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'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.

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.


Pontypool pupil hopes to be first deaf F1 driver

Caleb spends hours practising on the race track Credit: Ian McDuff

A six year old school boy from Pontypool is hoping to become the world's first deaf racing car driver.

Caleb McDuff who was diagnosed as profoundly deaf at the age of two normally relies on special hearing aids but has to take them out when he puts his helmet on.

When in his go-kart, Caleb uses vibrations and sign language to communicate on the track.

Caleb is now hoping to enter his first big competition and race other children at the Bambino Kart Championship next year.

His father, Ian McDuff says: "He knows where he wants his future to be and ask him which race car he wants to drive, and without a seconds thought, he'll tell you Ferrari."

Pontypool man's grave found in Gold Rush America

Evan Jones' tombstone was found by an American walker Credit: James Sibbring

An American walker has uncovered a welsh man's tombstone, that's more than a century old, in an abandoned graveyard. James Sibbring made the discovery whilst hiking in the Sierra Nevada mountains near La Porte in California.

Mr Sibbring was surprised to read that the man, Evan J Jones, was born in Pontypool - more than 5,000 miles away. He was keen to try and track down Mr Jones' relatives, so he contacted the team at Pontypool Museum.

They were delighted to receive his letter and are now trying to find out more about Mr Jones. During the 1800s thousands of people left Wales for America in search of work and more opportunities. Most ended up on the East side of the country, in places like Boston and New York.

Experts say that it was very unusual for Mr Jones to have ended up in the West. They think he travelled there in search of gold, and by the quality of his gravestone, he must have been quite successful.

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£100k needed to fly sick brother home from Thailand

An ex-soldier from Pontypool is desperately trying to raise £100,000 to fly his sick brother home from Thailand.

Dave Kyffin, who served in the Royal Anglian Regiment, needs the money to pay for a special medical flight.

His brother Stuart suffered severe head injuries in a motorbike accident two weeks ago.

He had been living in Thailand for several years but planned to return to the UK shortly.

He too had a military career spanning more than 20 years.

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Mother with heart condition had just weeks with son

A grieving mother has called for pregnant women in Wales to be scanned for a rare condition which caused the death of her daughter, just weeks after she had given birth to a baby son.

Hannah-Michelle Browne from Pontypool was 21 when she died of Peripartum cardiomyopathy, which is a type of heart failure.

Her family have paid tribute to medics who kept her alive long enough to spend some precious moments with her child before she died.

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