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Thieves steal £20 of copper and cause £10,000 damage

Thieves who stole £20 worth of copper piping from a Tesco store caused £10,000 worth of damages when the freezers went off and food had to be thrown away.

£10,000 worth of damage was done to the Tesco Metro at Trethomas. Credit: Google Street View

Gwent Police says the theft happened at the Tesco Express on Newport Road, Trethomas near Caerphilly between 11.30pm on Wednesday night and 6am this morning.

The copper piping was stolen from the generator outside and the freezers and chillers went off.

Officers are making house to house enquiries and anyone with information is asked to call 101.

Mum thanks first date couple who saved her children after car burst into flames

A couple on their first date risked their lives to save a mother and two children from a flaming car.

A young mother's car exploded in flames Credit: Emma Whitfield

Emma Whitfield, 24, was driving along Caerphilly mountain last Saturday evening after visiting her parents in Cardiff when she heard a loud bang.

“The car in front of me slowed down and when I changed gear my car made a massive bang and I could see smoke coming from the bonnet.

“All I could do was move the car to the side of the road. But as I was undoing my seat belt a man came running towards the car screaming at me to get out.”

– Emma Whitfield

A minute later the car exploded in flames. Luckily, a couple on their first date ran over to help. Emma's three and four-year-old sons Jack and James were scooped from the back seats by Leighton Rowlands, 33, and Kate Williams, 28.

These people saved our lives. The couple who saved my boys were on their first date.

I couldn't thank them enough, they were just amazing and if they hadn't been there and hadn't helped me like they did we would have all died. The whole experience was so petrifying.

– Emma Whitfield

Emma found the couple after a Facebook appeal which was shared 4,000 times. Leighton said: "It was a date to remember. We were only too happy to help - just so glad everyone is OK."


Caerphilly pub badly damaged by fire

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

Credit: Google Maps

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.

Credit: Gwent Police

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.


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.

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.

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