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)

Book Online at: http://www.newbridgememo.co.uk/en/whats-on/events/  

Beulah Baptist Church

beulahBeulah Baptist Church has applied for permission to Demolish the east gable wall and reconstruct it in rendered block work. Application is also to remove existing pews from the chapel hall and take down the sagging and dangerous timber ceiling lining and store the pews on site.


Click Here to download document and pictures.


Reference 15/0693/LBC
Alternative Reference Not Available
Application Received Fri 30 Oct 2015
Address Beulah Baptist Church North Road Newbridge Newport
Proposal Demolish and reconstruct the east gable wall in rendered block work, remove existing pews from the chapel hall, take down the sagging and dangerous timber ceiling lining an store the pews on site
Status Pending Consideration
Appeal Status Not Available
Appeal Decision Not Available

MEMO AGM 23rd November

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Newbridge Litter Project

Newbridge-Online would like to encourage and support our own “Newbridge Litter Project”. The past few years has seen our town and surrounding valleys transform into an area of beauty, fit for locals, visitors and tourists alike. Did you know that Caerphilly alone brings in around £104 million into the borough from visitors and tourists and Newbridge should aim to channel some of that money into our town to support local business and traders.
bildeMillions of pounds has already been spent on regenerating the area and turning it into a good place to live and visit again. With the train station and future rail improvements bringing extra regular trains to and from the city, Newbridge is in a key location to avail of tourists using the train to visit the valleys. We are one of the lucky villages to have a station right in the town. Lets get them enjoying what we have to offer and at the same time adding growth to local business in Newbridge.
However, litter still blights our streets and spoils our town, especially on weekends when there are no street cleaners around. Take a look at the train station car park on a Saturday or Sunday morning, this is the first place visitors see when they get off the train. In 2012/2013 Caerphilly council had a zero tolerance on dogs mess and litter and gave out a record 428 fines, 71 were given to dog walkers who had not picked up mess left behind by their pets, and 359 were issued for littering offences. We feel it should always be zero tolerance!
Over 2.25 million pieces of litter are dropped in the UK every day. Littering is illegal and makes streets look ugly; it gives a bad impression of our area for business and tourism and costs £4.2 million a year to clean up. Most people find littering unacceptable and want to do something about it.

So what we would like to put to the people of Newbridge is a scheme that has been adopted around the world. It’s simple, if every resident picks up just one item of rubbish a day and put it in the nearest, bin this would equate to over 6,000 pieces of rubbish everyday taken off our streets. We would then hope that eventually, this would make the people throwing this rubbish and cigarette ends onto the floor feel guilty enough to find a bin.


The extra benefit of this is that it could save thousands of pounds on street cleaning and help keep council tax down!

Please feedback your comments below….

Newbridge Riverside official launch

10387578_914321735312924_2280257846435489977_nThe Newbridge Riverside official launch took place with a good public turnout.
The development has seen the transformation of an area of land under the A472 Trecelyn Viaduct, from a patch of waste land to an area for the community to enjoy.  The new recreational space includes a cycle pump track and an outdoor gym as well as seating and improved lighting.
The project has been a long term ambition of members of the Newbridge Community Partnership who have been keen to create more outdoors spaces within the town centre.



The scheme has also seen the installation of large scale artworks painted onto the pillars of the viaduct. The designs have been chosen by young community members who attended a number of workshops in schools.
The development forms part of ‘phase 3’ of the Newbridge Regeneration Programme which has seen almost £16 million investment into the town centre, which has been part funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) through the Welsh Government.

This is a great development for Newbridge and will help bring more people into the town and although there is CCTV installed (hopefully being monitored) in this area, it is everyone’s responsibility to look after this new fantastic development and reporting anything that is going to spoil it.



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Mini Rugby: Braces Bread sponsor flash new kit for Newbridge under nines

PRIDE: Newbridge RFC under nines proudly display their new kit

Newbridge RFC under nines proudly display their new kit. Newbridge under nines rugby team has received a brand new kit thanks to sponsorship from Brace’s Bread. The sponsorship, which will last until September 2016, will provide the team of 15 with a complete kit of jerseys, shorts and socks for their players.
Coach Kirsty Hansen said: “Our Spartan boys are so excited about their new kit and will be wearing the Brace’s logo with pride.
“We are incredibly grateful to Brace’s Bread for their contribution to our team. It’s fantastic that a large household brand have helped a small local team start off a great new season.
Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.” Scott Richardson, CEO at Brace’s Bakery, said,:“Our business was grown from the support of the local community so it is really important to us to give something back. “When we heard the team at Newbridge were in need of a new kit, we were delighted to offer sponsorship to cover the costs.”
Source: Caerphilly Media Ltd


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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Friday February 5th, 2016

Crumlin Junction – Traffic Monitoring

Cameras to monitor traffic movements and measure the effect on traffic flows at the recently completed highway improvement scheme at the A467/A472 Crumlin Junction will be erected on Monday (8 February) and will remain in place until Thursday (11 February).

There should be minimal disruption to the travelling public while the cameras are being installed.

Cyffordd Crymlyn — Monitro Traffic

Codir camerâu i fonitro symudiadau traffic a mesur yr effaith ar lif traffic ar y cynllun gwella traffordd a gwblhawyd yn ddiweddar ar yr A467/A472 Cyffordd Crymlyn ar Ddydd Llun (8 Chwefror) a byddent yn aros yn eu lle tan Ddydd Iau (11 Chwefror).

Dylai fod y tarfu lleiaf posibl ar y cyhoedd sy’n teithio tra bod y camerâu yn cael eu gosod.
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Friday February 5th, 2016

#CostaCoffee to open in #Blackwood Town Centre

National coffee chain Costa Coffee begins work on its new Blackwood store today. Over the coming weeks the former Coed Duon public house located in the centre of the town on High Street will be transformed into a new Costa Coffee store with over 50 seats. The opening is scheduled for late March.

Bobby Khangura the franchisee said “We are really looking forward to coming to Blackwood town centre, as a brand Costa Coffee is all about bringing the community together so as well as serving great coffee, we will be creating some exciting social events”

Costa Coffee i Agor yng Nghanol Tref Coed Duon

Dechreuodd gadwyn goffi Cenedlaethol Costa Coffee waith ar ei siop newydd yng Nghoed Duon heddiw. Dros yr wythnosau nesaf bydd cyn-dafarn, ‘Y Coed Duon’ ar y Stryd Fawr yng nghanol tref Coed Duon yn cael ei weddnewid i siop Costa Coffee newydd gyda mwy na 50 sedd. Amserlenwyd yr agoriad ar gyfer yn hwyr ym Mis Mawrth.

Dywedodd Bobby Khangura, daliwr y fasnachfraint, “Rydym yn edrych ymlaen yn fawr i ddod i ganol tref Coed Duon. Mae Brand Costa Coffee am ddod â’r gymuned at ei gilydd, felly, yn ogystal â gweini coffee ardderchog, byddwn yn creu rhai digwyddiadau cymdeithasol cyffrous”
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Monday February 1st, 2016

I would like to promote a Caerphilly council special offer to all residents in the Rudry area!

An offer surely to good to turn down.

We are currently having the pavements re-surfaced along with our driveways. We have wanted to extend our drive way by replacing one curb with a dropped curb but, we missed the opportunity as the council decided to post a letter 2 days before the work was due to commence asking us to call a number about work you would be interested in but sadly they don't answer the phone over the weekend!

We decided to ask the workers when we started and said it would cost to drop a curb and replace the stone with a new one. I was given a number to call and spoke with the relevant person to see if we could get the work done and they were very happy to help and come back to us with a cost as we were initially given a rough cost of £120.

After calling at 9am, I had a call back at 4pm to say the quote has come through for the work and it's going to cost £327 to do the work!!!!! I was flabbergasted and did not understand the breakdown of the cost. Speaking with the person on the phone, he could not provide me with a breakdown of the costs or the labour, materials etc which I thought was odd. I told him the guys were already there doing work and this should just be a case of materials and small amount of labour as the pavements are not finished yet but, he said they needed to come and measure and again I laughed as I said it's just swapping a curb for another curb. The guy told me, if I'm interested- I need to call another number which he did not know 🙈 and told me once I've decided, I must Google the number for the Caerphilly library and customer centre to pay the bill which i thought was very strange considering all invoices are managed through Caerphilly council and then paid to the contractors. I have a funny feeling the contractors and the council are trying to make a bit of money to pay for the pavements that they didn't need to tarmac but just the driveways! I find this an absolute insult, a con and above all a SCAM.

I would be very interested to here the councils opinion on this????

Look forward to a response
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Monday February 1st, 2016

UPDATE: High Street, Abercarn has now re-opened

Road Closure: High Street, Abercarn

An emergency road closure is in place on High Street, Abercarn due to a fallen tree obstructing the highway. Work has begun to remove the tree, the road is likely to remain closed for a few hours whilst this work is undertaken.
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Friday February 5th, 2016

Appeal for information - Sexual assault in the Newbridge area

Police are appealing for information after a sexual assault on a woman was reported to Gwent Police.

The incident was reported as taking place in the area of Old Pant Road, between Hazlewood Drive and Coronation Crescent, Newbridge, between 10pm and 11pm on Tuesday 26th January 2016.

The suspect was described as male, over 5ft 8” tall, wearing dark clothing and a coat which had fur around the hood.

Police are particularly interested in speaking to anyone who may have been in the area during that time.

Anyone with information is asked to call Gwent Police on 101 quoting log number: 17 27/01/16
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Friday February 5th, 2016

Community Support Officers will be patrolling Blackwood High Street and Bus Station over the weekend after a rise in complaints regarding illegally parked vehicles.

Motorists parking illegally are disrupting the flow of traffic and compromising the safety of pedestrians. Please park in one of the many car parks in Blackwood - those caught parking illegally will be fined!
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Thursday February 4th, 2016

30 year old Gareth Scammell from the Pontypool area who we wanted to speak with in connection with several thefts that occurred in the Pontypool area throughout December 2015 has been located and arrested and is currently in police custody. ... See MoreSee Less

Thursday February 4th, 2016

We're appealing for information and reminding residents to stay vigilant following two break ins at properties on Van Road, Caerphilly over the last week.

On 30th January a property was broken into at approximately 3pm. A man wearing a grey hooded jumper and white jogging bottoms with stripes entered the property while the occupant was at home. On sight, he made off. (log 297 30/01/16)

On 3rd February, a property was entered and money and a laptop was stolen. (log 173 03/02/16)

Please ensure that you keep all windows and doors locked and secure and valuables out of sight.

Please report any suspicious people/vehicles in your neighbourhood to 101.

If you have information relating specifically to the two incidents mentioned please call 101 quoting the relevant log number.
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Tuesday February 2nd, 2016

We're appealing for information following a 66 year old man being assaulted on Woodbine Road, Blackwood.

The man was walking along the road in the direction of High Street at approximately 11am this morning, Tuesday 2nd February, when he was approached by a man and glassed to the head. He sustained cuts to his face and was taken to the Royal Gwent Hospital for treatment.

The offender is described as being white, in his 20s and was wearing a light coloured t-shirt and a light coloured hat, possibly a baseball cap.

Any witnesses or anyone with information relating to this incident is asked to call 101 quoting log 142 02/02/16.
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Monday February 1st, 2016

We're appealing for information to locate 63 year old Judith Green who has been reported as missing from her home address in Abercarn.

Judith was reported as missing on 19th January and inquiries so far indicate she may have travelled to the Glasgow area.

Judith is described as being white, approximately 5ft 2 inches tall and of medium build. She has grey hair and hazel eyes.

Anyone with information relating to Judith's whereabouts is asked to call 101 quoting log 387 19/01/16.
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Friday January 29th, 2016

We're appealing for information following a break in in Bargoed last week.

A garage, shed and conservatory at a property on Greenfield Street were broken into sometime between 10pm on Tuesday 19th January and 8am the following morning.

Items stolen included expensive farming tools so the individual/s responsible for the theft would have been driving a vehicle or a van, possibly a pickup.

Stolen items include:
An orange HUSQVARNA telescopic pole saw and chainsaw (similar to that pictured)
An orange STIHL petrol disc cutter
A blue & black GENSET generator (similar to that pictured)
An orange AUGER drill with attachments (similar to that pictured)
A red and black CUBE mountain bike
A set of brown and green HARKILA boots and clothing (similar to that pictured)
A BELLE cement mixer
A ‘King Richard’ socket set

If you have any information relating to this incident, saw anything suspicious or are approached by anyone trying to sell these items, please call 101 quoting log 125 20/01/16.
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