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Fire crews still dealing with large fire in Tredegar

South Wales Fire Crews are still dealing with a large shed fire at Natybwch in Tredegar.

They received a call at approximately 9.30 am to a fire which initially involved a shed but later spread to the property adjacent to the shed.

Four crews are currently at the scene but members of the public are currently being advised to avoid the area due to traffic delays.

Rugby player given three-year ban for using steroids

A rugby player has been suspended from all sport for three years for taking steroids.Christopher Edwards, 29, who plays for Tredegar in WRU League Two East, committed two violations for the possession and sue of anabolic steroids.

The UK Anti-Doping organisation says he committed two violations for the possession and use of anabolic steroids. He's been banned from all competition until April 2017.

Here, the panel recognised the player possessed and used a substance containing multiple anabolic steroids and this, combined with his failure to promptly admit the violations, has led to an aggravated suspension of three years.

– Graham Arthur, UK Anti-Doping

An investigation was launched after Mr Edwards offences were reported by a member of the public.


Appeal after attempted knife robbery in Tredegar

Gwent police is appealing for information following an attempted robbery in Tredegar this morning at about 1030.

A man is said to have approached a woman on Gelli Road, near the Lidl Store, and demanded money.

He was holding a knife at the time say police which the the woman grabbed and as a result suffered a minor cut to her hand, the man then ran off.

Enquiries are on-going, anyone with any information is asked to call Gwent Police on 101, quoting log number 118 30/04/14.

Police hunt man after teen sex attack at park

Gwent Police say the teenage girl was assaulted at the park on Monday afternoon. Credit: Bryn Bach Park

Police are appealing for information following a sexual assault in Bryn Bach Park, Tredegar on Monday afternoon.

Gwent Police says a 16 year old girl was walking past the golf club with a friend when a man rode up to her on a bike, touched her bottom and pulled down her top. He then rode off.

The man is described as white and in his 30s. He was wearing an army camouflage print snood covering the bottom half of his face and a black hat/hood on his head which still exposed prominent black eyebrows. He was also wearing a black raincoat, black trousers and black shoes.

  1. Wales This Week

Remembering Troedrhiwgwair

The Sirhowy valley was once a thriving industrial area Credit: ITV News Cymru Wales

In April 1988, the small village of Troedrhiwgwair near Tredegar celebrated a victory of huge historic significance. It was one that would change the lives of its residents for good.

Troedrhiwgwair was once a thriving community at the heart of the Welsh coalfield, but after a landslide claimed the lives of 144 children and teachers at Aberfan in October 1966, the community would be faced with huge change.

“...after Aberfan the national coal board were called into account and site investigations were done of all the colliery spoil heaps in South Wales... it became apparent that there was a massive problem in South Wales”

Dr Stephen Bentley, Cardiff University School of Engineering

Soon after these inspections took place, a report was commissioned which would question the safety of the hillside behind the village, and would ultimately threaten the villagers way of life.

Many of the ninety-three families who lived in the village would move on as a result of this report, but those who remained were determined to exercise their right to stay in their homes.

Wales This Week returns to the village twenty five years on, and speaks to those who were at the centre of the story.

Wales This Week, How safe was my valley is on Monday 1st April at 8 o'clock on ITV Cymru Wales

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