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Police appeal after man goes missing on 40th birthday

Matthew Rees went missing on the day of his 40th birthday Credit: South Wales Police

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.


Aberdare murder: CCTV footage released

CCTV footage Credit: South Wales Police

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.

CCTV footage Credit: South Wales Police

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.

Andrew Male was found dead at a property on Cardiff Road in January Credit: Family/ South Wales Police

Replacement bus service between Pontypridd and Aberdare

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.

Teenager charged with Aberdare murder appears in court

Corey Liam Thomas arriving at Merthyr Magistrates Court Credit: D Legakis / Athena Pictures

A teenager accused of murdering a man in Aberdare has appeared before magistrates in Merthyr.

Corey Liam Thomas, 18, has been charged with the murder of 45-year-old Andrew Male.

Andrew Male was found dead at a house on Cardiff Road on Wednesday Credit: South Wales Police


Aberdare murder: Parents of Andrew David Male pay tribute

45-year-old Andrew David Male was found dead at a house in Aberdare on Wednesday Credit: South Wales Police

The parents of Andrew David Male, whose body was found at a house Cardiff Road on Wednesday, have described him as a "very caring and considerate person".

"We are saddened and shocked by what has happened to our Andrew", adding he was someone "we will all dearly miss".

Aberdare man named

A man who died at his home in Aberdare in the early hours of this morning has been named as Andrew David Male. He was 45.

South Wales Police have launched a murder investigation. An 18-year-old man arrested after the incident is being held at Cardiff Bay Police Station.

People will be shocked about what has occurred in their usually quiet community, but I am appealing for some perspective as this type of incident is extremely rare. We have a team of specially trained investigators assigned to this case, and local officers are carrying out house to house enquiries, providing reassurance to local people. We have somebody in custody and are doing everything we possibly can at this stage.

– Local Inspector Tony Carpenter, South Wales Police
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