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

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Police Cadet Open Evening for 13 to 18 Years

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Officers searched for the man but he was not found.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Credit  Caerphilly Media Ltd

Crumlin Road Rage Caused by New Road Layout

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

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GPO/BT/Nortel and Solectron Reunion


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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





Source: Media Wales Ltd


Community Carol Service in Tabernacle Church

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



Merry Christmas to all of Newbridge from Emerald Media Productions

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

Snow White & The Growth Spurt Dwarfs


Newbridge Memo Pantomime

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

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Thursday July 21st, 2016

Caerphilly celebrates Green Flag Award success!

Morgan Jones Park in Caerphilly, Waunfawr Park Crosskeys, Wern Park Nelson, Parc Cwm Darran and Cwmcarn Forest have all been announced as Green Flag Award winners in recognition of their excellent facilities and commitment to delivering quality green spaces
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Thursday July 21st, 2016

Can someone tell me what is going on about the reoccurring issue with flies in the Cwmcarn area please?? I'm at my wits end and it's only the first day of my summer holidays!
The moment you open a window or a door we are inundated with the dirty things!
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Tuesday July 19th, 2016

Starmaker Theatre School returns to Blackwood Miners’ Institute

The theatre school will run from Monday 25th July to Friday 29th July and provides children age 8 to 16 years with the opportunity to learn new acting, singing, dancing and song writing skills as well as performing in their very own musical!

Ysgol Theatr Starmaker yn dychwelyd i Sefydliad y Glowyr Coed Duon

Bydd y theatr ysgol yn rhedeg o Ddydd Llun 25ain Gorffennaf tan Ddydd Gwener 29ain Gorffennaf ac yn darparu plant 8 i 16 oed y cyfle i ddysgu sgiliau actio, canu, dawnsio ac ysgrifennu caneuon newydd ynghyd â pherfformio yn sioe gerdd eu hunain!
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Monday July 18th, 2016

Cwm Bakery - Meet the Boss

From postal workers to bus drivers, shop workers to office staff, all can be found patiently queuing at the door of Cwm Bakery waiting for their turn to buy a hand made roll, a freshly baked pasty or simply pick up a loaf of bread. The bakery is located on the corner of Gravel Lane and the Market Place in Blackwood town centre and has been run since 2009 by Nathan Bram. Before deciding to run his own business, Nathan worked in a factory but always had an interest in food and baking.

Nathan said “As a business Cwm Bakery diversifies a lot, as well as selling a range of products in the shop we also run a delivery service to local factories and offices. It’s hard work running a business but I love being my own boss”.

Cwm Bakery – Cwrdd â’r Meistr

O weithwyr post i yrwyr bysiau, gweithwyr siop i staff swyddfeydd, gellir dod o hyd iddynt mewn rhes wrth ddrws Cwm Bakery yn aros am eu tro i brynu rholyn a wnaed â llaw, pastai wedi ei gwneud yn ffres, neu i gasglu torth o fara. Mae’r siop fara wedi ei lleoli ar gornel Lôn Gravel a Lle’r Farchnad yng nghanol tref Coed Duon ac mae wedi cael ei rhedeg gan Nathan Bram ers 2009. Cyn penderfynu rhedeg ei fusnes ei hun, roedd Nathan yn gweithio mewn ffatri ond roedd diddordeb ganddo mewn bwyd a phobi erioed.

Dywedodd Nathan,”Fel busnes, mae Cwm Bakery yn amrywiaethu llawer. Yn ogystal â gwerthu ystod o gynhyrchion yn y siop, rydym hefyd yn rhedeg gwasanaeth ddosbarthu i ffatrïoedd a swyddfeydd lleol. Mae rhedeg busnes yn waith caled, ond rwy’n caru bod yn feistr fy hun.”
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Friday July 22nd, 2016

Caerphilly Public Services Board will be running a series of workshops across the county borough over the coming weeks to give residents the chance to have their say in making sure that the council, health service, police and other public services work for them now and in the future.

Five local workshops are to be held across the county borough to offer residents a chance to give their views on what makes the biggest difference to their wellbeing and highlight what is good about the area they live is, as well as what could be improved looking forward.

Residents will also be given the opportunity to raise priority issues for the Caerphilly Public Services Board to help achieve ‘The Caerphilly We Want’ in the future.

The dates for these workshops are:

New Tredegar: Thursday 28th July 2016 (1pm – 4pm)
Newbridge: Thursday 11th August 2016 (1pm-4pm)
Ystrad Mynach: Thursday 25th August 2016 (10am-1pm)
Caerphilly: Wednesday 7th September 2016 (10am-1pm)
Crosskeys: Tuesday 20th September 2016 (6pm-8pm)

Each workshop will focus on issues that are of importance to or impact on the area in which each workshop is taking place. Everyone is welcome but please note that places will be allocated on a first come first served basis. To find out more or to book a place, please contact on 01443 866391 or
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Wednesday July 20th, 2016

Officers in Caerphilly are reminding residents to keep valuable items out of sight and their vehicles/homes locked and secure after three incidents were reported to have taken place on the Castle View Estate overnight 19-20th July.

Cars were entered on Cwrt Nant Y Felin and Clos Yr Arad where fortunately nothing was stolen, and another on Pant Llygodfa where a bank card, key and loose change was stolen. There was also an attempted burglary reported at an address Clos Yr Arad.

Anyone with concerns or information relating to these incidents is asked to call 101.
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Tuesday July 19th, 2016

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Monday July 18th, 2016

We're appealing for information following a red Landrover Defender (similar to that pictured), registration number CN52 UXL, being stolen from Llanerch Lane in Trinant sometime overnight, 17-18th July.

If you have any information relating to this please call 101 quoting log 44 18/07/16.
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