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Caerphilly pub badly damaged by fire

South Wales Fire and Rescue service says a pub in Caerphilly has been damaged by fire overnight.

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More than 20 firefighters were called out to the Irish Tymes on Station Terrace just after 11.30pm.

Around half of the two storey building has been damaged.

There are no reports of injuries.

Around half of the building has been badly damaged, a spokesperson said.

Crews and investigation teams will remain on the site throughout the morning.

Appeal for missing 18-year-old last seen at train station

Police are appealing for information after 18 year-old woman has been reported as missing.

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Gwent Police say Colette Banfield of Senghenydd, was last seen in Caerphilly when she was dropped off at the train station at 4.45pm on 29th June.

Colette is described as being white, approximately 5 ft 6 inches tall, of slight build with bright red hair. If you have any information relating to Colette's whereabouts, please call 101 quoting log 184 01/07/15.

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Teenager hospitalised after knife incident at school

A 15-year-old girl has been taken to hospital following an assault involving a knife at a school near Caerphilly.

Gwent Police were called to the school at around 11.05 this morning. Credit: ITV Wales

Police attended Bedwas Comprehensive School earlier this morning after the report of the incident. Another 15-year-old girl has been arrested on suspicion of assault and is currently in custody.

The assaulted girl suffered an injury to her cheek and a knife has been recovered.

Gwent Police officers are working closely with the school to establish the circumstances of the incident which is believed to be isolated and to not involve any other pupils.

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Reports of 'large' grass fire near Caerphilly

South Wales Fire and Rescue Service are tackling a 'large' grass fire in the Caerphilly area.

It's estimated to be around 100m by 100m in size. It's the most recent of a number of grass fires to be reported across south Wales in recent days.

Police arrest wanted man who taunted them on Facebook

Logan Rhys James posted a message on Gwent Police's Facebook page Credit: Gwent Police

A wanted man who told police on their own Facebook page to "catch me if you can" has been arrested.

Logan Rhys James, from Caerphilly, had been on the run for a week after being recalled to jail for breaching his licence.

Gwent Police posted the 19-year-old's mugshot on social media with an appeal for information on his whereabouts.

Just hours later a comment appeared, from James' profile, on the forces' Facebook page saying: "Haha catch me if you can wont (sic) see me slipping".

However, the teenager was later arrested in his home town.

This demonstrates our commitment to finding and arresting people who fail to abide by the terms of their release from prison.

Our officers had been making arrest enquiries to locate him and we had also been issuing appeals to trace him. We would like to thank the public, the media and Mr James himself for drawing attention to our efforts to return him to prison.

– Superintendent Marc Budden, Gwent Police

Police said James had been given an eight month sentence by the courts for affray in June last year.

Caerphilly community is most deprived in Wales

A community in Caerphilly has been ranked as the most deprived in Wales.

The area labelled as St. James 3, which includes the Lansbury Park estate, has taken the top position in the new Welsh Index of Multiple Deprivation.

This is part of the St. James 3 area, which official figures say is the most deprived in Wales. Credit: Google Street View

The index for 2014 - released today - measures factors like income, housing, health, education and access to services.

2011's most deprived community, in Rhyl West, is now in second place.

Blaenau Gwent and Merthyr Tydfil have the highest concentration of deprived communities across Wales.

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