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Police appeal for help after street robbery

A street robbery took place in Merthyr Tydfil early this morning - and police are appealing for information.

The mugging happened on this junction Credit: Google street view

A male victim was mugged at 12.30am on the junction of Norman Terrace and Brunswick Street in the town. His black Galaxy Note 4 smart phone was taken during the incident.

The two male suspects are described as:

  • White, 5’11” – 6’0”, medium build, wearing a black shell suit hooded top. The hood was up and pulled tight around his face. He was also wearing blue jeans and white trainers. The victim believes that this suspect had an eastern European accent.
  • White 5’11” – 6’0”, medium build, and wearing the same clothing as the first suspect, but did not speak.

If you have any information in regards to this incident you can contact police on 101 or call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111 quoting occurrence: 1500302443


Merthyr drug dealer jailed for three years

A 33-year-old man from Merthyr Tydfil has been jailed for three years and four months after pleading guilty to drug offences.

£3,000 of cash was found at Kristian Stephen Baigrie's property. Credit: South Wales Police

Kristian Stephen Baigrie, aged 33, from Gurnos, Merthyr Tydfil was sentenced at Merthyr Tydfil Crown Court after pleading guilty to possession of heroin with intent to supply.

In May detectives searched a property at Thomas Dyke Close and found 61 wraps of heroin as well as 14 ounces of the drug. The estimated street value was £42,000. £3,000 of cash was also found.

We take the concerns of the public very seriously and we will continue to work closely with members of the Gurnos community to keep the area safe and proactively deal with information relation to drug offences and other criminal or anti social behaviour.

– Detective Sergeant Andrew Gibbins

What a result! Welsh footballers help in marriage proposal

A man from the Valleys employed a unique way of proposing to his girlfriend - by recruiting stars of the Welsh national football team to help.

Matthew recruited the likes of Wales captain Ashley Williams to help. Credit: Matthew Davies

Matthew Davies from Aberdare arranged the film after speaking to a friend who worked at the Football Association of Wales.

Both Matthew and his partner Vicky Griffiths are footy mad, with Vicky a big fan of Swansea City.

The pair met five years again when Matthew, himself a supporter of local side Merthyr Town, began following the national side to home and away games.

Wales boss Chris Coleman called Matthew Credit: Matthew Davies

In fact the couple's first trip abroad together was to Switzerland in 2010, where they saw Wales fall to a disappointing 4-1 defeat in a Euro 2012 qualifier.

But with the national side on the up and so close to securing their place in Euro 2016, Matthew has seized the opportunity to score a blinder himself.

And in case you were wondering...Vicky said yes.

"So I just asked Vicky whether she would marry me. But being a footy nut as well I showed her this video on my phone of me and my pals. Would they persuade her to say yes?........Yes it worked"

– Matthew Davies

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Merthyr Town on the rise again after promotion

Merthyr Town FC will next season return to the same level the club were at before they went out of business five years ago.

The Martyrs won the Southern League South and West Division with games to spare, and after the final game of the season on Saturday, got a chance to lift their silverware.

They beat Stratford Town 3-1, to move past 100 points for the season, and are now looking forward to life in the Southern League Premier Division, the seventh tier of English football.

Watch Nick Hartley's report:

Police appeal for man missing since Saturday

Police in south Wales are appealing for the whereabouts of a man from the Merthyr Tydfil area who's been missing since Saturday.

Stefan Allen from the Merthyr area hasn't been since since Saturday. Credit: South Wales Police

21-year-old Stefan Allen from Dowlais in Merthyr hasn't been seen since 18th April. He's described as of slim build with dark brown hair and is around 6ft 2in in height.

Although Stefan has not been seen his vehicle - an orange Skoda Fabia - has been found near Ponticill Reservoir.

Anyone who may have seen him or his vehicle in the area are urged to contact South Wales Police on 101.

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