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Permit given for controversial gas drilling at Llandow

A permit has been issued for a company to drill a borehole near Llandow in the Vale of Glamorgan to explore for oil and gas.

Protestors had campaigned against drilling at Llandow. Credit: ITV Wales News

Natural Resources Wales says an environmental permit has been issued for Coastal Oil and Gas, based in Bridgend, to drill in Llandow Industrial Estate.

The permit ensures that waste such as rock and soil is recovered or disposed of in a way that protects the environment and local communities says NRW.

NRW says it does not allow the company to conduct any hydraulic fracturing or ‘fracking’ to extract any oil or gas.

The drilling and testing operations and work to reinstate the land should last no longer than 12 months.

Once the work begins, our officers will monitor the site to ensure it complies with the conditions of the permit, to protect people and the environment.

– Natural Resources Wales

Appeal to help solve 'hate crime' in taxi office

Police have released a CCTV image of a woman they want to speak to in connection with a "disability hate crime".

The incident happened at Radio Cabs office on Market Street, Bridgend. Credit: South Wales Police

South Wales Police say just after midnight on Sunday 24th May a woman entered the Radio Cabs office on Market Street in Bridgend.

Whilst in the office the woman began shouting abuse at a disabled woman who was in the office with her husband whilst they were both waiting for a cab.

– South Wales Police

Officers believe the woman pictured may be able to help them with their enquiries.

PC Laura Butcher said, “We are dedicated to stamping out hate crime in South Wales and this kind of behaviour is clearly unacceptable.”

Officers would like the woman pictured, or anyone who recognises her, to contact them on 101 or via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 quoting reference number 1500182184.

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Welsh Government: Inward investment at record high

Inward investment in Wales is at a record high, the Welsh Government has claimed today, with 94 new projects coming here last year.

First Minister Carwyn Jones said: "we are attracting some of the most prestigious companies from across the world to Wales, creating jobs and growth in our key markets."

The First Minister says Wales is celebrating record inward investment. Credit: PA

American manufacturing company Ortho-Clinical Diagnostics, which employs around 350 people at its base in Pencoed, Bridgend, has announced it is extending its facility, with a £4.6m investment supported by the Welsh Government, and 24 new jobs created.

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