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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


Treasure found in Bridgend and Rhondda Cynon Taf

Credit: Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales

An Early Bronze Age Hoard from Coity Higher Community, Bridgend and two Late Bronze Age hoards from Llanharan Community, Rhondda Cynon Taf have been declared treasure by H.M. Coroner for Bridgend and the Glamorgan Valleys.

The Early Bronze Age hoard was discovered by Mr Paul Howells in May 2015, while he was metal-detecting in a field in Coity Higher Community, Bridgend.

Two Late Bronze hoards were found in Llanharan. One hoard of bronze tools and weapons was discovered in March 2015. The discovery was made by four different finders during a metal-detecting rally held on farm land.

A second hoard of bronze tools was discovered in April 2016


Tribute to mother who died in Rhondda house fire

The family of a mother who died in a house fire in the Rhondda last week has paid tribute to her.

Abbie Bloodworth, a mother to a three-year-old daughter. Credit: South Wales Police / Family Photo

Abbie Bloodworth was found dead at a property on Park Road in Cwmparc, Rhondda, on Friday, August 19th.

A fire at the property is not being treated as suspicious.

Abbie was my rock, my world and I miss her deeply.

She was a fabulous and loving mother to her three year-old daughter Chantelle.

She was loved and respected by all her family and friends, including anybody who came into contact with her.

Abbie had plenty of friends and was always there when you needed her.

She was kind, funny and had a heart-of-gold. You will always be in my heart and I am so proud of you. I will always love and miss you and I will treasure every memory.

– Abbie’s mother, Samantha Dorricott

Morning commuters use a major route after repairs

Credit: Rhondda Cyon Taf Council

Commuters can use a major route linking the Rhondda and Cynon Valleys after three weeks of repairs.

The Rhigos Mountain Road between Hirwaun and Treherbert has been resurfaced in a £1.25m scheme.

Rhondda Cynon Taf Council says some traffic management may remain in place for another week to carry out final “finishing” works.

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