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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.


Man taken to hospital after collision with car

A man has been taken to hospital with injuries after a collision with a car.

Credit: PA

It happened around 01.47 am Sunday morning in Llewellyn Street, Pentre, and involved a black Vauxhall Corsa.

Police say the male driver of the car is assisting them with enquiries.

Anyone who may have witnessed the incident, or seen the vehicle before is asked to come forward.

Man dies and another arrested after crash in Porth

A 45-year-old man from Bridgend has died after a crash in Rhondda Cynon Taf.

The accident happened last night on the A4233 at Wattstown, Porth, and the man, from Bridgend, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The incident happened on the A4233 at Wattstown. Credit: PA

A 40 year old man has been arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving after the incident, which involved two cars.

South Wales Police were called around 10.52 pm last night notifying us of a road traffic collision on the A4233 at Wattstown, Porth involving two vehicles.

Sadly a 45 year old man from Bridgend died at the scene.

His family have been informed as has HM Coroner.

– South Wales Police

Driver who fell asleep at the wheel killing three people jailed

A van driver from Abercwmboi in Rhondda Cynon Taf has been sentenced to four-and-a-half-years in prison for causing the deaths of three people in a crash in Wiltshire.

Stephen Jenkins, who's 39, fell asleep behind the wheel of a work van while driving his colleagues.

3 men died when the van crashed into a lorry on the M4 in 2014. Credit: ITV News

James Stark, 37, Steven Sheldon, 35, and Martin Williams, 36, all from south Wales, died when the van crashed into a lorry on the M4 in 2014.

Stephen Jenkins fell asleep behind the wheel of a work van killing three colleagues. Credit: Wiltshire Police

Stephen Jenkins was convicted after a trial at Swindon Crown Court.

He was also disqualified from driving for four years and three months.

Stephen Jenkins was jailed for four-and-a-half-years. Credit: ITV News

You caused the deaths of three men and the serious injury of a fourth.

You had fallen asleep behind the wheel because you had not made sure you were properly rested before setting off.

You had a responsibility for the safety of the men. You had a duty to make sure you were fit to drive.

– Judge Timothy Mousley

We had to make the heart-breaking decision to turn off our son's life support machine.

Since then, our lives have been torn apart.

He made our family complete and there is a hole in our lives.

Now none of our lives will be complete again.

– Tina Pople, James Stark's mother
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