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Hooded men rob 69-year-old man on his driveway

Police are appealing for information after a 69-year-old man was robbed at knifepoint on the drive of his Merthyr home by three hooded men.

Swansea Road, Merthyr. Credit: Google Street View

Police say the attack happened at around 11.15pm on Thursday 14th January on Swansea Road, Merthyr Tydfil.

Three men wearing dark clothes and balaclava’s have approached the 69 year old victim as he got out of his car on his driveway.

The male victim was grabbed by one of the offenders and threatened with a knife whilst demanding money from within his home.

Thankfully no injuries were sustained to the victim.

– Detective Inspector Paul Mahoney

The offenders left with a quantity of cash, mobile phones and the victim’s car – a grey Mitsubishi L200 - registration CK59 ZFE which was driven towards Heolgerrig.

Anyone with information is asked to call 101.


Lucky escape as car smashes into bungalow

Both a driver and a homeowner had a lucky escape after a car left the road, crashed through a garden wall and smashed through the front wall of a bungalow.

South Wales Police say the collision, involving a Nissan Micra, happened in Quakers Yard, Treharris near Merthyr on Thursday.

Despite damage to the front garden wall and the gate - not to mention the front of the home - police say there were no injuries.


Emergency services called after car hits house

Police, the ambulance service and fire crews are attending an incident in the village of Bedlinog in the Borough of Merthyr Tydfil.

South Wales Fire and Rescue says a car has hit a property and one casualty is being treated at the scene.

Commercial Street, Bedlinog. Credit: Google Street View

The Wales Ambulance Service says a woman was taken to Prince Charles Hospital, her injuries are not thought to be life-threatening

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
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