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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.

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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.

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

Wales This Week, How safe was my valley?

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.

Now twenty five years on, our Wales This Week cameras return to the village to speak to those who were at the heart of the story.

Wales This Week, How Safe Was my Valley, Monday 1st of April at 8 on ITV Cymru Wales

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Teenage girl reported missing

Shona Knapman was last seen in Ebbw Vale Credit: Gwent Police

A 15-year-old girl has been reported missing. Shona Knapman, from Tredegar, was last seen at an address is Ebbw Vale at 10.05pm last night.

She is 4ft 1in tall, of a small build, with short dark brown hair and blue eyes. Anyone with information should contact Gwent Police on 101.

£14,000 railway metal theft in Rhymney Valley

£14,000 worth of metal has been stolen from the railway in the New Tredegar area .

The British Transport Police is asking anyone who may have seen anything suspicious between the 2nd and 8th of January, when the thefts occurred, to contact them on 0800 405040.

Officers are investigating four separate incidents in and around the Brithdir area.

We will be carrying out directed patrols along the Rhymney Valley line, including officers patrolling on foot, in vehicles and with police dogs, to catch and deter criminals, and will link with Gwent Police to gather intelligence on suspects in the area.

The irony is that the stolen items are of no real value to anyone outside the railway industry, yet the cost to replace them is extremely high. In fact, the thieves will struggle to get any money at all, as scrap metal dealers are highly unlikely to accept them.

– Sergeant Dave Morris, British Transport Police
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