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

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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 .

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.
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
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Wednesday May 4th, 2016

Yet again tree and hedge cutting in oakdale....why on earth do you do this during nesting season...have you staff got solar panels on there heads so can only work when sun comes out..or the person sending out your workers need educating on wildlife and nature......😠 ... See MoreSee Less

Wednesday May 4th, 2016

Return of the Traditional Sweet Shop

Chinkles is a sweet & gift shop located in The Market Place Shopping Centre in Blackwood. The shop is the second to be opened locally by owner Samantha Tomsett, her first is in Aberbargoed.

Samantha said “Our aim is simply to make people happy, when someone chooses sweets or buys a balloon for an occasion it makes them smile. Having worked my whole life in retail I know how important it is that people enjoy coming into your shop”

Y Siop Losin Traddodiadol yn Dychwelyd

Siop losin ac anrhegion yw Chinkles wedi ei lleoli yng Nghanolfan Siopa Lle’r Farchnad yng Nghoed Duon. Y siop yw’r ail i gael ei hagor yn lleol gan y perchennog, Samantha Tomsett. Mae ei siop gyntaf yn Aberbargod.

Dywedodd Samantha, “Ein nod yn syml yw gwneud pobl yn hapus. Pan mae rhywun yn dewis losin neu’n prynu balŵn ar gyfer achlysur mae’n gwneud iddynt wenu. Wedi gweithio ym maes manwerthu drwy gydol fy mywyd, rwy’n gwybod pa mor bwysig ydyw bod pobl yn mwynhau dod i mewn i’ch siop.”
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Tuesday May 3rd, 2016

Costa Coffee has opened a new shop in Blackwood town centre, creating 11 jobs for local people. Located in what was formally the Coed Duon Public House, the national coffee chain, operated by a Welsh franchisee, has spent the last few months making extensive renovations to the building in order to create its signature fit out which can seat in excess of 50 customers.

Manager Siobhan Clifton said “We are delighted to open in Blackwood and have had a great welcome from customers. Our aim is to bring something different to the town and work alongside existing businesses.”

Mae Costa Coffee wedi agor siop newydd yng nghanol tref Coed Duon, yn nhafarn y Coed Duon gynt, gan greu 11 o swyddi i bobl leol. Mae’r gadwyn goffi Brydeinig, sy’n cael ei weithredu gan ddeiliad rhyddfraint Gymreig, wedi treulio’r ychydig fisoedd diwethaf yn gwneud gwelliannau helaeth i’r adeilad er mwyn ei ddodrefnu yn ôl edrychiad y cwmni sydd â seddau ar gyfer mwy na 50 o gwsmeriaid.

Dywedodd y Rheolwraig Siobhan Clifton, “Rydym yn falch iawn i agor yng Nghoed Duon ac rydym wedi cael croeso da gan gwsmeriaid. Ein nod yw dod â rhywbeth gwahanol i’r dref a gweithio ochr yn ochr â busnesau sy’n bodoli’n barod.”
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Monday May 2nd, 2016

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Friday April 29th, 2016

Allergy Awareness Week
To mark Allergy Awareness Week, Caerphilly's Trading Standards department visited the Just Love Food Company who make nut free cakes in Oakdale.

Mae Safonau Masnach Caerffili, i nodi Wythnos Ymwybyddiaeth o Alergedd, wedi ymweld å Just Love Food Company sydd yn gwneud cacenau di-gnau yn Oakdale.
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Thursday April 28th, 2016

Visit Cwmcarn Forest on Sunday 1 May for a dawn chorus walk, where visitors can enjoy the sounds of the birds welcoming the day ahead.

Take part in a gentle stroll around the Nantcarn Valley, which begins at 6am with a bacon or sausage roll and a warm drink to relax with upon return. This event is suitable for those age 6 and up. The event costs £6 per adult and £4.50 per child with refreshments included.

For more information or to book a place please contact Cwmcarn Forest visitor Centre on 01495 272001.

Ymwelwch â Choedwig Cwmcarn ar Ddydd Sul 1 Mai ar gyfer taith gerdded côr y bore bach, lle gall ymwelwyr fwynhau synau’r adar yn croesawu’r diwrnod sydd i ddod.

Cymerwch ran mewn taith gerdded hamddenol o amgylch Cwm Nantcarn, sy’n cychwyn am 6am gyda rholyn cig moch neu selsig a diod gynnes i ymlacio ar ôl dychwelyd. Mae’r digwyddiad yn addas ar gyfer y rhai sy’n 6 oed ac yn hŷn. Pris y digwyddiad yw £6 am bob oedolyn a £4.50 am bob plentyn yn cynnwys lluniaeth ysgafn.

Am ragor o wybodaeth neu i archebu lle, cysylltwch â Chanolfan Ymwelwyr Coedwig Cwmcarn ar 01495 272001.
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Thursday May 5th, 2016

Police Helicopter lands at Ysgol Cwm Derwen School in Oakdale
Reception and nursery classes at Ysgol Cwm Derwen School in Oakdale were in for a treat last month when Gwent Police officers popped in for the morning (Friday 22nd April 2016).

The children (who are aged between 3 and 5) have recently been learning all about 'people who can help' and as part of their class work, our officers decided to go and pay the children a visit.

PC Justin Davies, from Armed Response, PC Gareth Morgan from the Dog Section (along our police dogs PD Krissy and PD Dexter), PC Gideon Rae from our Area Support Unit (on a police motorbike) and our local Blackwood Neighbourhood Officers, PC Andy Brunker and CSO Leanne Madden all went along to show the children some of the different types of policing we do on a day to day basis.

The children were also in for a surprise when we found out the National Police Air Service police helicopter was in the area and was free to land near to the children's school - all the pupils were able to watch the helicopter land as well as meet the team on board and ask some questions.

PC Justin Davies who arranged the day said: “It’s great to spend a few hours with the children to allow them to see what we do, ask some questions and understand they can talk to us at any time. I think the smiles on the children’s faces when the helicopter was landing tells me that we’ve given these children some memories that will last a lifetime!”

Kathryn Matthews, Head Teacher of Ysgol Cwm Derwen said: “The children and staff were thrilled to have this opportunity to meet with the variety of police officers and dogs, and learn about the variety of roles within the police force. The whole school was thrilled by the helicopter visit, despite the cold. This was an amazing opportunity for the children and we are very grateful to PC Davies and colleagues for their time.”

We hope everyone at the school enjoyed this unique experience – we’d like to say a big thank you to the teachers at Ysgol Cwm Derwen for all their help and support on the day and an extra big thank you to all the children who behaved superbly.
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Thursday May 5th, 2016

The Annual Blackwood Challenge Netball Cup 2016

Seven schools competed in this years Blackwood Neighbourhood Policing Team Challenge Netball Cup on Wednesday 27th April, organised by the Ward Manager, PC Andy Brunker and Blackwood CSOs.

The competition, which was held at Blackwood Comprehensive School, attracted entries from Blackwood Primary, Rhiw-Syr Dafydd Primary, Pontllanfraith Primary, Penllwyn Primary, Markham Primary, Libanus Primary and Cefn Fforest Primary. Each school entered a combined year five and year six team, with a total of 72 children competing in total.

All the teams played one another. We witnessed some excellent netball and a number of high scoring games!

Blackwood Primary and Markham Primary made the final with Cefn Fforest narrowly missing out taking third place. The final score was Blackwood Primary 8 Markham Primary 0 - making Blackwood Primary the 2016 champions.

At the end of the tournament the following awards were presented

Top goal Scorer – Erin Brown Blackwood Primary
Player of the tournament – Caitlin Wilkes – Blackwood Primary
Special Recognition – Scarlett Goff – Penllwyn Primary

All players who participated in the Challenge Cup received medals to commemorate the event. The trophies for the Champions and Player of the Tournament were donated by Caerphilly Lyons Club.

The tournament would not have run so smoothly without the assistance of Laura Williams, Sports Coordinator, and the junior referees – Millie Davies, Scarlett Cheshire, Grace Morris, Ellie Jones, Danielle Horton, Chloe Flavell, Lilly Thomas, Harriet Williams

A special thanks to Ravi Pawar, the Head of Blackwood Comprehensive School, for allowing the tournament to take place within his school grounds and for the use of school equipment..

The Blackwood Neighbourhood Team would also like to say a BIG thank you to the donations made by Aldi, Sainsburys and Peters Pies, Blackwood Town Council, Argoed Community Council and Oakdale Councillors Jean Summers and Roy Saralis - They made the day a great success!
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Thursday May 5th, 2016

Blackwood CSOs have raised over £1000 for Sight Cymru.

The officers were challenged to take part in a sponsored bowling tournament - but blindfolded, so they could get a taste of what it would be like to lose their sight.

The officers also attended Ysgol Bro Sannan in Aberbargoed along with Sight Cymru to speak to the pupils about how to look after their eyes.

The school also had a non-school uniform day which raised £100 for the charity.
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Wednesday May 4th, 2016

Update: Incident on Nelson Road, Ystrad Mynach, near to Ystrad Mynach Train Station

At approximately 5.45pm yesterday (Tuesday 3rd May 2016), Gwent Police responded to a call for assistance from the South Wales Ambulance Service, to an address in Nelson Road, Ystrad Mynach, near to Ystrad Mynach Train Station.

On arrival, the body of a 75 year woman was discovered, her death is currently being treated as suspicious.

A 47 year old, local man was arrested at the scene on suspicion of murder and is currently receiving hospital treatment for minor injuries.

The family of the deceased are being supported by specialist officers.

If you used Ystrad Mynach Train Station at any time yesterday, you may be able to assist with our enquiries - please get in touch by calling 101 and quoting log 363 03/05/2016.
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Tuesday May 3rd, 2016

What has happened at Ystrad Mynach train station? Seems very serious, taped off, police not letting anyone through. 4-5 police cars and an ambulance. Hope everybody is ok! ... See MoreSee Less

Tuesday May 3rd, 2016

We're appealing for information following a burglary at a property on Crown Rise, Llanfrechfa, Cwmbran on Saturday night, 30th April.

The occupants of the property returned home at approximately 9.45pm to find two men in the house.

One of the men punched the male occupant to the face and pushed the female occupant to the floor and they both made off.

Cash was stolen.

Anyone who witnessed any suspicious activity or anyone with information relating to this incident is asked to call 101 quoting log 577 30/04/16.
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Thursday April 28th, 2016

A property was broken into on Coed Celynen Drive, Abercarn yesterday afternoon, Wednesday 28th April.

The incident happened sometime between 1pm and 6.15pm.

Items stolen included designer jewellery and watches, an X Box and games, DVDs, iPad mini and a Samsung Galaxy tablet.

Anyone with information relating to this or if you saw anything suspicious in the area or have been offered any of these items to buy, please call 101 quoting log 339 27/04/16.
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