Police appeal after Rhondda pensioner's road death

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Griff Evans with his wife Mair before her death in 1998

Police are appealing for information after a former village postmaster died in a road crash.

Griffith Evans, 84, of Trehafod, Rhondda Cynon Taf, known locally as Griff, died on Tuesday after his car hit a wall and collided with a parked vehicle in the village.

Witnesses to the incident are being asked to contact South Wales Police.

Mr Evans's family said they were devastated, but thanked the local community for its support.

The crash happened at about 1550 BST on Tuesday at the junction of Coedcae Road and Bryn Eirw in Trehafod.

Mr Evans was driving a gold Rover 25 car.

In a statement, his family said: "Griff was very well known in the local community, having been the village postmaster for over 20 years until his retirement in 1991.

"Following his retirement, and in particular following the loss of his late wife Mair in 1998, he threw himself in to local community activities.

"We as a family has been devastated by this tragic accident, and we know that his death will come as a great shock to his many friends, and in particular to those friends at the United Reform Church in Porth, where he had been an elder for many years."

The family said his death would also be greeted with sadness by generations of pupils and staff at Trehafod primary school, where he handed out presents before the annual childen's Christmas party.

The statement added: "We'd like to thank the local community for all the kind support they've shown us at this difficult time."

South Wales Police are appealing for witnesses, and are keen to speak to anyone who witnessed the collision or saw Mr Evans's vehicle on the day of the crash.

People with information can contact the roads policing unit on 01656 869332 or the non-emergency number 101.

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