Bogus Callers

dc6MooMc9Two males attended this morning at a Sheltered Housing Complex in Risca.
Both were wearing overalls with a logo either of or similar to “Worcester Gas Services”. Both males were described as white, slim and 5ft10″ tall with English accents.
One male had mousey blond hair and was wearing a plaster on his right foot indicating he had broken his foot while playing football. This was the only male to engage the informant in conversation. The other male was described as having spikey drak hair and some stubble growth on his chin.
They indicated they were there to check on a residents gas supply. No record existed with the warden for the job and the resident had no knowledge of any visit. When asked to ring their boss to double check the informant was told that this was not possible because the “boss was on holiday”. No job related paperwork was available
No identification papers appeared to be carried by the males. Once access was refused both males left.
Telephone 101 if you have any information
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Bike Ride for Trudy

This charity bike ride bike ride is a tribute from nearly 300 motorcyclists to Trudy Jones who was a victim of the Tunisia shootings. Well done to everyone who turned out for this great cause.

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filmed by Emerald Media Productions 29th August 2015

Cold calling, be aware!

The Caerphilly Over 50 facebook page posted another warning today this time from CCBC Social Services:
“Yesterday, in th Risca area 2 men from a company called Lawzak Ltd were in an older person’s house when her home carer arrived. They said they were there to service her Dyson hoover, although this person does not own one. The carer challenged them and when she went to call the family, the 2 men made a very quick exit.
The two men were described:
Man 1) Mid-30s, dark hair, short & slim build
Man 2) Mid 30s, dark hair, mid height, slim build
Both wearing jeans & black t-shirts with logo and driving van with the company logo.
The family passed this information onto the police and have carried out some online research. They spoke to Dyson who said they have been afflicted by companies in South Wales cold calling people offering cheap servicing then charging several hundreds of pounds.

WAG- Tell us about your rail experience

Arriva-Trains-WalesWe all understand that the rail improvements are necessary and we all expect some disruption, but Arriva trains, planning and lack of thought for passengers are something that sometimes need addressing, especially when we have big events on in the city and we get just two carriages, or they send passengers to the wrong platforms or most recentlty delay trains due to train staff not turning up.
Newbridge-online recently wrote to Edwina Hart Minister for Economy, Science and Transport to convey our dismay about the way Arriva has been communicating with the public regarding cancelled trains and replacement busses.
 Ms Hart said:
I am grateful for you bringing your concerns to my attention. I take matters of customer service seriously, and while we support Arriva Trains Wales with additional investment, it remains their responsibility to manage resources carefully to ensure that sufficient services are provided to meet passenger demand and operate their services safely in line with their contractual obligations.
Should you wish to provide further feedback on Arriva Trains Wales services or stations, you may like to use a new system that I have set up for this purpose which can be accessed on our website at:

New Newbridge Family Pick-Nick Area & Outdoor Gym

The new pick-nick area, skate board park and gym are coming on really well, a credit to all involved.

We understand the outdoor gym is now open.

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Slavery, Servitude and Forced Labour.

This morning (Wednesday 1st July), officers from Gwent Police’s Operation Imperial team arrested a 62 year old man from the Peterstone area on suspicion of offences of Slavery, Servitude and Forced Labour.

Operation Imperial is an ongoing investigation into serious offences against vulnerable adults.
Detective Superintendent Paul Griffiths leads the investigation:
 “For over two years now, the Operation Imperial team has been investigating very serious offences committed against some of the most vulnerable people in our communities. A number of people have been arrested and charged and one has been convicted as a result of the investigation and we remain committed to bringing victims to safety and offenders to Justice. We have set up a dedicated number – 01495 745443- which will be answered by staff working on the investigation since it began. This will enable anyone who has any suspicions or concerns about people being exploited for their labour or kept against their will to call us with information so we can investigate. This number will be staffed during office hours and an answerphone facility is available as well. If your call is urgent, then please use the 999 emergency service”
Detective Superintendent Griffiths would like to make a direct appeal to an anonymous caller to re-contact the team:
“We are appealing for anyone with information to get in touch but I would like to take the opportunity to again appeal to an anonymous caller who called Gwent Police on Wednesday May 27th to call back again. The short message indicated the individual had knowledge and information which could assist us. If someone has information and would rather not pass this directly to the Police then I would urge them to contact Crimestoppers, which is independent of the Police and guarantees complete anonymity on 0800 555 111.”

Local Video Production Business wins lucrative title for second year running Media Productions are international award winning videographers who specialise in Wedding and Event Videography, they originally started in the business in the late 1980’s and have just won for the second year running a number of top awards in the international Wedding Industry Experts Awards. The WIEA is an international membership and awards organisation.

Two of the three Co-Owners Kieran & Lloyd said,
“We are really pleased to accept these awards. Wedding Videography should be in the top three things to book when arranging a wedding, unfortunately couples leave this last on their lists to see if they can afford it, but then miss out on the best videographers and maybe the only true representation of a wedding day. Most clients say that it is the only thing they look back on over and over to remember one of the most important days of their life”
“EMP invest in the newest technology’s, new concepts like multi camera HD set-ups, on-line password protected screening rooms for everyone to watch the video wherever they are in the world and Drones for those fantastic aerial shots. We never ever stop innovating or investing or enjoying attending clients weddings, we give our clients the best we can give every time to create a unique Blu-Ray video, read our testimonials page to see the joy couples get from their wedding videos “

Emerald Media Productions who is one of the main sponsors of Newbridge-Online won Most Popular Cinematography/Videography) for:

1st in area, 1st in Wales and 4th in United Kingdom.

Newbridge-Online congratulates Emerald Media Productions and wishes them all the in the future.

For more about Emerald Media Productions please see:
Newbridge-Online supporting local business


Former Newbridge Library building set to be sold off to housing developer

THE former Newbridge Library is expected to be put on the open market after the council failed to attract any business proposals for its future use.
Caerphilly council cabinet members will be presented with a report at a meeting on Wednesday, which will suggest selling the site for a housing development.
Back in November last year, members agreed to place the building on the market with a view to handing the reins over to prospective businesses either for freehold sale or to lease it out.
But despite four initial expressions of interest, including from a community organisation, no actual applications were received before the April 13 deadline.
As the building remains vacant and the responsibility of the council, cabinet members are now being asked to approve that the site can be formally marketed for sale on the open market.
The report says: “As part of the disposal process, it may be deemed beneficial to obtain outline planning consent for a residential development to ensure access from Thorne Avenue can be formally considered.”
A report last November said the site was deemed “surplus to the requirements” by the council, due partly to the renovation works at the Newbridge Memo, which includes a brand new library.
That report said the condition of the former library, which was built in 1970, was likely to deteriorate while it would cost the authority 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.
Local councillors as well as the Newbridge Community Partnership had said they wanted to see the area used for amenity or recreational space, or for an alternative community use.
But the freehold disposal of the land will produce a capital receipt and relieve the council of its maintenance obligations, which would ease the financial burden on the council as they try and make further budget cuts.

Velothon Wales, June 14th Road Closures

In order to safely deliver the Velothon Wales, extensive all day road closures around Newbridge and other areas will need to be implemented to ensure the route is safe for 15,000 participants to navigate the route on traffic free roads.
If you wish to raise specific concerns, or if any of your questions are unanswered below, there is a dedicated road closure email and hotline available in the contact information at the bottom of this post.
If you wish to download all of the maps as a PDF, please click here.

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Caerphilly Council increases fines for littering and dog fouling

Fines for littering and dog fouling offences will increase to £100 in Caerphilly County Borough from June.
Members of Caerphilly Council’s Cabinet approved the proposals, which will see fixed penalty notices rise from £75.
During 2014/15, 266 fixed penalty notices were issued for littering offences in Caerphilly County Borough
Cllr David Poole, Deputy Leader of Caerphilly County Borough Council, said: “Dog control order and littering offences are very emotive issues for residents across Caerphilly County Borough, and we welcome this increase in the level of fine for fixed penalty notices.
“I would also emphasise that this is certainly not intended as a cash generating exercise. We are simply reacting to public concern and taking action against the small minority of people who commit these offences. We want to reassure our residents that we are taking these matters very seriously.”
The new fixed penalty notices of £100, which can be reduced to £75 if paid within seven days, will come into force from June 1.
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Thursday October 1st, 2015

Replacing manholes forms part of the Highway Team's planned carriageway maintenance. Manholes must often be replaced as they sink and change shape over time, due to the strain from road vehicles. ... See MoreSee Less

Thursday October 1st, 2015

Please can you acknowledge my complaint about the reduction of lunchtime swimming for the adult only/over 60s in Newbridge leisure centre of late. Originally, this was a one hour session and has recently been reduced twice to 40 mins and now without notification(or reduction in cost) to 30 mins.

I look forward to receiving your considered response as to how these times can quickly be restored to the hour long session.

This does not bode well for promoting healthy lifestyles for the boroughs elderly.

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Wednesday September 30th, 2015

Do you fancy growing your own fresh produce while getting lots of fresh air and exercise? There are currently a number of empty allotment plots at Trinant and Pentwyn Allotments. If you are interested contact John Dixon on 07791 359176.

Ydych chi'n awyddus i dyfu eich cynnyrch ffres eich hun wrth gael llawer o awyr iach ac ymarfer corff? Ar hyn o bryd mae nifer o leiniau rhandir wag ar Randiroedd Trinant a Phentwyn. Os oes gennych ddiddordeb, cysylltwch â John Dixon ar 07791 359176.
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Tuesday September 29th, 2015

Congratulations to Rhiw Syr Dafydd Primary School, Oakdale, they have received a 5 Food Hygiene Rating

Llongyfarchiadau i Rhiw Syr Dafydd, Oakdale, sydd wedi derbyn Gradd 5 Hylendid Bwyd
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Friday October 2nd, 2015

Gwent Police launch NEW video ‘Can you see the problem?’ ready for Guide Dog Week 2015

Today, Gwent Police launch ‘Can you see the problem?’, a new, short video for Guide Dog Week 2015 which starts tomorrow, Saturday 3rd October 2015.

The video, that was the idea of Blackwood Sergeant, Mark Thomas looks at the difficulties imposed on blind and visually impaired people and their guide dogs through irresponsible and illegal parking.

We spend some time with Sergeant Mark Thomas to find out a little bit about the film and the issues surrounding illegal parking for blind people.

Where did the idea of the film come from?
The idea for ‘Can you see the problem?’ originated from a call from a blind person, reporting that whenever he visited Blackwood he always had trouble crossing the junction outside Argos due to cars parked illegally.

What was the issue?
On this junction there are dropped curbs with tactile pavements to indicate to blind people that this is a safe place to cross and they know that if they walk in a straight line, the curb on the opposite side will also be dropped.

What have Blackwood Officers done so far to help tackle the problem?
Despite the continued enforcement work that goes on, especially with parking issues on the High Street in Blackwood, I realised drivers needed to be educated and that we needed to provide a better understanding of the difficulties blind and visually impaired people face.

How did you go about developing the idea?
I contacted Hilary Lester, who is a member of the Gwent Police Independent Advisory Group. Hilary is blind and uses guide dog Yalena. Hilary kindly agreed to take part in the production of the video and suggested I also contact Guide Dogs Cymru.

We set up a day to film in the Blackwood area and Nathan Foy, who is the Engagement Officer for Guide Dos Cymru, also agreed to assist. We made two clips of the problems associated with drivers parking in front of dropped curbs with tactile pavements.

Many drivers only think it is an offence where there are other parking restrictions in place. We demonstrated the purpose of drop curbs with tactile paving and explained how it was illegal to park there, whether or not there are other restrictions.

We also filmed a clip explaining the problems of drivers parking half on and half off the pavement. When a blind person and guide dog approach this obstruction there needs to be enough room for them both to pass the car, in effect, the same as if two people were walking side by side.

The problem is compounded if there is a vehicle parked legally next to the offending car as the guide dog will not try and squeeze through a narrow gap to take the blind person back onto the pavement but have to remain in the road until they can easily re-join the pavement. This results in the blind person and their dog walking on to the road and is reliant on the driver of any on-coming vehicles seeing them.

When can we see the video?
The short video will launch in conjunction with National Guide Dog Week 2015, which starts on Saturday 3rd October. The Maxim Cinema in Blackwood will be screening the clip before each film they run during National Guide Dog Week which hopefully will capture a wide audience.

Blackwood Sergeant Mark Thomas said “Meeting Hilary and Nathan and seeing how they go about their everyday lives with the assistance of Yalena and Mason was truly inspirational.

“Their ability to get around with their dogs is amazing but it is only when you speak with them and they describe the difficulties they encounter with parked vehicles that you appreciate the effects this has.

“Hopefully this short video will help highlight these difficulties to drivers and make them more considerate in where they park.”

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Friday October 2nd, 2015

Gwent Police and Trading Standards officers joined forces this week in a crack-down on rogue trading and door step crime.

Rogue Traders and pushy door step sellers are people who prey on the most vulnerable people within society, often conning them out of vast sums of money which in many cases are their life savings, for unnecessary and overpriced work.

The activity was directed by Operation Liberal, the national intelligence unit for distraction burglary and associated travelling criminality and Trading Standards.

During the week officers worked closely with colleagues from local Trading Standards teams. They have been gathering intelligence, visiting businesses, carrying out patrols, and conducting vehicle checks across Gwent.

Local Neighbourhood policing teams were also out in their communities providing residents with advice and guidance on how they can keep themselves and members of their communities safe. Leaflets have also been distributed to raise awareness of the crime and encourage reporting, surgeries have also been held and OAP complexes visited.

Results from the enforcement side of the week include:

28 vehicles stopped and checked
3 vehicles seized – 2 x no insurance and 1 x suspected to be stolen
1 caravan seized – suspected to be stolen
3 Traffic Offence Reports issued for vehicles not having MOTs
5 vehicles given temporary prohibitions by DVSA
10 vehicles dipped for red diesel
3 people arrested on suspicion of theft*
2 people arrested on suspicion of Trading Standards offences**
1 person being investigated by the Department of Work and Pensions
1 person reported for driving without a licence

Chief Inspector Jo Bull said: “It is essential that we work with partners in the community to raise awareness of things people can do to protect themselves and their properties from rogue traders and provide reassurance to those who are most vulnerable.

“Doorstep crime has a huge impact on victims, so it is essential that we prevent, disrupt and enforce against these kinds of criminals.

“I would urge members of the public who have been victims of such callers or traders, or who perhaps have friends, neighbours or family members who have been targeted to contact police on 999 in an emergency or 101 if the call is less urgent.”

Highlighting the importance of raising awareness and targeting rogue traders, the Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner for Gwent, Paul Harris, said:

“Whether it’s over the phone, through the post or people turning up on your doorstep, these unscrupulous scammers can make lives a misery. Older people in particular are more vulnerable and need protection against these con artists. This is why the team in the OPCC has been working closely with a range of partners on developing an all Wales Scams and Swindles Charter which is being driven forward by Age Cymru. By working with partners on a local and national basis, we want to make it harder for these criminals to exploit or scam their customers and the wider public.”
Trading Standards Wales National Coordinator, Dai Jones said:

“Rogue traders are individuals or groups of people who cold-call householders, often targeting the vulnerable, masquerading as a bona fide business offering services (most commonly garden or building maintenance and repair). These fraudsters set out to con their victims into paying for work that is often unnecessary, deliberately sub-standard and blatantly overpriced. They often demand payment up front for the work and then disappear without completing it (or sometimes without even starting it).

“Trading Standards teams in Wales work constantly to tackle fraudulent business; protect vulnerable consumers; and support reputable businesses. During Rogue Trader Week, Trading Standards joins forces with the Police and other enforcement agencies to target Rogue Traders. By focusing our combined skills, powers and resources in this way we significantly increase our capacity to apprehend these criminals and bring them before the courts. This approach has proved to be extremely effective in the past and we shall strive to replicate that success this year.

“The simple message from Trading Standards to householders is to always say 'no' to any traders who unexpectedly turn up on your doorstep offering to carry out work”.
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Thursday October 1st, 2015

A 26 year old woman from Pontllanfraith has been arrested and charged for thefts in the Nelson and Caerphilly area and appeared in court yesterday. ... See MoreSee Less

Wednesday September 30th, 2015

Arriva Trains warning to travelling World Cup rugby fans
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