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Police appeal after motorcyclist seriously injured in collision

Police in Nantyffyllon are appealing for witnesses after a man sustained serious injuries following a road traffic collision.

The incident happened at the A4063 Picton Street, at the junction with Nantyffyllon Terrace. Credit: Google maps

The incident, which happened at around 6pm yesterday evening, occurred at the A4063 Picton Street, at the junction with Nantyffyllon Terrace.

The man who sustained the injuries was the rider of a a black Huoniao Motorcycle.

Anyone who may have seen the collision or has any information is urged to contact South Wales Police on 101.


Driver and passenger have 'lucky' escape in car crash

Two "lucky" people escaped a crash involving a lamp post and an a car on its side.

South Wales Police tweeted the photo of the crash which happened in Maesteg over the weekend.

The driver and passenger were "2 lucky boys" said the officer at the scene.

Rugby player banned for cocaine use

Maesteg Harlequins hooker Shaun Cleary has been given a two-year ban after testing positive for cocaine use.

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Cleary was suspended by UK Anti-Doping after benzoylecgonine, a cocaine metabolite, was found in his system during testing after a pre-season friendly against Bridgend Ravens last August.

Ukad said Cleary had used cocaine three days before playing and it had remained in his system when he played.

Sportspeople have to be aware that using cocaine at any time will put them at great risk of breaking the anti-doping rules and receiving a long ban.

– Graham Arthur, Ukad

Cleary, who has been banned until October, 10, 2017, is the 11th Welsh rugby player currently suspended by UK Anti-Doping.

Welsh Rugby Union group chief executive Martyn Phillips said: "This case serves as a strong warning to everyone in the game that non-compliance with anti-doping rules carries grave consequences."

Police appeal after collision leaves woman in critical condition

A 66-year-old woman is in a critical condition in hospital after being hit by a car in Maesteg.

The incident happened on Cymmer Road near the junction of Treharne Road in Maesteg. Credit: Google Maps

The incident happened at around 8.30pm on Friday at Cymmer Road, near the junction of Treharne Road.

The woman was hit by a white Seat Ibiza and was taken to Morriston Hospital in Swansea where she is being treated for serious injuries.

South Wales Police are now appealing for any witnesses and those with information are urged to call them on 101.

Two arrested in immigration raids on shops

Immigration officers have arrested a woman and man from India in an operation on two shops in Maesteg.

The two shops visited were on Caerau Road, Maesteg. Credit: Google Street View

The Home Office says its officers were "acting on intelligence" and visited Costcutter on Caerau Road at 7am on Thursday morning. A 31-year-old Indian woman was arrested for overstaying her visa.

Officers then visited Caerau Village Stores, where they arrested a 32-year-old Indian man who was found to have entered the country illegally.

Both were transferred to immigration detention pending their removal from the UK.

Both businesses were served a notice warning that a financial penalty of up to £20,000 per illegal worker arrested will be imposed, unless the employer can demonstrate that appropriate right to work document checks were carried out.

The message to businesses in Wales using illegal labour is clear. Our dedicated, specialist teams will catch you and if the correct checks have not been carried out you will pay a heavy penalty.

Illegal working cheats the taxpayer, undercuts honest employers and often exploits some of society’s most vulnerable people.

We rely on information from the public and I would urge people to report suspected immigration abuse to us.”

– Richard Johnson, Immigration Enforcement team


Pupils still being interviewed after teen's minibus death

Ashley Talbot died after being hit by a minibus at his school in December. Credit: Family photo

A decision is yet to be made over whether a teacher will be charged over the death of a teenage pupil, an inquest has heard.

15-year-old Ashley Talbot died after being hit by a minibus outside Maesteg Comprehensive School in December.

A pre-inquest review was told that police are still interviewing the Year 11 pupil's classmates and other children who witnessed the incident. Once those interviews conclude a file will be sent to the Crown Prosecution Service for a decision to be made over whether the teacher who was behind the wheel of the minibus will face charges.

The inquest was adjourned until November.

Trains suspended after death of man

Train services are suspended on Arriva Trains Wales between Tondu and Maesteg due to emergency services attending an incident at Maesteg.

Maesteg Train Station. Credit:

Our officers are currently attending the line between Tondu and Garth following a report of a person being struck by a train.

Colleagues from South Wales Police are also in attendance following the incident, which was reported to BTP at 11.09am.

Paramedics from the Welsh Ambulance Service attended, but sadly a man has been pronounced dead at the scene.

– British Transport Police

Officers are now working to identify the man and inform his family. Police say the incident is not currently being treated as suspicious.

Police appeal after girls approached by man in park

Police are appealing for witnesses after two teenage girls were approached by a man in Park.

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The two girls, both aged 15, were walking through Maesteg Park at around 2.30pm on Tuesday and were approached by the man who engaged in conversation with them, say police.

He then walked alongside the two girls towards the town centre and then made inappropriate comments of a sexual nature before the girls ran off. Neither of the girls were touched.

The man is described as white, between 30 and 40 years of age, between 5’8” and 5’10” tall with a skinny build, gaunt face and a shave head. He was wearing a grey t-shirt, dark green shorts, black hat and sunglasses and has tattoos on both forearms. He was riding a black bike.

Neither of the girls were threatened or physically harmed in any way however we are treating the incident as suspicious and a full investigation is underway.

– Local Police Inspector Justin Evans

Anyone who can help officers identify the man is urged to call us on 101 quoting reference number 1500234562. If you prefer not to give your name, Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Fake vodka 'which can cause blindness' found in corner shop

Isopropanol,a chemical used in cleaning products, was found in the vodka. Credit: Jackal1/Flickr

Bottles of fake vodka which can allegedly turn drinkers blind have been found being sold illegally in a corner shop in Maesteg.

Bridgend Magistrates court heard yesterday how a chemical called Isopropanol, used in cleaning products, was discovered in nine bottles of counterfeit vodka being sold on the shelves of Picton Stores in the village.

Shopkeeper Mahesh Patel admitted buying the fake bottles from a man 'who looked the part', and told him they were genuine.

Prosecutor Katia Daw told the court that incorrect labels on the bottles alerted trading standards, and should have been spotted by Patel. She added that a 'regular consumer would not know.'

Mr Patel has been sentenced to a six-month community order where he will be electronically tagged and subject to a night-time curfew.

He was also ordered to pay £1,686 in costs.

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