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750 jobs safeguarded by Ford Bridgend engine deal

Motor giant Ford will invest £181m to produce a new generation of engines at its factory in Bridgend, safeguarding 750 skilled jobs.

More than 19 million engines have been produced at Ford's Bridgend plant since 1980.

Production of the new technologically-advanced fuel-efficient petrol engines is due to start in late 2018.

The Welsh Government has contributed £14.67m investment, and says it is "delighted" with the deal.

Ford’s decision to manufacture its new innovative engine here in Wales is a tribute to the reputation of the local management team and the quality and loyalty of the Welsh workforce and will safeguard more than 750 skilled Welsh jobs for many years.

– Edwina Hart, Welsh Economy Minister

Police destroy 'drugs den' discovered in woods

Police say they have found and destroyed a 'drugs den' built in woods near a school.

Concerns over a Credit: South Wales Police

Police made the discovery in Brackla, Bridgend near Archdeacon School.

The structure – which had a ‘dealing table’ carved into the trunk of a fallen tree – has now been dismantled. It's believed cannabis was dealt and sold there.

The drugs den had its own "dealing table". Credit: South Wales Police

This news has been welcomed by those who helped to raise the alarm and I am in no doubt it will reassure others in the area.

It just goes to show how important the community are in tackling local drug problems.

– Inspector Richard Weber


Fire crews tackling blaze at Ogmore

South Wales Fire and Rescue says it's dealing with a blaze at Ogmore-by-Sea near Bridgend.

The fire service says it is tackling the blaze at two detached properties. Crews were called at around 1350 and there are five engines currently at the scene.

Credit: Gareth Bickerton
Credit: Gareth Bickerton

Birthday girl hoping for special delivery to her hospital bed

Seven-year-old Summer Kansiray is spending her birthday in hospital. Credit: Wales News Service

Today is little Summer Kansiray's eighth birthday. But while most children her age would be opening presents and having a party, Summer will be spending the day in hospital.

The youngster, from Ogmore Vale, had a rare form of cancer when she was fourteen months old which meant both kidneys had to be removed. Summer received a transplant in 2012, but for the last six months her body started to reject the kidneys, meaning they had to be removed and Summer is now reliant on full dialysis.

Summer told her parents that all she wanted for her birthday was a lot of cards to open from her hospital bed.

Her parents made an appeal to see how many they could get delivered to her for her big day. Happy Birthday Summer!


Appeal after daylight attack on man and woman

Police in Bridgend are appealing for information after a man and woman were victims of an unprovoked attack as they walked along Brackla Way.

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Police say the pair were assaulted by two men who approached them from behind and hit them to the ground. The attacked happened on Sunday afternoon and the pair were left with cuts and bruises.

One suspect is described as being aged between 17 and 19 , 6ft tall and was wearing a green top and jeans. The other was around 5ft 7 with a thin build and wearing a grey tracksuit.

Anyone with information about the incident is urged to contact South Wales Police.

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