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Valleys protest planned over mountain wind farm

Residents opposed to a wind farm being built in Rhondda Cynon Taf are to hold a demonstration this coming weekend.

Mynydd-y-Glyn in the background. Credit:

The group opposed to construction on Mynydd y Glyn mountain, Pontypridd, are holding a rally on Sunday, 16th August, at the car park of the Queen's Head Pub, Penycoedcae.

Friends of Mynydd y Glyn, which includes residents from Pontypridd, Llantrisant, Tonyrefail, Porth are calling for councillors and politicians to reject the proposed plans.

Local environmentalist, John Evans claims the wind farm poses "major threats to our local wildlife and natural environment".

Mynydd y Glyn is an important habitat for Red Kites, Goshawks and many other rare birds.

It is also a home of many scarce mammals and invertebrates. If this wind farm goes ahead, they will all not only face the destruction of their habitat but many of the birds will be killed by the turbine blades.

– John Evans

Sue Morris, from Penycoedcae and a member of Friends of Mynydd y Glyn, says opposition to proposed wind farm is growing every day:

""Tragically, if you stand at the top of the mountain you can see that many of the surrounding peaks are already covered in wind turbines - and their numbers seem to be growing year by year. It has to stop."

Hunt for life sentence prisoner who absconded from jail

Police are appealing for information after a prisoner absconded from Pencoed Prison in Usk.

Damon Maynard is said to have connections in Pontypridd. Credit: Gwent Police

Gwent Police say 37-year-old Damon Maynard absconded at around 11:30pm on Monday night.

Maynard pleaded guilty to wounding with intent and violent disorder at Merthyr Crown Court in May 2004 and was sentenced to life in prison.

He's described as around five feet seven inches tall and of slim build. He was last seen wearing dark trousers, a dark top and was also wearing a dark baseball cap.

Police say he has connections in the Pontypridd area.

Around the time of Maynard absconding a black Vauxhall Astra and a red Ford Fiesta were seen in the area of the prison and officers are keen to speak to the drivers as they made hold vital information.

Police are asking the public not to approach Maynard but to ring 999 quoting log 605 22/06/15.


Man charged following quad bike collision

South Wales Police have confirmed they have charged a 20-year-old man in relation to the collision involving a 7 year old child and a quad bike in Pontypridd.

The man will be appearing at Merthyr Tydfil Magistrates court later today.

The 7-year-old child who was air lifted from the scene has undergone surgery at Morriston Hospital and is in a stable condition after suffering serious leg injuries. His family are at his bedside.

Police would like to thank the assistance given by witnesses at the scene for the first aid treatment and the cooperation shown to the investigation team.

Child hit by quad bike has 'serious injuries'

Police are appealing for witnesses after a seven-year-old child was hit by a quad bike and suffered "serious injuries".

A quad bike. Credit: ITV News

South Wales Police say the incident happened at around 6pm on Tuesday at Hopkinstown, Pontypridd.

A seven-year-old boy was walking on Telekeiber Road, Hopkinstown in the general direction of Pontypridd when he was in collision with a blue Quad motorcycle.

The child suffered serious injuries and was air lifted to Morriston Hopsital.

Officers are asking witnesses who either saw the collision or the manner of riding of the motorcyclist to call 101 quoting 1500185685.

Child in hospital after collision with quad bike

The collision happened at approximately 6.10pm on Tuesday evening

A child has been airlifted to hospital after a crash involving a quad bike in Pontypridd.

South Wales Police is appealing for information following the collision that happened just after 6pm.

The child's injuries are currently unknown.

A male who was riding the quad bike has been arrested and is in police custody.

Police say the incident has caused a road closure and motorists may experience traffic delays in the area.

Pontypridd warehouse worker set for murder trial

A warehouse worker has appeared via video link at Cardiff Crown Court accused of murdering a woman whose dismembered body was found in a flat.

Christopher Nathan May, 50, is accused of killing Tracey Woodford, 47, at his home in Pontypridd. The court heard his trial is expected to be heard in October and last two weeks.

Christopher May is charged with the murder of Tracey Woodford. Credit: Wales News Service

May appeared on a single charge of murder of Tracey between April 20 and April 25. Tracey was found dead three days after being reported missing by her family.

May spoke only to confirm his name during the brief hearing and was remanded into custody.

Prosecutor Michael Jones said forensic pathologists would be "key" to understanding how Tracy was killed.

Police are still appealing for information from anyone who may have seen Tracey in the days she was missing after drinking in the Skinny Dog pub in the town centre.


Murder investigation: Council says 'such events are a rare occurrence'

Rhondda Cynon Taf Council have released a statement in relation to the ongoing murder investigation in Pontypridd.

They say while local people in the area are understandably concerned, the event must be put into the 'wider context.'

Today 50-year-old Christopher May appeared in court charged with the murder of Tracey Woodford.

The news of this shocking incident will understandably cause anxiety and concern for local residents, but must be placed into the wider context that such events are a rare occurrence in Rhondda Cynon Taf.

Following the updates I have received from the local police, I am confident they are doing all they can to support the local community as part of the investigations.

Everyone's thoughts are I am sure, with the victim's family, and I hope the community will do all they can to assist the police with their investigations and bring forward any information they may hold.

– Cllr Andrew Morgan, Leader, Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council

Man appears in court charged with Pontypridd murder

A man has appeared in court charged with the murder of a woman in Pontypridd.

Christopher May spoke only to confirm his name, address and date of birth Credit: Wales News Service

Christopher May, 50, is accused of killing 47-year-old Tracey Woodford, whose dismembered body was found at a flat in the town.

Police are awaiting the results of further forensic tests after Tracey Woodford's death. Credit: Family photograph / South Wales Police

Mr May spoke only to confirm his name, address and date of birth at a brief hearing at Merthyr Tydfil Magistrates Court.

He was wearing a grey jumper and had glasses on his head.

He is due to reappear at Cardiff Crown Court tomorrow morning, charged with a single count of murder.

Police re-appeal for information following murder charge

South Wales Police has made a re-appeal to anyone who has any information relating to Tracey Woodford's whereabouts from the evening of Tuesday 21 April to get in touch.

I would like anybody who hasn’t already come forward to get in touch. I am keen to establish Tracey’s movements over the past week.

“We have received significant support from the public who have no doubt been traumatised by what has unfolded. I would like to thank them for this support and assure them that we are doing everything we possibly can to find out exactly what happened to Tracey."

– Detective Superintendent Paul Hurley, South Wales Police

Man, 50, charged in connection with Pontypridd murder

South Wales Police has charged a 50 year-old man in connection with the murder of Tracey Woodford.

He is due to appear at Merthyr Tydfil Magistrates Court tomorrow.

A post mortem has been carried out but officers are awaiting the results of further forensic tests to determine the cause of Tracey’s death.

Her body was found dismembered in a flat in the Graig area of the town on Friday.

Officers investigating the incident are continuing their appeal for witnesses.

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