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Three charged after woman died in crash in Cardiff

Sophie Taylor was killed in a crash in Cardiff on August 22. Credit: Family photo

Two men and a woman have been charged in connection with the death of a young woman in a crash in Cardiff.

22-year-old Sophie Taylor died from her injuries in the early hours of August 22, when her black BMW 1 Series crashed into a block of flats at the junction of Meteor Street and Moira Street in Adamsdown. A 21-year-old man who was a passenger in the car sustained serious injuries and is still in hospital.

South Wales Police says the incident has been voluntarily referred to teh Independent Police Complaints Commission. Three people have now been charged in connection with the crash:

  • 22-year-old Michael Wheeler has been charged with causing death by dangerous driving, causing serious injury by dangerous driving and committing fraud by false representation,
  • Melissa Pesticcio, 23, has been charged with causing death by dangerous driving, causing serious injury by dangerous driving and dangerous driving,
  • 18-year-old Lewis Hall has been charged with intending to pervert the course of justice.

All three will appear before Cardiff Magistrates' Court on November 4.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact police on 101 quoting reference 319903.


Tribute left by Prince Charles at Aberfan memorial stolen

Prince Charles planted a tree in the Aberfan Memorial Garden during his visit. Credit: Arthur Edwards/The Sun/PA Wire

A message left by the Prince of Wales when he laid a wreath at the Aberfan Memorial Garden last week has been stolen.

Prince Charles represented the Queen at a ceremony last Friday marking 50 years since 144 people were killed when a slag heap engulfed Pantglas Junior School and nearby homes.

Read more: Prince Charles visits Aberfan 50 years since the disaster

David Davies chairman of trustees at the Aberfan Memorial Charity discovered the theft while walking in the garden on Sunday as he went to lay flowers at graves.

It was intended for the people of Aberfan and is upsetting for these people at a sensitive time like this.

The memorial has otherwise been uplifting for the people of this village. Words can't describe how utterly low this crime is.

– David Davies, Aberfan Memorial Charity

South Wales Police says it is aware of the theft and is investigating.


Police release CCTV following shop robbery in Gabalfa

Police are appealing for witnesses following a shop robbery in Cardiff on Sunday evening.

CCTV from the store Credit: South Wales Police

Officers say two men walked into a store in the Gabalfa area of the city at around 8:45pm before demanding money from the till and threatening the shopkeeper. They later ran off with just a few bottles of alcohol.

The first suspect is described as being white, with a slim build and wearing a grey woolly hat pulled over his face with eye-holes cut out, a dark jacket, and bottoms.

The second is described as having a larger build and being in his 40s. He was wearing a dark jacket, shorts and sandals.

"The threats made to the shopkeeper infer that one man may have been armed with a firearm, but, no weapon was seen so we believe that probably isn’t the case", said Detective Inspector Lloyd Williams.

We would like to speak to anybody who may have noticed two people acting suspiciously or who has information about the incident to contact us.

– Detective Inspector Lloyd Williams, South Wales Police
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