Inspector’s Blog – Blackwood and Risca – 11th July 2016

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Police Cadet Open Evening for 13 to 18 Years

Gwent Volunteer Police Cadets are holding an open meeting at Police Headquarters, Croesyceiliog, Cwmbran NP44 2XJ on Monday 18th April 2016 at 6pm.

We are currently looking at recruiting young people aged 13 to 18 yrs for the role of Volunteer Police Cadet. If you are interested in finding out more please indicate that you are interested in attending by responding to and attending on Monday.

Police repeat warning over stranger danger after second incident in Caerphilly town

dc6MooMc9Gwent Police has repeated its warning to parents to be vigilant after two reports of strangers trying to coerce children to go with them in Caerphilly town.

On Wednesday, March 23, police received a call at around 2.35pm reporting that a man had knocked on the back gate of a house in Mill Road and had asked a three-year-old girl playing in a garden to go with him.

The girl’s mother was in the kitchen and heard the man, who was on the other side of the wall.

The mother went into the garden and confronted the stranger who then walked away.

Officers searched for the man but he was not found.

The incident followed a similar report from the previous day when a man tried to entice a six-year-old boy into his car on Lansbury Park.

Gwent Police said a man in a dark-coloured car had approached the boy and asked him to get in.

A spokesperson said: “We received a call reporting that at approximately 4.45pm a dark-coloured car was driving along Maxton Court in Lansbury Park and approached a six-year-old boy who was in the company of two friends. The driver reportedly asked him to get into the vehicle.

“The child didn’t get into the vehicle and the driver didn’t get out of the vehicle. No physical contact was made. The vehicle then drove off in the direction of Bedwas Road. The child was unharmed.”

Officers conducted a search for the man and the car in the local area, but neither were found.
Gwent Police have said there is nothing to suggest the two incidents are linked.

Inspector Gareth Jones said: “We are making further enquiries into these incidents and would ask the local community to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity or vehicles in the area.

“I would also like to encourage parents to take this opportunity to remind their children about stranger danger and to advise them to speak to a trusted adult if they have any concerns.”


Credit  Caerphilly Media Ltd

Crumlin Road Rage Caused by New Road Layout

road-rageIt’s been a while now, but what do people think of the new Crumlin road layout, great at quite times, but it was fine before. At peak times, we think they have just moved the problem onto the Hafodyrynys hill and never gave any consideration to the bottle neck they were creating, they have spent millions with no real benefit to anyone. Having two lanes going into one with nowhere for the traffic to go has just created a stressful situation for drivers trying to get to work.
At peak times, the traffic jams now lead from Hafodyrynys village down through Crumlin and sometimes up over the Kendon and back to Aberbeeg. There are too many cars from many directions pouring onto a restricted road all at once.

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GPO/BT/Nortel and Solectron Reunion


The event you have all been asking for is now booked !

Join in a night of fun, laughter and memories at a reunion of the best factory anyone has ever worked in !!!!!!!

Everyone is welcome from the GPO days to BT /Nortel and Solectron.

The night is being held at Newbridge rugby club on sat 18th June 2016.

Entrance will be £5 and there will be a disco and a raffle .

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Terminally ill mother’s dying wish is to learn where her missing son’s body is before she dies

Kyle Vaughan’s mother Mary says the thought of never finding out what happened to him is ‘too cruel to contemplate’. Mary has issued a heartfelt plea to find out where her missing son’s body is before she dies.
Mystery surrounds the whereabouts of 24-year-old rock music fan Kyle Vaughan – whose crashed car was found abandoned on a country road in south Wales in 2012 and prompted detectives to launch a murder investigation. On the third anniversary of his disappearance, his mother Mary has launched an emotional appeal begging for people to come forward with information.
The 53-year-old former hospital worker, who has advanced liver cancer, has been told by doctors she may just have weeks to live – and said she cannot bear the thought of dying without knowing what has happened to her only child. She said: “The doctors have said they don’t know how long I have left. It could be just weeks. If I’m lucky it might be months.

“I should be able to properly say goodbye to him – to give him a funeral. The thought of not ever finding out is too cruel to contemplate. “I just want to know where my Kyle is. Someone out there must know something. I want to say to them: put yourself in my shoes.”
Factory worker Mr Vaughan, known to his friends as Jabbers, was last seen at his home in Newbridge, Caerphilly, on December 30, 2012.
Later that same night, his damaged silver Peugeot 306 was found on the A467 between Risca and Crosskeys.
It was not clear whether Mr Vaughan had been driving the vehicle, but police said they were confident he would have been able to walk away from the collision.
“I knew straight away something was wrong,” said Mrs Vaughan.
Kyle Vaughan

Kyle Vaughan’s car was found crashed on a road but his body wasn’t there.

“Kyle would always answer his phone no matter what – and even when he went away on holiday with his friends he would still always call me up every morning to let me know he was safe.”
Extensive searches by a team of up to 40 officers followed as well as numerous public appeals for information.
The major investigation has seen detectives sift through a mountain of evidence – including more than 10,000 lines of telecommunications data, 200 plus hours of CCTV footage and around 2,000 separate pieces of property.
But despite all this police work as well as numerous public appeals, the agony for Mr Vaughan’s family continues.
“Christmas and New Year should be a happy time, but for us it brings back the bad memories of when Kyle first disappeared, said Mrs Vaughan. I can’t celebrate Christmas any more. The only present I ever want is to get my boy back. Being told by police they believe your only child is dead was hard to take, but the uncertainty in not knowing where he is or what has happened has made things worse. “It’s like being constantly in limbo. It makes the grief unbearable. I definitely think the stress and the uncertainty has had an effect on my health. Someone out there must know what has happened to him or has information which could help the police. Please, come forward. You can give information anonymously if needs be. I don’t have much time left.”

Anyone with information on Mr Vaughan’s disappearance is urged to contact Gwent Police on 01633 838111 or the 101 number. People can also give information anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.





Source: Media Wales Ltd


Community Carol Service in Tabernacle Church

Just to remind everyone there is a Community Carol Service in Tabernacle Church Newbridge Tonight at 6.30pm.



Merry Christmas to all of Newbridge from Emerald Media Productions

Watch this great video of Santa flying over Newbridge… Set it to full size turn on your speakers and enjoy.

Snow White & The Growth Spurt Dwarfs


Newbridge Memo Pantomime

Join our leading damsel in distress Snow White on an epic journey with this hilarious take on the traditional fairy tale. Sensational scenery, amazing costumes and an incredible cast – come and join us for the perfect family treat this December. It’s guaranteed to be a showstopper, book your tickets now!
Performances dates & times:
Thursday 10th December – Doors: 6:30pm | Start: 7:00pm
Friday 11th December – Doors: 6:30pm | Start: 7:00pm
Saturday 12th December (MATINEE) – Doors: 12:30pm | Start: 1:00pm
Saturday 12th December – Doors: 6:30pm | Start: 7:00pm
Ticket prices:
Child – £5.00 Concessions – £5.00
Adult – £6.00
Family – £17.00 (2 adults, 2 children)

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Thursday October 20th, 2016

Caerphilly Council continues to effectively manage property portfolio.

Since 2012, the council’s total office accommodation has reduced by 20.01% due to the closure of three corporate offices, Ty Pontllanfraith, Hawtin Park and Enterprise House. This enabled the Authority to fully utilise the space at Ty Penallta and Tredoman House, saving £1.3 million per annum. The closures also resulted in the council’s carbon footprint being reduced considerably by 2,229 tonnes.

Mae Cyngor Caerffili yn parhau i reoli portffolio eiddo yn effeithiol.

Ers 2012, mae cyfanswm swyddfeydd y cyngor wedi gostwng 20.01% o ganlyniad i gau tair swyddfa gorfforaethol, Tŷ Pontllan-fraith, Parc Hawtin a Thŷ Anturiaeth. Roedd hyn yn galluogi'r Awdurdod i ddefnyddio'n llawn y lle yn Nhŷ Penallta a Thŷ Tredoman, gan arbed £1.3 miliwn y flwyddyn. Mae'r cau hefyd arwain at ostyngiad sylweddol yn ôl-troed carbon y cyngor o 2229 tunnell.
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Thursday October 20th, 2016

Road Closure Notice – The A472 (Newbridge Bypass) will be closed between Pentwynmawr Roundabout to Trecelyn Roundabout between Saturday 22 October and Monday 24 October. This closure is for essential maintenance, Caerphilly County Borough Council apologises for any inconvenience caused.

Hysbysiad Cau Ffyrdd - Bydd yr A472 (Ffordd Osgoi Trecelyn) ar gau rhwng Cylchfan Pentwyn-mawr i Gylchfan Trecelyn rhwng Sadwrn 22 Hydref a dydd Llun 24 o Hydref. Mae'r ffordd ar gau ar gyfer gwaith cynnal a chadw hanfodol. Mae Cyngor Bwrdeistref Sirol Caerffili yn ymddiheuro am unrhyw anghyfleustra a achosir.
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Wednesday October 19th, 2016

Crumlin junction works update:

Contractors will be working at the above site between 9.30am and 3.30pm tomorrow (Thursday) and Friday. During these times, traffic management will be in place. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Gwaith diweddaru ar gyffordd Crymlyn:

Bydd contractwyr yn gweithio ar y safle uchod rhwng 9.30am a 3.30pm fory (Dydd Iau) a Dydd Gwener. Yn ystod yr amserau hyn, bydd rheoli traffig mewn lle. Ymddiheurwn am unrhyw anghyfleustra a achosir hyn.
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Tuesday October 18th, 2016

Winner of the Parent Volunteer Award is Ceri Oliver

Ceri has volunteered with the Youth Offending Service since February and in that time she has completed her training and gone on to work with some of the most challenging young people.

Mae Ceri wedi gwirfoddoli gyda'r Gwasanaeth Troseddau Ieuenctid ers mis Chwefror. Ers hynny mae hi wedi cwblhau ei hyfforddiant ac wedi mynd ymlaen i weithio gyda rhai o'r bobl ifanc mwyaf heriol.
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Tuesday October 18th, 2016

Winner of Young Volunteer Award is Nerys Harries

Nerys is a member of Bargoed First Response and at the age of 19 she has completed her training. She has dealt with over 100 First Response calls all of this whilst working three jobs and two educational programmes. She has helped and supported people of all ages.

Mae Nerys yn aelod o Ymateb ar Unwaith Bargod, ac yn 19 oed, mae hi wedi cwblhau ei hyfforddiant. Mae hi wedi ymateb i dros 100 o alwadau Ymateb ar Unwaith wrth ddal tair swydd a dilyn dwy raglen addysgol. Mae hi wedi rhoi cymorth a chefnogaeth i bobl o bob oedran.
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Tuesday October 18th, 2016

This evening is the Star Volunteers 2016 Voluntary Sector Achievement Awards at Blackwood Miners’ Institute. Stay tuned for the winners!

Heno yw noson Gwobrau Cyrhaeddiadau y Sector Gwirfoddol Sêr-wirfoddolwyr 2016 yn Sefydliad y Glowyr Coed Duon. Cadwch eich llygaid ar agor ar gyfer yr enillwyr!
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Monday October 17th, 2016

Is the chartist bridge sinking.... when you approach the round Blackwood side of the valley, there's quite a large lip in the road where the bridge joins back to the road, and it's been like that a while now ... See MoreSee Less

Monday October 17th, 2016

Due to operational issues the following waste & recycling have not been collected. Crews will aim to return tomorrow and collect – apologies for any inconvenience caused:

Refuse – Trinant, Croespenmaen & Crumlin (commercial properties only)

Refuse – Brynmynach & Tredomen,

Green Waste – Trethomas.

Oherwydd materion gweithredol nid yw’r gwastraff ac ailgylchu canlynol wedi cael eu casglu. Bydd criwiau yn anelu at ddychwelyd fory a’u casglu– ymddiheuriadau am unrhyw anghyfleustra a achoswyd:

Sbwriel – Trinant, Croespenmaen & Crumlin (eiddo masnachol yn unig)

Sbwriel – Brynmynach & Tredomen

Gwastraff Gwyrdd – Trethomas
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Monday October 17th, 2016

Due to a Road Traffic Collision between Chartist Bridge Roundabout (SEW) and Waterloo Road, Oakdale, the following road closures are in place.

Chartist Bridge to Waterloo Rd, both carriageways
Rhiw Syr Dafydd Hill
Old Coal Ave
Colliers Lane will has no right turn
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Thursday October 20th, 2016

WANTED: Have you seen 27 year old Aaron Jenkins from the Gwent area?

Officers are appealing for information to locate 27 year old Aaron Jenkins from the Gwent area who they would like to speak with following an incident of malicious communications.

Aaron Jenkins has also breached bail conditions on Monday 22nd August 2016.

We believe Aaron could be in the Caerphilly or Blackwood area.

Anyone with information relating to his whereabouts is asked to call 101 quoting log 422 06/06/16 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
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Wednesday October 19th, 2016

Appeal for information - Fireworks set off and put through a letter box in Rhymney

Gwent Police are appealing for information after a report of fireworks set off and put through a letter box at a property on Lady Tyler Terrace, Rhymney at approximately 9.55pm last night (Tuesday 18th October 2015).

A 39 year old woman inside the property sustained stomach injuries and was conveyed to the Prince Charles Hospital where she is currently receiving treatment.

At this time, police are keeping an open mind as to whether this was a reckless prank or an attempted arson.

Officers are keen to speak to anyone who was in the area around the time of the incident and may have witnessed something that could assist inquiries.

If this is you, please get in touch on 101 quoting log: 546 18/10/16

Rhymney Inspector, Ian Muirhead says: “I’m urging people to think about the dangers of using fireworks in an irresponsible manner. These sorts of crimes are reckless and what some people think may be a bit of fun can lead to lives being put at risk with devastating consequences for the people living within the home.

“When any fire starts it can spread rapidly which can engulf a house and entrap the occupants in a few minutes.

“I want to emphasise that Incidents like these can carry a prison sentence on conviction.

“Officers are currently investigating but if you have any information regarding this incident, please contact us on 101 immediately.”
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Monday October 17th, 2016

UPDATE: 23 year old Georgia Williams that was reported missing from the Blackwood and Caerphilly area has now been located. ... See MoreSee Less

Friday October 14th, 2016

A Dispersal Order has been issued Abertillery Town Centre to tackle anti-social behaviour. The Dispersal Order will be in force from 5.00pm on Friday 14th October to 5.00pm on Sunday 16th October 2016.

The Dispersal Order will apply to the following areas:

• Church Street
• High Street
• Somerset Street
• Commercial Street
• Division Street
• Station Hill
• Foundary Bridge
• Tesco Plc
• Carmel Street
• Park Place
• Mitre Street
• Market Street
• Castle Street (between King Street and Station Hill)
• James Street
• Hill Street
• Bywater Row

The Order provide Police Officers and Community Support Officers with the powers to direct anyone to leave this specified area if they are involved in anti-social behaviour or if officers think their behaviour may lead to anti-social behaviour. If they return to that area after being moved on, they face being arrested.

If you experience any anti-social behaviour, please report this by calling 101. In the event of an emergency always call 999.
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