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'Major disruption' following gas leak in Cwmbran

South Wales Fire and Rescue say there is "major disruption" in an area of Cwmbran following a gas leak.

Ashbridge Inn in Cwmbran was evacuated. Credit: Google Street View

Gwent Police say people were evacuated from the Ashbridge Inn after a gas pipe was severed.

A 100 metre cordon is now in place.

Road closures closures currently in place are Avondale Road from the Nissan garage up to Bevans Lane, Chapel Lane to the roundabout at the top of Edlogan Way, and Pontrhydyrun Road to the roundabout on the A4051.

Diversions have been put in place by the local authority and they have advised that they will remain for at least another 24 hours.

Appeal after man is attacked by strangers in a car

Police appeal for information after man is attacked by strangers in a car.

Henllys Way, Cwmbran. Credit: Google Street View

Gwent Police say the assault happened at on Henllys Way, Cwmbran in the early hours of Sunday 27th September at approximately 00.40am.

A 27 year-old man was walking along when he was attacked by three unknown men, two of the men were described as in their forties and one of the men was described as in his late teens.

The victim was knocked to the floor and then kicked in the body, sustaining bruising to the head and face. The three men then got into a small, bright blue coloured car and drove off.


Woman fined for dumping her sofa in woods

A woman has been prosecuted and ordered to pay £250 for fly tipping her faux-leather, two-seater sofa in local woods.

The woman was seen dumping the sofa by two people. Credit:

Shannon Williams, 21, formerly of Gordings in Greenmeadow, Cwmbran pleaded guilty to dumping the brown sofa in woodland adjacent to Marl Court in Thornhill.

The incident was seen by two witnesses who reported it to Torfaen Council.

Ms Williams pleaded guilty to the offence at Cwmbran Magistrates Court and was was fined £75 and ordered to pay costs of £150, and a victim surcharge of £25.

The brown leatherette sofa could have been taken away for free. Credit:

The sofa could easily have been taken to the household waste recycling centre, or alternatively the council offers a bulky collection service where residents can have large items picked up from their homes for a small fee.

Many charities may also have collected it free of charge. There is a simply no excuse for anyone who chooses to dump their unwanted items in our green spaces.

– Councillor Gwyneria Clark


Three areas compete for wild flower cash

Credit: Patrick Pleul/DPA/PA Images

Cardiff, Cwmbran and Ebbw Vale have been shortlisted in a bid for money to develop a wild flower site as part of the Grow Wild Wales scheme.

£120,000 is on offer to transform a public space. The trio have received funding to develop their ideas before a final decision is made with a public vote.

As well as giving unloved areas a new lease of life in a creative way, we want to encourage people to engage with the outdoors, taking the time to enjoy and learn about nature and our environment as well as reaping the benefits that time spent outdoors with other people offers to both physical and mental health.

– Maria Golightly, Wales Partnership Manager for Grow Wild

The cash comes from the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and the Big Lottery fund.

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