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Appeal after teen 'sexually touched' at Costa Coffee

Gwent Police is appealing for information after a 14 year-old girl was "sexually touched" in a Costa Coffee shop.

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Officers say the incident occurred in Ebbw Vale on Saturday 19th September 2015.

A 14 year-old girl was allegedly touched to her backside whilst waiting in the queue at Costa Coffee in the Festival Park Shopping Centre, Ebbw Vale.

The incident happened at approximately 2.15pm and officers are keen to speak to anyone in the coffee shop around this time to help with their enquiries.

– Gwent Police

Anyone with information is asked to call 101.


Three areas compete for wild flower cash

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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.

Police appeal to find missing Ebbw Vale man

Gwent Police is appealing for information to find a missing man from Ebbw vale.

53-year-old Robert John Davies was reported missing from his address yesterday evening at approximately 6pm.

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Robert is described as being white, approximately 5 feet 10 inches tall, of medium build with short red hair. He is last known to be wearing a bright yellow polo shirt and jeans, a black zip up jacket and a dark coloured woollen hat.

Anyone who has information relating to Robert's whereabouts is asked to call 101.

Disused pub on fire in Ebbw Vale.

More than 20 firefighters are tackling a blaze at a disused pub in Ebbw Vale.

They were called out at around 3.30am. The fire is in the first floor and roof of the building in Beaufort Rise, Rassau.

There are no reports of casualties.

Ebbw Vale Town station officially opened

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Ebbw Vale Town Station will be officially opened today.

£11.5m has been ploughed into the station and railway track improvements. An hourly service runs on the Cardiff to Ebbw Vale line.

The project is part of the £77m Phase 1 of the Metro scheme.

Since we reopened the Ebbw Vale rail line to passengers in 2008, the route has become a vital link for the community to access jobs and services. It has proved very popular with some 300,000 journeys annually.

– Carwyn Jones AM, First Minister

Since its opening, the Ebbw Vale line has provided a vital link both for those travelling for work and for leisure. The number of journeys on this line have consistently increased year on year. With this new station extension, this growth looks set to continue.

– Mike Tapscott, Projects Director


First train arrives at new Ebbw Vale station

The new Ebbw Vale Town Station has officially opened today after the first train to arrive at the station pulled in this morning.

The station is located on the Ebbw Vale to Cardiff line.

The station, which will serve Ebbw Vale town centre, is part of a £11.5m Welsh Government funded project which also includes an extension and speed improvements to the railway track.

It is located on the Ebbw Vale to Cardiff line and will be served by the existing hourly service, with the potential for additional services to be introduced in future.

The new station, delivered by Network Rail, features a brand new station building, 150m platform to fit up to 6 train carriages, car park, CCTV, customer information screens, waiting shelter, help point, ticket machines and bicycle storage.

The existing square will link the station to the main north-south bus routes and the mechanical link up to the town centre. New track has been installed extending the existing railway northwards from Ebbw Vale Parkway, through The Works and up to Ebbw Vale Town.

"This improvement to the Ebbw Vale line will build on the success of the re-opening in 2008 and the recent opening of the new station at Pye Corner. The extension into Ebbw Vale town, along with the new station, will help boost the local economy by making it easier for many more people to travel by train to access jobs, training and education."

– James Jackson, Network Rail Wales

Public inquiry into Circuit of Wales plans

A public inquiry will be held in June, to consider plans for a £280m racing track in Blaenau Gwent.

The Planning Inspectorate says the planning inquiry will start on 24 June, with its inspector writing a recommendation over whether the development should go ahead.

Developers hope to bring top-level motor racing to Ebbw Vale. Credit: Heads of the Valleys Development Company

Developers say the track will create thousands of jobs, and bring 750,000 visitors to the area each year - but there has been controversy over environmental concerns.

Says Kate Ashbrook, from the Open Spaces Society, said: ‘We objected most strongly to this ugly and intrusive development on a substantial area of common land. We are pleased that, in the light of the objections, the Planning Inspectorate has resolved that there should be a public inquiry."

Race course giant writes to PM over Circuit of Wales

The bosses of the giant Silverstone racecourse have written to the Prime Minister challenging plans for public money to support a multi-million-pound race track near Ebbw Vale. They've claimed that requests for public sector cash to help the Circuit of Wales project could be illegal.

The company behind the scheme, Heads of the Valleys Development wants to create 6,000 jobs on the site. They said any application for support would be in line with existing policy and procedure. Ruth Wignall spoke to motoring journalist Ed Foster about the dispute.

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