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National Trust acquires historic stretch of Welsh coast

A feral Kashmiri goat living on Great Orme Credit: Tom Pennington

The National Trust has spent £1m to acquire a chunk of the Great Orme, a limestone headland on the North Wales Coast.

Seen as a site of great natural and archaeological significance, the land hosts the world's biggest prehistoric mine, dating back 4,000 years to the Bronze Age - and a herd of around 200 feral Kashmiri goats which once belonged to Queen Victoria.

Justin Albert, director for the trust in Wales, said: "The Great Orme is a very special place, loved by the millions of people that visit the classic seaside town of nearby Llandudno every year.

"The coastline encapsulates the beating heart of what the National Trust is about - looking after places of natural beauty rich in wildlife."

The Trust now looks after 775 miles of UK coastland, as part of a plan to preserve special seaside areas.


Ferrybridge coal-fired power station to close in 2016

Ferrybridge power station Credit: Stephen Pond / EMPICS Sport

The Ferrybridge coal-fired power station in West Yorkshire is to close by March of next year.

Operator SSE has blamed rising costs and the impact of environmental legislation, claiming that the plant is forecast to lose £100m over the next five years.

Paul Smith, SSE Managing Director, and Generation, said: “This was a very difficult decision to take because of the impact on our Ferrybridge employees, their families and the community.

“It’s been known for many years that the UK would have to phase out coal as it moves towards a more sustainable energy mix. We’ve sought to protect jobs and invest in the site to keep it running for as long as we possibly could but ultimately we’ve had to make this regrettable decision today."

He said that SSE was keen to ensure that Ferrybridge's 172 staff would be redeployed.

The station has been operational since 1966 and has two units, which are nearly 50 years old.


Birmingham one of UK's worst cities for air pollution

The Supreme Court has ordered the government to cut the level of nitrogen dioxide in Britain's air.

Campaigners claim pollution causes 29,000 early deaths a year in the UK - more than from obesity and alcohol combined.

ITV News Consumer Editor Chris Choi reports from Birmingham, one of the worst affected cities.

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