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'Major disruption' following gas leak in Cwmbran

South Wales Fire and Rescue say there is "major disruption" in an area of Cwmbran following a gas leak.

Ashbridge Inn in Cwmbran was evacuated. Credit: Google Street View

Gwent Police say people were evacuated from the Ashbridge Inn after a gas pipe was severed.

A 100 metre cordon is now in place.

Road closures closures currently in place are Avondale Road from the Nissan garage up to Bevans Lane, Chapel Lane to the roundabout at the top of Edlogan Way, and Pontrhydyrun Road to the roundabout on the A4051.

Diversions have been put in place by the local authority and they have advised that they will remain for at least another 24 hours.

Town's surgeries to close - 20,000 patients affected

Plans are being drawn up on how 20,000 patients in a Welsh seaside town will be able to see their local GP after are two surgeries announced they were closing down as they can recruit new doctors.

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Pendyffryn Medical Group and Seabank Surgery, both in Prestatyn, have given notice that they will be terminating their contract with the local Betsi Cadwaladr Health Board on the 31st March 2016.

The health board will meet next week to discuss the closures and how they plan to provide primary care services to "the changing needs of the population."

No social care charge for elderly, pledges Plaid Cymru

Plaid Cymru would abolish social care charges for the elderly and those with dementia if it were in government it has announced ahead of next year's Assembly elections.

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The party’s Shadow Health Minister Elin Jones said that the party would achieve the goal through a phased approach:

  • The party will deliver free non-residential personal care for older people within the first two years
  • Nursing and residential care charges for those with dementia will be abolished within five years
  • All remaining social care charges for the elderly would be completely abolished within the second term of a Plaid Cymru government

Social care is currently means-tested and charged at the point of need.

Earlier today Plaid Cymru announced it would scrap Wales' seven health boardsand replace it with a "National Hospital Board" responsible for running hospitals.

Plaid Cymru will deliver free personal care for the elderly and those with dementia, with a view to extend this to deliver free care for all.

The so-called Lottery of NHS Continuing Care will cease to exist. This is historic change that will put the needs of patients back at the heart of the NHS.

– Plaid Cymru Shadow Health Minister Elin Jones


Here's Australia's team for Saturday's Pool A decider

Australia coach Michael Cheika has named his side for this weekend's Pool A decider against Wales. The announcement was delayed until after this morning's training session so Cheika could assess the fitness of full-back Israel Folau - who's named in the starting line-up.

Police investigate sex assault near Merthyr pub

CID officers are investigating an alleged sexual assault on a 22 year-old woman in Merthyr Tydfil.

Police released this image of the man they would like to talk to. Credit: South Wales Police

Detectives say the attack happened last Friday, 2nd October, near the Vulcan Inn between 10.30pm and 11.30pm.

An E-fit of a man police would like to talk to in relation to the alleged incident has been released to help with their enquiries.

We are currently following up a number of lines of enquiry however we are keen to speak to anyone who may be able to assist with our investigation.

– Detective Chief Inspector Mark Lewis

The man is described as a white male, with dark hair, approximately 5ft 5inches, with a stubby well trimmed beard. He spoke with a local accent and was wearing blue jeans, a black leather jacket and a t-shirt.

Anyone with information, or who was in the area is asked to contact South Wales Police on 101 quoting reference number 1500365091.

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