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Body of missing man found in river

Police have confirmed a body found in the River Neath in February is that of missing 41-year-old Russell Looker.

Credit: South Wales Police

Mr Looker had been missing from the Neath area since 15th January.

Officers carrying out a search between Resolven and Glynneath found a body on 16th February and formal identification has now taken place.

Police say Mr Looker's family has been updated and the death is not being treated as suspicious.


Sink hole road could reopen on Monday

Work to repair a sink hole which opened up on a Neath road on Thursday could be complete by Monday says the local council.

Repairs being done on the snik hole at Cimla. Credit:

Police closed off Cimla Road following the discovery at the bottom of Cimla Hill.

The void itself was at least five metres deep and was filled this morning with 20 tonnes of clean stone and 44 tonnes of concrete.

Resurfacing will be undertaken as soon as the fill concrete is hardened.

It is anticipated the road will reopen for Monday morning traffic.

– Neath port Talbot Council


Body recovered from Neath river by rescue teams

A body has been recovered from a river in Neath this afternoon.

Crews were called just before 1pm on Wednesday.

Firefighters from Glynneath, Neath, Pontardawe and Swansea attended, along with specialist swift water rescue teams and police and ambulance personnel.

The body was recovered at around 3.26pm.

An investigation is currently underway.

Appeal after 13 year-old girl assaulted in woods

Police in Neath are appealing for information after a 13-year-old girl was assaulted.

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The incident happened at 4.30pm on Wednesday 4th November while the victim was walking through woods in the Bryncoch area near Princess Drive.

She was approached by a male and pushed to the ground.

The suspect is described as being aged between 15 and 16, around 5ft 8ins tall, with short dark hair and of chubby build.

He was wearing shorts and blue and white striped rugby/football socks.

The victim was initially walking with a group of friends before continuing her walk through a wooded area on her own.

She was then approached by the suspect and pushed to the ground. The motive for this assault is not known and the investigation is continuing.

– Detective Inspector Trudi Meyrick of Neath CID

Officers are appealing for any witnesses who may have seen the suspect in the area at around 4.30pm to come forward.

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101.

Neath factory closure - minister to liaise with firm

The Welsh Government says it will continue to liaise with Crown Packaging UK following an announcement that it proposes to close the Neath site.

This is very disappointing news resulting from a downturn in global demand.

The Economy Minister has been briefed by representatives of the company and the Union.

We will continue to liaise with the company and union during the consultation period and consider what support we can provide.

If necessary, this could include the establishment of a task force to help employees affected by this decision.”

– Welsh Government spokesperson

Closure of 'The Box' is 'gut wrenching'

Local leaders in Neath say the planned closure of Crown Packaging, known locally as "The Box", will hit the area hard.

Hundreds of workers were told this morning of the proposed shut-down.


Gwenda Thomas, AM for the Neath Constituency said, "The Box" has been part of Neath for nearly 80 years and provided income for thousands of local families over this time.

As soon as I was made aware of the impending consultation, I immediately contacted the Welsh Government Minister for Economy, Science and Transport, Edwina Hart AM, and have been assured that the Welsh Government will do everything possible both during and following the consultation process to assist the company and its workforce.

I am assured that arrangements are being made for all apprentices to complete their studies and will do all I can to assist those directly and indirectly affected by this devastating blow to the employees of Crown Packaging, their families and our local economy.

– Gwenda Thomas AM

Local MP Christina Rees said the news has left "a gut wrenching feeling":

This iconic Neath plant is imbedded in the town, and so many local people have links to the place. I would like to express my sincerest sympathies to the loyal workforce that have given the plant such a superb reputation.

– Neath MP Christina Rees
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