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Emergency crews launch search after canoeist seen in difficulty

A search is underway at Aberglaslyn in Snowdonia Credit: Google Maps

Emergency services are searching water at Aberglaslyn after a canoeist was reported to be in difficulty.

Police were called just before 3pm this afternoon.

Teams from North Wales Police, North Wales Fire and Rescue Service, the Welsh Ambulance Service, Ogwen Valley Mountain Rescue and Aberglaslyn Mountain Rescue are at the scene.

Public views sought on bid to restore disused mill in Pembrokeshire

Credit: Bluestone National Park Resort

Plans have been unveiled to restore Black Pool Mill near Narberth. The 19th Century building is Grade 2* listed and was fully operational until the Second World War but has survived with a full set of machinery.

Bluestone resort wants to restore it to its Victorian prime. The flour mill sits within a Site of Scientific Interest (SSSI) and a Special Area of Conservation (SAC).

A public consultation gets underway today.

In consultation with some of the UK’s leading heritage, ecology and biodiversity experts, we have designed an ambitious restoration programme for the mill and its surrounding landscape, to preserve, manage and improve the site in its entirety.

Historic integrity runs through the very core of this project and we are proposing a thoughtful and sympathetic approach, enabling the architectural features of the past to shine through and offering visitors a rare opportunity to take a step into history.

– William McNamara OBE, Bluestone CEO


Caerphilly mountain row: woodland trust 'shocked and appalled'

Caerphilly Woodlands Trust say they are "shocked and appalled" that cycling trails on Caerphilly Mountain may have been blocked.

Caerphilly mountain has many biking trails Credit: David Cheskin / PA Archive/Press Association Images

We extend a warm welcome to all public visitors to the enclosed area of beautiful woodland known as ‘Coed y Werin’.

The Trust is shocked and appalled by the dangerous actions of individuals sabotaging trails used by cyclists within the Trust’s enclosed area of woodland and the surrounding Caerphilly Mountain common land. We do not condone or encourage this reckless activity from our membership or the public.

– Caerphilly Woodlands Trust

Mr Davies said he is in the footage but that he is "unaware of its provenance", which he says could have been taken in his garden. He has denied trying to stop the bikers.

Former Welsh Secretary at centre of bikers row

The Former Secretary of State for Wales, Ron Davies, is in the centre of a row tonight over bikers using Caerphilly Mountain.

The video, which was passed to BBC Wales, allegedly shows Ron Davies blocking one of the trails used by the mountain bikers Credit: Footage acquired by BBC Wales

Earlier this evening, a video was passed to BBC Wales allegedly showing him blocking one of the trails used by the mountain bikers.

Mr Davies said he is in the footage but that he is "unaware of its provenance", which he says could have been taken in his garden. He has denied trying to stop the bikers.


'Electric' sheep used to find the ideal Welsh weather

"Electric" sheep have been stationed in a field in north Wales in an attempt to discover the best weather conditions for animals.

It's hoped the electric sheep (not pictured) will help farmers to improve the welfare and productivity of flocks like this one Credit: PA

The two fake ewes are complete with thick fleeces, ear tags, woolly tails and hi-tech fittings. It's part of a study to find out how farmers can improve the welfare and productivity of their flocks.

The electric sheep have a battery-operated heating system which stimulates the heat produced by a live animal.

By measuring the difference between internal and external temperature, researchers hope to discover how much energy the sheep loses by dealing with the weather.

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