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.
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.
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.
A pedestrian has been taken to hospital after being involved in a road traffic collision in Aberdare.
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.
The A4059 Aberdare Bypass is closed both ways due to a traffic accident involving a car and a pedestrian.
Traffic Wales says vehicles are queueing between Cardiff Street at the Aberdare Community School Roundabout and the Asda Roundabout.
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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.
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