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Traffic chaos at Pontypridd as air ambulance lands

An air ambulance landed in the centre of Pontypridd a short time ago. Credit: Alun Davies

The centre of Pontypridd has been cornered-off around Taff Street as an air ambulance landed a short time ago.

South Wales ambulance service confirmed they are attending an incident on Taff Street after receiving a call at 12.36

The following crews are still at the scene: a rapid response vehicle, one emergency ambulance, a Helimed helicopter and a doctor.

Pedestrian killed in Pontypridd crash named

Gary Williams died following a collision in Pontypridd on Friday. Credit: South Wales Police

A pedestrian killed in a crash in Pontypridd has been named as Gary Williams from Beddau.

Mr Williams was involved in a collision on Gelliwasted Road at the junction of Penuel Lane and Library Road at around midday on Friday.

The 49-year-old aircraft technician was taken to the Royal Glamorgan Hospital, but died from his injuries.

In a tribute released today, his family said: "We are all numb and cannot believe this has happened to such an amazing man. He would literally do anything - you only had to ask and he would be there in seconds to help."

Police are continuing to investigate the incident, which occurred on a pedestrian crossing and involved a silver Peugeot 406 estate car. Anyone with information should contact South Wales Police on 101.


Pedestrian killed in Pontypridd

A 49-year-old man has died after being hit by a car in Pontypridd.

The man was taken to the Royal Glamorgan Hospital with serious injuries as a result of the collision with a silver Peugeot 406 estate from which he later died.

It happened at around 12:10pm this afternoon on Gelliwastad Road, Pontypridd, at its junction with Penuel Lane and Library Road.

South Wales Police are appealing for any witnesses or any persons who may have been in the area at the time and may have seen the movement of the pedestrian on the crossing or can comment on the movement of the Peugeot car prior to the collision.

Flinching bride unveils sham marriage bid

Emilia Ginova and Louis Esene Credit: Wales News Service

A bogus bride was caught out because she "flinched" when her husband-to-be touched her knee during a sham wedding ceremony.

Emilia Ginova had only met Nigerian student Louis Esene on the day of the service, but was being paid £3,000 to take part in the marriage at Pontypridd Register Office.

The pair were caught out when the Registrar noticed the bride's reaction when Esene reached out to touch her leg.

Registration officer Donna Davies said: "The groom tried to touch the bride’s knee but she looked very uncomfortable. There was no interaction at all. I knew it was a scam."

The marriage was stopped, and the couple were arrested. It was later revealed that Esene wanted to stay in Britain because his visa had run out.

Esene and Ginova pleaded guilty to conspiracy to facilitate a breach of immigration law at Merthyr Tydfil Crown Court.

Emilia Ginova, of Chatham, was sentenced to 18 months in prison, while Louis Esene, of Treforest, Pontypridd, was jailed for 21 months. Esene will be deported to Nigeria at the end of his sentence.


Appeal for missing Pontypridd teenager Alex Davidson

Alex Davidson
Alex Davidson is described as slim, around 5ft 6 with mousey hair and blue eyes. Credit: South Wales Police

South Wales Police are appealing for information on the whereabouts of missing teenager Alex Davidson.

He was last seen on October 29, when he was given a lift to Ynysybwl at around 6.30pm.

A police spokesperson said it's believed Alex may be in the Pontypridd area.

He is described as slim, around 5ft 6 with mousey hair and blue eyes.

At the time of his disappearance, Alex was wearing grey trainers, a blue jumper, blue trousers and a blue jacket.

One woman's injuries from 'crazy' paving

Morfydd Jenkins was left with bruising after tripping over the kerb Credit: Wales News Service

Morfydd Jenkins says she was left with severe bruising and cuts after falling over a kerb which is apparently disguised by crazy paving in Pontypridd town centre.

The paving is part of a £10.5m revamp in the town. The Council says it's concerned and will be looking into the matter.

In a statement the Council said: "Safety has been a matter of paramount importance throughout the Pontypridd Regeneration scheme, creating a safer and more attractive environment for all town centre users."

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