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Appeal after 'serious' road collision near Treherbert

Police are appealing for witnesses after a "serious" collision around 7.05pm on the A4061 Rhigos Road north of Treherbert last night, which resulted in one driver being taken to the University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff, by Air Ambulance.

The incident involved a white Volkswagen Scirocco, which was travelling along Rhigos Road from the direction of Hirwaun towards Treherbert.

The car left the road and plummeted down a steep ravine, leaving the road closed for approximately four hours while police conducted initial investigations.

South Wales Police would like to speak to anyone who witnessed the incident, or who was in the area at the time and may have seen the car between 3pm and the time of the collision.

Police: No action to be taken against dog's owner

South Wales Police say they will not take any action against the owner of a dog that attacked a woman in Treherbert.

The force said that the dog responsible for the attack, which occurred inside the premises, was an American Bull Dog which is not an illegal breed.

In a statement they said that they found a 22 year old woman who had sustained serious but non life threatening wounds to her forearms as a result of an attack by a dog.

The woman owner of the dog, who is well known to the victim of the attack, agreed for the dog to be destroyed and this procedure has taken place.

The woman was taken to Royal Glamorgan Hospital for treatment, but has since been transferred to Morriston Hospital for further specialist treatment.

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Woman in hospital after 'dog attack'

A 22 year old woman is in hospital with injuries to her arms after being attacked by a bulldog.

South Wales Police say they were called to a home in Baglan Street, Treherbert at 10pm last night.

A spokesman for the force said the owner of the dog had agreed for it to be destroyed.

On arrival they found a 22 year old female had been set upon by what is believed to be an American bulldog, sustaining injuries to her arms.

The female was conveyed to Royal Glamorgan Hospital for treatment to her injuries.

– South Wales Police spokesperson

Police appeal for information over pigeon arson attack

South Wales Police are appealing for information after a fire killed 150 pigeons in Treherbert.

It's believed the pigeon sheds were targeted deliberately, and police are treating the incident as arson.

Around 150 of the 300 pigeons being kept at the site died in the fire.

We are treating this incident very seriously. Considerable damage was caused and the owners were confronted with some awful scenes. The incident has also proved very costly for them, and they have been left distraught at their loss. We believe somebody somewhere can help our investigation, and appeal for them to come forward.

– South Wales Police

Anyone with information is urged to contact South Wales Police’s non emergency number 101 or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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150 pigeons die in shed fire

150 birds are believed to have died in the fire Credit: ITV News Wales / Richard Morgan

Police are investigating after a shed containing 150 prize-winning pigeons was burned to the ground.

The Fire Service was called to the site at Blaencwm in Treherbert at 5am on Wednesday.

Owner Alun Smith, who lives nearby, is well known in the pigeon-racing community, and had bred a number of award-winning birds.

The fire broke out at a shed in Blaencwm in Treherbert on Wednesday. Credit: ITV News Wales / Richard Morgan

Rhondda Jesus theft: "It just doesn't make sense"

"We were in there having a prayer meeting on Tuesday, and had the gates open" explained minister Ralph Upton.

"Obviously, people stole it while we were having the prayer meeting".

"It just seemed like a pointless action" says Irene Pearce, a local councillor.

"People have been sad and asking why people would do that. It just doesn't make sense"

Keeping fit... in the great outdoors

Group members warm up before undertaking gentle exercise in the woods Credit: Actif Woods Wales / Coed Lleol

Forget Mr Motivator - turn to Mother Nature.

That's the message from a group of health professionals in Wales, who say simply being out in the fresh air can benefit those with medical conditions including depression, diabetes and arthritis.

The Actif Woods Wales project is establishing woodland 'health sessions' for people with a variety of physical and mental health conditions - so far based in and around Aberystwyth and Treherbert.

Activities include gentle exercise, woodwork skills, plant and animal identification, fire-lighting - or simply taking in the natural surroundings.

Katy Harris of the Coed Lleol Partnership, which is helping to run the sessions, said: "We all know that exercise is good for us, but going to the gym isn't for everyone.

"This project has shown that walking or being active in woodlands really can improve health and reduce stress at the same time as building interests, developing skills and having lots of fun."

The project is funded by Forestry Commission Wales and the Countryside Council for Wales, and supported by supported health sector organisations including the National Exercise Referral Scheme and mental health charity Mind.

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