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Arrest after murder of Welsh couple in South Africa

Roger and Christine Solik were killed following an armed robbery on their farmland estate in South Africa. Credit: Wales News Service

A man has been arrested after a Welsh couple were found murdered by armed robbers who dumped their bodies in a South African river.

Grandparents Roger and Christine Solik - who moved from Wales to South Africa in 1981 - were killed in the robbery at their farmland estate.

Police arrested a 43-year-old suspect in connection with the attack. He is due to appear in court in South Africa charged with murder, kidnapping, and robbery.

Christine, 57, was found dead in a river 45 miles from her home and the body of Parkinson's sufferer Roger, 66, discovered the next day.

Neighbours reported finding the couple's home on a farmland estate had been broken into and a search was launched for the "inseperable" pair.

The couple, originally from Aberycynon, near Aberdare, moved to South Africa after getting married.

More: Police appeal after Welsh couple killed in South Africa


Football-mad dad names son after Gareth Bale

A new dad from Aberdare who followed Wales' incredible run to the semi-finals of Euro 2016 has named his son after the star player who helped get them there.

Gareth Bale celebrates qualification for Euro 2016 - a competition where Wales reached the semi-finals. Credit: PA

26-year-old Chris Perry admitted he loves Wales and Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale and was in France for every match in the finals.

But his dream year got even better when partner Tracy Cann ended 2016 by welcoming a new baby boy.

Chris, who also has seven-year-old daughter Reece and works as a groundsman, welcomed Bale Perry on New Year's Eve.

Bale Perry was born on New Years's Eve. Credit: Wales News Service

We have already had a beautiful summer thanks to Chris Coleman's Welsh team. But to be able to have a son born in the same year and name it after the best Welsh player of all time makes it so special. We were overjoyed to know we were having a baby boy just before the Euros started. I think all fathers would one day like to think their sons could perform in a Welsh shirt and make the fans happy like Bale and company did this summer.

– Chris Perry

Pedestrian hospitalised after being involved in traffic collision

A pedestrian has been taken to hospital after being involved in a road traffic collision in Aberdare.

The incident happened yesterday afternoon near Aberdare Community School. Credit: Google

The incident happened at around 5:30pm yesterday and involved the pedestrian and a grey coloured Suzuki Swift car on the A4059, between the Aberdare Community School and the Asda Aberdare Superstore.

The person was taken to the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff for treatment and the road was closed for around 5 hours while police carried out initial investigations and recovered the vehicle.

South Wales Police are appealing for any witnesses and is urging anyone with information to contact them on 101, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


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.

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