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.

Newbridge student designs first Velothon Wales medal

WINNER: Simone Williams with her winning medal design

WINNER: Simone Williams with her winning medal design

A final year BA Graphic Communications student from Newbridge has designed the medal that will be given out to 15,000 cyclists as they cross the finishing line at the inaugural Velothon Wales.
Starting in Cardiff and taking riders on a scenic 140km route through Newport, Caerphilly, Torfaen and Monmouthshire, Velothon Wales will take place on Sunday June 14. There will also be a shorter, less challenging 50km route on the same day.
Twenty-four-year-old Simone Williams will be taking part as an event volunteer to hand out medals to cyclists as they cross the finishing line on the day. Simone’s winning design was selected via the Velothon Wales Facebook page and attracted more than 1,200 votes.
Her Art-Deco style design incorporates elements of Welsh culture including a dragon and daffodil petal, merged with a cyclist and bike rings to create a feeling of motion and speed.

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fec08e75b8Do you think that the Police and Crime Commissioner for Gwent’s police and crime priorities are still relevant? Are there any emerging local or national priorities which you feel he should take into account? 
Gwent PCC Ian Johnston launches his ‘Your Policing – Your View’ public consultation today which asks the public for their feedback on his police and crime priorities for Gwent. The Commissioner is asking the public to complete a short but important questionnaire to inform his future priorities.
The Commissioner regularly reviews his police and crime priorities to ensure they deliver what the public need. 
The current priorities in the Police and Crime Plan are:
  1. The people of Gwent are satisfied that the police provide a service which meets their requirements;
  2. To prevent and reduce crime;
  3. To take more effective action to tackle anti-social behaviour;
  4. To protect people from serious harm;
  5. To make the best use of resources and provide value for money;
There are also a number of emerging themes at both local and national levels which inform policing requirements to which Mr Johnston and the Chief Constable must have regard to such as cybercrime and child safeguarding. The consultation also asks the public to provide feedback on these areas.
Urging people to take part in the consultation, the Police and Crime Commissioner for Gwent, Ian Johnston, said: “I think these priorities are important and I want to know if they are still important to the public and what emerging areas of police work they feel I should be considering in any future revisions of my plan.”
To access the consultation, please log on to
To find out more about the Commissioner’s Police and Crime plan, visit
If you need to reply regarding this message, click on this email address:
Office of Police and Crime Commissioner
Police Manager
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New station opens in Ebbw Vale and moves are on to open Abertillery Train Station

Arriva-Trains-WalesThe new Ebbw Vale Town station opens this weekend when the first train pulls in on Sunday.
The station which will serve Ebbw Vale town centre is part of a £11.5m Welsh Government-funded project, which also includes an extension and speed improvements to the railway track.
It is located on the Ebbw Vale to Cardiff line and will be served by the existing hourly service, with the potential for more services in the future.
The 07:38 Cardiff Central to Ebbw Vale Town will be the first train to arrive at 08.41 on Sunday and the 08.45 to Cardiff will be the first train to depart.

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Election 2015 – Islwyn & Caerphilly



The results are now in.

Labour hold their seats in Islwyn and Caerphilly but the an upsurge in support for UKIP has seen them pushed into second place in both areas making them a new future contender with other parties. Conservatives took third place and Plaid Cymru in fourth. Across Wales Labour took 36.9%, Conservatives 27.2% and UKIP 13.6% with plaid Cymru at 12.1%.

Click on graphics below to in-large the graphs for more details.
























Do you know this man, the police would like his help to locate a crate of stolen lager

Gwent Police's photo.The Police are appealing for information to identify this man who they would like to speak to following the theft of a crate of lager from Treowen Stores in Newbridge at approximately 8.15pm on Saturday 25th April.

Anyone with information is asked to call 101 quoting log 438 25/04/15.

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Monday July 6th, 2015

Visit Blackwood Library this month to discover the local High Street ‘Past & Present’

Ymwelwch â Llyfrgell Coed Duon y mis hwn i ddarganfod ‘Ddoe a Heddiw’ y Stryd Fawr leol
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Monday July 6th, 2015

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Friday July 3rd, 2015

Between 11am – 1pm today the flags at Penallta House, Pontllanfraith House and Visit Caerphilly will fly at half-mast in honour of those who lost their lives last week in Tunisia.

Rhwng 11am - 1pm heddiw bydd baneri Tŷ Penallta, Tŷ Pontllan-fraith House a Chroeso Caerffili wedi eu hanner gostwng er mwyn coffau'r rheiny wnaeth colli eu bywydau yn Tunisia.
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Friday July 3rd, 2015

Vote for Newbridge Memo!

Pleidleisiwch Dros Newbridge Memo!
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Thursday July 2nd, 2015

Nice spread in the Campaign Paper-about Blackwoods successful Beach Party👍 ... See MoreSee Less


Wednesday July 1st, 2015

the food bin waste has not been collected in the villas nr north road in newbridge. ... See MoreSee Less

Tuesday June 30th, 2015

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Tuesday June 30th, 2015

Now that the plans for a multi screen cinema for Bargoed has been scrapped, I think that the Hanbury cinema should be opened again, just like the Maxime in Blackwood did.
This will no doubt bring the people of Bargoed and the neighbouring villages back into the town, instead of still having to travel out of Bargoed to see the latest film.
I know that the building has asbestos but this can surely be rectified!
This option should now be considered as a cinema for the town is way overdue indeed !
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Saturday July 4th, 2015

"Wounded" community come together for Blackwood Tunisia victim
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Friday July 3rd, 2015

Our Senior Management Team, Superintendent Marc Budden, Chief Inspector Paul Staniforth, Chief Inspector Nick McLain along with Blackwood Inspector, Carl Williams and his team joined the public for the one minute's silence at the Dragon's Circle on Cliff Road in Blackwood today to remember the victims of the attack in Tunisia last Friday.

Our Officers at Blackwood Police Station also took part in the minute’s silence.

Our thoughts remain with their friends and families.
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Friday July 3rd, 2015

We're appealing for information following a burglary and theft of a vehicle in the Pantside, Newbridge area.

The incident occurred at approximately 2pm on Thursday 2nd July. A property on St Peter's Close was entered, car keys stolen and a blue Vauxhall Mokka, registration plate EY14 0AB was taken from outside.

Anyone with information relating to this is asked to call 101 quoting log 298 02/07/15.
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Wednesday July 1st, 2015

Do you know how to protect yourself and your children on social media?

If you’re being bullied or harassed online...
• Block them
• Unfriend
• Unfollow
• Change your privacy settings – you decide who sees what you write. The site will show you how in its help section.
• Ask the site itself to take down offensive pages – and keep asking!
• Report offensive emails to your provider
• Never share your details, like your number or email, on social media sites.

When to contact the police...
• When you feel threatened or frightened by messages that specifically target you
• If you see that someone has said something online that breaches court conditions – that includes commenting on a current case
• If you think you’re being abused because of your disability, race, sexual orientation or religion

Next steps...
• Take a screen shot for evidence
• Save the message
• Save offending photographs or film
• Record abusive phone calls on your mobile – inform the person you’re recording
• Contact Gwent Police on 101 or 999 in an emergency, email or direct message us at:
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