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Baby 'unlawfully killed by one of her parents', inquest concludes

An inquest has concluded a baby who died after suffering a fractured skull was unlawfully killed by one of her parents but it was not possible to determine which one.

Katherine Howells and Dilshad Hamid leave court following the inquest Credit: Wales News Service

Sunaria Hamid-Howells was rushed to hospital from her Pontypridd home on 30 December 2012 but later died from her injuries.

Coroner Christopher Wooley found that Sunari's injuries were caused by 'excessive shaking' and the 'injuries caused by this unlawful act were sufficient to cause her death'.

One person did the unlawful act. It is not possible on the evidence to determine whether this person was Ms Howells or Mr Hamid but I did find that it could only have been one of them

– Christopher Woolley

The inquest heard the medical cause of death was brain swelling and subdural haemorrhage. Mr Woolley added, "I'd like to offer my condolences to all who genuinely cared for Sunaria during her short life."


Pontypridd road reopened after earlier accident

Gyfeillion Road in Hopkinstown has reopened to cars, following an 'incident' involving a pedestrian and a car.

Police had advised that the road would be closed for at least three hours.

No further details have been released.

Delays between Pontypridd and Porth after collision.

Office and restaurant plans for Pontypridd approved

An artist's impression of the Pontypridd development. Credit: RCT Council

Ambitious plans to redevelop the former Taff Vale precinct site in Pontypridd have been approved.

The town centre site will get a £1.5 million investment from Rhondda Cynon Taf Council based on expert commercial advice for a three-building, office-led development which will include food and drink use.

Construction work is expected to start in 2017 and be completed in 2019.


Driver rescued from river in Pontypridd

A man has been rescued after his car went into a river in Pontypridd.

Crews were called to Williams Place, which is near the River Taff, at 6am on Thursday morning.

Police said the river was very shallow, and the man did not sustain any injuries.

The car has now been removed from the water, and the roads have reopened.

Police launch appeal for missing teenager

Police in south Wales are appealing for information to help find a missing teenager from Pontypridd.

15-year-old Lara Goodson was last seen on Sunday afternoon. Credit: South Wales Police

15-year-old Lara Goodson was last seen in Ynysangharad Park at around 5.25pm on Sunday.

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

Owen Smith sole Labour leadership challenger as Angela Eagle withdraws from race

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Angela Eagle has withdrawn from the contest for Labour's leadership in order to back Owen Smith as a "unity candidate" to challenge Jeremy Corbyn.

Ms Eagle was the first to mount a public challenge to the Labour leader, but decided to withdraw after it became apparent that Pontypridd MP, Mr Smith, had secured more nominations from party MPs and MEPs.

Mr Smith has obtained nominations from 88 Labour MPs and two MEPs to become a leadership candidate, easily clearing the 51 hurdle to get his name onto the ballot paper.

Among his nominators is former party leader Ed Miliband.

Incumbent leader Mr Corbyn was not required to secure nominations to take part in the contest, following a ruling by the party's National Executive Committee.

Ms Eagle said that while there had been "quite a narrow gap" in support among Labour MPs for her and Mr Smith, she had concluded it was in the best interests of the party that she dropped out.

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When I looked at the results I didn't think it was in the interests of the party that this carried on.

– Angela Eagle

Mr Smith will now go forward to fight Mr Corbyn in a ballot of party members and supporters which ends on September 24.

Speaking at Westminster, Ms Eagle said she would be backing Mr Smith in the contest, adding: "We are in lock-step together, arguing for a united Labour Party."

Owen Smith and Angela Eagle to pitch for support from MPs in their leadership challenge

The challengers to Jeremy Corbyn's leadership, Owen Smith and Angela Eagle, will face a parliamentary Labour Party hustings event later, where they will set out their stall to fellow MPs.

Labour leadership challengers Owen Smith and Angela Eagle to pitch for support from MPs Credit: PA

Pontypridd MP, Mr Smith, said he would happily bow out if Ms Eagle had more support from MPs to give her the best shot of toppling Mr Corbyn.

Mr Smith said the leadership contender with the most support among Labour MPs should become the unity candidate to take on Mr Corbyn, a view shared by senior colleagues.

But Ms Eagle refused to give the same assurance, instead insisting that she was in the best position to beat Mr Corbyn to become leader in a national ballot of members.

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