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Man charged with causing death of three friends

A 21-year-old man has appeared in court charged with causing the death of three friends by dangerous driving.

Rhys Jones and Ryan Gibbons died when the car they were travelling in hit a telegraph pole Credit: South Wales Police / Family Photos

John Spencer Graham appeared at Merthyr magistrates court after three young men died in the road crash in the town in October last year.

Ryan Paul Gibbons, 20, and Gethin Rhys Jones, 18, both from the Bargoed area, died at the scene on Aberdare Road, Merthyr Tydfil, on October 11th last year.

18 year-old Joe Louis Daniels died weeks later in hospital. Credit: ITV News / Family Photo

Joe Louis Daniels, 18, of Gilfach, Bargoed, was left in a critical condition at the University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff, but died 30 days later.

Five men were in the white Seat Ibiza which hit a telegraph pole.

John Spencer Graham appeared at Merthyr magistrates court today. Credit: Wales News Service

Graham, of Birchgrove, Tirphil, appeared at court where he spoke only to confirm his name and address.

Graham was released on bail to an address in Hampshire and is due to appear at Merthyr Tydfil Crown Court in June.


Wales' best dinner lady is cooking hot for UK finals

Katie Davies will represent Wales in the UK final in May.

Dinners have never been better in one Bargoed school - because working there is the Welsh school chef of the year.

Katie Davies of St Gwladys Primary School won the title in a cook off in Cwmbran.

Kate's winning dishes were spiced beef kebabs followed by Apple and cinnamon samosas. Kate will now go on to represent the whole of Wales in the National Final to be held in Hampshire in Ma

From Middle Earth to Bargoed: Hollywood actor comes home

Children at a school in Bargoed got the chance to meet a Hollywood filmstar today. In his latest role, Welsh actor Luke Evans plays Bard the Bowman in second instalment of The Hobbit trilogy.

He returned to his hometown to share his experiences on the big screen and inspire around 60 pupils from Lewis School Pengam. Alexandra Lodge went along to meet him.

Pupils get a taste of Hollywood with Hobbit actor visit

Luke Evans, who grew up in Caerphilly, visited a school to talk about his career Credit: ITV News/Alexandra Lodge

Pupils at a Caerphilly school got the chance to meet a Hollywood actor today, when one of the stars of 'The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug' paid them a visit.

Luke Evans, who grew up in Caerphilly, was at Lewis School Pengam in Bargoed to talk about his work and how to develop a career in the film industry.

The event was part of the charity FILMCLUB's industry interaction programme, which enables young people from all backgrounds to have access to a creative professional while still at school.


Person dies in train incident

Train services in south Wales were affected this morning when a train struck a person on the service between Penarth and Bargoed.

The British Transport Police attended the scene at about half past eight this morning and reported that, having obtained a statement from the driver and witnesses on the platform, the death was a non-suspicious deliberate act.

Train services were suspended in both directions between Cardiff and Rhymney while police dealt with the incident. Train services for Bargoed and Rhymney terminated at Cardiff.

Train services are expected to return to normal by 12.30pm.

Debris cleared following Bargoed derailment

The debris has now been cleared from the line Credit: Network Rail

Work to clear the railway line between Rhymney and Barry has been completed. It's after trees and debris on the line caused a derailment yesterday morning.

A spokesperson from Network Rail confirmed that all debris was now clear, and the track is now fit for use.

Work is now underway with Arriva Trains Wales to resume normal train services as soon as possible.

Disruption continues after derailment near Bargoed

Trains suspended between Bargoed and Rhymney tomorrow

Arriva Trains Wales have confirmed train services between Bargoed and Rhymney will be suspended tomorrow to enable Network Rail engineers to clear a landslide which derailed a train this morning.

A replacement bus service and a temporary timetable have been introduced between Bargoed and Rhymney stations, with immediate effect.

The current estimate for the resumption of the normal timetable is from the start of services on Friday 1st February, subject to the successful completion of safety checks.

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