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Campaign aims to help homeowners prevent burglaries

A new campaign has been launched by Gwent Police to tackle the number of burglaries that are blighting the lives of families.

There were more than 900 break-ins in the force's area in just six months last year. And the annual total for the whole of Wales is more than 7,000.

So what can we do to protect ourselves? James Crichton-Smith has been talking to one woman who's been the victim of a burglary.

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Man arrested after 'explosives' incident in Newport

Police were called to Ridgeway Drive at around 11.45am this morning. Credit: ITV News

Bomb squad officers are currently dealing with a suspected explosive device at an address in Newport.

Police were called to Ridgeway Drive at around 11.45am. Gwent Police say "an object that looked like an explosive device" was discovered during a search of the property.

A cordon was put in place as a precaution and members of the Explosive Ordnance Division arrived at around 2pm and are still on the scene.

A 34-year-old man from Newport has been arrested on suspicion of possession of a firearm and production of cannabis.

Police believe body to be that of missing teen

Police say they believe a body discovered yesterday is that of the missing teenager. Credit: Gwent Police

Gwent Police say they believe a body discovered on Thursday morning near the sea wall at the Wetlands site at West Nash Road is that of missing Newport teenager Nida Naseer.

The death is still being treated as unexplained, pending the outcome of a post-mortem which is taking place today say the force and Nida’s family continue to be supported by specialist officers.

Police forces criticised for handling of domestic abuse

Every 30 seconds police take a call about domestic violence - but today two of Wales' police forces have been criticised by the official inspectorate for the way they handle domestic abuse.

HMIC says Gwent Police is failing to minimise the risk to victims because the force doesn't have the right systems in place.

The report also says the service provided by North Wales police is inconsistent.

Rachel Williams from Newport was shot in the leg by her abusive partner. She says she's tired of hearing things will change - as Carole Green has been finding out.

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Wetlands area cordoned off after Newport body find

Police were called to the Gwent Wetlands site on West Nash Road at 10 o'clock this morning
A body found at the site has not yet been identified but police say the family of missing teenager Nida Naseer have been informed
Police say the death is being treated as unexplained and a post-mortem examination is due to take place

London 2012 star was paralysed after not wearing seatbelt

Josie Pearson, a London 2012 Paralympic champion from Hay-on-Wye, is fronting this year's campaign from all four Welsh police forces to highlight the importance of wearing a seatbelt.

She was paralysed in a crash in 2003, when she was not wearing a seatbelt.

She describes how she regrets the day she chose not to put her seatbelt on: "I wish I could go back to that day and not get in the car. Set a good example and put your belt on, it could save your life.”

Paralympian helps Police launch seatbelt campaign

Paralympian Josie Pearson MBE is backing the All Wales Seatbelt Campaign. Credit: PA

Paralympic gold medallist Josie Pearson MBE has teamed up with Gwent Police to launch this year's All Wales Seatbelt Campaign.

Josie sustained life changing injuries which left her paralysed as a result of a road traffic collision that occurred in Goytre, near Abergavenny in 2003. She was not wearing a seatbelt.

The seatbelt campaign will run over the next two weeks and aims to enforce the law of wearing a seatbelt in the front and rear of a vehicle, and prevent people putting their lives at risk in the first place by choosing not to belt up.

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