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Woman pleads guilty to arson attack that killed man

A woman has pleaded guilty to charges of manslaughter and arson after a fire at her father's flat killed a man. .

The blaze at New Road, Ynysybwl killed Mark Carpenter. Credit: ITV Wales News

Rebecca Jenkins, 28, set fire to her father's flat which killed his trapped housemate Mark Carpenter.

Emergency services responded to reports of a fire in a block of flats in New Road, Ynysybwl, in May 2014.

Mr Carpenter, 46, was found unconscious in the bathroom and taken to the Royal Gwent Hospital, Newport, where he later died of smoke inhalation.

Rebecca Jenkins pleaded guilty to arson and manslaughter. Credit: ITV Wales News

Jenkins, from Heol Gwyrosydd, Penlan, Swansea, had got into an argument over the phone with her estranged father, Brian Groves, after he refused to buy her heroin.

Cardiff Crown Court heard that later that evening, she sent a text to her mother, which read: "I've set fire to the settee. Mark's in there. I tried to get back in but it was too bad."

Judge Eleri Rees adjourned her sentencing to a later date following a psychiatric assessment.

Read more: Woman charged after man dies in Ynysybwl flat fire

Pollution investigation - rivers 'running orange'

Investigations are underway into a pollution incident on the Afon Pelenna and Afon Afan near Efail Fach in Neath Port Talbot.

The "orange" river at Afon Pelenna. Credit: Natural Resources Wales

Natural Resources Wales says it received a report by a local person who noticed that the rivers were discoloured and running orange.

Officers are currently on site assessing the impact and taking water samples for further analysis.

They have identified the source of the pollution and are working with those responsible to investigate the circumstances and to reduce any further damage to the area.

Our initial assessments show that the dissolved oxygen and pH levels of the river are in normal range, and we haven’t witnessed any signs of dead fish or fish in distress.

We expect the discolouration to continue downstream of Pontrhydyfen for the next 24 – 36 hours, so we’ll be keeping a close eye on the rivers closely for any change.

– Huwel Manley, from Natural Resources Wales


Benny was a 'fantastic husband' says his widow

The wife of a man who died after being pulled from the sea at Three Cliffs Bay, Gower earlier this week has paid tribute to her "fantastic" husband.

Nurse Mel Collins paid tribute to her husband Benny. Credit: Mel Collins

Emergency services were called to the scene shortly after 3pm on Tuesday. Benny Collins was taken by air ambulance to Morriston Hospital where he later died.

His wife Mel Collins, a senior nurse at the same hospital said in a statement she was "overwhelmed by the kind words and expressions of sympathy and would like to thank everybody for their support."

Benny was a fantastic husband and devoted father to our wonderful son, Harry.

Words cannot express our feelings at this sad time. Harry has been so brave and his dad would be so proud of him.

Benny was such a kind and lovely man and was loved by everyone who knew him. All of his family in Athea, County Limerick, loved Benny and were so proud of him.

– Mel Collins

Layby shooting - police appeal to drivers

Officers investigating the shooting in Mountain Ash at the weekend are appealing for drivers and witnesses who may have been travelling on the A4059 (New Road) at the time of the incident to come forward.

The shooting happened on the A4059 between Mountain Ash and Abercynon

We need to hear from anyone who may have been driving towards Mountain Ash on New Road around 7.30pm on Sunday night and may have stopped or slowed down near the Lletty Turner bends layby.

– Detective Chief Inspector Ceri Hughes

Police are keen to hear from drivers of three vehicles who may have been travelling on the road at that time.

Two are described as: a new shaped black Ford Focus and a silver/grey vehicle. Police also want to speak with the driver of a white van with AMEY written on the side and ladders on the roof which entered the layby around the time the incident happened.

Anyone with any information in connection to the shooting is asked to call 02920 527303 or call 101 quoting reference number 1500271720.

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