Prince Charles visits Newbridge to officially reopen the Memo

The Prince of Wales has officially opened the newly restored Newbridge Memorial Hall today and was greeted by around 400 people.
The Newbridge Memorial Hall, known as ‘The Memo’, is a Grade II listed 1908 workingmen’s institute and adjoining Grade II* listed 1925 memorial hall.
In 2004 the building featured in the BBC television programme Restoration, which it only narrowly failed to win.
Ten years later the renovation work has now been completed, thanks to the efforts of the very committed group of local fundraisers, and the Memo has been brought back into use, with its spectacular original decorations restored and its major rooms retaining their original uses of ballroom below and auditorium above.
The restoration work has been part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund through the Welsh Government, the Heritage Lottery Fund, Big Lottery, CADW, Caerphilly County Borough Council, Trustees of the Institute and Memo and the Coalfields Regeneration Trust, amongst others.
Originally opened in 1925 by local colliery owner Lord Beynon, as a memorial to local servicemen who lost their lives during World War One, the much loved building fell into disrepair and sparked a 10 year campaign by local residents to restore the building.
Chair of the Memo, Howard Stone who has been at the forefront of the developments, said: “This is an incredible day for all of the trustees, supporters, local community members and funding bodies. We have fought long and hard for this and to share the celebrations with Prince Charles and our 400 guests is the perfect way to mark this wonderful occasion.”
Works began on phase one in 2012, which consisted of the construction of an extension to original building. The new part of the building is home to Caerphilly County Borough Council’s Library Service and a number of multi-use community rooms.
The second phase concentrated on the restoration of the Memo including the impressive ballroom. With a capacity for a 700 strong audience the building played host to all styles of music concerts from dance bands to punk rock, tea dances to teddy boys, from rock and roll to heavy metal.
Cllr Ken James, Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Planning and Sustainable Development, said: “To see this landmark building full once again truly lifts my heart. It was a real hub of the community many years ago and to see the loving restoration that has been poured into this project is fantastic. I must extend my congratulations to everyone involved in making this a reality.”
It is the second time Prince Charles has visited the county borough this year.
In July, His Royal Highness and the Duchess of Cornwall visited Senghenydd’s National Mining Memorial and paid tribute to Wales’ coal mining past.
Source: Caerphilly Media Ltd

Newbridge drug dealer must pay back £25k

A JAILED Newbridge drug dealer has been ordered to pay back a quarter of the £105,000 he made from selling cannabis.
Stuart Lewis, aged 31, of Elm Court, pleaded guilty to supplying class B drugs after being caught red-handed with more than £25,000 in cash in shopping bags as he fled from police.
Lewis was sentenced to two years and four months in prison in May for possession of cannabis, possession of criminal property and supplying cannabis between June 1, 2012 and February 12, 2013.
At Newport Crown Court yesterday, Recorder Greg Bull QC ordered Lewis to forfeit £25,167.02 under the Proceeds of Crime Act, which is the full amount available of the £105, 297.12 that Lewis profited from his drug dealing over the seven months.
Newport Crown Court heard in May that Lewis was arrested on February 12, 2013 in Aberbeeg after his car was pursued by police for speeding.
The pursuit led to him crashing into a lamppost, when he fled from the scene on foot carrying shopping bags. He was then chased and caught by police officers.
The court heard that police seized £25,167.02 in cash from his person and found 363g of cannabis at his home in Newbridge.
The £25,000 is already in the possession of the police who recovered it at the time of his arrest. It will be transferred in the next 28 days.

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Bargoed Ice Rink is back

Bargoed Ice Rink

Bargoed Ice Rink

Wednesday 10 to Sunday 14 December, 10am to 7pm

The amazing Open Air Ice Rink will be returning to Bargoed for FIVE days in total this year.

Set next to St. Gwladys Church, the ice rink creates a fantastic festive feeling. The town centre will be open as usual. There is a fantastic selection of shops within the town centre along with high quality cafes and public houses for visitors to have a bite to eat or a relaxing drink.

Tickets are £3 per person.

There is no pre-booking of tickets.

Risca Christmas Market and Lantern Parade

Risca Christmas Market and Lantern Parade

Saturday 6 December, 12pm to 5pm.

Tredegar Park, Risca Town Centre.

The park will come to life with stalls, entertainment, funfair rides and festive music.

For further information please visit the Christmas website.

Blackwood Christmas Market

Blackwood Christmas Market

Blackwood Christmas Market

Saturday 6, 9am to 5pm and Sunday 7 December, 10am to 4pm

See the town centre come to life with stalls along the high street, real reindeer’s, funfair rides, traditional entertainment, Santa’s grotto and donkeys in the nativity scene.

Snow globes workshop

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Snow globes workshop

Saturday 29 November. 10am to 3.15pm.Join us for this popular workshop and create your own Christmas snow globe! Please bring along a jam jar with lid. No labels please!

Suitable for children aged 5 plus. Booking essential.

To book your place call 01495 272001 or go to the Cwmcarn Forest website.

Bargoed Christmas Market

 

Bargoed Christmas Market

Saturday 29 November, 10am to 4pm.

Bargoed Town Centre.

Local food, craft and charity stalls.The event also includes street entertainment, funfair rides, real reindeers and children’s entertainment and activities.

Call 02920 880 011 or go to the Christmas website for further info.

Police appeal after man tries to catch hold of boy, 11, in Blackwood

dc6MooMc9An attempt was made to “catch hold” of an 11-year-old boy in Blackwood, police have said.

The suspicious incident happened at around 6.25pm on Wednesday November 19 on Fairview Hill.

A Gwent Police spokesperson said: “An 11-year-old-boy was walking down Fairview Hill when he was approached by a man.

“As the man came towards him the boy started to run. The man raised his arm as if in attempt to catch hold of him but failed to so and didn’t run after the boy.

“The boy returned home safely and was not harmed.”

The man was described as being in his late 30s, mixed race and clean shaven, with dark messy hair.

He was wearing dark baggy trousers and a dark top, possibly with a zip up the front of it.

The spokesperson added: “Anyone with information about this incident should call 101 quoting 473 19/11/14.

“Anyone with concerns should speak to their local Neighbourhood Policing Team.”

The funeral of Glyn Hughes

The funeral of Glyn Hughes, a former newsagent in Newbridge will be taking place on Tuesday 18th November 2014 with a Service at Golden Grove Pentecostal Church, Newbridge at 12.15pm, followed by cremation at Gwent Crematorium at 1.30pm. Family flowers only please donations if desired to Newbridge and Abercarn Rotary or Newbridge Branch of the Royal British Legion may be given at the service.

Most middled aged locals will remember Glyn who gave jobs to many paper boys & girls, he ran a very traditional papershop which was a cornerstone of the town.

Newbridge Library up for sale

THE former Newbridge Library is to be placed on the market by the council with a view to handing the reins over to prospective businesses. Caerphilly council’s cabinet members met on the 12th November to discuss the future of the former Newbridge Library, which they deemed “surplus to the requirements” of the authority, due partly to the renovation works at Newbridge Memo, which includes a brand new library.
A report presented to members said the condition of the former library, which was built in 1970, is likely to deteriorate while it would cost the council more than £53,000 to put the 470 square-metre accommodation into a “reasonable standard” over a five-year period.
It was estimated demolition work would cost in the region of £20,000.
Cabinet members unanimously voted in favour of option 2, which would see the building being offered to interested businesses or ventures either through freehold sale or to lease it out.
Local councillors as well as the Newbridge Community Partnership have said they want to see the area used for amenity or recreational space, or for an alternative community use. Local people use the grounds to walk through from Newbridge town to get to the doctors or as a shot cut to treowen.
The report said there have been a limited number of enquiries regarding the future use of the site, one of which from a community organisation.
It added: “Should an organisation wish to develop the site, we would require the submission of a viable business case detailing a firm proposal. Therefore, option 2 would be to offer, via freehold sale or leasehold disposal, the opportunity for interested parties to submit detailed proposals and supporting business cases for acquisition of the former library.”
A further cabinet report will be submitted in due course outlining recommendations for the preferred end use of the building following consideration of any business proposals submitted.

Source: South Wales argus by Caio Iwan

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Saturday December 20th, 2014

'BLACK FRIDAY' UPDATE

The last normal working Friday before Christmas is known for being a night when thousands of revelers descend on the city and town centres.

This year Gwent Police officers and staff had a very busy shift dealing with a wide range of issues ranging from minor public order to very serious incidents.

A total of 556 incidents were dealt with in the 24 hours to 6am today and 28 arrests were made between 7pm and 7am, mostly for public order offences.

130, 999 emergency calls were made between midnight and 8am today. To put this into context this is the kind of volume we would expect in 24 hours on a busy weekend. The majority of the calls and incidents dealt with were linked to people drinking to excess.

Chief Inspector Dan Taylor said:

“The vast majority of people who were out last night were celebrating for the right reasons and in the right way.

"A small minority of people didn't heed our advice and appeals for people to enjoy the evening responsibly. They spoiled the evening from themselves and others and were dealt with robustly by officers and staff.

Chief Inspector Taylor concluded:

“Our advice continues to be clear, if you are drinking over the festive period do so responsibly, look after your friends, and ensure you have a safe way planned for getting home.

"At this time of year we expect an increased number of calls for the emergency services and I would urge the public to only dial 999 in a life-threatening emergency. For all other less serious queries please dial 101.”

“Additional officers will be deployed to help deal with the increased numbers of people who are out. Whilst we are clear that our role will be to help people have a safe and enjoyable evening, I would remind anyone who is out and intent on causing any problems for others we won’t tolerate any anti-social or threatening behaviour. Anyone who causes problems for other revelers or the emergency services can expect to be arrested
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Kat FinchHope all officers are ok and the night shift are sleeping well!!17 hours ago   ·  15
Louis HumphreyJust want to thank the police for the way they dealt with the guy who assaulted me, very professional and understanding14 hours ago   ·  4
Diane ReesWell done gwent police x x17 hours ago   ·  6
Julie Hopei moved to holland 13 years ago.and in 13 years i have never seen a fight.and freinds ask me why i don,t want to come back that status says it all.17 hours ago   ·  39
Gaynor MortonThank you for dealing with my son who was knocked unconscious in an unprovoked attack, I hope the police will take this forward as u know who done it and also report him to the boxing federation16 hours ago   ·  10
Annmarie Goldsmith PriceNice Julie Hope, but its only the minority that act like idots. I'm sure this happens in every city in the world from time to time if drugs and drink put into the equation. I went into Newport a few weeks ago on a weekend and I didn't see one fight !16 hours ago   ·  4
Tom Skittles GriffithsTommy Gillard 😂😂😂17 hours ago   ·  2
Sandra RussellI had a reason to be in Blackwood late last night and spoke to some officers who were on duty.. I commend them in the way they carried out their duties... Also the Street Pastors who were available to help. Well done and thank you to all who keep our towns and cities safe and to those who's care and concern are helpful in keeping over indulged people safe.13 hours ago   ·  1
Craig BurlowJust doing what there payed 2 do for a change15 hours ago   ·  1
Sam Mountjoy SamGlad I stayed in safe an warm..15 hours ago   ·  1
Natalie RogersBethan Roberts17 hours ago   ·  1
Kellie PeacockGood work guys, keeping everyone safe 👍17 hours ago   ·  1
Gareth Pearce500 x £60 fines not a bad 24 hours then for gwent police17 hours ago   ·  3
Christine RiceNo need8 hours ago
Kate ParkerThank you for those statistics, I wish Pontypridd police were more active on social media.. Actually just more active in general!!11 hours ago
Tracy Ann James ParryThat is crazy x12 hours ago
Andrew HiggsBout thime they done some work13 hours ago
Donella HuntYeah its normal to have 556 incidents in gwent... seriously lol talk about now understanding why we need more police lol the law lets us be responsible citizens on black friday and yet 556 incidents ruin it. Typical.13 hours ago
Daryn PooreBlack Friday hard men only on Friday's17 hours ago

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Saturday December 20th, 2014

SERIOUS ROAD TRAFFIC COLLISION A472

We're appealing for witnesses following a serious Road Traffic Collision on the A472 between Pontypool and Hafodyrynys. The collision occurred at around 23:10 on Friday 19th December.

A Seat Ibiza was in collision with a male pedestrian which resulted in the pedestrian receiving life threatening injuries.

The driver of the Seat Ibiza has been arrested on suspicion of causing serious injury by dangerous driving and remains in custody at this time.

The road was closed for a period while Specialist Officers examined the scene but it has since been reopened.

Anyone who may have witnessed the incident, or has any information is asked to ring 101 quoting log
553 19/12/2014.
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Lucy DaviesTime to turn the street lights back on its so dark on there.Hope he makes a full and speedy recovery xx19 hours ago   ·  97
Ryan FowlerHow can someone get arrested for dangerous driving when there is someone walking along a fast stretch of road with no lights. Surely it's just an accident that could a bit of common sense could of prevented?19 hours ago   ·  65
Sharron Jenseni agree with Lucy Davies its so dangerous there even more so without street light ,i would hate to break down on that stretch of road as its hard to get phone signal anyway but have to walk down there in the dark to get help is just to dangerous19 hours ago   ·  22
Jodie WildeDangerous road, needs lights back!19 hours ago   ·  17
Chris Thorne WingsyThere's no pavement anyways so why would u walk it, try walking down the M4 cops would nab u straight away. I travel this road to and from work everyday am surprised there's not more accidents on this road, agree should be better lighting18 hours ago   ·  15
Jade EmilyThat road is lethal! I have written to Torfaen council several times regarding how dark it is, and every time they tell me that they are saving money by keeping the street lamps off.. So them saving a few quid is more important than safety is it? It's disgusting and I've said it for ages there will be a serious accident on this road.. hope the people involved are ok! It should be illegal to not have street lamps on!!16 hours ago   ·  12
Crystal PearsonSave money by turning street lamps off all over Britain after a certain time but its ok to light up attractions like Newports new foot bridge coz it looks pretty on the water! Or the london eye... Etc.... These are what should be turned off! When people are dying because street lights that NEED to be on for safety are not!12 hours ago   ·  7
Siany MollaneyI come home on this road 4 times a week at 12 midnight. its is a horrible road and yes having no street lights dont help you see anything never mind a pedestrian. what chance have you got. turn the lights on.17 hours ago   ·  6
Amanda ArmstrongHow many accidents an fatalities on this road does there need to be before something is done ffs. There have been way too many thats for sure. How can the council justify turning the lights off on a road with such a bad history of accidents. Maybe people should start to sue the coucil then they wud take notice.18 hours ago   ·  5
Gilliane PerryAlso a busy road cai .. so dangerous even to have headlights on for other drivers.. blinding them .. far as I'm concerned driver shouldn't even be in custody .. just an accident .. as other people stated street lights are turned off at night ..19 hours ago   ·  5
Lisa Marie Thomas-HughesDon't we pay council tax to keep street lights on? Hope the male is ok19 hours ago   ·  5
Lisa Michelle EdwardsIt may have been avoided if the lights were on all the time. I travel on this road alot. I hate it in the dark. Its very dangerous. How many more accidents have 2 happen on there before you listen to us public. TURN THE LIGHTS ON!!!!!15 hours ago   ·  4
Paul SheehanYes don't blame drivers all the time street lights out are a joke can't see anything so dark especially in winter some one will be killed if these street lights are out all the time they are there for a reason19 hours ago   ·  4
Markus CoxThere no need to have street lights or and special measures, the road isn't dangerous, it's the drivers that treat it like a racetrack that's the problem. If your lights are correctly adjusted and you drive sensibly you'll see everything there is to see. Streetlights just cause glare and confusing shadows on long stretches like that. Simple solution is to remove that speed camera and fit the motorway style speed cameras at either end, it'll slow the whole stretch down and make it safer.10 hours ago   ·  3
Janine GullifordYes indeed, turn the street lights back on, saving money isnt everything, safety should be the priority!!!13 hours ago   ·  3
Karran RoseIm a community nurse and drive around all night biggest problem is street lighting cars cant see pedestrian as much as they can see where they are walking so if only for Christmas period can we plz have our lights on and save lives .14 hours ago   ·  3
Jaime LockeThere is a post on the pontypool past and present group of people saying they saw the pedestrian in the road just prior to the accident! If Gwent police look on that post they may find some witnesses!15 hours ago   ·  3
Sonia WilliamsI drive this every day it is so dangerous I have an agreement if im not in by 7pm my daughter knows something is wrong as you cannot get a signal on your phone. Caerphilly lights remain on its Torfaen that are swiched off17 hours ago   ·  3
Rebecca Kate PriceHope the pedestrian makes a full and speedy recovary in time for christmas, and that the drive is ok after What was no doubt an ordeal for both involved18 hours ago   ·  3
Gem Chris ShmacHope that the male is ok.19 hours ago   ·  3
Sara PerryAlways remember driving along this stretch and a couple walking in the middle of the road trying to hitch a lift from cars either side. We stopped in the layby and contacted police. Lights should be put back on! Too dangerous on that road. Speedy recovery for male Stevie James7 hours ago   ·  2
Deborah LowdenI have travelled this road to work for more than 6 years and the darkness because of lack of lights is more prominent in the winter months. It is dangerous, cars cannot pass safely but some people do it anyway. Torfaen CBC really should consider putting the lights back on to at least give that awful road some degree of safety. I hope the guy pulls through, someone really needs to do something...fast.15 hours ago   ·  2
Jaime LockeWondered why I saw I police check point there at midnight last night must have been looking for witnesses hope they find some and the injured pedestrian recovers quickly17 hours ago   ·  2
Louise JonesAbsolutely Ridiculous with no lights on that road about time it was sorted18 hours ago   ·  2
Martin Patrick FlynnWe don't know the facts so don't blame the driver yet as the pedestrian may or may have not wandered into the road.let the police do their job first, then people can pass judgement . Hope the person does make a full recovery God bless xxx18 hours ago   ·  2

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Friday December 19th, 2014

We are appealing for information after an object was thrown at a 7.5 tonne lorry traveling on the Southern Distributor Road yesterday morning (Thursday December 18th) between 8.40 and 8.45am. The object, which was thrown from one of the footbridges crossing the road, cracked half of the windscreen of the lorry. The driver was uninjured although he was shaken and Police are concerned that the incident could have resulted in a much more serious outcome.

If anyone has information they are asked to call Gwent Police on 101 quoting log number 114 19/12/14
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Elisa CheshireCat VauxSouthern distributor road... Kids going to school more than likely.2 days ago   ·  5
Dave OwenWhats the point nothing gets done and the DRIVER has to pay for the windscreen miffed me right off17 hours ago   ·  1
Nicole LewisThat happened to me and Sam it does shake you up1 day ago   ·  1
Pixie StichesGet from behind a computer and go sort people out2 days ago   ·  1
Hannah FairweatherThere were kids on one of the bridges today climbing dangerously and spitting at cars from above. Same ones?2 days ago   ·  1
Laura 'Thomas' EdmundsScary stuff. I watched the episode on casualty where the driver dies from a brick being thrown off a bridge above the motorway and smashing through the lorry windscreen and hitting him. I hope the kids that are doing these are soon made accountable for their actions5 hours ago
Angie DheninI work neat that road and ive had objects launched at my car far too often its also like dodge ball on the road with these mindless kids running across the road !! Im amazed they continue to act so foolishly even after a child being hit by a car, driving down that road is frightening as if you hit a child you'd never forget it and probably would struggle to live with it but they put drivers lives at risk daily throwing things into the road1 day ago
Cherelle Nadine Wilson2 were the same height and 1 was taller1 day ago
John WheatI believe it's the bridge to Hartridge school, one lad that I reconised spat onto my car, I could name and shame his family, but do they care ! Teachers should monitor the bridges before & after school or enclose it, it's not the first time this has happened1 day ago
Cherelle Nadine WilsonLast Saturday my mum seen 3 boys, looked like young teenagers or youths stood by the opening to moorland by the flyover acting suspiciously. She stayed on the other side of the road because she was concerned. The road was quiet this was around 8.30pm and then all of a sudden she watched them throw a brick onto the road and it hit a taxi,she heard a smash,she shouted at them and she seen the taxi slow down and the boys ran off.1 day ago
Heather EvansSould there be somone there on monday morning then to find out what kids are doing it x2 days ago
Nicola WilliamsWhere was this2 days ago
Alex MillerMaking this up possbiley2 days ago

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Friday December 19th, 2014

IMPORTANT: Plan the start and end of your night now!

Caerphilly Inspector, Gareth Jones is reminding people the importance of planning their journey home after a night out this Christmas explaining: “The Christmas party season is in full swing and we are encouraging party goers to make sure they get home safely at the end of their night out by only using a licensed taxi.

“When people get drunk they do things that they wouldn’t normally do - they get into unknown or unlicensed taxis or even walk home in cold temperatures. We want Christmas revellers to plan the start and end of their nights.”

There are two types of vehicle licence, hackney carriage and private hire:

- Hackney carriages can be hailed at the roadside or pre-booked. They have a 'Taxi' roof light and a meter installed inside the vehicle that charges the passenger based on the duration and length of the journey.

- A private hire vehicle cannot be hailed at the roadside and must be pre-booked through a licensed private hire operator. There is no light on its roof or meter installed, and the fare is pre-set prior to the journey.

Inspector Gareth Jones explains: “All too often people are not checking the taxis that they are getting into at the end of the night. We are even seeing people advertising ‘lifts’ on Facebook to people for set prices. If you haven’t got a taxi license and you’ve charged people for a lift and you are in a car accident which is the fault of the driver their insurance will not cover you. Please do not accept lifts from unlicensed taxis – get home safe using a licensed taxi, get the train or arrange with friends and family to pick you up. It really isn’t worth the risk.”

When getting into a taxi you should check:
- Is there a Caerphilly Council licence plate fitted to the rear of the vehicle?
- Is the internal licence plate stuck on the dash board or windscreen?
- Is the driver wearing his photo ID driver's badge in plain view?

Residents with any information concerning any person who is acting as an unlicensed taxi driver or using an unlicensed vehicle should contact Trading Standards on 01495 235 291 or email: tradingstandards@caerphilly.gov.uk
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Friday December 19th, 2014

We are appealing for information following a burglary at an address in Tir Berllan, Oakdale.

The burglary occurred overnight on Thursday November 6th and a number of items including jewellery, a Nintendo Wii console, Wii games and X-Box games were stolen.

If anyone has information or have been offered the items to buy they are asked to call Gwent Police on 101 quoting log 54 6/11/14
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Lucy DaviesPeople think nothing will happen here as it's classed as upmarket Wrong lock once check twice1 day ago

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Friday December 19th, 2014

We are appealing for information to locate 25 year old Shaun Davies from Blackwood, who has been recalled to prison and is believed to be in the Gwent area.

Shaun Davies breached his licence conditions after being released from prison on November 28th.

Davies was sentenced to one year in February 2014 for Non Dwelling Burglary, Theft of a Motor Vehicle and Criminal Damage.

Due to the fact that Davies, who was released on licence, breached his licence conditions he has been recalled to prison.

He is described as white, medium build, short dark brown hair, blue eyes, pierced left ear, a scar on his left hand and tattoos on his right hand.

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Thursday December 18th, 2014

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Aggravated burglary - Newbridge

We're appealing for information following an aggravated burglary which occurred at an address in Newbridge . Officers were called to the address at approximately 18:45 yesterday evening having been alerted to the burglary which resulted in a man and woman being tied up. Neither suffered injuries but both were left distressed following the incident. A number of items including cash and jewellry were taken during the incident.

Officers investigating have arrested a man and a woman from the Llanhilleth area and both are currently assisting officers with their inquiries. It’s believed that 3 people took part in the burglary possibly using 2 cars to arrive and leave. Officers continue to investigate the circumstances and are urging anyone who has any information about the incident to ring 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 quoting log 372 17/12/14
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Vanessa ThomasLoads of strangers in and around Newbridge, feeling like an outsider in your own village these days2 days ago   ·  12
Silika SterryIts beyond , its not just Pant , Newbridge is terrible , worse since that place on Victoria Tce. opened back up x2 days ago   ·  12
Nicola MountjoySounds suss to me u don't burgle one house with 2 cars , seems very organised to me just saying like2 days ago   ·  8
Lisa PenwillWhat on earth is Newbridge turning into?!2 days ago   ·  6
Ceran WattersIt's getting beyond the joke around here they need tougher sentencing x2 days ago   ·  4
Carl Flipwell hope that couple r ok ...but as we no if these people r caught all they get is a slapped wrist ..and let out to do it again ..name and shame wen caught let people no who they r and wot they done2 days ago   ·  9
Tracey Jayne TolleyIts got to be thé one up pantside geting beyond a joke not safe in your own home2 days ago   ·  3
Natalie BootonCraig Tank Dury2 days ago   ·  2
Jade PhillipsVanessa Thomas this is the incident I was talking about in my mams street last night xx2 days ago   ·  2
Sophie WilliamsMichelle Perry xxx2 days ago   ·  2
Allina DaviesCeran Williams xx19 hours ago   ·  1
Christine ScrivenIts not about The Pant...the people arrested are from Llanhilleth2 days ago   ·  1
Janine HarrisIts happening all over the place not just here when yhey catch them they give them a slap on the wrist and let them go2 days ago   ·  1
Hayden GeorgeIta about time they shut down all the cash converters .also the shops that by second hand gold.cos when they by it of them i was told they send it over the bridge to sell it. And when they by it over the bridge they send if over here.so what dos that say to you.and that was told to me when i chalenged them when we were burgled2 days ago   ·  1
Melissa AndersonDisgusting!!2 days ago   ·  1
Kath CartwrightThis is SHOCKING!!!! i couldnt believe what i have been reading!!!2 days ago   ·  1
Demi StredwickPant for u :)2 days ago   ·  1
Deb StroudThat's awful, so near to home!2 days ago   ·  1
Diane LongI don't believe what's happening here how scary x2 days ago   ·  1
Victoria McCallumCrikey! Newbridge, what's happening?!2 days ago   ·  1
Amanda Jane MallettOmg that is awful :-(2 days ago   ·  1
Lynne McCarthyThat is scary8 hours ago
Linnet Parr SearlesMy daughter was the 1 stabbed in April no one is safe its really scary23 hours ago
Jennifer BuncePam bunce2 days ago
Leanne BeachBy all accounts the house that was robbed were dealing drugs so people r safe I think it was organised jus not normal robbery and I heard there was a gun involved but police haven't said x2 days ago

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Thursday December 18th, 2014

PLEASE SHARE: We know we go on and on (and on)… But please take a minute to read through and share our tips to make sure you have a safe and enjoyable Christmas. We don’t want anyone ending up in a hospital bed… or worse!

Drink Safe, Be Safe, Get Home Safe is the message we’re giving partygoers this Christmas. With festivities underway it’s going to be a busy few nights for pubs, bars and clubs (and for the emergency services) as people let their hair down to celebrate. Tomorrow will be the last Friday before Christmas and we anticipate a busy night for everyone.

- Look out for your friends and don’t let them go off with strangers
- Don’t leave your drink unattended
- Don’t accept drinks from strangers – even attractive ones!
- Make sure you eat well before going out
- Try not to drink quickly early on and pace yourself
- Stay in control. Know when you’ve had enough and know when to stop, you’ll be thankful in the morning
- Work out how you are getting home before going out
- Whether you’re a man or woman, don’t walk alone and never take short cuts
- Never get into an unlicensed taxi
- If there's trouble while you're out stay well clear of it
- Never leave your bag hanging over a chair or phone and wallet on the table
- Don't drink and drive, and remember you may still be over the limit the morning after a big night out

Detective Inspector Nick Wilkie explains: “I want to reassure members of the public that officers will be working around the clock to ensure that they can enjoy themselves in a safe environment. The vast majority of people act responsibly, but we will target those who go out to disrupt and spoil people’s evenings. With the festivities underway, I want to remind those visiting pubs, clubs and bars to act responsibly, irresponsible behaviour will not be tolerated and if you are caught breaking the law, you will be arrested and dealt with.”
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Helene JohnsonI would feel much safer if the council left the street lights on!! Still going off at 10 o'clock where i live!!3 days ago   ·  31
Matt Hawkinsim going all home alone style on defending my home by setting up traps and waiting for some one like harry and marv to turn up... dont worry I got this place on complete lock down ;)3 days ago   ·  11
Cheryl MorganShared. Stay safe everyone!3 days ago   ·  2
Barbara GouldThank you for your good advice and for carering about our safety.1 day ago   ·  1
Samantha WilliamsStay safe everyone Xx2 days ago   ·  1
Debra ManningAbbi Louise Healy2 days ago   ·  1
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Howard HughesIf you're not in bed by 10, go home!3 days ago   ·  1
Matthew R PowellGo hard or go home 🍻🍻🍻3 days ago   ·  1
Victoria FisherI hope everyone who reads this will listen well to what excellent advice you have given.7 hours ago
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Thursday December 18th, 2014

CAN YOU HELP?
We're investigating an incident at Morrisons in Bargoed where a man made off without paying for fuel. It happened at around 15:00 on Tuesday 16th December.

Officers would like to speak to the man pictured in this image who was driving a silver Renault Megane as he may be able to help them with enquiries.

Anyone with any information is asked to call Gwent Police on 101 quoting log number Log 284 16/12/14.
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Darren SmithSurely you got the registration number3 days ago   ·  3
Graham Blofeld DaviesEven if he only has a single digit IQ, surely he would have used false plates. Mind you..... it would be interesting to find out.2 days ago   ·  1
Jerym EedyBetter cctv would help but ultimately it's Morrisons problem. If I left something outside for sale and expected everyone to be honest and not just walk off with it I would be told that I should take more care of my property.2 days ago
Simon Fordwhy dont u show the reg plate ,,,,,,,,, surely then ppl might see it about ,,,2 days ago
Matt Hawkinstake the vehicle off him get it crushed and give him a Tag and a 6 points on his licence and community service that is what should be given to this theif2 days ago

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Friday December 12th, 2014

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