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Police appeal for calm after Pontypridd incident

South Wales Police say the injury to the man involved in an incident in Taff Street, Pontypridd is not life threatening.

At 12.30pm, police and paramedics were called to the Tesco Express store where a 51 year-old man was in need of medical attention for a single puncture wound to his abdomen.

He was taken by air ambulance to the University Hospital of Wales where he is in a stable condition.

The circumstances surrounding this incident as yet are unknown and under investigation.

There were dramatic scenes in Pontypridd this afternoon. We understand people are shocked and there are rumours flying around the community. I urge people to remain calm and would like to assure them that we have a team of officers are trying to establish what happened. We will update them as soon as we know more about what we are dealing with.

– Detective Inspector Phil Rees


Reports of stabbing at Pontypridd supermarket

Police in Pontypridd are currently dealing with an incident which occurred at around 12:30pm in the area of Taff Street, Pontypridd.

Officers temporarily closed Sardis Road so that a man could be taken by air ambulance to the University Hospital of Wales.The circumstances surrounding this incident are under investigation but early indications suggest he was assaulted.

It is unknown at this stage how serious his injuries are.

Anyone who was in the area at that time who may have seen anything suspicious is urged to contact police via 101 or they can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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

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.

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