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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.

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Update Ystrad Mynach: Fire is now extinguished and the cause determined as deliberate

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.

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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.

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Update Ystrad Mynach: The fire which is creating large amounts of smoke in the area is involving quantity of tyres which has spread to cars

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Update Ystrad Mynach: due to large volumes of smoke from the fire the Police closed Northbound Carriageway from Caerphilly to Ystrad Mynach

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Update Ystrad Mynach:fire involving 1industrial skip 2motor vehicles 1large caravan+quantity of tyres attempting to stop spread to building

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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Calls for A&E department at Ystrad Mynach Hospital

Campaigners will take to the streets of Caerphilly today to campaign for an accident and emergency department at Ystrad Mynach Hospital.

Marching through Caerphilly with banners flying will put the campaign for an A&E on the map.

Everyone we tell about the campaign supports what we're doing. All we need to do is make sure that everyone knows about it.

– Brenda Tibbett, Campaigner

Posters and petitions have been taken around every pub and café in Caerphilly and Bedwas to raise awareness of the campaign, with 1700 joining the Facebook group 'A&E needed at Ystrad Mynach hospital'.

Every minute counts when you need emergency care. Delays waiting for an ambulance or having to travel a far distance yourself puts lives and longterm health at risk.

We've asked people to send in their experiences and we're collecting them as evidence of how important it is that we have a local 24-hour doctor-led A&E. Now, we're asking people to come march. Over 25,000 people marched in Lewisham recently for their hospital. Let's see what we can do.

– Siân Denatale, Campaigner

Proposed changes by Aneurin Bevan Health Board would see the area from Llanelli to Chepstow with just 4-5 Accident and Emergency departments.

Public consultation on the issue was supposed to finish in January but due to the amount of opposition it will finish at some point in Spring instead.

Birthday trip for Ystrad Mynach veteran

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Back behind the wheel - Donald Probert relives old memories Credit: ITV News Wales

Donald Probert, 86 today, was treated to a drive round his village of Ystrad Mynach by a local collector of war memorabilia.

During the war, Donald was in the 6th Airborne Division of the Parachute Regiment and was a radio operator when they attacked the Pegasus Bridge in the Arnam Region

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