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CCTV released in connection with train assault

Officers want to speak to a woman in connection with the train assault Credit: British Transport Police

Officers investigating an assault on a 16 year-old girl at Abercynon rail station have released CCTV images of a woman they would like to speak to in connection with the incident.

Investigating officer PC Ian Brinkworth said: "The victim-a 16 year-old girl from Pontypridd- was waiting for a train with her friend when she was approached by a woman, who subsequently subjected her to a series of threats and verbal abuse.

"A few minutes later her train arrived and the victim boarded. However, she was followed by the woman, who forced her way past the train guard and punched the victim to the side of her face before leaving the train just prior to its departure."

Dedicated helpline for former patients

Cwm Taf Health Board says patients who may have been treated by a healthcare worker infected with Hepatitis C at the old East Glamorgan Hospital in Pontypridd will be asked to ring a dedicated helpline to arrange an appointment in a specialist nurse clinic.

Nicola John, director of public health at Cwm Taf Health Board, said: "We know this will be a very worrying time for patients who may have received obstetric and gynaecology treatment at East Glamorgan General Hospital between May and July 1984."

"However, we want to stress the risk of transmission to patients is small. But it is important that we get in touch with patients who may have been in contact with this worker during their treatment, which is why we are writing to some former patients, to ask them to contact the helpline."

The appointments helpline is open from today, from 8am to 8pm, seven days a week. Specialist clinics will start taking place from 13th September 2013 and patients who have tests will get their results in approximately two weeks.


Ponty's Big Weekend kicks off

little mix performing at another festival
Little Mix are just one of the big names set to perform Credit: PA:Matt Crossick/Matt Crossick/Empics Entertainment

Thousands of music fans will be heading to Pontypridd's big music festival at Ynysangharad War Memorial Park today. Some of the biggest names in the entertainment industry will be performing over the weekend. JLS will headline today and 2011 X Factor winners, Little Mix will also take to the stage.

SATURDAY LINE UP:Chloe Cook, John Adam, Ragsy, Ash Morgan, Union J, Little Mix, JLS

SUNDAY LINE UP: Mixed Melodies, Musical Medley, Kizzy Crawford, Samantha Spragg, Annelies, James Williams, The Siren Sisters,Tenors of Rock, Sophie Evans, Rhydian Roberts, The Overtones

Accidental death verdict for Cardiff pub incident

Lyn Prosser died following an incident on St Mary Street, Cardiff, in January Credit: Family photograph / South Wales Police

An inquest into the death of a man outside a Cardiff pub has returned a verdict of accidental death.

Lyn Prosser, who was 44 and from Pontypridd, died after an incident in O'Neill's on St Mary's Street in the city in February.

Eight men were arrested on suspicion of murder but later released without charge.

How a Pontypridd pub became the Groggs workshop

A derelict pub in Pontypridd was turned into the Groggs workshop/gallery

John Hughes began to put his ceramics skills to use in the mid-Sixties, with a garden shed doubling as a workshop.

In 1971, a derelict pub in Treforest, Pontypridd was converted into a dedicated 'Groggshop' gallery and studio.

It now houses more than 45 years worth of figurines and memorabilia.

Photos: click to visit the World of Groggs Hall of Fame

Twitter tributes paid to Groggs creator John Hughes


Hi @worldofgroggs So sad to learn about John, legend of a bloke will be sadly missed! My thoughts are with you all! #legend


Saddened to hear of the death of @worldofgroggs founder John Hughes after a long illness, at 78. He brought lots of happiness to rugby fans


@worldofgroggs sorry to hear about the sad news my thoughts are with all your family!! he was such a character lovely bloke #rip

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