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Neath crash victim named

A man who died in a fatal road traffic collision in Pontardawe has been named as 40-year-old Stuart Bradley.

The incident happened at around 4.50pm on Sunday 8th December 2013 on a service road off Ffordd Parc Ynysderw near Pontardawe Leisure Centre.

The crash involved one vehicle, a red and white 125cc motorcycle which came into collision with a metal barrier gate.

The man was pronounced dead at the scene.

Any witnesses who saw the collision and the riding of the motorcycle in Pontardawe during that afternoon are asked to contact South Wales Police on 101.

Police investigating fatal RTC near Neath leisure centre

Police are investigating a fatal road traffic collision which occurred just before 5pm yesterday on a service road off Fford Parc Ynysderw near the Pontardawe Leisure Centre in Neath.

The collision involved a red and white 125cc motorcycle that collided with a metal barrier gate. A 40 year-old local man died at the scene due to injuries received.

Police are appealing for witnesses who may have seen the collision and the riding of the motorcycle in and around Fford Parc Ynysderw, Pontardawe, during the afternoon to come forward.


Administrators appointed at Unity Mine

The largest drift mine in Wales employs over 200 people.

Administrators have been appointed at Wales' largest drift mine which they say recently employed over 200.

They say they're looking to talk to potential investors for the Unity Mine near Neath and that the mine's subject to a care and maintenance programme to keep it safe.


220 jobs at risk as Unity Mine talks continue

The National Union of Mineworkers say they're still hopeful that the troubled Unity Mine near Neath can be saved, after it was announced that the plant had been placed into administration.

Bosses at the drift mine - which employs 220 people - were meeting with apprentices today, with administrators due to meet the rest of the workforce on Monday.

Richard Morgan reports.

NUM spokesman: Unity Mine has huge potential

"The potential investment and returns for that investment are huge in this particular mine" says Wayne Thomas, from the National Union of Mineworkers.

"The access is already there, and the working methods could be adapted slightly.

"But the investment returns are there for the longer term, and I think there's stability there... for these individuals in South Wales who want to work in coal mining."

Minister: Unity talks continue with potential investors

Around 200 workers will remain at the mine while administrators are appointed

Economy Minister Edwina Hart says the Welsh Government is continuing to work with the owners of Unity Mine to secure its future.

"Over the last few years, the industry has experienced difficulties with the fall in global coal prices which have placed considerable financial pressure on operators" she says.

"While we are working with company to offer assistance, in compliance within state-aid rules, there are wider financial pressures and challenges that have meant that the company has had to take this decision."

"Discussions with third party investors are on-going, and I welcome the Director’s intention to protect the current work force while fundraising negotiations are continuing with various parties to seek to secure the long term future of the Mine and its highly skilled workforce."

AM's concern over Unity Mine jobs

ITV News understands that the owners of the Unity Mine in Neath are filing for administration.

Around 200 people currently work at the site.

Local AM, Gwenda Thomas, told us: "It is extremely regrettable that Unity mine has gone into administration."

I sincerely hope that the administrators can find new owners for the mine, and preserve the miners’ jobs and the future of the apprentices. Welsh Government officials continue to be in discussion with the mine.

– Gwenda Thomas AM, Neath
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