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Pony with maggot-infested leg injury had to be put down

RSPCA Cymru is appealing for information after a pony was found with a severely injured hind leg in Cardiff.

The pony, who was around two years old, was found in a field off Coal Pit Lane, Castleton, in Newport, on 12 July.

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The pony had a serious injury on his right hind leg which was infested with maggots.

He was not microchipped, so the RSPCA were unable trace the owner.

The pony had a serious injury on his right hind leg which was infested with maggots. Credit: RSPCA
Credit: RSPCA

Due to his severe injury an independent vet was immediately called for assistance.

Sadly due to the severity of his injury and associated pain, the vet made the decision that he needed to be put to sleep on welfare grounds.

– Christine McNeil, RSPCA inspector

It is unknown whether the pony was abandoned or fly-grazing.

Anyone who may have information about this pony should contact the RSPCA.

Shut down bridal shop owner says she is a 'victim' of abuse

The owner of the Newport shop at the center of a dispute with more than 100 brides has spoken about the "hellish nightmare" that led to close her bridal boutique.

Melanie Bishop, 35, from Blackwood, believes she is the victim of a campaign of "abuse and lies" after one disgruntled customer started a Facebook group to "destroy" her.

Owner Melanie Bishop fears she will lose her house and business. Credit: ITV News

In the space of three weeks my reputation is in tatters and I believe I will lose my house, my livelihood and the business I worked so hard to build up from scratch.

Me and mum are in bits over this.

I haven't stopped crying since it all spiraled out of control.

The reality is that these women have rallied together and whipped themselves up into a hysteria that is only based on one thing - the fact that my dress suppliers are based in China.

The dresses are not worth £40 and from ebay as these women believe. That couldn't be further from the truth.

We own a factory that is staffed by 15 seamstresses. We run a legitimate business and I am devastated that this Facebook campaign of hate and lies is stopping my genuine customers from receiving their dresses.

It's not that we set out to deliberately mislead people, that's not it.

When I said our dresses were all our own designs that was true.

The only thing I could have done differently was be explicitly clear about the origins of the dresses, but so many shops outsource their materials and labour from China.

It's not uncommon and I never hid it. I left the made in China labels in.

And yes there is a mark up.

As a company we pay around £200 for each dress and sell them to the customer from £700-£1000.

That's how a business operates. That's how I paid my rent, taxes, import fees and overheads but that mark up does not take away from the quality of the product offered.

I'd never missed a wedding before this all started but now I can't answer my phone without receiving vile threats and abuse.

– Melanie Bishop, Owner Anna Sara


Animals force suspension of services

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Arriva Trains Wales services between Cardiff Central and Newport have been suspended because of animals on the line.

Appeal for missing Gary Jones from Newport

Police are concerned for Gary's welfare. Credit: Gwent Police

Gwent Police is appealing for information to help locate 53-year-old Gary Jones who's gone missing from the Newport area.

He's been described white male and is around 5ft 9 in height, medium build, receding dark hair with blue/green eyes.

Gary was last seen around 11:45pm on the 24th July 2016 at this home, wearing dark blue jeans and a dark coloured t-shirt.

Police are concerned for his well-being.

Anyone with information is asked to call Gwent Police on 101 quoting log number 171 25/07/2016.


Welsh house prices 'see their biggest monthly fall for 5 years'

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House prices in Wales have seen their biggest monthly fall for 5 years.

But according to an Acadata survey Torfaen has seen an annual rise of almost 10 percent. The average house price is around 1 hundred and 68 thousand pounds. It also says Merthyr Tydfil has an annual fall of 5.6%, after last months drop of 5.3%.

Monmouthshire leads the table on prices with an average of £242,128. In Gwynedd it's £162,028.

The lowest average price in in Blaenau Gwent at £92,932

Can you reunite this budgie with its owner?

RSPCA Cymru is appealing for information to track down the owner of yellow and green budgie found in Newport.

The bird was found on Saturday at around at Bryn Bevan.

Escapee budgie looking for its owner. Credit: RSPCA

The budgie was taken to an independent local vet.

Anyone who may have information about this budgie is asked to call the RSPCA.

The budgie seems healthy, can fly, and has pink and green tags on his leg, but there is no information on them.

The budgie is probably an escapee and there is most likely an owner who is out there searching for him.

– Annie Janes, RSPCA animal collection officer
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