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Appeal after men in balaclavas walk into home

Police are appealing for information after two uninvited men wearing balaclavas walked into a house through a back door while the occupants were at home.

Station Road, Ystrad Mynach. Credit: Google Street View

Gwent Police says the incident happened on Thursday 25th August at around 0945 in the morning at Station Road, Ystrad Mynach.

One of the uninvited men pushed over one of the occupants and the other went upstairs and searched of one of the bedrooms.

He then returned downstairs and they both left on foot through the back door and jumped over the garden wall. The occupants were unharmed.

One is described as being white, approximately 5'6" tall and of average build. He was wearing a black cotton balaclava, a light grey top and light grey trousers.

The other male is described as being white, approximately 5'7" tall and of average build. He was also wearing a black cotton balaclava, a light grey top and light grey three-quarter-length trousers.

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101.


Suspected murder victim confirmed as woman, 75

Police say a body found in Ystrad Mynach yesterday is that of a 75-year-old woman.

Officers were called to an address in Nelson Road near to Ystrad Mynach Train Station at approximately 5.45pm yesterday on Tuesday.

On arrival, the body of a 75 year woman was found. Police say her death is being treated as suspicious.

A 47 year old, local man was arrested at the scene on suspicion of murder and is currently receiving hospital treatment for minor injuries.

The family of the deceased are being supported by specialist officers.

Police are now appealing to anyone who used the Ystrad Mynach Train Station at any time yesterday to get in touch by calling 101.

Deliberate tyre fire in Ystrad Mynach extinguished

South Wales Fire and Rescue Service says that a tyre fire in Ystrad Mynach has now been extinguished - and that firefighters believe it was deliberately started.

Smoke from fire causes Police to close carriageway

Large amounts of smoke can be seen coming from Dyffryn Business Park. Credit: Viewer's Picture / Stephen Meades

The large amount of smoke caused by a fire in Dyffryn Business Park has caused Police to close the northbound carriageway between Caerphilly and Ystrad Mynach.

People who live near the area are being advised to keep their windows and doors closed as fire crews try to tackle the blaze.


Fire crews called to large tyre fire in Ystrad Mynach

South Wales Fire and Rescue Service has been called to a large fire at Dyffryn Business Park in Ystrad Mynach.

The fire involving tyres is creating large amounts of smoke in the area, causing Police to close the northbound carriageway from Caerphilly to Ystrad Mynach.

The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh continue Wales tour

The Queen during a visit to the Pembroke Dock yesterday Credit: PA

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh continue their tour of Wales today.

The royal couple will spend the second day of their two-day tour in Ystrad Mynach and Llantwit Major.

The Duke of Edinburgh visiting Pembroke Dock's Heritage Centre yesterday Credit: PA

Lack of A&E service due to 'doctor staffing shortages'

Aneurin Bevan Health Board says that the reason there can't be an accident and emergency department in Ysbyty Ystrad Fawr is because they can't "provide the doctors."

It says that the Caerphilly District Miners' Hospital, which has now closed, did not have the services in place that would support a full A&E service due to doctor staffing issues and so this means the Ystrad Mynach Hospital will also never operate an A&E.

It adds that the opening hours at the new hospital have been extended and there are now 8,000 extra patients being seen every a year. Other activities such as Out of Hours services with GPs and emergency medical admissions are also now supported there.

The model now in place for Ysbyty Ystard Fawr was subject to a long public consultation, prior to starting the construction of the new hospital.

It will be impossible for the hospital to provide doctor-led services for an A&E; there are already doctor vacancies for A&E services locally and significantly across South Wales. We already know that A&E doctors training posts will never be placed at Ysbyty Ystrad Fawr.

– Aneurin Bevan Health Board
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