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Laptops handed out to help online learning

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About 1,100 laptops and 250 mobile WiFi devices have been handed out to help pupils access online classes in Neath Port Talbot.

Following the Welsh Government announcement that there would be extra funding for learners without access to laptops and broadband, schools engaged with families to check their needs.

The council's IT department has now delivered almost all of the requested equipment to schools, with a few deliveries still to be made.

Councillor Peter Rees said: “It means a lack of access to a laptop or broadband will no longer be a barrier to learning."

A special thank you for specials

South Wales Police special constables have volunteered over 10,000 hours since lockdown, the force says.

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South Wales Police pay their respects

South Wales Police officers pause to remember the coronavirus victims who have served their communities.

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NHS sand tribute from construction workers

As people prepare to come onto their door steps and balconies to clap, sing and cheer for key workers this evening, a different sort of tribute has been paid on a beach in south Wales.

A giant "thanks NHS" has been raked into the sand at Aberavon beach, Port Talbot.

Using machinery, the sign was made by workers from McCarthy Contractors carrying out maintenance on the sea defences. Some of them have family members working in the NHS.

While the writing will disappear at high tide this evening, the workers involved said the sentiment would "last forever".

Tribute carved into the sand by workers doing essential sea defence repairs

Officers praised for 'saving bus driver's life' while on patrol

Police officers have been praised for helping a bus driver having a heart attack while on patrol in Barry.

The bus driver, 51, from Bridgend, had pulled over complaining of chest pains, South Wales Police said.

PC Westall, PC Roberts and PC Frost, helped the man out of the bus on Porthkerry Road, but he collapsed, and the officers used a defibrillator stored outside the police station to revive him.

When paramedics arrived they confirmed he was having a heart attack, and said the officers had saved his life, following the incident on Friday 3 April, the force said.

The bus driver was taken to the University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff, where he underwent surgery.

Ch Insp Tony Williams praised the three officers, saying: "Despite the current climate, our officers remain on the front line, responding to spontaneous incidents, serving communities and doing their very best to keep everyone safe."

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