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Three arrested after drugs bust yards from police custody suite

Credit: Kevin Ashford/ITV Wales

Three men have been arrested on suspicion of running a cannabis factory after police raided a unit just yards from their custody unit in Bridgend.

The men were allegedly running the operation from units at Queens Court at Bridgend Industrial Estate just behind South Wales Police’s new custody suite.

Local residents were shocked at the discovery. Car maintenance company worker Hayley Pells, 33, said:

"No-one had a clue but it could have been going on for a number of years.

"They appear to have been very professional.

"For a long time we thought it was empty. We didn't see anybody coming or going for extremely long periods of time. This isn't unusual as lots of the units are used only for storage."

Another resident said:

"It's amazing if you think about it and really brave of them to grow it next door to the police.

"I'm really not sure how they thought they would get away with it. Literally you could throw a brick from the back of this unit and it would land in the police station it's that close.

A South Wales Police spokeswoman said: "Three men have been arrested and are currently in police custody.

"No further detail is available at present."

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Nurse pleads not guilty to wilful neglect charges

Jade Pugh Credit: ITV Wales

A nurse accused of the wilful neglect of patients at Bridgend's Princess of Wales hospital has pleaded not guilty to the three charges against her.

Jade Pugh, 29, is one of five nurses facing charges of wilful neglect relating to the treatment of hospital patients and alleged falsification of medical records.

Pugh and the other nurses will appear at Cardiff Crown Court at the end of this month.

Police investigating collision in Bridgend

South Wales Police are continuing to investigate a collision in Bridgend yesterday which has left a man in a serious condition in hospital.

The man was taken by Air Ambulance to hospital in Cardiff. Credit: John Lewis

The incident happened at just after 9am yesterday and involved a white coloured Volkswagen Golf hitting a pedestrian who was crossing the carriageway from Quarella Road to the town centre.

The man was later taken by Air Ambulance to The University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff, where he is receiving treatment.

Anyone with any information in regards to the incident is urged to call South Wales Police on 101.

Unexploded bomb found near Bridgend

A bomb squad has been called to secure the WWII device. Credit: Dean Smith

An unexploded World War II bomb has been found on the Kenfig Nature Reserve near Bridgend.

Local men Dean Smith and James Clark were walking back to their car this morning after a spot of metal detecting, when they came across the find.

A police cordon is now in place around the area and the bomb squad are on their way to make the device safe.

Metal detector James Clark poses in front of police vehicles, as the Kenfig Nature Reserve is cordoned off. Credit: Dean Smith

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Man air-lifted to hospital following accident in Bridgend

A male pedestrian has been air-lifted to hospital following a collision with a vehicle this morning.

The accident, which happened near Bridgend Bus Station on Market Street at around 9:15, was dealt with by a number of police officers and an air ambulance at the scene.

The incident is not said to have caused congestion, with traffic in the area reported to be flowing.

The incident happened on Market Street in Bridgend. Credit: John Lewis

Police appeal for men to come forward after assault

Police in Bridgend have released CCTV images of three men they wish to trace in connection with an assault in Derwen Road, Bridgend.

Two men were the victims of a serious assault in the early hours of Sunday 5th July while walking down the road say South Wales Police.

Police are appealing for the men to come forward. Credit: South Wales Police

We wish to speak to the men pictured in the CCTV images in connection with our enquiries, anyone else who can assist us in tracing them is also asked to come forward.

Similarly, we would ask the men themselves to get in touch and help with our investigation.

– Detective Constable Tony Allen

Anyone with any information is asked to contact South Wales Police on 101 quoting reference number 1400239861.

Crash driver was without license, insurance & over limit

A man from Bridgend who crashed his car and caused his passenger serious injury while driving over the legal alcohol limit, without a license and without insurance has been sent to a young offenders institute.

John Watson, 20, lost control of the car he was driving on 19 August last year, crashing into a double garage in Bryncethin.

His passenger, also a 20-year-old local man, sustained very serious injuries.

Police said John Watson's actions should serve as a warning to other people. Credit: South Wales Police

Watson was sentenced to 32 months imprisonment in a young offenders institute, and disqualified from driving for five years for causing serious injury by dangerous driving.

He was also given a consecutive sentence of 52 weeks for drugs-related offences, meaning that his total sentence is 44 months imprisonment.

Inspector Carwyn Evans from South Wales Police said: "This was a very serious incident and the sentence is a stark warning to anyone else considering driving in this manner."

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