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Rugby League club to relocate ahead of new season

Rugby League club South Wales Scorpions will be relocating to Virginia Park, home of Caerphilly RFC, ahead of the 2016 season.

South Wales Scorpions will move to Virginia Park ahead of next year. Credit: Wales Rugby League

The Scorpions will sign an agreement for a minimum of three years and will enter into a partnership, contributing to ground improvements and new signage.

It’s not the first time that the Scorpions have played at Virginia Park - the club staged three league matches there in 2011 securing wins over Oldham and Keighley.

“Virginia Park is more accessible for the majority of players, staff and supporters with easy access to the motorway network and being just over the mountain from Cardiff with good transport links both by bus and train. The fact the club had led somewhat of a nomadic existence over the past few years weighed heavily our minds when considering a possible relocation. However, the opportunity to move to the historic Caerphilly RFC which affords the club greater security of tenure and an opportunity to finally bed down in one location couldn't be ignored. Everyone associated with the Scorpions is fully behind the move. We have signed an agreement for a minimum of three years and given the location of Virginia Park, it being a stone’s throw from the capital city, and the on-site facilities, it gives us the best chance of moving the club forward.

– Marc Lovering, Scorpions Director

The Scorpions spent last year at Mountain Ash RFC but disagreements between the two parties led to the decision to relocate again.

“I am really pleased with the move to Caerphilly. It was at Virginia Park where I had my first involvement with the Scorpions in the win over Keighley in 2011. I’m looking forward to attracting some local support commercially and fan wise, whilst maintaining the base of loyal supporters we have had over the years.”

– Phil Carleton, Scorpions’ Head Coach

Pensioner shoots himself in police car park

A pensioner died after shooting himself in the head in a police station car park, an inquest heard.

The police station car park on Caerphilly Road. Credit: Google Street View

Retired Ronald Warren, 75, was seen on CCTV driving into the station car park before pulling out a gun and putting it to his head.

Paramedics arrived at the scene soon after but Mr Warren was pronounced dead at the Ystrad Mynach Police Station at Hengoed near Caerphilly.

An inquest heard his cause of death was recorded as gun shots to the head.

Mr Warren, of Ystrad Mynach was found on October 21st at the station car park on Caerphilly Road.

Gwent police say they are not investigating any suspicious circumstances. An inquest into his death has been adjourned while police carry out further inquiries.

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