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Ford job cuts 'a body blow to Welsh economy'

Archive footage of the Ford factory in Bridgend. Credit: ITV Wales

Adam Price AM has described Ford's decision to draw up plans to cut 1,160 jobs at its engine plant in Bridgend as "a body blow to the heart of the Welsh economy."

The Assembly Member told ITV News that Plaid Cymru will be calling for a "crisis summit" and will table an urgent question in the Assembly.

Concern growing for man, 69, who went missing in Storm Angus

Russell Sherwood set out on a car journey on Sunday morning Credit: South Wales Police

The search for a 69-year-old man who went missing in Storm Angus has been stood down due to treacherous weather conditions.

Russell Sherwood has not been seen since 6.15am on Sunday morning after he left his home in Cilfrew near Neath to drive to Bridgend in his silver Ford Focus with the registration number beginning CP66.

When Mr Sherwood failed to arrive at his destination South Wales Police launched a search.

"Officers believe he reached Stormy Down, Bridgend, in his vehicle and are appealing to anybody who may have information," a force spokesman said.

They continued: "Some roads in Stormy Down were affected by flooding.

"Officers are searching on the ground and we have also had the police helicopter assisting from above.

"Obviously we are concerned for his welfare – he has not going missing before and would always ensure a family member is aware if he is going to be late, but they have not heard anything."

Darkness and treacherous weather conditions led to South Wales Police calling off the search on Monday night.

Anyone with information should contact South Wales Police on 101.


Two more nurses arrested at South Wales hospital

Two nurses have been arrested in Bridgend by police investigating allegations of falsifying patient records at the town's Princess of Wales hospital.

South Wales Police said the local women, 29 and 40, have been bailed. Both were already suspended by Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board. The inquiry has already resulted in three nurses being charged - 13 more have been suspended.

ITV News Wales and West of England Correspondent Rupert Evelyn reports:

Two nurses arrested at Princess of Wales hospital

Two nurses from the Princess of Wales hospital in Bridgend in south Wales have been arrested in connection with allegations about the treatment of patients.

Both of the female nurses, who are aged 29 and 40, were already suspended by Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board as part of an investigation into falsification of entries in patients’ notes.

'Essential we understand causes of childhood suicide'

It is "essential" to "understand the causes of childhood suicide" if more young people are to be protected from it, the Welsh Government has said.

Health Minister Mark Drakeford said:

The death of a child, whatever the circumstances, is a particularly tragic event and one which affects friends, family and the wider community.

Understanding the circumstances surrounding a child's death can help people begin to make sense of the tragedy and may help to prevent the deaths of other children.

This is a very difficult area of research but it is essential that we try and understand the causes of childhood suicide to help identify opportunities for prevention and to try reduce the risk.

– Mark Drakeford
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