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Tribute to motorcyclist who died in collision

The motorcyclist who died in a road traffic collision on Wednesday 8th July on Rover Way, Cardiff has been named as Richard Williams, 24, from Pontypool.

Richard Williams died in the motorcycle accident in Cardiff. Credit: South Wales Police / Family photos

In a tribute to him, his family said the former Croesyceiliog comprehensive schoolboy was known to his friends and family as “Dickie”,

“He later worked at Fitzgerald’s Engineering in Cwmbran where he was a popular member of the team and his passion was spending time in his garage carrying out engineering projects for his family and friends. He was happiest when he was pottering with anything mechanical.

Richard was also an accomplished guitarist and had recently joined a local band.

He was loved to bits by all his family and he will be dearly missed.

– Family tribute

South Wales Police is asking anyone who witnessed the collision to call 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111 and quote reference 1500246497.

Online fraudster expected to be sentenced later

An eBay fraudster from Gwent caught after scamming customers on the online auction website when one turned out to be a police officer is due to be sentenced later.

Shortman was arrested after an off-duty officer fell victim to his ruse. Credit: Wales News Service

27 year-old Phillip Shortman from Abetsychan near Pontypool created a false account and used it to start duping customers out of their money.

"Eight customers fell prey to the con. One of them a police officer who helped snare the conman."

– Jeffrey Jones, Prosecuting

He admitted carrying out the online fraud in 2013.


Man dies following crash on A472 near Pontypool

A man who suffered serious injuries in a crash on the A472 near Pontypool has died, police say.

Mark David Burgham was walking along the road between Pontypool and Hafodyrynys at around 11.20pm on Friday 19th December when he was involved in a collision with a Seat Ibiza.

The 38 year old from Abertillery was seriously injured and has since died in hospital.

A 26-year-old woman from the Caerphilly area who was arrested on suspicion of causing serious injury by dangerous driving is still on bail.

Gwent Police is appealing for anyone who witnessed the incident to ring 101 quoting log 553 of 19/12/2014.

Driver arrested after pedestrian left with serious injuries

The incident happened at 11.10 pm last night Credit: ITV News

A driver has been arrested on suspicion of causing serious injury by dangerous driving, after a collision on the A472 last night.

It happened just after 11pm, between Pontypool and Hafodyrynys.

A Seat Ibiza collided with a male pedestrian, leaving him with life-threatening injuries.

The road was closed for a period while Specialist Officers examined the scene, but it has since been reopened.

Police are asking anyone who may have witnessed the incident or has any information to call 101.

The driver remains in custody.

Pontypool parents colour-code triplets' tiny toes

It was around a year ago that we first met identical triplets Ffion, Maddison and Paige Gilbert from Pontypool.

The sisters have just celebrated their first birthdays and parents Karen and Ian have come up with a novel way of telling them apart - colour-coding. Alexandra Lodge has been catching up with them.


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Mother fights for treatment for 'Stiff Person Syndrome'

A mother of three from Pontypool who suffers from a rare condition that causes her muscles to stiffen is fighting for treatment.

Noise, flashing lights, sudden movement, and even touch can trigger Lindsay Clarke's seizures.

She has Stiff Person Syndrome - which is so rare that doctors failed to diagnose her for two years. It affects just one in a million people around the world.

Her only chance of recovery, is to pay for treatment in America.

Three jailed for manslaughter of Pontypool cyclist

Two men and a woman have been jailed for killing a cyclist in Pontypool.

John Reeder died from head injuries after being knocked off his bike in Pontnewynydd last August.

John Reeder, 63, was killed in August 2013. Credit: Wales News Service

Deon Morgan, 21, was found guilty of manslaughter following a trial, and was jailed for five years at Cardiff Crown Court yesterday.

Andrew Vass, 27, was jailed for five years.

Casey Coslett, 20, was jailed for three years and seven months.

The trial had heard Morgan and Vass had chased Mr Reeder as he cycled.

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