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£30,000 reward 10 years after Bootle father killed

Kevin Lavelle killed 10 years ago - reward offered Credit: ITV Granada Reports

A fresh appeal for information is being made ten years after the death of Merseyside father-of-two Kevin Lavelle.

Mr Lavelle, 29, died after arguing with a gang of Welsh railway workers at an Oxfordshire pub.

Kevin was from Bootle. He was beaten with an iron bar and died from a horrific catalogue of 50 separate injuries.

Mr Lavelle was attacked on the night of an England versus Portugal Euro 2004 match at the Cricketers Pub on 24 June 2004 while working in Banbury.

Up to £30,000 is now on offer to anyone with information about the attack in which Mr Lavelle suffered 50 injuries.

A trial at Oxford crown court in 2006 collapsed when members of the gang would not reveal who had struck the fatal blows.

DNA evidence found on the bar came from three men but it could not be proved which one had used it to kill Mr Lavelle.

In March 2009, an inquest returned a verdict of unlawful killing.


Upside-down sign in Pontypridd 'a contractor mistake'

The upside-down sign in Pontypridd caused confusion - but the error has now been rectified Credit: John Bell

No, you're not seeing things - the Pontypridd traffic sign in this photograph really is upside-down.

This picture is courtesy of John Bell, who spotted it as he gave a lift to a friend.

Mr Bell said: "We saw it as we turned to go past the library - there was no sign of a prank."

A spokesperson for Rhondda Cynon Taf Council said the upside-down sign was a 'contractor mistake', which has now been rectified.

Its full statement reads: "Rhondda Cynon Taf Council this week begins £1million re-strengthening work on its historic Victoria Bridge in Pontypridd.

"Victoria Bridge, which crosses the River Taff next to Pontypridd’s iconic William Edwards Bridge, is undergoing essential strengthening work to ensure the long-term stability of the 148-year-old structure.

"Diversions are in place, and as a result contractors have erected a considerable number of signs in and around the vicinity over the weekend.

"However, on this one occasion, the contractor made a mistake - a mistake which was rectified at the earliest opportunity."

X Factor's Sam Bailey for Ponty's Big Weekend

Sam Bailey headlines the July event in Pontypridd. Credit: PA

X Factor winner Sam Bailey is to headline this year's Ponty's Big Weekend. She'll be supported by Union J, the Big Reunion’s Damage and Rough Copy.

Organised by Rhondda Cynon Taf Council the concert will take this year take place on a Sunday on July 20th.

Festival favourites The Parades, Britain’s Got Talent’s Loveable Rogues and Tich will also take to the stage – alongside local talent.

X Factor band Union J are also on the bill for the Ynysangharad Park event. Credit: Rhondda Cynon Taf Council


Cllr Maureen Webber said,“Every year, we work with partners to secure the top names in the industry for Ponty’s Big Weekend because we want it to be a success, we want to boost the economy and we want everyone to have a wonderful time here in RCT."

Police appeal after school roof tiles stolen

Police in Pontypridd are appealing for information following the theft of tiles from Glantaf Community Infants School in Rhydyfelin.

Around 30 slate tiles have been stolen from the school hall roof. Subsequent rainfall has caused 'significant damage' to the building.

Those responsible have absolutely no regard for anyone or anything and they deserve to be caught.

The irony is that they may well be from the Rhydyfelin community with links to somebody who has children at the school.

Somebody knows exactly who is responsible, and I am urging them to get in touch, anonymously if they prefer.

– South Wales Police statement

Officers believe a ladder would have been used to steal the slates while the school was closed for the Easter holiday.

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


Pontypridd swimming pool closed over safety fears

A swimming pool in Pontypridd has been closed after "significant health and safety issues" were found.

A Rhondda Cynon Taf Council spokesperson said "a number of significant structural issues" had been identified at the Hawthorn Swimming Pool.

The council has apologised to users of the pool for the disruption Credit: Rhondda Cynon Taf Council

The pool will be drained in order to make it easier to gain access to a roof space above the pool, where "certain areas of concern" are located.

Pontypridd 'stab' incident: man discharged from hospital

The Tesco branch on Taff Street was closed off while an investigation took place Credit: Mike Griffiths/ITV News Wales

South Wales Police say the 51-year-old man who collapsed in a Pontypridd supermarket on Wednesday is no longer believed to have been the victim of a crime.

The man was found have a stab wound to the stomach.

He has now been discharged from hospital, but faces further questions from officers.

“I am very keen to reassure the community after yesterday’s dramatic events which no doubt caused concern" says Inspector Nigel Griffiths.

“There was speculation that the man involved has been stabbed by somebody but we can now confirm this did not happen."

“I’d like to thank the people of Pontypridd for the cooperation and support they showed in the town centre yesterday afternoon.”

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