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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.

Credit: PA

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."

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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: geography.org

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.

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