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Giant mural for Cardiff development

Credit: Linc

Cardiff’s Barrack Lane retail quarter in the heart of the city has been given a new look, thanks to a collaboration by two local Helen Bur and Sam Worthington.

Linc Cymru, which owns and manages the Barrack Lane development, commissioned the artists to create a bespoke mural.

Measuring 120 square metres, the mural has taken a week to complete.

It's taken more than 70 litres of paint and features the colourful depiction of an elderly man in a striped jumper, tenderly holding a miniature house.

Linc is intrinsically about housing and care. This prompted us to play around with the concept of home, the importance of having somewhere called home, and how challenging it can be, especially at this time of year, not to have a home. This was the inspiration behind our mural. It’s been a great project to work on and we’ve been getting some really positive responses from members of the public who have been watching as the mural takes shape.

– Helen Bur, Artist

Rise in reports of fly-tipping incidents across Wales

Local authorities across Wales reported 36,259 incidents of fly-tipping last year.

File photo of a fly-tip site Credit: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

The figures show a rise of around 14 per cent on the previous year, with Merthyr Tydfil, Cardiff and Torfaen seeing the highest increases at a local level.

Clearance of fly-tipping is believed to have cost local authorities around £2.1 million.

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Tidal power review could decide future of Swansea Bay lagoon

Credit: Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon PLC

Plans for the world's first tidal lagoon in Swansea Bay took a significant step forward today.

An independent review looking into the feasibility and practicality of tidal lagoon energy production in the UK was handed into the government this afternoon.

The Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change will now consider Charles Hendry's review before deciding whether to back the multi-million-pound project.

The scheme would see a 9.5km-long sea wall built in Swansea Bay, between the Rivers Tawe and Neath. This will generate electricity and house a visitor centre and educational and sporting facilities.

Mountain team rescue Snowdonia walkers after panic attack

The Ogwen mountain rescue team base Credit: Rob Formstone/PA Archive/PA Images

A group of walkers have been helped by the Ogwen mountain rescue team, after one had a panic attack on Carnedd Llewelyn.

The group of 13 people were stranded below the 3,491 summit of the snow-covered peak - the third highest in Wales.

The group were escorted down the hill in sub-zero temperatures on Saturday night, to the Ogwen mountain rescue team base. No one was hurt.

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