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Beaches given all-clear following dog poison scare

Beaches in the Vale of Glamorgan have been given the all-clear following a dog poisoning scare.

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Earlier this week the council warned pet owners to keep their dogs off the coastline after reports that some had become sick after walking on Whitmore Beach.

The council says an investigation found no evidence that the water and surrounding coastal areas posed any risk to animals or humans.

Water tests found no contaminants in the water. Both beaches will now be raked and cleaned as a precautionary measure.

Vale of Glamorgan Council is now advising all visitors that there is no evidence of any of risk to dogs on the beaches and "looks forward to welcoming dog walkers back to the sands".

Warning signs put-up earlier this week will now be removed.

'Keep dogs off beaches' warning after pets fall ill

Tests are being carried out after reports that a number of dogs have become unwell after being walked on the beach at Barry Island.

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The Vale of Glamorgan Council says it is checking water samples at Whitmore Bay and inspecting the beach to identify whether any substance may have washed up as a result of recent heavy rain.

The authority is liaising with local vets and National Resources Wales as part of its investigation.

As a temporary measure the council is advising dog owners to keep pets off the beaches along the Vale’s coastline until any possible risk to animals has been identified.

The council says there is no evidence to suggest any risk to humans.

Owners of dogs that have become unwell after visiting on the Vale’s beaches, or who have any further information, are asked to contact the council.


Major sea rescue at Barry Island involving teens

A teenager swimmer has been pulled from the sea at Barry Island and flown by helicopter to hospital.

Two boys were pulled from the sea at Barry Island on Tuesday. Credit: PA

The RNLI says the boy was pulled from the water by a lifeguard at Whitmore Bay moments before he went underwater.

The teenager was one of two who got into difficulty and went out of their depth swimming near Nells Point at the eastern end of the beach.

RNLI lifeguards were alerted to the swimmers in danger at about 12.45pm.

RNLI lifeguard Rhydian Price paddled out on a rescue board. One of the teenagers had managed to return to shallower water by the time he got to the scene, but the second had taken on water and was close to going under.

Both casualties were taken by a rescue helicopter to the University of Wales Hospital, Cardiff.

RNLI lifeguard Rhydian Price paddled out on a rescue board Credit: RNLI

This incident highlights the importance of always swimming in the red and yellow flagged areas at lifeguarded beaches, where our fully trained lifeguards are on hand to provide safety advice and assistance.

– RNLI Lifeguard Manager Stuart Thompson

Fancy owning your own holiday destination?

Agents are expecting a lot of interest in the sites Credit: Vale of Glamorgan Council

Have you ever thought of owning your very own slice of paradise? Well, now you can, because Barry Island is up for sale.

The resort, at Nell's Point, is on the market as part of ongoing work to regenerate the area.

The area is currently undergoing extensive regeneration Credit: Vale of Glamorgan Council

The successful buyer would get the much-loved resort site, which is currently being used as a temporary car park, and the adjacent Grade II Listed toilet block.

Agents are expecting a lot of interest.

These two sites are arguably one the best opportunities available for a leisure and tourism development in South Wales. Both enjoy panoramic views across the region’s premier sandy beach, Whitmore Bay, and are just a short trip from Cardiff, Wales’ capital city.

– Paul Tarling, Public Sector and Development Consultant at Jones Lang Lasalle

The sites are offered for sale by informal tender and the sites can be purchased individually or together. The deadline for tender submissions is 30 September 2015.

Red Arrows display over Barry Island cancelled

The RAF Red Arrows have confirmed on their twitter page that their display, which was due over Barry Island this afternoon, has been cancelled.

The Red Arrows are famous for their colourful displays. Credit: PA

Event Organiser John Buxton said that due to adverse weather conditions, the team had been unable to fly to the area and perform within their allotted airspace window.

The aircraft were due to feature as part of the 'Barry at War' event.

Mr Buxton said he was "immensely disappointed" the display could not go ahead, but stated that if weather conditions improve, and if air traffic authority is granted, there may be a fly past over Barry today sometime during the mid-afternoon.

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