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Mountain rescue teams experiencing busiest time in their history

Mountain rescue teams in the Brecon Beacons say they're experiencing the busiest time in their history.

Since the start of July, Brecon Mountain Rescue Team alone has been called to 30 incidents, and is now on course for its busiest year in nearly half a century.

Our Correspondent Hannah Thomas spent the day with the team to find out why they're seeing such a spike in demand.

Concern grows for vulnerable missing man described as 'high risk'

Police are appealing for help to trace a missing pensioner from Beachley, near Chepstow, who is thought to be in South Wales.

Edward Wise, aged 74, who is known as Eddie to many, was last seen on Monday 18 July.

Eddie Wise was last seen on Monday 18 July. Credit: Gloucestershire Police

Police say Mr. Wise is considered vulnerable and his disappearance is out of character.

Eddie is believed to have driven his car to South Wales or the Brecon Beacons. Credit: Gloucestershire Police

He is described as white, six foot tall, of a large build, with short, dark brown hair and a beard.

Eddie left his home in his blue Nissan Note. Credit: Gloucestershire Police

Eddie left his home in his blue Nissan Note, with the registration number NM08 LPV.

Officers have released an image of Eddie driving the vehicle prior to his disappearance in the hope of jogging someone’s memory.

Eddie Wise is believed to have driven his car to South Wales or the Brecon Beacons. Credit: Gloucestershire Police

Eddie is believed to have driven his car to South Wales or the Brecon Beacons.

He likes walking in the countryside and after conducting enquiries, we think he is somewhere in the area pictured.

This is a massive area for officers to conduct searches, so we’re urging the public to help us by looking out for him or his vehicle, which may be parked in a car park or layby.

We are growing increasingly concerned for Eddie’s welfare and are desperate for information which can lead us to his whereabouts.

– Insp Owen Hughes, Gloucestershire Constabulary

Anyone who sees Eddie or his Nissan Note is asked to call 101.


Campaign to fund urgent mountain repairs close to its target

On a sunny day like today it really gives you the chance to enjoy the great outdoors and admire the picturesque scenery on display here in Wales.

But maintaining some of Wales landscapes doesn't come cheap and The British Mountaineering Council are calling on the public to make a contribution.

The Brecon Beacons and Snowdonia are two of eight UK national parks which are to to supported by this campaign.

Watch: Hannah Thomas reports from The Brecon Beacons.


MoD to be censured over Brecon Beacons deaths

The Ministry of Defence is to be censured over the deaths of three soldiers on an SAS training exercise in the Brecon Beacons in 2013.

Lance Corporal Edward Maher, Corporal James Dunsby and Lance Corporal Craig Roberts Credit: Ministry of Defence

The Health and Safety Executive said it will issue a so-called Crown Censure following the tragedy on one of the hottest days of 2013.

But for Crown immunity, the MoD would have faced prosecution for failings identified, said the HSE.

Lance Corporal Craig Roberts died during the march and Lance Corporal Edward Maher and Corporal James Dunsby collapsed and died later.

More: Ministry of Defence to be censured over deaths of three soldiers in Brecon Beacons

Coffin route blanket laid to rest on Black Mountain

Credit: Daniel Staveley

A hand-knitted 20ft woolen blanket which has heather seeds sewn into it has been carried to the Black Mountain to help restore a peat bog.

The Cwtch blanket was knitted by Swansea based artist Ann Jordan in 2009 from 12 miles of yarn from local Black Mountain sheep.

When the blanket was completed in 2010 it was named ‘cwtch’ and laid in an ancient burial cairn on the Black Mountain to pay tribute to an ancient walking route dubbed the ‘coffin route’.

The route earned its name when the bodies of men from nearby farms, who died in quarries and mines on the other side of the Black Mountain, were returned home.

I am absolutely delighted that the blanket can be returned to the earth from whence it came and will hopefully play a role in repairing the bare peat that is in decline in that area. I made this blanket to represent the decline of the wool industry, to mark the old coffin route that not only quarry workers and miners walked along, but also a trail that farmers’ wives followed –knitting as they walked.

– Ann Jordan
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