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Pollution investigation - rivers 'running orange'

Investigations are underway into a pollution incident on the Afon Pelenna and Afon Afan near Efail Fach in Neath Port Talbot.

The "orange" river at Afon Pelenna. Credit: Natural Resources Wales

Natural Resources Wales says it received a report by a local person who noticed that the rivers were discoloured and running orange.

Officers are currently on site assessing the impact and taking water samples for further analysis.

They have identified the source of the pollution and are working with those responsible to investigate the circumstances and to reduce any further damage to the area.

Our initial assessments show that the dissolved oxygen and pH levels of the river are in normal range, and we haven’t witnessed any signs of dead fish or fish in distress.

We expect the discolouration to continue downstream of Pontrhydyfen for the next 24 – 36 hours, so we’ll be keeping a close eye on the rivers closely for any change.

– Huwel Manley, from Natural Resources Wales


Police probe 'unexplained' death of pensioner

The man's body was found on the roadside of the A48 in Margam Credit: ITV News

An investigation is underway after a pensioner's body was found on a roadside in Port Talbot.

Officers were called to the A48 between Margam Crematorium and the entrance to Tata sports ground at around 10pm on Friday, where a man's body had been discovered by a member of the public.

South Wales Police says formal identification has not taken place, but it believes the man a 70 year old from the Baglan area. His death is currently being treated as unexplained.

We are appealing to anyone who has seen a man fitting the description between 6pm and 10pm on Friday night to come forward. It is possible that he has walked to where he was found along the main road from Port Talbot town centre to Margam which is a busy main road.

He was dressed completely in black with tracksuit bottoms, a tracksuit top with a vest underneath and black casual shoes. He had balding grey hair, of slim build with a thin face and of average height

– Detective Inspector Mark Kavanagh, South Wales Police

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 quoting reference number 1500259472.

M4 speed cameras generate half a million pounds

M4 at Port Talbot Credit: ITV Wales

Speed cameras on the M4 in Port Talbot have generated more than £500,000 in fines within six months.

The two mile stretch of motorway is covered by average speed cameras and operators 'GoSafe' said there were around 50 offences every day, a "small proportion" of the 75,000 vehicles using the road.

Manager Chris Hulme insisted that the cameras are there to ensure road safety, not make money.

However campaign group Safe Speed argues cameras are not necessarily the best way to get motorists to slow down:

Speed cameras have never been proved to reduce speeds, the courses have no proof that they make drivers drive better, and it's taking money back with those grants, back to the people who are funding the speed cameras, so that they can produce more speed cameras."

– Claire Armstrong, Safe Speed

On Sunday, a police boss in North Wales argued that speed cameras should not be seen as revenue raisers.


UCATT union: 'Members won't stand idly by'

UCATT members employed by Tata Steel have voted overwhelmingly for strike action.

It's due to a running dispute over the company’s plans to close the British Steel Pension Scheme.

UCATT members voted 95.1% for strike action and by 94.9% for action short of strike action on an 80% turnout.

This result shows that members are not going to stand idly by and allow Tata to close their pension scheme.

It is now imperative for Tata to swiftly return to the negotiating table to resolve this dispute.

– Nick Blundell, Regional Secretary for UCATT Wales and South West Region

Tata steel workers vote for strike action

The Port Talbot plant employs almost 4,000 Credit: PA

Union workers at Tata steel have voted to take strike action over their pensions.

The company says it is 'disappointed' saying it is "proposing to continue providing employees with highly attractive and competitive pensions".

Tata steel says it remains hopeful that employees will avoid taking any action that damages its objective of building a successful and sustainable UK business capable of supporting a secure pension scheme.

Retirement age would change.

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