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Three people in hospital after gas explosion in Newport

Three people have been taken to hospital after a house was partially destroyed in an apparent gas explosion in Newport, Wales.

At least four fire engines were called to the incident in George Street, Newport. Credit: Google Maps

An eyewitness told the South Wales Argus that he pulled a man from the rubble of the building shortly after the blast on George Street.

Jordan Reynolds said he and a woman dragged the man out of the front window.

A South Wales Fire and Rescue Service spokesperson said crews were called to the blast at 7.32pm.

He added: "The cause of the incident is subject to an ongoing investigation by the Police and Wales and West utilities. Three people were taken to hospital".

People in the nearby area were evacuated shortly after the 'serious incident' but it is believed that they are now being allowed to return to their homes.

We were alerted to reports of a gas explosion at a house on George Street in Newport and immediately sent Emergency Engineers to the scene.

We are working alongside the fire service and police to first make the gas supply to the house safe and then to investigate this incident. However, at this early stage it appears to be related to internal gas pipework and not our gas network.

The mains gas network and the supply of gas to other homes and businesses in the area has not been affected by this incident.

– Wales & West Utilities Head of Emergency Service, Clive Book


Reports of 'serious incident' in Newport town centre

At least 25 firefighters and four fire engines are reportedly attending a 'serious incident' in Newport town centre.

According to reports a house has been cordoned off after an apparent gas explosion and people nearby have been asked to leave the area.

South Wales Fire Service said crews were called to the scene at 7.32pm this evening.

It is not known if there are any injuries.

Father of forced labourer urges victims to speak out

The father of a man who was forced to labour on a farm without pay for 13 years has called his son's ordeal "appalling" and said it has "caused a lot of harm".

Urging the public to be vigilant, he said that "this form of slavery could be happening right under your noses," and urged anyone who suspects they may be a victim of slavery to call the police on 101.


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Police: This kind of exploitation has no place in modern society

Darrell Simester Credit: Wales News

Gwent Police have paid tribute to the '"remarkable courage and resilience" of Darrell Simester as Dan Doran Jnr was jailed for four-and-a-half years.

The years of exploitation of Darrell Simester by Dan Doran Jnr was an appalling betrayal, which took advantage of Darrell’s vulnerable and timid nature.

This conviction is a culmination of the Police, CPS and partners working closely together, and the strength and fortitude of the Simester family. Throughout this investigation and trial, Darrell and his family have shown remarkable courage and resilience and I again pay tribute to them for their determination to help to bring an offender to justice.

I sincerely hope that they can now move on with their lives.

Whilst this kind of prosecution is rare, incidents of slavery, servitude and forced labour continue to be identified across the UK. The police remain committed to working with partners in supporting vulnerable victims and prosecuting the offenders.

This kind of exploitation has no place in our modern society.

– Detective Superintendent Paul Griffiths, Gwent Police

Newport farmer sentenced to four-and-a-half years in prison

Newport farm owner David Dan Doran, 42, has been sentenced to four-and-a-half years in prison for forced labour.

He pleaded guilty to forcing a missing man, Darrell Simester, to labour on a farm for 13 years without pay.

Mr Simester, 44, said he lived in a rat-infested shed for a decade and would wash himself in an animal trough after working 15-hour days.

His parents Tony and Jean described their eldest child as unrecognisable and looking more like a man in his nineties when reunited with him.

Judge: Defendant did not treat man 'much better than a slave'

The judge has begun delivering the sentence in the case of a farmer, David Doran, who forced a man to work for free over a period of 13 years.

ITV News Correspondent Rupert Evelyn reports from Cardiff Crown court:

Labourer would have earned £200K had he been paid

The judge has said that had Darrell Simester been paid for his work, he would have earned around £200,000 over the period covered by the indictment.

ITV News Correspondent Rupert Evelyn reports from Cardiff Crown Court:

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