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Cyfarthfa Castle transforms into Hogwarts

Fancy being Harry Potter for the day?

A world record attempt for the most Harry Potters in one place is being held this Friday in Merthyr.

Charity hybu hopes a 1000 Harry Potters will descend on Merthyr. Credit: hybu

The Guiness Book of World Records will be judging the event.

The current record is 551 Harry Potters, but organisers are aiming to complete the record with at least 1000 people involved.

Entrants to the record attempt are required to wear a black robe, glasses, have a fake scar and carry a wand.

The event starts at 12.30 p.m. at Cyfarthfa Castle, Merthyr.

It's being organised to raise funds for the hybu charity.


Concerns over missing 20-year-old from Merthyr Tydfil

Police are appealing for information to try and locate a missing 20 year old from Merthyr Tydfil.

Macauley Hughes was seen last night in Newport bus station.

Police are trying to find Macauley Hughes from Merthyr Tydfil. Credit: Gwent Police

Macauley is last known to be wearing black tracksuit bottoms, black slip on shoes, a blue and grey t-shirt, black hooded jumper and a black body warmer.

Gwent police ask anyone with information is asked to call 101.

Police looking for Merthyr man following a burglary

Gwent Police are appealing for information to find a 33 year old man from the Merthyr Tydfil area.

They would like to speak to Robert Stansfield following a burglary.

Gwent Police would like to speak to Robert Stansfield from the Merthyr Tydfil. Credit: Gwent Police

The burglary occurred on May 29 at a property on Queen Victoria Street in Tredegar.

Car keys and a rose gold Peugeot 208 were stolen.

Anyone with information relating to their whereabouts of Robert Stansfield is asked to call 101.

Police appeal for witnesses after man hit by car

The incident happened on Glantaff Road in Toedyrhiw. Credit: Google Street View

A 30-year-old man was taken to hospital for treatment after being hit by a car which failed to stop in Merthyr Tydfil.

The incident took place on Sunday 29th May 2016 at around 9.15pm on Glantaff Road in Toedyrhiw.

It involved the pedestrian who suffered non-life threatening injuries and a small blue Citroen which failed to stop.

South Wales Police would like to speak to any person who witnessed the collision or the driving of the vehicle and have not yet contacted them.


Protesters gather in attempt to close down opencast mine

Hundreds of people have gathered at Ffos-y-fran near Merthyr Tydfil to try and shut down the UK's largest opencast coal mine.

Protesters say Wales needs to move away from polluting energy.

The 'End Coal Now' camp is being organised by climate activist network Reclaim the Power, just days before Wales goes to the polls to vote in the Assembly election.

Participants are calling for a ban on opencast coal mining across Wales and the UK and the creation of thousands of green jobs.

"The local community have battled the giant Ffos-y-fran mine polluting their homes and our planet for nearly a decade. Now we are joining them to resist coal company Miller Argent's attempts to override local democracy and force through a new mine next door. Last April, the Welsh Assembly voted for a moratorium on opencast coal mining but the government ignored them. Wales deserves a transition away from polluting energy, towards clean energy and thousands of jobs. Our camp will show the candidates running for election that the public demands a ban on opencast coal mining across Wales, and the rest of the UK."

– Ellen Gibson, Reclaim the Power
Protesters have also called for investment in thousands of green jobs.

Coal company Miller Argent though say they employ more than two hundred local people and support affordable electricity generation.

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Fashion designer Julien Macdonald pays tribute to dad

Top fashion designer Julien Macdonald has paid an emotional tribute to his father Glyn who has died, aged 81.

Julien MacDonald and his parents at 10 Downing Street in 2008. Credit: PA

More than 300 people packed out St Iltyd's Old Parish Church in Merthyr Tydfil for the funeral of the man described as Julien's biggest fan as he rose to fashion stardom.

Everybody came out for my father. There was standing room only at the church, which was a sign of just how many people knew my father in Merthyr.

– Julien Macdonald
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