These are the stories that were hitting the headlines in the South Wales Guardian 50 years ago on August 26, 1965.


A new firm which planned to revolutionise the domestic coal market by selling anthracite in paper sacks was left high and dry due to delays in obtaining planning consent for its depot.

Company bosses claimed the hold-ups were a deliberate attempt to have them priced out of the market by ensuring they were unable to start trading before the traditional September rise.


The search for the missing Penybanc schoolboy who was believed to have run away to sea entered its third month with no further news of the youngster.

The 15-year-old’s mother and sister had spent the past week sailor’s haunts around Bristol docks with their only photo of the boy, but to no avail.


An unemployed Gwaun cae Gurwen miner admitted he had stolen the purse of a female factory boss during a job interview with the company.

When the panel left the room to discuss his application, the miner grabbed the purse and hid it in the staff toilet for later collection before returning to his seat to await the decision.


Claims of an organised band of sheep-rustlers roaming the Black Mountain saw a vigilante farmers’ group, armed with dogs and shotguns, patrolling the area over night.

However, the reports of regular raids were dismissed by one shepherd, who told the Guardian: “The only thing stealing sheep on this mountain is Mr Fox, and if he goes anywhere near my flock I won’t need a bunch of farmers to give him what for.”