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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.

Police name Risca stab victim

A man who was stabbed in Risca on Wednesday has been named as 35-year-old Stephen Lambert.

Police and ambulance were called to Twmbarlwm Close after the man was discovered with stab injuries.

He was taken to the Royal Gwent Hospital where he subsequently died.

The two local men, aged 28 and 35, arrested on suspicion of murder are in police custody.

Teen to face no further action over alleged murder plot

A teacher from Cwmcarn High School was the target of the alleged plot last year.

A schoolgirl arrested for allegedly plotting to kill a teacher at a school in Caerphilly county will face no further action.

The 15-year-old girl, from Risca, was arrested on suspicion of conspiring to murder teacher Alison Cray at Cwmcarn High School in May this year.

She will now face no further action after police took advice from the Crown Prosecution Service.

Another 15-year-old girl, from Newbridge, arrested on suspicion of threats to kill, possession of a bladed article on a school premises and conspiracy to commit murder, has had her bail extended.

The two girls have been permanently excluded from the 1,100 pupil school.

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