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Workers 'in shock' after Newport firm closure - union

Workers were reportedly told the company was closing earlier this week Credit: ITV News

Around 150 jobs are under threat at a Newport construction firm, after workers were told it was to close.

The Union of Construction Allied Trades and Technicians (UCATT) says the workforce at Green Hill Construction Ltd is in "shock" after they were told the company would close earlier this week.

Nick Blundell, regional secretary for UCATT Wales, said: "The workforce are in shock, This is a terrible time for a company to go under just before the Easter break. Workers are missing holiday pay as well as two weeks wages.

"We are advising our members to cooperate with the administrators and we will also be helping them to make a claim for a protective award as the company failed to consult with the workforce, before making them unemployed."

The company could not be reached for comment.

Appeal after 'suspicious' incident in Caerwent

Police are appealing for information after two children claimed they were approached by an elderly lady who asked them to get into a parked van in Monmouthshire.

A 17-year-old girl and a five-year-old boy were walking their dogs along Roman Road, Caerwent just before 6pm yesterday, when they say they were approached by a woman wearing a long purple coat, a purple hat and smart shoes. A 'scruffy' man was said to be in the van, which had dark windows.

Neither child was harmed. Gwent Police is asking anyone with information to contact 101, quoting log number 403 17/4/14.

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Crash leaves woman with 'life-threatening injuries'

A 21-year-old woman suffered life-threatening injuries in a crash in the SA1 development Credit: ITV News

A man has been arrested, after a crash in Swansea left a woman with 'life-threatening injuries.'

The 20-year-old man was driving a black Honda Civic when it collided with parked cars in Langdon Road in the SA1 development at around 10.25pm last night.

South Wales Police say the 21-year-old woman who was a passenger in the car is being treated for 'life-threatening injuries' at the University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff. Two other people, who were in another car, are also receiving treatment for injuries.

Police are appealing for anyone with information or who saw a black Honda Civic in Swansea Marina or SA1 areas last night to contact 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

Reservoirs 'full of hidden dangers,' Welsh Water warns

Welsh Water is urging people to abide by the 'no swimming' signs at reservoirs this weekend, no matter how tempting the water may seem.

Our reservoirs are great places to enjoy organised activities but all too often people are tempted to risk taking a swim which can lead to tragic consequences.

While reservoirs might seem like a great place to cool off, they are full of hidden dangers with freezing cold water and strong currents.

We ask customers to remember that reservoirs are working sites that are an important part of the water cycle.

This is why we display signage at these sites and campaigns asking customers not to swim at any time.

– Pete Perry, Welsh Water

Biker dies after collision with parked car

A biker died after his motorbike collided with a parked car in the village of Cadoxton near Neath. Credit: ITV News

A 27-year-old man was killed this morning after his motorbike crashed into a parked car near Neath.

South Wales Police say he was riding on Cadoxton Terrace, Cadoxton in the direction of Neath town centre when the collision happened at around 2am.

Anypne who saw or heard the collision is asked to contact South Wales Police's Roads Policing Unit on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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Reservoir danger warning ahead of Easter weekend

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Welsh Water are warning of the hidden dangers of reservoirs Credit: ITV News

People across Wales are being warned of the dangers of swimming in reservoirs, as large parts of the country enjoy warm weather in the run up to the Easter bank holiday weekend.

Welsh Water owns and maintains more than 80 reservoirs across Wales and although visitors are welcomed to these recreational sites, they are being warned not to swim in them because of the dangers, which can lead to fatal injuries.

The company has already reported instances of people swimming in some reservoirs in south Wales in the last few weeks including Lower Carno (Ebbw Vale) and Llandegfedd (Usk/Pontypool).

Two people died in Brecon Beacons reservoirs (Ponsticill and Cantref) in one weekend in July 2013.

RNLI Lifeguards' warning ahead of Easter return

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The RNLI in Porthcawl, South Wales Credit: PA

RNLI lifeguards return to their posts around Wales this Easter weekend and have reminded beach-goers to be aware of the dangers.

From 10am the charity's lifeguards will be present at Aberavon, Neath Port Talbot, Whitmore Bay in Barry Island and Tenby South beach to offer advice and assistance to beach-goers.

All three beaches kept the lifeguards extremely busy in 2013.

Whitmore Bay was the busiest Welsh RNLI lifeguarded beach for the second year running as the lifeguards responded to 221 incidents and assisted 236 people.

"RNLI lifeguards are trained to respond to a range of incidents both on the beach and in the water," said Stuart Thompson, South Wales RNLI Lifeguard Manager.

"We work with the Ambulance Service as First Responders to deal with minor and major first aid incidents, rescue people from rip currents as well as assisting other emergency services to help search for missing children.

"It was great to see thousands of people enjoy the hot weather on Welsh beaches last summer and hopefully we'll see more of the sun again this year.

"When enjoying the coast we advise people to try and visit a lifeguarded beach and to always swim or bodyboard between the red and yellow flags - this is the area that's patrolled by the lifeguards.

"If you get into trouble raise your hand and shout for help; or if you see someone else in danger please don't try and attempt the rescue yourself - tell a lifeguard or call 999 and ask for the Coastguard."

Police appeal after man hit by car near Llanfaelog

North Wales Police is appealing for information after a man was hit by a car on the A4080 Llanfaelog on Anglesey at around 1am this morning.

The local man, aged in his twenties was left with serious head injuries, and was taken to Ysbyty Glan Clwyd.

The driver of the car, thought to be dark in colour and with possible front-end damage , failed to stop. Police are asking anyone with information regarding the incident to call 101.

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