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Man airlifted after fall in Snowdonia

Mountain Rescue says the party was well equipped. Credit: Rob Formstone/PA Archive/PA Images

A 45-year-old man from Newtown in Mid Wales was flown to hospital with cuts to his head and lower leg injuries, last night, after he fell 20 feet while scrambling in Snowdonia.

It happened on the north ridge of 3,000ft high Tryfan and he was winched aboard an RAF rescue helicopter based at Valley in Anglesey and flown to hospital at Bangor.

Ogwen Valley Mountain Rescue Team was also involved, sending a party of twelve on to the mountain equipped with a stretcher and ropes.

The man had been with a group of four from Newtown when a rock he was grasping became dislodged.


Dog ban for North Wales fox hunter

A man from North Wales has been handed a suspended sentence after admitting to using his dog for fox hunting.

RSPCA found the dog named Celt with scratches to its face Credit: RSPCA

William Clive Alun Jones, 26, was sentenced at Caernarfon Magistrates’ Court.

A joint operation by the RSPCA and North Wales Police found him using his bull lurcher for hunting and fighting other animals.

He was given a 30 day custodial sentence which was suspended for 12 months and has been banned from keeping dogs for eight years.

Gleision: The Mine Owners' Story

Rescue workers at the Gleision Colliery, 2011 Credit: PA / PA Wire / Press Association Images

Seven years ago, coal haulier Gerald Ward took over a mine in the Swansea Valley. Little did he realise that the Gleision would eventually see him at the centre of worldwide media attention.

Gerald and his sister Maria Seage are partners in MNS Mining, the company found not guilty of gross negligence manslaughter following the deaths of four miners who died at the Gleision three years ago today.

Gerald and Maria have maintained a dignified silence throughout those three years, but tonight they talk exclusively to ITV Wales about their battle to get the mine up and running and the disastrous events of September 15th 2011.

Maria Seage, MNS Mining Credit: ITV News Cymru Wales

Maria says the loss of four men down a mine she owns haunts her constantly.

Honestly it's a struggle everyday, it's a struggle getting through the day.

– Maria Seage, MNS Mining

Gerald explains that when one of the colliers on that day ran to the surface shouting there was water everywhere, everything was flooded, he went down on his knees and prayed.

Gerald Ward, MNS Mining Credit: ITV News Cymru Wales

We was all there one minute and then four of the boys have gone... it was devastating.

– Gerald Ward, MNS Mining

Tonight, in the first of two programmes revealing the inside story of Gleision - the convicted conman who promised to invest in the mine, the coal haulier who found himself out of his depth and the big sister who came to the rescue, spending a small fortune on a pit which ultimately claimed the lives of four local men.

Wales This Week, Gleision - The Inside Story. Tonight at 8pm, ITV Wales

Coast & Country visits Cardigan and Pembrokeshire

Credit: ITV News Cymru Wales

This week on Coast and Country, Andrew is in Cardigan getting to grips with an ancient fishing technique.

Known as Seine net fishing, it was introduced to the area by monks early in the 12th century. Aaron Walters, a local fisherman, is keeping the tradition going and shows Andrew how it's done.

Andrew then meets Jade Mellor, a local forager, to collect wild food along the coastline and hedgerows, before cooking for Aaron and his fellow fishermen on the beautiful beach of Poppit Sands.

Ruth is helping family company Blaenavon Cheddar to prepare their Pwll Mawr cheese. She will also be visiting one of Wales's iconic manor houses where another of their cheeses is left to mature.

And this week we also have a guest presenter - Rob Shelley gets a little hot under the collar in North Wales as he learns about the steam history surrounding Porthmadog.

Don’t miss the final show of our summer series this Friday, August 29th, at 8.00pm on ITV Cymru Wales.

Credit: ITV News Cymru Wales
Credit: ITV News Cymru Wales


Village campaigners oppose solar farm plans

The proposals are for a solar farm similar to this one near Marlborough Credit: PA

Villagers have set up an action group protesting against plans to put a large solar farm on countryside between Cardiff and Newport.

Local people from the village of Michaelston-Y-Fedw and the surrounding area set up 'Keep Us Rural', in response to a large number of applications for 'Green Energy' schemes to put solar farms and wind turbines on nearby farming land.

So far the group have held several demonstrations, claiming that the plans would 'blight the landscape', and reduce the ability to use the land for farming.

The proposals, by EEW Eco Energy World Ltd, include plans for transformers, fencing and CCTV, as well as the 18MW solar panels.

Demand for 'lifestyle' farmland in Wales grows

In the UK the cost of farmland rose by 4% in the first half of this year Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The cost of farmland in Wales has risen by 19% over the last twelve months, with an average price per acre now of £8,625.

That's higher than anywhere else in the UK, and nearly 7% greater than the national average.

The increase means farmland now costs more than four times what it did when the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), began recording rural land market data in 1994.

It's thought the price growth has been driven largely by farmers.

The latest data shows that growth in demand for farmland continues to outstrip that of supply and this is pushing up prices and supporting expectations for further increases over the course of the next twelve months.

Demand remains very strong on the commercial side, particularly from farmers keen to expand production onto neighbouring plots.

Significantly however there has been a revival in residential or 'lifestyle' demand, which only began to start growing at the end of 2013 having been more or less flat since 2008. This coincides with the broader turnaround in the UK housing market.

– Joshua Miller, Senior Economist, RICS