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Two teenagers charged after burglary at cat sanctuary

South Wales Police has charged two men, aged 15 and 18, following a burglary at Ty Nant Cat Sanctuary in Cymmer, Port Talbot last Saturday.

Some of the cats from the Ty Nant Sanctuary are still missing, some have been found dead. Credit: ITV News

The 18-year-old has been charged with burglary and criminal damage and is due to appear at Swansea Magistrates Court this morning.

The 15-year-old has been charged with the same offences and bailed to appear at Swansea Youth Court on 11th August.

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The owners of the cattery have thanked members of the public for their support.

They said some cats are still missing, while two have been found dead.

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Plans to turn Port Talbot office block into flats

Plans are underway to turn an old office block in Port Talbot into 41 new apartments.

The old Aberafan House will become apartments if plans are approved. Credit: Neath Port Talbot Council

Hacer Developments, a Swansea-based development company, has submitted the plan to Neath Port Talbot Council.

If successful Aberafan House will be transformed into an apartments.

The town centre scheme could start later this year.

The council says the £4.7m investment help meet housing need and bring in more shoppers into the town centre.

The scheme also includes benches, cycle racks and street furniture along the riverside.

Union 'encouraged' after Business Secretary visit to Port Talbot

The new Business Secretary has met workers at Port Talbot steel plant which still has doubts over its long-term future.

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Steel giant Tata has halted plans to sell the huge site and is working on keeping its UK business as part of a joint venture with German conglomerate Thyssen Krupp.

Greg Clark, the new Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, visited the Port Talbot works yesterday and met workers and union officials.

I am encouraged that Greg Clark has met with steelworkers in his first week on the job. He will have left today in no doubt that Community will keep the pressure on this Government to keep their promises to protect the steel industry.The new Secretary of State clearly understands the scale of the challenge still facing the industry, but his words to steelworkers today must be followed by firm actions to help save their jobs. By visiting Port Talbot, he will have seen first-hand that the highly skilled workforce is the foundation on which any success for this industry will be built.

– Roy Rickhuss, Community union

Firefighters tackle large fire at tyre recycling plant in Port Talbot

Mid and West Wales Fire Service says officers are continuing to deal with a large fire at Egan Tyre Recycling in Port Talbot.

21 appliances and 100 personnel were on site dealing with the incident at its height.

Fire crews say the incident is particularly complex as it involves deep seated fires within a large quantity of waste tyres

The smoke plume is being monitored closely by Natural Resources Wales and Public Health Wales using the National Air Quality Network monitoring systems and staff on site.

The smoke plume is currently being monitored Credit: ITV Cymru Wales

The systems currently show no sign of any significant change in air quality in the area.

Cordons are in place around the incident and members of the public are advised to stay clear of the area.

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Plaid Cymru AM "deeply disappointed" at news of Tata sale suspension

Plaid Cymru AM Adam Price has said he is "deeply disappointed" at the news that steel giant Tata is to suspend its sales process in the UK.

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On Friday it was announced that the planned sale of the Port Talbot plant would be halted, after talks with potential bidders in Mumbai.

The company released a statement saying that they will look at "alternative and more sustainable" solutions for the European part of their business, adding they are now talking to "strategic players" in the steel industry.

I am very concerned at the news of the suspension of the sales process and am deeply disappointed that the Wales-led management and worker buyout will not be able to go to the next stage of the process.

We have heard speculation that one of the alternative solutions is a potential link-up with German steelmaker ThyssenKrupp.

We do not believe that this would be in the long-term interests of the Welsh and UK steel industries.

Indeed if this speculation proves to be accurate and unless an explicit long-term commitment is made to the future of operations in Wales, then we will call on the UK Government to initiate a temporary full nationalisation of Tata's UK operations in order to continue with the sales process.

Merger with the German steelmaker would very likely lead to the closure of the Port Talbot steelworks and the concentration of activity at Ijmuiden, and must be opposed at all costs.

– Adam Price, Plaid Cymru Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Economy
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