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Fatal accident in Powys

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Dyfed-Powys Police says a driver has died after a two-vehicle collision in Powys. It happened on the A489 Caersws to Newtown Road at 7.40pm last night.

The road was closed for around seven hours but has now re-opened.

Any witnesses to the incident is asked to contact Dyfed-Powys Police on 101.

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Green light for Newtown bypass plans

The bypass is part of a £58 million project Credit: ITV News

Plans for a new bypass around Newtown in Mid Wales have been given the go ahead.

It follows a public inquiry after some residents objected to the initial proposals.

The 5.8km road will follow a west to east route to the south of the town.

Full details are available on the Welsh Government website.

This bypass will improve the quality of life for the people of Newtown and improve journey times and safety along the A483, A489 and local roads within the town. This project is another example of our investment in the trunk road network to improve access to jobs and services and transport links between North and South Wales and Mid Wales and the West Midlands in England.

– Edwina Hart, Transport Minister

Read more: Public enquiry to discuss new Newtown bypass

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Newtown bypass will 'bring new opportunities'

Local businesses and visitors to Newtown will benefit from new opportunities the creation of a bypass will bring to the area, according to the Montgomeryshire AM.

Russell George was speaking ahead of a public meeting later, where the plans for the bypass will be displayed.

It's hoped the creation of the bypass will relieve congestion problems on the A483 and A489:

"The new bypass will help to alleviate the horrendous traffic congestion we have to put up with on a daily basis. But it will also bring new opportunities for businesses and visitors, providing economic opportunities for the town and the winder community."

– Russell George, Montgomeryshire AM

Public urged to attend Newtown bypass meeting

Residents and businesses in and around Newtown are being urged to attend a public exhibition later on plans for a bypass in the town.

It's hoped the developments will relieve congestion on the A483 and A489, but the public will be given the opportunity to voice any concerns.

Some of those opposed to the bypass are the owners of a caravan park that risks being cut in two by it. Trevor and Patricia Bebb believe the current plans will lead to the closure of their business:

"We fully support the need for a bypass and don't wish to delay it being built, but on the other hand we also don't want to close a very successful business...if the bypass route is not changed, then we'll have to close the park...the five star park makes a significant contribution to the local economy by bringing in 80 families to the area who would not be here without it."

– Trevor Bebb, Glandulas Caravan Park

Police appeal over missing Newtown man

Richard Dwayne Hawkins was last seen on Sunday evening Credit: Family / Dyfed Powys Police

Police are appealing for information to help locate a 23 year old man missing from Newtown.

Richard Dwayne Hawkins was last seen at 10.15pm on Sunday evening. His family say they have had no contact with him since.

He is described as approximately 5ft 11in tall, with a large round burn scar on the top of his right hand. He is clean shaven, with fair short hair.

Police urge anyone with information to contact them in Newtown on 101.

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