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 cadets@gwent.pnn.police.uk 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

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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 .

See more at: https://www.facebook.com/events/583467745135031/

 

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.
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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.

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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

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Newbridge Memo Pantomime

THURSDAY 10th DECEMBER – SATURDAY 12th DECEMBER
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/  

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Thursday September 22nd, 2016

Black RAT Productions are returning to Blackwood Miners’ Institute with award winning modern classic, Bouncers from Tuesday 4 – Thursday 6 October bit.ly/2covGcu

Mae cynyrchiadau Black RAT yn dychwelyd i Sefydliad y Glowyr Coed Duon gyda’r sioe glasurol fodern sydd wedi ennill gwobrau, Bouncers o ddydd Mawrth 4 - Dydd Iau 6 Hydref bit.ly/2covGcu
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Monday September 19th, 2016

Tickets are still available for Beauty and the Beast at Blackwood Miners’ Institute this #Christmas bit.ly/2cBVYLi

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Monday September 26th, 2016

Two homes targeted on Rectory Road, Swfrydd

We're appealing for information following a distraction burglary that took place at an address on in Rectory Road, Swfrydd, near to Hafodyrynys on the evening of Friday 23rd September 2016 (Log 478 23/09/16)

At approximately 8pm, the occupant of the address, a woman in her sixties, answered the door to an unknown man. At this time, officers believe a second man entered the property through a rear window.

The occupant was unharmed but shaken and later realised that an amount of cash and jewellery had been stolen from his home.

It appears at around the same time as this distraction burglary, a second burglary has taken place at another house on Rectory Road, Swfrydd where a set of car/house keys were stolen (Log 50 25/09/16)

The following night (Saturday 24th September 2016) after 11pm the offenders have returned and stolen the victim’s car - a grey, Ford C Max from the garage.

The car was later found damaged and abandoned at 1am on Sunday 25th September 2016 on the A472 Hafodyrynys to Pontypool Road.

Officers are now investigating each of these crimes. If you saw anything suspicious or if you have any information regarding these crimes, please call Gwent Police on 101, quoting the log number or anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
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Monday September 26th, 2016

Blackwood CSOs will be hosting a coffee morning at Blackwood Police Station this Friday (30th September 2016), to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support.

The event is taking place 10am - 3pm. All are welcome to pop along for a cake and a chat with local officers.

If you would like to donate any cakes for the cause, please contact CSO Leanne Madden at: leanne.madden@gwent.pnn.police.uk
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Monday September 26th, 2016

Appeal for information – Distraction burglary, Rhiwderen

We're appealing for information following a distraction burglary that took place at an address on Springfield Lane, Rhiwderen on the evening of Friday 23rd September 2016.

At approximately 6pm, the occupant of the address, a man in his eighties, answered the door to an unknown man who kept him talking about work he could do at the address. At this time, officers believe a second man entered the property from a rear, unlocked door. A third man remained in a vehicle outside.

After being distracted for around ten minutes the man the victim was talking to left in what we believe was a dark blue saloon car.

The occupant was unharmed but shaken and later realised that an amount of jewellery had been stolen from his home.

The man who called at the address is described as: white, in his thirties, short, fair hair and of medium build. He was wearing a green pullover which had a zig-zag pattern on the front in red and orange. He spoke with a slight Irish accent.

The man who was seen at the rear of the address was wearing a blue flat cap.

Anyone with information is asked to call 101 quoting log: 187 24/03/16

Advice from Gwent Police:

Unfortunately these days not everyone who calls at your door is who they seem to be - so you should always be on your guard. Follow the Three Step Plan:

1. If in doubt keep them out - It sounds simple, but if you don't let someone in - they will go away. Don't let them pressure you into opening the door.
2. Be prepared. Be in control - Think about what to say to doorstep cold callers in advance. And keep a list of key contact numbers near your phone so you can check out legitimate callers. Ask all other unwanted callers to go away.
3. Call a neighbour or the police - Contact a local relative or nominated neighbour who can help verify a cold caller. If you think someone is a rogue trader call us on 101. To report a distraction burglar or rogue trader who has taken your money and is still in the area - call 999.
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Sunday September 25th, 2016

Re-appeal for information after a burglary in Machen - Did you see a Blue Mazda 6 in the area?

Yesterday (Saturday 24th September), Gwent Police appealed for information following a burglary in the Rectory Gardens area of Machen on Friday 23rd September 2016 at approximately 6.30pm.

Having been disturbed by the occupant, the suspect made their way out of a nearby window and out towards the main road in Machen.

A tin containing money was stolen during the burglary.

Officers are now particularly interested in speaking to a driver of a blue Mazda 6 seen in the area at the time.

Anyone who has any information regarding this burglary or the blue Mazda 6 that was in the area at the time is asked to call Gwent Police on 101, quoting log number: Log: 426 23/09/2016 or anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Advice from Gwent Police:

- Make sure that all doors are locked and secured at all times and especially at night.
- Notify a friend or neighbour if you are going to be away from the property.
- Report any suspicious persons that may be taking a particular interest in a property
- Do not approach or question anyone that may be acting suspiciously report it to the police by ringing 999 in an emergency or 101 for general advice.
- These incidents are rare, however can be prevented significantly by following the above
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Saturday September 24th, 2016

Appeal for information after burglary in Machen, Caerphilly

Gwent Police are appealing for information following a burglary in the Rectory Gardens area of Machen yesterday (Friday 23rd September 2016) at approximately 6.30pm.

Having been disturbed by the occupant, the suspect made their way out of a nearby window and out towards the main road in Machen.

A tin containing money was stolen during the burglary.

The man is described as white, approximately 5ft 10, with sandy coloured hair and of slim build. He was last seen getting into a car that drove off in the direction of Caerphilly.

Anyone who has any information regarding this burglary is asked to call Gwent Police on 101, quoting log number: Log: 426 23/09/2016 or anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Advice from Gwent Police:

- Make sure that all doors are locked and secured at all times and especially at night.
- Notify a friend or neighbour if you are going to be away from the property.
- Report any suspicious persons that may be taking a particular interest in a property
- Do not approach or question anyone that may be acting suspiciously report it to the police by ringing 999 in an emergency or 101 for general advice.
- These incidents are rare, however can be prevented significantly by following the above
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Friday September 23rd, 2016

UPDATE: Following the three arrests made yesterday after paving stone thefts in the Pontllanfraith area, a 29 year old man from the Aberbargoed area, has been charged with two counts of theft of property and will appear at Cwmbran Magistrates Court on Thursday 6th October 2016.

The 41 year old man from the Bargoed area and a 36 year old woman from the Bargoed have both been released with no further action.
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Thursday September 22nd, 2016

Appeal for information after £5,000 worth of stock is stolen from e-Cig shop in Abertillery

Gwent Police are currently investigating a break in at Switch, the e-Cig shop on Somerset Street in Abertillery where approximately £5,000 worth of stock was stolen.

The incident took place just after midnight on Thursday 22nd September 2016.

It has been reported that a man wearing an orange t-shirt and black woollen hat was seen standing by the steps opposite the shop at the time the incident was reported. Another man, wearing dark clothing has run from the shop and both have left on foot down the street, heading towards Tesco in Abertillery.

Some of the products stolen, include this vapour (pictured), which is a brand that is only supplied by this shop in the local area.

Gwent Police are currently investigating the crime and asking anyone who has any information to call Gwent Police on 101, quoting log: 04 22/09/16 or anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
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Thursday September 22nd, 2016

LAST CALL: If you’re applying to become a police officer, our Recruitment team are holding Awareness Sessions to give you all the information you need.

Tonight you’ll have the chance to discuss the recruitment and training process. There are two sessions being held each evening, one at 5pm – 6.30pm and another 6.45pm – 8.15pm. These sessions will be held in the Lecture Theatre at Gwent Police Headquarters, Croesyceiliog, Cwmbran, NP44 2XJ

If you’re interested in going along, please contact Recruitment by email, specifying your preferred date and time:
centralrecruitment@gwent.pnn.police.uk – places will be given on a first come, first served basis. #NoOrdinaryJob
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Thursday September 22nd, 2016

3 arrested after paving stone thefts in the Pontllanfraith area

Following a report of theft of approximately 50 paving stones from an address in Pontllanfraith between Tuesday 20th and Wednesday 21st September, 3 people have now been arrested. A 29 year old man from the Aberbargoed area, a 41 year old man from the Bargoed area and a 36 year old woman from the Bargoed area have all been arrested on suspicion of theft of property and are currently in police custody.
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Thursday September 22nd, 2016

27 year old Blackwood man arrested after shed break in Pengam, Blackwood

Following a shed break on High Street, Pengam sometime between Tuesday 20th and Wednesday 21st September, a 27 year old man from the Blackwood area has been arrested on suspicion of non-dwelling burglary, possession of a bladed article and possession of controlled drugs. He is currently in police custody.
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