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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.

Caerphilly homes without power visited by Police

Police have visited around 60 homes in Caerphilly that are without power tonight.

Gas and electricity supplies were stopped after a man threatened to harm himself at a property in Buxton Court in Lansbury Park.

Gwent police made the decision due to the risk of fire at that property and an adjoining one. The police have been at the scene since 3.45pm, joined shortly afterwards by the Fire Service.

BREAKING: Power supply to Caerphilly homes stopped due to police incident

Power has been stopped to around 60 homes in Caerphilly after a man threatened to harm himself.

The incident is currently ongoing at a property in Buxton Court in Lansbury Park. Due to the of risk of fire at that property along with a neighbouring one, Gwent police have stopped gas and electricity supply to the area. They are currently negotiating with the man to bring the situation to a safe conclusion. No one else is thought to be at risk.


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.

Can you help trace the people who hurt this dog?

The RSPCA is appealing for information after a dog was allegedly beaten by two men in Caerphilly.

A member of the public, who notified the RSPCA, said a woman riding a horse said she saw two men beating a dog and then ran off.

The dog is now with vets in Newport Credit: RSPCA

The male brindle lurcher was found collapsed on a small grass verge at the end of Rudry Road, Rudry, Caerphilly, on Tuesday.

The RSPCA urges anyone who has any information about this incident to get in touch.

The poor thing was found by a member of public in a collapsed state with an injured head. The dog was disorientated and lethargic.

A lady on a horse allegedly told the member of public that she saw two males in the area beat the dog. Unfortunately we have no details of the lady on the horse and no descriptions of the males.

– Holly Brown, RSPCA

The dog has now been taken to a vet in Newport, but is not recovering well.

Anyone who may have information about this incident should contact the RSPCA inspectorate appeal line on 0300 123 8018.

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