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Watchtower at Barry sells for £60,000 at auction

There are restrictions and what the new owner can use the building for. Credit: Paul Fosh Auctions

An architect has paid £60,000 for an old watchtower in Barry after it went up for auction with a guide price of just £1,000.

The un-named buyer, who is from London and has family connections in Barry, bought the 150-year-old coastguard watchtower after it went under the hammer in Cardiff.

The winning bidder fought off competition from14 other buyers to take home the keys to the watchtower overlooking the Bristol Channel, which was owned by the Vale of Glamorgan council.

The building has previously been used by Sea Scouts. Credit: money.uk.msn.com

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Appeal for kitten's owners after engine trouble in Barry

The kitten, estimated to be around 7-8 weeks old, was found stuck in a car engine in Barry Credit: RSPCA Cymru

A kitten has had a lucky escape after getting stuck in the engine of a car in Barry.

The female, estimated to be 7-8 weeks old, had to be rescued by South Wales Fire Service after she was discovered in a Peugeot.

Staff at RSPCA Cymru are now trying to trace her owners.

Inspector Danielle Baber said: ”Kittens are curious by nature but luckily this cheeky creature’s adventure didn’t result in any harm coming to her.

"She is a very vocal little cat, with lots of personality, but sadly she isn’t microchipped or wearing ID so we have no idea where she came from. If anyone in the Barry area is missing a black kitten, I would urge them to contact us immediately.”

Anyone who thinks they know who this kitten belongs to is asked to contact the inspector’s information line on 0300 123 8018.

Schoolchildren hoping for a festive number one hit

Now with only a week to go before Christmas...no doubt the music world's already starting to wonder what song will top the charts this year. Hoping for airplay is a group of schoolchildren from Penarth and Barry.

The Rocketeers formed as a band 12 months ago and now they've released their very own Christmas track. Hannah Thomas went to meet them.

Schoolchildren in South Wales record Christmas single

Children from three schools in Penarth and Barry have recorded a new song in time for Christmas - and are aiming for the number one spot!

The group, who all have physical and learning difficulties,teamed up to write, perform and record the single 'It's Christmas Time' with the help of producer Gethin Jon, who has worked with a number of stars including Charlotte Church.

Ashgrove School, Ysgol Erw'r Delyn and Ysgol Maes Dyfan will host a major launch for the song this week as part of the school's Christmas concert.

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Soldier's family: Inquest has answered many questions

by Keith Wilkinson

The family of a Welsh guardsman killed in Afghanistan say that losing him has left a huge hole in their lives.

They say an inquest into the death of Lance Corporal Lee Davies has answered many of their questions and given them some closure.

A coroner in Oxford ruled that Lee and an RAF policeman from Shropshire were unlawfully killed while on active service.

Coroner: Welsh soldier unlawfully killed in Afghanistan

A coroner has ruled that a Welsh soldier was unlawfully killed whilst on active service in Afghanistan last year.

Lance Corporal Davies served with the 1st Batallion Welsh Guards. Credit: Ministry of Defence

An inquest into the death of Lance Corporal Lee Davies, as well as Corporal Brent McCarthy from Shropshire, has been held in Oxford.

The inquest was told the British soldiers were killed by two Afghan policemen, in a so-called green-on-blue shooting, moments after they had all been chatting and posing for photographs with the men.

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Shot RAF policeman and soldier 'in wrong place at wrong time'

by Keith Wilkinson

RAF policeman Cpl Brent McCarthy, from Telford, and Welsh Guard Lance Corporal Davies were just "in the wrong place at the wrong time".

Speaking at the inquest into their deaths at Oxford Coroner's Court, Lieutenant Benjamin Bardsley said he believed their shooting was an "opportunist event" as no one had been told in advance they were going to be in the area.

They died in what is known as a green- on-blue attack - killed by the Afghan personnel they were mentoring. It is also known as an insider threat.

The insider threat at this time was very, very low.

The risk was deemed as low because it had not happened for a long period of time.

– Lieutenant Benjamin Bardsley, Welsh Guards
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