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Man charged with attempted murder after Barry assault

A 63-year-old man has been charged with attempted murder after a woman was found with serious burns.

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Raymond O'Connell, from Penarth, was arrested following the discovery in Glanmor Crescent in Barry on 4 August.

He appeared before Cardiff Magistrates Court on 6 August and was remanded into custody to reappear at Cardiff Crown Court in September.

The 54 year-old woman remains in hospital in a critical condition.

Man arrested after woman suffers serious burns

Police say a man has been arrested after a woman was found with serious burns at a house in Barry.

Glanmore Crescent, Barry. Credit: Google Street View

South Wales Police says a 63- year-old man from Penarth has been arrested in connection with a serious assault.

The incident happened at a home on Glanmore Crescent in Barry, at around 9.15pm on Thursday, 4th August.

A 54-year-old woman was taken to Morrison Hospital in Swansea with burns where she remains in a serious condition.

It is believed that the man arrested was known to the victim.

A crime scene has been set up along with a police cordon.

Anybody who may have seen or heard anything suspicious in the street from around 9pm onwards is urged to contact South Wales Police on 101 quoting reference *295318 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


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

Concerns over Barry man reported missing

Police in Barry are continuing their appeal for information concerning the whereabouts of Michael Morrell who has been reported missing.

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Mr Morrell, 31, was last seen at 7.00am on Monday 4th July when he left a property on Digby Street in Barry.

Officers are concerned for his well-being and want to hear from anyone who may have seen Michael or have any information concerning his location.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101.


Police in Barry appeal for missing boy

Police in south Wales are appealing for information to find a missing 12-year-old boy from Barry.

Marcus Evans hasn't been seen since Saturday evening. Credit: South Wales Police

Marcus Evans hasn’t been seen since 11:30pm on Saturday.

He's described as approximately 5ft tall and has as a small build and short brown hair. He has links to the Penarth area.

Officers believe he may be wearing blue jeans or grey jogging bottoms, black Nike trainers and a crew neck t-shirt.

Anybody who has seen him is urged to contact South Wales Police via 101.

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