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New appeal for missing Nida Naseer from Newport

Police are making a new appeal for information on the whereabouts of missing teenager Nida Naseer.

The 19-year-old went missing from her Newport home more than two-and-a-half months ago.

The 19-year-old from the Pill area of Newport was last seen putting the bins out at her home Credit: Gwent Police

"This continues to be a significant investigation and finding Nida remains a priority for Gwent Police" said Superintendent Mark Warrender.

"While we have completed 450 of the 630 or so lines of enquiry generated, enquiries are far from complete and we continue to speak to Nida’s college friends and her family in order to identify any further potential lines of enquiry."

More: Police stop physical searches for Nida Naseer

120 manufacturing jobs to be created in Newport

One hundred and twenty jobs are to be created at the former Rowecord site in Newport, with steel company AIC Steel investing in a new manufacturing facility in the area.

The Rowecord plant went into administration in April 2013, making 430 people redundant. Some of those to be employed by AIC will be those who lost their jobs last year:

We chose Newport as our manufacturing hub as it has a culture thats supports heavy industry and a skilled local workforce. There is a good supplier infrastructure in south Wales that we can tap into, and the port will be integral to our export activity"

– Michael Treacy, CEO of AIC Steel UK

Police 'continuing to work closely' with Nida's family

Police say they've stopped all physical searches for missing Newport teenager Nida Naseer.

The initial searches involved specialist officers searching a number of locations in the Pill area of Newport.

The investigation has also involved house-to-house enquiries and ongoing reviews of CCTV from in and around the area.

We are continuing to work closely with Nida's family, and we are providing support to them at this very difficult time.

– Spokeswoman, Gwent Police


Search for missing Newport teenager Nida called off

The 19-year-old from the Pill area of Newport was last seen putting the bins out at her home Credit: Gwent Police

Gwent Police say they've stopped all physical searches for missing Newport teenager Nida Naseer.

She has not been seen since she was reported missing two days after Christmas.

It's thought the 19-year-old left the house barefoot, without her wallet or mobile phone.

Since then her mobile phone has not been used, and no evidence of her being alive or dead has been discovered.

Despite several highly publicised appeals for information, Gwent Police said they have not had any new leads in the case.

While ground searches have stopped, Nida's file remains open, and a dozen dedicated detectives are working on the case.

Her older sister Shamyla, told a press conference earlier this year she believed Nida's disappearance had been caused because she was upset about not being able to go to university.

Despite getting good grades, Nida's status as a failed asylum seeker meant she would not receive any funding to study a degree. Her family could not afford to pay for her studies.

Relatives and police described her disappearance as 'totally out of character' - especially as the teen needs medication which stops her becoming anaemic.

Welsh Govt: Newport steel job losses 'disappointing'

Welsh Government says it's in discussions with the Newport steelworks' management on how it can assist.

This is disappointing news, especially as the Cogent operation at Newport has made considerable efforts to drive down costs and increase market share as the steel industry in Europe continues to operate in extremely difficult market conditions.

We are currently in discussion with senior management at the plant to determine how we may be able to assist with future investment in potential projects that could further help increase the efficiency and innovation of the plant.

Welsh Government officials will also liaise with the various agencies and organisations which will be able to work with affected employees to provide advice and guidance and identify alternative sources of employment

– Welsh Government Spokesperson

Over 100 jobs to go at Newport steelworks

Orb Electrical Steelworks is owned by Tata Steel. Credit: PA

Over 120 jobs are set to be axed under plans to restructure a Newport steel plant to secure a more "sustainable and competitive" performance.

Cogent Power, a subsidiary of Tata Steel, said 83 direct jobs and 40 contractor posts were at risk at its Orb Electrical Steelworks.

Managing director Stuart Willie said, "The changes we are making are essential for the long-term future of the operations at Orb. Every effort will be made to support employees and, where practicable, achieve job losses through voluntary redundancies.

"European demand for the grain oriented electrical steels we make is still more than 20% down on 2008 levels and we see high levels of imports into Europe. We anticipate it will be several years before demand returns to 2008 levels."

Roy Rickhuss, general secretary of the Community union, said, "This is yet another example of how the economic recovery isn't reaching the European steel industry.

"The Government could provide some relief in terms of energy costs in the forthcoming budget by freezing the Carbon Price Floor and providing targeted relief from the Renewables Obligation to those foundation industries, such as steel, that are part of the renewables supply chain."

'Fined for visiting Cardiff' - Newport gets Monopoly

The public are being asked to vote on the games's Newport locations. Credit: PA

Start counting your cash it's time to buy some property in Newport.

The manufacturers of the game Monopoly are to start selling a customised board based on city locations.

The game will see 22 landmarks swapped with the usual London ones.

Many of the Community Chest and Chance cards are being customised too, with plans for one to say, ‘You are fined for visiting Cardiff!’.

Newport's Transporter Bridge is likley to be a board destination. Credit: PA

Tredegar House and Park could replace locations like Mayfair or Park Lane. Other landmarks that could appear include The Wales National Velodrome, The Riverfront, and the Civic Centre.

The manufacturers have also launched a public vote to ask people which locations should be on the board. Dan Taylor, of Monopoly said:

"Newport is ‘Passing GO’. The public will be invited to vote the landmarks onto the board and we will also be doing our best to get votes from the White House and Downing Street too, as well as from other countries whose leaders are visiting Newport in September."

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