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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.

Online fraudster expected to be sentenced later

An eBay fraudster from Gwent caught after scamming customers on the online auction website when one turned out to be a police officer is due to be sentenced later.

Shortman was arrested after an off-duty officer fell victim to his ruse. Credit: Wales News Service

27 year-old Phillip Shortman from Abetsychan near Pontypool created a false account and used it to start duping customers out of their money.

"Eight customers fell prey to the con. One of them a police officer who helped snare the conman."

– Jeffrey Jones, Prosecuting

He admitted carrying out the online fraud in 2013.

Man dies following crash on A472 near Pontypool

A man who suffered serious injuries in a crash on the A472 near Pontypool has died, police say.

Mark David Burgham was walking along the road between Pontypool and Hafodyrynys at around 11.20pm on Friday 19th December when he was involved in a collision with a Seat Ibiza.

The 38 year old from Abertillery was seriously injured and has since died in hospital.

A 26-year-old woman from the Caerphilly area who was arrested on suspicion of causing serious injury by dangerous driving is still on bail.

Gwent Police is appealing for anyone who witnessed the incident to ring 101 quoting log 553 of 19/12/2014.


Driver arrested after pedestrian left with serious injuries

The incident happened at 11.10 pm last night Credit: ITV News

A driver has been arrested on suspicion of causing serious injury by dangerous driving, after a collision on the A472 last night.

It happened just after 11pm, between Pontypool and Hafodyrynys.

A Seat Ibiza collided with a male pedestrian, leaving him with life-threatening injuries.

The road was closed for a period while Specialist Officers examined the scene, but it has since been reopened.

Police are asking anyone who may have witnessed the incident or has any information to call 101.

The driver remains in custody.

Pontypool parents colour-code triplets' tiny toes

It was around a year ago that we first met identical triplets Ffion, Maddison and Paige Gilbert from Pontypool.

The sisters have just celebrated their first birthdays and parents Karen and Ian have come up with a novel way of telling them apart - colour-coding. Alexandra Lodge has been catching up with them.

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Mother fights for treatment for 'Stiff Person Syndrome'

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.

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