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Elderly shop worker assaulted in violent Newport robbery

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A shop worker in his early 80s was hospitalised after being assaulted in a violent robbery in Newport on Saturday 9th September.

Two men pretended to be customers before distracting and assaulting the staff member, leaving his with a cut to the eye.

The offenders went on to cause damage to a display case and made off with approximately £7,000 worth of jewellery.

Police are appearing for information.

One of the offenders is described as white and in his late teens or early twenties whilst the second is said to be mixed race and around the same age.

Police search for missing man

William Upda Credit: Gwent Police

Gwent Police are looking for information about the whereabouts of William Upda from Caldicot.

Mr Upda was last seen at 1.30pm on Friday 11th August 2017, in Caldicot He hasn't been since and there are concerns for his well-being.

Mr Upda is described as slim build with dark collar length grey hair and bald on top. He wears rectangular glasses with blue arms and he was last seen wearing a blue anorak, grey/green trousers and a grey polo shirt.

If anyone sees him or has information about his whereabouts, police are asking them to call 101 quoting log number 481 11/8/17.

Body of 64-year-old woman found in Pontllanfraith

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Police say a body of a 64-year-old woman has been found in Pontllanfraith.

Gwent police were called to an address on Llanarth Road, Springfield in Pontllanfraith following reports of a concern for safety on Tuesday morning.

The woman was found dead at the scene.

The coroner has been informed as the investigation continues.

Another man sentenced following major Newport police operation

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Another man has been sentenced following the largest policing operation in Gwent history.

Denny Roberts from Newport was sentences to 3 years and 4 months imprisonment for being concerned in the supply of Class A drugs.

On Wednesday 26th April, over 250 officers from Gwent Police conducted a series of early morning raids across Newport as part of 'Operation Jewels'.

33 people were arrested as part of the operation, 26 of whom have been sentenced for various Class A drug offences.

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Teenager, 17, seriously hurt in hit and run

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Police are investigating a hit and run collision which left a 17-year-old pedestrian seriously injured in hospital.

It happened on Church Road in Caldicot at 18:30 on Thursday.

Officers are keen to trace the driver of a red Vauxhall Corsa seen in the area at the time. The vehicle may have damage to its windows and may be missing the drivers side wing mirror.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact 101 quoting log reference 475.

Thief poses as police officer to target elderly woman in 'phone cash con

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Police have issued a warning after a conman posing as a police officer targeted a pensioner in Wales.

On Tuesday, a woman in her 80s from Caerphilly was contacted by telephone by someone claiming to be an officer.

The caller asked her to leave a quantity of money in an envelope outside her address.

The woman did this and the envelope was collected by a man described as being in his late 20s, of medium build, approximately 5'9" tall with brown curly hair. He was wearing a grey hooded top.

– Gwent Police Spokesperson

Officers are asking members of the public to look out for their elderly relatives, friends and neighbours.

Anyone with concerns about similar phone calls should report them by calling 101.

150 vehicles stopped in crackdown on illegal drivers in Newport

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Gwent Police says a day of action along the M4 in Newport saw 150 vehicles stopped.

The operation was part of Modern Day Slavery Week, in a bid to tackle the perpetrators and offer support to victims of slavery.

Officers say on they worked closely with colleagues from Trading Standards, VOSA, DVLA, DWP and licensing officers from local councils.

There were:

  • 4 arrests
  • 16 vehicles seized
  • 17 drivers reported for no insurance/driving licence
  • 45 Vehicle prohibitions/taken off the road

Those who get behind the wheel with a vehicle that is not road worthy not only put their own lives and passengers at risk, but also those of innocent pedestrians and other motorists.

Driving is a privilege and not a right. We will stop you. Think about what that would mean for you.

– Sergeant Leighton Healan, Gwent Police
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