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Decision due on Carmarthenshire CCTV cameras

Credit: John Stillwell/PA Wire

A decision is due later on whether to stop active monitoring of CCTV cameras in Carmarthenshire.

Cameras are provided in Ammanford, Burry Port, Carmarthen and Llanelli. A total of 87 are monitored.

An independent review commissioned by the Police and Crime Commissioner claimed there was little evidence that the cameras deterred violent or alcohol related crime.

It's claimed stopping active monitoring could save around £100,000. A public consultation was held last month.

Dolphins return to Cardigan Bay for summer

Marine charity Sea Watch Foundation says sightings of bottlenose dolphins in Ceredigion will increase 'week on week', as they return to the shelter of the area to protect their young.

Male and female bottlenose dolphins can live for more than 25 years Credit: Sea Watch Foundation

Cardigan Bay is famous for hosting one of Europe's largest semi-resident populations of bottlenose dolphins, one of the area's most important economic assets.

This winter also saw a more unusual visitor, in the shape of the short-beaked common dolphin. This type of species is usually seen in deeper waters such as in nearby Pembrokeshire.

Since it was first recorded, the charity has continued to receive reports from other local observers.

The common dolphin has been spotted in New Quay harbour numerous times Credit: Sea Watch Foundation/Ken Pilkinton

What will the common dolphin do when the bottlenose dolphins return, people ask me. The truth is we can't be sure! We would love to see this elegant and unusual New Quay resident spend its life in the bay, but there are high expectations that its larger cousins will not tolerate its presence. We'll have to wait and see.

– Kathy James, Sightings Officer, Sea Watch Foundation

Sea Watch Foundation monitors whales, dolphins and porpoises all over the UK.


Death-watch beetle 'threatens' Welsh Castle

Hay Castle is thought to be the oldest Norman castle in Wales Credit: Wales News

Rescuers are spending £5m in a battle to save a 900-year-old castle which has survived sieges and wars from a new enemy - death watch beetle.

The medieval Hay Castle, thought to be the oldest Norman castle in Wales, is being eaten away after withstanding centuries of attacks.

Now the battle plan using £5m lottery cash has been launched to save the imposing castle on the Welsh-English border.

A team of architects aim to save the castle towering above the small town of Hay-on-Wye - now famous for its bookshops and annual literary festival.

"The most vulnerable part of the building is the derelict part of the mansion which hasn't had a roof since 1939.

It's hanging on by hook and by crook. Ivy is holding it together but destroying it at the same time. The walls are flapping about and are not stable.

When the restoration project is finished it's hoped it will be possible for visitors to stroll around the castle walls and enjoy a bird's eye view from the top.

– Juliet Aston, Rick Mather Architects

£3m for 'tatty' car park with world class views

Rhossili Bay Credit: ITV Wales

The National Trust has spent £3million on a so-called 'tatty' car park overlooking Rhossili Bay.

Bought from private landowners, the National Trust Manager Paul Boland, defended the cost saying: "We want to ensure that we provide Gower with a first-class car park for a first-class destination."

The destination is popular with tourists Credit: ITV Wales
New facilities may be opened too Credit: ITV Wales

Rhossili Bay is a popular destination for tourists. In the past it's been voted the UK's number one beach, third best in Europe and 9th best in the world, by Travel Review website, TripAdvisor.

The National Trust are now considering whether to add extra facilities to the car park, providing they're "harmonious with the outstanding beauty of this unique part of the world."

NFU Cymru urges dog owners to enjoy a responsible walk this Easter

NFU Cymru has joined forces with The Kennel Club to make dog walks safer for both dogs and farm animals, by creating new footpath signs which encourage responsible dog ownership.

Government figures show that dogs are taken on half of all countryside walks Credit: PA

It comes as many dog owners will be looking to enjoy the countryside with their pet over the Easter weekend.

The new signs reinforce the need to keep dogs on leads when around livestock, and emphasize that it is safer to release a dog if threatened by cattle, so that walkers and dogs can get to safety separately.

The advice is, if you have a dog with you keep it close by your side and under control. Where there are cows and sheep put it on a short lead. Remember, cows are inquisitive and may come to investigate, if you feel threatened walk calmly towards the field boundary and release your dog so you can both get to safety separately

– John Davies, NFU Cymru
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