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Wife and son appear in court charged with murder

A wife and son of a man found dead at his home have appeared in Cardiff Crown Court charged with his murder.

Cardiff Crown Court. Credit: PA

Maria Hopes, 45, and son Leon Port, 23, deny killing 45-year-old Mark Hopes at their family home in the Rhondda.

Mr Hopes was found dead at the home he shared with his wife in Brithweunydd Road, Tonypandy, in October last year.

Both mother and son pleaded not guilty to murder. Both were remanded in custody to await trial later in the year.

Woman left with 'serious injuries' after crash with parked cars

A woman has been taken to hospital with serious injuries after a crash involving a number of parked cars.

It happened at approximately 7:40 on Sunday morning on Ynyscynon road in Tonypandy.

The woman, who was a passenger was transferred to the Royal Glamorgan hospital for treatment.

The female driver of the car was also taken for treatment and has since been arrested. Police say she is assisting them with their enquiries, along with two men who were driving behind.

Police are asking anyone with information to come forward, and have thanked the people affected by road closures for their patience.


Man and two women arrested in murder inquiry

Two women and one man have been arrested following the death of a 45 year-old man on Saturday morning.

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Police were called to an address on Brithweunydd Road in Trealaw, Tonypandy at around 7.20am.

Two women aged 45 and 23, and a 23-year-old man remain in police custody.

Police say they are treating the death as a murder.

I am keen to hear from anyone who may have seen or heard anything suspicious on or near Brithweunydd Road between 8am on Friday 2nd October and 7.20am on Saturday 3rd October.

I would like to reassure the public that incidents of this nature are extremely rare and a full investigation is underway to establish exactly what happened to the victim.

– Detective Superintendent Paul Hurley

Police appeal after woman is assaulted and robbed

Police are appealing for information after a woman was assaulted, and her handbag stolen on Sunday.

The incident happened in the early hours of Sunday morning Credit: Google Maps

It happened on Miskin Road in Tonypandy at around 3.10am.

The woman was assaulted by a man, who also took her handbag containing cash and a mobile phone.

The man is described as white, around five foot five and in his early twenties. He has short dark hair and was wearing a grey hoody.

It's thought he fled the scene and ran towards Trealaw Road.

Anyone with information is asked to call South Wales Police.

Two charged with murder following death in Tonypandy

Two men have been charged with the murder of a man who died following an alleged assault in Tonypandy last week.

Wayne Letherby died following an incident last Friday. Credit: South Wales Police/Family Photo

42-year-old Wayne Letherby died following an incident last Friday. Two men, both aged 26, will appear before Pontypridd Magistrates Court later this morning.

A man and a woman who were also arrested in connection with the incident have been bailed pending further police enquiries.

“Although we have charged two individuals for this murder, we are still appealing for anyone who witnessed the incident and may have vital information, to contact us – especially if they were in the area of De Winton Street in the late evening of Friday 17 April."

– Detective Chief Inspector Ceri Hughes, South Wales Police

Anyone with any further information in regards to the incident are urged to call South Wales Police on 101.

“South Wales Police is grateful for the support we have received from members of the public so far, which has assisted with our enquiries. However, there are clearly a number of witnesses who were in the area at the time who are yet to come forward, such as Taxi drivers, people using the local takeaways, and the De Winton Hotel and Pandy Inn pubs – and would urge such persons to please contact the police.”

– Detective Chief Inspector Ceri Hughes, South Wales Police
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