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Charity match for rugby player who lost foot to cancer

Team-mates and friends of a rugby player who lost his foot to bone cancer are holding a charity match to raise funds and buy him a prosthetic leg.

Jordan Jevons lost part of his leg to bone cancer. Credit:

Jordan Jevons, 21 from Pontypridd, played for Valley Cougars in rugby league and Treharris Phoenix in rugby union but last week he had to have his foot amputated after contracting bone cancer.

The player has received support online from his team-mates as well as the wider rugby community.

So proud that he’s up and out and doing so well.

Thanks to everyone for the texts, messages and comments. It means a lot to know that so many people are behind him. He’s on the upward to recovery.

– Kirsty Parry, Jordan's partner
Jevons was an instrumental player in leading the Cougars to the Conference South title last year. Credit:

The testimonial match between Treharris Phoenix v Valley Cougars will be held in Treharris on Sunday 30th August with kick-off 1pm.

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.

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