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800 homes still without power in North Wales

800 homes are without power in North Wales tonight, with the majority in Anglesey, after storm Doris swept across Wales yesterday.

Scottish Power Energy Networks said they had hoped to restore power to all properties by 5pm today.

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SP Energy Networks has been working across the day to respond to a high number of weather related incidents across North and Mid Wales due wind gusts of up to 94mph caused by Storm Doris.

In total since Thursday we have had around 80,000 customers impacted by the high winds.

Currently around 800 homes are without power in North Wales, with the majority in Anglesey.

Engineers will continue to work into the night to fix faults, but is anticipated that a small number of homes in North Wales will remain off power overnight.

Customers can call our Emergency Number on 0800 001 5400, or the new national number 105.

The storm force winds caused as many faults in three hours as SP Energy Networks would normally see in three months.

The biggest issue affecting the electricity network has been uprooted trees and other debris blown on to overhead power lines, which has caused damage and brought down the power lines in some areas.

– Scottish Power spokesperson


Prince Charles visits endangered White Park Cattle

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Prince Charles has been learning about efforts to save White Park Cattle from extinction.

HRH the Prince of Wales visited Dinefwr Park in Llandeilo this afternoon.

White Park Cattle were often used to pay fines in medieval Wales. Credit: ITV News

White Park Cattle have grazed the land in Wales for more than 1000 years but today there are just 750 breeding females left in the world.

This makes White Park Cattle rarer than the Giant Panda.

The National Trust wants to urgently increase the number of cows in the Dinefwr herd not only to save this animal from extinction, but to safeguard important links to Welsh history and to help sustain rare wildflower hay meadows.

History of White Park Cattle

The first recorded evidence in Wales can be traced back to the Laws of Hywel Dda, King of the old Welsh Kingdom of Deheubarth who lived between 880 and 950.

Hywel Dda had all the old laws of Wales collated to produce the first codified work of laws to govern Wales as one nation.

The old laws revealed that White Park Cattle were often used to pay fines and indicated a long-established tradition of this distinctive breed being used as currency.

Concerns grow for missing Merthyr pensioner

Police are becoming increasingly concerned for the whereabouts of a Merthyr pensioner.

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Thomas Williams, 68, was last seen leaving the Royal Glamorgan Hospital, near Llantrisant, on Wednesday at about 3.40pm.

Mr Williams was only wearing shorts and a bright purple polo shirt and has now been missing in appalling weather for two nights.

He may have tried to seek shelter so please can you check your sheds and outbuildings, particularly if you live around the Royal Glamorgan Hospital.

He is familiar with the Merthyr area so may have tried to travel there. We are very concerned for him and would ask anyone with information or Mr Williams himself to please contact us.

– Inspector Carwyn Evans, South Wales Police

He is described as a white man, 5 feet 10 inches tall, of medium build, balding with short grey to mousy hair.

He was wearing a purple polo shirt, grey shorts and trainers.

Anyone with information should call 101.

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