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Aberfan chapel blaze: Man jailed for arson

Daniel Brown from Merthyr Vale torched Aberfan's chapel in South Wales, where he volunteered as a cleaner, last summer.

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He was given a ten-year extended sentence for public protection at Merthyr Tydfil Crown Court yesterday - a five-year custodial term and a five-year extended licence.

The 27-year-old (pictured below) of Nixonville admitted arson, being reckless as to whether life was endangered, and two further counts of arson.

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The blaze, which caused £500,000 worth of damage to Aberfan's chapel, destroyed an organ donated by the Queen ten days after the Aberfan disaster in 1966.

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Picture: Aberfan cemetery as viewed from Merthyr Vale.

80-year-old Iris Minett, who lost her son Carl, seven, and daughter Maralyn, ten, in the Aberfan disaster, said: "The chapel meant a lot to many people but now it will never be the same.

"We have been through so much here that it is beyond belief that someone could have done this."

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The Aberfan disaster happened on the morning of Friday, October 21, 1966 when a hillside colliery spoil tip collapsed, causing a flow of slurry to inundate the mining village of Aberfan below.

Of the 144 people who died, 116 were children.

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