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Motorists warned of imminent car cruise

A car cruise is to take place at Spytty Retail Park, Newport Credit: Google Street View

Gwent Police are reminding motorists that driving in an anti-social manner is a crime after reports of car cruises in Caerphilly and Newport to take place.

The car cruises are to take place in the Wickes area of Gallagher Retail Park in Caerphilly and Spytty Retail Park in Newport.

Police say anti-social driving can can adversely affect local residents and visitors to the area. It can range from careless driving to deliberate activity, including: speeding, thoughtless driving, loud stereos, noisy exhausts, handbrake turns or ‘donuts’, continuous lapping of an area, racing, wheel spinning, drink/drug driving, tailgating, use of a mobile phone whilst driving and driving a vehicle in an unsafe condition.

Caerphilly residents warned after spate of break-ins

Court Road has been a target for thieves Credit: Google Street View

Residents in Caerphilly are being asked to keep a closer eye on their property after a spate of break-ins over the last week.

One of the targeted streets has been Court Road with tow equipment for a camper stolen from one unlocked garage and two guitars, bagpipes and a watch stolen from another garage on the same day. A Mazda MX5 was broken into which was parked at the side of Court Road.

There was also an attempt to steal a mobility scooter from a garden in Heol Pwll Y Pant.

Police are reminding residents to remain vigilant by locking all windows and doors of their homes and cars.

We are currently investigating each reported crime and asking residents to secure their property. Extra patrols have now been put in place by uniformed and plain clothed officers but I also want remind residents to double check their security and please report any suspicious activity immediately by calling Gwent Police on 101 or if you see a crime taking place, call 999.

– PC Stuart Lewis, Caerphilly Crime and Disorder Reduction Officer

Caerphilly residents warned after spate of break-ins

Residents in Caerphilly are being warned to be vigilant following an outbreak of thefts.

Penyrheol area of Caerphilly. Credit: Google Street View

Gwent Police says homes, garages and sheds are being targeted in the Penyrheol area.

In Heol Barri, a shed was forcefully broken into and a mountain bike and a lawnmower were stolen.

Another bike was taken from a shed at Heol Aneurin and a house at Dunraven Court was broken into and two cars including a white Nissan Qashqui and a green Vauxhall Insignia were stolen as well as a mobile phone.

I’m urging residents to always lock windows and doors even on sheds and garages. Thieves will take any chance they can, don’t make it easy for them. Please remain vigilant and if you have any information on the above crimes, please contact us on 101

– Caerphilly CSO Katrina Hadji-Aghalar

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Police investigate reports of concealed birth

Police are investigating reports of a "concealment of birth" and historic sex offences in the Caerphilly area.

Gwent Police says a man is assisting with enquiries.

As part of the investigation officers are also carrying out enquiries at an address at Pen-Y-Bryn, Caerphilly.

I’d like to reassure residents that this is an isolated case and we are not looking to speak to anyone further during this investigation.

– Detective Chief Inspector, Nicky Brain

Loan shark to 'vulnerable and elderly' jailed

A 63-year-old loan shark who preyed on vulnerable and elderly people has been jailed.

Gareth Jenkins Credit: Gwent Police

Gareth Jenkins of Caerphilly was sentenced to 15 months in prison after pleading guilty to a number of offences which concerned the theft of money by way of acting as a loan shark.

The theft of money overtime was staggering leaving the victims struggling financially and also affected them mentally.

I am glad the victims were strong enough to follow this through to court and obtain the result they deserved, also highlighting to others the dangers of dealing with loan sharks.

– DC Mike Mulcahy, Gwent Police

Appeal after guinea pigs are found abandoned

The RSPCA is appealing for information after two guinea pigs were found abandoned in a box in a park.

Credit: RSPCA

The two long-haired guinea pigs - one ginger and one grey - were found at Skomer Island Way Park in Caerphilly on Monday. The pair were in a box near the children’s play area.

These two guinea pigs were found in a box, which suggests they were just dumped, rather than they accidentally escaped from their owners.

The two guinea pigs - both male - were taken to RSPCA’s Merthyr Tydfil Clinic for a health check.

They are both in a good body condition, although the ginger one is slightly underweight.

Unfortunately neither is microchipped so we don’t know who they belong to.

– RSPCA inspector Simon Evans
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