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Over 70 new jobs created at site in the Rhymney Valley

Over seventy jobs have been created at a site in Rhymney, with a further seventy jobs safeguarded.

Sharp Clinical Services is relocating from near this facility in Crickhowell. Credit: Google Maps

Sharp Clinical Services (UK) Ltd, which provides global clinical trail services, is relocating from its current facilities in Crickhowell.

The company is now expanding, creating 73 jobs and investing £9.5m in a new European Clinical Headquarters in the Rhymney Valley that will double staff numbers.

The investment is backed by £500,000 business finance from the Welsh Government.

This is a significant expansion project for the life sciences sector in Wales and will effectively embed a large international healthcare plc in Wales, boosting our growing reputation as a key location for pharma service companies.

– Ken Skates AM, Economy Secretary


Campaigners buy Crickhowell pub

Credit: Tim Jones

Campaigners say a deal's been reached with the owners of a former pub in Crickhowell High Street amid fears a supermarket could be built on the site.

The Corn Exchange will now be sold to nearly 180 local people. They say the sale's been approved by the board of Punch Taverns Ltd – and the campaigners now have eight weeks to exchange contracts.

After that, they will have six months to gain planning approval for their preferred use of flats above small shops.

Mid Wales town continues supermarket protest

Shopkeepers in Crickhowell will be 'boarding-up' their windows on Saturday afternoon, as they continue their protest against plans for a High Street supermarket.

Crickhowell is a small town in the Brecon Beacons Credit: ITV News

They plan to cover their windows with cardboard and brown paper, and write slogans like "closed" and "out of business due to supermarket".

Those involved say they want to give people an idea of what their High Street could look like if plans to build a 7am to 11pm convenience store go ahead.

Today's action comes after protests on the high street earlier this year, where more than a hundre people turned out to voice their opinions.

We believe up to eight family-run independent shops could be affected if a supermarket chain came to town. We want to give people an idea of what their High Street could look like if that many shops closed and were boarded up."

– Steve Askew, Baker

The planning application will be decided by the Brecon Beacons National Park.

Read more: Town demo against plans to turn pub into store

Disused tank caused Crickhowell oil spill

Officers from Natural Resources Wales have identified the cause of an oil spill, which let 3,500 litres of oil into a river near Crickhowell on Thursday.

Absorbent pads are being used to mop up the polluted water Credit: Natural Resources Wales

The cause of the spill has been traced to a disused oil tank.

The incident has already had a significant impact on the stream, killing many fish and affecting people's gardens.

We have traced the cause of the spill to a disused oil tank and have managed to stop the pollution at source. However, the oil that has already escaped into the ground may continue to seep into the stream via the culvert.We will be using more absorbent pads and booms over the weekend to try and contain and clean up as much of the oil as we can. It has already had a significant impact on the stream with around 150 fish already dead, including trout, bullhead and eels, but is so far not affecting the River Usk.We are continuing to investigate this incident and urge anyone who may have information to contact us.

– Rhys Hughes, Natural Resources Wales

Investigation as 3,500 litres of oil pollutes river

Officers say they're making efforts to prevent more oil reaching the river Credit: Natural Resources Wales

An investigation is taking place after an oil spill which has polluted approximately 850 metres of river in Crickhowell.

An estimated 3,500 litres of oil has escaped into the river, and the surrounding area, also affecting nearby gardens.

Officers at Natural Resources Wales say they're making efforts to prevent more oil reaching the river, but the impacts are already evident.

Many people called to report the incident earlier today, which is causing an oily sheen on top of the water and a strong odour.

The source of the pollution has been identified, but the oil has now worked its way downstream, affecting the main River Usk.

We are doing all we can to stop the pollution and to reduce its impact on fish and other wildlife which depend on it, as well as the local community who are being affected.Our officers have already spotted a few dead fish in the river, but we’re expecting to see more as the pollution moves through the system. Our team have put booms in place in the Cwm Beth to soak up as much of the pollution as possible.Our fisheries specialists are also currently conducting a full assessment of the river to help us determine the impact on the wildlife in the river.

– Rhys Hughes, Natural Resources Wales


Coast & Country: Visiting Tretower Court and castle

Carl learns another recipe from History Chef Ceri Credit: ITV Cymru Wales

In tonight's episode:

Carl joins History Chef Ceri Lane at Tretower Court and Castle near Crickhowell.

They'll be making 'hardtack' biscuits, a snack historically eaten by sailors, when they were at sea for months on end.

Carl will also be finding out about the site's rich history, from its time as a grand country house, through to its use as a farm, and eventually its restoration.

Also in tonight's episode:

Andrew Price will be at mountain biking centre Bike Park Wales in Merthyr Tydfil.

Ruth will be exploring the Pembrokeshire Coast, and Hannah is on Saint Catherine's Island in Tenby.

Wedding party stuck in New York until Saturday

Members of a wedding party from Wales who are stranded in New York due to Hurricane Sandy have told ITV Wales their airline has informed them they won't be able to return to the UK until at least Saturday.

Around 30 guests had flown out to America to celebrate the couple's big day but many have since been unable to fly home as flights out of New York have been cancelled.

Some have also had difficulties booking hotels and nine guests have been forced to share one room.

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