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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.


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