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Man arrested after girl seriously injured in hit-and-run

A 57-year-old man has been arrested after a hit-and-run in Ffrydd Road in Knighton, Powys, yesterday afternoon (14 September).

An 11-year-old was badly injured in the incident and air lifted to hospital.

Dyfed Powys Police said the girl is in a serious but stable condition.

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Police appeal after 'brutal' attack on 88-year-old woman

Police are asking anyone who has a dash cam and was driving along Upper Dolfor Road between 9am and 5pm to check their footage Credit: Google Maps

Police are appealing for information following a "brutal" attack on an 88-year-old woman in Powys.

The incident was reported to police on Monday, June 19, after a neighbour found the woman with significant facial and arm injuries at her home in Dolfor. She was taken to hospital where she remains in a stable condition.

Police are appealing for anyone with a dash-cam who was driving along Upper Dolfor Road between 9am and 5pm to check their footage for evidence which could assist the investigation.

No candidate for seat on Powys council

Nominations have now closed for the local elections on May 4 Credit: Powys Council

In most parts of Wales, election leaflets will be landing on doormats with increasing frequency for the next month, as candidates try to win our votes. But in some rural areas, a single candidate has been unopposed and declared elected. And in at least ward -Yscir in Powys- no-one has been nominated.

More than 1,000 voters in the village of Cradoc and its neighbouring communities north of Brecon will be unrepresented when councillors first meet after May 4, which is election day -where there is an election. Nominations will then have to be re-opened and a fresh attempt made to drum up some interest in representing Yscir

It's not yet clear if Yscir is the only ward in Wales with no candidate. At the last local elections in 2012, Bryncrug in Gwynedd had the dubious distinction of being the only candidate-free zone. Two months later, five people stood for the seat and there had to be a by-election.

500-year-old Powys oak is European Tree of the Year runner-up

Credit: Tracey Williams

An ancient pollarded oak thought to be over 500 years old has come second in the European Tree of the Year competition.

The tree, near Newtown, has been cared for by one family for generations. Even their family wedding photographs from 1901 were taken under its spreading canopy.

But in 2015 it was threatened with destruction by a new bypass. Mervyn Jones, who farms the land, campaigned hard to save the tree with Tree Hunter Rob McBride and after a 5,000 signature petition to the Welsh Assembly, the bypass route was adjusted.

The UK is rightly renowned for having some of the best examples of ancient trees in Europe, so it’s good to see them finally achieving recognition in the competition.

– Beccy Speight, Chief Executive, Woodland Trust
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