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Teenager airlifted to hospital after incident near Merthyr

There are reports a thirteen-year-old boy has been airlifted to hospital after an incident in Merthyr Tydfil.

Credit: Hannah Thomas/ITV

ITV Wales' Correspondent Hannah Thomas was at the scene as mountain rescue teams and the ambulance service arrived.

A helicopter was also seen near the cliff edge, which is known locally as 'Dan Darren'.

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South Wales Fire and Rescue Service confirmed a 'teenage casualty' had been taken to hospital as a precaution.

Merthyr Tydfil: 30 seats declared - no final results

Credit: Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council

There are three more seats on the council but they're all in a ward where the election has been postponed due to a candidate's death.

So Merthyr won't know for another month whether the independents or Labour will run the council.

The delayed vote will take place on June 8th, the same day as the General Election.

  • Independents - 16 (+10)
  • Labour - 14 (-10)
  • Undeclared - 3


45-year-old man arrested on suspicion of attempted murder

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A 45 year-old-man from the Penydarren area of Merthyr Tydfil has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder.

South Wales Police were called shortly after 10.00am this morning to a property in Dowlais in in response to reports of an assault.

A 35 year old man has been taken to the University Hospital of Wales with life threatening injuries.

The 45 year-old-man has been taken to Cardiff Bay police station where he is being questioned.

Mum with incurable cancer to meet Stereophonics after social media campaign

A young mother from Merthyr Tydfil has told ITV News how grateful she is to her friends, family and community for helping her achieve her dreams before she dies.

Last month, 26-year-old Amy Jones found out that she has incurable tumours in her brain, chest and kidney.

Amy Jones has been invited to London to meet Stereophonics.

Since then a social media campaign has been launched to help her achieve her bucket list.

The campaign have managed to line up a meeting with Amy's favourite band Stereophonics.

Watch Megan Boot's report here.


Jobs at Merthyr meat plant 'no longer sustainable'

St Merryn Foods have said the packing operation at a meat processing site in Merthyr are 'no longer sustainable' - putting around 400 jobs there at risk.

St Merryn Foods employs 1100 people in total in Merthyr.

The meat processing company, which employs 1100 people in total in Merthyr, say serious challenges facing the red meat sector in the UK - including declining markets, falling volumes, higher input costs and a fiercely competitive retail landscape - are to blame.

They've confirmed the decision does not impact the Beef and Lamb slaughter and cutting operations, with these continuing to operate as usual at Merthyr.

They say they'll be working with the Welsh Government, Job Centre Plus and Staffline to "seek opportunities for colleagues outside the business."

As part of a wider strategic review, we can confirm we are consulting with colleagues about the viability of our retailing packing operation at our Merthyr Tydfil meat processing site.

We do not take the decision to launch this review lightly, but it is the only way our business can survive and prosper for the longer term.

Our main focus now is to begin discussions with our colleagues to explore every available option to mitigate the potential loss of this function, which will include seeking relocation and redeployment opportunities elsewhere in the Group.

– St Merryn Foods statement

If the proposal goes ahead, jobs will be transferred to an alternative St Merryn site - most likely in Bodmin and Victoria in Cornwall.

St Merryn have confirmed this would not take place until January 2017.

Watch Hannah Thomas' report here.

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