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

‘It was like a bomb had gone off’: Residents left terrified as military training exercise shakes homes

A resident has described how her house shook and her children were “terrified” during a military training exercise. The St Athan resident said that she saw a “huge flash of white light light up the sky” before feeling her house shake. “The windows and doors rattled and the dogs were terrified,” she told WalesOnline. “My… Continue reading ‘It was like a bomb had gone off’: Residents left terrified as military training exercise shakes homes

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

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

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

A48 closed between Cowbridge and Bridgend after crash involving motorcyclist – latest updates

The A48 between Cowbridge and Bridgend in the Vale of Glamorgan is currently closed in both directions due to crash involving a motorcylcist. Police said that the incident, which involved a motorbike, happened between the A4222 at Cowbridge and the B4268 at Pentre Meyrick. The road has been closed since earlier this evening (Wednesday September… Continue reading A48 closed between Cowbridge and Bridgend after crash involving motorcyclist – latest updates

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