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No candidate for seat on Powys council

Nominations have now closed for the local elections on May 4 Credit: Powys Council

In most parts of Wales, election leaflets will be landing on doormats with increasing frequency for the next month, as candidates try to win our votes. But in some rural areas, a single candidate has been unopposed and declared elected. And in at least ward -Yscir in Powys- no-one has been nominated.

More than 1,000 voters in the village of Cradoc and its neighbouring communities north of Brecon will be unrepresented when councillors first meet after May 4, which is election day -where there is an election. Nominations will then have to be re-opened and a fresh attempt made to drum up some interest in representing Yscir

It's not yet clear if Yscir is the only ward in Wales with no candidate. At the last local elections in 2012, Bryncrug in Gwynedd had the dubious distinction of being the only candidate-free zone. Two months later, five people stood for the seat and there had to be a by-election.

Police appeal for missing man in Powys

Police are appealing for information after a 51-year-old man went missing in Powys.

Andrew Hardy has not been seen since 4.30pm on Wednesday 4 January.

Officers say he went missing from the Bronllys area, Brecon, but has ties to the north of Powys and also Aberystwyth.

Credit: Dyfed Powys Police

He is described as white, approximately 5’9” tall, quite slender, with long brown hair.

He is believed to be wearing black skinny jeans and a black coat, and may have a black cowboy hat.

Anyone who has seen Mr Hardy or has any information about his whereabouts is asked to contact 101.


Police name woman who died in crash near Brecon

Dyfed Powys Police has named a woman who died in a road traffic incident on Friday as 58 year old Diana, known as Diane, Price from the Brecon area.

Police are investigating the two vehicle collision which occurred at approximately 7.35am on Friday 9th December on the A40 near Llanspyddid, Powys.

A 21 year old woman was also taken to hospital for treatment.

Anyone who witnessed the collision is asked to contact police on 101.”

Appeal for white van driver after Brecon crash

Police are appealing for witnesses to a serious crash in Brecon.

It happened just after 7.30am on the A40 near Llanspyddid, and involved two cars - a black Mini and a green Rover.

Police are appealing for any witnesses, but in particular a white van which was travelling from the Brecon direction towards Sennybridge at the time.

Traffic is being stopped at Tarrell roundabout and Sennybridge.


Brecon and Radnorshire MP criticises plans to close barracks

The MP for Brecon and Radnorshire has criticised plans to close the barracks at Brecon in 2027, following an announcement from Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon.

Chris Davies MP has invited the Defence Secretary to visit the barracks

Sir Michael said the closures, which also affect 55 sites across the UK including two others in Wales, was due to cost, adding the latest batch of closures paving the way for a more modern military.

But Chris Davies MP says the closure at Brecon, which has been the base for the army in Wales for over 200 years, would hit hard due to its "economic and emotional attachment" to the area.

Brecon has been the base for the army in Wales since 1805, and I want things to stay that way. There are 60 civilian staff based there today, and 80 servicemen. Plans to close this site are abhorrent. The economic and emotional attachment of this barracks to Brecon is immense. Brecon has delivered to this country in military terms time and time again, and now it's time for the Defence Secretary and the British Army to give something back to Brecon. I've asked the Defence Secretary to visit the barracks with me in light of this news so that he can see just how important it is to the town of Brecon, and I hope he'll accept my invitation.

– Chris Davies, Conservatives, Brecon and Radnorshire MP

Man charged with murder after Brecon soldier death

A 23-year-old man has been charged with the murder of soldier Private Matthew Boyd.

Credit: Ministry of Defence

Private Boyd, 20, who was originally from Northern Ireland served in the Royal Gibraltar Regiment.

He was found injured and unconscious in Brecon town centre last weekend.

A 22-year-old man has been charged with affray.

Both are due to appear at Brecon Magistrates Court on Thursday.

Mr Boyd's family has asked for 'time and space' to come to terms with the news.

We would like to thank the community of Brecon for their thoughts and condolences. It has given us such strength as a family at this horrendous time. Matthew was a kind and popular young man, and it has been wonderful to see his warm and kind personality being replicated through the kindness of complete strangers.

"The people of Gibraltar have been fantastic to us, and we are grateful for their support.

"We are particularly grateful for the support from those currently in Brecon from Matthew's regiment, the Royal Gibraltar Regiment, who have gone out of their way to support us. "

– Family of Private Matthew Boyd
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