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Reality Check: Thefts of catalytic converters

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images There have been many posts on social media in the past few weeks from people shocked at having had the catalytic converters stolen from their cars.There were videos posted online of masked thieves climbing under cars in broad daylight to saw off the components.Catalytic converters are part of a car's exhaust system that convert some of the pollutants into less harmful substances.They are relatively easy
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Labour pledges to prevent universities from going bust

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Universities would be prevented from going bust under new plans unveiled by Labour to protect higher education and students from "rampant" market forces.The plans to overhaul regulator the Office for Students reflect fears about some universities' viability.Under Labour, the OfS would get an explicit objective of avoiding "disorderly failure" at universities, and be able to provide emergency loans.The government said the OfS already had strong
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‘Killer car seats’ sold online for £8

[ad_1] Image copyright Which? Children's car seats, dubbed "killers" by trading standards officers, have repeatedly appeared for sale on online marketplaces, Which? has warned.The consumer group said the fabric seats, which can cost as little as £8, offered almost no protection in a crash and were illegal to use in the UK.The online sites - Amazon, eBay and AliExpress - all said they had removed the seats from sale.But Which?
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Pontypridd woman speaks out over suicide guilt

[ad_1] Image copyright Family handout Image caption Abbie Pennell with her father Stephen, who killed himself last year A woman whose father killed himself has said families need to know that it is not their fault.Abbie Pennell lost her 56-year-old father Stephen in June 2018.The 21-year-old, of Pontypridd, explained that he had been out of work for about six months before he killed himself, and had been worried about money.The
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Emiliano Sala’s funeral to take place in hometown in Argentina

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images The funeral of Cardiff City striker Emiliano Sala will take place in his native Argentina on Saturday. The 28-year-old died when the plane he was in with pilot David Ibbotson crashed in the English Channel en route from Nantes to Cardiff on 21 January.His funeral will take place in his hometown of Progreso and a wake will also be held at the club Sala played
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Plant-based compostable plastics going to landfill

[ad_1] Image copyright Vegware Image caption Vegware manufactures compostable plant-based alternatives to plastic Plant-based compostable plastics are going to landfill rather than recycling because almost all Welsh councils are unable to deal with them.The growth of the anti-single use plastics movement has seen a rise in the number of businesses selling food and drink in compostable containers.But of the 13 councils that responded to BBC Wales, only Caerphilly collects and
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West Midlands woman in Parkrun ‘world record’ bid

[ad_1] Image copyright Hayley Carruthers Image caption Hayley Carruthers only took up running in 2016 when a friend also started A runner who was the second fastest British woman at the 2018 London Marathon hopes to break the world best time for a 5km Parkrun this weekend.Hayley Carruthers, 25, is taking part in the Walsall Parkrun later with her current personal best at 15:59.That time is nine seconds off the
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Plastic ring injury seal found in Norfolk ‘had worst wound’

[ad_1] Image copyright M Perring/RSPCA Image caption The plastic ring had cut deep into the seal's neck causing the skin to become infected A seal found with a plastic ring embedded in its neck had "one of the worst types of wound" seen by experts.The Atlantic grey seal was found by the Friends of Horsey Seals group on Waxham beach, in Norfolk, in December.Nicknamed Pinkafo by staff, she was taken