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Police appeal to trace family of late Wendy Humphries

Police are trying to trace the family of a Caerphilly woman who died at Prince Charles Hospital on January 21st.

Wendy Humphries, who was 44 years old, lived in Chapel Terrace in the village of Hengoed.

Despite making local enquiries the Coroner’s office has been unable to trace her next of kin.

Anyone who knew Wendy, or anyone who knows of a family member, should contact coroner’s officer Robert Lewis on 01685 724228.

– South Wales Police statement


Woman delivers daughter's baby on Christmas Day

Leah Bennett, with newborn Millie Holly, and proud grandmother Kathy Boucher Credit: James Crichton-Smith/ITV News

A grandmother from Treharris got a special present this year after delivering her daughter's baby on Christmas Day.

Kathy Boucher called 999 when her daughter Leah Bennett went into labour in Nelson, Caerphilly.

But it was too late to get her to the hospital and so the ambulance operator talked Kathy through delivering little Millie Holly.

Man arrested after motorbike passenger killed in crash

Police have arrested a man on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving after a crash which left a biker in a critical condition in hospital and his female passenger dead.

Gwent Police named today the 40-year-old pillion passenger who lost her life in the accident as Claire Victoria Franklin, of Caerphilly, South Wales.

The 31-year-old motorcyclist, who is also from Caerphilly, is in a critical condition at University of Wales Hospital, Cardiff.

The accident between the motorcycle and a red Peugeot 306 estate happened on Pandy Road in Bedwas, near Caerphilly, at around 5.15pm yesterday.

Police appeal after brother and sister threatened

CCTV images have been released by British Transport Police Credit: British Transport Police

British Transport Police have released CCTV images after claims of threatening behaviour against a 14-year-old schoolboy and his 11-year-old sister.

It happened at around 3.30pm on Monday, 9th December, at Llanbradach rail station.

Investigating officer, PC Mike Watson, said:

“The victims were walking across the footbridge at Llanbradach station and reported that two people walking in front of them – a man and a woman – repeatedly turned around and stared at them.

“When challenged by one of the victims as to why they kept staring at them, the man turned and threatened to punch the 14-year-old boy in the face and verbally abused the girl, who was only 11.

“This was a cowardly act carried out on two young children who were clearly vulnerable due to their age.”

The man, is described as white, 5ft 8in, in his early to mid 20s and of slim build.

The second person officers would like to speak to is a white woman, around 5ft 6in, approximately 18 or 19 years old and of slim build with long black hair.

Anyone with information should contact British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40.

Caerphilly Council criticised for acting 'unlawfully'

Caerphilly Council has once again been criticised for acting unlawfully by the Auditor for Wales.

In March, it faced investigation after chief officers were awarded a pay rise worth £270,000.

This time, it's for paying them to buy out their entitlements to annual leave and car user allowances.

The auditor found the council acted without proper authority and clear record keeping. Unions are calling for a speedy investigation into the council's motives. Alexandra Lodge reports.


From Middle Earth to Bargoed: Hollywood actor comes home

Children at a school in Bargoed got the chance to meet a Hollywood filmstar today. In his latest role, Welsh actor Luke Evans plays Bard the Bowman in second instalment of The Hobbit trilogy.

He returned to his hometown to share his experiences on the big screen and inspire around 60 pupils from Lewis School Pengam. Alexandra Lodge went along to meet him.

Pupils get a taste of Hollywood with Hobbit actor visit

Luke Evans, who grew up in Caerphilly, visited a school to talk about his career Credit: ITV News/Alexandra Lodge

Pupils at a Caerphilly school got the chance to meet a Hollywood actor today, when one of the stars of 'The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug' paid them a visit.

Luke Evans, who grew up in Caerphilly, was at Lewis School Pengam in Bargoed to talk about his work and how to develop a career in the film industry.

The event was part of the charity FILMCLUB's industry interaction programme, which enables young people from all backgrounds to have access to a creative professional while still at school.

Operation Santa to bring christmas cheer to Caerphilly

Caerphilly County Borough Council is hoping to bring the christmas cheer to around 800 children across the county. Volunteers are helping to sort, wrap and distribute over 2,500 parents today and tomorrow.

Operation Santa is being supported by homelessness charities Llamau, Action for Children, Home-Start and Gofal Cymru, who have nominated children to receive gifts.

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