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Mother fights for treatment for 'Stiff Person Syndrome'

by Alexandra Lodge

A mother of three from Pontypool who suffers from a rare condition that causes her muscles to stiffen is fighting for treatment.

Noise, flashing lights, sudden movement, and even touch can trigger Lindsay Clarke's seizures.

She has Stiff Person Syndrome - which is so rare that doctors failed to diagnose her for two years. It affects just one in a million people around the world.

Her only chance of recovery, is to pay for treatment in America.

Visit Lindsey's blog for more information on her condition and how to donate

Three jailed for manslaughter of Pontypool cyclist

Two men and a woman have been jailed for killing a cyclist in Pontypool.

John Reeder died from head injuries after being knocked off his bike in Pontnewynydd last August.

John Reeder, 63, was killed in August 2013. Credit: Wales News Service

Deon Morgan, 21, was found guilty of manslaughter following a trial, and was jailed for five years at Cardiff Crown Court yesterday.

Andrew Vass, 27, was jailed for five years.

Casey Coslett, 20, was jailed for three years and seven months.

The trial had heard Morgan and Vass had chased Mr Reeder as he cycled.

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Appeal over missing Pontypool woman

Gwendoline Metcalf, 79, was reported missing yesterday afternoon. Credit: Gwent Police

A 79-year-old woman is missing from her home in Sebastopol, Pontypool.

Gwendoline Metcalf was last seen in Ash Grove Close at about 5.30pm yesterday. She is 5ft 4ins tall, of slight build with short grey/white hair and blue eyes. She was wearing a blue mac, lilac shirt and navy trousers.

Gwent Police says she may be wearing a hat and have beige handbag with her. She walks with the aid of sticks.

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101 quoting log number 494 30/05/14.

Success for pioneering project for vulnerable children

by Rob Osborne

A pioneering project aimed at helping children who repeatedly go missing could be extended across Wales after a successful first year.

The Gwent Missing Children project received over £500,000 of National Lottery funding.

It works by bringing public services together under one roof and sharing information on vulnerable young people - and has already seen a significant reduction in runaway incidents.

'Gwent Missing Children' project supports 500

A project in Gwent has supported more than 500 vulnerable young people and their families in the year since its launch.

The Gwent Missing Children project, based near Pontypool, is funded by the National Lottery, and helps to trace and support young people who have run away, gone missing, or left home for any reason.

17-year-old Zoe was helped by a support worker from the project, after she was repeatedly leaving home, and now has a much better relationship with her mother, and better prospects for work.

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Victims' surgeries trialled at Pontypool Police Station

Pontypool Police Station will be the first in Wales to offer local victims of crime the chance to speak to Victim Support workers at weekly drop in surgeries.

Victims of crime in the area will be able to speak at private surgeries. Credit: ITV News

From today, a Victim Support surgery will be held every Thursday between 12pm and 2pm.

It's the first time Victim Support have trailled these surgeries specifically at police stations in Wales.

Call for owners to keep dogs on leads near farms

James Bourne checks the injuries on his lambs Credit: ITV News Wales

There's a call for dog owners to keep their pets on leads when walking near livestock.

It's after a number of lambs were killed in a dog attack on a farm near Pontypool.

Farmer James Bourne says he lost 10 lambs and one ewe in the incident. A further 6 lambs were injured.

10 lambs were killed and six more injured in the incident Credit: ITV News Wales

Three dogs were involved in the attack, but Gwent Police say they haven't yet been able to identify the owners.

Police hunt stolen forklift truck after Pontypool crash

Police are searching for a driver who stole a forklift truck which was later involved in a hit-and-run collision with a car.

The man crashed into a car and carried on driving along a stretch of road between New Inn and Glascoed Village, near Pontypool, on Wednesday.

The driver abandoned the forklift vehicle near the junction at Gold Road, New Inn, where he was last seen running away.

The collision, between a forklift truck and a car occurred at about 6.45pm, with the forklift truck failing to stop.

The driver of the forklift truck abandoned it near the junction of Golf Road, New Inn, and made off on foot. Earlier that evening the forklift truck had been stolen from a site at Little Mill.

– Gwent Police

The man is described as white, of stocky build, aged in his 20s and dressed in white clothing, and wearing a blue and white baseball hat.

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