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Jobs at Merthyr meat plant 'no longer sustainable'

St Merryn Foods have said the packing operation at a meat processing site in Merthyr are 'no longer sustainable' - putting around 400 jobs there at risk.

St Merryn Foods employs 1100 people in total in Merthyr.

The meat processing company, which employs 1100 people in total in Merthyr, say serious challenges facing the red meat sector in the UK - including declining markets, falling volumes, higher input costs and a fiercely competitive retail landscape - are to blame.

They've confirmed the decision does not impact the Beef and Lamb slaughter and cutting operations, with these continuing to operate as usual at Merthyr.

They say they'll be working with the Welsh Government, Job Centre Plus and Staffline to "seek opportunities for colleagues outside the business."

As part of a wider strategic review, we can confirm we are consulting with colleagues about the viability of our retailing packing operation at our Merthyr Tydfil meat processing site.

We do not take the decision to launch this review lightly, but it is the only way our business can survive and prosper for the longer term.

Our main focus now is to begin discussions with our colleagues to explore every available option to mitigate the potential loss of this function, which will include seeking relocation and redeployment opportunities elsewhere in the Group.

– St Merryn Foods statement

If the proposal goes ahead, jobs will be transferred to an alternative St Merryn site - most likely in Bodmin and Victoria in Cornwall.

St Merryn have confirmed this would not take place until January 2017.

Watch Hannah Thomas' report here.

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Pigeon rescued and receiving care after landing in oil

The pigeon is expected to make full recovery. Credit: RSPCA

A pigeon had to be rescued after landing in a vat of oil in Merthyr Tydfil.

The used cold cooking oil was in an outside bin at a restaurant at Rhydycar and when the lid was taken off momentarily, the pigeon flew in and got himself into trouble.

This poor pigeon got himself into a bit of mischief, but thankfully staff at the restaurant were quick to react and managed to get the pigeon safely out otherwise he would have certainly drowned.

He was confined safely outside while I made my way over to collect him. He was completely covered in oil. He looked like one slick pigeon!

– Gemma Cooper, RSPCA Inspector

The pigeon was first taken to Merthyr Tydfil Veterinary Clinic for a vet check up, and then was taken to Gower Bird Hospital to be cleaned up and rehabilitated.

Police investigating death of street lighting worker

Police are appealing for help following the death of a street lighting worker on the Heads of the Valleys road.

Police want to speak to people who witnessed anything prior to the death Credit: ITV News

The 42-year-old was installing street lighting on the A465 between Cefn Coed and Baverstocks roundabout when an incident occurred yesterday afternoon. A 39-year-old man has been arrested and bailed pending further enquiries.

The electrician was taken to Prince Charles Hospital in Merthyr at 3pm and later died. South Wales Police and the Health and Safety Executive are both investigating.

South Wales Police would like to hear from anyone travelling through the area between 2pm and 3pm and witnessed work being carried out on the lighting installation prior to the arrival of the emergency services. Please call 101 with information.

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Cyfarthfa Castle transforms into Hogwarts

Fancy being Harry Potter for the day?

A world record attempt for the most Harry Potters in one place is being held this Friday in Merthyr.

Charity hybu hopes a 1000 Harry Potters will descend on Merthyr. Credit: hybu

The Guiness Book of World Records will be judging the event.

The current record is 551 Harry Potters, but organisers are aiming to complete the record with at least 1000 people involved.

Entrants to the record attempt are required to wear a black robe, glasses, have a fake scar and carry a wand.

The event starts at 12.30 p.m. at Cyfarthfa Castle, Merthyr.

It's being organised to raise funds for the hybu charity.

Concerns over missing 20-year-old from Merthyr Tydfil

Police are appealing for information to try and locate a missing 20 year old from Merthyr Tydfil.

Macauley Hughes was seen last night in Newport bus station.

Police are trying to find Macauley Hughes from Merthyr Tydfil. Credit: Gwent Police

Macauley is last known to be wearing black tracksuit bottoms, black slip on shoes, a blue and grey t-shirt, black hooded jumper and a black body warmer.

Gwent police ask anyone with information is asked to call 101.

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