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Disused tank caused Crickhowell oil spill

Officers from Natural Resources Wales have identified the cause of an oil spill, which let 3,500 litres of oil into a river near Crickhowell on Thursday.

Absorbent pads are being used to mop up the polluted water Credit: Natural Resources Wales

The cause of the spill has been traced to a disused oil tank.

The incident has already had a significant impact on the stream, killing many fish and affecting people's gardens.

We have traced the cause of the spill to a disused oil tank and have managed to stop the pollution at source. However, the oil that has already escaped into the ground may continue to seep into the stream via the culvert.We will be using more absorbent pads and booms over the weekend to try and contain and clean up as much of the oil as we can. It has already had a significant impact on the stream with around 150 fish already dead, including trout, bullhead and eels, but is so far not affecting the River Usk.We are continuing to investigate this incident and urge anyone who may have information to contact us.

– Rhys Hughes, Natural Resources Wales

Investigation as 3,500 litres of oil pollutes river

Officers say they're making efforts to prevent more oil reaching the river Credit: Natural Resources Wales

An investigation is taking place after an oil spill which has polluted approximately 850 metres of river in Crickhowell.

An estimated 3,500 litres of oil has escaped into the river, and the surrounding area, also affecting nearby gardens.

Officers at Natural Resources Wales say they're making efforts to prevent more oil reaching the river, but the impacts are already evident.

Many people called to report the incident earlier today, which is causing an oily sheen on top of the water and a strong odour.

The source of the pollution has been identified, but the oil has now worked its way downstream, affecting the main River Usk.

We are doing all we can to stop the pollution and to reduce its impact on fish and other wildlife which depend on it, as well as the local community who are being affected.Our officers have already spotted a few dead fish in the river, but we’re expecting to see more as the pollution moves through the system. Our team have put booms in place in the Cwm Beth to soak up as much of the pollution as possible.Our fisheries specialists are also currently conducting a full assessment of the river to help us determine the impact on the wildlife in the river.

– Rhys Hughes, Natural Resources Wales

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Coast & Country: Visiting Tretower Court and castle

Carl learns another recipe from History Chef Ceri Credit: ITV Cymru Wales

In tonight's episode:

Carl joins History Chef Ceri Lane at Tretower Court and Castle near Crickhowell.

They'll be making 'hardtack' biscuits, a snack historically eaten by sailors, when they were at sea for months on end.

Carl will also be finding out about the site's rich history, from its time as a grand country house, through to its use as a farm, and eventually its restoration.

Also in tonight's episode:

Andrew Price will be at mountain biking centre Bike Park Wales in Merthyr Tydfil.

Ruth will be exploring the Pembrokeshire Coast, and Hannah is on Saint Catherine's Island in Tenby.

Wedding party stuck in New York until Saturday

Members of a wedding party from Wales who are stranded in New York due to Hurricane Sandy have told ITV Wales their airline has informed them they won't be able to return to the UK until at least Saturday.

Around 30 guests had flown out to America to celebrate the couple's big day but many have since been unable to fly home as flights out of New York have been cancelled.

Some have also had difficulties booking hotels and nine guests have been forced to share one room.

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Two hundred school children stranded in New York

More than 200 Welsh school children and a 30 strong wedding party are among those trapped in New York tonight as the city faces a potentially deadly storm surge.

They are among thousands of British tourists being forced to seek shelter as flights to and from the East coast of America are cancelled and thousands of Americans are having to evacuate their homes.

Carmarthen pupils in New York are 'safe and secure'

Pupils from Carmarthen who have arrived in New York today, just as the city prepares for hurricane Sandy, are 'safe and secure' according to the school.

Pupils and staff from Ysgol Gyfun Bro Myrddin have been in America since last week and have already visited Washington D.C and Philadelphia.

As forecasters predict strong winds, heavy rain and flooding the school say they are in constant contact with the party and they are keen to reassure parents, relatives and friends that the group are safe and secure

We, the staff and pupils of Bro Myrddin are all enjoying our American trip.

At present it is cloudy but the forecasted terrible weather has not yet arrived.

We will adjust our plans in response to the strength of the hurricane / storm.

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The safety of the children will have the highest priority over the next four days.

We communicate regularly with the school and are keen for all parents and guardians to have confidence in us as we provide care of the highest order to their sons and daughters over the next few days.”

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– Euryn Madoc-Jones, Assistant Headteacher