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Man pleads guilty to Aberfan chapel arson

A man has pleaded guilty to setting fire to Aberfan Chapel. Daniel Brown told police he gets a 'kick' out of arson.

Much of Aberfan chapel was destroyed in the fire last month Credit: Phillip Bunce

Daniel Brown, of Nixonville, Merthyr Vale, was charged with reckless arson with threat to endanger life. Much of the chapel at Aberfan was destroyed by the fire last month.

Brown told police he gets "a kick" out of seeing the fire service turn up. He set his own house on fire when he was nine years old. The court heard that he had called in the emergency services himself when they didn't turn up and "enjoyed being involved in this type of activity".

Wearing a grey t-shirt with short brown hair, Brown confirmed his name and guilty plea. The judge at Merthyr Crown Court told him to expect a lengthy prison sentence.

Psychiatric reports will be completed before he is sentenced next month.

Man arrested in connection with Aberfan chapel fire

A 27-year-old man from Merthyr Tydfil has been arrested in connection with a fire at the historic Aberfan chapel.

A man has been arrested in connected with a fire at the historic chapel. Credit: Phillip Bunce

Fire crews were called to the building in the early hours of Saturday morning where investigations found that the fire was started deliberately.

The fire was extinguished by South wales Fire and Rescue Services but much of the building was destroyed.

Much of the building was destroyed by the fire. Credit: Phillip Bunce

Anyone with any information concerning the incident is urged to contact South Wales Police on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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Dramatic footage shows scale of fire that damaged Aberfan chapel

Dramatic footage caught by eyewitnesses shows the scale of the fire and subsequent damage to the historic Aberfan chapel.

The interior of the building appears completely gutted by the fire. Credit: Phillip Bunce

Fire crews responded to the incident at just before 2 this morning and have been re-inspecting the scene throughout the day.

Structural engineers have also visited the chapel, with Jennie Griffiths of South Wales Fire Service tweeting the structure was "in danger of collapse"

The morning revealed the extent of the damage caused overnight Credit: Phillip Bunce

The chapel was used as a mortuary by the Aberfan community after the coal tip disaster of 1966, where mud and debris flooded Pantglas Junior School killing 116 children and 28 adults.

Structural engineers have inspected the building this afternoon. Credit: Phillip Bunce

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Historic Aberfan chapel damaged by fire

Structural engineers will attend an historic chapel in Aberfan later after a fire broke out early this morning, causing significant damage.

The chapel is linked to the 1966 Aberfan disaster. Credit: Google Maps

Five fire engines dealt with the flames after being alerted at around 2 this morning, but they have since left.

4 properties surrounding the chapel were also evacuated, but there are no reports of any injuries.

Aberfan Road has been closed by police in both directions until further notice.

Man and woman charged with serious sexual offences

A man and a woman have been charged with a number of serious sexual offences, and appeared before magistrates in Caerphilly today.

A 55-year-old man from the Lansbury Park area of Caerphilly, and a 44-year-old woman from the New Tredegar area, were arrested by officers investigating allegations of historical physical and sexual abuse, alleged to have occurred in the Caerphilly and Aberfan areas.

They have been remanded in custody, and are due to appear at Newport Crown Court on August 1.

Gwent Police is asking anyone with concerns about the investigation to ring 101.

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Memorial playground equipment removed because of health and safety

People living in the village of Aberfan, where 116 children were killed in a colliery disaster in 1966, say they're fighting for that memory to be upheld. They say that a memorial playground has been allowed to fall into disrepair, and equipment has been removed for health and safety reasons.

Following an independent inspection of the equipment in this playground, the item referred to was deemed to be dangerous and could result in injury. Consequently, in the interest of health and safety, the item had to be removed. The budget for replacement playground equipment was removed twelve years ago under a Labour Council and replacements have been funded through Biffa resources allocated to individual wards. Given the importance of play the Independent Administration has instructed officers to bring forward a report for consideration by Council.

– Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council