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.
Hundreds of parents and children marched through Pontypridd town centre to protest against proposed cuts to nursery care for three year olds. Rhondda Cynon Taff Council need to make savings of up to seventy million pounds over the next four years. Alexandra Lodge reports.
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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.
New 'crazy' paving in Pontypridd town centre is being blamed for a number of falls, as the paving apparently hides the kerb.
More than 20 shoppers have been taken to hospital since May after tripping over it, according to the Welsh Ambulance 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."
More than 20 shoppers have been taken to hospital since May because of new paving in Pontypridd, the Welsh Ambulance Service have confirmed.
The paving , which is part of the town centre's £10.5m revamp, apparently creates an optical illusion which hides the kerb.
The Council say it’s concerned and will be looking into this matter.
After the success of last year's Paralympics, disabled sport has rarely enjoyed such a high profile.
Today, it was the turn of golf to enjoy its turn in the spotlight.
Wales hosted England in an international match - with the rivalry as keen as ever.
Richard Morgan went along to watch.
The first ever Wales v England golf tournament for players with disabilities is taking place at Pontypridd Golf Club.
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."