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'Mother and young child' deaths treated as unexplained

South Wales Police say they now believe the two bodies found in at an address in Merthyr Tydfil were a mother and young child.

Detectives are treating the deaths as unexplained and the bodies have not yet been formally identified, police added.

Troedyrhiw is a close-knit community in Merthyr Tydfil and local people are obviously shocked.

We have a team of officers at the scene and in the community looking for information that may assist our enquiries.

We would like to hear from anyone who has seen or heard anything suspicious or unusual in Church Street in recent weeks.

– Detective Superintendent Paul Hurley, South Wales Police


'Hero' grandfather sacked after wrestling shark on sick leave

When a British holidaymaker was filmed grappling with a shark in Australia, the footage went around the world and Paul Marshallsea was hailed a hero.

But back in Britain, when his bosses watched the video they did not have quite the same reaction. Mr Marshallsea was on sick leave - and has now been sacked for breach of trust.

ITV News reporter Nick Thatcher:

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Shark hero 'sacked' when he got home from Australia

Paul Marshallsea (centre, blue shorts) tried to help drag the shark clear. Credit: Channel 9 Australia

A Welsh grandfather who was hailed a hero after pulling a shark away from children on a beach in Queensland says he has now been sacked from his job, because he was on sick leave when he made the brave intervention.

Paul Marshallsea from Merthyr Tydfil says he was shocked to return home from Australia to find he was being dismissed from his job working with young people, after bosses saw footage of his encounter with the shark.

Mr Marshallsea has been featured on ITV before for his work with young people in Merthyr.