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Rudolph appointed Glamorgan captain for 2015

Jacques Rudolph has been named captain for Glamorgan for next season. Credit: Scott Heavey/EMPICS Sport

Jacques Rudolph has been appointed Glamorgan captain for the 2015 season replacing Mark Wallace. The South African scored almost 2,000 runs in the first XI this year winning the club's List A player of the year award and broke the Glamorgan List A record with an unbeaten 169 against the Sussex Sharks.

He leads from the front and has shown throughout his career, and in his first season at Glamorgan, that he is a true professional and role model for younger players.

Mark Wallace has done a fine job as Club Captain during the course of the past three years, demonstrating tremendous dedication and commitment to the role and he will continue to be a valued and experienced voice in the dressing room and on the field within a leadership capacity.

– Hugh Morris, Glamorgan chief executive


Trio jailed for £5m mortgage fraud scam

Ben Pickering, Mark Cainen and Paul John were jailed for fraud. Credit: South Wales Police

Three men have been jailed for more than 17 years after carrying out mortgage fraud in the Swansea area.

Ben Pickering, Mark Cainen and Paul John got mortgages using fake identities as part of an eight-year scam worth more than £5million. They were all convicted of conspiracy to defraud at Swansea Crown Court.

Pickering was jailed for six years, Cainen for eight years and John for three years and four months.

A 34-year-old woman also received a 12-month suspended sentence and was ordered to carry out 200 hours of unpaid work.

These four defendants were involved in an audacious, systematic and very large scale financial fraud, committed over a prolonged period.

The scale and complexity of their dishonesty was considerable. Two defendants used a variety of names and used their own companies to facilitate the fraud. Numerous documents were falsified in order to create a web of deceit.

– Catrin Evans, Crown Prosecution Service

Inquest into teen's death opened and adjourned

Ashley Talbot died outside his school on 10th December. Credit: Family Photo

An inquest into the death of a teenager who was killed in a crash outside his school has been opened and adjourned.

15-year-old Ashley Talbot died on 10th December after an incident outside Maesteg Comprehensive School. Aberdare Coroners Court heard the teen sustained fatal injuries in the incident.

Coroner Andrew Barkley adjourned the matter until next year.

Man charged with string of indecent image offences

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A Wrexham man has been charged with 14 offences as part of the ongoing investigation into historical. child abuse in north Wales.

Roger Owen Griffiths, 76, is facing 11 counts of taking indecent images of children and three of possessing extreme pornographic images of children between 2010 and 2014. He was previously charged with two offences of indecent assault against a boy aged between 12 and 14. Those offences are alleged to have taken place between 1982 and 1984.

Griffiths will appear before Wrexham Magistrates' Court in January. The charges are part of the National Crime Agency's Operation Pallial investigation.


Two appointed to panel reviewing Daniel Morgan investigation

Daniel Morgan was murdered in 1987. Credit: Family Photo

Two new members have been appointed to an independent panel reviewing the investigation into the murder of Cwmbran private investigator Daniel Morgan.

Mr Morgan was found dead in the car park of a London pub in 1987. In 2013, the Daniel Morgan Independent Panel was established to look at how police corruption affected the investigation into his death.

Professor Rodney Morgan, a professor of criminal justice at the University of Bristol and Northern Ireland Policing Board chief executive Samuel Pollock OBE have now joined the panel, which is chaired by Baroness O'Loan.

Serious allegations of police corruption have surrounded the investigations into the murder of Daniel Morgan. I have been clear that the Independent Panel should leave no stone unturned in its pursuit of the truth.

– Theresa May MP, Home Secretary
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