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Police appeal to find woman who didn't pay for B&B stay

Gwent Police are appealing for help tracking down a woman who didn't pay for her night in a guest house in Abergavenny.

Police want to speak to this woman in connection with theft from a guesthouse Credit: Gwent Police

A woman stayed at the guest house on Oxford Street in Abergavenny on March 22nd. She left the following morning without paying for her stay.

Do you know this woman? Police want to speak to her Credit: Gwent Police

Police would like to speak to the woman pictured in the CCTV images in connection with this. Anyone with information regarding her whereabouts is asked to call police on 101.

Parrot stolen in £35,000 raid on pet supplies company

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Gwent Police say a parrot worth £900 was stolen on a raid on Silver Star Pets at the Britannia Enterprise Centre Pengam.

The African Grey was part of a £35,000 haul stolen overnight 15th-16th March.

Officers say other stolen items included dog leads, dog coats, fish tanks, various pet food and dog grooming equipment. Other units broken into were Auto Stitch, George Monumental Masons and Pride and Groom where damage was caused to the doors but nothing was stolen.

Anyone with information should call 101.

Police evacuate 30 homes after discovery of 'suspicious package'

Gwent Police have evacuated 30 homes in Newport this morning following the discovery of a suspicious package.

Officers did so as a safety precaution after the discovery of the package at a property in Graig Park Villas.

A 50 metre cordon has been put in place and the bomb disposal unit has been called. Officers are currently assessing the package.

Police have evacuated 30 homes in Newport Credit: PA

A nearby primary school Tweeted parents to say the police had told them there was no threat to pupils.

Appeal after sexual assault in Newport

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Gwent Police is appealing for information after a sexual assault in Newport city centre in the early hours of yesterday morning..

Officers say a local 24 year old woman was walking through the underpass by the Old Green roundabout at about 2.30am when she was approached by two men and assaulted.

The men subsequently ran off.

Officers are appealing for anyone who was in the area at the time or has any information that could help the investigation to call them on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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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

Gwent PCC warns police budget cuts are 'dangerous'

Gwent's Police and Crime Commissioner has warned that further budget cuts will stretch the force's resources to "dangerous levels."

Ian Johnston has spoken out after the Home Office published its provisional police grant settlement this week, showing a 5.1 per cent cash terms reduction between 2014-15 and 2015-16.

Ian Johnston says cuts to policing budgets have been 'brutal.'

He said that the Gwent force has already lost 223 police officers and 169 staff members due to cuts since 2010-11.

The government grant for Gwent was £84.7m in 2010-11, reduced to £76.8m by 2014-15.

Whilst I understand the need for cuts during times of austerity, I am very concerned about the rationale behind continuously reducing the budget of frontline policing.

These ongoing cuts are not sustainable and will only succeed in further stretching our already diminishing resources to dangerous levels in future. You just can't put a price on public safety. These brutal cuts to policing are bound to have an impact on police service provision.

– Ian Johnston, Gwent Police and Crime Commissioner

Police say they're balancing rights of protestors and motorists

Gwent Police have told ITV News that they are trying to balance the rights of the protestors with that of the motorists as they deal with an ongoing demonstration westbound on the Severn Bridge:

“At the moment [we are] there to balance the competing rights of the protestors with that of the motorists, and our aim is to ensure that the protest passes in a safe and peaceful way and everybody stays safe”.

– Inspector Micah Hassell, Gwent Police
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