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Public inquiry in Welshpool over windfarm plans

An enquiry into mid-Wales windfarm plans will be held later Credit: PA

A public inquiry into controversial plans for 800 wind turbines across mid-Wales will resume in Welshpool today. The applications are by six developers and cover five windfarm sites as well as the infrastructure to get the electricity generated to the National Grid.

The schemes are being opposed by a coalition of 21 separate groups. Supporters say the windfarms are vital to help meet ‘green’ energy targets. Critics say the developments would have a devastating effect on the surrounding countryside.

Before it adjourned last month, the inquiry considered the impact on transport and ancient monuments in the area. The main topic for discussion over the next few days will be what effect the windfarms would have on the landscape.

The inquiry was triggered after Powys County Council refused to grant planning permission for the schemes.

Alley rape investigation in Welshpool town centre

Police are investigating the rape of a young woman in Welshpool in an alleyway off the town centre area in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Officers would like to hear from anyone who was in Broad Street or High Street between 0245 and 0315.

Detective Inspector Diane Davies said , "At this time, priority lines of enquiry include identifying and securing CCTV images, forensic examinations and locating people who have significant information; some of whom may not know that they do.”


Investigation continues into Welshpool train collision

Accident experts are tonight investigating how a train carrying up to two hundred passengers came to hit a tractor trailer on one of the main lines across Mid Wales.

Two people needed hospital treatment after the collision.

The accident happened near the Buttington Crossing, just north of Welshpool at 11.49, sparking a major emergency operation, as Kevin Ashford reports.

Man arrested as part of investigation into train collision

A man has been arrested as part of an investigation into an incident in which a train hit a tractor in Powys earlier today.

According to British Transport Police a 27-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of endangering safety. He is currently assisting officers with their investigations.

The train driver, and the driver of the tractor, were both shaken and in shock, but otherwise uninjured.

Some minor injuries have been reported, although none are believed to be life threatening. Two people have been taken to Welshpool Hospital for further treatment.

All passengers have now been taken off the train and rail replacement buses have been arranged by Arriva Trains Wales.

– British Transport Police statement

Work is underway to remove the train from the tracks.


Train hits tractor near Welshpool

A train has collided with a tractor near Welshpool in Powys. The tractor, which was towing a trailer, was hit near the Buttington Crossing.

British Transport Police say there are between 150 and 200 passengers on the train, but none have been seriously injured.

Emergency services are at the scene, and the incident has been referred to the Rail Accident Investigation Branch.

Welshpool's independent Pola cinema closes after 75 years

Over the last 75 years, it has brought a little bit of Holywood glamour to Mid Wales. But tonight, Welshpool's Pola Cinema will show its final two films, before closing its doors.

Three generations of the same family have run it - but now it's been beaten by falling audiences and the high cost of going digital.

Tom Sheldrick reports on the struggle for independent cinemas to compete against the giant modern multiplex.

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