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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 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."


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."

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