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October 2014

The Festival of Remembrance Concert takes place on Sunday, November 2

The annual Festival of Remembrance concert takes place at Rhondda Sports Centre this weekend (Sunday, November 2) honouring our Armed Forces past and present.

Apprentices break ground at Vattenfall’s Pen y Cymoedd wind farm

Plant operative apprentices Daniel Owen and James Symon

Two young apprentices will master 40 tonne dump trucks as part of their training at a flagship development to construct England and Wales’ largest wind farm.

unprovoked assault on two 15 year-old boys in ASDA car park Aberdare

A 19 year-old male was arrested minutes after the report of an unprovoked assault on two 15 year-old boys in ASDA car park, Aberdare, last night. After an emergency call, a police officer managed to find the suspect, drunk, in a nearby street. He was taken into custody. Enquiries are ongoing.

Drills stolen from Pontypridd B&Q

Police are appealing for information following the theft of drills from the B&Q store in Pontypridd.
At around 2am on Friday, 31 October, hundreds of pounds worth of Makita and Dewalt drills were stolen from the shop by a man who forced entry to the premises.

Rising drugs-related admissions shows ‘war on drugs’ is not working

Statistics released this week showing the rising number of treatment agency admissions for drug poisoning shows the current 'war on drugs' is not working, the Welsh Lib Dems have said.

cannabis plants found at Gilfach Goch

A man in his 50s from Gilfach Goch was cautioned last night for possessing cannabis. He was forced to show officers upstairs where two cannabis plants were growing in a bedroom after they quizzed him about the overwhelming smell in his house.


We want everyone to have a safe and enjoyable Halloween today, but we also need to remember that not everyone wants to be involved in the celebrations.

This is why we’ve put a few tips together which will allow everyone to have a happy Halloween:

Artis Community Community organisation · Artistic services · Dance instruction

The beginnings of a design for a wall hanging to represent young people with mental health issues at Cynon New Horizons. The wallhanging aims to raise awareness and challenge stigma as well as offering a sense of identity to the young people taking part.

£2billion more from Europe but what will Wales do with it?

It has been announced that Wales is to receive £2 billion in structural funding from Europe over the next six years. On the face of it this sounds like good news, until you start asking why we are getting the money. As BBC Wales' political editor Nick Servini says:

'Halloween Spooktacular'

Looking for something different to do this Halloween?.....Then look no further than the Rhondda Heritage Park.

Plaid MP heralds progress on strengthening domestic violence law

Plaid Cymru Parliamentary Leader, Rt Hon Elfyn Llwyd MP, has held a meeting in the Home Office today (Thursday) to discuss potential changes to the law on domestic violence, specifically whether coercive control should be made an offence.

Looked-after children click with photography project

Looked-after children have been expressing themselves in a unique project to improve their wellbeing via creativity – and now everyone can see their work as it’s on display in Pontypridd.

IPCC investigating police actions prior to death of man in Cardiff

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) is investigating police actions and decision-making prior to the death of man in Cardiff on 11 October 2014.

New Future For Education Centre

Rhondda Cynon Taf Council is pleased to announce that a leading local charity has taken over the former Treorchy Education Centre which has become available after Council-run services based there were relocated as part of service change proposals.

Plaid Cymru welcomes potential fairer deal for firefighters

Plaid Cymru has welcomed the possibility of a fairer deal on pensions for Welsh firefighters.

PCSOs plan to beat flour and eggs this Halloween

Two South Wales police PCSOs bucked the trend by encouraging the use of flour and eggs by children at a Rhondda School this Halloween.

USW student builds a bright future with LEGO®

Have you ever wandered around the Tate Modern in London, The Louvre in Paris, or maybe even the MoMA in New York and thought to yourself, “there’s not enough LEGO® in here?” Well, fear not, as a University of South Wales student has decided to fill the void.

Labour must turn around Welsh ambulance service underperformance

Welsh Conservatives today called on Labour Ministers to set out plans to turn around over two years of missed ambulance targets, as new figures show just 58.9% of ambulances responded to a life-threatening call within eight minutes last month.

‘Fair, consistent and right first time’- ESA assessments must be fit for work

Citizens Advice has called on ministers to make the urgent changes needed to make work capability assessments (WCAs) fit for purpose.

Relate Cymru launches new all-Wales telephone number and extra sessions to accommodate our busy lifestyles

Supporting relationships across Wales: Relate Cymru launches new all-Wales telephone number and extra sessions to accommodate our busy lifestyles

This week sees the launch of Relate Cymru’s new telephone number and additional counselling appointments for people in Wales.