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Rhondda teenager charged with terror offences

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A teenager from Rhondda Cynon Taff has been charged with two terrorism offences.

The 17-year-old man was arrested following a search by detectives from the Wales Extremism and Counter Terrorism Unit.

He has been charged with one offence concerned with the commission, preparation or instigation of an act of terrorism and, one of encouragement of terrorism.

He will appear before Westminster Magistrates Court on Friday 7 July.

This was an intelligence led investigation that prevented further offences being committed.

We work closely with partners to try and divert people from engaging in unlawful activity by use of the Prevent programme I would urge anyone with concerns to contact the police in confidence on 0800 789 321.

– James Hall, Acting Detective Superintendent of Wales Extremism Counter Terrorism Unit

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Teenager arrested on suspicion of terror offences

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A 17 year-old male youth has been arrested in the Rhondda Cynon Taff area on suspicion of terrorism offences.

Detectives from the Wales Extremism and Counter Terrorism Unit detained the youth just after 5.30pm on Friday 30th June following the execution of a search warrant.

He has been taken to the West Midlands area for questioning on suspicion of the commission, preparation or instigation of an act of terrorism and remains in police custody.

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The funeral of the founder of the Nos Galan Road Races takes place

The funeral of the founder of the Nos Galan Road Races has been held in Mountain Ash.

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Bernard Baldwin MBE, who died earlier this month at the age of 91, started the race in 1958 to celebrate the life and achievements of 18th century Welsh runner Guto Nyth Brân.

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Mr Baldwin was awarded an MBE in 1971 for his services to British athletics .

Funeral of Nos Galan Road Races founder to be held

The funeral of the founder of the Nos Galan Road Races will be held later today.

Bernard Baldwin was born in Barry in 1925. Credit: Rhondda Cynon Taf Council

Bernard Baldwin MBE, who died earlier this month at the age of 91, started the race in 1958 to celebrate the life and achievements of 18th century Welsh runner Guto Nyth Brân.

Over the years the race has had various formats and originally took place at midnight, but the current race is held in the evening of New Year's Eve and takes in three circuits of Mountain Ash, starting in Henry Street and ending in Oxford Street by the Guto Nyth Brân statue.

Bernard Baldwin was given the freedom of Rhondda Cynon Taf in 2014.

Mr Baldwin was awarded an MBE in 1971 for his services to British athletics and in 2014 was given the freedom of Rhondda Cynon Taf in recognition of the legacy created by the race.

Family tribute to Rhondda man killed in car crash

The family of a 53-year-old man who died in a crash on the A37 near Bristol last week has released a moving tribute.

Stephen Lewis died last Monday. Credit: Family photo

Stephen Lewis, from Rhondda Cynon Taf, died when the car he was driving was involved in a collision with several other vehicles on the A37 at Hursley Hill, around 6am on Monday 14 November.

Stephen was the life and soul of the party.

He will be sadly missed by family, friends and all who knew him.

– Family statement
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