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Ron Davies, Caerphilly AM/MP
"Finding out the source of the infection will, to some extent, be reassuring"
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Carwyn Jones, Welsh Rural Affairs Minister
"We understand the animals in Nelson are not in contact with those on common land"
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BBC Wales's chief reporter Penny Roberts
"There were concerns the cull would take place in full view of a row of houses"
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Bob Parry, FUW president
"By culling 450 farms on Anglesey, the disease has been contained and I think that has to be looked at"
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Monday, 9 April, 2001, 13:02 GMT 14:02 UK
Fear of disease spread in Valleys
Sheep on Park Farm
Sheep on Park Farm were found to be infected
There are growing concerns that a fresh case of foot-and-mouth in the previously uninfected south Wales Valleys could spread to sheep grazing on common land.

Wales's chief veterinary officer Tony Edwards said investigations were now under way to establish the source of the latest outbreak found in sheep at Park Farm at Nelson, near Caerphilly.

Crisis in Wales
Total confirmed cases UK-wide 1,134 - with 63 in Wales
Powys - 36 cases
Anglesey - 13 cases
Monmouthshire - 13 cases
Caerphilly - 1 case
Total animals slaughtered in Wales 81,080
The site is more than 20 miles away from the next nearest confirmed case in Monmouthshire.

It is the first outbreak in such a densely populated urban area of Wales, and the Welsh Assembly has confirmed it is unconnected to any other clusters.

"We will be crawling over any records of visits to the farm and hoping to pinpoint it within the next two days," said Mr Edwards.

Restrictions have been put in place in the area on the boundary of Caerphilly County Borough Council and there are fears it could spread onto a huge area of common grazing land, which extends to the Brecon Beacons.

But Welsh Rural Arrairs Minister Carwyn Jones said he understood the livestock had not come into contact with animals on the common land and that only one farm bordered Park Farm.

Caerphilly MP Ron Davies described the latest development as "alarming".

"The important thing now is that we try and identify any direct link with infected areas," said Mr Davies.

The slaughter of 130 cattle and 375 sheep at the farm began on Sunday.

Neighbouring farmer Clwyd Edwards said thousands of animals on the common land could now be at risk from the disease.

Caerphilly MP and AM Ron Davies
Alarmed: Caerphilly MP and AM Ron Davies

In west Wales, farmers are calling for an investigation into a lorry full of carcasses that was dripping blood on the A40 near Llandovery.

The lorry was delivering carcasses to the main burial site at Epynt in Powys.

Farmers had photographed and video taped the lorry after growing concerns over vehicle movements in Carmarthenshire, which remains free of the disease.

Farmers say the truck was driven from Welshpool, over the Sugar Loaf Mountain to Llandovery in the Towy Valley, and then back towards Epynt.

Farmer Clwyd Edwards
Clwyd Edwards: 'Thousands of animals could be culled'
Farmer Viv Hughes said: "There were a few pools of blood; it must have been dripping all the way from Welshpool to here."

The area has now been disinfected.

A Welsh Assembly spokesperson expressed regret over the incident and said the haulier concerned had been removed from its approved list.

Rhodri Glyn Thomas, AM for Carmarthenshire and Dinefwr, said promises that carcasses would not be taken through the county had been 'reneged'.

Mr Thomas said he would be holding an urgent meeting with Welsh Rural Affairs Minister Carwyn Jones.

In north Wales, the Environment Agency is investigating how hundreds of young brown trout and eels died in a stream near the Gaerwen abattoir on Anglesey.

Officials have been hampered in their task by restrictions placed round the Welsh Country Foods site, which was the location of the first case on the island.

The agency is investigating the possibility that disinfectant from the plant could have been the cause.

The final stages of the cull of 40,000 animals on Anglesey - which involves the Gaerwen abattoir - is expected to resume on Monday.

Farmers and residents have warned of a protest against the further burial of carcasses at the Penhesgyn landfill site on the island.

NFU Cymru president Hugh Richards and FUW president Bob Parry joined Carwyn Jones for a further foot-and-mouth briefing with Tony Blair on Monday.

Mr Jones said the meeting had been "very useful", but key issues such as the Epynt Ranges disposal were not discussed, he said.

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