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CCTV appeal after Port Talbot burglary

Police investigating a house burglary in Port Talbot are appealing for help in identifying two men wanted in connection with the incident.

The home of a 62-year-old woman was burgled on 14th April and two ipads and a laptop were stolen.

Credit: South Wales Police

Police have released CCTV of two men they want to speak to in connection with this incident.

Anyone with information should contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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Road closure trial for Port Talbot to begin in August

The timetable for the closure of the slip road from the M4 motorway into Port Talbot has been confirmed - it will start on the 4th August.

Protesters say the J41 plans will damage trade, and cause traffic chaos. Credit: Steve Redmore.

Neath and Port Talbot Council say the timetable was agreed upon after a meeting with the Welsh Government. the town's Chamber of Trade and local businesses.

Campaigners asked the Welsh Government to drop the plans. Credit: Steve Redmore

The trial peak-time closure of the westbound slip road at Junction 41will start on 4th August 2014 between 0700 to 0900 and1600 to 1800, Monday to Friday.

Campaigners handed in a petition with more than 22,000 signatures against the closure plans which they say will hit trade and worsen traffic problems.

Pick-up driver jailed for causing pedestrian's death

A driver has been jailed after admitting causing the death of a pedestrian in Port Talbot.

Phillip White, 49, pleaded guilty to causing death by careless driving and was sentenced to 24 weeks in prison.

Judith Thomas, 52, died when she was hit by White's pick-up truck on Margam Road in January 2013.

White has also been banned from driving for a year. Credit: South Wales Police

The judge ordered the seizure of White's vehicle.

White showed a total disregard for the law by driving otherwise than in accordance with the conditions of a licence.

I would like to thank those members of the public who assisted with first aid that evening and who came forward as witnesses.

– Inspector Carwyn Evans, South Wales Police

Pick-up driver jailed for causing pedestrian's death

A driver has been jailed after admitting causing the death of a pedestrian in Port Talbot.

Phillip White, 49, pleaded guilty to causing death by careless driving and was sentenced to 24 weeks in prison.

Judith Thomas, 52, died when she was hit by White's pick-up truck on Margam Road in January 2013.

Phillip Alfred James White has also been banned from driving for a year. Credit: South Wales Police

The judge ordered the seizure of White's vehicle.

White showed a total disregard for the law by driving otherwise than in accordance with the conditions of a licence.

I would like to thank those members of the public who assisted with first aid that evening and who came forward as witnesses.

– Inspector Carwyn Evans, South Wales Police

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Further Tata Steel statement after Port Talbot emission

"We do everything possible to avoid any impact from our operations on our surroundings and we care very much when activities here unsettle our neighbours" said Dr Martin Brunnock, Technical Director at Tata Steel.

Black smoke was seen coming from the site Credit: Viewer's picture

"We have been contacted by local residents in relation to this incident and we will respond to this feedback once we complete our investigation."

"The release was the result of a procedure which we carry-out on very limited occasions when required to stabilise the blast furnace operation"

"We carry-out this procedure only when it is necessary and with a clear eye on our responsibilities to the community and the environment."

In pictures: Black smoke seen from Port Talbot steelworks

Below are pictures which appear to show black smoke emitting from the Tata Steel site after a 'loud bang' was heard there earlier today.

The company says the bang was caused by a valve in one of the blast furnaces.

Black smoke is seen from nearby houses in Port Talbot Credit: Ross Hookings
The emission has been reported to Natural Resources Wales Credit: Viewer's picture
Tata Steel insists the site remains safe Credit: Viewer's picture

Photo shows black smoke from Port Talbot steelworks

This photo from David Thomas, who lives near the Port Talbot steelworks, appears to show black smoke being emitted from the site.

Tata Steel says the site remains safe Credit: David Thomas

Tata Steel said production is continuing as normal, and that the site "remains safe".

The emission, caused by a valve in one the furnaces, has been reported to Natural Resources Wales.

Tata acknowledges 'unusual emission' from Port Talbot steelworks

Tata Steel said production is continuing as normal after a loud bang was heard from the Port Talbot steelworks this morning, with an 'unusual emission' witnesses by people living near the site.

Tata Steel said the bang was caused by a valve in one of the blast furnances

"Following reports of an unusual emission from the site, this morning, we can confirm that there was an operation of a valve in one of the blast furnaces which led to a release" a spokesperson said.

"The site remains safe and our normal production operations continue."

"The emission has been reported to NRW, and will be investigated and further reported to the regulator according to normal protocols.

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