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Motorcycle passenger dies after Aberfan crash

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A motorbike passenger has died after a collision at Golwg-y-Afon, Aberfan on Saturday evening.

A 23-year-old died when the red BMW F650 motorcycle collided with a red Ford C-max car near Ynysowen Community Primary School and the Local Authority refuse and recycling tip.

The other person on the motorcycle, a 24-year-old male, is currently being treated in hospital for serious injuries.

The female driver of the other vehicle was uninjured.

Andrew’s family has paid tribute to him, saying: “Andrew was a much loved son, brother, father and uncle.

“He was loved by everyone that knew him and the family are in total shock and totally heartbroken following the tragic death of Andrew”.


ITV commemorates 50th anniversary of the Aberfan disaster

ITV is marking the 50th anniversary of the Aberfan disaster with a prime-time, hour-long documentary.

The Aberfan Young Wives' Club looks at how the spirit of Aberfan has endured since the tragic day on 21st October 1966 when the catastrophic collapse of a colliery spoil tip killed 116 children and 28 adults in the village's Pantglas Junior School.

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The story of the disaster and its aftermath is told through the eyes of seven women who are part of the Aberfan Young Wives Group.

They came together in the depths of grief and have been meeting every week for the past 50 years.

Many of the women speak for the first time about an event that changed their lives.

Directed by multi-award-winning director Marc Evans (Safe House, Hinterland, Collision, Jack to a King, House of America), the programme makes use of ITV’s extensive archive footage of the disaster and subsequent events.

It features music specially-composed by James Dean Bradfield of the Manic Street Preachers.

The Aberfan Young Wives' Club, 9pm, Wednesday 12 October, ITV.


Man pleads guilty to Aberfan chapel arson

A man has pleaded guilty to setting fire to Aberfan Chapel. Daniel Brown told police he gets a 'kick' out of arson.

Much of Aberfan chapel was destroyed in the fire last month Credit: Phillip Bunce

Daniel Brown, of Nixonville, Merthyr Vale, was charged with reckless arson with threat to endanger life. Much of the chapel at Aberfan was destroyed by the fire last month.

Brown told police he gets "a kick" out of seeing the fire service turn up. He set his own house on fire when he was nine years old. The court heard that he had called in the emergency services himself when they didn't turn up and "enjoyed being involved in this type of activity".

Wearing a grey t-shirt with short brown hair, Brown confirmed his name and guilty plea. The judge at Merthyr Crown Court told him to expect a lengthy prison sentence.

Psychiatric reports will be completed before he is sentenced next month.

Man arrested in connection with Aberfan chapel fire

A 27-year-old man from Merthyr Tydfil has been arrested in connection with a fire at the historic Aberfan chapel.

A man has been arrested in connected with a fire at the historic chapel. Credit: Phillip Bunce

Fire crews were called to the building in the early hours of Saturday morning where investigations found that the fire was started deliberately.

The fire was extinguished by South wales Fire and Rescue Services but much of the building was destroyed.

Much of the building was destroyed by the fire. Credit: Phillip Bunce

Anyone with any information concerning the incident is urged to contact South Wales Police on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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