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Family of man killed in Merthyr crash pay tribute

The family of a father from Merthyr who died in a road collision at the weekend have paid tribute to him.

Antonio Domingos Borges Credit: South Wales Police / Family Photo

Antonio Domingos Borges, aged 41 from Merthyr Tydfil died after the collision near Grey’s Place, Merthyr Vale on Saturday 24th October.

Dad I can’t begin to explain my loss or how I am feeling. You were the best Dad anybody could have asked for.

You sacrificed many things for me, I will do what you wanted which is be successful at rugby, be a loving person and I promise that I will do you proud in all things in the future.

You were not just my Dad but my best friend.

– Son of Antonio Domingos Borges


Government appears to turn down posthumous pardon for Welsh miner

Welsh miner Dic Penderyn was hanged nearly 200 years ago. Credit: ITV News

The UK Government appears to have turned down a petition to pardon Welsh coal miner Dic Penderyn, who was hanged nearly 200 years ago.

Labour's Ann Clwyd handed a petition in June to the House of Commons, on behalf of MPs and people across Wales, asking for him to have his conviction overturned.

But according to an update on the Hansard website, Mike Penning, Minister for Policing, Crime and Criminal Justice appears to have turned down the petition.

He said that no approach has been made to either the Court of Appeal or to the Criminal Cases Review Commission to review the conviction:

By convention, the Royal Prerogative of Mercy (RPM) is only used to grant a pardon where evidence has come to light which demonstrates conclusively that the convicted individual was innocent.

As far as we are aware, no approach has been made to either the Court of Appeal or to the Criminal Cases Review Commission to review the conviction and therefore we do not consider recommending the use of the RPM to Her Majesty the Queen in this case, until all the avenues of appeal have been exhausted.

– Mike Penning, Minister for Policing, Crime and Criminal Justice

I met with the Minister, Mike Penning MP, yesterday evening. He told me that he is looking at all the information and he will get back to me. I also received a letter from relatives of Dic Penderyn today, which I will be passing on to the Minister.

– Ann Clwyd MP

Police investigate sex assault near Merthyr pub

CID officers are investigating an alleged sexual assault on a 22 year-old woman in Merthyr Tydfil.

Police released this image of the man they would like to talk to. Credit: South Wales Police

Detectives say the attack happened last Friday, 2nd October, near the Vulcan Inn between 10.30pm and 11.30pm.

An E-fit of a man police would like to talk to in relation to the alleged incident has been released to help with their enquiries.

We are currently following up a number of lines of enquiry however we are keen to speak to anyone who may be able to assist with our investigation.

– Detective Chief Inspector Mark Lewis

The man is described as a white male, with dark hair, approximately 5ft 5inches, with a stubby well trimmed beard. He spoke with a local accent and was wearing blue jeans, a black leather jacket and a t-shirt.

Anyone with information, or who was in the area is asked to contact South Wales Police on 101 quoting reference number 1500365091.

Hunt for man who sexually harassed woman at station

Police are appealing for information after a woman was sexually harassed and touched inappropriately at a railway station.

Police have released this image of a man at Troedyrhiw station. Credit: British Transport Police

The incident happened at Troedyrhiw railway station near Merthyr at around 9.40pm on Monday, 10th August.

Police say the victim was approached by a man who made a number of sexually explicit comments and she immediately walked away but the man followed.

She continued to try getting away from him but he followed her into a shelter where he grabbed her waist and tried kissing her.

At this stage, the victim pushed him away and the man finally walked off and left the station.

This was, quite clearly, a traumatic incident for the victim, who was alone at the time and was left extremely disturbed and frightened by the man’s actions.

– PC Craig Farrell

British Transport Police says the man is white, around 5ft 11in, in his early 20s, of slim build, and we believe he may possibly be known as Dan.

Anyone with information is asked to call 0800 40 50 40 or text 61016 quoting reference WSUB/B7 of 09/09/2015.

Tarot card reader gets 'final warning' from bosses

An office worker who held a tarot card reading at the council offices where they worked didn't foresee the trouble ahead - and has been given a final warning for "inappropriate conduct".

Credit: PA

The Tarot reading took place at the council offices in Merthyr Tydfil was reported to senior officers who investigated.

A council spokesman confirmed the unnamed staff member was given a final warning for "inappropriate behaviour by Tarot reading" - and could face the sack for another offence.


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
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