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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

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

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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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Appeal to find missing man from Pontllanfraith

Grant Adams from Pontllanfraith was last seen two days ago. Credit: Gwent Police

Police are appealing for information to help find Grant Adams from Pontllanfraith in Caerphilly who has been reported missing.

The 23-year-old was last seen between 3pm and 5pm on Tuesday 5th January.

He is described as being white, approximately 5 feet 3 inches tall, and of slim build with blue eyes and mousy brown hair.

He was last seen wearing a black jacket, black trousers, a blue hooded jumper and a grey shirt.

Anyone who has any information should call 101 quoting log 467 06/01/16.

Appeal for help to locate missing 15-year-old girl

15-year-old Chloe Smith was reported missing on Saturday. Credit: Gwent Police

Police are appealing for help to locate 15-year-old Chloe Smith who went missing from her home in Abertridwr, Caerphilly.

She was reported missing on Saturday 19th December 2015 and has links to the Newport area.

The teenager is described as white, 5ft 2 inches tall, slim build, with long dark hair.

She was last seen wearing blue jeans, a black leather jacket and blue Nike Air Max trainers.

Anyone with information should call 101 and quote 462 19/12/15.

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