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RSPCA appeal after 17 pets abandoned

The RSPCA is appealing for information after 17 degus were found dumped in woodland in Newport on Saturday.

A degu is a small rodent Credit: RSPCA

The animals were found in woodland in the Ringland area by a member of the public who was walking his dogs.

RSPCA Inspector Christine McNeil said: “Someone has deliberately dumped these animals without a second thought for their welfare. They have allowed them to breed and just thrown them out like rubbish when they have tired of them. Fortunately they were found before anything bad happened."

The RSPCA is now trying to trace the owner, and anyone with information is asked to call 0300 123 8018.


Newport dancer in search for new partner

A teenager from Newport is trying to find a new dance partner in a bid to keep his ballroom dreams alive. Josh Hicks, 13, started dancing when he was just eight years old, but hasn't had a partner for the past 18 months.

He's been competing with his dance teacher Sharon Robertson in recent competitions, but says he needs a dance partner his own age so he can take his dancing to the next level.

Workers 'in shock' after Newport firm closure - union

Workers were reportedly told the company was closing earlier this week Credit: ITV News

Around 150 jobs are under threat at a Newport construction firm, after workers were told it was to close.

The Union of Construction Allied Trades and Technicians (UCATT) says the workforce at Green Hill Construction Ltd is in "shock" after they were told the company would close earlier this week.

Nick Blundell, regional secretary for UCATT Wales, said: "The workforce are in shock, This is a terrible time for a company to go under just before the Easter break. Workers are missing holiday pay as well as two weeks wages.

"We are advising our members to cooperate with the administrators and we will also be helping them to make a claim for a protective award as the company failed to consult with the workforce, before making them unemployed."

The company could not be reached for comment.


Man charged after Newport armed incident

A man has been charged with production of cannabis and possession of a weapon, following an incident in Newport.

Armed police were called to Ridgeway Drive on Tuesday morning.

Gwent Police say the 34 year old has been charged with three counts of being concerned in the production of cannabis, possession of section five prohibited weapon and making a false written statement to police.

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.

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.

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