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Bridgend residents encouraged to become Community First Responders

The volunteers will learn CPR, oxygen therapy, basic first aid and how to use a defibrillator Credit: PA

The Welsh Ambulance Service is appealing to people in the Bridgend area to make a difference to family, friends or neighbours in distress, by becoming a Community First Responder.

The Trust is especially keen to recruit in Maesteg, Porthcawl, Pyle and Kenfig Hill.

First Responders are volunteers who give up their spare time to attend appropriate 999 calls, and give first hand emergency care to people in their own community.

All volunteers will be trained by the Welsh Ambulance Service to administer basic first aid, and things like CPR.

Their role does not replace the normal response of a paramedic, but is designed to support the patient until the paramedic arrives.

Training for the latest batch of Community First Responders in this area begins in May.

Army women 'fearful of complaining' says Bridgend MP

Female service personnel are "terrified" to make formal harassment complaints against their colleagues, according to Bridgend MP Madeleine Moon.

Ms Moon, who sits on the Commons Defence Select Committee, said many women were fearful of the impact filing a complaint could have on their career.

We've got quite a big problem, mainly in the army. It's not a pretty picture.

There is a climate of fear where you are absolutely too terrified to put your name to a complaint.

And that happens when people ring me too. Women will say that they are afraid that it will affect their career, that it will adversely affect how they are able to work with their colleagues. They just don't want to come forward and acknowledge that a problem is there.

– Madeleine Moon MP, speaking to the BBC's Today programme

She said sexual intimidation and general bullying against women was "tolerated a far greater extent" in the army, compared with the other armed forces.

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Family pay tribute to man shot dead in South Africa

Jeremy Brooke was a keen traveller Credit: Family / South Wales Police

The family of a British man who was shot dead in a burglary in South Africa said they are "devastated".

Jeremy Brooke, 32, was on holiday with friends in a remote farmhouse when armed men burst in and opened fire. He died in hospital several hours later.

Five men have been arrested in connection with the murder in the Transkei region of South Africa.Jeremy's family, who live in Bridgend, said: "Jeremy had a passion for life which enriched the lives of everyone who knew him.

"Jeremy loved South Africa and it is regretful that such senseless and criminal violence is robbing the country of so many valuable, proud citizens."The family spokesman added: "Shocked as we are, we would like to express our gratitude for the support we have received."

Firefighters tackling blaze at Bungalow near Bridgend

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Crews from Bridgend Pontycymmer Cowbridge & bowser from Kenfig are attending fire at Brynmenyn #SWControl NR

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Newton murder 'born out of sexual jealousy'

“This was a tragic incident which brought shock and sadness to the community of Pencoed as Assia Newton was the victim, of domestic abuse which ultimately led to her death" said Detective Inspector Paul Peters from South Wales Police.

Judge Eleri Rees described the killing as "born out of... sexual jealousy" after Newton discovered his wife was planning to leave him.

Kelvin Newton strangled his estranged wife Assia in the bedroom of her home Credit: South Wales Police

“There is no place in today’s society for individuals to be subjected to domestic abuse and South Wales Police will not tolerate incidents of this nature" said Detective Superintendent Lorraine Davies.

More: Police urge reporting of domestic abuse after Kelvin Newton murder conviction

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Kelvin Newton jailed for minimum of 18 years for wife's murder

A man from Bridgend who murdered his wife with a dog lead has been sentenced to life in prison.

Assia Newton was described as "a loving mother, daughter, sister, grandmother and aunt" Credit: Wales News Service

Kelvin Newton will serve a minimum of 18 years in jail after being convicted of the murder of Assia Newton at her home in Pencoed last July.

More: Kelvin Newton convicted of Assia Newton murder

Pedestrian 'seriously injured' in Bridgend road collision

A pedestrian is being treated in hospital with "serious injuries" after a road traffic collision in Bridgend last night.

The incident happened at around 8.40pm on the A4061 outside the Ambulance station in Bryncethin, Bridgend and involved a blue Vauxhall Zafira.

The woman is being treated for her injuries at Morriston Hospital in Swansea.

Police are appealing for any witnesses to come forward.

Police urge reporting of domestic abuse after Kelvin Newton murder conviction

South Wales Police say tackling domestic abuse is 'a priority' for the force.

This was a tragic incident which brought shock and sadness to the community of Pencoed as Assia Newton was the victim of domestic abuse which ultimately led to her death.

I urge anyone who is a victim to seek help and support from the excellent organisations that provide assistance and expert advice. Importantly also report such incidents to us so that we can intervene at the earliest opportunity.

– DI Paul Peters, South Wales Police

More: Kelvin Newton convicted of Assia Newton murder

Kelvin Newton convicted of Assia Newton murder

A man has been convicted of the murder of his estranged wife after she told him she wanted a divorce.

Kelvin Newton, 45, strangled Assia Newton, 44, with a dog lead at their home in Pencoed, near Bridgend. She was found dead on July 14 last year.

Assia Newton was described as "a loving mother, daughter, sister, grandmother and aunt" Credit: Wales News Service

Cardiff Crown Court heard how the mother-of-four fell in love with a waiter on a Mediterranean holiday after years trapped in a violent, unhappy marriage.

At the time of her murder, she was days away from flying out to Tunisia to meet the waiter for a third holiday.

Newton, of Bridgend, denied murder but was found guilty by a jury after a two-week trial. He was remanded in custody and will be sentenced next month.

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