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Man arrested on suspicion of murder after fatal flat fire

A man has been arrested on suspicion of murder, after the death of a woman in a flat fire in Cwmbran this morning.

She has been named as Samantha Thomas, 29 and from the town.

Samantha Thomas died in the fire early this morning. Credit: Wales News Service

Emergency services were called at around 6.30am to the fire in one flat among a larger block. The other flats were evacuated.

More than 30 firefighters, from seven apppliances, tackled the blaze.

Samantha Thomas was pronounced dead at the scene.

The fire happened on Shakespeare Road, St Dials, Cwmbran.

Neighbours: Cwmbran flat fire was 'like a horror film'

The scene of a fatal flat fire in Cwmbran this morning was "like a horror film", neighbours have told ITV News.

A woman was killed in the blaze at around 6.30 this morning, and a man taken to hospital with smoke inhalation.

Gaynor Haines said the flat was "absolutely ablaze", and she feels "so, so sorry" about the way her neighbour died.

Bobby Jones and David Leedham were both involved in trying to get other residents from the block of flats to safety, and described the experience as "scary" and "just horrible."


Neighbours at fatal flat fire 'woken by screaming'

Neighbours in Cwmbran, where a woman was killed in a flat fire early this morning, have told ITV News they were woken by screaming.

Our reporter Alexandra Lodge is in the St Dials area of the town:

Bron Afon Community Housing has confirmed it owns the flats where the fire happened, on Shakespeare Road.

Our thoughts are with the family and friends of the woman who died this morning.

We have found alternative accommodation for seven residents who were evacuated and will be offering any help needed by the police and fire service in their investigation.

– Bron Afon Community Housing spokesperson

Woman killed in flat fire in Cwmbran

A woman has died in a fire in Cwmbran this morning.

A man has been taken to hospital with smoke inhalation, after the blaze on Shakespeare Road, St Dials.

The fire ripped through the flat and the roof of the building.

Emergency services were called at just after 6.30am, to the fire in a block of four flats.

Gwent Police says the woman was pronounced dead at the scene, and the man taken to the Royal Gwent Hospital in Newport.

The other flats have been evacuated, and police and South Wales Fire Service are working to establish the cause of the blaze.

Cwmbran man fined over illegal home tattoo studio

A man from Cwmbran has been fined for operating an illegal tattoo studio from his home.

Torfaen Council say illegal tattooists or 'scratchers' damage the trade of professional tattoists Credit: PA

Adrian Lloyd from Hollybush was found to be operating from a converted garage, which failed to meet basic hygiene standards.

He was also found to be using needles which were past their use-by-dates.

Mr Lloyd, who was not a registered tattooist, pleaded guilty at Newport Magistrates Court.

He was ordered to pay more than £500 in fines and costs.

The council said illegal, unregistered tattooists, also known as scratchers, pose a serious risk to their customers.

As well as the potentially serious health implications, scratchers damage the trade of the many registered tattoo businesses that work hard to uphold the law and offer the best possible service to their customers.

Our advice to residents is that they should only ever use registered tattooing premises.

– Gwyneira Clark, Torfaen Council

Police searching for missing man find body

Gwent Police say officers searching for 72 year old Roger Cecil were called, yesterday afternoon, to a field off Treherbert Road, Cwmbran by a member of the public who had discovered the body of a man.

Mr Cecil went missing from the Royal Gwent Hospital on Saturday.

Mr Cecil went missing from the Royal Gwent Hospital on Saturday. Credit: Gwent Police

Whilst the formal identification process has yet to be completed, it’s thought that the body is that of Mr Cecil. At this time the death is being treated as unexplained and Mr Cecil’s family have been informed and will be supported at this difficult time.

Gwent Police have referred the circumstances of the death to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC).

– Gwent Police spokesperson


Police appeal to locate man after assault in Cwmbran

Credit: Gwent Police

Police are appealing to the public to help find a 26-year-old man from Cwmbran who they'd like to speak to in connection with an assault.

Officers are trying to locate Aaron Slade from Cwmbran about the incident that happened on Friday 23rd January on the Ton Road area of Fairwater.

They want anyone with information relating to Aaron’s whereabouts to call 101.

Stephen Fry's partner given a driving ban

The comedian joined Elliott Spencer at Cwmbran Magistrates Court Credit: Wales News Service

The partner of comedian Stephen Fry has been banned from driving after speeding at more than 100mph to get to the Hay-on-Wye literature festival.

Elliott Spencer, 27, was accompanied by the actor when he appeared at Cwmbran Magistrates' Court earlier today. He was banned from driving for seven days after speed cameras caught him driving at 101mph in a 70mph zone.

The couple are expected to marry later this year.

Man appears in court charged with baby murder

Newport Magistrates Court Credit: ITV News Wales

A 45-year-old man has appeared in court in Newport accused of murdering a one-month-old baby girl.

The man is charged with the murder of baby Amelia Jones in the Pontnewydd area of Cwmbran in November 2012. He is also charged with conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.

He spoke only to confirm his name, age and address at Newport Magistrates Court this morning, and has been remanded in custody to appear at Newport Crown Court on Monday.

A 17-year-old man also appeared before magistrates, accused of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice. He was granted unconditional bail, and is also due to appear at Newport Crown Court on Monday.

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