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Museums close early due to strike action

Three Welsh museums have closed early this weekend as a series of summer strikes comes to an end.

Strikers have been handing out leaflets to members of the public. Credit: ITV Wales

Members of the Public and Commercial Services Union who work for National Museum Wales sites are have walked out today and plan to again tomorrow Saturday amid an ongoing row over weekend allowances.

It's the last of a series of weekend walkouts held during August.

National Museum Wales said the National Slate Museum in Llanberis, National Wool Museum in Dre-Fach Felindre and Blaenavon's Big Pit National Coal Museum will be open until 1pm on both days as a result of the strikes.

National Museum Cardiff, St Fagans National History Museum and the National Waterfront Museum will remain open from 10am to 5pm but may have reduced services from 1pm.

The National Roman Legion Museum in Caerleon, however plans to remain fully open on both days.


RSPCA appeal over abandoned turtle and terrapins

The RSPCA is appealing for information after a turtle and three terrapins were abandoned in two separate incidents in south-east Wales.

The RSPCA are urging people to think carefully before buying exotic pets Credit: RSPCA

The turtle was found in a lake at Garn Lakes nature reserve in Blaenavon by a member of the public. The reptile was later identified as an African sideneck turtle.

In a separate incident, three terrapins were found dumped in a toy box outside “Sofa Sofa” in Crumlin. The large terrapins later identified as sliders and all were in reasonable condition.

All of the animals were taken to the International Tortoise Association sanctuary in the Vale of Glamorgan.

Anyone with possible information about either the turtle or the terrapins is urged to contact the RSPCA inspector’s information line on 0300 123 8018.

Preparations begin for underground concert

Preparations are under way for a concert in memory of Welsh miners who lost their lives in underground accidents. An upright piano is also being lowered 300ft underground at Big Pit in Blaenavon. Our reporter, David Wood, sent a photograph.