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Cynon Valley politicians and Rhondda Cynon Taf Council have responded to recent suspected deliberate grass & refuse fires across the valley.

Some of those fires have required the attendance of multiple appliances from South Wales Fire & Rescue Service along with the use of critical equipment and movement of resources.

Cynon Valley Assembly Member, Vikki Howells AM said on Twitter, “Our fire service are poised and ready to help with the community response to the global Covid pandemic yet instead they are having to tackle deliberate grass fires. Setting these is disgusting behaviour and those responsible should be ashamed.”

Whilst Beth Winter MP said, “Our emergency services are under extreme strain at this moment, helping to deal with the Covid-19 crisis. And now South Wales Fire and Rescue Service are having to deal with this. This is not acceptable.”

Rhondda Cynon Taf Council said, “Deliberate fires like this put fire fighters lives in danger, pose risk to the community and can cause significant damage to property and the environment.

“It is important for to reinforce that, due to the coronavirus, the current situation affecting everyone is unprecedented.

“We would urge anyone who has information on suspected deliberate fires, or who sees anything suspicious to contact 101, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

“If you see a fire, or anyone starting a fire, please call 999 immediately.

“Please follow Government and Health Services advice about social distancing – please if you can stay home.” – RCT Council.

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Thank you all so very much for the support, the viewing & most importantly your trust over the last two years. It’s been a privilege to bring you the news.

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Rhondda Cynon Taf Storm Ciara


UPDATED: 19:30 08/2/20

Yellow Met Office weather warning for wind covers the Cynon Valley from 00:00-23:59 9/2/20.

Yellow Met Office weather warning for rain covers the Cynon Valley from 00:00-18:00 9/2/20.

Amber Met Office weather warning for wind covers the Cynon Valley from 08:00-21:00 9/2/20.

  • No trains will serve the Cynon Valley on Sunday 9th Feburary.
  • All RCT Council sports pitches/3Gs will be closed.
  • Public advised to stay away from all parks and wooded areas.
  • Council will deal with all Out of Hours emergencies that are reported (fallen trees etc). Non-emergencies will be dealt with on Monday (February 10).

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Popular pub broken into overnight

Police are investigating the break in at the Tynte Hotel, near Ynysboeth.

The owner of the pub has taken to social media, airing her upset & anger. Melissa Richards said, “Not exactly how I planned to feel landing in Amsterdam, having a phone call to tell me that the pub has been broken into has literally broke my heart!”

She added police are investigating and is urging anyone who may have witnessed anything sinister in the area to get in touch.

Melissa is asking anyone with CCTV in the area to also contact her.

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The Tynte Hotel. Picture: Google

Explosions heard as burger van is set alight in a “deliberate act”

South Wales Fire & Rescue Service are treating this morning’s burger van fire as “deliberate”.

The incident happened on Woodfield Terrace, Penrhiwceiber. Residents were waken by the sound of explosions.

A spokesperson for South Wales Fire & Rescue said crews were called to the scene at around 12:55. She said: “The van was well alight when fire crews arrived on the scene. We are treating it as a deliberate act.”



Shock and anger as dead horse is left lying in a field since Christmas Day

A deceased horse has been left lying in a field for over a week.

WalesOnline reports, the horse had been abandoned in a field close to Hirwaun where it had been neglected for months prior to its death, it is believed.
However the identity of its owners are not known at this time.

The animal was put down by a vet, overseen by the RSPCA, on Christmas Day after concerned locals feared for its health and raised the alarm.

Yet, whilst arrangements are being made for its body to be collected and disposed of, it’s thought that the Christmas period – along with “access issues” – has lead to delays in that happening.

As a result, it has remained there in the mud, covered only by a blanket, prompting anger from animal lovers and local residents.

A second, younger horse that was in the same field is thought to have since been rehomed.

An RSPCA Cymru spokesman said: “The RSPCA attended a location near Hirwaun on Christmas Day following reports of a distressed horse.

“Police officers were also in attendance.

“Sadly, independent veterinary opinion confirmed there was no choice but to put the horse to sleep, due to its condition.

“The equine was not microchipped and enquiries are ongoing.

“If anyone has any relevant information, they are urged to contact the RSPCA’s inspectorate appeal line on 0300 123 8018.”

News Update 2020



The year started with Cynon Valley News’s editor, Brad Williams winning an award for ‘Outstanding Contribution to New Media’ at the Rhondda Cynon Taf Youth Engagement Celebration Event.

Cynon Valley AM, Vikki Howells said, “Congratulations to talented young journalist Brad Williams, who won the Outstanding Contribution to New Media Award at the Rhondda Cynon Taf Youth Engagement celebration event in Aberdare.

Brad, from Mountain Ash, has been writing articles on local news and politics for Rhondda Cynon Taf’s youth website, for the last five years. Since then, he has launched an outstanding new blog, Cynon Valley News, which covers news, politics, weather, sport and travel in the valley.

I have met Brad on several occasions, and was pleased to be able to offer him a work experience placement in my office, where his journalistic skills shone through.

Brad has interviewed several senior figures, including the current First Minister of Wales, and his on-the-spot reporting during Storm Callum was picked up by the national media.

In February 2019, Brad’s blog reached an impressive 110,000 readers on Facebook, and when there is such a massive local news void, it provides a valuable service to the whole community.

Well done Brad!”

Pupils and staff from Mountain Ash Comprehensive School met the Duke & Duchess of Sussex in London. Full story:

In April, CVN obtained exclusive figures from South Wales Fire & Rescue Service revealing 98 grass fires had been started deliberately in the valley, from 23rd February – 24th April 2019. Full story:

The grass fire exclusive prompted Cynon Valley AM, Vikki Howells to raise the matter in the Welsh Assembly’s Chamber. Full story:

Cynon Valley Museum received a makeover earlier this year. Full story:

Rhondda Cynon Taf Council approved a new £4 million Primary Care Health Centre in Mountain Ash & a £10 million Primary School for Hirwaun. Meanwhile a community singing group plus an outdoor swimming pool were both awarded grants by the National Lottery. Full story:

Aberdare Park celebrated its 150 year birthday in the summer. ITV Wales’ valleys correspondent Hannah Thomas and weather presenter Ruth Wignall reported live from the park.

In politics, Labour’s Bethan Winter was elected as Cynon Valley MP at the UK General Election 2019. Former Cynon Valley Labour MP, Ann Clwyd congratulated Bethan on her election win.

Look back at 2019




‘Serious’ assault leaves man critically ill in hospital – the latest

ABERAMAN: South Wales Police say they are investigating a serious assault which has left a man critically ill in hospital.

Officers were called to an incident on Commerce Place, Aberaman, at approximately 8.50pm last night (Monday, December 16).

A man was taken to Prince Charles Hospital with serious injuries, where he remains in a life-threatening condition.

A second man, aged 52, was arrested at the scene. Officers aren’t currently looking for anyone else in connection with the assault.

A section of the street remains cordoned off while forensic enquiries continue.

Detectives are appealing for anyone who witnessed the incident, who has not yet given an account to police, to come forward.

Anyone who has any other information which may assist the investigation is also asked to contact police.
Please call 101, quoting occurrence 1900462182.


Cynon Valley falls silent to remember

Hundreds of people up and down the valley gathered on Remembrance Sunday.

Aberdare Cenotaph, Victoria Square. Picture Credit: Brad Williams, Cynon Valley News.

The Service in Aberdare was attended by hundreds of people, filling the streets surrounding the town’s Cenotaph.

Local school children were among others who lay wreaths on the memorial in Victoria Square.

A two minute silence was observed at 11am.

We’ll never forget.