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Milestone for Ford's Bridgend factory

Ford engines being built on the production line at the Bridgend factory Credit: Andrew Parsons/PA Wire

The Ford factory at Bridgend has built its 20-millionth engine, 37 years after the first one was produced.

The company hailed the achievement weeks after announcing it will be cutting back on future investment.

Ford is reducing investment in a new engine at Bridgend from £181 million to £100 million, but says there will be no redundancies.

Bridgend has a proud record of high-quality engine production and I'm delighted to celebrate this significant milestone with the team that builds them.

Today the plant builds a range of high-tech EcoBoost products, and we continue to invest in Bridgend, with the plant confirmed to build the next generation of fuel-efficient petrol engines.

– Linda Cash, Ford of Europe's vice president of manufacturing

New wave energy scheme for Pembrokeshire

The site of the scheme has not yet been revealed. Credit: Mike Fuhrmann/The Canadian Press/PA Images

A £5.8m scheme to generate energy from sea waves off the Pembrokeshire coast has been announced.

Wave-tricity will develop and test a new device called the Ocean Wave Rower backed by EU funding.

The Welsh Government says the project is the latest investment to help create a world-leading marine energy sector in Wales.

£12m has been committed to clean energy projects including Minesto’s Deep Green initiative, being developed in Anglesey, and Marine Power Solutions’ WaveSub technology which will also be deployed in Pembrokeshire waters.

Marine energy is an important sector and Wales has excellent natural resources which can be harnessed. I am delighted this investment will bring another significant energy project to Pembrokeshire.

It’s very encouraging that this scheme, which has such potential is being developed in Wales, particularly as it will lead to good employment and business opportunities in the local area.

– Mark Drakeford AM, Finance Secretary

Welsh teenager charged with international computer crime offences

A teenager from Carmarthenshire has been charged with offences relating to international computer crimes, police have said.

Kelley was arrested following an investigation by the Tarian Regional Cyber Crime Unit. Credit: PA

Detectives said 19-year-old Daniel Mark Kelley stands accused of a denial of service (DoS) attack on a local college, two counts of blackmail and money laundering.

Kelley, from Llanelli, was charged at Belgravia Police Station in London yesterday.

Dyfed Powys Police said Kelley was arrested following an investigation by the Tarian Regional Cyber Crime Unit.

Referring to the charges, a force spokesman added Kelley is alleged to have carried out a DoS attack on sixth-form college Coleg Sir Gar - which later affected submissions of coursework and the administration of examinations.

He also stands accused of blackmailing two people working for firms in Australia and Canada as well as money laundering.

Kelley has been bailed ahead of a court appearance at Westminster Magistrates' Court next month.

Crowdfunding move for Pembroke flying boat dive

The Sunderland first flew in 1937 and was vital to Britain's efforts during the Battle of the Atlantic. Credit: Barratts/S&G Barratts/EMPICS Archive

A crowdfunding drive has been launched to hep preserve a World War Two flying boat which sank off Pembroke Dock.

The Short Sunderland went down more than 75 years ago. It's said to be one of only four such machines left in the world and the only Mark 1 which saw operational service with the RAF in the Battle of the Atlantic Campaign.

Members of the British Sub-Aqua Club are on a mission to preserve the airframe. But need equipment to keep going.

They have spent almost a decade salvaging historic artefacts from the wreck, which are on display to the public at the UK’s only Flying Boat Interpretation Centre, the Pembroke Dock Heritage Centre.


Fraud or cyber crime affects 1 in 10, survey finds

Nearly 6 million fraud and cyber crimes are committed every year across the UK, with one in 10 people falling to scams, according to a new survey.

Around two-thirds of the two million computer misuse incidents involved a computer virus. Credit: PA

The findings from the Crime Survey for England and Wales show that fraud is now the most common crime likely to be experienced by the general population, with people 20 times more likely to be a victim of fraud than robbery and 10 times more likely to suffer fraud than theft.

The most common types of fraud were bank and credit account fraud, with 2.5 million incidents, followed by "non-investment" fraud, such as scams related to online shopping.

Banks work extremely hard to protect their customers and stopped 7 in every 10 of attempted fraud last year. The industry is continually evolving its response to fraud as it develops, investing in new detection and verification tools. (Fraudsters are) increasingly targeting people directly.

– Katy Worobec, Director, Financial Fraud Action UK
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