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Renewed calls for answers over Gleision mining disaster

There have been renewed calls today for answers over why the Gleision mining disaster happened in 2011.

Philip Hill, Charles Breslin, David Powell and Garry Jenkins were all killed when the Swansea Valley mine flooded three years ago.

Today, Neath MP Peter Hain said he still has unanswered questions.

Mavis Breslin, widow of victim Charles, told ITV News she thinks answers will "probably never come."

Gleision mine owner Maria Seage said: "Why did it happen? That is the question I ask myself every day."

Richard Morgan reports:


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Little change among most deprived areas of Wales

A community in Caerphilly has been ranked as the most deprived in Wales.

The area - which covers part of the St James' ward - has taken the top spot in the Welsh Index of Multiple Deprivation.

It measures factors like income, health and access to services.

Areas of Blaenau Gwent and Denbighshire were also in the top ten most deprived places.

Hannah Thomas reports:

Murco investigating if petrol from plant contaminated

Oil refining company Murco says it is investigating whether unleaded petrol from its plant in Milford Haven was contaminated by water.

It comes after a number of cars broke down after filling up at a Morrisons petrol station in Carmarthen.

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We have been made aware that a number of deliveries of unleaded fuel from our Milford Haven Refinery may have been contaminated by water.

We are currently carrying out an investigation to determine whether such contamination has occurred at our site and its cause.

Until such time we complete our investigation we will maintain additional controls to ensure that any fuel leaving the site is free of contamination.

– Murco statement

Calls for 'dramatic improvement' to help 'most vulnerable'

A mother from Cardiff has travelled to Westminster today, to ask for dramatic improvements to the support given to children and young people with long term and complex illnesses.

Sian Taylor arrived this afternoon to talk to MPs about the new campaign by the charity WellChild. They've launched a manifesto ahead of the 2015 general election.

There are three main areas:

  • Better hospital care at the point of admission and diagnosis
  • More support for families bringing children home from hospital
  • And greater access to flexible and tailored high quality care

Sian Taylor invited ITV News into her home to explain why the campaign matters so much to her family:

Police concern for welfare of missing Llanelli woman

Police in Llanelli say they are concerned for the welfare of missing 45-year-old woman Tracey Jane Williams.

She was last seen at around 12.30pm today, leaving Prince Philip Hospital in Llanelli.

Mrs Williams has been unwell recently, and her family are worried about her welfare.

Tracey Jane Williams is described as white, with short grey hair. Credit: Dyfed-Powys Police

She was last seen wearing black leggings, a navy hoodie gillet over a purple fleece jumper, and navy crocks. She was carrying a blue floral handbag.

Dyfed-Powys Police urges anyone with information to contact 101.


Hain: Lack of answers over Gleision 'a shocking scandal'

Neath MP Peter Hain has described failings to find answers to what caused the Gleision mining tragedy in 2011 as "a shocking, terrible scandal."

In a speech in Westminster Hall this afternoon, he said the families of the four men who died "still have no answers" over why the disaster happened.

Peter Hain called for answers over the Gleision mining disaster.

Mr Hain insisted "this is not an exercise in finding someone to blame", but said the Work and Pensions Secretary, the Health and Safety Executive and a trial earlier this year had all not provided answers.

In June, the Gleision mine's manager Malcolm Fyfield and owners MNS Mining were cleared of manslaughter charges at Swansea Crown Court.

Mr Hain claimed regulations were not followed at Gleision, and asked why the miners were working in an area labelled as containing water on a map.

He said he hopes an upcoming report into the disaster from the Health and Safety Executive will provide answers.

Ambulance guidelines changed following inquest into MP's mother's death

The Welsh Ambulance Service has responded to the claims of a Conservative MP that her 'mother died under the Welsh NHS.' Details of Anne Main's comments click here.

An inquest into the death of Ms Main's mother, Rita Wiseman, found there were faults with the ambulance which attended her but they did not contribute to her death. You can read Wales Online coverage of the inquest by clicking here.

Following Anne Main's comments during Prime Minister's Questions, Richard Lee, Head of Clinical Services at the Welsh Ambulance Service, said:

We deeply regret the failure of this piece of equipment, and our thoughts and condolences remain with Mrs Main and her family.

The Trust has spent £4 million in the last two years updating the clinical equipment on our emergency ambulances.

Our ambulances are among the best equipped in the UK, and we have robust systems in place to ensure that faulty equipment is serviced and repaired in line with the manufacturers’ recommendations.

The Trust has a procedure in place to allow crews time to check the equipment on their vehicle at the beginning of their shift, and staff are being reminded about their responsibilities to do this.

We are in the process of producing specific guidance on the pre-use check of vacuum mattresses, the piece of equipment in question at the inquest into the death of Mrs Wiseman, and anticipate that this will be shared with staff early next week.

Since April the Trust has recruited 86 staff into its workforce across Wales, including 43 staff into its Urgent Care Service, all of whom will be operational by the end of the month; 39 Paramedics, including 11 HEI (Higher Education Institute) Paramedics, all of whom will be operational by next February; and four Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs), who will be operational by next April.

A further 16 Paramedics will be appointed in the coming weeks and are expected to be operational by February, and 44 EMTs will also be officially appointed, all of whom will be operational by next April.

In addition, we are continuing to upgrade our fleet with thanks to a £4 million investment from Welsh Government, which will enable the service to buy 41 new vehicles, including emergency ambulances and specialist rapid response vehicles, to replace existing ambulance fleet.

We would like to reassure the public that we are fully committed to providing a safe and high quality ambulance service for the people of Wales.

– Richard Lee, Head of Clinical Services at the Welsh Ambulance Service

Appeal over missing 14-year-old girl Charlie Wright

South Wales Police is appealing for help to find a missing 14-year-old girl.

Charlie Wright disappeared from her home in Cwmaman, near Aberdare, at just before 6pm on Monday 24 November.

Charlie is 5ft 3, of medium build. She has a pale, freckly complexion and red, curly hair. Credit: South Wales Police

Charlie speaks with a local accent. At the time she went missing, she was wearing a blue hooded top with a zip up the front.

South Wales Police is urging anyone with information to contact 101, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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