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Pony with maggot-infested leg injury had to be put down

RSPCA Cymru is appealing for information after a pony was found with a severely injured hind leg in Cardiff.

The pony, who was around two years old, was found in a field off Coal Pit Lane, Castleton, in Newport, on 12 July.

Credit: RSPCA

The pony had a serious injury on his right hind leg which was infested with maggots.

He was not microchipped, so the RSPCA were unable trace the owner.

The pony had a serious injury on his right hind leg which was infested with maggots. Credit: RSPCA
Credit: RSPCA

Due to his severe injury an independent vet was immediately called for assistance.

Sadly due to the severity of his injury and associated pain, the vet made the decision that he needed to be put to sleep on welfare grounds.

– Christine McNeil, RSPCA inspector

It is unknown whether the pony was abandoned or fly-grazing.

Anyone who may have information about this pony should contact the RSPCA.


Shut down bridal shop owner says she is a 'victim' of abuse

The owner of the Newport shop at the center of a dispute with more than 100 brides has spoken about the "hellish nightmare" that led to close her bridal boutique.

Melanie Bishop, 35, from Blackwood, believes she is the victim of a campaign of "abuse and lies" after one disgruntled customer started a Facebook group to "destroy" her.

Owner Melanie Bishop fears she will lose her house and business. Credit: ITV News

In the space of three weeks my reputation is in tatters and I believe I will lose my house, my livelihood and the business I worked so hard to build up from scratch.

Me and mum are in bits over this.

I haven't stopped crying since it all spiraled out of control.

The reality is that these women have rallied together and whipped themselves up into a hysteria that is only based on one thing - the fact that my dress suppliers are based in China.

The dresses are not worth £40 and from ebay as these women believe. That couldn't be further from the truth.

We own a factory that is staffed by 15 seamstresses. We run a legitimate business and I am devastated that this Facebook campaign of hate and lies is stopping my genuine customers from receiving their dresses.

It's not that we set out to deliberately mislead people, that's not it.

When I said our dresses were all our own designs that was true.

The only thing I could have done differently was be explicitly clear about the origins of the dresses, but so many shops outsource their materials and labour from China.

It's not uncommon and I never hid it. I left the made in China labels in.

And yes there is a mark up.

As a company we pay around £200 for each dress and sell them to the customer from £700-£1000.

That's how a business operates. That's how I paid my rent, taxes, import fees and overheads but that mark up does not take away from the quality of the product offered.

I'd never missed a wedding before this all started but now I can't answer my phone without receiving vile threats and abuse.

– Melanie Bishop, Owner Anna Sara

Mum leaves tribute to four year old son who died in fire

Jac's mum, Jenny Davies, leaves tribute to her son. Credit: ITV News

A mother whose four year old son was killed in a house fire this morning has left a moving tribute to her son.

The boy has been name locally as Jac Davies.

Credit: ITV News

Jac's mother, who has also been named locally as Jenny Davies, 28, has been taken to Morriston Hospital with her three other children, aged six, three and 11 months.

My handsome big blue eyed boy, you're my life, my world, my everything, and I will never forget your beautiful blond curls.

Go ride your train up to heaven and wait for me, save a bit of that light for me, and we will see each other again one day I promise.

Love you baby boy.

– Jenny Davies


Have you seen this vehicle? Appeal after Zebra truck is stolen

Gwent Police is appealing for information after the theft of a Land Rover Defender with a distinct zebra print was stolen from a furnishing shop in Abertillery.

Credit: Gwent Police

The vehicle was stolen in the early hours of Tuesday 26th July 2016 from the Fair Deal Furnishers, Aberbeeg Road, Abertillery.

Police are asking anyone who may have seen the truck with the registration number R77 3YOK to contact 101.

This is a very distinct vehicle and we’re hoping that someone has seen this in the area recently.

We believe access was gained by someone climbing over a gate at the premises, the Land Rover was then entered and driven through the gates of the compound. Also making off at the same time was an unidentified white van.

– Inspector Sarah Greening, Gwent Police

Woman jailed for six months for calling ambulance too many times

A woman from Barry who called the Welsh Ambulance Service more than 400 times in the last two years has been jailed for six months.

Mariette Mcharg appeared before Cardiff Magistrates Court yesterday on a number of charges, which also included the assault of a police officer and the assault of two nurses.

Mariette Mcharg called the Welsh Ambulance Service more than 400 times in two years.

In total Mcharg made 408 calls to the Trust via 999 over a two-year period.

She also attended the Emergency Unit at University Hospital of Wales 59 times equalling 372 hours of care, with an additional 55 attendances to Llandough Poisons Unit and 127 calls to GP Out of Hours.

To date, 356 unit hours have been taken up managing the calls using ambulance resources at a cost to the taxpayer of £78,000, and her unscheduled care contacts within Cardiff and Vale University Health Board area are at an additional cost of £94,611.

The 54-year-old was prosecuted under the Communications Act in relation to the calls, and as a result of all the charges, was sentenced to 24 weeks in prison.

We welcome the verdict as we only ever take court action against frequent callers as a last resort.

We recognise that some frequent callers have complex needs, and in this particular instance we have dedicated a large amount of time working with multiple partner agencies to provide increased support and advice for her to access appropriate services.

Unfortunately, despite repeated attempts to identify her unmet needs, there was an escalation in her behaviour which led to us having to pursue court action as a final deterrent.

It’s essential that we protect this precious service for those genuine life-threatening situations.

– Robin Petterson, the Welsh Ambulance Service’s Clinical Support Officer for Cardiff and Vale

We have worked in partnership with Welsh Ambulance Services Trust to manage Ms Mcharg’s frequent contacts to the unscheduled care services.

However she has persisted with this behaviour, despite intensive support, investigations, referrals and case conferences designed to support her in the community and divert her away from emergency and unscheduled care services.

– Anna Sussex, Case Load Manager for Frequent Attendees at Cardiff and Vale Health Board
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