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Elderly man ‘punched in face and had items stolen’ at show

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DYFED-POWYS POLICE is continuing to investigate a report of a robbery at the Royal Welsh Showground, which occurred between 11pm and midnight on Tuesday, July 23.

An elderly man – aged in his 70s – reported being punched to the face and having items stolen near the toilets of the campsite at Lower North 12.

The victim reported three men being involved in the robbery.

At just before midday on Wednesday, July 24, a friend became concerned for the welfare of the victim as he had not been seen since Tuesday night. He was reported as missing to police, and officers began searching the showground to locate him.

A police dog found him in a hedge near to the toilet and shower block at around 3.10pm that day – he then reported the robbery to officers.

The victim sustained a minor facial injury from the assault, but needed medical treatment for more considerable injuries sustained to his arms from the brambles.

Officers investigating the incident have carried out extensive enquiries, and are now appealing for anyone who has information that might help to come forward.

In particular, we are keen to identify three men who may have Irish accents located near the toilets at Lower North 12 – which is located near entrance F, at the far end of the showground near the cattle sheds – between 11pm and midnight.

If you have any information that could help, please contact police either online at: http://bit.ly/DPPReportOnline, by email at: contactcentre@dyfed-powys.pnn.police.uk, or by calling 101. If you are deaf, hard of hearing, or speech impaired text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908. Quote reference: DPP/2166/24/07/2019/02/C

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Water company fined £40,000 in NRW prosecution after 500 fish killed

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THE OPERATOR of a Swansea water treatment plant has been fined £40,000 at Swansea Magistrates Court after a chemical discharge killed more than 500 fish.

The incident took place at Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water’s (DCWW) Felindre water treatment works, just outside Swansea, in July 2018. Felindre is one of the largest water treatment works in Wales, producing water for up to 400,000 customers in Swansea, Bridgend and Cardiff.

The pollution happened when lime slurry that was being transferred spilled into a surface water drain which led to the River Lliw.

An inspection of the river by Natural Resources Wales (NRW) officers found dead fish including trout, lamprey and bullheads, and invertebrates including 200 freshwater shrimps, mayflies and caddis flies.

In total, three quarters of a mile (1.2 kilometres) of the river was affected. Fish populations in the river are expected to take three to four years to recover.

DCWW admitted causing the pollution at a previous hearing in Swansea Magistrates Court.

Chris Palmer, senior water framework directive officer for NRW, said: “Our rivers are important for our wildlife, our economy and our health and wellbeing and we are committed to preventing pollution incidents whatever their source.

“Despite efforts by DCWW to contain the spill, a significant amount of pollution entered the river and had a devastating impact on fish and other wildlife. It will take years to recover.

“We will continue to work with the company to reduce the risk of this happening again, and to improve its environmental performance to lower the number of pollution incidents in the future.”

The company was also ordered to pay costs of £8,980.99 and a victim surcharge of £170.

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Local foodservice provider gives back to children and families in need

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Over the last few weeks, Bidfood, one of the UK’s leading foodservice providers, has been rolling out its Action Against Holiday Hunger campaign, at nine of its sites across the UK. The campaign aims to support children and those who need it most, by engaging with local communities and supporting their holiday provision projects, fuelling them with supplies and volunteering support.

As part of their Action Against Holiday Hunger campaign, Bidfood Chepstow has been working in partnership with Swansea East MP Carolyn Harris, to support the Swansea Kid’s Lunch Club for the past few weeks. The depot has been donating a variety of food supplies to fuel the summer holiday project, as well as seeing employees from the Bidfood depot personally volunteer with Carolyn, to assist the running of the project and delivery of the supplies. The project aims to help support over 6000 children and their families this summer.

Discussing the initiative, Swansea East MP, Carolyn Harris, said: “Quite simply, a lot of families rely on free school meals during term time and are unable to afford the extra food needed for the six week break; this is why I set up the Swansea Kid’s Lunch Club, to help support these families in need. This year will be the third summer of running the lunch club, having fed over 6000 children in each of the two previous years.

“To help run this scheme, we have had to rely on kind donations of food and drink from a number of suppliers and Bidfood have been one of our biggest supporters. They were quick to answer my original plea and have been proactive in offering help each time I have needed it.

“In the current climate of austerity I envisage that the holiday lunch clubs will continue in Swansea East for the foreseeable future and I am confident that Bidfood will continue to be one of our key providers.”

Along with this, and as part of Bidfood’s Action Against Holiday Hunger campaign, Bidfood chefs have also attended several projects to cook delicious and nutritious meals to feed the children attending the sessions; as well as providing families helpful advice on how to cook on a budget and make a small amount of food go further.

Speaking about the initiative, Nick Sullivan, Head of Sales at Bidfood Chepstow, said: “Supporting the local community is very important to myself and all of our employees here in Chepstow. Children going hungry during the holidays is an increasing issue that affects many communities like ours across Wales, so it is important that as a business in the food industry, we use our resources to support these disadvantaged families in need.”

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Landore Depot in Swansea to be reopened by Chrysalis Rail

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A SWANSEA railway depot is set to reopen this month after closing in December.

Landore depot, which previously operated as Great Western Railway’s maintenance depot, was closed eight months ago.

It has now been announced that it will reopen as a rolling stock maintenance and overhaul depot.

The company will be using the site for vehicle refurbishment, re-paints and modifications.

Chris Steele, managing director of Chrysalis Rail, said: “We are delighted to reopen the Landore depot as a Chrysalis base in south Wales.

“We currently operate across the UK at both our own sites and our customers depots, and we are delighted to take on a new site which will offer greater capacity and opportunity to continue to provide high-quality rolling stock solutions to the rail industry.

“There is a great existing local railway talent pool with the relevant knowledge and expertise here in south Wales.

“We would love to hear from local people interested in a career in the rail industry with the relevant skills, experience and attitude to come and work with us.”
A date for the reopening has not yet been confirmed but Chrysalis Rail confirmed that it will be at the beginning of August.

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