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House severely damaged by a fire in Barry

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A house in Barry was severely damaged by a fire in the early hours of this morning.

Fire crews from Barry and Penarth found the house "well alight" shortly after 5am and spent two hours fighting the blaze.

Nobody was injured or inside the house at the time of the fire, the cause of which is now being investigated.


Welsh school 'first in the UK' to be powered by a solar farm

Welsh school 'first in the UK' to be powered by a solar farm Credit: ITV Wales

St Richard Gwyn Catholic High School in Barry believe they are the first school in the UK to be powered by a solar farm.

The deal between the school, and energy firm Conergy UK, will save the school around £26,000 a year. That money will now be invested in school refurbishments and improving education.

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Get your skates on - Barry gets ice rink for Christmas

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Barry is to get its first ever Christmas ice rink this winter.

The Vale of Glamorgan Council says the town's Central park will be transformed into "Ice Central".

The undercover rink will open after the Christmas lights are switched on at 5pm on 26th November and then every day from Sunday 27th November to Sunday 4th December.

There will be late night events on Friday, Saturdays and Sundays. Prices will start from £3 and a family ticket will be available for £10.

Councillor Lis Burnett, Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Education, said: “For the past two years we have held the hugely popular Christmas projections in King Square. These two evenings have proved that the right events can attract huge numbers of people to Barry’s town centre."

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
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