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Vale of Glamorgan becomes 7th council to ban sky lanterns

The Vale of Glamorgan Council has become the latest to ban the release of sky lanterns from all council land. The ban also applies to any events organised on council land.

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In October 2013, the Welsh Government wrote to local authorities encouraging them to introduce a voluntary ban.

The Vale of Glamorgan, Cardiff, Caerphilly, Carmarthenshire, Conwy, Neath Port Talbot and Pembrokeshire, are the seven authorities out of 22 that have done so.

Animal charity RSPCA Cymru says Sky lanterns (also known as Chinese lanterns) can harm wildlife, livestock and other animals by causing injuries that can lead to a slow and painful death.

Whilst an outright ban remains RSPCA Cymru's objective, local authorities can deliver a powerful statement to their local community and beyond by implementing voluntary bans on the land which they control.

– RSPCA Cymru


Wagg signs to 2017 and wants cricket silverware

All-rounder Graham Wagg has signed a contract extension with Glamorgan which keeps him at the county until 2017.

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Wagg joined the Welsh county in 2010 and enjoyed a successful summer last year. Hugh Morris, Glamorgan chief executive said, “We are pleased to have secured his services and Graham’s commitment to our cause is a timely boost as our preparations for the new season step up over the course of the coming weeks.”

Graham said, "I came to Glamorgan to help the Club win silverware. We haven't got there yet, but the Club is ambitious and keen for success and my own personal ambitions have not changed since I arrived here."

Hospital appointments back to normal for rest of the week

Appointments at the University of Hospital Wales and University Hospital Llandough will continue as planned for the rest of the week.

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We would like to thank all members of the public in bearing with us today after the decision to cancel and rearrange a number of elective and outpatient activities.

This decision was made due to the number of patients, presenting as emergencies with complex needs requiring a high level of care, therefore our priority has been to look after these people.

Demand on our services remains extremely high but we are able to confirm appointments for the rest of the week will continue as planned.

– Alice Casey, Chief Operating Officer at Cardiff and Vale University Health Board


Fire service to stop animal rescues due to costs

North Wales Fire and Rescue Authority says it can no longer afford to respond to “large animal” calls because of cuts to its budget.

Cattle were recently rescued from a mineshaft near Holywell Credit: RSPCA

Over the years scores of horses and cattle have been saved from death when trapped down shafts or sinking in mud – but the North Wales fire service says it won’t turn out for “rope rescues” any more.

However there have been appeals from farmers and horse lovers for a re-think. Stephen James, president of NFU Cymru said unlike individual farmers the current rescuers had the necessary equipment to deal with such emergencies promptly resulting in less stress on animals. The NFU would write to the authority to raise concerns and highlight the importance of such a service in rural Wales.

Mrs Jan Roche, director for Wales of the British Horse Society said they understood the problems with tight budgets but felt it was a retrograde step which not only compromised animal welfare but potentially put people in danger too because it could be extremely dangerous dealing with a frightened animal.

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Police appeal after man 'shot in face' in Newport

Gwent Police says it has arrested two teenagers after a man was shot in the face in an alleyway on the Duffryn Estate in Newport.

The attack is said to have taken place in an alleyway at Duffryn. Credit: google maps

Police say the incident happened in an alleyway near Sandpiper Way, Duffryn on Wednesday 21st January.

"Two males, aged 17 and 18 from Newport have been arrested on suspicion of robbery. The 17 year old has been released on police bail pending further enquiries. The 18 year old remains in police custody at this time," Gwent Police said in a statement.

A 40 year old man was cycling along when two men blocked his path and demanded money. When the victim stated he didn't have any, they shot him in the face with what is believed to have been a BB gun, the victim fell to the ground but was able to get away. The victim attended the Royal Gwent Hospital where he required stitches and has since been released.

Gwent Police want to find the victim's stolen bike. Credit: Gwent Police

Police say the victim’s bike, an “X-rated Exile” jump bike black and orange in colour, was abandoned at the time of the incident and hasn’t been located since. They are appealing for information.

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