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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

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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