A former church leader Ceri John Rees began working as a DJ at caravan parks despite being a convicted sex offender.Read the full story ›
A police officer sniffed out a £300,000 cannabis farm - next to a Conservative Club.
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.
A security guard helped himself to more than £3,700 from cash machines in banks on his daily rounds.
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.
Mathew Bray was sentenced to three years after mounting the pavement and hitting schoolboy Lochlan Olden who was walking home.Read the full story ›
The family of a teenager killed in a road crash in Aberdare on Monday have paid tribute to the 19-year-old.
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.
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.
Sammy-Jo Davies, 19, died when a mini-bus van crashed in Aberdare in the early hours of Monday morning.Read the full story ›
A driver has appeared at Merthyr Tydfil Magistrates court charged with causing death by dangerous driving.
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.
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.
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.
The Welsh Ambulance Service was called at just after 03.30 am this morning to reports of a road traffic collision involving a mini-bus on Bryn Terrace, Aberdare.
Four emergency ambulances and a Hazardous Area Response Team were sent to the incident.
Several patients were taken to the Royal Glamorgan Hospital and Prince Charles Hospital, some of whom were believed to be in a serious condition
Kimberley Jones, 25, moved in early to begin cleaning and decorating the house and nursery for her six-month-old son, the inquest heard.Read the full story ›