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Action for Children's Headlands School in Penarth has introduced four alpacas to help student's mental health and wellbeing.

The four Peruvian alpacas have been welcomed to the school grounds, with students involved in caring for the animals and developing their outdoor space.

It's not the first animal at the school though - a King Charles Spaniel named Dexter has been helping pupils at the school, along with a number of hens.

The school says that the animals have had a a big impact on pupils' mental health and wellbeing, particularly during the coronavirus pandemic.

Teacher David Gillingham said: ‘We are redeveloping a huge area of our outdoor space for the alpacas and hens and have a group of students working with us on the project that have really flourished. 

"Where they have been previously unengaged in academic work, they have relished the physical work and the autonomy we give them in building and maintaining the space.  Their mental health has definitely improved, they love the animals and some are keen to work as landscape gardeners when they leave school."

Casey Jones, 15, a student at the school said: "I enjoy working outdoors and caring for the alpacas.  They are lovely and interesting animals that seem to have a calming affect on other students too. 

"We are building feeding stations and picnic tables for everyone to come and enjoy the animals.

"This part of school is really good for me.  When I came to Headlands last year, I was angry but I’m much better now, the atmosphere here is great and working with the animals has also helped me a lot."

Penarth RNLI airlifted two people from a yacht on Sunday, after one of the crew was injured.

A lifeboat from Penarth RNLI was involved in the rescue which took place near Lavernock Point at about 11.30am on Sunday.

A helicopter paramedic was winched down into the lifeboat and taken to the 32-foot vessel to give medical treatment.

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The injured sailor was airlifted to hospital and the yacht taken to Barry Docks.

The Penarth crew helped the remaining sailor on board the yacht, which was struggling to make progress against the outgoing spring high tide and suffering engine difficulties.

An RTC which occurred during the early hours of Saturday morning has shown the dangers of drink driving.

A man has been taken to hospital with serious injuries following a crash which occurred during the early hours of Saturday morning.

According to the South Wales Police Roads policing team on Twitter they were called to the collision which occurred on Cardiff Road at the roundabout which meets Ffordd Y Mileniwm in Barry just before 2am, after a grey Ford Focus was found overturned on its roof.

Credit: South Wales Police Road policing team

Police confirmed the driver registered at 56 during a breatherliser test at the roadside, the legal limit is 35 microgrammes of alcohol in a 100 millilitres of breath.

39 year nine pupils at Whitmore High School has been asked to self isolate, after coming into contact with a confirmed case of covid-19.

In an email sent to parents on Thursday the school headteacher said "Whitmore High School are sorry to have to inform you that a positive test of Covid-19 was reported to the school today, involving a pupil in year 9. This pupil attended school on Monday for one lesson and regrettably tested positive for the virus today."

"The pupil has not attended school since Monday. As soon as the school was informed about the positive test result, prompt actions was taken to safeguard the well being of pupils, teachers and staff."

"In consultation with the National Health protection cell of Public Health Wales, the school has now been advised that 39 pupils in Year 9 will be required to self-isolate for 14 days."

"All other year groups will attend school as planned, and the school will continue to work closely alongside the Vale of Glamorgan Council during this period."

Despite pupils and teachers not showing any symptoms, government guidelines state all within the group will have to self isolate for a 14 day period.

Whitmore High School is the first confirmed secondary school in the County to have a positive coronavirus test, following the news that an entire year at Dinas Powys Primary School were told to self-isolate last week.

A Vale of Glamorgan Council spokesperson said: “Whitmore High School has been informed by the NHS Wales Test, Trace and Protect system that one of its pupils tested positive for Covid-19.

“The school and Council have been working closely with Public Health Wales to undertake a comprehensive risk assessment of the situation and 39 pupils have been asked to self-isolate for a period of 14 days.

“The school will remain open to other pupils.

“In addition to social distancing and safety measures in place, a deep clean of the school has been carried out. Test Trace and Protect officers are also carrying out all necessary follow-on activity.”

The jury in a trial of a man accused of murdering Jordan Davies on Holton Road in Barry in December 2019 has been discharged.

Jordan Davies, 23 was stabbed to death on Holton Road in Barry on 16th December 2019.

Jordan Brown, 25 of Holton Road, Barry, denies murder and had been on trial but the jury hearing the case was discharged on Wednesday after two jurors fell ill.

Judge Rhys Rowlands told the 10 remaining jurors at Cardiff Crown Court: “We are two short still among the jury. Their absence is nothing to with Covid or the pandemic but they have medical issues and there’s no prospect of them coming back this week.

“I am going to have to discharge you as a jury in this particular trial and I will start the trial again with a new jury hopefully next week.”

Brown denies murder and his trial will be re-listed.

A controlled explosion was undertaken today at Ysgol Gymraeg Bro Morgannwg, after a chemical was identified in the Science Department as being of potential harm to pupils and staff.

The schools headteacher Hywel Price confirmed the news in a letter to parents on Monday, on what would have been the first day of school for many pupils since March,.

In the letter he said "I wish to confirm that the Bomb Disposal Unit conducted a controlled explosion on the site of Ysgol Gymraeg Bro Morgannwg at 2'o clock today (07/09/2020)."

"A chemical in the Science Department was identified as being of potential harm to pupils and staff of the school."

"Following correspondence with South Wales Police and the Vale of Glamorgan Council, the Bomb Disposal Unit was sent to the school and decided to conduct the controlled explosion on the land which is presently part of the new construction site."

"The allocated site was a very safe distance from pupils, staff and the community."

"One teaching block was closed between 11:45 and 14:00. Pupils and staff were allocated to their classrooms."

"I wish to thank everybody for their calmness and maturity whilst dealing with this incident."

The Vale of Glamorgan Council has been approached for comment.

Police in the Vale of Glamorgan are searching for a driver of a vehicle who crashed in Llandough on Saturday evening.

South Wales Police say the driver crashed and then ran from the scene.

In a post on Twitter (@SWP_roads), the force's roads policing unit said: "First call of the evening, and this vehicle crashed in the Llandough area and the driver unbelievably ran off prior to our arrival apparently without injury."

They confirmed that enquiries have begun in an attempt to locate the driver.

Anyone with information should call police on 101.

A man has been arrested after a stand-off with armed police at a flat in Dinas Powys which lasted into the early hours of this morning.

The 37-year old was arrested on suspicion of making threats to kill.

It followed a stand-off with officers which lasted the majority of Saturday afternoon.

Police officers, including firearms were called to Caerwent Close at 2:15pm on Saturday after officers recieved a call regarding a welfare concern.

During the Incident, Neighbours in nearby properties were evacuated from their homes as police dealt with the incident.

South Wales Police confirmed an arrest was made in the early hours of Sunday morning.

A South Wales Police spokesperson said "Officers investigating an incident which was reported at Caerwent Close , Dinas Powys on Saturday arrested a 37-year-old local man on suspicion of making threats to kill.

"He has been taken to Cardiff Bay police station for questioning.

Despite a nationwide lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic, one club is hitting back hard to keep all of its members as close as ever. 

BKKC (Barry Kyokushin Karate Club), founded in 1978, didn’t initially expect to be spending one of their busiest planned years, training together, whilst remaining in their own homes.

After moving to their new premises at SWMAA (Spartan Martial Arts and Sports Suppliers), located at the bottom of Holton Road, in March 2019, the BKKC were off to a champion start. By the end of the year, 19 new champions were crowned at the Welsh championships, an official awards evening was held, and the club had hit over 130 members.

With a strong 41st year under their belts, BKKC had big goals on the horizon for 2020, but despite their best efforts to provide training for as long as possible, the United Kingdom’s lockdown forced the club to close its doors for the first time in 42 years. The nation was stopped in its tracks, and the Dojo shut down but that didn’t mean that training had to stop!

With continuous powerful efforts from club leaders, Sensei Phill Sedgmond, and, Senpai Rhian Evans, the club has so far pushed through the pandemic; proving their determination, unity, and a tight family bond. In fact, it seems the club has grown even stronger.

In a recent statement, Sensei Phill Sedgmond expressed the following:

"These times are challenging everybody. This pandemic has certainly put fear into a lot of people, what we have tried to do is keep minds and bodies occupied."

"The live streaming classes have certainly been strange to deliver, but we have had some great fun with it. Younger students are practicing more now and are really engaging in the online classes and parents are getting a chance to not only see what their children can do but also join in with them which is great, adults are getting their ‘social fix’ along with some great training and fitness."

"We're making the very best of a bad situation. I'm very proud of how well our students have done during lockdown."

Lockdown provided the perfect opportunity to develop not only knowledge, skill, and ability, but also the facilities of the club itself. Whilst practising social distancing guidelines, BKKC extended the entirety of the downstairs Dojo, freshening up the outside, and performing a deep, thorough clean of the premises, in preparation of the eventual return to normality.

Socially distant outdoor training, focussing on the non-contact areas of this intricate martial art, is set to commence as of Monday 13th July. With the club so far unfazed by the ongoings, it is hoped that training will return with the same vigour and pride it always had… with a knockout start!

Although there are many uncertainties in light of the current situation, one thing that is for certain is that it will take more than a pandemic to beat this club’s firm, unshaken spirit!

Vale Conservatives have described plans to press ahead with Car parking charges in the County as "tone deaf", despite the Council leader stating "no date has been sent for any introductions".

The comments come as thousands of shops have been forced to close through the Covid-19 crisis with many residents furloughed by employers.

Local Conservatives in the Vale of Glamorgan have called on the Council to drop the plans indefinitely so that an assesment can be made on the financial impact on the local economy as a result of the pandemic.

Leader of the Vale Conservative Group, Cllr Vincent Bailey, said: “The decision to go ahead with car parking charges now is completely tone deaf, and it’s hugely insensitive to the financial plight facing Vale residents.

“Thousands of businesses throughout the Vale have been forced to close for months now, with no hope of income - and the impact that Covid-19 has had on them and the wider community is only starting to be felt.

“The UK Government has made significant sums available to the Welsh Government to deal with the outbreak, and this money must be passed on to local councils so that they can support communities to get back on their feet.”

In February, the Vale of Glamorgan Council unveiled new proposals regarding car parking in the Vale after considering residents’ views on the matter.

Under the proposals, which were considered by the Council Cabinet on Monday, there will be:

  • No charge for on-street parking within town centres.
  • At least two hours free parking in all existing town centre car parks.
  • No charge for on-street parking at any of our coastal resorts.
  • No charge to park at Country Parks before 10am.
  • No charge for Residents Parking Permits to those eligible.

But Cllr Neil Moore, Leader of the Vale of Glamorgan Council, said: “The introduction of car park charging has been the subject of lengthy engagement, consultation and debate. The Council recently revised proposals for the introduction of charges at Wyndham Street car park in Barry, the Town Hall car park in Cowbridge, Cosmeston Country Park and Porthkerry Country Park. These proposals have been approved following a process of scrutiny by elected members of the Council.

“To introduce such arrangements, a statutory process is required to introduce traffic regulation orders and this is the stage that the Council is now at. All interested parties can respond to the statutory consultation by visiting www.valeofglamorgan.gov.uk.

“The statutory process will be followed to allow car parking charges to be introduced in due course. However, no date has been set for the introduction of these changes and they will not be implemented during the Covid-19 pandemic.”

Cllr Vince Driscoll - Shadow Cabinet Member for Neighbourhood Services & Transport - said: “We were prepared to give the Labour administration credit for toning down the original proposals for car parking - but this is deeply disappointing.

“We cannot support moving ahead with car parking charges at such a difficult time for the local economy, and we would urge residents to make their views known to the Labour-run council.”

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