Anti social concerns for our town

dc6MooMc9There has been recent reports of a syringe found by the Co-Op along with groups of men sat around at all hours of the day drinking alcohol,  smoking drugs and intimating shoppers by asked for money and even kids being followed to school.

Just checked the Police Newbridge Ward website and it hasn’t been updated since September 2014, even though Newbridge-Online e-mailed them last year and asked them to update it. See: https://www.gwent.police.uk/nc/en/my-area/ward/CS026/

Sadly it seems our PCSO dosent cover the town any more  due to cut backs. However, average Gwent households will now pay an extra 3.99% increase this year with a total of £211.62 for their policing and related services during 2015/16 – an increase of £8.12 a year or 67p a month on what we currently pay.

The 3.99% increase in what is known as the police precept was agreed last Friday and was recommended by Ian Johnston, the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Gwent and was backed by the Police and Crime Panel. A spokeswoman for the PCC said he had raised concerns at how continuous budget cuts to front-line policing were stretching already diminishing resources in Gwent to “potentially dangerous” levels. Thats all well and good but  will Newbridge get our PCSO back, one question that can be asked at a public meeting on the 18th February in Tabernacle Church at 7pm, hosted by the Paster with councillors and the police in attendance.

Please, lets give it a full turn out before our town ends up as the worst in Britain. We will also put this on the main website.

 There is also a “Meet the police” Wednesday 28th January 2015 – 7:30pm to 8:30pm by Pantside shops.

Caerphilly Council’s Pontllanfraith House closure takes a step closer

A council office in Pontllanfraith which houses 400 members of staff and offers a range of face-to-face services for the public could close.
On Tuesday, councillors at Caerphilly County Borough Council’s policy and resources scrutiny committee agreed to confirm their continued support for the proposal to close Pontllanfraith House.
The proposal to shut the council office, on Blackwood Road, is one of a range of savings proposed in the 2015/16 budget.
The plans propose moving the current services and the 400 jobs it provides to other parts of the county borough.
A report put before councillors at the special committee meeting outlined two key financial reasons in favour of closure – it would save £736,000 a year in running and other costs, while a cleared site has the potential for sale as a “highly desirable” residential development site with a maximum value of £2.5m.
Pontllanfraith House has also been identified as a “prime candidate” for closure as it requires £5m of refurbishment, which the budget cannot cover.
The report says: “Given the scale of the financial challenge facing the authority, with a need to reduce spending by around £40m over the next three years, saving costs on our buildings and assets is crucial.

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OWL – More than 50,000 homes and businesses in Gwent are now members of OWL, the Online Watch Link!

owl_banner1aMore than 50,000 homes and businesses in Gwent are now members of OWL, the Online Watch Link!
OWL is a National Neighbourhood Watch initiative and is supported by a number of Police Forces throughout the UK. The Police and Crime Commissioner, Ian Johnston, has funded and supported the Online Watch Link system in Gwent since he was elected into office over two years ago.
Gwent Police use OWL to send targeted messages to members by email, phone or SMS. Most are timely alerts about incidents happening in a community which aim to increase vigilance and helps reduce crime. Following a survey carried out in April 2014, 75% of the members on OWL said they are now more vigilant following an increased awareness of incidents in their area and have improved their home security.
Other benefits of the system include a “Fix my Street” application that allows watch members to easily report problems such as broken street lights to local councils, the most recent reports submitted to their council are displayed with a map showing the exact location of the problem.
Assistant Chief Constable Lorraine Bottomley said, “OWL is a brilliant tool that enables residents to be part of the policing family and helps us to prevent crime and detect incidents that have taken place in the local community.
“50,000 members is a fantastic achievement and I would like to thank members of Neighbourhood Watch, Crime Prevention Panels, Police Cadets and Community Support Officers for their continued support and hard work in registering new members to the system.”
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News Feed On Site

imagesCA1QTK3RThe news and crime feed on the right of our web page filters down to show you the news that affects us but also shows you the news and crimes miles away so you can see what may be coming our way. The criteria is set for Newbridge, Caerphilly and all Neighbouring towns as far as Ebbw Vale, Risca etc but not Newport or Cardiff for example.

Are you happy to see what’s going on in our Neighbouring towns or do you want us to cut these out so you only get News and Crimes from Newbridge and very close neighbouring towns or do you want Newport and Cardiff news and crimes.

What we are asking, how far do you want to see what’s going on. Please comment below and let us know, this is your site, please get involved.

Barclays Bank

By Eirwen, Site Contributor, originally posted to “Your Stories & Gossip“:

How do the residents of Newbridge and the surrounding areas feel about Barclays bank on high street Newbridge only opening 3 days a week. from April 2015. The banks opening times will be Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 09.30 until 16.30.
I am saddened by this change, as I feel it is the start of Barclays probably closing the branch within a few years.
If people need to do any urgent banking on a Tuesday or Thursday it means a journey to Blackwood, either on the bus, which for some would mean a long walk from one end of Blackwood to the other, or paying parking fees to park the car.
so many people are doing on-line banking so I know that the bank isn’t as busy as it used to be.
I would be interested to hear other peoples opinions on these changes.

 

Please log-in and reply to this as a comment below, or on the “Your Stories & Gossip” page.

Attempted burglary’s in the area – be aware

dc6MooMc9Residents are being warned by police to be extra vigilant with their home, shed and garage security following a number of thefts in recent weeks.
Attempted break in’s were made at three homes in Newbridge, Risca, and Trinant and three sheds were broken into in Risca, Crosskeys and Crumlin. Food from an outdoor freezer and a BMX were stolen during these breaks.
DI Nick Wilkie, from Gwent Police, said: “We’ve recently seen a cluster of attempted home and shed break in’s within Risca with no pattern where and when the crimes are being committed. I’m urging residents to always keep their homes secure at all times, not forgetting their garden sheds.
“In the majority of the recent cases, thieves have been disturbed and fortunately haven’t entered the property but I want residents to remember that thieves will take any chance they can, please don’t make it easy for them.
“We will now be increasing our patrols of the area, in particular overnight. We are also working with Caerphilly County Borough Council CCTV operators to monitor hotspot areas. If you do see any suspicious activity, please call us immediately on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.”

Break in at A Taste of India Take Away, High Street, Pentwynmawr

IMG_4466Police are appealing for information following a break in at A Taste of India Take Away, High Street, Pentwynmawr on Monday evening (January 5th, 2015) Two men broke through the door at about 11.45pm when the premises was empty and searched the till area. Nothing was stolen.
It’s believed the two men were seen getting into a silver people carrier, which was parked outside the Three Horseshoes pub, and drove off. If anyone has any information or recognises the man police would like to speak to in connection with the incident they are asked to call Gwent Police on 101 quoting log number 511 5/1/15 …

Holocaust Memorial Day 2015

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Newbridge Memorial Hall
High Street
Newbridge
NP11 4FH

Tuesday 27th January 2pm – 3:30pm
Holocaust Memorial Day

Keep the Memory Alive
‘If something happens, I would want there to be somebody who would remember that someone named D. Berger had once lived. This will make things easier for me in the difficult moments.’
David Berger, in his last letter before being murdered by Nazis in Vilnius, 1941
Life Story – Miep Gies
2:20pm Screening of Dear Kitty: Remembering Anne Frank (1999)
If it hadn’t been for Miep Gies the diary of Anne Frank would have been lost. This documentary follows the story of how Anne Frank’s diary came to mean so much to young people today.
Life Story – Iolo Lewis
All participants will be asked to fill out a slip in memory of a holocaust victim and make a pledge/action to keep their memory alive.
 This event is free but please call us to book a space on 01495 243 252

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Work on Crumlin junction to last 34 weeks

crumlinjunctionWorks to improve a signalised junction on the A467/A472 in Crumlin, with the aim of reducing existing congestion problems in the area, is scheduled to begin on January 5th.

The works, which have been made possible thanks to grant funding from Welsh Government, are anticipated to last 34 weeks.

In order to implement the works, traffic management will be in place throughout the duration of the works during off-peak times 9.30am until 3.30pm and after 6.30pm on weekdays. During these times, the number of lanes available may be reduced which could lead to some delays to journey times.

The council would like to thank residents and road users very much for their patience while these works are ongoing. For further information, please call 01443 866 511 or email engineering@caerphilly.gov.uk

Risca knife incident on weekend was attempted carjacking

Police would like to speak to this man in connection with an attempted car-jacking in Risca

An incident where a man threatened a woman with a knife in Risca was actually an attempted car-jacking, British Transport Police have revealed.

Detectives have released a CCTV image of a person they would like to speak to in connection with the attempted car-jacking, which took place just after 2pm on Saturday December 20 in the car park of Risca and Pontymister railway station.

Detective Inspector Mark Cleland, who is leading the BTP investigation, said: “A woman was sat in her car at the station when she was approached by a man who threatened to stab her and demanded she got out of the vehicle.

“Then, as a train pulled into the station, the man ran off towards the platform, at which point he was challenged by a member of the public before running away from the station.

“This was a terrifying incident for the victim who, despite being uninjured, was left in considerable distress.”

The man police would like to speak to is described as around 6ft, aged 20 to 25 with bleached blonde hair. He was wearing a blue puffer jacket and dark trousers, and was carrying a white carrier bag.

DI Cleland said: “I am confident the man in the image we are issuing today has information which will help our investigation. Who is he? Where is he staying?

“We are also appealing for anyone who was at the station at the time of the incident to come forward. You may have seen or heard something – no matter how insignificant it might seem – which could help our enquiries. You can talk to us in complete confidence and your information could prove vital to our investigation.

“I would reassure the public that incidents such as this are extremely rare. Tens of thousands of passenger journeys are made safely each year, and Gwent remains a very safe place to live, work and visit.”

Anyone with information should contact British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40 or text 61016 quoting incident number 310 of 20/12/2014. Information can also be passed to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Source: Caerphilly Media
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