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Appeal after jewellery worth £7,000 stolen

Police are appealing after more than £7,000 worth of jewellery was stolen during a burglary.

Credit: Gwent Police

It happened near Llanbodoc in Usk on 10 October.

Credit: Gwent Police

Gwent Police said the items were taken between 12.30pm and 2.20pm and is asking anyone with information to contact them on 101.

Man pleads not guilty to murder of beautician

A businessman has denied murdering a young beautician.

25-year-old Georgina Symonds was a beautician Credit: Wales News Service

Property developer Peter Morgan, 53, is accused of the murder of 25-year-old Georgina Symonds.

Mother-of-one Georgina was found dead at a workshop at a farm near the rural town of Usk.

An inquest was previously told that the provisional cause of death was "ligature pressure" on a her neck.

Morgan, appeared at Cardiff Crown Court today to deny her murder in January.

The property developer, of Llanellen, near Abergavenny, spoke to say "not guilty" to the charge.

Judge Neil Bidder said his trial would take place in June and is expected to last three weeks. The Judge remanded Morgan in custody.


Police appeal for prisoner with tattooed face

Police are appealing for information to find a 55 year-old prisoner who absconded from Prescoed Prison in Usk.

George Smith absconded from prison on Wednesday. Credit: Gwent Police

George Smith absconded on Wednesday August 19th. He's around 5'8ft tall, medium build and has brown hair. He has three tattoos on his forehead.

He was convicted for robbery in 2013 and sentenced to six years. Gwent Police say he is a "potential risk" and has connections in the Hereford area.

If anyone has seen George Smith or has any information about his whereabouts they are asked to ring 101.

Man arrested after pedestrian dies

Police are appealing for witnesses after a 44-year-old pedestrian died following a collision on the A449 near Usk.

It happened around 5.39am today when a white Mercedes Sprinter van collided with a pedestrian. Police say the pedestrian, from Tredegar, died at the scene.

A 41 year old man from Monmouth has been arrested on suspicion of death by careless driving and is currently in police custody.

The southbound carriageway is currently closed whilst officers carry out their investigation.

Police investigating one-vehicle crash near Usk

A section of the A449 near Usk is closed as police deal with a crash that happened early this morning.

The road is currently closed northbound from the Coldra roundabout to Usk and southbound from Raglan to Usk.

Gwent Police said the crash, which happened just after 5.30am this morning, involved one vehicle.

Officers are still at the scene and an investigation is ongoing.

Fire crews from Usk were also called to the scene.

Murder inquiry launched after body found near Usk

Officers were called to an address at approximately 18.50 on Saturday Credit: ITV News

A murder inquiry has been launched after the body of a woman was discovered at an address in Monmouthshire yesterday.

Gwent police were called to an address in the Usk area just before 7pm, where they discovered the body of a 78-year-old woman from the area.

A 48-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder, and remains in police custody to assist officers with their inquiries.

The cause of death is not yet known, but the woman's family are said to be receiving support by family liaison officers.

"This is a tragic incident and our thoughts are with the family of the deceased at this very difficult time.

Our investigation will establish exactly what happened and I can confirm that we are not looking for anyone else in connection with this incident."

– Detective Chief Inspector Richard Williams
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