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Appeal to locate next of kin after fatal fire

Philip Owen died in a house fire at his home in London Road on 11th September. Credit: ITV News/Alexandra Lodge

Police are appealing for information to help find the family of a man who died in a house fire in Neath.

Philip Owen, 62, was found dead at his home in London Road at around 7am on 11th September.

Mr Owen's death is being investigated by HM Coroner, but so far his next of kin have not been found.

South Wales Police is appealing for anyone who knew Mr Owen or knows his relations to contact the Coroners Office on 01792 637792.

Motorcyclist killed in Neath named

Stuart Hammett died when his motorcycle was involved in a collision with a car Credit: South Wales Police

A motorcyclist who died following a road traffic collision in Neath at the weekend has been named as 25-year-old local man Stuart Allen Hammett.

Mr Hammett, from the Melyn area of Neath, was riding a Yamaha scooter when it was involved in a collision with a grey Ford C-Max at Hillside, Neath.

Mr Hammett suffered serious injuries and was later pronounced dead.

In a statement his family said:

"Stuart will be sorely missed by his parents Roy and Susan and his brothers Mark and Lee and his sister Carly and her partner Morgan and all his friends.

"Stuart had a great love for playing football from a young age, playing for many local teams.

"Stuart enjoyed socialising with family and friends. He was hard worker alongside his brother.

"He had a wonderful outlook on life in a positive way and is remembered for saying 'my family and my friends mean more to me than life".

The police are appealing for witnesses and have asked anyone with information to call 101.


Police appeal following motorcycle death

The crash happened on Sunday 22nd June

South Wales Police are appealing for witnesses after a motorcyclist was killed after a collision with a car at Hillside in Neath.

The crash involved a Grey Ford C-Max and a White Yamaha scooter.

It happened just after 9pm on Sunday.

The rider of the motorcycle suffered serious injuries and was later pronounced dead.

Anyone who may have witnessed the incident is asked to contact 101.

Police appeal following 3am attack on 73 year-old

The attack took place near the tennis courts on Dyfed Road at 3am. Credit: Google Maps

Police in Neath are investigating an unprovoked assault which happened near the tennis courts on Dyfed Road at 3am on Wednesday 18th June.

A 73 year old man was assaulted and sustained facial and arm injuries which required hospital treatment.

Local policing Inspector Huw Griffiths said, “This was a very distressing incident for the victim. I am appealing for anyone who may have seen two men acting suspiciously in the area to contact us. I also want to hear from anyone who may have witnessed the incident."

Anyone who may have witnessed this assault or who saw anything suspicious in the area at the time in question is asked to contact Neath police station on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111

Peter Hain to stand down as Neath MP

The long standing MP for Neath Peter Hain has announced he will stand down from his position at the next general election.

The 64-year-old will look for a new role within the Labour party following talks with leader Ed Miliband.

Hain though remained tight lipped on the prospect on becoming a member of the House of Lords.

Tom Sheldrick reports:

Peter Hain 'to play a different role' - but won't say what

Peter Hain has told ITV News he will "play a different role" in politics after he steps down as MP for Neath next year, but refused to say what that role would be.

The 64-year-old former Welsh Secretary said he had made his decision to leave the House of Commons after discussion with Labour leader Ed Miliband.

Mr Hain said he will "continue to be active in politics", supporting Labour and Neath.

Asked whether he would become a member of the House of Lords, he said: "I'm not talking about any particular role I might perform."

Mr Hain told our reporter Tom Sheldrick that his early work in fighting apartheid, delivering extra powers for the Welsh Assembly and helping secure a political settlement as Northern Ireland Secretary were "the things I feel most proud about".


Neath's Constituency Labour Party pay tribute to Peter Hain's service

Neath's Constituency Labour Party has paid tribute to Mr Hain's service.

In a statement it said:

"For the last 23 years Peter Hain has served the people of Neath tirelessly, fighting for constituents and our Labour Party values.

Holding government positions like secretary of state for Wales he delivered further devolution for the people of Wales and at the department of trade and Industry he brought many hundreds of millions of pounds of compensation to thousands of chronically ill miners.

His unstinting work to negotiate a peace settlement in Northern Ireland has brought a stability to the area that just years before no-one would have thought possible.

In the Neath constituency he has helped many thousands of people through his surgeries and advice office. For over two decades he has been a popular campaigning MP fighting for residents and taking up the causes with great passion and commitment, and putting Neath on the map.

We thank Peter unreservedly for what he has done for us and are sure he will continue to play an active role in the constituency and the party.

As a constituency party we now look to begin the process of finding our parliamentary candidate for the 2015 general election and winning a Labour majority.

Peter Hain to stand down as Neath MP

Peter Hain has represented the constituency for 23 years Credit: PA

Peter Hain has announced he will stand down as the Labour MP for Neath at next year's general election.

The former Cabinet minister said he had "decided to draw stumps" on his Commons career following a series of discussions with Ed Miliband.

Mr Miliband praised the Neath MP for his integrity, wisdom and tireless work for the country and said he would be sorely missed.

During his lengthy career, he served in the cabinet under Tony Blair and Gordon Brown, with stints as Welsh secretary, Northern Ireland secretary, work and pensions secretary and leader of the Commons.

Mr Hain had been reselected to fight for the 2015 election for Neath, but said he would now find 'new ways' to be involved in politics.

Biker dies after collision with parked car

A biker died after his motorbike collided with a parked car in the village of Cadoxton near Neath. Credit: ITV News

A 27-year-old man was killed this morning after his motorbike crashed into a parked car near Neath.

South Wales Police say he was riding on Cadoxton Terrace, Cadoxton in the direction of Neath town centre when the collision happened at around 2am.

Anypne who saw or heard the collision is asked to contact South Wales Police's Roads Policing Unit on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

Mother raises awareness of rare skin condition

The mother of a baby from Glynneath has been forced to hand out leaflets about her son's rare skin condition, after strangers thought he'd been burned.

18-month-old Geraint suffers from an incurable skin problem which has left his body covered in blisters.

His mum Angharad is trying to raise awareness of the condition in the hope that there will one day be a cure, as Alexandra Lodge reports.

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