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Tributes to 'wonderful daughter' killed in crash

The family of a teenager killed in a road crash in Aberdare on Monday have paid tribute to the 19-year-old.

Sammy Jo’s parents say she was "a wonderful daughter". Credit: South Wales Police / Family Photo

Samantha Jo Davies, who was known to her family and friends as Sammy Jo, died as a result of injuries sustained in the collision at Bryn Terrace.

Sammy Jo’s parents, Geraint and Deborah Davies and their partners said Sammy Jo, who was their youngest child, was "a wonderful daughter".

Sammy Jo was such a “happy go lucky girl”, who loved life and lived her life to the full. Sammy Jo was a typical, normal 19-year-old girl, who loved to party, who had her whole life ahead of her.

Sammy Jo had such a bubbly, infectious personality, she was always smiling, and she had a heart of gold, and would help anybody.

We would like to thank all those who have left such kind words and comments on Sammy Jo’s Facebook page since her death, which we have found so comforting at this devastating time, and we are truly humbled by the community’s response and the fundraising that has already taken place in her memory.

Sammy Jo will never be forgotten, and her death has left a huge hole in our family than can never be filled, and she will be dreadfully missed by all those who knew her.

– Family of Sammy Jo Davies

South Wales Police are appealing for witnesses, and are keen to speak to anyone who may have witnessed the collision or saw the vehicle being driven prior to the collision.

More: Fundraiser launched in memory of Valleys teenager killed in crash

Plans for Cowbridge livestock market unveiled

An action group set up to save a 200-year-old livestock market site in Cowbridge has unveiled its plans to regenerate the area.

Plans will go on display at the Vale of Glamorgan Agricultural Show on Wednesday 12th August. Credit:

The site plans, called the Cowbridge Market Quarter, also consist of carparks and the development of residential apartments.

The current livestock market, run by Glamorgan Marts will be given a facelift and continue to operate on a weekly basis.

At the heart of the scheme say developers will be a market hall, called The Exchange to be used by the community. It will be used for selling local produce, crafts and space for resident enterprises and a community café.

Developers say the project has been given the green light by the council and it is now starting fundraising so that work can start. It hopes to raise £500,000 in 12 months.


Motorcyclist killed in Merthyr crash named

Police have named the man who died in a road crash at Merthyr at the weekend.

Stuart Carney from Barry died in a road crash on Sunday near Merthyr. Credit: South Wales Police / Family Photo

South Wales Police says Stuart Carney from Barry died in a collision close to Merthyr roundabout at Nant Ddu on Sunday. His family have paid tribute to him:

Stuart was a courageous loving man who believed in you, helped you and advised you to grow. He was a fearless leader and a hero to many.

He was a devoted caring husband, nurturing father and a best friend to us all.

You will be sorely missed but still loved every single minute of the day. Gone but will never be forgotten about. We love you always

– family of Stuart Carney

Police have launched an investigation into the crash which happened just after midday and involved a motorcycle and a white BMW.

More: Police launch investigation

Otter cub found at side of road taken into care

An orphaned otter cub has been taken into care after she was found on the side of the road.

The cub was spotted alone twice before being rescued. Credit: RSPCA

A member of the public spotted her at Glanhafren, Cyfronydd, near Welshpool and took the otter home in a box for safety until the RSPCA arrived.

The cub is said to be doing well. Credit: RSPCA

She was uninjured, but was without her parents - so has been taken to our wildlife centre for rehabilitation.

The cub is doing ok at the moment and is eating well which is encouraging.

– RSPCA inspector Phil Lewis

Man arrested on suspicion of £20,000 biscuit theft

A second arrest has been made following the theft of a trailer containing around £20,000 worth of biscuits from Burton's Food Ltd on Ty Coch Way in Cwmbran.

Burton Food's productions include favourites such as Wagon Wheels and Jammie Dodgers. Credit: PA Images

A 27-year-old man from Cheshire has been arrested on suspicion of theft and conspiracy to steal, and released on police bail pending further enquiries.

A 35-year-old Liverpool man is also on police bail having been arrested on suspicion of theft.

The biscuits were stolen in the early hours of the 17th of June, before thieves abandoned the empty Burton's trailer later that day.

Burton's makes Jammie Dodgers, Wagon Wheels and Maryland cookies.

Police are continuing their enquiries into the theft.


Union to conduct review of health board

A union representing health workers is to carry out a review of what it is like to work for the north Wales health board.

The reviews of staff opinions will be carried out in another six months. Credit: ITV Wales News

UNISON Cymru says it will look into Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board in the wake of allegations of historic abuse and the imposition of special measures by the Welsh Government.

Union members have been asked to complete a questionnaire about their working conditions.

The first "mass meeting" with hospital workers will held on Thursday at Ysbyty Glan Clwyd hospital.

The clear message from our members in the hospitals is they felt they didn’t believe they were being listened to or their concerns taken seriously.

The staff at Betsi Cadwaladr are horrified that the behaviour of a tiny minority has damaged the esteem that the overwhelming dedicated majority are held in. Continuous negative publicity is affecting morale.

– Jan Tomlinson, Branch Secretary UNISON

The report will be given to hospital managers and carried out again in six months says the union.

More: Health board boss sets 100-day target for improvement

Growing concern for missing teenage girl

Police are becoming increasingly concerned for Bethanie Summerscales who has now been missing for four days.

Bethanie is 5ft3 with blue eyes and long brown hair. Credit: North Wales Police

15-year-old Bethanie was last seen in the Llandegla area on Friday 31st of July.

She is described as being of stocky build, 5ft3 tall with blue eyes and long brown hair.

It is now four days since Bethanie went missing and we are growing increasingly concerned for her safety and welfare. Inquiries are on-going to locate her and we remain keen to speak to anyone who believes they may have seen Bethanie or a person matching her description.

– PC Andy Williams, North Wales Police

Anyone with information on Bethanie's whereabouts should contact North Wales Police on 101.

Anniversary of WWII Allies' victory in Japan to be commemorated

Credit: Ben Birchall/PA

A special service to mark Victory in Japan (VJ) Day will be held at Llandaff Cathedral on Sunday 16 August.

Commemorating the allied victory in Japan and the end of World War 2 in 1945, the service has been jointly organised by the Welsh Government and Cardiff Council in conjunction with Llandaff Cathedral.

The First Minister will read at the service, together with D. Hugh Thomas CBE DL Honorary Consul for Japan.

We must never forget the sacrifice allied forces made for our freedoms during World War 2.

Victory in Japan by the allied forces brought to an end six years of conflict which saw the tragic loss of so many lives and the destruction of so many communities across the world.

Their heroics in battle, often so very far from home, will always have a special place in our hearts and it’s important we remember and show our gratitude for their service.

– Carwyn Jones AM, First Minister
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