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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."

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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

First exercise 'hub' for busy women opens its doors

It provides a safe place to exercise where they won't feel intimidated Credit: Street games

Wales' first exercise hub which aims to encourage women to take part in physical activity has opened its doors for the first time this week.

It's based in Pengam in the Rhymney Valley and will offer classes for women of all abilities. The centre has been set up by the sport charity Streetgames - which encourages youngsters from disadvantaged communities to participate in sport.

It will be run with 'Diva Sport' which was set up by Mel Gill and Claire Willams. As single mums, they say they struggled to find enough time to fit exercise in to their daily routine. They started running a variety of classes and encouraged women to bring their children along.

Police appeal over missing Blackwood teenager

Gwent Police has appealed for help to find a teenage boy who has been missing from his home in Blackwood for ten days.

Andrew Amoah, 16, is described as black, approximately 5 feet 10 inches tall, of slim build, with brown eyes and short black hair.

He was last seen on 10 December.

Andrew’s hair is now shorter than in this picture. Credit: Gwent Police

He was known to be wearing blue jeans, a blue puffer jacket and black Nike trainers.

Andrew is known to have links in the Woolwich, Yeovil, Swindon and Cardiff areas.

Gwent Police is urging anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call 101.

86 to appear in court over 'cash for crash' scam

A group accused of orchestrating the UK's biggest 'cash for crash' scam has been appearing at Cwmbran Magistrates' Court this morning.

86 people accused of a range of offences, including conspiracy to defraud, are due to appear during the course of the day.

Appearing in groups of 1 to 5 people, the defendants spoke only to confirm their names and dates of birth.

The Magistrate granted bail, and the group will appear at Newport Crown Court between November 4th and 6th.

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Gwent Police charge 86 people over 'crash for cash'

86 people have been charged by detectives as part of a so called 'crash for cash' investigation into allegations of motor insurance fraud.

Detectives working with specialist insurance fraud experts in Gwent have spent two years working on the inquiry.

It is one of the largest scale investigations of its kind ever seen in Wales.

Alleged insurance fraud scam at Blackwood garage

Gwent Police says 86 people have been charged in relation to an alleged 'crash for cash' scam operating out of a garage in Pengam, Blackwood, in the South Wales Valleys.

They are due to appear at Cwmbran Magistrates Court on 10 October.

A team of officers and detectives have been investigating this sophisticated ‘crash for cash scheme’ alongside the Insurance Fraud Bureau (IFB) for more than two years, and this has led to the arrest and charge of these 86 individuals.

If you suspect anyone of committing insurance fraud, you can contact the police on 101 or report them directly to the free and confidential IFB Cheatline on 0800 422 0421, or online at [www.insurancefraudbureau.org/

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– Detective Sergeant Andy Cullen, Gwent Police

Gwent Police established Operation Dino in 2011, to specifically investigate ‘crash for cash’ insurance frauds.

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