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Police find cannabis farm next to Conservative Club

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

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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.

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.


Several injured in Valleys mini-bus crash

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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

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Armed police in Aberdare in ongoing firearm 'incident'

South Wales Police says it's dealing with an ongoing firearms incident in Aberdare. Credit: Google Maps

Armed police are dealing with an ongoing 'incident' in Aberdare.

South Wales Police says it has received reports of someone making threats with a firearm in the area. A police spokesman says armed officers have been sent as a precaution.

No further details of where the incident is were given by police.

Got the Stereophonics t-shirt? Now buy the pub!

The Valleys pub where rock band Stereophonics played their first gig is up for sale - for as little as £35,000.

Fans of the band can buy The Shepherds Arms in the village of Cwmaman, near Aberdare, where singer Kelly Jones first took the stage to sing.

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The pub has been closed for more than five years but is up for auction next week with the £35,000-£40,000 guide price. Kelly said: "The Sheps gave us our start in music. Whenever I see it I immediately think: "Ah, I'm home."

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The pub, built in 1851 when the village was a busy mining community, is being sold by the neighbouring workmen's institute.

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