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Aberthaw Power Station near Barry pumped out double the limit of toxic
pollution for seven years, making it one of the dirtiest in Europe.
Tonight, Europe puts the UK Government in the dock
with serious questions about why they failed to curb
appearing to lay obstacles across a cycle path
amidst a bitter row between locals and cyclists.
Nigel Davies owed ?50 arrears in council tax,
he was threatened with a visit from bailiffs.
Are local authorities being too heavy handed?
The welshman honoured for his part in one of the most daring raids
of the second world war and it's the Autumn
The nights are drawing in with some rain and cooler air on the way.
The UK Government failed to limit pollution emissions from Aberthaw
power station in the Vale of Glamorgan.
That's the ruling from the European Court of Justice.
The coal-fired station was allowed to pump out more than double
the legal amount of nitrogen oxides for seven years.
Our business correspondent Brian Meechan is at
Aberthaw is a big employer, and lying 600 people here in the Vale of
Glamorgan. Other places around here depend on it. There are also a
number people around Barry as well. This is about a balance between jobs
and the economy, and health and the environment on the other.
Today, an EU court interpreting EU law told ministers they'd got that
balance wrong and that they had to make Aberthaw clean up its act
regardless of whether the UK's leaving the EU.
For 18 months, teams of contractors have been creating the outline of
this colossus. It was a massive construction project designed to use
Welsh coal. It finally began operating in 1971 and now generate
enough electricity to meet the needs of the million households. The coal
you that the site has largely come from opencast mines in Wales and it
is harder to bend and alternatives. That was the reason the UK, argue
that it was a special case and was allowed more than double the
emissions levels of nitrogen oxide many you would normally really
permit. It is produced once you burn coal. This doctor from Cardiff
University is an expert on the effects of pollution and said the
emissions from Aberthaw can cause serious health problems. The
emissions coming out from Aberthaw insist the particular matter and
various gases and, in domination, when you enter Helen, they cause
inflammation of the lungs. If you are healthy, making cars reduced
lung function, giving trouble breathing any long-term. Chronic
exposure to high levels, people with the disease could develop diseases.
They court rejected an idea that Aberthaw was a special case, saying
the UK governments cannot use it in order to the local economy as a
Justice creation not enforcing limits. They say there must also pay
the cost of the case. RWE said Caroline -- said : From April next
year, it will only produce electricity in the periods during
winter. The UK cover and has made it clear that it wants to see all
coal-fired power stations closed by 2025. New blue anchor pub has been
selling beer to customers in nearby east Aberthaw since the 14th
century. One local councillor told me the power station is important to
the area. We don't have an awful lot of unwanted opportunities at the end
this part of Wales. Certainly are, of course, I am concerned about the
loss of jobs. Be completed new technology at Aberthaw has already
reduced emissions. It'll also be using less gold from opencast Welsh
mines so businesses and suppliers can be affected. -- coal -- want.
There is a major clarity surrounding power stations in the UK. This was a
one off Rover Aberthaw but now we need to establish a coal based at
the. The new regulations will be invalid that Aberthaw. If the
European Commission is not satisfied with the progress being made in the
plan, it could result in fines being added to the cost of the clean-up.
Footage has emerged which appears to show the former Secretary
of State for Wales, Ron Davies helping to block an un-official bike
Mr Davies denies intending to hurt anyone by placing rocks
and logs over the trails - in a row over the way mountain
Natural Resources Wales which owns the land has encouraged both sides
Fast, exhilarating and, for many, on their doorstep.
Official bike tracks like this are great for some,
others like to go somewhat off-piste here on Caerphilly Mountain.
Turn off an established walking and cycling trail
It's not against the rules unless you cause damage
Natural Resources Wales, who own the land, recently
removed some dangerous jumps and blocked of
So, this is one of the lines that had
some features in that were deemed to be unsafe.
Some bikers have agreed not to ride them again,
But they say they are now finding rocks and logs
Ones that were not placed there by the landowner.
If you get something like that when you're going at any
speed at all, you'll go over the front of your bike.
That could cause a number of injuries,
you could break your collarbone from landing,
you could hit one of the trees in the woods.
These objects are being placed there, and
they seem to be getting bigger and bigger.
Maybe some people don't agree with the way that we use the
woods but I think when you're putting other
people in danger, that's a problem for us.
Natural Resources Wales put up signs when they closed
some of these trials, asking bikers to stop using them
The signs were torn down and defaced.
abused and intimidated by groups riding through the woods.
This footage appears to show two men using logs
and rocks to block one of
It is understood this man is the former
Secretary of State for Wales Ron Davies.
Both men didn't want to talk to me on camera but both denied intending
They both claimed they couldn't recall
continue to communicate with both groups to tolerate
And to make sure that both of them are allow the impacts
of their activities and behaviours on the route.
Mountain bikers say they've now started online groups
like other those others know which routes are acceptable
A week after the Conservative government in Westminster announced
plans allowing grammar schools to expand in England
they're "not persuaded" that allowing schools to select pupils by
It comes after Ukip called for the grammar system
But Wales' Education Secretary has called them a "distraction".
The number of school children being taught through the medium
That's according to Plaid Cymru, who used a Senedd debate today
They say - the teaching of Welsh in schools needs more funding,
if the Government is going to reach their target of a million
A man has been charged with criminal damage -
after two cars were set alight in Flint.
It happened at a property on Northop Road yesterday.
The 22-year-old man has been released on bail, to appear before
A 54-year-old woman has also been arrested on suspicion
of making threats to kill and is being held by police
A 22-year-old man from the Carmarthenshire area has been
arrested in London on suspicion of terrorism offences.
He has been released on bail pending further police enquires.
Dyfed-Powys Police are not releasing any further details at the moment.
A man who claims he was sexually abused by a former senior police
officer has told a jury the assaults wrecked his life.
Gordon Anglesea, who's 78 and from Old Colwyn,
denies three charges of indecent assault and one
His defence has suggested the witness, who can't be named,
wants compensation to fund a drink and drugs habit.
From Mold Crown Court, Roger Pinney reports.
The evidence of this trial, the fifth day, and details have emerged
that Gordon Anglesea is accused of committing against the second of his
alleged victims. They date back to 1982-1983, when they probably should
-- the probably superintendent was living in Wrexham. Much of that gain
any form of a video interview of the alleged victims. In it, he claimed
he had been sexually assaulted in the changing rooms there are
showering. The attendance there was at Saint Joseph School in Wrexham.
It has changed considerably in the past 30 years but, there, the
witness claimed that Gordon Anglesea exercise this power. Then the jury
heard from the man giving light evidence in court. Although
guaranteed anonymity, he asked for screens to be removed because he
said he wanted to see his alleged abuser, Gordon Anglesea. Under
cross-examination, the witness was pressed about his criminal record
and his mental state. He had spent time in psychiatric institutions and
then his drink and drugs problem. Mining and compensation would come
in very handy to pay for your drink and drugs, wouldn't it? Tiny
Griffiths asked. The witness said he did not want compensation. -- Tania.
He said he wanted people to see and to come forward. He then pointed to
Gordon Anglesea and said this. He has wrecked people's lives. And the
debate it. Gordon Anglesea denies all charges. -- and he needs to pay
for it. Much more to come
before seven o'clock. They say too many cooks
spoil the broth - but the truth is,
Wales has a shortage for his part in one
of the most daring raids The five the Labour leadership
closes today. The campaign has been a battle
for the party's soul; a battle for it's very survival
some would say. And now in Wales -
the party looks set to be handed new powers that will give IT
a bigger say in deciding Who speaks the Labour in Wales? Last
night, Illinois got that bit louder. Meeting in London, in the UK party
was 's ruling body known as the NBC agreed in principle to transcend our
palace to more powers in Wales. -- MBC. This Welsh NEC representative
welcomed the proposed move. We have been wanting well to have more
control over their powers for a long time. I do think that perhaps some
of those who are now more enthusiastic about greater
devolution of the party in Wales are at least partly influenced by the
idea of inciting the Welsh party. But he did not support the changes.
Giving a member of the Welsh Labour front bench a seat on the UK party
bus the gruelling unity. There was, however, unanimous support for
transferring power over these Welsh candidates in Westminster elections.
As for the election of the Welsh Labour leadership. What is important
in shaping policy. It is a big step to become independent. We received a
lot of benefits in kind from London. But battles for control of the party
between the pro-and anti-Jeremy Corbyn camps are set to continue.
Now, if Palin does indeed shift from Labour in London to Labour in
Cardiff -- power. That's because they disconnect, like it already has
in Swansea West between the ANZ MPs, and the membership at large. -- AMs.
Some members back to Jeremy Corbyn while thaw Alyn Smith. The local
party's secretary wants greater say for the members. -- the I am
definitely in favour of more devolution. I would like Welsh
Labour to make sure that we have an opportunity to have more of a voice
to grassroots members. Any elections take place for leader, etc. One
member, one vote and it's for the members. At next week's annual
conference, Labour members will decide whether to back the plans or
not. If they do, it may lead to a louder voice for Welsh Labour. Will
they be speaking in unison? So, plenty to talk about in the Labour
Party conference after the winner of the leadership battle is announced
on Saturday. Our Parliamentary correspondent has been following
what has, at times, been a pretty bitter campaign. How was they when a
patch things up? Yell back that is the big question. It is one Jeremy
Corbyn will try to answer by wiping the slate clean, as he offers, with
his critics by inviting them to rejoin the Labour front bench here
in Westminster. Now, that may sound like a sensible plan but it is by no
means clear that it will work. Some would only go back on condition, the
various conditions that they set out for Jeremy Corbyn. Others will not
go back at any price. Some opponents of Jeremy Corbyn clear that his
supporters in individual constituencies will simply drive to
deselect them, replace them with people who supports Jeremy Corbyn as
candidate. Those changes to the Wales Labour Party rules won't make
any difference to that. Alyn Smith -- Owen Smith said we will rejoin
the Shadow Cabinet. We will carry on serving from the backbenches. That
may sound like an admission from defeat, he said that it is not. We
will find out what Elton on Saturday morning. -- for certain.
Many local authorities in Wales are too quick to use bailiffs
to pursue council tax debts - that's according to
The charity says it's the biggest debt problem it
sees and is calling for a fairer approach to debt recovery.
It was the lead before Christmas when Nigel from Aberdare received a
letter from the local authorities saying he had a ?300 council tax
debt to pay within two weeks or he would be visited by bailiffs. I was
on edge. Even when they walk, I -- not, I was on edge. I have never
been able to my house. I did not want them to. Nigel has actually
made the amount, the mistake had been made because he had changed
address. They said he should get in touch if he needed help. They come
to reception. There are a lot of reasons why someone might get behind
with payments. They could be on a zero our contract, for example,
which means their entitlement to get help with cancelled it can
fluctuate. Citizens advice said the council should lead to people rather
than sending automated letters. They say that should be a better
relationship. Citizens advice said that council tax is the biggest
problem in debt it sees. There are many people in council tax arrears,
that is an increase of 7% on last year. While 97% of council tax was
paid last year, there was still a massive shortfall. Citizens advice
recognises the gaming category made but they call for a better approach
to recover the debt. They say enforcement should not be made for
small bits of 50- ?60. One local authority went to court DJs a debt
of the pounds 95. -- to chase a debt of 3.95. We encourage them to set up
repayment plans and to make sure they are affordable for people. That
would encourage people to set up a more sustainable solution for
everybody. The Welsh local governments association said it will
consider the report 's recommendations while the Welsh and
edible extend the council tax reduction scheme to those on a low
income. Dwr Cymru, Welsh Water has
been told by a watchdog to improve its performance
after complaints about its service - the rise in written complaints
was the biggest among ANY water More rigorous debt collection,
a new billing system - and poor communication caused
some of the problems. Welsh Water says - it's taken steps
to address these issues. Cardiff Airport has announced
an expansion of flights to countries like Greece,
Tenerife and Portugal. Chief Executive, Roger Lewis,
confirmed that next year the airport is "doubling its investment"
with Ryan Air, which began flying from Cardiff in 2014
with the flight operator launching There are concerns that a shortage
of chefs could harm Wales' food industry which is worth around
six billion pounds. The President of the Wales
Culinary Association says - more needs to be done at home -
and in schools to encourage young people to take up cooking
as a career. Behind the scenes at a busy
restaurant, it is a side of eating out most of us never see. But it is
a place their dream careers can be in. Even so, here need of the
kitchen is so -- too much for some to handle. We have a massive
turnover. Some people come in for a fusion, maybe a weekend or three or
four days and they decide that it's not for them. I think sometimes it
is a harsh lesson because of his hard work. 18-year-old Oliver has
worked his way from washing pots to helping prep food in the six month
he has been there. It is tough but it is enjoyable. I love taking part
in it every weekend. I don't know if I will stick with it being so young
and with all the other options I can do but, yeah, for the time being, I
am really enjoying my time here. From Bake Off to Masterchef, you
would imagine that this would be the kind of thing that would have taken
off but it seems that young people do not want to cook. In school,
something just largely to tell you something I wanted to do. There was
not enough cooking going on in homes and there is not good on the
curriculum in schools so what will spark the next generation of chefs
for this country? The food industry in Wales is worth an estimated ?6
billion but it's not unusual for it to be the national minimum wage was
managing a kitchen and anti-social hours are a fact of life for chefs.
But the rewards can be considerable. Many of the chefs have travelled the
world and opened their own restaurants. Now, they are
representing Wales at the culinary Olympic in Germany next month. The
financial rewards are a lot better many get to the doctoral topic takes
a long time but once you are at the top, and you're working in good
places, and you have that knowledge, then you can reap the benefits of
all that knowledge through financial means. Back at Moruzzi, they try to
balance a worklife balance. Unless more young people want to try
cooking as a career, Welsh food lovers may find it hard to aid their
field. -- eat their fill. It was one of the most daring raids
of the Second World War. In Operation Chariot,
British commandos set off in a warship full of explosives,
to destroy a dry dock Crucial to its success was the late
Captain Bill Pritchard, from Cardiff, who's today been
honoured in his home In early 1942, allied troops
were losing the Battle They had to stop the formidable
German battleship the Tirpitz from entering the North Atlantic,
as they couldn't compete British commando troops devised
a plan to destroy the huge dry dock at Saint Nazaire
in German occupied Normandy, the only one big enough
to take the Tirpitz. Crucial to the planning
of the operation was Captain Bill Pritchard from Cardiff,
a commando and Royal Engineer, and son of the master
of Cardiff docks. Key design, badly last ounce of
explosives, the plan to destroy the entire block infrastructure and it's
quite right that we remember him today because without him, as well
as all the other individuals who bought that day, the raid could not
have been a success. The commandos packed the HMS
Campbeltown full of explosives, and disguised it as a German
warship, sailing it straight into the gate of the Saint Nazaire
dry dock while under heavy fire, before carrying out other explosions
around the dock by hand. Captain Pritchard was one of nearly
170 allied soldiers The HMS Campbeltown exploded several
hours later, destroying Today, a plaque was
unveiled in memory of Captain Pritchard,
at retirement flats named after him The ceremony was attended by many
members of his family. We always felt that he did not get,
if you like, in studios for what he did because he was a key planner all
this. That track kudos. The ceremony was also
attended by the Chairman of the Saint Nazaire society,
whose father Captain Sam Beattie was also crucial in the raid,
as commanding officer of the HMS It is absolutely essential that the
GB memory of this raid alive. Because it was so special, after the
war, the French Prime Minister said that the troops who had taken part
in it were the first to give them hope.
Captain Bill Pritchard's family hope the plaque will raise
awareness of his achievements and those of more than 600
other allied troops who took part in what's been described
Tonight's weather now - Derek's got the forecast.
This time last week we were enjoying a return of summer.
Over 28C in Porthmadog but not sunbathing weather today.
Sunshine in short supply today with showers in places.
Most of the rain has been over Ireland and some
Dry for a while but rain will spread from the west overnight.
Lowest temperatures 10 and 14 Celsius with light winds.
The sun will cross the Equator and that means longer
Misty in places too and damp with spots of rain.
However, Pembrokeshire should be dry and clear.
And elsewhere things will cheer-up during the day.
15 to 18 Celsius and feeling fresher with a west to
The odd spot of rain but dry and brightening-up
Tomorrow night maybe a few showers in Gwynedd and Conwy.
Temperatures in mid Wales falling as low as 7 Celsius
The wind light at first but picking-up, especially in the NW.
Low pressure over the Atlantic on Friday and this cold front
is heading our way with strong and gusty winds ahead of it.
So on Saturday a dry start but rain will spread
On Saturday night, the rain will clear.
Sunday breezy and cooler with sunshine and showers.
I'll have an update for you here at eight o'clock and again
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