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Tribute to 'much-loved' woman who died in flat fire

The family of a woman killed in a flat fire in Cwmbran have paid tribute to her.

Samantha Thomas, 29, died in the blaze in the St Dials area of the town on Tuesday.

Samantha Thomas died in a flat fire in Cwmbran on Tuesday. Credit: Wales News Service

Samantha was a much-loved daughter, sister and auntie, who will be greatly missed by all of her close and extended family.

We as a family would ask for privacy from the public and press at this time.

– Family tribute

A 49-year-old Cwmbran man, who was taken to the Royal Gwent hospital with smoke inhalation, is now in police custody arrested on suspicion of her murder.

Fake ambulance driver jailed for 20 months

A man has been jailed for 20 months for disguising his car as an ambulance and driving it around town while running errands for his wife.

Phillip Lemonheigh, 60, attached a blue flashing light to the roof of his estate car and had 'emergency response' plastered along the side.

Phillip Lemonheigh's offence was described as 'bizarre' by a judge.

Swansea Crown Court heard Lemonheigh drove at speed and ran red lights as he motored around Neath.

But he was arrested after being flashed by a speed camera and admitted dangerous driving and perverting the course of justice.

Earlier this year a judge told Lemonheigh he had "never come across something so bizarre" in his entire career.

Lemonheigh has also been disqualified from driving for three years and must complete an extended test before applying for any future driving licence.

Flowers from Michael Sheen at campaigner's funeral

The funeral is underway of Rhymney mining campaigner Dave Green. It was feared he could have had a pauper's funeral, but following a fundraising campaign backed by Hollywood actor Michael Sheen a big funeral has been held for him.

Around 60 people have gathered to say farewell to Valleys mining campaigner Dave Green.

Newport-born Sheen could not attend the funeral due to filming commitments but sent a floral tribute, reading: 'In memory of Dave Green - a strong voice used well. Rest in peace, Dave. It was an honour to meet you. Michael Sheen'.

A floral tribute from Hollywood actor Michael Sheen.

Watch Megan Boot's report from the service:


Funeral for penniless activist after Sheen-backed fundraiser

A service takes place this afternoon for a penniless mining activist spared a pauper's funeral following a fundraising campaign backed by Hollywood actor Michael Sheen.

Dave Green was a well-known campaigner against open-cast mining in Rhymney and a member of United Valleys Action Group.

He lost his battle with cancer last month - but died with no money and no family.

Michael Sheen (R) was among those who stepped in to prevent Dave Green (L) having a pauper's funeral. Credit: United Valleys Action Group

Newport-born Sheen met the 73-year-old while filming a documentary and was among those who backed a campaign to give Mr Green a proper send-off.

More than £4,000 has been raised by the local community for the funeral this afternoon.

Tuberculosis: What is it and what are the symptoms?

Tuberculosis (TB) is a bacterial infection, spread through breathing in tiny droplets from the coughs or sneezes of an infected person.

Symptoms include:

  • A persistent cough that lats more than three weeks and usually brings up phlegm, which might contain blood
  • Weight loss
  • Night sweats
  • High temperature / fever
  • Tiredness / fatigue
  • Loss of appetite
  • Swellings

It is a serious condition, but can be cured with antibiotics.


Health board: TB 'worrying for parents - but risk is low'

The Director of Public Health at Abertawe Bro Morgannwg health board says tuberculosis is "naturally worrying for any parent" - but stressed that the risk is low.

Health checks are being offered to babies who were in Singleton Hospital's neonatal unit between January and March this year following a confirmed case of TB.

The safety of the babies is our priority. Although the infection level and the risk of spreading are very low we want to ensure everyone is safe and well.

The families of babies who were in the unit at the same time as the confirmed case have been contacted directly by their GP or health visitor.

They have also been given a letter inviting them to book an outpatients appointment for their baby to be seen by a senior paediatrician and tested for TB.

We appreciate that although the risk is low this is naturally worrying for any parent.

– Dr Sara Hayes, ABMU Director of Public Health

Checks offered to some Swansea babies after TB case

Health checks are being offered to some babies in the Swansea area after a case of the bacterial infection tuberculosis was confirmed.

Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board said babies who were in Singleton Hospital's neonatal unit between January and March this year are being offered precautionary checks.

Health checks are being offered to babies who were in Singleton Hospital's neonatal unit earlier this year after a confirmed case of tuberculosis. Credit: ITV News

The health board said the confirmed case of TB is not highly infectious so the possibility of the infection having spread is very low.

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