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Hundreds of bikers ride out in memory of woman killed in Tunisia

More than 400 bikers rode out to take part in a special 'ride out' in memory of a woman from Blackwood killed in the Tunisian terror attacks last year.

The bikers raised nearly a thousand pounds for charity. Credit: Cerys Davies

51-year-old grandmother Trudy Jones was one of 38 people killed in June when a gunman opened fire on tourists in the resort of Sousse.

A similar memorial bike ride was held in August last year, involving family and friends.

Trudy Jones from Blackwood was killed in the Tunisian attacks last year. Credit: Gwent Police

Collectively the bikers raised a total of £859, which will be donated to charity.

Trudy's 84 year old mother was at the event and her brother Robert was one of the lead bikers flying flags in her memory.

Warning to Blackwood residents as thieves target area

Gwent Police is warning residents to keep a closer eye on their property and report any suspicious activity after a spike in reported incidents.

Police say overnight on30th – 31st March a house was broken into by forced entry on Elim way where money and car keys were stolen and on Llanarth Road where jewellery and money was stolen.

There were also two attempted breaks on Elim way, Pontllanfraith and one attempted break on Woodbine Road, Blackwood.

We are currently investigating each reported crime and asking residents to secure their property.

Extra patrols have now been put in place by uniformed and plain clothed officers.

I also want remind people not to leave valuable items on view or in reach of open windows.

– Inspector, Jason White

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Police appeal for man last seen at pub in Porthcawl

Police are appealing for information on a 43-year-old man from Blackwood in Gwent who was last seen at the High Tide pub in Porthcawl on Saturday evening.

Gwent Police say Steven Jones is of medium build and approximately 5ft 7 tall. He has a tattoo of three stars on his neck and was last seen wearing stone wash jeans, red daps and a white t-shirt with a red Lonsdale logo on it.

Anyone with information relating to Steven's whereabouts is asked to call 101 quoting log 251 17/08/15.

Blackwood care home worker killed in Tunisia shooting

A care home worker from Caerphilly county borough has been named as one of the people killed in the Tunisian terror attack.

Trudy Jones, 52, worked at Highfields Care Home in Blackwood.

She has been described as an "absolute angel" by residents.

Trudy Jones is one of 38 people killed in the Tunisian terror attack. Credit: Wales News Service

It is believed she was on a week-long holiday, and on the beach in Sousse when the gunman opened fire on Friday.

It is understood her partner was with her and survived the shooting.

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Woman from Blackwood killed in Tunisia terror attack

A woman from Blackwood, in Caerphilly county borough, has been named as one of the people killed in the terror attack in Tunisia.

Islwyn MP Chris Evans has released a statement saying that Trudy Jones, from the town, was among the 38 victims.

When the news broke of the evil attack on innocent holidaymakers in Tunisia we knew it was likely that British citizens were among the casualties.

The reality of this horrific and brutal attack has now been brought home to our communities with the news that Trudy Jones of Blackwood is among those murdered.

My thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends at this difficult time.

– Chris Evans, MP for Islwyn
Tributes have been left on the beach where the shootings happened. Credit: EPA

Man jailed for attacking driver with scaffolding pole

Chamberlain was jailed for three years for attacking his neighbour with a scaffolding pole. Credit: Wales News Service

A man has been jailed for attacking a driver with a scaffolding pole in a row over parking.

Andrew Chamberlain, 50, from Blackwood, hit Daniel Morgan with a four-foot metal pole breaking his arm in three places.

Cardiff Crown Court heard parking was a 'contentious issue' in Greenfield Terrace, Blackwood and residents had agreed to park outside their own houses. The court was told Chamberlain became "abusive and threatening" on spotting Mr Morgan returning to his vehicle after visiting a friend on the street.

Chamberlain had claimed he used the pole in self defence, but was found guilty of causing grievous bodily harm with intent at an earlier hearing.

James Evans, mitigating on Chamberlain's behalf, said the defendant had 'turned his life around' having had 42 convictions in the past.

Chamberlain was jailed for three years.

£364m contracts secure 140 jobs at defence company

A company in Caerphilly county says it has safeguarded 140 jobs, after securing two contracts, worth a total £364m, to supply the armed forces.

General Dynamics, in Oakdale, will continue to provide support for a high tech radio network, and provide a new generation of light armoured vehicles for the Ministry of Defence.

General Dynamics also says the deals will secure jobs in the company's wider supply chain.

Welsh Secretary David Jones welcomed the announced as "testament to the skills and talents of the workforce in Wales."

"It is also further proof that, as part of our long-term economic plan, we are continuing to see encouraging signs of growth and recovery in the Welsh economy coming just before the Nato summit in Newport in September."

Women falling behind men in getting active

Although there's been an increase in the number of people playing sport, it seems women are still lagging behind when it comes to getting active.

According to the charity Street Games, the gender gap is especially wide in deprived parts of Wales. Now, two sporty ladies from the Rhymney Valley have set up a business intended to change all that. Megan Boot reports

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