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Merthyr drug dealer jailed for three years

A 33-year-old man from Merthyr Tydfil has been jailed for three years and four months after pleading guilty to drug offences.

£3,000 of cash was found at Kristian Stephen Baigrie's property. Credit: South Wales Police

Kristian Stephen Baigrie, aged 33, from Gurnos, Merthyr Tydfil was sentenced at Merthyr Tydfil Crown Court after pleading guilty to possession of heroin with intent to supply.

In May detectives searched a property at Thomas Dyke Close and found 61 wraps of heroin as well as 14 ounces of the drug. The estimated street value was £42,000. £3,000 of cash was also found.

We take the concerns of the public very seriously and we will continue to work closely with members of the Gurnos community to keep the area safe and proactively deal with information relation to drug offences and other criminal or anti social behaviour.

– Detective Sergeant Andrew Gibbins


Police hunt golden balls - stolen from golf club

Police are investigating the theft of hundreds of gold balls from a local golf club.

Not these golf balls - these are white! Credit: PA

As many as a thousand golf balls were stolen from a ball dispensing machine at Southerndown Golf Club in Llantwit Major in the Vale of Glamorgan during a burglary on Sunday.

Officers say they would like to speak to the occupants of two suspicious vehicles seen in the area that evening to come forward.

Goodness knows what those responsible will do with the balls.

They’d struggle to sell them on as each one has ‘stolen from Southerndown Golf Club’ printed on them.

So the balls are easy to spot - hopefully somebody who has seen them or who knows something about the incident can lead us to whoever was responsible.

– Pc Jamie Williamson, South Wales Police

Man jailed for intent to deal heroin and crack cocaine

A man has been sentenced to four years in prison for possession with intent to supply drugs - namely heroin and crack cocaine.

Ivan Lesley Hoadley was caught twice with drugs. Credit: Dyfed Powys Police

Ivan Lesley Hoadley, aged 37, of Larch Road, Milford Haven, was arrested at Milford Haven Train Station in May for being found in possession of heroin and four rocks of crack cocaine.

While on police bail he was arrested again and once more was found to have heroin and crack cocaine on him.

He was sentenced at Swansea Crown Court.


Holyhead ferry blown back in gale force winds

Hundreds of passengers had to be transferred from a ferry which was blown back on to its berth by gale force winds.

The Irish Ferries Jonathan Swift vessel, a fast service across the Irish Sea, was preparing to set off from Holyhead to Dublin before midday when heavy gusts pushed it back against the dock.

Credit: PA

Some 650 people on board were transferred to another service as a precaution. No passengers were injured in the collision.

A spokesman for Irish Ferries said the aluminium hull ferry was being inspected to assess damage to the body and replacement services will take passengers to Dublin during the day.

Irish Ferries cancelled three Swift services following the incident.

Man appears in court following van crash death

A driver has appeared at Merthyr Tydfil Magistrates court charged with causing death by dangerous driving.

The crash happened at Bryn Terrace, Aberdare. Credit: Google Street View

Sammy-Jo Davies, 19, was being carried in a red LDV Maxus when it crashed in Aberdare in the early hours of Monday morning.

She was pronounced dead at the scene in Bryn Terrace while several other passengers were taken to hospital.

Driver Kyle Perkins, of Cwmaman, spoke only to confirm his name during the hearing at court on Tuesday.

He was remanded in custody and the case was sent to Merthyr Tydfil Crown Court.

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