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Appeal after 60-year-old man goes missing

Police are appealing for information after a 60-year-old man was last seen in the Blaenau Gwent area.

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Officers want to locate Paul Bevan who was last seen on Saturday 23rd January in Carlyle Street, Abertillery.

He hasn't been since then and police are concerned for his well-being.

Paul is described as being approximately 5ft 8" tall and of a large build.

Anyone with information is asked to call Gwent Police on 101.


Appeal after internet cafe is burnt down

Police are appealing for information after a community internet cafe was burnt down.

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The blaze broke out on Tillery Street in Abertillery on Thursday evening.

Gwent Police says the fire is being treated as arson. Two adjoining flats had to be evacuated of residents but there were no injuries.

Televisions and a Play Station were stolen from the premises.

An 18 year old local man has been arrested on suspicion of burglary and arson with intent to endanger life, and is currently in police custody.

Enquiries into 'unexplained' death of 17 year-old

Gwent Police says enquiries are continuing into the unexplained death of a 17 year-old in Blaenau Gwent on Wednesday.

Officers were called called to the address in Cwmtillery, near Abertillery at 11.13am yesterday morning.

A 17 year old male was confirmed dead at the address. Officers are treating the death as unexplained and enquiries are ongoing.

Man gets ten years for face slash attack

A 39-year-old man has been given a ten year prison sentence for slashing the face of another man in an unprovoked attack.

David Lee Hunt will have to serve at least six years. Credit: Gwent Police

David Hunt left a permanent scar on the face of his victim after he slashed him with a knife.

The victim had been at a friend’s house in Llanhilleth, Abertillery, when Hunt turned up uninvited and demanded money.

The victim intervened and was stabbed to the face and chest, causing serious wounds which required surgery.

Cardiff Crown Court, David Lee Hunt was sentenced to 10 years in prison - and will have to serve a minimum of 6 years.

Appeal after dog found hanging on garden gate

A pet owner's missing dog has been found dead - hanging from a garden gate.

Meadow Street, Llanhilleth. Credit: Google Street View

The RSPCA is appealing for information after the grim discovery in Abertillery.

The dog was discovered on Friday with a lead wrapped around his neck hung on the gate at Meadow Street, Llanhilleth.

The dog - named Blaze - broke off a chain at 11pm the night before.

We don’t know what happened to him - but there is a possibility he could have escaped and then had an accident as the dog may have tried to jump the gate but got stuck.

But there is also a chance that it could have been deliberate - so we are appealing for information to try and find out what happened.

– RSPCA inspector Izzy Hignall

Blaze’s owner Craig Andrews said they were all very upset and wanted to know what had happened.

“He is our family dog,” he said. “We are all devastated and we are just looking for answers.”


Burglar jailed for attack using hammer and hoover

A burglar has been jailed for beating a man up using a hammer, a stepladder and a hoover.

Nicholas Lapping was given five years. Credit: Gwent Police

Gwent Police says Nicholas Lapping, 32, knocked the door of a lone man at his home address in Abertillery.

As the man answered the door he was viciously assaulted and required hospital treatment.

Lapping pleaded guilty to aggravated burglary at Cardiff Crown Court and was sentenced to 5 years.

This was a particularly nasty incident that took place at the home address of a lone male, in what should be a safe place.

The actions of the defendant were cruel and no thought was given to the long term effects his behaviour would have on the victim.

– PC Lisa Watkins
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