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Mystery over ancient human remains found in Vale of Glamorgan cliffs

When you're taking a brisk walk along the beach the last thing you'd probably expect to find are the remains of a skeleton from hundreds of years ago!

The remains have been discovered along the cliffs at Monknash in The Vale of Glamorgan. While no-one knows officially who it is, the theories are already causing some intrigue.

James Crichton-Smith has been to investigate...

'800-year-old bones of monk' found sticking out of cliff

Remains thought to be 800-year-old bones belonging to a monk have been uncovered, poking out of a cliff face in the Vale of Glamorgan.

They were spotted by walker Mandy Ewington at Monknash, which was a burial ground for Cistercian monks in the Middle Ages.

The leg bones are thought to belong to a monk from the 1200s. Credit: Wales News Service

Archaeologist Mr Langford said: "You can clearly see a grave has been eroded into the sea. What is fascinating is you can see the two femurs being slowly revealed as the cliffs are eroded away."

"There was a monastic community close to the area and these bones indicate a male in their late 20s who was in good health."

"I would say they belong to a monk from the 1200s, due to previous archaeological digs in the past, the depth of the bones in the cliff and the history of the area."

"He would likely be buried with nothing except two shroud rings which would have held his burial shroud in place at the head and feet."

He said the winter storms had caused large parts of the British coastline to collapse and archaeological sites were being revealed and lost to the sea.

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Driver to go on trial over Rhoose primary school crash

A motorist is due to go on trial in May, accused of driving without due care and attention in a crash that left a lollipop lady and a group of school children injured.

Robert Bell, 61 and from Rhoose in the Vale of Glamorgan, was arrested last year after the crash in the village last June.

The crash happened outside a primary school in the Vale of Glamorgan.

Mr Bell appeared at Cardiff Magistrates Court today.

He denies the charge against him.

He has been released on bail, and is due to go on trial on 14 May.

Airbus plane's journey by M4 to the west of England

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Police warn of M4 disruption due to aeroplane

Avon and Somerset Police are warning that the plane which departed by road from Wenvoe this morning will cause disruption on the M4.

At 13:30 an aircraft fuselage is being transported from J18 to J15 on the M4 it will then head north on the A419 towards Cirencester and then southbound on the A429 to Cotswold Airport.

While on the A419 it will take up both northbound carriageways. From 13:30 on 2nd March.

– Avon and Somerset Police

More: Large plane transported through road through Wenvoe

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Large plane transported by road through Wenvoe

Police helped the aircraft on its way Credit: Nathan Thomas

Traffic in Wenvoe was slowed down this morning as a large aircraft was transported by road through the town.

Vale of Glamorgan Council warned of disruption to traffic when the "large abnormal load" was leaving the MoD site at St Athan.

South Wales Police say the Airbus plane is being taken to Cotswold Airport.

The wings have been removed from the aircraft to make transportation easier Credit: Nathan Thomas
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