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Handler tracks down sniffer dog after 8 years in Afghanistan

Close up of Tyler the dog
Tyler is an 8-year-old English Springer Spaniel Credit: Malpeet K9 Academy

A dog, which spent eight years detecting explosives in the Middle East, is retiring to his home in Bridgend, after being rescued by his original handler.

There were fears for Tyler's future, after his employer pulled out of Afghanistan. So Simon Mallin went to find him.

The pair first met in 2005 in Iraq when Simon was a handler, and they bonded whilst working under extreme conditions.

In late 2008, Simon returned to the UK and formed his own training academy, 'Malpeet K9 Academy.' But five years later in 2013, Simon became concerned about Tyler after hearing his employer was pulling out of Afghanistan.

Tyler at airport
Tyler has been working in both Iraq and Afghanistan from 2006-2014 Credit: Malpeet K9 Academy

With the help of an animal rescue charity in Kabul and some public donations, Simon managed to locate Tyler and bring him home.

He's planning to enjoy his retirement life with Simon in Cardiff, and will serve as Malpeet K9 Academy's mascot.

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Environmental groups predict £1 billion devastation

Environmental campaigners Friends of the Earth and sustainable transport charity Sustrans have both condemned the decision to go ahead with a new motorway. They claim it will devastate nationally important wildlife sites in the Gwent Levels south of Newport. They also predict that the motorway won't open to traffic for more than a decade and that the billion pound cost will starve more worthwhile transport projects of funds.

This vastly expensive, utterly unnecessary and terribly damaging motorway is the worst possible transport choice for south east Wales. And the billion pound price tag means that, at a time when traffic has actually decreased since 2007, it’s going to come at the cost of the sustainable solutions that could benefit us all. Investment in public transport and some modest road improvements could improve transport in the area at a fraction of the cost, and we could be seeing the benefits almost immediately.

– Gareth Clubb, Friends of the Earth Cymru

£1 billion for a new section of motorway is the wrong transport priority for Wales. Investment in public transport must be the priority for building a sustainable and efficient economy, yet the Welsh Government’s consultation on the need for an M4 relief road scheme didn’t take into account other proposals that will reduce demand, such as the Metro programme, or evidence showing that car use is now in decline.

– Jane Lorimer, Sustrans Cymru

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Two potential sites revealed for Cardiff bus station

Cardiff Council has revealed the two sites in the running to house the city's bus station, after it closes in June 2015.

The potential sites are:

Marland House / NCP car park (north of the railway line)

Network Rail car park (south of the railway line)

The potential bus station sites are either side of the railway line and Cardiff Central train station. Credit: Google Maps

The bus station is due to move from its existing site at the front of the train station, to accommodate the new Central Square regeneration project, featuring the new BBC Cymru Wales headquarters.

Councillors are due to discuss the options on Thursday, before a full public consultation in August and September, and a decision in December.

Cardiff Prison restaurant to extend opening hours

A restaurant in Cardiff Prison, where the food is prepared and served by the inmates will begin serving Sunday lunch as of today.

It is hoped that the extended opening hours on weekends will enable The Clink restaurant to provide prisoners with more training by getting them to experience a more formal dining service, compared to the usual weekday service.

Since the restaurant opened two years ago, The Clink Charity says that through the training offered to inmates, reoffending has dramatically reduced.

Watch: Prisoner restaurant opens for business in Cardiff jail

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