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Man dies after being hit by a car in Bridgend

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A 19-year-old man who sustained critical injuries after being hit by a car on Friday has died.

He was walking along the A4106 in Bridgend when a blue Dacia Sandero mounted a curb and collided with him and a 17 year-old man.

He was flown to the University Hospital of Wales by air ambulance.

The 17-year-old sustained less serious injuries.

A 49-year-old man from North Cornelly was arrested on suspicion of causing serious injury by careless driving, and has been released on bail, pending further inquiries.

South Wales Police are appealing for any witnesses to the incident to contact them.


Disabled veterans give out free meals in Bridgend

Two disabled veterans from Bridgend have given away a thousand free meals in a 'random act of kindness'.

Tom Weaver and Phillip Loveday saved their pensions to put £1,500 towards the food. That donation was matched by a local business.

The pair say they wanted to thank the people of the town for helping them stay independent.

Watch Nicola Hendy's report here:

Two teenagers injured after serious collision in Bridgend

Two teenage pedestrians have been injured in what Police are calling a serious road traffic collision in Bridgend.

The incident, which happened at around 4pm this afternoon, involved a blue Dacia Sandero vehicle mounting an offside curb ion the A4106 Tythegston Road and colliding with two 19-year-old men.

One of the men was flown by air ambulance to the University Hospital of Wales where his condition is described as critical and the second man is receiving treatment for less serious injuries at the Princess of Wales Hospital in Bridgend.

The road is currently closed to allow investigation work and recovery to be completed.

South Wales Police are appealing for any witnesses to the incident to contact them.

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

Treasure found in Bridgend and Rhondda Cynon Taf

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An Early Bronze Age Hoard from Coity Higher Community, Bridgend and two Late Bronze Age hoards from Llanharan Community, Rhondda Cynon Taf have been declared treasure by H.M. Coroner for Bridgend and the Glamorgan Valleys.

The Early Bronze Age hoard was discovered by Mr Paul Howells in May 2015, while he was metal-detecting in a field in Coity Higher Community, Bridgend.

Two Late Bronze hoards were found in Llanharan. One hoard of bronze tools and weapons was discovered in March 2015. The discovery was made by four different finders during a metal-detecting rally held on farm land.

A second hoard of bronze tools was discovered in April 2016


12-year-old Ethan Roberts found safe and well

Police say Ethan Roberts, a 12-year-old boy who was reported missing from his home in Bridgend on Friday, has been found safe and well.

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There was particular concern for Ethan's safety as he is diabetic and was not carrying the daily insulin he requires.

Police on Saturday morning tweeted that he had been found safe and well, and thanked the public for their help.

Police launch appeal for missing 12-year-old

Police in Bridgend are urgently appealing for information to find a missing 12-year-old boy.

There is particular concern for Ethan as he is diabetic. Credit: South Wales Police

Ethan Roberts went missing from his home in Heol Croesty, Pencoed at around 11am on Friday 9th September.

There are concerns for Ethan because he is diabetic and he is not carrying insulin which he requires daily.

Ethan is described as quite tall for his age, approximately 5ft 8, and has short, brown, straight hair.

He was wearing a black puffer jacket, grey jogging bottoms and red trainers when he went missing and is believed to have links to places in Gwent such as Pontypool and Cwmbran.

Anyone with any information regarding Ethan's whereabouts is urged to call South Wales Police on 101.

Unite Wales calls for Ford to “end the silence”

Unite Wales has called on Ford to "end the silence" over the future of the Bridgend engine plant.

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This follows Ford's announcement that the production of the new Dragon engine is to be halved but the company insists production at the plant 'remains healthy'.

Bridgend Engine plant has a world class workforce and the plant deserves to have a long term secure future. Ford must end the silence and set out how it envisages Bridgend playing a key role in its global production strategy. Unite will never roll over and accept the slow demise and ultimate death of the plant. We are calling upon Ford, at the very highest levels of the company, to talk with us about how we can work together to secure a sustainable way forward for the plant, that builds upon its enormous strengths.

– Andy Richards, Unite Wales Secretary

Ford says it will continue to constantly review capacity and demand and 'deal with the reality' of its business and market competition, taking 'whatever action needed to build a vibrant and sustainably profitable Ford business in Europe'.

New jobs for Bridgend

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An investment and expansion at Zimmer Biomet’s Bridgend site has been announced. It will create 39 new jobs and safeguard 50 more

The £2.5m investment - backed by Welsh Government finance will create a European Centre of Excellence for Porous Coating that allows the company to specialize in technologies used in the manufacture of orthopaedic implants.

Zimmer Biomet’s UK operation employs more than 800 people from all over South Wales at Bridgend’s Waterton Industrial Estate, where it manufactures a range of hip and knee replacement products.

It is a key investment that secures the long term sustainable growth of the business in Wales and ensures it will continue to pay a prominent role within this global organisation.

It is an exciting time for Zimmer Biomet’s Bridgend facility which is experiencing significant growth and high demand for its products. This expansion will increase its capacity, capability and competitiveness and create highly skilled well paid jobs.

– Carwyn Jones AM, First Minister
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