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Man released after flat fire death in Cwmbran

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The 49-year-old man who was arrested on suspicion of murder after a flat fire at in Cwmbran has been released with no further action.

29-year-old Samantha Thomas died in the blaze, which happened on Tuesday.

Gwent Police officers are continuing to investigate the circumstances surrounding the fire but are not looking for anyone else in connection with the incident.


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.

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.

Community groups could take over public facilities

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The Welsh Government is considering Wales-specific law to help communities bid for, own and run assets transferred from the public and private sectors.

They would include facilities like halls, churches, playing fields, pubs and post offices.

It says developing a bespoke law would mean the maximum flexibility to suit the specific needs of Welsh communities.

People across Wales are encouraged to have their say on the plan.

Community halls, playing fields and post offices all play a central role in providing crucial services and keeping people connected in our communities. However, the current challenging financial climate has placed great pressure on such facilities.

When buildings and services which are working well and are important to the community are at risk of closure, we want to enable communities to take over ownership. This will not only ensure these key services continue, but also create jobs and skills opportunities for local people.

– Lesley Griffiths AM, Communities Minister
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