CATHERINE GOWING: The sister of missing woman Catherine Gowing, who is feared murdered in North Wales, has appealed for help in finding her. Emma Gowing asked the public for help in tracking down her “beautiful sister”, whom she described as the “light of my life”.
Full story on the police press conference to come soon.
WEATHER: The soggy aftermath of Britain’s record-breaking wet summer could increase the risk of winter floods, say experts. Months of monsoon-like weather has left the ground unusually waterlogged for the time of year. Under the present conditions, a spell of heavy rain might be enough to cause further deluges like those which swamped many homes and businesses this summer.
FUEL SPILL UPDATE: Between 80 and 100 litres of diesel spilled from a large vehicle's ruptured fuel tank on the main street at Trefor near Pwllheli this morning. Environment Agency Wales is satisfied there has been no leakage of fuel into the nearby stream.
Our late reporter tonight is Hywel Trewyn you will be keeping you posted until 10pm. He is currently looking at a story about how social media groups are sending messages of support for April Jones and her family from all over the world
Redrow boss Steve Morgan has scrapped plans to buy back the housebuilder he founded in 1974 after ending takeover talks with the firm.
The owner of Wolverhampton Wanderers FC had tabled a 152p-a-share proposed bid at the end of August valuing Redrow at around £562 million through his Bridgemere Group in association with hedge fund Toscafund.
But just minutes before a Takeover Panel deadline for the deal to be struck, the suitors said that discussions were over and they had no plans to make a formal offer.
BLAZE UPDATE: Fire crews have just left a farm near Harlech after reports of a blazing barn.
Appliances from Harlech, Blaenau Ffestiniog and Dolgellau were called to the scene just off the B4573. More details later.
Get tomorrow's Daily Post to check up on WOW - What's On Wales - including an interview with comic Rob Rouse who appears in Wrexham next week, our listings and an opportunity to win tickets to see the Haunting
BLAZE LATEST: The cause of a large blaze at a silage pit on a farm at Llechwedd Du Mawr, near Harlech was self-combustion, said a North Wales Fire Service spokeswoman.
Three tonnes of silage was destroyed in the fire. Fire crews from Harlech, Blaenau Ffestiniog and Dolgellau were called to the scene just off the B4573. The last crew left at 6.30pm
Sediment built up over thousands of years on the floor of a Japanese lake has enabled
scientists at Aberystwyth University to make significant improvements to the precision and accuracy of radiocarbon dating. Their findings are reported in Science, the journal of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), tomorrow.
All relatively quiet according to the police, fire service and other emergency services at 10pm tonight - "busy but routine".
Good morning North Wales, I'm Owen Hughes and I will be the breaking news reporter this morning. All quiet on the roads at the moment and weather forecast for the day promises sunshine.
FIRE: Firefighters from Wrexham were called out just before 1am this morning to the Kellogs factory, Bryn Lane, on the Wrexham Industrial Estate. Nothing too serious and fire, which had started in a washing machine, was out on arrival.
WEATHER: Here is the Met Offie forecast for Wales today and as promised, some sun! Any mist or fog patches clearing during the morning. Otherwise, largely dry and fine with some bright or sunny spells at times. There is a chance of one or two showers during the day, these most likely in the west. Temperatures peaking at around 13C
Often cloudy, though a few clear spells are possible at times, especially in the east, where there could also be some fog. The odd shower possible in the west.
TRAINS: Ticket Office at Shotton station is closed today.
SEARCH: Police will today continue their search for missing vet Catherine Gowing. The 37-year-old from New Brighton, Flintshire, was last seen entering Asda in Queensferry at 8.06pm on Friday and leaving just over half an hour later.
A 46-year-old Gwynedd man was arrested on Tuesday on suspicion of her murder and police were yesterday given a 36-hour extension to question him.
NICK GRIFFIN: Police were today investigating comments allegedly made on Twitter by BNP leader Nick Griffin about a gay couple at the centre of a landmark legal ruling.
The MEP is alleged to have published the address of Michael Black and John Morgan on the social networking site and called for a demonstration to be held outside their home.
Cambridgeshire Police last night said it was investigating the incident and Dyfed-Powys Police said it was liaising with the force.
The alleged tweets, under the username @nickgriffinmep, followed Mr Black, 64, and his 59-year-old partner Mr Morgan’s win against the owner of bed and breakfast accommodation who refused to let them stay in a double room because of her religious views.
COURTS: Appeal judges will today announce a decision on whether relatives of soldiers killed in Iraq can pursue damages claims against the Government.
FIRE TRAGEDY: A doctor was facing life without his wife and all five of his children after his three-year-old daughter lost her fight for life following a devastating house fire.
Maheen Shakoor had been in a critical condition in the burns units at the Broomfield Hospital in Chelmsford since being transferred there after the blaze in Harlow, Essex.
Her mother, Dr Sabah Usmani, brothers Sohaib, 11, Muneeb, 9, and Rayyan, six, and 12-year-old sister Hira died in their end-of-terrace house in Barn Mead in the early hours of Monday. The children's father, Dr Abdul Shakoor, 45, who police said had fought hard to save his family, is recovering in the adult burns ward at Broomfield Hospital.
ENERGY BILLS: Energy suppliers will be forced to tell customers about the cheapest tariff they have on offer under proposed reforms for the industry unveiled by the energy watchdog today.
Ofgem said its plans will put an end to consumers being confused by complex tariffs and will usher in a “simpler, clearer, fairer and more competitive” energy market.
The plans come after Prime Minister David Cameron backtracked on a commitment to require energy firms to give households the cheapest deals - rather than simply inform consumers what is available, as unveiled by the regulator today.
TRAFFIC: A traffic light failure at Cambrian Street, Aberystwyth, both ways at A487 Terrace Road
has left queues. Hopefully this will be fixed before the morning rush to work really gets going.
FOOTBALL: Glen Johnson has confirmed the use of caffeine tablets by England’s players before the scheduled Tuesday evening kick-off of their World Cup qualifier against Poland.
Heavy rain on Tuesday, coupled with the stadium roof not being closed, forced the game to instead be played on Wednesday afternoon when it finished 1-1 after a lacklustre England display.
Reports emerged yesterday that the team had used both sleeping pills and the caffeine tablets to combat the effects of the late rearrangement.
And Johnson told this morning’s Daily Telegraph: “A lot of the lads take ProPlus tablets before the game and we all took that for the game. Then the game is off and no one can sleep.
“It’s not ideal preparation but I’m not blaming that for one bit. It was the same situation for them so it was just strange circumstances.”
DOCTORS: Doctors’ skills are to be reassessed every year to ensure they are fit to practise, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has announced.
At present, doctors can go for their entire career without facing any formal assessment of their competency.
But from December this year, doctors will be assessed to see if they are fit to stay on the medical register, Mr Hunt said.
The General Medical Council (GMC) said the move was the “biggest change” in medical regulation for 150 years.
Traffic: For anyone travelling afield this morning be aware that there are delays on the M6 in Cheshire, northbound between J19, A556 (Knutsford) and J20, A50 (Lymm Interchange), because of a vehicle fire. One lane closed.
RUGBY: Former Wales and British Lions rugby star Gareth 'Alfie' Thomas is launching his first fitness DVD today.
The dual code international who retired from the game in October last year has enlisted the help of some of his high profile celebrity friends to appear in the fitness DVD - Gareth Thomas The Real Celebrity Fitness DVD. This includes Hollywood star Mickey Rourke.
TRAFFIC: Traffic light repair staff been busy in Aberystwyth. The malfunctioning lights on Cambrian Street have been fixed and traffic is clearing.
TRAINS: Owing to safety checks being made between Chester and Crewe trains have to run at reduced speed on Chester to Crewe lines. Train services through these stations may be subject to disruption on all routes at short notice. An estimate for the resumption of normal services will be provided as soon as the problem has been fully assessed.
FOOD:Foodies can head to the 15th Llangollen Food and Drink Festival this weekend. It takes place at The Royal International Pavilion on Saturday and Sunday. www.llangollenfoodfestival.com/
TRAFFIC: The usual delays on A55 Britannia Bridge eastbound this morning due to heavy traffic heading off Anglesey
APRIL JONES: Police searching for April Jones are using drones to search for the missing five-year-old and say the hunt could continue beyond Christmas.
The search is still focused on the area around the town of Machynlleth, including the river Dyfi, and the nearby village of Ceinws, where Mark Bridger, the man who has been charged with April's abduction, murder and concealing her body, lived.
Superintendent Ian John said unmanned aerial vehicles supplied by private companies and fitted with sonar equipment are being used to try to pinpoint areas of recently disturbed earth.
April has been missing since from her Machynlleth home since October 1.
TRAFFIC: Traffic now getting busy, we have reports of queues on several roads in and around Wrexham including A525 Kingsmills Road, Holt Road, Mold Road, and Bridge Street. Also delays on B5129 Flintshire - B5129 Chester Road (West) in Shotton, busy but moving in both directions at the Alexandra Street junction.
TRAFFIC: Short delays on the A487 at Caernarfon which is also busy this morning
NICK GRIFFIN: A gay couple who were allegedly targeted on Twitter by BNP leader Nick Griffin after winning a landmark equality ruling said today that they were shocked by his comments.
Police are now watching the home of Michael Black and John Morgan in Brampton, near Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, after the MEP allegedly published their address on the social networking site and called for a demonstration to be held outside.
The alleged tweets, under the username @nickgriffinmep, followed Mr Black and his 59-year-old partner’s win against the owner of bed and breakfast accommodation who refused to let them stay in a double room because of her religious views.