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Armed police in Aberdare in ongoing firearm 'incident'

South Wales Police says it's dealing with an ongoing firearms incident in Aberdare. Credit: Google Maps

Armed police are dealing with an ongoing 'incident' in Aberdare.

South Wales Police says it has received reports of someone making threats with a firearm in the area. A police spokesman says armed officers have been sent as a precaution.

No further details of where the incident is were given by police.

Got the Stereophonics t-shirt? Now buy the pub!

The Valleys pub where rock band Stereophonics played their first gig is up for sale - for as little as £35,000.

Fans of the band can buy The Shepherds Arms in the village of Cwmaman, near Aberdare, where singer Kelly Jones first took the stage to sing.

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The pub has been closed for more than five years but is up for auction next week with the £35,000-£40,000 guide price. Kelly said: "The Sheps gave us our start in music. Whenever I see it I immediately think: "Ah, I'm home."

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The pub, built in 1851 when the village was a busy mining community, is being sold by the neighbouring workmen's institute.


Man arrested following fatal road collision

A man has been arrested following a fatal road traffic collision in Aberdare earlier this afternoon.

The incident occurred on the A4059 at the roundabout to Llwydcoed. Credit: Google Maps

The incident occurred at around 4.10pm on the A4059 at the roundabout to Llwydcoed, when a blue and white Yamaha motorcycle collided with a road sign and a black VW Polo.

The rider of the motorcycle, a 29-year-old man from the Merthyr area, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The road was closed for approximately 4 hours while police carried out initial investigations and recovered the vehicles.

South Wales Police is urging anyone with any information to call them on 101.

CCTV appeal over pair wanted by police over assault

Police in Aberdare have appealed for help to identify a man and woman who officers believe can provide information in relation to an assault in the town.

This man and woman were captured on CCTV in Aberdare town centre. Credit: South Wales Police

The assault happened in Victoria Square, Aberdare, at around 10.30am on Thursday 12 February.

The man and woman were believed to be together at the time.

South Wales Police is urging them - or anyone who can identify them - to contact 101, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Man dies after falling from roof

Police were called to an incident last night Credit: PA

A man has died after falling from a roof in Aberdare.

The 22-year-old was given medical attention at the scene in Tre Telynog and then taken to hospital, where he later died.

His next of kin have been informed.

Anyone with information about the incident is urged to call police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111


Appeal over missing 14-year-old girl Charlie Wright

South Wales Police is appealing for help to find a missing 14-year-old girl.

Charlie Wright disappeared from her home in Cwmaman, near Aberdare, at just before 6pm on Monday 24 November.

Charlie is 5ft 3, of medium build. She has a pale, freckly complexion and red, curly hair. Credit: South Wales Police

Charlie speaks with a local accent. At the time she went missing, she was wearing a blue hooded top with a zip up the front.

South Wales Police is urging anyone with information to contact 101, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

South Wales Police officers cleared of misconduct

South Wales Police officers have been cleared of misconduct over the death of a man in prison - but the police watchdog says the paperwork system used to record a detained person's risk of self-harm is "not fit for purpose."

The Independent Police Complaints Commission has today published the findings of its investigation into the death of Christopher Shapley last September and how police carried out risk assessments and passed information on.

The 43-year-old was found dead in his Cardiff prison cell three days after being arrested at home in Aberdare, and charged with common assault.

South Wales Police has accepted the findings of the IPCC's report.

The IPCC found "no evidence of any misconduct by officers", they complied with procedures for completing risk assessments on a person in custody, spoke to Mr Shapley and his family about the risk of self-harm, and followed up with appropriate care plans.

But it found issues with the Person Escort Record (PER) form, used by police forces across Wales and England to pass on concerns around a detained person's risk of self-harm.

South Wales Police ticked the box on the form to record concerns about a risk of self-harm, but had insufficient space to provide more information, so decided to use a separate sheet and staple it to the form.At some point, the stapled sheet was lost, and the extra information was not passed on.

The IPCC said that "the PER form, as designed currently, is not fit for its purpose and needs a fundamental redesign."

Appeal after tiny kitten found tied to a gatepost

The RSPCA is appealing for information about a kitten who was found tied to a gatepost in the Penywaun area of Aberdare.

The black and white kitten is around six weeks old. Credit: RSPCA

The black and white kitten was discovered tied to the front gate of a house in Brodawel with a blue rope.

Inspector Gemma Cooper said: “Although the kitten was physically OK and wasn’t injured, she would have been extremely scared.

“Abandoning an animal like this is totally unacceptable and if anyone has information about where the kitten came from I would urge them to contact us in confidence on the inspector’s information line on 0300 123 8018”

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