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Gwent Police investigate unexplained death in Rhymney

Gwent Police are investigating an unexplained death in Rhymney.

The Ambulance service were called to an address in the area, where they discovered the body of a 21-year-old man.

At this time the death is being treated as unexplained and officers are investigating the circumstances pending the outcome of toxicology tests and a post mortem.

– Gwent Police statement

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Chepstow teenager Rachel Jones reported missing

Rachel Jones, 16, was last seen in Rhymney on Tuesday afternoon Credit: Family / Gwent Police

A 16-year-old girl from Chepstow has been reported missing.

Rachel Jones is described as white, approximately 5ft6 inches tall and of medium build, with dark, shoulder-length hair.

Officers say she was last known to be wearing blue jeans, a black vest, brown coat and black high-top trainers, and carrying a black bag.

Rachel was last seen in Rhymney on Tuesday 20th August at 4.15pm. She is know to have links to Rhymney, New Tredegar and Ely in Cardiff.

Gwent Police are asking anyone with information to contact them using the 101 number, quoting log 394 20/08/13.

Person dies in train incident

Train services in south Wales were affected this morning when a train struck a person on the service between Penarth and Bargoed.

The British Transport Police attended the scene at about half past eight this morning and reported that, having obtained a statement from the driver and witnesses on the platform, the death was a non-suspicious deliberate act.

Train services were suspended in both directions between Cardiff and Rhymney while police dealt with the incident. Train services for Bargoed and Rhymney terminated at Cardiff.

Train services are expected to return to normal by 12.30pm.

Debris cleared following Bargoed derailment

The debris has now been cleared from the line Credit: Network Rail

Work to clear the railway line between Rhymney and Barry has been completed. It's after trees and debris on the line caused a derailment yesterday morning.

A spokesperson from Network Rail confirmed that all debris was now clear, and the track is now fit for use.

Work is now underway with Arriva Trains Wales to resume normal train services as soon as possible.

Disruption continues after derailment near Bargoed

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Trains suspended between Bargoed and Rhymney tomorrow

Arriva Trains Wales have confirmed train services between Bargoed and Rhymney will be suspended tomorrow to enable Network Rail engineers to clear a landslide which derailed a train this morning.

A replacement bus service and a temporary timetable have been introduced between Bargoed and Rhymney stations, with immediate effect.

The current estimate for the resumption of the normal timetable is from the start of services on Friday 1st February, subject to the successful completion of safety checks.

New photo of Bargoed derailment

The 06.10am Rhymney to Barry Island train derailed after striking debris from a landslip Credit: Network Rail

According to the latest update from Network Rail, 8 passengers and 2 crew members were on board the train that derailed near Bargoed this morning.

There were 3 reported minor injuries, which were treated at the scene.

The emergency services and Network Rail are on site dealing with the incident.

Trains on the Rhymney Valley line are starting and terminating at Bargoed, with a bus service running between Bargoed and Rhymney.

Bargoed rail landslip result of 'flooding and snow thaw'

Network Rail says a landslip that caused a train to derail near Bargoed today arose as a result of flooding and snow thaw over the weekend.

We are relieved that no-one was injured in this incident and that passengers were able to quickly resume their journeys.

However, it could be some time before the line fully reopens. The train has to be moved, and that will depend on any damage to it or the tracks.

"The tracks will then have to be inspected and any repairs carried out. It is too early to say how long that will take.

– Network Rail spokesperson
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