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Welsh gymnast crowned Junior British Champion

A Welsh gymnast has claimed the title of Junior All-Around Champion at the 2016 British Championships in Liverpool.

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Maisie Methuen, 14, from Pontypool claimed the top spot after her performances on all four apparatus including the vault, beam, uneven bars and floor.

She managed to secure a personal best with a score of 54.600, her highest to date since competing at the Welsh Championships in Cardiff in March.

Our reporter Aminah Jagne went to meet her:

Appeal after two injured in hit and run

Police are appealing for information after two people were injured in a hit and run in Pontypool.

Church Avenue, Trevethin. Credit: Google Street View

Gwent Police says in the early hours of Sunday morning a man and woman were walking along Church Avenue, Trevethin, when they reached its junction with Folly Road a small black car collided with them.

The woman sustained a broken arm and the man sustained minor head injuries.

They were taken to Nevill Hall Hospital for treatment and were later discharged.

Anyone with information is asked to call 101.

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Police appeal for help to find missing 16 year old

Police are appealing for information to help locate a 16-year-old boy who went missing from the Pontypool area.

Connor Williams was last seen on the 2nd January 2016 at 1300 in the Sebastopol area.

He's described as being approximately 5ft 10” tall and of slim build. He has black very short hair and green eyes.

If anyone has seen him or has any information about his whereabouts they are asked to contact Gwent Police on 101 quoting 436 02/01/16.

Appeal after man exposes himself to horse rider

Police are appealing for information after a man exposed himself to a horse rider near a country pub

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Gwent Police says the incident happened at around 12.30pm on 14th October in Mamhilad near Pontypool.

A woman in her 20s was riding her horse down a lane towards The Star public house when she saw a man stood there. The man pulled down his jogging bottoms and exposed himself. He didn't say anything and then walked off.

The man is described as being white, of medium build and approximately 6 feet tall. He was in his late 60s to early 70s and had silver/grey hair. He was wearing dark coloured jogging bottoms and a black fleece jacket.

Anyone with information is asked to call 101 quoting log 187 14/10/15.

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Kittens abandoned in Pontypool Park

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RSPCA Cymru is appealing for information after two kittens were found locked in a suitcase in Pontypool Park.

A member of the public contacted the charity after discovering the furry pair.

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The caller found the kittens in an old suitcase around 2pm on 24 September. The kittens are around eight weeks old and are female and were found to be suffering from diarrhoea. We don’t know how long they were there for.

We are not sure what has happened here, but it seems likely these kittens were dumped. It must have been awful for these kittens to have been trapped in a suitcase, they are lucky to have survived.

– Kate Parker, RSPCA inspector

The kittens have been taken into RSPCA care and have received a health check at RSPCA’s Merthyr Tydfil Clinic. They were scanned for a microchip but they did not have one, so the owner can’t be identified.

Anyone who may have information should contact the RSPCA inspectorate appeal line on 0300 123 8018. Calls are treated in confidence.

Appeal for man missing from Pontypool home

Gwent Police is appealing for information to help find a missing 34-year-old man.

David Alan Brice-Ericson is from Mamhilad, Pontypool. Credit: Gwent Police / Family Photo

David Alan Brice-Ericson has been reported missing from his home address in Mamhilad.

He is described as being 5 ft 4 inches tall, of medium build with short black hair and stubble and was travelling in a silver Ford Mondeo, registration number ST06 DAB.

Tribute to motorcyclist who died in collision

The motorcyclist who died in a road traffic collision on Wednesday 8th July on Rover Way, Cardiff has been named as Richard Williams, 24, from Pontypool.

Richard Williams died in the motorcycle accident in Cardiff. Credit: South Wales Police / Family photos

In a tribute to him, his family said the former Croesyceiliog comprehensive schoolboy was known to his friends and family as “Dickie”,

“He later worked at Fitzgerald’s Engineering in Cwmbran where he was a popular member of the team and his passion was spending time in his garage carrying out engineering projects for his family and friends. He was happiest when he was pottering with anything mechanical.

Richard was also an accomplished guitarist and had recently joined a local band.

He was loved to bits by all his family and he will be dearly missed.

– Family tribute

South Wales Police is asking anyone who witnessed the collision to call 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111 and quote reference 1500246497.

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