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Welsh police forces to develop crime scene app

Two Welsh police forces are hoping to develop an app to allow them to record witness statements.

South Wales and Gwent Forces have been given a £837,000 grant from the UK Government's Police Innovation Fund to develop the project.

The app will allow officers to record audio and video accounts from members of the public as well as at crime scenes. The idea is that officers will be able to upload statements using mobile phones and tablet computers, whilst out on the beat - reducing the need for them to return to base.

This project will enhance the quality of information and evidence obtained at crime scenes, allow Forces to share cross-border data quickly and enable officers and key partners in the community to have rapid access to key information which will save both time and money.

– Ian Johnston, Police and Crime Commissioner for Gwent

Villagers crack down on drivers speeding in local area

Volunteers from a village in Monmouthshire are trying to crack down on drivers who speed in their local area. Residents from Llanfair Kilgeddin have been given a speed gun to monitor how fast vehicles are going, before handing the information on to the police.

It's the first scheme of its kind in Wales, but some locals believe it's the only way they can slow speeding drivers down. Nicola Hendy reports.

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Appeal for witnesses following fatal A465 crash

The collision happened at around 00:45am this morning.

Gwent Police is appealing for witnesses following a fatal crash that happened in the early hours of this morning on the A465 Heads of the Valleys road near Clydach.

The collision involved a blue Peugeot 206 car and a red Kawasaki motorbike. Emergency services were alerted to the crash, but the rider of the motorbike was pronounced dead at the scene.

Anyone who may have witnessed the crash is asked to contact the police on 101.

Appeal for missing Newport teenager

Anyone with information is asked to contact the police. Credit: Gwent Police

Gwent Police is appealing for information about a 14-year-old who has been reported missing from his home in Langstone, Newport.

Raigardas Baltrusaitus was last known to be wearing light blue jeans, a t-shirt and a light blue jacket. Anyone with information relating to his whereabouts is asked to call Gwent Police on 101.

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Appeal over missing Pontypool woman

Gwendoline Metcalf, 79, was reported missing yesterday afternoon. Credit: Gwent Police

A 79-year-old woman is missing from her home in Sebastopol, Pontypool.

Gwendoline Metcalf was last seen in Ash Grove Close at about 5.30pm yesterday. She is 5ft 4ins tall, of slight build with short grey/white hair and blue eyes. She was wearing a blue mac, lilac shirt and navy trousers.

Gwent Police says she may be wearing a hat and have beige handbag with her. She walks with the aid of sticks.

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101 quoting log number 494 30/05/14.

Appeal over seven months pregnant missing woman

Police are appealing for help to find a missing woman from Abertillery, who is seven months pregnant.

Karla Price, 26, was last seen on Friday 2 May on Cardiff Road in Newport.

Karla Price is described as having dark dyed black shoulder length hair. Credit: Gwent Police

She is described as five feet two inches tall, with a slim build even though she is pregnant, dark dyed black shoulder length hair - and she could be wearing a pink showerproof hoody.

Gwent Police says officers are concerned for her welfare, as she is pregnant, and because of the length of time she has been missing.

If anyone knows of her whereabouts, they are asked to phone 101.

Victims' surgeries trialled at Pontypool Police Station

Pontypool Police Station will be the first in Wales to offer local victims of crime the chance to speak to Victim Support workers at weekly drop in surgeries.

Victims of crime in the area will be able to speak at private surgeries. Credit: ITV News

From today, a Victim Support surgery will be held every Thursday between 12pm and 2pm.

It's the first time Victim Support have trailled these surgeries specifically at police stations in Wales.

Appeal after attempted knife robbery in Tredegar

Gwent police is appealing for information following an attempted robbery in Tredegar this morning at about 1030.

A man is said to have approached a woman on Gelli Road, near the Lidl Store, and demanded money.

He was holding a knife at the time say police which the the woman grabbed and as a result suffered a minor cut to her hand, the man then ran off.

Enquiries are on-going, anyone with any information is asked to call Gwent Police on 101, quoting log number 118 30/04/14.

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