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Powys wind farm plans withdrawn

Plans for a new wind farm in the Dyfnant Forest in Powys have been dropped by ScottishPower Renewables.

The company has been working on the proposals since 2008, but says it has decided not to process further, after carrying out a detailed review.

The developer said it was concerned about whether the wind farm could be financially viable.

Unfortunately, with anticipated lengthy planning processes and major grid modernisation required, we are not confident the project can be delivered in a timeframe that would make it financially viable for us.

We are currently seeking to replace our turbines at Llandinam in Mid Wales, and we await a planning decision following a lengthy Public Inquiry. We have decided to focus our onshore wind efforts in Wales on this project.

We have been an active wind power developer in Wales since 1992, and we hope that our association with renewable energy in the country will continue for many years to come.

– Simon Christian, UK Managing Director, ScottishPower Renewables
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Profumo affair witness Mandy Rice-Davies dies aged 70

Mandy Rice-Davies, pictured aged 18 Credit: PA

Mandy Rice-Davies, a key figure in the 1963 Profumo affair, has died aged 70 after a short battle with cancer, her publicist said today.

It is with deep sadness that the family of Marilyn Foreman, also known as Mandy Rice-Davies, have confirmed that she passed away yesterday evening after a short battle with cancer. They have asked for their privacy to be respected and no further comment will be made.

– Hackford Jones PR spokesman

The former model and showgirl was a friend of Christine Keeler, whose affair with former government minister John Profumo in the early 1960s almost brought down the then-ruling Conservative government.

Rice-Davies, who was born near Llanelli and grew up in Solihull, became famous for a comment she made at the trial of Stephen Ward, who was accused of living off her and Keeler's "immoral earnings."

When prosecutors told her that Lord Astor denied an affair with her, she replied, "He would, wouldn't he?" - often misquoted as "Well he would say that, wouldn't he?".

Photos: Flooding causes disruption in Machynlleth

The Dyfi Bridge, just north of Machynlleth, is closed this morning due to flooding.

The Dyfi Bridge is the subject of a flood warning, while there are 13 further flood alerts in place.

The A487 in Machynlleth is closed due to heavy rainfall overnight.
Some people ventured through the water.

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Gwent PCC warns police budget cuts are 'dangerous'

Gwent's Police and Crime Commissioner has warned that further budget cuts will stretch the force's resources to "dangerous levels."

Ian Johnston has spoken out after the Home Office published its provisional police grant settlement this week, showing a 5.1 per cent cash terms reduction between 2014-15 and 2015-16.

Ian Johnston says cuts to policing budgets have been 'brutal.'

He said that the Gwent force has already lost 223 police officers and 169 staff members due to cuts since 2010-11.

The government grant for Gwent was £84.7m in 2010-11, reduced to £76.8m by 2014-15.

Whilst I understand the need for cuts during times of austerity, I am very concerned about the rationale behind continuously reducing the budget of frontline policing.

These ongoing cuts are not sustainable and will only succeed in further stretching our already diminishing resources to dangerous levels in future. You just can't put a price on public safety. These brutal cuts to policing are bound to have an impact on police service provision.

– Ian Johnston, Gwent Police and Crime Commissioner

One flood warning and 13 flood alerts throughout Wales

There's one flood warning and 13 flood alerts in force from South Wales to the North.

The warning is for Dyfi Bridge, the A487 and extensive areas of agricultural land.

Natural Resources Wales publishes flood warnings and alerts online. Credit: Natural Resources Wales

The alerts cover the following areas:

  • River Wye in Powys
  • Rivers in the Llynfi and Ogmore catchments
  • Rivers in the Neath catchment
  • Rivers in the upper Teifi catchment upstream of Llanybydder including Llanybydder
  • Rivers in North Ceredigion including the Rheidol, Ystwyth, Melindwr and Ceunant
  • Areas around the river Mawddach and river Wnion, from Fairbourne to Ganllwyd and Rhydymain
  • River Severn and its tributaries in Powys
  • Afon Vyrnwy, Afon Tanat and Afon Cain & their tributaries
  • Isolated properties and extensive areas of agricultural land in the Lower Dee flood plain
  • Areas around the river Conwy from Dolwyddelan to Conwy
  • Isolated properties and extensive areas of agricultural land in the Upper Dee flood plain
  • Areas around the river Dyfi, from Dinas Mawddwy and Llanbrynmair to the estuary, including Machynlleth
  • River Ely

Proceeds from Maesteg carol concert to be donated to the family of Ashley Talbot

A Maesteg male voice choir will donate the proceeds from its annual carol singing concert to the family of Ashley Robert. The 15-year-old was killed in a crash outside his comprehensive school last week.

Read More: Inquest into teen's death opened and adjourned

Ashley Talbot died in a collision at Maesteg Comprehensive School last week.

The teenager's classmates will join the Maesteg Gleeman choir for a performance at the town's Tesco store from 5pm this evening.

Read More: Pupils pay tribute to 'popular, bubbly and carefree' Ashley

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