Wales’ loan shark problem: ‘Horrific’ interest charges as violence, blackmail, and kidnapping used to enforce debts

Loan sharks in Wales are targeting disabled and vulnerable people with “horrific” interest charges and threats of violence. Illegal money lenders are using violent tactics including assault, blackmail, and even kidnapping to pressure victims into repaying loans. While many loan sharks use traditional community links, like church groups or chatting at the school gate, to… Continue reading Wales’ loan shark problem: ‘Horrific’ interest charges as violence, blackmail, and kidnapping used to enforce debts

The little known rule that is forcing grieving families out of homes they’ve lived in for years

The plight of Leanne Everest and her family is a familiar one. Leanne, 46, lives in a three-bedroom council house in Barry with her children Caitlyn, 21, and Louis, 19. Her mum Diane also lived in the home before she died of cancer in February. Within days of Diane’s death, Vale of Glamorgan Council told… Continue reading The little known rule that is forcing grieving families out of homes they’ve lived in for years

Emergency train timetable rolled out by Transport for Wales ahead of Storm Barra

Transport for Wales has issued an emergency timetable to prepare commuters for Storm Barra. The timetable will be in place until the end of Wednesday, December 8. The impact of Storm Barra on the rail network is predicted to be similar to that of Storm Arwen, which saw around 40 incidents of tracks being blocked… Continue reading Emergency train timetable rolled out by Transport for Wales ahead of Storm Barra

Jealous thug repeatedly stabbed partner with barbecue fork in ‘frenzied’ attack

A jealous thug repeatedly stabbed his partner with a barbecue fork in a “frenzied attack” after wrongly accusing her of being unfaithful. Rhys Ullah, 37, of Dinas Powys, savagely beat his then partner Cerys Binding and kicked her in the face as she tried to escape from his clutches. She was later treated in hospital… Continue reading Jealous thug repeatedly stabbed partner with barbecue fork in ‘frenzied’ attack

Man sat in middle of road to block traffic in Barry in one-man climate change protest

A grandfather sat in the road as he held a one-man climate change protest in Barry. Hugh Thomas stopped traffic on the town’s High Street for 15 minutes on Wednesday. He wore a sign that read: “I’m terrified for my grandson’s future because of the climate crisis.” Mr Thomas says he sat in the way… Continue reading Man sat in middle of road to block traffic in Barry in one-man climate change protest

Alan Titchmarsh reduces couple to tears with stunning garden makeover in Barry

Alan Titchmarsh gave an Army veteran’s family garden a makeover to make the space more accessible and “work for him and his entire family”. The TV favourite went to Barry to transform the garden on his ITV show Love Your Garden on Tuesday night. The programme sees him travel around the country to give beautiful… Continue reading Alan Titchmarsh reduces couple to tears with stunning garden makeover in Barry

Tennis players criticise plans to start charging fees to use courts in Barry

Local tennis players are criticising plans to start charging fees to use courts in Romilly Park in Barry. Vale of Glamorgan council is planning to lease the tennis courts to Tennis Wales, who will refurbish the courts. But Tennis Wales wants to charge players to use the courts, which are currently free, sparking fierce opposition.… Continue reading Tennis players criticise plans to start charging fees to use courts in Barry

Footage shows driver knocking motorcyclist off bike without stopping

A driver has been caught on camera hitting a motorcyclist off their bike before leaving the scene. The dashcam footage was filmed on the A4055 Cardiff Road, Barry, between McDonald’s and Dow Corning. The video appears to show a driver overtake two vehicles before failing to merge into the inside lane, knocking the motorcyclist off… Continue reading Footage shows driver knocking motorcyclist off bike without stopping

Council to receive £11k from drivers charged to cross pavement to get to their driveways

Vale of Glamorgan council expects to receive £11,000 this year from charging drivers to cross the pavement to get to their own driveways. Over the last few months drivers in parts of Barry have received letters from the council saying they must pay for contractors to install dropped kerbs outside their homes. The letters warn… Continue reading Council to receive £11k from drivers charged to cross pavement to get to their driveways

Trial date set for man accused of murdering 61-year-old in Barry

A trial date has been set for a man accused of murdering a 61-year-old man in Barry. Lee John Whitlock, 53, is alleged to have killed Robert Farley at his home in West Walk in the town at 1am on Friday, September 3. The defendant appeared at Cardiff Crown Court on Wednesday where he spoke… Continue reading Trial date set for man accused of murdering 61-year-old in Barry