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Tondu Primary school pays tribute to Logan Mwangi

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Tondu primary school near Sarn has paid tribute to murdered 5 year-old Logan Mwangi who was a pupil at the school.

In an emotional statement, the school remembered a “friendly, energetic and popular little boy”.

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The statement said: “The pupils, teachers, staff and governors at Tondu Primary School were all devastated to learn of the death of Logan Mwangi, and the school community remains shocked and deeply saddened by his loss.

“As a friendly, energetic and popular little boy, Logan leaves us with many fond memories. He was a loving, sweet-natured child who was polite and articulate at all times.

“Logan was always smiling, and was described in court by his own teachers as having the kind of smile that could light up a classroom. He was a highly inquisitive child who enjoyed his lessons, particularly when using the outdoor classroom where he would have great fun with his friends.

“Logan loved playing with his classmates, especially games like hide-and-seek or pretending to be superheroes. His favourite character was always Spiderman, and he would display a keen and vivid imagination in his games.

“Ultimately, we remember Logan as being a bright, happy child who was caring and loving, and an absolute pleasure to teach. As a school community, we continue to feel his loss, and to offer support to one another as we look towards the future.

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“We are also united in our condemnation of the terrible actions of those who ended Logan’s short life in such a cruel and brutal way, and are grateful that they have been held accountable for their crimes.

“Our thoughts remain with Logan.”

Angharad Williamson, 31, John Cole, 40, and 14 year-old Craig Mulligan were all sentenced at Cardiff Crown Court for murdering five year-old Logan Mwangi, whose body was discovered by police officers in a river near his home in Sarn, in July 2021.

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Council leader calls Logan Mwangi murder ‘sad and tragic affair’

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The Leader and Chief Executive of Bridgend Council have issued a statement following the sentencing of Angharad Williamson, John Cole, and 14 year-old Craig Mulligan for the murder of 5 year-old Logan Mwangi whose body was discovered by police officers in a river near his home in Sarn, in July 2021.

The council had come in for some criticism around safeguarding after Cole’s history of violence was revealed at court.

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Council Leader Huw David said: “The death of five-year-old Logan Mwangi has been a deeply sad and tragic affair which has affected all who live within Bridgend County Borough.

“Residents of Sarn and the wider community, the pupils, teachers, staff and governors at Logan’s school and officers of Bridgend County Borough Council who knew him, our partners working in health, the investigating officers of South Wales Police and many more besides have all been united in their sympathies and grief.

“We are also united in our condemnation of the terrible actions of those who ended Logan’s short life in such a cruel and brutal way, and the great lengths they went to in trying to hide the evidence of what they did from the authorities.

“Throughout the trial of his murderers, Logan was consistently described as being a loving, kind and caring little boy, one who was polite and popular among his friends and fellow pupils.

“Listening to the tributes from Logan’s dad and his school, he was clearly a boy who brought joy and laughter to the lives of those he met, and it is hard to find adequate words for expressing just how devastating it is that such an awful murder could have happened in our county borough.

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“Today’s sentencing demonstrates that those responsible have not been able to escape the consequences of their crimes.

“We would like to thank South Wales Police for leading the investigation into Logan’s death, and for ensuring that his killers have been brought to justice.

“The death of a young child is always distressing, but especially when it occurs under such terrible circumstances.

“Sarn and the wider county borough remains a close, tight-knit community, one where residents and neighbours look out for one another, and maintaining such close community ties during tragic events such as this remain vitally important, now more than ever.”

Chief Executive Mark Shephard added: “Now that the trial has concluded, Cwm Taf Morgannwg Regional Safeguarding Board is leading on the commissioning of a child practice review to enable relevant agencies to fully assess and consider their roles, and to determine whether any improvements can be made to further strengthen the overall standard of local services.

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“As Bridgend County Borough Council is fully participating in this process, we cannot offer further comment or pre-empt whatever the findings of this comprehensive and impartial review may be.

“We are awaiting the review’s findings, and together with our partners we will implement any recommendations that it may contain to ensure that we can provide the best, most effective services possible for the local community.

“Our thoughts remain with Logan, and all who knew or cared for him. His tragic death has affected us all, and a wide range of support services are available to access at this difficult time.

“Residents are being reminded that they can report concerns that someone may be experiencing any type of harm by calling 01656 642477 for adults, and 01656 642320 for children between 8.30am-5pm Monday to Thursday, and 8.30am-4.30pm on Fridays.

“To contact social care services outside these hours, at weekends or over bank holidays, call the Cwm Taf Morgannwg Emergency Duty Team on 01443 743665.

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“Anyone who suspects that someone is at immediate risk of harm should call 999 and speak to the police.”

(Lead image: South Wales Police)

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Electric vehicle charging points set for rollout across Bridgend county

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Work is set to commence on the first installations of new electric vehicle charging points across Bridgend County Borough.

The installations, which have been funded through the Welsh Government’s Ultra Low Emission Vehicle (ULEV) Transformation fund and the Cardiff Capital Region will see charging points installed at the following locations:

  • Brackla Street surface, Bridgend town centre
  • Pencoed Railway Station Park & Ride Car Park
  • Tremains Road Car Park, Bridgend town centre
  • Neath Road, Heol Ty Gwyn, Maesteg
  • Hillsboro Place Car Park, Porthcawl
  • Eastern Promenade, Porthcawl
  • The Rhiw Multi-Storey Car Park, Bridgend
  • Maesteg Multi-Storey Car Park, Llynfi Road, Maesteg
  • The Esplanade, Porthcawl Seafront, Porthcawl
  • Tondu Road Car Park, Lewis Avenue, Bridgend town centre
  • Sarn Station Park and Ride, Heol Persondy, Sarn
  • This rollout is part of a regional project supporting users of electric cars and vans in Wales to access vehicle charging points in public car parks.

The first installations in the county borough are expected to be operational by September 2022.

Councillor John Spanswick, Bridgend Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities said: “These additional charging points will play a key part in decarbonising transport and support the shift towards cleaner vehicles. To enable drivers to make the switch from older, more polluting vehicles to electric, they need to be confident that plugging in will be convenient and hassle free.

“With the demand for charging points expected to increase significantly in coming years, we are pleased to start the installations across the county borough. Ensuring everyone has easy access to these charging points will help support our decarbonisation plans.

“We are also finalising plans for installations in other car parks in the county borough, including Garw and Ogmore Life Centres and Ynysawdre, Pencoed and Pyle swimming pools.”

In addition, the Cardiff Capital Region City Deal has been awarded significant funding for on-street charging and electric taxi fleet and working together with councils on carpark chargers. The county borough has also been allocated six electric taxis which will be made available on a ‘try before you buy’ basis for current taxi fleet operators.

A further £300,000 of funding is available to the local authority through a Welsh Local Government ULEV grant. The funding supports the local authority’s commitment to provide a phased plan for the electrification of all council fleets and depots by 2030, as part of its Net Zero Carbon commitments.

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The funding can be used to upgrade power systems and the digital support needed as well as the chargers.

It is also likely that further funding will be made available to continue to support the public sector and communities to transition ultra-low emission vehicles.

(Lead image: Bridgend County Borough Council)

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Jury finds trio guilty of murdering Logan Mwangi

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Three people have been convicted of murder following the death of a five year-old child in the Sarn area of Bridgend last summer.

Logan Mwangi’s body was found by police officers in the River Ogmore at around 6am on Saturday, 31st July.

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The discovery was made by police shortly after the 999 call made by Logan’s mother, Angharad Williamson, who, together with defendants John Cole and a 14 year-old boy who cannot be named for legal reasons, appeared at Cardiff Crown Court charged with Logan’s murder.

During a 10 week trial, the court heard how the defendants had colluded to cover-up Logan’s murder in the hours that followed his death.

The 999 call made by Logan’s mum was played at court – she initially claimed her son was missing from home.

Police bodycam footage was also played in which Logan’s mother pleaded with officers to help to find her son, having later alleged another female had taken him.

Logan’s body was located by police shortly after their attendance, laying in the River Ogmore, in close proximity to the family home.

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Police officers soon became suspicious, and as the investigation progressed CCTV recovered from a nearby house captured John Cole and the youth defendant taking Logan’s body from the house in the early hours of the morning.

When questioned in police interview, Logan’s mother Angharad claimed to have slept through the night, denying that was responsible for switching lights on and off and moving curtains inside the flat which was captured on CCTV.

A Home Office Post Mortem carried out on Logan found that he had suffered more than 56 injuries. A pathologist described some of them as so extreme, you would expect to find them as a result of a fall from great height or a high speed road traffic collision.

Earlier today, Cole, Williamson and the 14-year-old were all convicted of murder and perverting the course of justice. Sentencing will take place at a later date.

Senior Investigating Officer, Detective Inspector Lianne Rees, of the South Wales Police Major Crime Investigations Team, said: “Logan was a beautiful, bright and innocent five-year-old little boy with his whole life ahead of him.”

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“It is difficult to imagine how Logan must have suffered at the hands of those who he trusted, and inconceivable that those who should have loved and protected him betrayed him in the worst possible way.

“Attempts to cover up the crime in the hours following Logan’s death and the subsequent web of lies and deceit that were to follow, are an indication of their callousness and lack of remorse.

“The impact of Logan’s tragic death on so many people cannot be measured.

“Nothing can bring Logan back, but I hope that today’s outcome will bring some comfort to those who loved him.”

“We will continue to provide specialist support to those affected and I would like to encourage those from the local community who continue to be affected to reach out for support.

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“I would also like to pay tribute to the professionalism displayed by police officers and emergency service colleagues who were faced with the most traumatic scenes imaginable back in July of last year and thank my team of detectives who have worked tirelessly on this investigation, together with the Crown Prosecution Service and Prosecution Counsel.

“The efforts of all involved have contributed to today’s outcome.”

(Lead image: South Wales Police)

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