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Parrot and safe stolen during robbery in Blackwood

Rocky the African Grey parrot was stolen during a burglary in Blackwood last weekend. Credit: Family photo

Police are appealing for information after a parrot was stolen during a burglary in Blackwood.

Rocky, a seven-year-old African Grey parrot, was taken from a house in Commercial Street, Pengam, sometime between 10.30am and 4pm last Saturday (October 29th). Gwent Police says the parrot has distinct markings with red feather on his right leg.

Other items taken during the break-in included a old-style Playstation 3, a white iPhone 4, a white Toshiba laptop, a black safe and a large money box both containing a quantity of money.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Gwent Police on 101 quoting log 318 of 29/10/16.

Family of Welsh woman killed in Tunisia speak on anniversary of attack

The family of a woman from Blackwood, killed in the mass shooting on a beach in Tunisia, have spoken of a "beautiful, bright, selfless person" a year on from her death.

Trudy Jones' family called her a Credit: Gwent Police

51-year-old Trudy Jones was one of 38 people killed in June last year when a gunman opened fire on tourists in the beach resort of Sousse.

Matthew James from Pontypridd was also shot trying to protect his girlfriend, but survived. He was recently awarded Freedom of the County Borough of Rhondda Cynon Taf for his actions.

Now the family of Trudy Jones have released a statement saying they were still struggling to come terms with her death, but found support from the local community "overwhelming and touching".

Our mother, will turn 84 the day before the anniversary of Trudy's death mam is completely heartbroken, yet an inspiration to the family, we don't know where she gets her strength from. It is hard to believe it has been a year, it has been difficult, and we are still struggling to come to terms with how Trudy was taken. There is not a day that goes by that Trudy is not in our thoughts.

– Carol Davies, Trudy Jones' sister
Trudy Jones was on holiday with her partner at the time of the shooting. Credit: Wales News Service

Witnessing events this year in Paris and Orlando brings the pain and heartache back to the family, there is no getting away from what has happened and how much it has truly affected the family, our thoughts are with all those that are suffering. The support from the community has been overwhelming and touching, they have helped to keep Trudy's memory alive, and she will never be forgotten.

– Carol Davies, Trudy Jones' sister


Schoolchildren responsible for terrorising Blackwood family

Eight schoolchildren have been caught by police terrorising a family from Blackwood.

Credit: PA

Police reported the young family, who have two children, one of which is disabled, were being persistently harassed by anti-social behaviour for a number of weeks.

Living in the Bryn Derw area, the family reported numerous incidences of eggs, stones and coins being thrown over their garden fence.

The mother told officers she was afraid for her children to play in the back garden in case they were hit by one of the items.

After regular patrols by police, help from local businesses and schools, eight school children, aged between ten and fourteen years old, were identified as being responsible.

Police say the children concerned have had anti-social behaviour referrals and four have received harassment warnings.

Hundreds of bikers ride out in memory of woman killed in Tunisia

More than 400 bikers rode out to take part in a special 'ride out' in memory of a woman from Blackwood killed in the Tunisian terror attacks last year.

The bikers raised nearly a thousand pounds for charity. Credit: Cerys Davies

51-year-old grandmother Trudy Jones was one of 38 people killed in June when a gunman opened fire on tourists in the resort of Sousse.

A similar memorial bike ride was held in August last year, involving family and friends.

Trudy Jones from Blackwood was killed in the Tunisian attacks last year. Credit: Gwent Police

Collectively the bikers raised a total of £859, which will be donated to charity.

Trudy's 84 year old mother was at the event and her brother Robert was one of the lead bikers flying flags in her memory.

Warning to Blackwood residents as thieves target area

Gwent Police is warning residents to keep a closer eye on their property and report any suspicious activity after a spike in reported incidents.

Police say overnight on30th – 31st March a house was broken into by forced entry on Elim way where money and car keys were stolen and on Llanarth Road where jewellery and money was stolen.

There were also two attempted breaks on Elim way, Pontllanfraith and one attempted break on Woodbine Road, Blackwood.

We are currently investigating each reported crime and asking residents to secure their property.

Extra patrols have now been put in place by uniformed and plain clothed officers.

I also want remind people not to leave valuable items on view or in reach of open windows.

– Inspector, Jason White
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