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April Jones' parents weep as 'house of evil' is demolished

The parents of murdered five-year-old April Jones wept as they watched her killer’s “house of evil” be demolished today.

Mount Pleasant Cottage in Ceinws, Wales, is being demolished Credit: PA

Mark Bridger was sentenced to life in prison for April’s abduction and murder, with police believing he carried out the killing at the rented cottage in mid Wales. Two years on , her body has still not been found.

The house in Ceinws was then bought by the Welsh government, which vowed to raze it to the ground on the wishes of April’s parents, Coral and Paul.

The parents of murdered schoolgirl April Jones, Paul and Coral with siblings Harley and Jazmin, along with an unidentified man, are there to watch the demolition Credit: PA
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Military students respond to soldier funeral appeal

Thirty teenage students from The Military Preparation College in Cardiff are to attend the funeral of a former Welsh Guardsman tomorrow following a social media appeal for mourners.

St Tathan's church in the Vale of Glamorgan had been unable to trace 85-year-old Harold Morgan's relatives.

As soon as we saw this appeal on Facebook and Twitter, we knew our Cardiff students would want to be there to pay their respects to a former soldier from our community.

This week has all been about remembering those who gave their lives for their country, so we were determined to support the church’s appeal and have the opportunity to give thanks for the life and service of Mr Morgan.

– Brian Edwards, Senior Director at The Military Preparation College

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Welsh Guards to attend soldier's funeral after appeal

The Welsh Guards have told ITV News that representatives will be present at the funeral of a former soldier tomorrow after organisers were unable to trace his next of kin.

St Tathan's Church in the Vale of Glamorgan appealed on Facebook for anyone who knew 85-year-old Harold Morgan to come forward.

Other Facebook users, most of whom did not know Mr Morgan, then posted on the thread offering to attend as a mark of respect.

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Appeal to trace late soldier's loved ones for funeral

Harold Morgan was a Welsh Guardsman and a railway enthusiast.

A church in the Vale of Glamorgan is appealing for people who knew a former Welsh Guardsman to attend his funeral tomorrow.

Harold Morgan, 85, had asked for his final send-off to take place at St Tathan's Church in St Athan.

But organisers have put an appeal on Facebook after struggling to trace Mr Morgan's next of kin.

On Thursday 13th November, we have the funeral for the late Harold Morgan at 12 noon. He lived in Owain Court before moving to a care home in Barry approximately 14 years ago, and requested that his funeral be at our church.

Unfortunately there's been some difficulty tracing next of kin or knowing who his friends were, or if they're still in St Athan. If you did know Harold, or have any more information, please get in touch or come along to his funeral on Thursday. Thank you.

– St Tathan Church

It has also emerged that Mr Morgan was a railway enthusiast, who was the founding member of the Welsh railways research circle and had written a couple of books on the subject.

'Cannibal' murder was preventable says mother of killer

Matthew Williams died at the scene after being tasered Credit: Wales News Service

The mother of Matthew Williams, who is believed to have murdered a woman in a gruesome act of cannibalism has said her son should have been in hospital.

Cerys Marie Yemm, 22, died from her injuries at Sirhowy Arms Hotel, a homeless hostel in Argoed, Blackwood, south Wales, in the early hours of Thursday morning.

Her attacker, Matthew Williams, who had recently been released from prison, also died at the scene shortly after police discharged a 50,000-volt Taser and arrested him.

His mother Sally Ann told the BBC he had been a regular drug taker, suffered paranoid schizophrenia and refused her request for him to see a doctor.

"He would see things that were not there, he would hear voices, say food was trying to poison him and he would hallucinate. He was aggressive to people he thought were a threat to him," she told the broadcaster.

"He should have been in hospital. Every time he came out of prison, we'd go through the same process. He'd be placed in a hostel somewhere with very little supervision and no psychiatric help outside."

Welsh politician calls for inquiry into 'cannibal killer'

Victim Cerys Yemm (left) suffered horrific facial injuries in the attack.

A Welsh politician has called for an inquiry into why the so-called "cannibal killer" was not monitored when he was released from prison allegedly allowing him to murder a 22-year-old woman.

Victim Cerys Marie Yemm died from horrific facial injuries at Sirhowy Arms Hotel, a homeless hostel in Blackwood, south Wales on Thursday.

Her attacker, 34-year-old Matthew Williams, also died at the scene after police Tasered him.

It is believed the pair had met just hours before.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) announced it had launched its own investigation into the circumstances around the death after it emerged Williams had recently been let out of jail for an attack on an ex-girlfriend.

But Welsh Assembly member William Graham called for a wider investigation into Miss Yemm's death.

He said: "It is now clear that Mr Williams posed a risk to the public and I am extremely concerned that monitoring appears to have been deemed unnecessary.

"If true, a wider inquiry into the circumstances surrounding his release is urgently required.

"Questions must be answered by authorities and a full explanation provided on the decisions taken in this extremely tragic case."

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Friends tell of shock of death of Next sales assistant

Cerys Yemm, who worked in sales at Next, was described as a fun-loving young woman who had been at a Halloween party with friends just days before the attack. It is believed she met her attacker through mutual friends.

Cerys Marie Yemm died from her injuries at Sirhowy Arms Hotel, a homeless hostel in Argoed, Blackwood, South Wales yesterday.

Her attacker, 34-year-old Matthew Williams, who had recently been released from prison, also died at the scene shortly after police discharged a 50,000 volt Taser and arrested him.

Friends of Miss Yemm as well as locals expressed their shock at the news.

Gareth Griffiths, who lives in Argoed, said, "We heard on the news that it has been cannibalism. Nobody wants to hear that, it must be a horrific way to die, it's horrible, it's unbearable."

A friend of Miss Yemm, who did not want to be named, said, "I feel stunned, shocked and sick to my stomach. It's horrific. She was a lovely person. She didn't deserve to die like that."

Scores of tributes have been paid to Miss Yemm - whose family and friends have been left devastated by her death.

Her heartbroken family are being looked after at their home in nearby Oakdale by specialist officers - who said her relatives were too upset to talk.

A friend of the former Oakdale Comprehensive School pupil, who asked not to be named, said, "To say everyone is shocked is an understatement. I wasn't able to sleep last night thinking about what happened. It is beyond horrific. I feel sick to my stomach. She was so lovely. Smart, attractive and from a good family too. I just can't get my head around it."

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Family of alleged cannibal killer in "complete shock"

The family of a man who reportedly murdered a 22-year-old woman in an act of cannibalism say they are in "complete shock".

Matthew Williams died at the scene after being tasered. Credit: Wales News Service

Cerys Marie Yemm died from her injuries at Sirhowy Arms Hotel, a homeless hostel in Argoed, Blackwood.

Her attacker, named locally as 34-year-old Matthew Williams, also died at the scene shortly after police discharged a 50,000 volt taser and arrested him.

His family said they were "devastated by the death of an innocent young lady. Our thoughts and prayers at this time are with the victim her family and friends. Words cannot express our grief."

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College "saddened" by death of former student

Coleg Gwent where 22 year-old Cerys Yemm was a former student says it was "upsetting" to hear of her death.

Cerys who worked at Next was found dead at a hotel in Argoed near Blackwood in the early hours on Thursday morning.

Credit: Gwent Police / Family Photo

Cerys Yemm was a student at Coleg Gwent between 2008 and April 2009, studying a First Diploma in Health and Social Care.

Principal Jim Bennett said, “Cerys left the college five years ago. It is always an extremely upsetting experience to learn of the loss of a former student. We would like to send our deepest sympathy and condolences to Cerys’ family, friends and loved ones.”

Conman showed 'no remorse' for fleecing neighbour

A "calculating" conman who fleece his neighbour out of more than £40,000 has not shown any remorse for his crime, the lead detective said in a YouTube video released by South Wales Police.

Detective Constable Paul Harry said that Alan Knight, 47, "avoided court by pretending to be an ill man," and claiming he was a quadriplegic and in a coma, after he was charged with taking more than £40,000 from his neighbour Ivor Richards.

He added that Knight had "not shown any remorse" for the crime against Richards, who suffers from dementia.

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