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Last Updated: Saturday, 19 June, 2004, 13:54 GMT 14:54 UK
One dead after crash
South Wales Fire Service say a driver has died after a road accident involving three vehicles near Crumlin, south Wales.

Two cars and a large goods vehicle were in the crash which happened on the B4521 at 1100BST.

Three adults and four children were released before emergency services arrived at the scene.

The air ambulance was also called to the accident. Police are investigating.

Arrest follows handgun incident

A man has been injured after armed police were called to an incident at a service station in Cardiff.

South Wales Police officers went to the station on Newport Road in the early hours of Saturday morning after a man produced a handgun, a force spokesman said.

CS spray and baton rounds were discharged by officers and the suspect was slightly injured.

"The Independent Police Complaints Commission has been informed of the fact that baton rounds have been discharged during the course of the incident," the spokesman said.

One man has been arrested in connection with the incident.

Welsh book of year winners

The winners of the Welsh book of the year awards, worth 5,000 each, have been announced at a ceremony in Cardiff.

Liverpool-born Niall Griffiths, who now lives in Aberystwyth, won the English language prize for his novel Stump, about a one-armed Liverpudlian living in a small Welsh seaside town.

The Welsh language prize went to an American, Jerry Hunter, for his study of Welsh connections with the American civil war.

MP wants credit 'ceiling'

Carmarthen East and Dinefwr MP Adam Price MP is introducing a Bill into the Commons to set a ceiling on interest rates charged on credit agreements.

Mr Price said it was an attempt to tackle the growing credit culture condemning people to years of debt.

The Plaid Cymru MP said that research showed that the numbers of people seeking debt counselling have risen by 44% over the past six years.

He said: "It is the poorer households that are hit the hardest, because they owe the most relative to their income and pay the most for the privilege.

"Current law provides no protection from extortionate charges, and consequently, credit card companies and others are ripping people off, and destroying lives in the process."

Mr Price's Interest Rates (Limits on Charges) Bill, which gets a second reading on Friday, stands little chance of becoming law, because of pressures on parliamentary time.

The Bill would put limits on fees and charges in a single calculation of the cost of credit, and introduce caps on the interest on arrears and collection charges in the event of default.

Woman held in care home inquiry

A woman has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder as part of an investigation at a care home in Ceredigion, west Wales.

A Dyfed-Powys Police spokesman said the allegation was "historical" and the inquiry is still in its early stages.

The woman has been released on police bail.

Postman jailed for dumping mail

A Swansea postman has been jailed for three months for dumping a sack of mail in a quarry.

Gareth Richards, 26, of Mansel Field Road, Murton, in Swansea, abandoned another sack of mail near the golf club he was a member of.

Further items were found in his car and stolen DVDs and CDs were discovered in the bedroom of his home.

Richards admitted theft and a charge of intentionally delaying the delivery of mail.

His solicitor Paul Wilson told district judge Richard Williams, sitting in the magistrates' court, that Richards could not handle the physical demands of the job.

Corus announce Shotton investment

An 11m investment in the Corus steelworks in Shotton has been announced.

The company said the money would be spent on a new warehouse and new IT systems.

A spokesman said: "The investment is a demonstration of confidence that the company has in the Shotton works."

Man killed in A48 crash

A man has died in a road accident on the A48 near Cowbridge in the Vale of Glamorgan.

David Andrew Thomas, 41, was a carer from Brackla in Bridgend, said police.

Another man was taken to hospital after being cut out of another car by South Wales Fire Service on Tuesday morning.

The road was closed in both directions and there were severe traffic delays.


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