Valleys community ‘shocked’ after stabbing
“Everyone knows everyone,” that’s how one resident described the community of Aberfan, in Merthyr Tydfil.
Those living in this South Wales valleys community are all too familiar with tragedy.
This was the very community devastated by the collapse of a colliery spoil tip in 1966, which killed 116 children and 28 adults.
Today, when local nurseries and schools were put into lockdown, some feared the worst.
Pauline Hopkins, who lives on Moy Road, was out for a walk when she told me she had been left “shocked” by the incident.
“You hear about it in other places but when it’s on your doorstep, it’s different, isn’t it?”
Tom Power, while walking his son home from school after the lockdown was lifted, said: “Most of the people are very close.”
“Crazy to think that kind of stuff happens,” he told me.
With the update from South Wales Police that the injuries obtained by the 29-year-old victim are “not believed to be life-threatening”, people here are relieved.
There is a sense of relief that a further tragedy for this “close-knit” community has been averted.