An inquest has been opened on a teenage girl killed in a fire while housesitting for her grandparents at their home in Aberdare. Eighteen-year-old Emily Harris was trapped inside the five-bedroomed home when the blaze broke out overnight at Plas Draw.
Her grandparents Keith and Ann Harris were away on holiday at the time but flew home after being told of the tragedy last weekend. Police and fire experts are investigating the blaze which gutted the £450,000 house.
Glamorgan and Valleys coroner Louise Hunt adjourned the Aberdare inquest pending a police investigation of the cause of the blaze.
A woman has died in a house fire this morning in Rhondda Cynon Taf.
South Wales Fire and Rescue Service says it attended a fire in Abernant, near Aberdare, at around 7.30am, where the house was well alight.
It says the building had partially collapsed and the fire was particularly severe.
Despite the tremendous efforts of the fire crews, the severity of the fire and the partial collapse of the building meant crews were faced with a very difficult incident and unfortunately a fatality has been confirmed at the scene.
I would first of all like to express my sincere condolences to the family and friends of the deceased that has sadly lost their life during the house fire today.
The deceased has been identified and the family have been informed however we cannot give any further information on the identity of the person at this time.
The cause of the fire is under joint investigation by the fire service and the police.
Emergency services were called to Cwmbach in Aberdare this morning, after the body of a woman was found.
The 25-year-old woman was discovered at a house in Brodeg at around 9.25am.
South Wales Fire and Rescue Service says they attended with carbon monoxide detectors after receiving a call from the ambulance service.
South Wales Police confirmed the woman's death is not being treated as suspicious and a file is being prepared for the coroner.
The brother of a woman from Aberdare found dead in Cumbria on Saturday has been charged with her murder.
23-year-old John Jenkin, of Millom, has been charged with the murder of his 58-year-old mother, Alice McMeekin, and sister, Kathryn Jenkin, 20, who is from Aberdare.
On Saturday 8 June 2013, at 8:39am police were called to a property in Newton Street where Mrs McMeekin and Miss Jenkin were tragically found dead with head injuries. The family dog was also found dead.
John Jenkin was arrested on suspicion of murder shortly afterwards.
He will appear at Furness District Magistrates court this morning.
John Jenkin is related to the victims, he is the son of Alice McMeekin and the brother of Kathryn Jenkin.
A woman from Aberdare has been found dead in Cumbria, police say. Officers were called to Newton Street, Millom, on Saturday morning, where they found the body of 58-year-old Alice McMeekin and another woman, believed to be 20-year-old Kathryn Jenkin from Aberdare.
Cumbria Constabulary say a 23-year-old man from Millom, who is believed to be related to the women, has been arrested on suspicion of murder. He remains in police custody.
South Wales Police have confirmed that Matthew Rees, who went missing from his Aberdare home on Saturday 11th May, has been found 'safe and well' in Porthcawl.
Officers have thanked the media and the public for their help.
South Wales Police is appealing for information after a man went missing on his 40th birthday.
Matthew Rees has been missing from his home in Treneol in Aberdare since Saturday 11th May.
According to police, he left his home at 8.30am to get a tattoo in Porthcawl. His family believed he would also visit Newton beach while in the area.
The last contact Matthew's family had was a message at 8.30pm on the same day to let them know he had missed his bus back to Aberdare. Police then received a call just before midnight, when he sounded considerably distressed. Officers say they are very concerned for his welfare.
He is described as around 5ft 8 and has shaven, brown hair with a pale complexion. At the time he went missing he was wearing a black t-shirt.
Anyone with information is urged to call South Wales Police’s non emergency 101 number or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
South Wales Police officers investigating the murder of Andrew David Male from Aberdare on January 9 are trying to identify these two potential witnesses.
They were captured on CCTV at 1am on the same day, talking to Andrew Male on the corner of Cardiff Road and Lewis Street, Aberaman, in Aberdare.
Officers believe the two men may have been the last two people to speak to Andrew before he died.
They, or anyone who knows who these two men are, are urged to come forward with information.
They can contact the incident room on 01656 306099 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111
18 year-old Corey Thomas was charged with murder on January 11.
Replacement bus service running on Arriva Trains Wales between Pontypridd and Aberdare, and between Pontypridd and Merthyr Tydfil due to over running engineering works between Pontypridd and Abercynon South.
The first trains in each direction have been cancelled. Buses are replacing these trains. Arriva Trains Wales hope that a normal service will resume from around 14:00.
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