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Norovirus outbreak at Llandough Hospital

Visitors have been asked not to go to University Hospital Llandough in Penarth unless absolutely necessary over the next few weeks, after an outbreak of norovirus.

Members of the public have been asked to stay away from Llandough, to help prevent the spread of norovirus. Credit: PA

Cardiff and Vale University Health Board says the so-called winter vomiting bug is affecting a number of patients on two wards at the hospital.

Schoolchildren hoping for a festive number one hit

Now with only a week to go before Christmas...no doubt the music world's already starting to wonder what song will top the charts this year. Hoping for airplay is a group of schoolchildren from Penarth and Barry.

The Rocketeers formed as a band 12 months ago and now they've released their very own Christmas track. Hannah Thomas went to meet them.

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Seven jailed for high-voltage cable theft

Top (L-R) Vijay Chohan, Umar Chohan, Stephen Phillps. Bottom (L-R) Paul Condick, Martyn Richards, Liam Murphy, Nathan James Credit: South Wales Police/Gloucestershire Police

Seven men from Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan have been jailed after stealing more than five miles of high-voltage cable from pylons.

The gang isolated the circuits of five pylons to steal 45 tonnes of cable and causing £150,000 worth of damage and loss.

Gloucestershire Crown Court heard the gang were caught when two of them were stopped by police during routine checks in the area of Frampton on Severn, Gloucestershire, close to where the theft took place.

Brothers Vijay Chohan, 24, and Umar Chohan, 26, both from Grand Avenue, Cardiff, were jailed for two years after being found guilty of conspiring to steal the cable.

The other five men pleaded guilty to the same charge.

Liam Murphy, 24, of Penlan Road, Llandough, Penarth, Paul Condick, 30, of Llandow Road, Cardiff and Nathan James, 35, Heol Trelai, Ely, Cardiff, were all jailed for 21 months.

Stephen Phillips, 52, of Addicott Close, Cardiff and Martyn Richards, 27, of Heol Trelai, Ely, Cardiff were both jailed for 30 months.

Judge William Hart said the theft was "undoubtedly a very well planned and professionally executed offence."

Schoolchildren in South Wales record Christmas single

Children from three schools in Penarth and Barry have recorded a new song in time for Christmas - and are aiming for the number one spot!

The group, who all have physical and learning difficulties,teamed up to write, perform and record the single 'It's Christmas Time' with the help of producer Gethin Jon, who has worked with a number of stars including Charlotte Church.

Ashgrove School, Ysgol Erw'r Delyn and Ysgol Maes Dyfan will host a major launch for the song this week as part of the school's Christmas concert.

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Last parade for 2nd Battalion The Royal Welsh ahead of merger

Battalion march though the Streets of Penarth.

Soldiers from the 2nd Battalion the Royal Welsh have marched for the last time today. In the new year the troops will merge with the 1st Battalion. A parade today in Penarth was led by Taffy the Regimental Goat and the Band and Corps of Drums of the Royal Welsh.

The merge of the regiments was announced as part of the Army 2020 structure.

Crowds turn out to watch the soldiers.

Penarth primary school to reopen

Albert Primary School will reopen to pupils on Monday after it was deemed unsafe last week.

Staff at the school in Penarth noticed cracks in the ceiling and it was decided the school should close while a full inspection took place.

Repairs were required to three halls, the dining room, two classrooms and a corridor. The repair work is expected to completed by tomorrow.

The Council’s Cabinet has confirmed funding for improvements to the school had already been set aside for the year.

Cllr Chris Elmore, Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, said:

“The Council are developing plans with the Governing Body to spend the £135,000 available this financial year for Albert Primary to carry out extensive improvements to the school to reduce the risk of further closures.

We appreciate the difficulties that unplanned closures of schools cause parents and investigated options to try to open part of the school last week. Unfortunately this was not possible. I would like to thank parents, carers and children for their patience.”

Teachers' warning over dilapidated school buildings

by Carole Green

Wales' largest teaching union is warning children's education is being damaged by dilapidated school buildings.

The NUT says hundreds across the country are not up to scratch.

It comes as Albert Primary School in Penarth in the Vale Of Glamorgan was declared unsafe and shut down due to a dangerous roof.

That is left the parents of more than four hundred children juggling work and last minute childcare.

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