Seven of the best: Surprising anti-shoplifting ideas, Barry potter and cats who need help

THIS WEEK our team of reporters have covered everything from crime on Albany Road, to cat shelters in Ely and a family’s people-carrier traveling 1,700 miles from Cardiff to Kyiv.

Here’ are seven of our favourite articles from the past week that we think you’ll like if you have time to sit down with a cuppa this weekend.

Crime stories

40 cars have tyres slashed in ‘senseless’ vandalism rampage

By Holly Morgan

Residents say more than 40 cars had their tyres slashed on Wednesday night with victims including the disabled, families and students.

“You would have to be an absolute c*** to slash what is clearly a disabled car,” said Louise Wild, a disabled university student who had her rear driver’s-side tyre slashed.

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Albany Road shop uses fake products to deter shoplifters

By Lowri Lewis

Staff in the street’s shops have been spat at and slapped by shoplifters as shoplifting almost doubles in two years in South Wales. 

“We’re constantly feeling nervous and anxious and even when we go on lunch, we’re watching the cameras,” said Beanfreaks’ assistant manager.  

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Two year anniversary of the Ukraine war

Donated car travels 1,700 miles from Cardiff to Kyiv

By Elen Johnston
Images of the car and its journey from Wales to Ukraine. Credit: Welsh Aid for Ukraine and Stephen Simmonds

The vehicle, which had 115,000 miles on the clock before the long trip East, is now being used to assist disabled people and transport wounded soldiers to hospital.

Rosie Moriarty-Simmons and her husband Stephen Simmonds donated the van to the charity, Welsh Aid for Ukraine after owning it for 17 years.

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People near you

Mum forced to take 20-minute detour to train station

By Kat Gray
Farzana Rimi at Grangetown Station. Credit: Katherine Gray.

Grangetown station was one of four stations across Wales identified in 2020 as needing work to create stair-free access. Work on the other three has been completed or is underway.

When Farzana Rimi, has to drop her three-year-old daughter at nursery on her way to work, she often has to walk an extra 20 minutes to get the train from Cardiff Central.

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Ely cat rescue centre needs donations to keep the lights on

Caleb Tutt

A cat rescue centre in Ely is appealing for volunteers and donations as its heating and electricity costs hit their highest levels ever.

The rescue centre relies heavily on donations to keep its current 24 cats warm and fed while they wait to find homes.

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The big sport interview

Barry potter replaces Ronnie O’Sullivan at the Welsh Open

By Gethin Hicks

The biggest moment of Alfie Davies’ career so far arrived on Saturday, February 10, when he got the call to say he would be competing in the Welsh Open in place of the legendary Ronnie O’Sullivan.

Gethin sat down with Alfie to talk about his ambitions, his inspirations, and his family.

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And finally

Late Grangetown shop legend’s son keeps family store open

By Kat Gray

Martyn Thomas, who owns Clarence Hardware, lost his dad Ronnie on February 6 after complications relating to bowel cancer.  

The community in Grangetown has offered up hundreds of tributes to Mr Thomas, both on social media and in person.

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