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Two airlifted to hospital following Valleys crash

A road crash involving two cars and two cyclists is causing tailbacks in Rhondda Cynon Taff.

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Police say both cyclists suffered non life threatening injuries and both people have been taken to hospital.

The A4119 was closed both ways after an Air Ambulance landed in the road between Gelli Road and Clydach Vale Roundabout.

Witnesses are asked to call police on 101.

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Police raid Valleys homes in drugs operation

Police raided 17 properties across Tonyrefail and Tonypandy early this morning as part of a major operation targeting drug dealers in the Rhondda.

Officers made ten arrests and seized cocaine and cannabis.

This morning’s activity was all about providing reassurance to communities in the Rhondda that we are taking action against those suspected of being involved in dealing Class A drugs.

We recognise this is an issue that can be linked to crime and anti-social behaviour that affects the lives of residents and this operation was designed to send a strong message that we will deal with this type of criminality.

– Superintendent Jim Dyson

Seven other people have been arrested previously. Police say the operation has led to cocaine with a street value of £500,000 being recovered along with a large quantity of cash. Two vehicles worth £50,000 were also seized under the Proceeds of Crime Act.

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Parents in RCT protest over cuts to education

Many parents in the area say plans to reduce nursery provision will put children at risk Credit: ITV News

Parents in Rhondda Cynon Taf gathered today to protest against the council's plans to introduce part-time education for three and four year olds in the area.

A march took place in Pontypridd town, organised by members of the group Parents Against the Cuts to Education.

The group have been fighting the council's plans for more than 18 months.

Jo Caddy is one of its members.

A spokesperson for Rhondda Cynon Taf Council said it had been forced to consider these decisions as part of the UK Government's Austerity Measures.

The Council's Cabinet recently agreed to amend the funding of nursery education to support part-time nursery education for three year-olds and full-time for four year olds.

The Cabinet determined that this decision will continue to ensure the provision of sufficient nursery education for the children of Rhondda Cynon Taf.

Even after these changes Rhondda Cynon Taf will be offering one of the most favourable provisions in Wales.This difficult decision will contribute over £2million in savings to bridge a funding gap of £30million which was initially faced by the Council.

– Spokesperson, Rhondda Cynon Taf Council

Cocaine worth up to £350,000 discovered in Rhondda house

The drugs were discovered at a Tonypandy property this afternoon. Credit: South Wales Police

Police have seized around five kilogrammes of what they suspect to be cocaine from a property in Tonypandy.

The drugs, which could be worth as much as £350,000 – were discovered in a box concealed in plastic packaging.

Our enquiry is still in its early stages but this looks like a substantial recovery of cocaine, which will undoubtedly have a huge impact on the supply of drugs throughout Rhondda.

– Detective Chief Inspector Mark Lewis

Drug processing equipment was also recovered from the house.

A 33 year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of drugs offences and is currently in police custody. The investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with information is asked to contact 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800555 111.

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