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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.

Gwent PCC warns police budget cuts are 'dangerous'

Gwent's Police and Crime Commissioner has warned that further budget cuts will stretch the force's resources to "dangerous levels."

Ian Johnston has spoken out after the Home Office published its provisional police grant settlement this week, showing a 5.1 per cent cash terms reduction between 2014-15 and 2015-16.

Ian Johnston says cuts to policing budgets have been 'brutal.'

He said that the Gwent force has already lost 223 police officers and 169 staff members due to cuts since 2010-11.

The government grant for Gwent was £84.7m in 2010-11, reduced to £76.8m by 2014-15.

Whilst I understand the need for cuts during times of austerity, I am very concerned about the rationale behind continuously reducing the budget of frontline policing.

These ongoing cuts are not sustainable and will only succeed in further stretching our already diminishing resources to dangerous levels in future. You just can't put a price on public safety. These brutal cuts to policing are bound to have an impact on police service provision.

– Ian Johnston, Gwent Police and Crime Commissioner

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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

Emergency services prepare for 'Black Friday'

Thousands of revellers are expected to celebrate in pubs, bars and clubs tonight.

Emergency services across the country are making preparations as the festive party season gets underway. 'Black Friday', the Friday before Christmas is traditionally seen as one of the busiest of the year.

Anticipating a rise in the number of alcohol-related injuries, injury assessment centres have been set up in some areas by the emergency services.

No-one wants to stop people having a good time at Christmas,but you really don’t need to drink to excess to do so. You will put yourself, and maybe others, at risk.

Enjoy yourself, but keep an eye on how much you drink and pace yourself. Drink plenty of water or soft drinks as well, so you keep well hydrated.

Our emergency departments are incredibly busy at the moment, so please don’t add to our workload by excessive binge drinking and ending up here for treatment.

– Andy Macnab, ABMU health board Emergency department consultant

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