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Motorcyclist left with life threatening injuries after accident

A motorcyclist has been left with serious life-threatening injuries after an accident in Wrexham on Friday.

It happened just before 7:40 on Friday morning Credit: PA

It happened on the A539 at Overton near the Cross Foxes Public House and involved a blue and white Suzuki motorcycle and a Fiat car.

The road is currently closed in both directions while police carry out their investigations.

Shortly before 7.40am this morning a road traffic collision took place on the A539 close to the Cross Foxes public house, Overton involving a blue and white Suzuki motorcycle and blue Fiat car resulting in the motorcyclist sustaining serious life threatening injuries. A full investigation will now take place and we’d like to hear from anyone who was in the area at the time and may have witnessed the collision or events leading up to it to contact the Roads Policing Unit on 101 or via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 and quote reference S131094.

– Sgt Tony Gatley, North Wales Police

Hundreds of DVLA staff to walk out in Swansea over pay dispute

Hundreds of staff at a DVLA contact centre in Swansea are to stage a three-day strike in a dispute over pay.

Hundreds of members of the PCS union at the Swansea contact centre are to walk out in a weekend pay dispute. Credit: PA

About 650 members of the Public and Commercial Services union (PCS) will walk out from today in protest at cuts to Saturday pay.

The union said staff recruited this year were not being paid an allowance for Saturday working, while others faced a 50% cut.

"This dispute is vitally important to everyone in the agency. If the employer is able to cut the pay of our members in the contact centre then it will inevitably seek to reduce the terms and conditions for the rest of DVLA staff. We have a shared interest in protecting our pay, terms and conditions and resisting the race to the bottom where our conditions are constantly compared to the worst paying bosses. Workers elsewhere in the civil service get extra weekend pay. There seems to be the idea that South Wales is a low wage economy and DVLA can get away with exploiting its staff there. This is completely unacceptable."

– Keith Johnston, PCS industrial officer
DVLA said that the strike could lead to a reduced service. Credit: PA

DVLA said in a statement that the strike could lead to a reduced service and longer waiting times.

"We are extremely disappointed PCS members at the contact centre are taking industrial action. Staff had already agreed to the changes to terms and conditions which offered a competitive and generous package.Our priority is to maintain a service to our customers and we have well established contingency plans to minimise disruption. Motorists are still able to apply online to renew their vehicle tax, declare their vehicle off road or apply for a new, updated or replacement driving licence."

– DVLA spokesperson

PCS members at the National Museum of Wales will strike on Saturday in a separate dispute over weekend allowances.



Four in hospital after Cardiff fire

Four people have been taken to hospital after a fire broke out at a house in Cardiff.

South Wales Fire and Rescue Service say they were called to the a semi-detached house on Cyncoed Road at around 6.45pm this evening.

The extent of the injuries of the people taken to hospital are not believed to be serious.

Crews say the fire was in the first floor bedroom of the house and the cause is under investigation.

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