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18 year-old man charged in Neath chip shop assault

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A man was due in court this morning, charged with wounding with intent following an assault in Neath on Monday afternoon (April 19).

Police were called to the incident outside Hikary’s Fishbar on Briton Ferry Road shortly after 3.30pm. A 24-year-old man suffered minor injuries during the incident.

Scott Andrews, 18, was due before Swansea Magistrates’ Court today, charged with wounding with intent. A second man, aged 25, remains on bail in connection with the incident.

Detective Inspector Dai Wells said: “We appreciate there has been concern amongst our communities about the perceived levels of crime and antisocial behaviour in the Neath area.

“There is a significant amount of proactive work ongoing by colleagues in the neighbourhood teams and within CID, and I hope the swift apprehension of those we believe to be responsible for this incident helps to reassure the public that tackling these issues remains a priority for us.”


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Body found in search for missing Neath man

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A body has been found in the search for missing man Mathew Scott who was last seen on Saturday 4th June in Neath.

Detective Chief Inspector Mike Owens from South Wales Police said: “Officers, following up on information sent into us by members of the public, forced entry to an address in Windsor Road, Neath, yesterday afternoon (Tuesday 28th June) and found a body inside.

“Formal identification has taken place and Mathew’s family have been informed.

“Detectives are continuing enquiries to ascertain the full circumstances behind his death. A 44 year old man from Neath is assisting officers with their investigation.

“I’d like to thank everyone who shared our appeal and provided us with valuable information.”

(Lead image: South Wales Police)

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Plans for Neath Port Talbot’s first Welsh medium primary ‘starter school’ to be discussed by new council cabinet

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Plans for Neath Port Talbot’s first ever Welsh medium primary “starter school” at Neath Abbey are to be discussed by the Council’s new Rainbow Coalition Cabinet, who will meet for the first time this week.

The new school is part of the council’s strategy to increase Welsh medium education across the county borough.

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At the meeting on Wednesday (29 June) the Cabinet will be asked to approve moving to the next stage in the council’s plans to establish the new Welsh Medium Starter School in premises previously occupied by Abbey Primary School at St John’s Terrace, Neath Abbey.

If fully approved, the first pupils could move in next year.

The starter school model is used when establishing a new school, gradually allowing the facilities and staff to be used efficiently while the school grows to its full potential.

A consultation exercise regarding the school has already taken place with most people broadly in favour but with some concerns aired over traffic and the age of the school building.

Under the plans, £200,000 would be set aside for refurbishments and improvements including the provision of learning walls and digital equipment ensuring the school can deliver the new curriculum.

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Traffic would be monitored around the site and the school will not be fully occupied on opening but will grow year on year. Full occupancy is not expected until 2029.

Neath Port Talbot’s new rainbow coalition cabinet (Image: Neath Port Talbot Council)

This will be the first cabinet meeting of Neath Port Talbot’s new Plaid-Independent led Council, after the Independent, Plaid Cymru and Dyffryn Independent groups made an agreement to share power.

The Welsh Liberal Democrats and Green Party members will support the coalition via a confidence and supply agreement.

(Lead image: Neath Port Talbot Council)

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New Neath community comes together to celebrate Summer at Coed Darcy

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Communities across St Modwen’s developments in Wales came together last weekend to mark the start of the Summer and to celebrate the Jubilee.

Over 300 residents gathered across Glan Llyn in Newport and Coed Darcy in Neath Port Talbot for the events, which were organised by developer, St. Modwen.

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The Mayor of Newport, Councillor Martyn Kellaway, opened the event at Glan Llyn, where residents enjoyed a community picnic in the Western Park, bringing snacks such as finger sandwiches and summer cakes.

The community took part in fun activities throughout the day, trying their hands at classic British games such as Jenga, Connect 4 and giant snakes and ladders and enjoyed a performance by a live DJ, while children were entertained by a balloon artist and a Butterfly stilt-walker.

Many residents wore fancy dress and enjoyed having their faces painted as part of the festivities.

Residents across both events also took part in pudding competitions, where bakers from across the communities presented their best sweet creations and competed to win a top prize of a £75 Lakeland voucher – donated by St. Modwen.

At Coed Darcy, the community came together for a picnic-style party in the park, and took part in activities including giant games and colouring in the Queen’s crown on the activity table.

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Local rock’n’roll band, the Rockerleles, provided entertainment throughout, including sing-alongs to many rock’n’roll favourites to the delight of the guests, along with balloon shows from local balloon-artist Gizmo.

St. Modwen is the master developer behind Glan Llyn, which is transforming the former Llanwern Steelworks into a high quality and sustainable community development set within a landscape brimming with nature. The development will deliver three new lakes, as well as extensive parkland across more than 80 acres, providing vital habitats for species native to the nearby Wentlooge Levels, including waterfowl, reed-bed nesters and woodland animals.

Over 850 homes have been delivered to date at Glan Llyn, alongside community facilities including a primary school, pub, and a park. There are also footpaths and cycle routes throughout the development, enabling schoolchildren and residents to enjoy the nature on their doorstep.

Previously the Llandarcy Oil Refinery, Coed Darcy is another former industrial site being transformed by St. Modwen into a thriving new community, with 300 homes delivered to date. This year, St. Modwen has brought forward a new masterplan for Coed Darcy, which would deliver up to 2,000 new sustainable and low-carbon homes, extensive green spaces, a school, community facilities and active travel networks across the development.

Lucinda Clason-Thomas, resident portfolio manager at St. Modwen, said: “It has been wonderful to see residents across our developments come together to celebrate this momentous national event and see in the start of summer together. Following the success of our spring events earlier this year, where 26 trees were planted across both sites, it was great to see the communities at Glan Llyn and Coed Darcy enjoy the spaces they’ve helped us to enhance.”

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