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Councillor resigns over ‘inappropriate language’

A Powys councillor severely reprimanded for using ‘inappropriate language’ in a cabinet meeting has resigned from her post, the county council has announced.

Councillor Myfanwy Alexander, cabinet member for education, children’s services and Welsh Language resigned from the cabinet today.

She remains a county councillor representing the Banwy ward.

Myfanwy Alexander has resigned as council deputy leader Credit: Powys County Council

“I can confirm that Councillor Alexander has tendered her resignation from the cabinet with immediate effect and I have accepted that resignation. ”

– Leader Barry Thomas

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Motorcyclist dies in four-vehicle crash

A motorcyclist has died and two other people have been injured on the A489 in Powys.

Police were called to the road between Newtown and Kerry at approximately 11.50am Sunday morning.

The collision involved a yellow Suzuki Wagon, a blue Ford Galaxy, a green MG ZR and a black Honda CBR motorcycle.

The road was closed for over six hours and is expected to open again later this evening.

Dyfed Powys Police say it has informed the motorcyclist's next of kin.

Police are appealing for any witnesses to the collision, or anyone travelling along that stretch of road at the relevant time to contact them on 101.

Powys clock tower noise complaint withdrawn

The clock tower in Knighton chimes every 15 minutes Credit: ITV News

An historic clock tower in Powys at the centre of a row over its chimes has been saved, after a resident who took issue with the bells withdrew her complaint.

Residents in Knighton held a protest last week to save the clock, which chimes every 15 minutes, from being silenced.

The woman who complained has since withdrawn her formal 'noise nuisance' complaint and said she had "misjudged the strength of feeling" in the town.

Family pay tribute to 'kind, caring and gentle' kayaker

The family of a missing kayaker have described him as "kind, caring and gentle" following the discovery of a body earlier today.

Gareth Lockyer, 34, was an "adventurous son" who "always watching out for other people and putting others before himself".

Gareth Lockyer went missing while kayaking on Sunday. Credit: Family photo

He was a keen kayaker, mountain biker and hill walker who had lived with his partner Emma in the Warwick area for the last six years.

He regularly went away to kayak around the UK but had never been in that section of the River Usk before, the statement said.

His family thanked the emergency services involved in the search for him.

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Police confirm body discovered in the River Usk

Dyfed Powys Police have confirmed they have recovered a body from the River Usk.

Search teams are in the area looking for a kayaker who went missing on Sunday afternoon.

Dyfed Powys Police can confirm that a body has been found during the search for a 34 year old kayaker who went missing on the River Usk yesterday afternoon.

The body was discovered shortly before 11.20am in the River Usk

The family of the missing kayaker has been informed of the discovery and efforts will now get underway to formally identify the deceased.

– Dyfed Powys Police statement

Search resumes for missing kayaker in Powys

Search crews were scouring the banks along the River Usk on Sunday Credit: Viewer's picture

The search for a 34 year old kayaker who went missing on the River Usk in Powys yesterday will resume this morning.

The man had been out kayaking with a group at the time of his disappearance.

An aerial search is expected to take place this morning, while a decision is made whether to resume the river search.

A Dyfed Powys Police spokesperson said: “Yesterday we searched an 11 mile stretch, and today we are bringing up officers from our marine unit in Pembrokeshire and specialist dogs who we hope will help us narrow down the search area.

“With recent wet weather conditions both the river and its banks are extremely hazardous at the present time, so we have to proceed with caution."

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