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Mephedrone contamination ruled out after three fall ill

Three people who fell ill after taking the drug Mephedrone are likely to have been affected by the amount consumed and not because the drug was contaminated, according to a Public Health Wales investigation.

Two were admitted to intensive care following the incident earlier this month. One has now been discharged but the other remains critically ill.

Laboratory tests on the drug have ruled out any contamination and the investigation has now concluded.


Two hernias 'so heavy I have to carry them around'

Margaret John described her "ordeal" at having to live with two hernias in her stomach as she waits for an operation to remove them.

"As the day goes on they do get bigger, and by evening time I feel that I've got to put both my hands underneath to carry them around because they're so heavy.

"Day-to-day I can't bend, I can't stretch - everything seems an ordeal."

In this video, Margaret shows the two hernias on her stomach.

Swansea woman left waiting for hernia operation

Margaret John is now waiting for another date to be set for her operation. Credit: ITV News

A grandmother from Swansea has waited over two years for surgery on two hernias in her stomach. 66-year-old Margaret John's operation has been cancelled twice.

Mrs John has to use a wheelchair most of the time and says the hernias make everyday tasks 'an ordeal', making sitting down and sleeping very uncomfortable.

Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board has apologised for the delays and says it is trying to arrange another date for surgery as quickly as possible.

Vivienne Westwood on anti-fracking campaign

Vivienne Westwood
Dame Vivienne Westwood is a committed anti-fracking campaigner Credit: Press Association Images

The designer, Dame Vivienne Westwood, is attending an event in Swansea later today called 'We need to talk about fracking.' It's part of a nationwide tour following on from an open letter printed in the Times and signed by over 150 celebrities and scientists calling for more debate on fracking.

There are reserves of shale gas in parts of south Wales and licences for exploratory drilling have already been granted by several councils. The UK government supports the extraction saying it could reduce energy bills and create thousands of jobs.

Fracking - short for "hydraulic fracturing" - involves drilling deep underground and releasing a high-pressure mix of water, sand and chemicals to crack rocks and release gas stored inside.

Environmentalists fear it can cause small earth tremors, water contamination and environmental damage.


Swansea residents' anger over rising ground rents

by Carole Green

More than 200 homeowners say they have have been hit with a 2,000% hike in ground rent by Swansea Council - with many saying they just can't afford to pay it.

The residents of the Elba estate in Gowerton are petitioning the local authority, saying some people could be forced to sell up.

The council says it is routine to reassess ground rent rates for leasehold properties every 25 years and the new rents reflect market conditions.

Swansea workers agree settlement after long campaign

Hundreds of former Visteon workers in Swansea have fought a long campaign for compensation, after their pensions fell by up to 40 per cent when the car parts company went into administration in 2009.

  • The Swansea plant opened back in the 1960s
  • It was run by Ford until 2000 - when workers transferred to Visteon
  • Visteon went into administration in 2009, with workers losing up to 40% of their pensions
  • Ford said it was not responsible, and, in 2011, campaigners began legal proceedings in the High Court
  • In April 2014, Ford made a compensation offer to the Unite Union
  • Now, workers have voted to accept the settlement offer

Former Swansea workers have fought for their pensions alongside those from Basildon, Enfield and Belfast.

The Unite union today said "the settlement offer received overwhelming support from all eligible ex-Visteon workers who took the decision to be a party to the legal action."

Visteon workers accept Ford pensions settlement offer

Former workers at the Visteon car parts factory in Swansea, whose pensions were hit when the company went into administration, have agreed a compensation deal with motoring giant Ford.

A long campaign by former Visteon workers to retrieve some of their pension pots has now come to an end.

In April, Ford - which used to run the plant at Swansea and several others in England - made a multi-million pound offer to workers, and the Unite union confirmed today that workers have accepted the offer.

Watch: Ford makes compensation offer to Visteon workers

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