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800 homes still without power in North Wales

800 homes are without power in North Wales tonight, with the majority in Anglesey, after storm Doris swept across Wales yesterday.

Scottish Power Energy Networks said they had hoped to restore power to all properties by 5pm today.

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SP Energy Networks has been working across the day to respond to a high number of weather related incidents across North and Mid Wales due wind gusts of up to 94mph caused by Storm Doris.

In total since Thursday we have had around 80,000 customers impacted by the high winds.

Currently around 800 homes are without power in North Wales, with the majority in Anglesey.

Engineers will continue to work into the night to fix faults, but is anticipated that a small number of homes in North Wales will remain off power overnight.

Customers can call our Emergency Number on 0800 001 5400, or the new national number 105.

The storm force winds caused as many faults in three hours as SP Energy Networks would normally see in three months.

The biggest issue affecting the electricity network has been uprooted trees and other debris blown on to overhead power lines, which has caused damage and brought down the power lines in some areas.

– Scottish Power spokesperson


Prince Charles visits endangered White Park Cattle

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Prince Charles has been learning about efforts to save White Park Cattle from extinction.

HRH the Prince of Wales visited Dinefwr Park in Llandeilo this afternoon.

White Park Cattle were often used to pay fines in medieval Wales. Credit: ITV News

White Park Cattle have grazed the land in Wales for more than 1000 years but today there are just 750 breeding females left in the world.

This makes White Park Cattle rarer than the Giant Panda.

The National Trust wants to urgently increase the number of cows in the Dinefwr herd not only to save this animal from extinction, but to safeguard important links to Welsh history and to help sustain rare wildflower hay meadows.

History of White Park Cattle

The first recorded evidence in Wales can be traced back to the Laws of Hywel Dda, King of the old Welsh Kingdom of Deheubarth who lived between 880 and 950.

Hywel Dda had all the old laws of Wales collated to produce the first codified work of laws to govern Wales as one nation.

The old laws revealed that White Park Cattle were often used to pay fines and indicated a long-established tradition of this distinctive breed being used as currency.

Power to storm hit homes to be restored by end of day

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Thousands were left without power yesterday, as storm Doris swept across Wales.

Scottish Power Energy Networks say they are aiming to restore power to all properties by 5pm today.

Extra engineers have been brought in to fix the electricity network as quickly as possible.

They added that trees and other debris have brought down power lines in some areas and if the public notice any damage, to report it.


Campaign launched to get Wales to increase its 50% food recycling rate

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A campaign has been launched to get Wales to increase the amount of food it recycles.

According to Recycle for Wales, only 50% of food waste produced in Wales is recycled.

The campaign aims to educate people about the inevitable food waste they should be recycling and about how methane from decomposition can be harnessed to create energy.

Recycle for Wales says that just one caddy of food generates enough energy to watch a football match on TV.

Taulupe Faletau will 'thrive under pressure for places'

aulupe Faletau during the 2016 RBS Six Nations match at Twickenham. Credit: David Davies PA Archive/PA Images

Wales interim coach Rob Howley is backing number eight Taulupe Faletau to thrive amid the intense pressure created by a fierce battle for back-row places.

Faletau has missed out on a Wales starting berth for the second successive RBS 6 Nations game, with Howley retaining a back-row trio of Sam Warburton, Justin Tipuric and Ross Moriarty against Scotland at Murrayfield on Saturday.

Bath forward Faletau has won just three of his 63 caps off the bench, underlining what an integral figure he is in the Wales set-up, but Moriarty's performance in defeat to England 12 days ago made an irresistible selection case.

Any player will tell you that they want to be put under pressure and they want competition for places. We've got four world-class back-row forwards there, and it is genuinely a great headache to have, to have a world-class player on the bench.

I am sure it will drive Toby (Faletau) on. He hasn't missed many games and has been a constant in the national team.

He will be a constant in the (match-day) 23 for the future, and has a huge challenge with Ross, who has been outstanding.

– Rob Howley, Wales Interim Coach
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