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Man killed in collision with taxi in Port Talbot

Police are appealing for witnesses after a man was killed in a collision in Port Talbot.

The crash happened at around 1:40am this morning on the A4063 Maesteg Road between Croeserw and Cymmer.

A white Toyota Avensis taxi which was travelling towards Cymmer collided with the man, who was pronounced dead at the scene. He is yet to be identified.

Anyone who travelled along that road from between 1:30am and 1:45am is asked to contact police on 101 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


Police appeal after two women assaulted in Cardiff

South Wales Police is investigating after two women were assaulted at around 8:45pm on Saturday 16th August and are appealing for witnesses to come forward.

The incident happened on the day of the Mardi Gras festival in Cardiff. Two women, one aged 28 from the Bridgend area and another, aged 27 and from Rhiwbina, were together with a group of friends near the underpass on the Kingsway when they were both physically assaulted.

Police are appealing for any witnesses who have not already come forward or for anyone who may have any other information that will assist them in their investigation to contact them.

The suspect is described as male, of mixed race and aged between 18 and 20 years old. He had brown hair which was shaved on the sides and longer with curls on the top. He was wearing blue jeans, a white T-shirt, white trainers and a faded maroon jacket which was un-zipped.

He was accompanied by two other males and following the assault fled in the direction of Greyfriars Road.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact South Wales Police on 101 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

Update: Two men killed after car collides with wall

South Wales Police is appealing for information after two men died after their car left the road and collided with a wall in Briton Ferry in the early hours of this morning.

The incident happened at around 4am when the black Ford Focus left the A48 in Baglan and collided with a wall on Old Road.

The two men, believe to be the only occupants of the vehicle at the time, died as a result of the collision.

Emergency services arrived at the scene of the crash after it was reported by a member of the public, but both men were pronounced dead on arrival.

The incident has now been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission following reports of suspicious behaviour before the crash.

Officers investigating the incident would like to speak to anybody who may have seen the black Ford Focus prior to the collision as it travelled eastbound, from the direction of Ammanford, along the M4, and then as it travelled along Briton Ferry bridge.

Anyone with information is urged to contact the Serious Collision Investigation Unit on 101.

Two people freed from car after Port Talbot crash

The incident happened at around 4:00am this morning.

Emergency services were called to Briton Ferry in Port Talbot in the early hours of this morning after a crash involving one vehicle.

Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue were called to Old Road and had to cut two casualties from the car after it left the road.

The road had been closed both ways earlier this morning for investigations to take place but has since been re-opened. Recovery work is now underway to remove the vehicle from the road.

Rise in the number of hate crimes reported in Wales

The information was obtained following a Freedom of Information request. Credit: PA

Hate crime rose by a fifth in Wales in 12 months, according to information obtained by Plaid Cymru. The majority of hate crimes reported across the country were related to racial hatred.

According to South Wales Police, hate crime in the South Wales area rose from 989 incidences in 2011-12 to 1,224 in 2013-14.

Police also say the number of crimes rose after the murder of Drummer Lee Rigby in May last year.


Police appeal for witnesses after fatal motorway crash

South Wales Police are appealing for witnesses following a fatal road crash that took place on the M4 Westbound between Junction 36 and 37.

The single vehicle crash happened at around 8:15pm yesterday evening involving a silver Toyota Avensis.

Anyone with information in relation to the crash is urged to contact the police by calling 101 or contact crime stoppers anonymously.

Can you help police find this man?

Police are appealing for information regarding the whereabouts of Marc Morgan. He is wanted in connection with a number of offences.

Police want information on the whereabouts of Marc Morgan Credit: South Wales Police

The 31-year-old is believed to be in the Swansea area.

Anyone with information is urged to call police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously 0800 555 111 quoting occurrence number: 1400268468.

Welsh police forces to develop crime scene app

Two Welsh police forces are hoping to develop an app to allow them to record witness statements.

South Wales and Gwent Forces have been given a £837,000 grant from the UK Government's Police Innovation Fund to develop the project.

The app will allow officers to record audio and video accounts from members of the public as well as at crime scenes. The idea is that officers will be able to upload statements using mobile phones and tablet computers, whilst out on the beat - reducing the need for them to return to base.

This project will enhance the quality of information and evidence obtained at crime scenes, allow Forces to share cross-border data quickly and enable officers and key partners in the community to have rapid access to key information which will save both time and money.

– Ian Johnston, Police and Crime Commissioner for Gwent

South Wales Police officers cleared of misconduct

South Wales Police officers have been cleared of misconduct over the death of a man in prison - but the police watchdog says the paperwork system used to record a detained person's risk of self-harm is "not fit for purpose."

The Independent Police Complaints Commission has today published the findings of its investigation into the death of Christopher Shapley last September and how police carried out risk assessments and passed information on.

The 43-year-old was found dead in his Cardiff prison cell three days after being arrested at home in Aberdare, and charged with common assault.

South Wales Police has accepted the findings of the IPCC's report.

The IPCC found "no evidence of any misconduct by officers", they complied with procedures for completing risk assessments on a person in custody, spoke to Mr Shapley and his family about the risk of self-harm, and followed up with appropriate care plans.

But it found issues with the Person Escort Record (PER) form, used by police forces across Wales and England to pass on concerns around a detained person's risk of self-harm.

South Wales Police ticked the box on the form to record concerns about a risk of self-harm, but had insufficient space to provide more information, so decided to use a separate sheet and staple it to the form.At some point, the stapled sheet was lost, and the extra information was not passed on.

The IPCC said that "the PER form, as designed currently, is not fit for its purpose and needs a fundamental redesign."

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