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Care home's last inspection focused on 'quality of life'

Three people were arrested at Zoar Residential Home this morning Credit: Google Streetview

ITV News understands that all three of those arrested work at Zoar Residential Care Home.

Care and Social Services Inspectorate Wales (CSSIW) last inspected the home in December last year.

The inspection report states that it focused on 'quality of life' and not on staffing, leadership and management at the home.

The report found that out of three respite records inspected, two had no care plans or risk assessments.

It states: "This meant that staff may not always be aware of people's choices and preferences as to how they would like their care to be delivered, what their preferred routines are or how they like to spend their time.

"Staff only had the social services unified assessment to inform them of people’s care needs. This is unsatisfactory as the assessment does not give details as to how care is to be carried out, only that there are particular needs."


'Wilful neglect' arrests at Tonypandy care home

Three people have been arrested following an incident at a care home in Tonypandy, police say.

Two men, aged 27 and 72, and a 42-year-old woman, all from Rhondda, were arrested this morning on suspicion of the wilful neglect of a vulnerable adult and perverting the course of justice.

The alleged incident involved an 88-year-old woman who was a resident of Zoar Residential Home in Tonypandy and took place in March this year.

South Wales Police says it is treating the matter as an isolated incident and says it is working with Care and Social Services Inspectorate Wales (CSSIW).

Rhondda Cynon Taf Council is providing support and advice to the home's residents and their relatives.


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Dropped cigarette butt costs smoker £560

A smoker from the Rhondda Valley says he's learnt his lesson after he discarded a cigarette butt in the street and had to pay out £560.

Gethin Richards ignored a court summons after failing to pay an initial penalty of £75, so the bill mounted up.

Rhondda Cynon Taf Council says it wants those who drop litter to face the consequences.

Valleys smoker fined £560 for dropping cigarette butt

Rhondda Cynon Taf Council has gathered £43,950 in fines for things like dropping cigarette butts in the last year. Credit: PA

A smoker in Rhondda Cynon Taf has been hit with a £560 bill, for throwing his cigarette butt into the road in Pontyclun.

The council said Gethin Richards, 30, from Tonypandy, has to pay its biggest smoking fine yet.

He was prosecuted under the Environmental Protection Act, after being caught by the council's 'streetcare enforcement team.'

He was originally given a £75 fixed penalty notice, but after he failed to pay it the case went to magistrates court, and the total £560 bill also included costs.

Over the last year, Rhondda Cynon Taf Council has recovered £43,950 from fixed penalty notices for acts of 'environmental crime' - which include dog fouling, fly tipping, littering and dropping cigarette butts.

Clydach Vale Working Men's Club fire 'suspected arson'

South Wales Police say they believe a fire at the former Clydach Vale Working Men's Club was started deliberately.

Emergency services were called to the blaze at the building known locally as the 'Top Club' on Howard St shortly after midday on Saturday.

The club recently closed after almost a century serving the community. Local boxer and former British and Empire heavyweight champion fought there in 1928.

We are keeping an open mind as to who is may be responsible for yesterday’s incident and we are actively exploring a number of lines of enquiry, including House to House enquiries and the forensic examination of the scene.”

I would also like to appeal for any witnesses who may have seen anybody acting suspiciously near the former Club, which is situated on Howard Street, Tonypandy, prior to the incident.

– Detective Inspector Rob Williams, South Wales Police
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