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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.

Dancer jailed after blackmailing man over affair

A dancer from Merthyr who blackmailed a married man by threatening to tell his wife about their secret affair has been jailed.

Kimberly O' Leary was jailed for 16 months and handed a restraining order. Credit: South Wales Police

30-year-old Kimberly O'Leary demanded her lover pay her more than £4,000 to buy her silence.

But Merthyr Crown Court heard the married man eventually reported her to police after she asked for more money and had posted messages on the Facebook page where he worked.

"The man had received a number of text messages, phone calls and a voice mail from O'Leary demanding money to keep quiet about the affair they had had...He felt harassed and distressed by the contact. He paid the money in the hope that would end things."

– Rachel Knight, Prosecuting

O'Leary, of Gurnos, Merthyr, admitted blackmail with menaces between August 1, 2014 and January 22, 2015.

"There was a naivety on her behalf as to how serious a situation it was...This has been a salutary lesson for her."

– Paul Jenkins, Defending

She was jailed for 16 months and given a restraining order banning her from contacting her victim.

"You are a menace and a woman who is prepared to stop at nothing...Blackmail was once described as attempted murder of the soul and that's what you chose to inflict on this gentleman...You bombarded him with messages causing pain and misery."

– Judge Philip Richards

Wedding dress display to mark restoration of church

The church has had limited use since the sixties.

A display of wedding dresses dating back 50 years is to be staged this weekend at a Methyr Tydfil church to mark its restoration to full service.

St Tydfil's Old Parish Church, which dates back to the 19th Century was closed for worship in the 1960s when nearby St David's became the parish church. Since then it's had limited use.

The wedding dress display will be staged in the church today, with events continuing through the weekend, culminating with a mass at 6pm tomorrow.

"St Tydfil's Old Parish Church is a much loved church in the centre of Merthyr Tydfil and I know that people will value the opportunity to worship here again and hopefully it will find its place again in the heart of the community."

– Archdeacon Christopher Smith
It's hoped the church will return to being a focal point of the community.
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