Tributes to teenagers killed in Bridgend crash

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James Davies (l) and Michael Griffiths
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James Davies and Michael Griffiths, both 19, died in the collision

Tributes have been paid to two 19-year-old passengers who died when their car overturned near Bridgend.

Five local men were in the car which crashed on the A4061 at Blackmill at 0400 BST.

James Davies, a youth worker and rugby player from Ogmore Vale, and Michael Griffiths, from Cwm Felin, Bridgend, both died.

Their families said they were heartbroken and devastated at their loss. A 19-year-old man was arrested.

South Wales Police said the arrested man was later bailed while more inquiries were carried out.

The collision happened as the new model white Vauxhall Corsa was travelling north on the A4061 in the direction of Blackmill when police said control of the car was lost.

Mr Davies's mother Julie issued a tribute through police.

She said: "James was employed as a youth worker at Wyndham Boys Club, Ogmore Vale, and was a former pupil of Ogmore Comprehensive School.

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The crash happened north of Blackmill, Bridgend

"He was a popular and well known member of the local community, played flanker for Nantymoel RFC and as a schoolboy played at district level.

"James was a much-loved son, brother, nephew and grandson. He will be missed by his family and friends, who are all heartbroken."

Mr Griffiths's father Robert, also paying tribute, said: "Michael was a fabulous son, brother, friend, colleague and team mate.

"We are devastated by this loss. Michael made me so proud; the best son anyone could wish for.

"I couldn't have asked for a better son."

Police are appealing for anyone who may have seen the vehicle being driven prior to the collision, or who may have seen the vehicle or its occupants in Bridgend town centre on Saturday evening.

Anyone with information is asked to contact South Wales Police on 101 or to call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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