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Ex-police detective denies rape charges

A former police detective has denied raping two women while he was serving with the South Wales force.

Jeffrey Davies Credit: Athena Picture Agency

Ex-South Wales Police constable Jeffrey Davies, 43, pleaded not guilty to raping the two women when he appeared before magistrates today.

Cardiff Magistrates heard Davies, of Pinecroft Avenue, Aberdare, allegedly committed the two rapes between January 2002 and April 2003.

Magistrate Sarah Edwards told Davies he would next appear at Cardiff Crown Court on December 7th, with his trial likely to take place in the summer of 2016.

Davies was released on conditional bail.


Police find cannabis farm next to Conservative Club

A police officer sniffed out a £300,000 cannabis farm - next to a Conservative Club.

Cannabis plants. Credit: PA

PCSO Steve Taylor was walking past a packed Cons club venue when he smelt the strong smell.

A court heard the suspicious policeman went into the outbuilding next to the club the next day with a drugs warrant - and found 600 plants.

Police arrested Thanh Le, 22, and Tom Wang, 41, inside the buildings at Hirwuan, near Aberdare.

Merthyr Tydfil Crown Court heard how Chinese national Wang came to the UK illegally 10 years ago how Le, originally from central Vietnam, borrowed $28,000 from his family so he could travel to Britain.

Both men pleaded guilty to one charge of cultivation of cannabis. Each was jailed for 20 months.

Security guard stole from cashpoints on his rounds

A security guard helped himself to more than £3,700 from cash machines in banks on his daily rounds.

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Stuart Parfitt, 33, stole cash from four different ATMs he was meant to be guarding. Two Royal Bank of Scotland employees found money missing after Parfitt had visited their branch on his cash deliveries.

Bosses at security firm G4S ordered inspectors to follow their Parfitt on his daily rounds. They found the guard, of Mountain Ash, had stolen money from a cash point in New Quay.

Inspectors ordered Parfitt to pull over - and found £1,260 worth of £20 notes in an envelope in the guard's car.

Parfitt pleaded guilty to four counts of theft at Ceredgion magistrates court. He was given an 11 month custodial sentence suspended for two years.


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

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.

Woman dies in Valleys mini-bus crash

South Wales Police says one person has died and seven others were injured following a road traffic collision during the early hours of this morning at Aberdare.

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The collision happened around 3.30am this morning and involved a red LDV Maxus van with eight people inside.

One woman was pronounced dead at the scene and the remaining injured parties were taken to Royal Glamorgan and Prince Charles Hospitals to receive treatment.

The driver of the van, a 25 year old man from Cwmaman, Aberdare, has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and is currently in police custody pending further enquiries.

South Wales Police Family Liaison Officers are supporting the family of the woman who died.

Police investigations are continuing into the collision and anyone with information in connection to the incident, or witnessed the incident or the manor of driving prior to the collision, is asked to contact South Wales Police on 101 quoting reference number 1500281697.

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