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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.

Proceeds from Maesteg carol concert to be donated to the family of Ashley Talbot

A Maesteg male voice choir will donate the proceeds from its annual carol singing concert to the family of Ashley Robert. The 15-year-old was killed in a crash outside his comprehensive school last week.

Read More: Inquest into teen's death opened and adjourned

Ashley Talbot died in a collision at Maesteg Comprehensive School last week.

The teenager's classmates will join the Maesteg Gleeman choir for a performance at the town's Tesco store from 5pm this evening.

Read More: Pupils pay tribute to 'popular, bubbly and carefree' Ashley


Appeal over missing teenager Connor Clifford Lewis

South Wales Police is appealing for information about an 18-year-old man who is missing from the Maesteg area.

Connor Clifford Lewis has been missing since Tuesday afternoon. Credit: South Wales Police

Connor Clifford Lewis was last seen leaving his home in Neath Road, Maesteg, on Tuesday 3 June.

Officers are appealing for anyone with information to get in touch by calling 101, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

And these little piggies came home...

Some of the wild boar who returned to the farm near Maesteg this morning. Credit: Greg Davies

Farmer Greg Davies - who lost around 40 of his herd of wild boar during a burglary at the weekend - saw some of them find their way home today.

Mr Davies said he saw four of them near the farm early this morning and "whistled them back". Two boar and one sow went through the gate but another decided to run off again.

Farmer Greg Davies at his farm near Maesteg with the rest of his herd. Credit: Wales News Service

South Wales Police are warning that although the animals are not an immediate threat to public safety, they may charge anyone who tries to approach them as the boars will be disorientated, confused and are not used to being out of their pens.

Six people have been arrested and bailed in connection with the burglary and escape.

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