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Police on the hunt for 'bogus traffic cop' in Swansea

Police in Swansea are on the hunt for a man reportedly posing as a bogus traffic officer.

The man has been putting on his blue light to pull over drivers.

The man has been putting on his blue light to pull over drivers to accuse them of speeding.

A suspicious member of the public called in real police after being stopped by the bogus officer using the homemade flashing lights at Pontardawe.

South Wales Police received a report of a male impersonating a police officer on the A4067 within the Pontardawe area. We are continuing to investigate the incident and would urge any witnesses to come forward.

– South Wales Police spokesman

Impersonating a police officer is a criminal offence under Section 90 of the Police Act 1996, with offenders potentially facing as much as six months imprisonment.

Road cordoned off after suspected WW1 bomb found

Police have cordoned off a road in Pontardawe after reports that a World War One explosive device has been found in the area.

Police have cordoned off the area whilst the device is made safe. Credit: Gethin Marc Williams

The device has been isolated and a number of local residents have been evacuated from their homes as a precautionary measure.

The public are being asked to stay out of the area whilst Explosive Ordnance Disposal are in attendance to make the device safe.


Police investigate 'unexplained' death of man

South Wales Police are investigating the death of a 41-year-old man which they are currently treating as unexplained.

Officers discovered the body at a flat on Herbert Street in Pontardawe following a call at around 9pm last night.

Two women aged 27 and 38, and a 27-year-old man, are currently in custody helping police with enquiries.

Anyone with any information is urged to call South Wales Police on 101.

Neath crash victim named

A man who died in a fatal road traffic collision in Pontardawe has been named as 40-year-old Stuart Bradley.

The incident happened at around 4.50pm on Sunday 8th December 2013 on a service road off Ffordd Parc Ynysderw near Pontardawe Leisure Centre.

The crash involved one vehicle, a red and white 125cc motorcycle which came into collision with a metal barrier gate.

The man was pronounced dead at the scene.

Any witnesses who saw the collision and the riding of the motorcycle in Pontardawe during that afternoon are asked to contact South Wales Police on 101.


Police investigating fatal RTC near Neath leisure centre

Police are investigating a fatal road traffic collision which occurred just before 5pm yesterday on a service road off Fford Parc Ynysderw near the Pontardawe Leisure Centre in Neath.

The collision involved a red and white 125cc motorcycle that collided with a metal barrier gate. A 40 year-old local man died at the scene due to injuries received.

Police are appealing for witnesses who may have seen the collision and the riding of the motorcycle in and around Fford Parc Ynysderw, Pontardawe, during the afternoon to come forward.

Measles cases at three schools, college and nursery

There have been measles cases reported at two primary schools, a further education college, and a nursery - in addition to cases at Cwmtawe School in Pontardawe.

We now have cases not only in Cwmtawe School but also in two primary schools, a further education college and a nursery – and in all of these places there are unvaccinated children and young people who could easily catch and spread measles.

Parents who have decided not to vaccinate their children are not only risking their children’s health, but are putting other children at risk, children either too young to be vaccinated or with medical conditions that prevent them from being vaccinated.

We are very frustrated to see more cases of measles in the area so soon after the large outbreak earlier this year and we are very keen for this to be stopped before it can get any bigger and we return to a position where children are admitted to hospital or die or are damaged by the disease.

The only way to achieve that is through vaccination and I urge parents whose children have not received two doses of MMR to ensure that they speak to their GP immediately to arrange this quick, safe and effective vaccine.

– Dr Jörg Hoffmann, Consultant in Communicable Disease Control for Public Health Wales

Public Health Wales says it wants to remind parents that children need two doses of MMR for the maximum 99 per cent protection against measles.

The virus is very contagious, can cause serious complications and even be fatal.

The symptoms of measles include: fever, fatigue, runny nose, conjunctivitis, a distinctive red rash.

Public Health Wales is urging anyone who thinks they or their children has the symptoms should contact their GP or NHS Direct Wales on 0845 46 47.

Measles warning after number of cases rises again

Public health officials are warning that the number of measles cases has risen to 14, after an outbreak earlier this year.

There are now 13 cases linked to Cwmtawe School in Pontardawe, and a case of suspected measles with no apparent links to the school, at a nursery in the Swansea area.

Health chiefs have warned that thousands of children in Wales still haven't had two doses of the MMR vaccine. Credit: PA

Public Health Wales says there is "potential for the outbreak to spread quickly", unless children who have not received two doses of the MMR are vaccinated urgently.

Two weeks ago, vaccination clinics were held at the secondary school in Pontardawe, after the first case was confirmed.

The last outbreak, centred on Swansea and Neath Port Talbot, was declared over in July, having started last November.

It resulted in more than 1,200 cases.

Tributes paid to Pontardawe crash victims

Tributes have been paid to two men who died in a road traffic collision near Pontardawe on Tuesday evening.

Matthew Macmillan and Mitchell Evans, who were both 21, were killed when their car hit a tree on the A474 Neath Road, Fforest Goch.

Matthew Macmillan's family have described him as a 'beautiful, loving, handsome boy' who was a 'loving brother' and 'doting father'.

"He was our legend and will be in our thoughts forever."

The parents of Mitchell Evans said: "You were royalty to us and our lives will never be the same again."

South Wales Police are appealing for any witnesses to contact them. Anyone with information is asked to contact the South Wales Police Roads Policing Unit at on 101.

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