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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.


Fake vodka 'which can cause blindness' found in corner shop

Isopropanol,a chemical used in cleaning products, was found in the vodka. Credit: Jackal1/Flickr

Bottles of fake vodka which can allegedly turn drinkers blind have been found being sold illegally in a corner shop in Maesteg.

Bridgend Magistrates court heard yesterday how a chemical called Isopropanol, used in cleaning products, was discovered in nine bottles of counterfeit vodka being sold on the shelves of Picton Stores in the village.

Shopkeeper Mahesh Patel admitted buying the fake bottles from a man 'who looked the part', and told him they were genuine.

Prosecutor Katia Daw told the court that incorrect labels on the bottles alerted trading standards, and should have been spotted by Patel. She added that a 'regular consumer would not know.'

Mr Patel has been sentenced to a six-month community order where he will be electronically tagged and subject to a night-time curfew.

He was also ordered to pay £1,686 in costs.

Four arrested in Bridgend for drugs offences

Drugs warrants were issued for two properties after police received intelligence Credit: PA

Four people have been arrested in the Bridgend area after drugs raids were carried out in two houses.

Officers raided two properties, one in Ogmore Vale and the other in Tondu, and uncovered cannabis, cocaine and mephadrone.

Three men and one woman were arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply drugs. All four remain on bail pending further enquiries,

Raids such as these come about because of help from the public and we are very grateful for any intelligence whether through PACT meetings or anonymous information given to Crimestoppers. It all helps and the information will be acted upon.

– Detective Sergeant Julian Kerslake, South Wales Police
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