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Sixty-five firefighters now at Swansea fire

Up to sixty-five firefighters are now at the scene of a large fire at an industrial unit in Swansea. It is thought that they are pumping water from the nearby River Tawe to help tackle the blaze. The fire, believed to be at the Pure Wafer premises on Llansamlet's Enterprise Park, broke out at around 9 o clock this morning. Local residents have been told to keep their windows and doors closed. Chemicals and cylinders could be stored in the building.

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Crews tackle large fire at Swansea industrial estate

A witness posted this photo on Twitter Credit: @MatthewJ_19

Around 50 firefighters are currently tackling a blaze at an industrial estate in Swansea.

Crews were called to the Central Business Park in Llansamlet just after 9am this morning.

It's believed the commercial building is used to store chemicals.

South Wales police say the area has been cordoned off whilst the incident is dealt with, and they've advised the public to avoid the area.

As a precaution, residents in the Birchgrove and Glais areas are also being asked to keep their doors and windows shut.

Photos: Flooding causes disruption in Machynlleth

The Dyfi Bridge, just north of Machynlleth, is closed this morning due to flooding.

The Dyfi Bridge is the subject of a flood warning, while there are 13 further flood alerts in place.

The A487 in Machynlleth is closed due to heavy rainfall overnight.
Some people ventured through the water.

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One flood warning and 13 flood alerts throughout Wales

There's one flood warning and 13 flood alerts in force from South Wales to the North.

The warning is for Dyfi Bridge, the A487 and extensive areas of agricultural land.

Natural Resources Wales publishes flood warnings and alerts online. Credit: Natural Resources Wales

The alerts cover the following areas:

  • River Wye in Powys
  • Rivers in the Llynfi and Ogmore catchments
  • Rivers in the Neath catchment
  • Rivers in the upper Teifi catchment upstream of Llanybydder including Llanybydder
  • Rivers in North Ceredigion including the Rheidol, Ystwyth, Melindwr and Ceunant
  • Areas around the river Mawddach and river Wnion, from Fairbourne to Ganllwyd and Rhydymain
  • River Severn and its tributaries in Powys
  • Afon Vyrnwy, Afon Tanat and Afon Cain & their tributaries
  • Isolated properties and extensive areas of agricultural land in the Lower Dee flood plain
  • Areas around the river Conwy from Dolwyddelan to Conwy
  • Isolated properties and extensive areas of agricultural land in the Upper Dee flood plain
  • Areas around the river Dyfi, from Dinas Mawddwy and Llanbrynmair to the estuary, including Machynlleth
  • River Ely

Trio jailed for £5m mortgage fraud scam

Ben Pickering, Mark Cainen and Paul John were jailed for fraud. Credit: South Wales Police

Three men have been jailed for more than 17 years after carrying out mortgage fraud in the Swansea area.

Ben Pickering, Mark Cainen and Paul John got mortgages using fake identities as part of an eight-year scam worth more than £5million. They were all convicted of conspiracy to defraud at Swansea Crown Court.

Pickering was jailed for six years, Cainen for eight years and John for three years and four months.

A 34-year-old woman also received a 12-month suspended sentence and was ordered to carry out 200 hours of unpaid work.

These four defendants were involved in an audacious, systematic and very large scale financial fraud, committed over a prolonged period.

The scale and complexity of their dishonesty was considerable. Two defendants used a variety of names and used their own companies to facilitate the fraud. Numerous documents were falsified in order to create a web of deceit.

– Catrin Evans, Crown Prosecution Service

Welsh Government aims to 'reduce the burden' of cancer on people's lives

The Welsh Government say it's committed to helping people affected by cancer by offering patients the opportunity to access financial advice.

It comes after the charity, Macmillan Cancer Support, found one in four cancer patients in Wales are being hit with the cost of cancer.

A cancer diagnosis can have a financial impact on patients and their families, which is why we are trying to reduce the burden of the disease on people's lives - patients benefit from free prescriptions and free hospital car parking in Wales.

Our Cancer Delivery Plan makes clear our commitment to people affected by cancer being offered the opportunity to access financial advice. Every cancer patient should have access to a key worker. The guidance for this role clearly sets out their function in supporting people to access advice and services to meet the clinical and non clinical needs of individuals.

– Welsh Government spokesperson
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