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Reward for information about missing Kyle Vaughan

Kyle Vaughan was last seen in December. Credit: Family / Gwent Police

A reward of up to £5,000 has been offered for information about missing Kyle Vaughan from Gwent.

The reward is being offered by Crimerstoppers.

Kyle Vaughan, 24, was last seen on December 30th 2012 when his damaged silver Peugeot 306 was found on the A467 between Risca and Cross Keys.

A Crimestoppers spokesman said: “Kyle has been missing for a number of months now and police suspect he has been the victim of murder, which is why we are offering this reward.

“I am appealing to anyone with any information as to who many have committed this crime to contact Crimestoppers anonymously.”

To be eligible for the reward, information must be provided anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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Gwent Police criticised over custody death

An inquest into the death of a 23 year-old Newport man has recorded a verdict of death by misadventure.

Lee Donovan died whilst in police custody following his arrest for criminal damage in April 2008.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission also carried out an investigation following the death.

Findings released today found breaches of PACE and irregularities in custody record keeping by Gwent Police during Mr Donovan's detention but insisted this did not contribute to his death as he was visited in his cell less than 30 minutes before he was discovered with a ligature around his neck.

The investigation found there was a case to answer for misconduct.

Gwent Police decided that a police constable be given management advice, while the custody detention officer was given words of advice.

The police sergeant subsequently left the service and misconduct sanctions could not be applied.

This is a tragic death of a troubled young man and my condolences go to Lee's family and friends.

The IPCC has made recommendations to Gwent Police to improve its custody staff training & how custody records are kept.

Our investigation also looked at what Gwent Police had done to action the recommendations we made to improve custody standards following the death of Andrew Shepherd in 2006 & I was disappointed with the force's actions.

I have told the force that I expect improvements in their custody practices & have arranged to share our learning with Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary.

– Tom Davies, IPCC Commissioner for Wales

"It's made me feel far more independent"

A pensioner and her husband from Gwent who have benefited from a social care scheme say it has helped them keep their independence.

Dorren and William Williams from Blackwood received a handrail at the front of their property and one in their garden.

Prior to the rails being fitted Mr & Mrs Williams were finding it increasingly difficult to climb the steps to their house and use their garden.

The 'Rapid Response' scheme funded by the Welsh Government and administered by Care & Repair Cymru was set up 10 years-ago and has saved the NHS and care budgets more than 100 million pounds by upgrading homes to prevent older people from having accidents.

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