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Mid Wales town continues supermarket protest

Shopkeepers in Crickhowell will be 'boarding-up' their windows on Saturday afternoon, as they continue their protest against plans for a High Street supermarket.

Crickhowell is a small town in the Brecon Beacons Credit: ITV News

They plan to cover their windows with cardboard and brown paper, and write slogans like "closed" and "out of business due to supermarket".

Those involved say they want to give people an idea of what their High Street could look like if plans to build a 7am to 11pm convenience store go ahead.

Today's action comes after protests on the high street earlier this year, where more than a hundre people turned out to voice their opinions.

We believe up to eight family-run independent shops could be affected if a supermarket chain came to town. We want to give people an idea of what their High Street could look like if that many shops closed and were boarded up."

– Steve Askew, Baker

The planning application will be decided by the Brecon Beacons National Park.

Read more: Town demo against plans to turn pub into store

Lib Dems propose no national insurance for apprentices

The Liberal Democrats have today pledged to continue a policy of National Insurance exemption for apprentices for the duration of next parliament.

Lib dem leader Nick Clegg meets apprentices on his campaign trail Credit: PA

The policy, which would allow businesses hiring apprentices under the age of 25 to not pay National Insurance Contributions, has already been committed to by the coalition government, and will come into effect in April next year.

Today the party has also announced plans to provide apprenticeship grants for businesses in England, boosting the Welsh budget by around £25 million over the next parliament.

We will make it cheaper for employers to take on an apprentices by abolishing employer National Insurance Contributions for people under the age of 25.

This will boost the Welsh economy while helping people to build careers. This is a pledge for the whole of the next parliament.

As we grow our economy, the Liberal Democrats believe we must enhance adult skills training and our further education colleges. Only then we can become the apprenticeship powerhouse of Europe.

– Jane Dodds, Parliamentary candidate, Montgomeryshire


Four people arrested in murder investigation

Four people have been arrested as part of a police investigation into the murder of a 42-year-old man.

The incident happened late on Friday night Credit: ITV News

It follows a serious assault which happened on Friday in Tonypandy.

The four people arrested in connection with the incident remain in police custody.

The victim was taken to Royal Glamorgan Hospital but later died.

His family are receiving support from specially trained officers.

As part of the on-going investigation a cordon has been placed at De Winton Street until further notice.

South Wales Police is urging anyone who was in the area in the late evening of Friday 17th April to get in touch.

Ed Miliband pays first election visit to Wales

Labour leader Ed Miliband is visiting Wales today for the first time in his general election campaign.

Ed Miliband's boards his battle bus Credit: PA

Speaking ahead of his visit, he said the choice at this election was between 'the Tories failing plan and Labour's better plan for working families.'

The Tories have failed working families because they choose to prioritise helping a few at the top. Labour’s plan is based on a simple truth: Britain and Wales succeeds when working families succeed.There are only two possible outcomes on May 7th - a Labour government that will work with the Welsh Labour government to deliver for local communities or a Tory government that will continue with their extreme spending plans.

– Ed Miliband, Labour leader


Man arrested following fatal road collision

A man has been arrested following a fatal road traffic collision in Aberdare earlier this afternoon.

The incident occurred on the A4059 at the roundabout to Llwydcoed. Credit: Google Maps

The incident occurred at around 4.10pm on the A4059 at the roundabout to Llwydcoed, when a blue and white Yamaha motorcycle collided with a road sign and a black VW Polo.

The rider of the motorcycle, a 29-year-old man from the Merthyr area, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The road was closed for approximately 4 hours while police carried out initial investigations and recovered the vehicles.

South Wales Police is urging anyone with any information to call them on 101.

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