk, but played off a handicap of seven. Secret footage showed him playing 18 holes in four hours.
- Thousands of acres of grassland were destroyed across south Wales following a spate of arson attacks during March and April. Crews tackled 900 blazes in total and suspected fire starters as young as 11 were among those arrested.
- In April, seven-year-old Carwyn Scott-Howell fell to his death while on a skiing holiday in the French Alps. The Brecon schoolboy was on holiday with his family when he fell 160ft (49m) after straying off the piste in the resort of Flaine, near Chamonix. A coroner later ruled his death was accidental.
- In north Wales, dog lover Janice Bannister, who hired a helicopter to look for her missing pet Sylvia on Anglesey, raised £7,000 for the coastguard service involved in the search.
- Early May was dominated by the general election, which saw the Conservatives return their best results in Wales for more than 30 years. The party vowed it was "here to stay" after winning 11 of the 40 Welsh seats, which included capturing Gower by 27 votes, a constituency Labour had held for more than 100 years.
- Talk about DIY disasters - retired teacher Edryd Jones, who cut off his own hand while using a high-powered circular saw, regained its use after surgeons were able to reattach it.
- Mother-of-four Trudy Jones, 52, from Blackwood, Caerphilly county, was among 38 people killed in the Tunisia terrorist attack. Gas engineer Mathew James, 30, from Trehafod, Rhondda Cynon Taff, was also shot three times while trying to protect his fiancée Saera Wilson, during the same attack on a beach in Sousse.
- In north Wales, troubled health board Betsi Cadwaladr was brought under more direct Welsh government control after a report found "institutional abuse" at one of its mental health units. Relatives of patients at the Tawel Fan ward said patients were kept like animals. The health board apologised for the "inexcusable and unacceptable" treatment.
- As Sir Tom Jones celebrated his 75th birthday, BBC Wales took a look back on his career with former NME journalist Iestyn George, who said it was not unusual to see the Welshman's appeal remained as strong as ever.
- Teenagers with a head for heights filmed themselves climbing a 171ft (52m) bridge - and sliding down it. They were later criticised by police for the dangerous stunt on Newport's George Street Bridge.