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50 jobs for Welshpool with firm's expansion

Credit: Welsh Government

The Welsh Government says it plans to invest £5.6m to build a new factory for Invertek Drives to enable the company to expand its operations in Welshpool and create up to 50 new jobs.

The company designs and makes Variable Frequency Drives, used to control motors in a wide variety of industrial and energy saving applications and exports around 90% of its output to Europe, US, Australia and the Middle East.

The Welsh Government plans to build a new 56,500 sq ft detached unit on Offa’s Dyke Business Park next to Invertek Drives’ main production facility and headquarters.

Credit: Welsh Government

Invertek Drives, an independently owned company established in 1998, employs 190 people worldwide, including more than 170 at its Welshpool headquarters and has doubled its turnover to £23 million in the last five years.

It has ambitions for a 50% increase in turnover by 2018 when thirty new jobs will have been created, rising to 50 when production ramps upto full capacity.

– Edwina Hart AM, Economy Minister


Otter cub found at side of road taken into care

An orphaned otter cub has been taken into care after she was found on the side of the road.

The cub was spotted alone twice before being rescued. Credit: RSPCA

A member of the public spotted her at Glanhafren, Cyfronydd, near Welshpool and took the otter home in a box for safety until the RSPCA arrived.

The cub is said to be doing well. Credit: RSPCA

She was uninjured, but was without her parents - so has been taken to our wildlife centre for rehabilitation.

The cub is doing ok at the moment and is eating well which is encouraging.

– RSPCA inspector Phil Lewis

Teen reported missing from Welshpool

Sophie Townsend was reported missing last night. Credit: Dyfed Powys Police

Police in Welshpool are appealing for help to find a missing teen.

17-year-old Sophie Townsend was last seen at 10.40pm last night. She is 5ft, with short thick brown hair and blue eyes.

Dyfed-Powys Police says it is concerned for Sophie's welfare and is asking anyone with information to contact 101.

Police appeal for missing teenage girl

Police in Welshpool are appealing for information as they search for a teenage girl who has been missing since Friday.

Sophie Townsend was last seen on Friday night. Credit: Dyfed Powys Police

17-year-old Sophie Townsend was last seen at around 10pm on Friday night near the Morrisons supermarket in the town.

She is described as 5ft 4/5ft 5 inches tall with short brown hair. It's believed Sophie is wearing black jeans with slashes across the front, a black t shirt, a black waterproof jacker and black trainers with lime green writing and laces.

Anyone with any information about her whereabouts is urged to contact Dyfed Powys Police on 101.


Painting found in mid Wales expected to fetch £100K

The important painting, entitled 'Dives and Lazarus', will go for auction later Credit: Duncan Foulkes

An old master oil painting by Dutch artist Dirck van Delen discovered in a mid Wales country cottage is expected to fetch more than £100,000 when it's sold at an auction in Shropshire later.

The important painting, entitled 'Dives and Lazarus', has been consigned to Halls' fine paintings, silver and jewellery auction in Shrewsbury today by a prominent mid Wales family.

The 61.5cm by 73cm oil on panel was discovered in a cottage in the Welshpool area by the head of Halls' art department, Allan Darwell.

"From the moment I saw it I knew it was 17th century and special," he said.

"Because it was so dark in the house, I couldn't see a set of initials on it. It was only when it was delivered to our saleroom and I examined it closely under lights that I identified the initials of Dirck van Delen."

The painting has been identified by art historian Bernard Vermet, from the Foundation for Cultural Inventory in Amsterdam, as one of van Delen's earliest works.

Tributes paid to 21-year-old who died in Newtown crash

Andrew died in a car crash near Newton last Saturday. Credit: Dyfed Powys Police

Tributes have been paid to 21-year-old Andrew Lloyd from Forden in Welshpool who died in a two-vehicle crash near Newtown last Saturday.

His family say he was a 'popular young man' and that he will be remembered as being a 'caring, fun loving, out going son and an absolute gentleman'.

Andrew was driving west along the A483 towards Newtown on Saturday 21st December when the car he was driving collided with a vehicle travelling in the opposite direction.

Man charged after Welshpool train incident

The train collided with a tractor on the Buttington Crossing on July 2013 Credit: Kevin Ashford

A man has been charged after an incident involving a train which collided with a tractor in Powys in July.

The British Transport Police have confirmed that Ifan Gwyn Evans, 28, from Llanfyllin, has been charged with endangering the safety of persons using the railway.

The train collided with a tractor towing a trailer on the Buttington Crossing near Welshpool on 16th July 2013.

Mr Evans will appear at Welshpool Magistrates Court at the end of November.

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