Police are treating the death as unexplained

Boy found dead in Ystrad Mynach named as Carson Price

A 13-year-old boy has died after being found unconscious in a south Wales park.

Police were called to Ystrad Mynach Park, Caerphilly, at about 19:20 BST on Friday 12 April.

The teen was taken to University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff where he was pronounced dead.

Gwent Police are treating the boy’s death as unexplained and specialists are working to determine the exact cause of death.

His family have been informed and are being supported by specialist officers.

Det Chief Insp Sam Payne said: “At this time enquiries are ongoing and the investigation into this young boy’s death are still in the early stages.

“Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this time.

“I’d like to appeal to anyone who can assist with our investigation.”

Ystrad Mynach Park
The park is poplar with local families

The boy was found close to trees beside the rugby pitch.

Gwent Police are treating the boy’s death as unexplained and specialists are working to determine the exact cause of death.

Det Ch Insp Sam Payne said: “At this time enquiries are ongoing and the investigation into this young boy’s death are still in the early stages.

“Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this time.

“I’d like to appeal to anyone who can assist with our investigation.”

Emiliano Sala (left) was heading to his new club, Cardiff City, on board a plane being flown by David Ibbotson

Sala pilot David Ibbotson ‘not qualified to fly at night’

The pilot of the plane which crashed into the English Channel with Emiliano Sala on board, was not qualified to fly at night, BBC Wales understands.

David Ibbotson is thought to have been colour-blind, and his licence restricted him to flying in daytime hours only.

Footballer Sala, 28, died when the plane carrying him from Nantes to Cardiff crashed late on 21 January.

The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) said it could not comment.

The Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) said licensing “continues to be a focus” of its investigations.

Regulatory authorities have confirmed that Mr Ibbotson, from Crowle, North Lincolnshire, did not hold a “night rating” on his UK private pilot’s licence, the BBC understands.

His UK licence was mirrored by a US pilot’s licence – enabling him to fly the US-registered Piper Malibu in Europe.

The public record of his Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) licence states Mr Ibbotson “must have available glasses for near vision” and that “all limitations and restrictions on the United Kingdom pilot licence apply”.

There is no publicly available record of UK pilot licences, which are held by the CAA.

But sources have told BBC Wales that Mr Ibbotson’s licence restricted him to “flights by day only”.

Radar track map
The final radar track record – given in the AAIB’s interim report

An aviation source told BBC Wales that the ability to be able to differentiate between green and red lights is “key” to flying in the dark.

“Anything that’s on the UK licence applies to the US licence as well, so he couldn’t do anything more than the UK licence allows.

“Flying outside the restrictions of your licence is illegal and that’s likely to affect the insurance cover for the flight.”

European aviation rules define night as “the time from half an hour after sunset until half an hour before sunrise”.

Flight plans seen by BBC Wales indicate the flight scheduled to take Argentine player Sala for his first training session with Cardiff City had been due to leave Nantes airport at 09:00 local time on 21 January.

But the flight was postponed until 19:00, at the request of Sala, to allow him to spend the day saying goodbye to his Nantes teammates.

By the time Mr Ibbotson taxied a Piper Malibu plane on to the runway ready for take-off shortly after 19:00, it would have been around an hour and 10 minutes since sunset.

Air accident investigators' photo showing the rear left side of the fuselage
Air accident investigators’ photo showing the rear left side of the fuselage on the seabed

Speculation about the legality of the flight has so far centred around the question of whether it complied with restrictions concerning private pilots flying passengers in Europe in a US-registered aircraft.

As a private pilot, 59-year-old Mr Ibbotson was not allowed to carry passengers for remuneration or financial reward.

A preliminary report from the AIIB, released in February, stated he could only fly passengers on a cost-share basis.

As the aircraft was US-registered, pilot and passenger must have a “common purpose” for making the journey, and the pilot must dictate when a flight leaves.

The report adds that the flight “must not be made for the purpose of merely transporting the passenger”.

Piper Malibu aircraft, N264DB, at Nantes before the fatal flight
Piper Malibu aircraft, N264DB, at Nantes before the fatal flight

In an interview in February, football agent Willie McKay, who commissioned the flight, told the BBC that he and his family paid for the flight.

He was not involved, he said, in selecting the plane or the pilot and it was not a cost-share arrangement.

The plane disappeared off radar north of Guernsey in the Channel Islands at 20:16.

Sala’s body was recovered from the wreckage of the plane in early February but Mr Ibbotson’s body has not been found.

Sala posing with a Cardiff City shirt on 20 January
Sala posing with a Cardiff City shirt on 20 January, the day before the fatal flight

The European Aviation Safety Agency (Easa) states that to obtain a night rating, a pilot must undergo five hours of theory and five hours of flight training.

In their preliminary report, the AAIB said that because Mr Ibbotson’s pilot licence and log book had been lost in the crash, it had not yet been able to establish what ratings he held or how many hours he had flown recently – although it was known he had completed approximately 3,700 flying hours.

Investigators would normally look to establish how many hours a pilot had flown in the last 28 and 90 days before a crash.

The AAIB is expected to publish its full report into the tragedy early in 2020.

Victoria Maclean's prized possession is a 24 carat gold-plated Golden Snitch puzzle piece

Harry Potter: Tonna fan bags memorabilia world record

A Harry Potter superfan has managed to “Slytherin” to the record books after collecting thousands of pieces of memorabilia.

Victoria Maclean, of Tonna, Neath Port Talbot, has 3,686 individual JK Rowling-related items.

This earned her the Wizarding World Collection world record – which includes the Fantastic Beasts series.

YouTuber Mrs Maclean, 38, said: “I screamed a lot – it was so incredible after all these months.”

She was presented with her world record certificate by Guinness World Records on Wednesday.

The arduous task of counting her entire collection involved packing it all up from her home and taking it to the local rugby club where it could be laid out in full.

But the three-day process of packing, unloading, counting and re-packing had to be repeated after Mrs Maclean grouped some items as one when they counted as individuals.

Harry Potter memorabilia in Tonna Rugby Club
Mrs Maclean’s collection filled a room in her local rugby club
A sculpture of Hogwarts
You name it, Victoria’s got it, including this miniature sculpture of Hogwarts

This new record, incorporating collectibles from the wider JK Rowling universe, means Mexico City’s Menahem Asher Silva Vargas, who has a 3,097-strong Harry Potter collection, keeps his world record.

Mrs Maclean said: “Guinness said, ‘If you want, you could go for the Harry Potter record’, but my husband would divorce me if I did!”

It was while she was pregnant in 2001 that Mrs Maclean’s magical love affair began.

She was watching a segment on Blue Peter about Harry Potter and – two weeks later – had bought and read the first book.

Since then, the mother-of-three has collected every book, DVD, toy, bag, item of clothing and piece of jewellery she can – as well as a host of other collectibles.

Victoria Maclean in font of some of her Harry Potter memorabilia
“If you see a box, or a trunk, or a drawer, or a cupboard in my house, if you open it, it’s just Harry Potter from bottom to top”
Victoria Maclean with actor Tom Felton
Magic moment: Mrs Maclean met Harry Potter star Tom Felton – who played Draco Malfoy – but hopes to meet JK Rowling one day

Her YouTube channel means she often gets sent memorabilia to promote, which helps cut some of the cost, but her collection is worth an estimated £100,000.

Her prized possession is a 24 carat gold-plated Golden Snitch puzzle piece from Japan – one of only 5,000 made – which took six years to track down and buy.

Even with this record – there is still the Holy Grail that eludes her – a first edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.

“I’ll never stop collecting until I really, really have to. I don’t smoke, I rarely drink – this is my vice,” she added.

As part of the record assessment, all items were assessed and verified by two independent witnesses – one of whom had to be a specialist in the area – and only official merchandise counted towards Mrs Maclean’s total.

Some memorabilia items were removed for not having the official labelling.

Victoria Maclean in font of some of her Harry Potter memorabilia
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Emiliano Sala: Cardiff footballer’s funeral taking place”:

Sala’s father Horacio was seen crying at the vigil for his son

Mourners are paying their final respects to Cardiff City striker Emiliano Sala in his native Argentina.

The 28-year-old died when the plane he was in with pilot David Ibbotson crashed in the English Channel en route from Nantes to Cardiff on 21 January.

A wake is being held at the club Sala played for as a youth in his hometown of Progreso before the funeral starts later on Saturday.

Among those in attendance is Cardiff City manager Neil Warnock

“I would like to find a responsible person…someone who says to me: ‘this happened’; but, well, it seems this was just an accident,” said Sala’s aunt Mirta Taffarel.

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Sala was killed when a single-engine light aircraft, flown by pilot Mr Ibbotson, crashed near Alderney just two days after,

His body, which was recovered from the wreckage following a privately-funded search last week was repatriated to Argentina on Friday.

It was then driven from Buenos Aires to the Sante Fe province, where Sala grew up.

Mourners applauded in tribute as the footballer’s coffin was carried in his hometown of Progreso

Outside the wake, fans draped a banner reading ‘Emi, nunca caminaras solo’ or ‘Emi, You’ll Never Walk Alone’.

“It’s as if he was a member of my family,” said a sobbing Lucia Torres, who lives nearby.

“It’s something I can’t understand nor accept because it hurts so much. The town has been in darkness since 21 January.”

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Emiliano Sala is known affectionately as Emi in his hometown

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Sala’s aunt Mirta Taffarel as she left the wake on Saturday morning

“He represented a lot for us,” said Daniel Ribero, president of Sala’s boyhood club San Martin de Progreso.

“We’re a small village and Emi was a celebrity, the only player to turn professional.”

Ahead of the service, the club posted a message on social media saying: “We are waiting for you … like the first day you left but this time to stay with us forever. Eternally in our hearts.”

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Daniel Ribero, president of Sala’s boyhood club San Martin de Progreso, said the footballer was a “celebrity” in the town

The wake got under way at the sports hall in San Martin de Progreso at 07:00 local time (10:00 GMT), and the funeral started at 14:00 (17:00 GMT).

As well as Cardiff’s delegation of Warnock and chief executive Ken Choo, Sala’s former club FC Nantes has been represented by defender Nicolas Pallois and its general secretary.

Warnock said: “He’s my player. He signed for me I think he was going to be very instrumental in what we were looking to do and I feel it’s the only good thing you can do.

“Family puts it in perspective. Family is so important, everything here today has shown how important it is…it seems like the whole village has got together.”

Mr Choo added: “We feel very sad and the whole club feels very sad.”

“Today I think it’s good for the family to have some closure.”

Sala’s mother Mercedes and sister Romina, who travelled to Europe after his disappearance, have returned to Progreso.

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Cardiff City manager Neil Warnock travelled to Argentina for the funeral

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Cardiff City manager Neil Warnock is due to attend the funeral on Saturday

His father Horacio also attended the funeral.

Meanwhile, a campaign to raise funds to find the body of Mr Ibbotson has reached £240,000.

The family of the 59-year-old, who is feared dead, are hoping to raise £300,000.

Emiliano Sala’s funeral to take place in hometown in Argentina

The funeral of Cardiff City striker Emiliano Sala will take place in his native Argentina on Saturday.

The 28-year-old died when the plane he was in with pilot David Ibbotson crashed in the English Channel en route from Nantes to Cardiff on 21 January.

His funeral will take place in his hometown of Progreso and a wake will also be held at the club Sala played for as a youth.

Among those due to attend is Cardiff City manager Neil Warnock

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Emiliano Sala (left) was on board a plane being flown by pilot David Ibbotson

Sala was killed when a single-engine light aircraft, flown by pilot Mr Ibbotson, crashed near Alderney just two days after he became Cardiff City’s record transfer,

His body, which was recovered from the wreckage following a privately-funded search last week, was repatriated in Argentina on Friday.

It was then driven from Buenos Aires to the Sante Fe province, where Sala grew up.

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Ahead of the service, boyhood club San Martin de Progreso posted a message on social media saying: “We are waiting for you … like the first day you left but this time to stay with us forever.

“Eternally in our hearts.”

San Martin de Progreso club entrance
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Sala played football at San Martin de Progreso until he was 15

As well as Cardiff’s delegation of Warnock and chief executive Ken Choo, Sala’s former club FC Nantes will be represented by defender Nicolas Pallois and its general secretary.

Sala’s mother Mercedes and sister Romina, who travelled to Europe after his disappearance, have already rejoined the footballer’s dad Horacio back in Argentina.

Meanwhile, a campaign to raise funds to find the body of Mr Ibbotson has reached £240,000

The family of the 59-year-old, who is feared dead, are hoping to raise £300,000.

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Ford exit reports ‘deeply worrying’ for Bridgend plant”:

Reports of Ford stepping up plans to move production out of the UK are “deeply worrying”, former first minister Carwyn Jones has said.

The Times newspaper claimed the car giant told Prime Minister Theresa May it was preparing sites abroad.

Ford did not comment on the claim but said a no-deal Brexit would be “catastrophic” for the UK car industry.

It has a plant in Mr Jones’ Bridgend constituency and last month union Unite said 1,000 jobs were to be cut by 2021.

Those cuts, which the union said was because of challenging market conditions, would see the site’s workforce almost halve.

Ford is looking to shake up its European operations and is the latest carmaker to warn about the risks of a no-deal Brexit ahead of the UK’s departure from the EU on 29 March.

A spokesman said: “Such a situation would be catastrophic for the UK auto industry and Ford’s manufacturing operations in the country.

“We will take whatever action is necessary to preserve the competitiveness of our European business.”

Labour’s Mr Jones expressed his concern for workers and their families in Bridgend, but blamed the impasse over the Brexit deal on a lack of leadership at UK level.

“We have no idea what Brexit will look like,” he said.

Ford workers in Bridgend
The job losses in Bridgend would be phased over the next two years

“We’re six or seven weeks away from it and companies like Ford are saying, ‘look we can’t wait any longer, we’re going to have to put in place contingency plans’ and that’s deeply worrying.

“We need to make sure that we get to an agreement and certainty as quickly as possible.”

Unite national officer Des Quinn urged MPs to “stop gambling” with the futures of UK workers and their families.

He added: “They now must do what is best for the country by taking a no deal, hard Brexit off the table and securing the tariff-free, frictionless trade with Europe through a permanent customs union on which our manufacturing success depends.”

The UK government said the best way to provide certainty to industry is for MPs to support the prime minister’s Brexit deal.

Highlights: Wales secure record-equalling 11th straight win

Six Nations: Warren Gatland says Wales will be ‘a lot better’ against England

Wales coach Warren Gatland says he will be happy if his side are underestimated following the scrappy win over Italy.

Gatland’s side top the Six Nations table after away wins against France and Italy and next face England in Cardiff on 23 February.

He said: “A lot of people will write us off, which is a good position to be in. Hopefully we’ll go under the radar.

“You’re not always brilliant and we weren’t today. We will be a lot better against England.”

Josh Adams and Owen Watkin scored second-half tries while Dan Biggar kicked 14 points to see off a resilient Italy side 26-15 in Rome.

“A lot of people will look to criticise us but you have to give Italy some credit for how they played,” added Gatland.

“That’s probably the best Italian performance I’ve seen since I’ve been in charge of Wales.”

Wales will achieve a record-breaking 12th successive Test win if they defeat England to beat the milestone set in 1910.

“We didn’t speak about the record at all this week but we will probably talk about it before England,” said Gatland.

“If this group of players achieve that, it’ll be something nobody can take away from them.

“We’ve got a chance, we’re at home, the stadium will be full, it’ll be some atmosphere at the Principality Stadium. So there will definitely be no lack of motivation in trying to beat England and break that record.”

Six Nations: Beating Italy 'a lesson in how to win ugly' - Gatland
Six Nations: Beating Italy ‘a lesson in how to win ugly’ – Gatland

Gatland said he had no regrets about making 10 changes against Italy from the side that beat France 24-19. He has used 31 players in those two victories and said the World Cup later this year was behind his decision.

“I was looking at the bigger picture,” said Gatland, whose contract with Wales ends after the tournament in Japan.

“For us as coaches, in our last year, we want to have as good a World Cup as we can. That was the plan all along. There’s no regret.

“If it was a normal year, on reflection, maybe we wouldn’t have made so many changes. We wanted to give everyone in the 31 an opportunity to be involved in the first two games.

“We’ll put this game behind us and the most satisfying thing was coming away with a win.”

Emiliano Sala search team recover body from plane wreckage

Emiliano Sala search team recover body from plane wreckage

A body has been recovered from the wreckage of the plane which crashed with Cardiff City footballer Emiliano Sala and pilot David Ibbotson on board.

The Air Accidents Investigation Branch said specialist contractors joined the operation in “challenging conditions”.

It was carried out in “as dignified a way as possible” and the men’s families were kept updated throughout, it said.

Emiliano Sala search team recover body from plane wreckage
It is not yet known whose body was recovered from the plane wreckage

The wreckage of the plane, which vanished two weeks ago over the English Channel, was found off Guernsey.

The Geo Ocean III, the boat carrying the body, arrived at Portland Port in Dorset on Thursday morning as it is the nearest part of the British mainland to where the plane was located.

Dorset Police said: “The arrival of the body into Dorset has been reported to the coroner for Dorset.

“The coroner will investigate the circumstances of this death supported by Dorset Police. A post-mortem examination will be held in due course.”

No formal identification has taken place, but the force said both families had been updated.

Emiliano Sala and David Ibbotson
Emiliano Sala (left) was on board a plane being flown by pilot David Ibbotson

The Piper Malibu N264DB was en route from France to Cardiff, after the 28-year-old Argentine striker made a quick trip back to his former club Nantes two days after his £15m transfer to Cardiff was announced.

Mr Ibbotson, 59, from Crowle, North Lincolnshire, was at the controls when the flight lost contact with air traffic controllers on 21 January.

An official search was called off on 24 January after Guernsey’s harbour master said the chances of survival were “extremely remote”.

But an online appeal started by Sala’s agent raised £324,000 (371,000 euros) for a private search led by marine scientist and oceanographer David Mearns.

Working jointly with the AAIB, his ship and the Geo Ocean III, began combing a four square mile area of the English Channel, 24 nautical miles north of Guernsey, to make best use of the available sensors.

Mr Mearns said the plane was identified by sonar, before a submersible with cameras was sent underwater to confirm this.

Footballers and fans pay tribute to Emiliano Sala at Cardiff City Stadium
A minute’s silence was held for Sala and Mr Ibbotson ahead of Cardiff’s home game against Bournemouth
Fans place flowers and T-shirts with messages in tribute of Emiliano Sala before Cardiff's Premier League match against Bournemouth at the Cardiff City Stadium on Saturday
Cardiff fans left a sea of flowers outside the Cardiff City Stadium in tribute to Emiliano Sala

The AAIB used a remotely operated underwater vehicle (ROV) to aid the search, with no divers involved.

The body was moved first, and separately from the wreckage, to maximise the chances of it being successfully brought to the surface.

It said efforts to recover the crashed plane as a whole proved unsuccessful, before being abandoned due to poor weather.

“The weather forecast is poor for the foreseeable future and so the difficult decision was taken to bring the overall operation to a close,” the AAIB said in a statement.

However, the AAIB said video footage captured by the ROV would provide “valuable evidence” for its safety investigation.

Meanwhile, it has emerged that Sala’s former club, French Ligue 1 side Nantes, has demanded Cardiff City pay his £15m transfer fee.

Sala, 28, was Cardiff’s record signing but never played for the club.

The fee was due to be paid over three years but Cardiff have withheld the first scheduled payment until they are satisfied with the documentation.

A supporter stands in front of flowers placed in front of a giant portrait of Emilianio Sala outside La Beaujoire stadium before Tuesday's French Cup match between FC Nantes and Toulouse FC
Supporters in Nantes have also been paying tribute to Sala
Wales have ‘plenty to improve on’ - Owens

Six Nations: Wales should stick with Gareth Anscombe – Jamie Roberts


Six Nations: Italy v Wales
Venue: Stadio Olimpico, Rome Date: Saturday, 9 February Kick-off: 16:45 GMT
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Bath centre Jamie Roberts says Wales head coach Warren Gatland should keep faith with half-backs Gareth Anscombe and Tomos Williams against Italy.

The Cardiff Blues pair started in Wales’ Six Nations opener against France in which Gatland’s side came back from 16-0 down to win 24-19.

Anscombe was not at his best in wet conditions, but Roberts believes he deserves to retain the number 10 shirt.

“I think he’s a quality player,” he said.

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“Gats has spoken openly about backing Gareth because he did very well in November, let’s not forget that.”

Gatland will name his side to play Italy on Thursday.

Fly-half Anscombe was preferred to Northampton’s Dan Biggar and scrum-half Williams was given the nod ahead of Scarlets’ Gareth Davies at the Stade de France.

Tomos Williams
Tomos Williams made his first Six Nations start in the win over France

Williams scored Wales’ opening try in Paris with Anscombe successful with two conversions, while his second-half replacement Biggar added a penalty and conversion.

“I’d back the lads again,” Wales international Roberts told BBC Wales’ Scrum V Six Nations special.

“It was wet at the weekend and it was a shame we couldn’t see the best of Anscombe.

“It was greasy, and for him and Tomos Williams, it was difficult to judge them on that performance, I think.

“Hopefully it’s a dry track in Rome and I’d go with those lads again.

“That’s not saying anything about Gareth Davies and Dan Biggar, I thought they were magnificent when they came on.

Wales have ‘plenty to improve on’ - Owens
Wales have ‘plenty to improve on’ – Owens

“What a great selection headache for Warren Gatland.”

But former Wales captain Gwyn Jones believes Biggar should start against Italy in Rome on Saturday.

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Six Nations: Wales beat France in comeback in opening game

“In dry weather with us going forward, I think Anscombe is a wonderful 10 and can rip teams apart,” Jones said.

“But in those [wet] conditions I don’t think he’s the man for us. He’s prone to good highs but very low lows.

“I think Dan Biggar gives you eight-and- a-half every week at least and gives you a couple of things Anscombe doesn’t give you.

“He gives defensive solidity, and he’s probably our best player in the air.

“If these aerial battles are going to define these games, then let’s get our very best guy at catching the ball in the air on the pitch and he gives fantastic kicking.”

Liam and Victoria Rosney were cleared of attempting to pervert the course of justice

Carol Boardman: Man jailed for killing Olympian’s mother


A driver who admitted killing Olympic cyclist Chris Boardman’s mother by running over her has been sentenced to 30 weeks in prison.

Liam Rosney, 33, of Connah’s Quay, had previously admitted causing death by careless driving at Mold Crown Court.

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Carol Boardman, 75, died in July 2016 after she fell off her bike in Deeside, Flintshire.

The court heard Rosney was distracted as he made or received three phone calls before the incident.

He faced a charge of causing death by dangerous driving but later admitted the lesser charge.

As well as the prison sentence, Rosney was banned from driving for 18 and a half months.

“This was an accident which could have easily been prevented and your contribution to that accident is significant in as much as you were distracted,” said Judge Rhys Rowlands.

“The distraction being as a result of you using your mobile phone before the actual collision.”

Boardman
The incident happened after Carol Boardman fell off her bike

Mrs Boardman, 75, whose cyclist son Chris won gold at the 1992 Olympics, suffered multiple injuries when she was hit by Mr Rosney’s Mitsubishi pick-up truck after falling from her bike on a mini-roundabout in Connah’s Quay on 16 July 2016.

Judge Rowlands said: “Any accident which results in someone losing their life is the most appalling tragedy, the more so when the deceased, as here, was well-loved and, as I have indicated already, a pretty remarkable woman.”

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The court heard that in the minutes before Rosney hit Mrs Boardman, who had fallen from her bike on the junction of Mold Road and Ffordd Llanarth, he made or received three phone calls while driving his vehicle, which did not have a hands-free facility.

Matthew Curtis, prosecuting, said: “It’s clear he was speaking to his wife on the telephone four seconds before the fatal collision and he was, we submit, still distracted by the telephone call and mobile telephone handset.”

Oliver Jarvis, defending, said Rosney did not “want to make any excuses for his behaviour” and realised he had “destroyed the lives” of Mrs Boardman’s family.

Chris Boardman said: “My dad has lost his partner of 50 years which has just been absolutely gutting.”

Looking at the devastating impact the incident has had on his family, he questioned the nature of the charge.

“We don’t treat crime committed in cars as serious crime, so somebody can be careless and crush somebody else to death and it’s classed as careless,” he said.

While he said he did not want to see lots of people go to prison, he wanted to see the ability to do harm taken away.

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Boardman called for a review of the law, saying people do “the easiest thing” when driving [such as using their phones] and “react to the consequences”, adding: “If the consequence is minimal then where is the reason to change behaviour?”

Liam Rosney and Victoria Rosney
Liam and Victoria Rosney were cleared of attempting to pervert the course of justice

Rosney and his wife Victoria were cleared of attempting to pervert the course of justice in July.

Mrs Boardman had been a competitive cyclist in her youth and had remained active in cycling until her death.

Emiliano Sala's family view search area off Guernsey

Emiliano Sala’s family view search area off Guernsey

The family of missing Cardiff City footballer Emiliano Sala are planning an underwater search.

Family spokesman David Mearns told a press conference that a private search of the English Channel, paid for by fundraisers, also included fishing boats and other vessels.

Emiliano Sala (left) was on board a plane being flown by pilot David Ibbotson (right
Emiliano Sala (left) was on board a plane being flown by pilot David Ibbotson (right

The underwater search is expected to begin on Sunday.

Meanwhile the family has been taken on a plane to see the area that rescuers have been searching.

They left Guernsey Airport at about 09:30 GMT on a chartered flight with harbourmaster David Barker.

Sala’s sister Romina and mother Mercedes arrived on the island on Sunday and a family spokesman said they were struggling for answers.

The family travelled on a twin-engine Dornier 228-212 plane which flew from Guernsey and circled the island of Alderney.

The plane leaving the airport
The family’s flight leaving Guernsey Airport

Mr Mearns told a press conference on Monday: “We would like to thank all the people and all the companies that have offered their help,” he said.

“We have been planning an underwater search as a next phase… there are still boats on the water… and people are still looking.”

Speaking of Sala and the football community’s reaction, Mr Mearns added: “He’s a really friendly person that people loved – from both clubs and any other clubs, and that’s where you see the breath of the football community coming together in an extraordinarily short period of time to raise this type of money.

“So, obviously the family appreciate that, but their minds have been in a different place this week.”

Burhou Island near Alderney
The family was shown the search area which included Burhou Island near Alderney

An official search for 28-year-old Sala and pilot David Ibbotson, 59, of Crowle, Lincolnshire, was called off on Thursday, with Mr Barker saying the chance of them being alive was “extremely remote”.

But, after a plea from his sister not to give up, more than £290,000 was raised for a private search to continue – which is being led by Mr Mearns, said to be a renowned shipwreck hunter.

High-profile donors to the GoFundMe page include France and PSG forward Kylian Mbappe, former West Ham midfielder Dimitri Payet and Leicester City winger Demarai Gray.

More than 4,000 people have donated to the page.

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Ms Sala said of her brother: “He’s a fighter, he started his football career from very little… He’s a very humble, family man.

“He was always joking, he was very keen to stay with the family all the time and we know he’s here somewhere and we are here to bring him back”.

Neil Warnock said he remembered Mr Ibbotson as a "fabulous pilot"
Neil Warnock said he remembered Mr Ibbotson as a “fabulous pilot”

Speaking for the first time since Sala disappeared, Cardiff City manager Neil Warnock said he could understand Sala’s family’s stance on keeping the search going.

“If it was my kid I’d want everybody looking forever,”he said at a press conference  on Monday.

“It’s by far the most difficult week in my career. Even now I can’t get my head round the situation,” he said.

“When I look at Romina and the family, it’s such a difficult time. I keep looking at my own children and thinking what I would be doing now, as well.”

Mr Warnock added he believed he had also been flown by Mr Ibbotson.

“I’d been on a couple of planes like that, but I think the ones I’d be on might have had two engines.

“But I’d been over the top to Nantes a couple of times, and I do think I had that pilot – who I thought was a fabulous pilot.

“So I just can’t comprehend it.”

Map showing location of Alderney and lighthouse
Emiliano Sala was on board a plane bound for Cardiff from Nantes when it disappeared from radar

Argentine striker Sala signed for the Bluebirds from Nantes on Saturday, 19 January and was flying back to Wales from France when the plane disappeared from radar last Monday evening.

At 19:15 GMT, Mr Ibbotson made a request to descend before losing contact with Jersey air traffic control.

Mr Mearns said they had travelled to Guernsey to be near where the plane was last located and to find out about the investigation and what happens next.

He said: “This is a family that has come from Argentina with this huge shock out of nowhere and is struggling with very, very few answers about an unexplained loss.”

He added the family “still have some hope”, saying: “They’re looking at this as a missing person, a missing plane and until they are satisfied, that’s the mode that we are in.”

Emiliano Sala's family arriving at Guernsey Airport
Sala’s family arrived at Guernsey Airport on Sunday
Emiliano Sala's sister Romina at Cardiff City Stadium
Romina Sala visited Cardiff last week and said she believes both Emiliano and the pilot are alive

Mr Mearns said the private search would entail “more investigative technical searches underwater” at some point.

The family have also thanked donors for their “exceptional generosity” after money was raised to pay for a private search.

The Air Accidents Investigation Branch has begun an investigation which will look at “all operational aspects,” including licensing and flight plans.

The PA-46-310P Malibu aircraft
The PA-46-310P Malibu aircraft Sala and Mr Ibbotson were on board
Tributes
Tributes have been left outside the Cardiff City Stadium
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Tears, tantrums & YouTube – what we learnt from the Australian Open

Tears. Celebrations. Hugs. Broken racquets.

Tsitsipas dedicated a post to his father on his birthday, writing: “I am proud to say that I’ve spent 20 years of my life with the best memories in the back of my head… and most of that thanks to you!”

The Australian Open has brought us everything from dramatic finals to people willingly drinking pickle juice.

.Naomi Osaka and Novak Djokovic laid down the marker at the first Grand Slam of the season as they walked away with the titles, and there was plenty else to enjoy over the fortnight in Melbourne.

Here’s five things we learned at the Australian Open.

Andy Murray can still make you believe

There was plenty of praise for Andy Murray when he announced on the eve of the tournament that he plans to retire in the summer.

Given Murray’s injury struggles in 2018, his first-round match against Roberto Bautista Agut in Melbourne was always going to be difficult.

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On the opening day of the tournament, Murray battled for four hours and nine minutes.

In front of a packed Melbourne Arena, he fought back from two sets down to force a fifth set.

Ultimately, the Scot fell just short – but it offered a stark reminder of how much we will miss Murray.

No-one could decide who they wanted to be women’s champion

Naomi Osaka and Petra Kvitova are arguably two of the most likeable players on the women’s tour.

Japan’s Osaka has endeared herself to the public with her down-to-earth and slightly awkward public speaking.

The controversial US Open final against Serena Williams reduced her to tears as she collected her maiden Slam trophy to boos from the crowd.

Kvitova, meanwhile, has made a remarkable return to tennis since she suffered career-threatening injury in a knife attack at her home in 2016.

People couldn’t decide who they wanted to win…

Ultimately, it was Osaka who took home the title and the world number one ranking with a dramatic 7-6 (7-2) 5-7 6-4 win.

Naomi Osaka and Petra Kvitova’s thrilling match lasted for two and a half hours

The changing of the guard might have to wait

This time last year, Osaka was 72nd in the world rankings and was yet to win a WTA title.

Now, she’s at the top of the world rankings with two Grand Slam titles to her name.

Melbourne was also where Ashleigh Barty reached her first Grand Slam quarter-final and rising American Danielle Collins thrashed second seed Angelique Kerber in the fourth round.

Top seed Simona Halep lost to Serena Wiliams in the fourth round, before Williams, despite holding four match points, fell to Karolina Pliskova in the quarters.

So, things are changing in the women’s game. Is it the same in the men’s?

ATP Finals winner Alexander Zverev, 21, has yet to go beyond the quarter-finals in a Slam.

He continued that record when he fell to Milos Raonic in the fourth round, promptly taking his frustration out on his racquet.

Alexander Zverev’s racquet was barely recognisable by the time he had finished smashing it

French Open finalist Dominic Thiem, 25, also lost his cool and his racquet during his second-round match against Australian qualifier Alexei Popyrin.

Thiem was forced to retire injured, while last year’s semi-finalist Kyle Edmund was easily beaten by veteran Tomas Berdych in the first round.

However, Stefanos Tsitsipas – more on him later – claimed a fine victory over Roger Federer, leading to some suggestion of a “changing of the guard”.

Not that Federer was convinced.

“I’ve heard that story the last 10 years. From that standpoint, nothing new there,” he said, while Rafael Nadal said the next generation can “wait a little bit”.

Novak Djokovic looks unstoppable

Novak Djokovic is five Grand Slam titles away from Roger Federer’s all-time record

If proof was needed that the champions are not done yet, then Djokovic provided it by thrashing Nadal in the final.

Djokovic inflicted a first straight-set defeat in a Slam final on Nadal to claim his 15th major title.

Since the start of 2015, Djokovic has competed in 10 of the 17 Grand Slam finals – winning eight of them – and has risen to the top of the world rankings.

His victory over Nadal in Melbourne means Federer’s record of 20 Slam titles is very much within reach.

“It was the first time where I have watched the Australian Open and thought that one man can win all four Grand Slams this year,” BBC tennis correspondent Russell Fuller said.

“He was outstanding and on a different planet.”

Are they set for a rematch at Roland Garros in May?

Tsitsipas takes YouTube lessons to beat idol Federer

Stefanos Tsitisipas arrived at the Australian Open as one of the NextGen – the young players tipped for major success in the future.

He had studied defending champion Federer on YouTube

as a child, and one of his favourite matches was the then-teenage Federer’s victory over Pete Sampras at Wimbledon in 2001.

So what did Tsitsipas do when he met Federer in the fourth round? He beat him in four sets.

The Greek fell in the semi-finals to Rafael Nadal but he captured the imagination in Melbourne.

His YouTube channel, where he vlogs about life on tour, cracked 100,000 subscribers and he even had a dish named after him at a local Greek restaurant.

Tsitsipas recently said he used filming and photography as a way to explore the various countries tournaments are held in
Tsitsipas has a Youtube channel, where he post vlogs of his life on tour
Tsitsipas and Maria Sakkari paired up for the Hopman Cup, where they beat Roger Federer and Belinda Bencic in the mixed doubles
Tsitsipas lost to Roger Federer 7-6 (7-5) 7-6 (7-4) at the Hopman Cup
Tears, tantrums & YouTube - what we learnt from the Australian Open
Tsitsipas beat Australia’s Alex de Minaur to win the 2018 Next Gen ATP Finals title
Emiliano Sala: Julien Laurens on 'warrior spirit' of Argentine striker

Emiliano Sala: Agent who booked Cardiff City striker’s flight reveals text messages

Football agent Willie McKay says he arranged the flight that missing Cardiff City striker Emiliano Sala took from Nantes, but was not involved in selecting the plane or pilot.

The search for Argentine Sala, 28, and 59-year-old pilot David Ibbotson was called off on Thursday.

Their plane disappeared, from radar as they flew over the English Channel on their way to Cardiff on Monday night.

McKay has revealed text messages with Sala discussing flight arrangements.

Emiliano Sala: Agent who booked Cardiff City striker's flight reveals text messages
Emiliano Sala’s sister made an emotional plea for the search for her brother to resume

One of McKay’s sons, Mark, was the agent acting for Nantes in the £15m transfer that made Sala Cardiff’s record signing earlier in January.

McKay told the BBC he had arranged the flight through David Henderson – an experienced pilot who had flown him and many of his players “all over Europe on countless occasions”.

It is not known how the job of flying Sala ended up being passed to Ibbotson.

The Civil Aviation Authority is to examine whether Ibbotson was operating with a private or commercial licence.

Henderson has not so far commented on what happened.

In the text exchange released to the BBC by McKay, his other son, Jack – who is a Cardiff player – offers to arrange the private flight for free so Sala could return to Nantes to pick up his belongings and say goodbye to former team-mates at the Ligue 1 club.

McKay said both Mark and Jack had a conversation with Sala about the difficulties of flying to the French city by commercial airline.

He also says a Cardiff player liaison official knew of the arrangements that were made. The BBC has approached the Premier League club for comment.

“With regards to the booking of the flight we contacted Mr David Henderson, who has flown us and many of our players all over Europe on countless occasions,” McKay said.

In a 2015 interview with the BBC, Mr Henderson spoke about his life as an experienced light aircraft pilot.

McKay added: “We had no involvement in selecting a plane or a pilot and we also wish to make clear again we do own the plane that Emiliano flew on.”

The Times newspaper has apologised to McKay for incorrectly stating that he owned the plane.

The agent also said he has met Sala’s friends and family to “give them an understanding of how Emiliano came to be on that plane”.

“The tragic events that have unfolded have shocked us all,” he added.

Emiliano Sala: Julien Laurens on 'warrior spirit' of Argentine striker
Emiliano Sala: Julien Laurens on ‘warrior spirit’ of Argentine striker

The Air Accidents Investigation Branch has started an investigation

which will look at “all operational aspects,” including licensing and flight plans.

Similarly the Civil Aviation Authority is to examine whether the pilot was operating with a private or commercial licence.

Cardiff have started an internal inquiry to try to establish the events leading up to the flight, but a senior source has denied reports the club is considering a multi-million pound negligence lawsuit over the incident.

The source claimed senior club officials only became aware a private flight had been arranged after they were alerted by the club’s player liaison officer that Sala had failed to arrive at Cardiff airport as planned on Monday.

They also made the point that the club does not have a private jet for players to use and therefore they could not be expected to have arranged his travel to and from Nantes.

Argentina’s president has joined calls from Sala’s family and many fellow footballers for the search to resume.

Cardiff’s players will wear yellow daffodils for Tuesday’s Premier League fixture at Arsenal to honour Sala.

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Full text message exchange

These messages between Jack McKay and Sala were translated from French.

Friday, 18 January

7:43pm – Jack McKay: “My dad has told me that you are going home tomorrow. He could organise a plane to take you direct to Nantes and to come back on Monday, at a time that suits you, so you can get to training on Tuesday.”

7:51pm – Emiliano Sala: “Ah that is great. I was just in the middle of checking if there are some flights to get to Nantes tomorrow.”

7:56pm – McKay: “He said he could organise a plane that would go direct to Nantes.”

7:56pm – Sala: “How much will it cost?”

7:56pm – McKay: “Nothing. He said if you help me to score goals it’s nothing.”

7:59pm – Sala: “Hahaha with pleasure.”

8:00pm – Sala: “We are going to score lots of goals.”

8:01pm – Sala: “I want to leave tomorrow for Nantes at around 11am and come back on Monday night around 9pm to Cardiff if that is possible.”

8:05pm – McKay: “Good. I’ll send a message when that’s sorted.”

Sunday, 20 January

5:00pm – McKay: “Hi there is it possible you could come back at seven in the evening on Monday night? Just because the pilot has to get home in the north after he gets to Cardiff.”

5:01pm – Sala: “Hi, Half past seven would be possible.”

5:03pm – McKay: “Yes that’s good.”

5:05pm – Sala: “[PICTURE OF LUGGAGE] Can you ask if I can bring this on the plane?”

5:06pm – McKay: “Good yeah.”

5:07pm – Sala: “But is that going to be OK for the plane?”

McKay: “Yes there is space on the plane for your luggage.”

5:12pm – Sala: “OK.”

Monday, 21 January

4:16pm – McKay: “I’m going to call in a moment.”

4.23pm – McKay: “He said that it is the same company.”

4.27pm – Sala: “OK thanks.”

Emiliano Sala (left) was on board a plane being flown by pilot David Ibbotson (right

Emiliano Sala: £220,000 raised for private search

More than £220,000 has been raised to fund a private search for missing Cardiff City footballer Emiliano Sala.

The search for Argentine Sala, 28, and 59-year-old pilot David Ibbotson was called off on Thursday.

Their plane disappeared, from radar as they flew over the English Channel on their way to Cardiff on Monday night.

A former Guernsey harbourmaster said the search was “like looking for a needle in a haystack, when you don’t even know where the haystack is”.

Argentina’s president Mauricio Macri has joined calls by Sala’s family for the search to resume

Footballers including Manchester City’s Ilkay Gundogan are among 2,448 people who have contributed to donations for the private search on a GoFundMe page.

Other contributors include Nantes manager Vahid Halilhodzic, Leicester City winger Demarai Gray, Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Adrien Rabiot and Bayern Munich’s Corentin Tolisso.

Emiliano Sala: Search for footballer and pilot called off

Emiliano Sala: Cardiff City FC player on missing plane

Organisers of the page, Paris-based football agency Sport Cover, hope to raise a total of €300,000 (£260,000).

Sport Cover’s website lists Sala as a client.

Meanwhile, a petition launched in France to have the search resumed has now gathered more than 80,000 signatures.

Sala’s sister Romina has also said she is “convinced Emiliano and the pilot are alive somewhere in the channel”.

“We’re asking please don’t stop with this effort,” she said, during a visit to Cardiff.

Among those joining calls for the search to continue are Barcelona forward Lionel Messi .

Three planes and five helicopters racked up 80 hours combined flying time looking for the plane, working alongside two lifeboats and other passing ships.

Cardiff City tributes
Cardiff City fans have been leaving floral tributes outside the team’s stadium

Guernsey’s harbourmaster Captain David Barker has said the decision to call to call off the search was a “difficult” one, but the chances of survival were “extremely remote” and he was “absolutely confident” no more could have been done.

Peter Gill, the island’s former harbour master, said: “It’s like looking for a needle in a haystack when you don’t even know where the haystack is.

“You don’t know which road it’s in, you don’t know which parish it’s in, you don’t even know which county it’s in.”

He added that the sea off Alderney, where the plane lost contact, was anywhere between 50m (164m) to 140m (460ft) deep, with currents measuring up to five knots (6mph).

“It’s very cold and it’s also quite challenging in terms of currents and they are very, very seldom slack. The actual chance of getting down and finding something is very, very difficult indeed,” he said.

But diver Richard Keen, who often looks for shipwrecks in the Channel Islands said he thought there was a “fairly good chance of finding the aircraft”.

“All other aircraft which have ditched around Guernsey were found very quickly by crab pot fishermen. When they’re lifting their pots, they drag their pots across the seabed, they tangle in the aircraft,” he said.

“There’s about a 50% chance of finding it in the next three months.”

The Air Accidents Investigation Branch has begun an investigation which will look at “all operational aspects,” including licensing and flight plans.

The Piper PA-46 Malibu disappeared over the English Channel with Cardiff City’s new signing and Mr Ibbotson on board.

Mr Ibbotson of Crowle, Lincolnshire, held a private pilot’s licence and passed a medical exam as recently as November, according to Federal Aviation Administration records.

Sala signed for the Bluebirds from Nantes on Saturday and was flying back to Wales from Nantes when the plane disappeared from radar.

At 19:15 GMT, Mr Ibbotson made a request to descend before losing contact with Jersey air traffic control.

Emiliano Sala (left) was on board a plane being flown by pilot David Ibbotson (right
Emiliano Sala was on board a plane bound for Cardiff from Nantes when it disappeared
Emiliano Sala: Julien Laurens on 'warrior spirit' of Argentine striker

Emiliano Sala: Search for footballer and pilot called off

The search for missing footballer Emiliano Sala and pilot David Ibbotson has been called off after rescuers failed to find their plane.

The voice message Emiliano Sala sent on missing plane

 Cardiff City’s Argentine striker, 28, and Mr Ibbotson, from Crowle, Lincolnshire, were on the aircraft that disappeared from radar, After three days of scouring the English Channel, authorities made the decision to abandon the search.

But Sala’s sister Romina pleaded with rescuers to keep looking for him.

Guernsey Police tweeted at 15:15 GMT to say rescuers were “no longer actively searching” for the plane.

Harbourmaster Capt David Barker said the chances of survival were “extremely remote”.

“We reviewed all the information available to us, as well as knowing what emergency equipment was on board, and have taken the difficult decision to end the search,” he added.

Romina Sala pleads with rescue teams not to give up the search
Map showing location of Alderney and lighthouse
Emiliano Sala was on board a plane bound for Cardiff from Nantes when it disappeared from radar

He said: “I understand Emiliano Sala’s family are not content with the decision to stop the search and I fully understand that.

“I’m absolutely confident that we couldn’t have done any more.”

As the news was announced, Sala’s sister Romina pleaded with the authorities to keep searching, saying: “I know in my heart Emiliano is still alive.”

She said: “Please, please, please don’t stop the search. We understand the effort but please don’t stop the search.

“For us, they are still alive. It is difficult to express our feelings at the moment because everything is really hard.

Emiliano Sala and David Ibbotson
Emiliano Sala (left) was on board the plane being flown by pilot David Ibbotson

“Emiliano is a fighter. I’m asking you please, don’t stop looking for them. It’s been three days and I’ve still got hope that they’re alive.

“It’s terrible, it’s desperate not knowing anything. We don’t have certainty of anything.”

His former club FC Nantes also tweeted appealing to the police to continue the search.

Responding to the search being called off, Cardiff City owner Vincent Tan said: “We were looking forward to providing Emiliano with the next step in his life and career.

A banner has been put up at the training ground in Nantes
A banner has been put up at his former club’s training ground in Nantes

“Those who met Emiliano described a good-natured and humble young man who was eager to impress in the Premier League.

“The response from the football community has been truly touching and we place on record our sincere thanks to those who have sent messages of support.

“We also thank everyone involved with the search and rescue operation, and continue to pray for Emiliano, David Ibbotson and their families.”

A fan lays flowers by the statue of Cardiff City footballer Frederick Charles Keenor outside Cardiff City Stadium
Flowers and tributes have been left outside Cardiff City Stadium

Capt Barker said the depth of the sea where the plane had last contact was about 100m and it would remain a missing persons case for the police.

“Despite best efforts of air and search assets from the Channel Islands, UK and France… we have been unable to find any trace of the aircraft, the pilot or the passenger,” he added.

Sala became Cardiff City’s record signing on Saturday, joining from Ligue 1 club Nantes for a fee of £15m.

He had returned to the French city to say a final farewell to his former teammates before taking the plane back to the Welsh capital.

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The single-engine plane carrying Sala and Mr Ibbotson left Nantes, north-west France, at 19:15 on Monday and had been flying at 5,000ft (1,500m) over the Channel Islands when it disappeared off radar near the Casquets lighthouse, near to Alderney.

It lost contact while at 2,300ft (700m) and disappeared off radar near the Casquets lighthouse, infamous among mariners as the site of many shipwrecks, eight miles (13km) north-west of Alderney.

Sala reportedly sent a WhatsApp voice message before the flight. Sounding conversational and jokey, he said he was “so scared” and: “I’m on a plane that seems like it is breaking apart.”

Rescue crews have searched about 1,700 square miles of land and sea in the Channel Islands in the past three days, covering Burhou, the Casquets, Alderney, the north coast of the Cherbourg Peninsula, north coast of Jersey and Sark.

The PA-46-310P Malibu aircraft
The PA-46-310P Malibu aircraft Sala and Mr Ibbotson were on board