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

Calls for young people to get involved in local politics in Vale of Glamorgan

Councillors have called for more young people to get involved in local politics in the Vale of Glamorgan. A major shake-up is planned of how people aged 11 to 25 can make their voices heard. The changes come after council bosses said it was “challenging” to get anyone to stand for groups representing the views… Continue reading Calls for young people to get involved in local politics in Vale of Glamorgan

The zero food hygiene rated restaurants, takeaways and other businesses in Wales

Twenty restaurants, takeaways, food stores and other businesses in Wales have been given a zero in their latest food hygiene inspections. Working on behalf of the Food Standards Agency, inspectors from local city and county councils regularly visit all the eateries and vendors selling food in their city, district or county and check that each… Continue reading The zero food hygiene rated restaurants, takeaways and other businesses in Wales

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

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

Vale of Glamorgan councillor Anthony Hampton ‘abused four children’, court told

A councillor allegedly abused four children in incidents which left youngsters “frozen with fear”, a court heard. Vale of Glamorgan councillor Anthony Hampton is accused of indecently assaulting two boys and two girls with allegations including that he licked, massaged, and rubbed himself against them. The 74-year-old, of Fforest Drive in Barry, denies all the… Continue reading Vale of Glamorgan councillor Anthony Hampton ‘abused four children’, court told