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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.

Family-run cinema set to close after 75 years

The Pola cinema will close its doors for the last time today Credit: ITV News

One of Wales' iconic old-fashioned cinemas, the Pola in Welshpool, will close today. It opened in 1938, has been family-run for years, and still uses the traditional 35mm format.

The owners said closing was due to new technologies and spiralling costs, and it will show a final two films this evening.


300 people protest in Welshpool as wind farm inquiry starts

Protesters fear pylons and wind farm structures will disrupt the countryside

Around three hundred people took part in a demonstration over a plans for a network of windfarms and pylons throughout Mid Wales.

Today saw the start of Britain's biggest ever public inquiry into wind energy projects, which will sit for up to a year in Welshpool, Powys.

Six energy developers plan to built wind farms in the Powys area
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