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Busy Valleys route to reopen next week

The road closed for repairs in July. Credit: RCT Council

Rhondda Cynon Taf Council says the Maerdy Mountain Road, linking Maerdy and Aberdare will reopen on 27th September after months of repairs.

A landslip caused by prolonged rainfall in December 2015 affected a 150-metre stretch at Aberdare’s end of the road.

The scale and complexity of the work which was required to repair and future proof the road should not be underestimated and it is a real positive that the Highway works will be completed by September 27.

I’m sure this news will be welcomed by regular users of this Cynon-Rhondda gateway and they can be assured that we will take the earliest possible opportunity to re-open the road to traffic – even if this means temporary traffic.

– Councillor Andrew Morgan, Leader of Rhondda Cynon Taf Council

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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

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.

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