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Tata Steel merger agreed with ThyssenKrupp

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A MERGER between Tata Steel and ThyssenKrupp has been agreed.

The merger will create the second-biggest steelmaker in Europe, behind only Arcelor Mittal. The deal was agreed yesterday (Jun 29) and both parties expects to save between £350m and £440m per year.

Tata Steel’s UK plants, including Port Talbot, will be merged into the pan-European venture, worth £13bn in sales annually.

Tata Steel’s Port Talbot site currently employs over 4,000 people. The merged parties will now employ over 48,000 people.

Natarajan Chandrasekaran, chairman of Tata Steel, said: “This is a significant milestone for Tata Steel and we remain fully committed to the long-term interest of the joint venture company.

“We are confident that this company will create value for all stakeholders.”

The merger talks had previously suffered delays following concerns about Tata Steel’s pension scheme, and earlier this year the pensions regulator approved the plan for the creation of a new pension fund, following a £550m top up by the company.

The news follows a £30m investment at the Port Talbot site last year.

The investment will bring a 500-tonne steelmaking vessel to the site as well as other ‘upgrades’ to ensure it runs to its fullest in the future.

The new equipment, a Tata spokesperson said, will enable the site to produce advanced forms of steel which are used in the building industry and hybrid/electric cars.

Dave Murray, the Project Manager at the site, told the BBC: “We have two steelmaking vessels and they run 24/7 at temperatures of up to 1,700C, apart from short planned maintenance periods. Despite this they last for around 20 years each and replacing them is an important part of ensuring reliable operations.”

Bimlendra Jha, the UK Chief Executive of Tata, added: “These investments will help us to increase our reliability and demonstrate our commitment to the longer-term future of steelmaking in the UK.”

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Police concerned about missing man

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CONCERNS are growing for 75-year-old Samuel Geler Thomas, who has been missing from his home in Llanelli since July 10.

Mr Thomas is described as around 5’ 6-7” tall and bald. He was last seen wearing khaki jeans, a white t-shirt and white and black Puma trainers.

He is believed to have left his house between 6am and 6.30am on July 10. Enquiries have established that his bus pass was last used on the X2 service in Porthcawl at around 7.40am on July 12, and there was a potential sighting in St Mary’s Street, Cardiff, on July 13.

Anyone with information that could lead to Mr Thomas’s whereabouts is urged to call Dyfed-Powys Police on 101, quoting reference 522 of July 10.

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Lucy’s Law gets support from AMs

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AN EVENT calling for the introduction of ‘Lucy’s Law’ was held in the Senedd last Wednesday (Jul 11).

Assembly Members Eluned Morgan and Vikki Howells sponsored the event in support of an immediate ban on the sale of puppies by pet shops and other third-party commercial dealers, in response to growing concerns from animal charities that not enough is being done to prevent illegal breeding and animal cruelty.

The sale of puppies through commercial third-party dealers both sustains and is dependent upon the existence of ‘puppy farms’, where puppies are bred for maximum profit and with minimal regard for animal welfare.

Although very few high street pet shops sell puppies these days, the third-party trade remains significant across the UK with dealers operating from a diverse array of premises including private homes and puppy superstores. Evidence suggests that the trade sources puppies bred in Wales.

According to animal charity, CARIAD, a ban is the essential first step towards ending the practice of farming dogs for profit with little or no regard for their welfare or their fitness as family companions. Stress, increased risk of disease, poor breeding practices and irresponsible selling tactics are all associated with the method of third-party puppy selling.

Respected Vet and campaigner Marc Abraham spoke during the event at the National Assembly for Wales, he said:
“It simply isn’t enough to license puppy sellers, we must have a full and complete ban, to stop the trade and supply of dogs bred on such an extensive scale. Lucy’s Law will help to change the way dogs are bred in this country. It will make the process more transparent and raise standards, improving the economy and employment opportunities. This is a revolution in dog breeding and it will do wonders for the reputation of Wales as a responsible dog breeding nation.”

Eluned Morgan AM said: “There are many documented cases of puppy farming, particularly in the region I represent. Puppy smuggling is also an issue with several reported cases of puppies entering our ports from Ireland. The adoption of Lucy’s Law in Wales sends a strong message that as a nation we expect the highest animal welfare practises and that the cruel act of puppy farming can be consigned to history. I want us to be ambitious and to take the lead on this legislation which I hope will be a real possibility following this event in the Senedd.”

Vikki Howells AM said: “I am pleased to be jointly hosting this event today with important contributions from Pup Aid and CARIAD and Marc the vet who has done so much to raise awareness of Lucy’s Law across the United Kingdom and now here in Wales too.”

Legislation relating to Lucy’s Law is devolved to the Welsh Government under the 1956 An

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Two women could help police with an investigation

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DYFED-POWYS POLICE is looking to speak to two witnesses of an incident in Llanelli on Friday (Jul 13).

A man in a car made comments about a teenager’s nationality at around 9pm in Trostre Retail Park.

Two women in a turquoise or blue car stopped to help the victim. Officers would like to speak to them to get further information about the incident.

Call 101, quoting ref 437 of July 13 if you can help.

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