Police appeal after fatal house fire in town centre

Bridgend County Borough Council has expressed its sympathies following a fatal fire which occurred in Bridgend town centre last night.

One person died after the house fire broke out around 9.15pm on Tuesday 30 March at premises in Nolton Street.

South Wales Fire and Rescue crews from Bridgend, Pencoed, Kenfig Hill and Cardiff attended to tackle the blaze, which caused significant damage to the privately-owned building and forced neighbouring properties to be evacuated.

South Wales Police have issued an appeal for witnesses, and have asked people who were in Nolton Street last night to contact them. Nolton Street remains closed to traffic, and a police cordon has been set up outside the premises.

Detective Chief Inspector Sarah Lewis, said: “This tragic incident is extremely distressing for the family involved who are being supported by us.

“Our examinations are continuing at the scene as we try to establish how the fire started. “There is nothing at this stage to suggest the fire was deliberate, however until our investigations are complete, we cannot rule anything out at this time.

“We are working as quickly as we can to establish the circumstances.”

Anybody who was in the area at the time is urged to contact 101 and to quote reference *110574

Cllr Richard Young, Cabinet Member for Communities, said: “We are deeply saddened to hear that someone died as a result of this tragic incident, and our thoughts are with the family and friends of the deceased.

“We will be supporting the police and emergency services as they continue to deal with this sad event, and urge anyone who was in the area at the time to contact the police.”


Over 75,000 Covid-19 vaccines given in Bridgend County Borough

More than 75,000 doses of Covid-19 vaccine have now been given to residents in Bridgend County Borough.

As of Tuesday (30 March), Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board (UHB) had administered 75,744 vaccines to residents in the county borough. Across the whole Cwm Taf Morgannwg area, 245,473 vaccines have been given – 196,834 first doses and 48,639 second doses.

However, some people have not been turning up for their appointments so the health board has opened up a reserve list for residents aged between 40-49 living in Cwm Taf Morgannwg who are available to make an appointment at short notice.

Appointment letters have now been sent out to everyone over the age of 50 (priority groups 1-9). Residents are encouraged to do all they can to make their appointment, but if they are unable to, they should let the health board know via the contact details in their appointment letter so the slot can be given to someone else.

The reserve list will not impact on vaccinations for priority groups but it will help to ensure no vaccines are wasted.

Overwhelming demand for places on the reserve list saw the booking system crash on Tuesday but it is hoped that it will be back up and running later today (Wednesday). The health board is asking those who submitted the form before the system crashed to fill it out again to make sure their details are received.

For more information or to join the reserve list if you’re eligible, fill out the form at Cwm Taf Morgannwg UHB’s website.


Mobile coronavirus testing unit moving to Pyle

Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board has confirmed that its mobile testing facility for residents who have symptoms of Covid-19 is moving to Pyle from Friday.

The current walk-in testing facility at the Richard Price Centre on Bettws Road, Llangeinor (CF32 8PF) will be available from 9am-5pm on Thursday 1 April.

Testing will then move to the Halo Swimming Pool on Marshfield Avenue in Pyle (CF33 6RP) on Friday 2 April. It will be available as a drive-through facility from 9am-5pm and booking is essential.

To book an appointment, visit the Welsh Government website or call 119. If you have hearing or speech difficulties, you can book by calling 18001119.

A walk-through testing facility also remains in place between 8am-8pm at the Bowls Hall car park off Bridgend Life Centre (CF31 4AH). Booking for this facility is also essential.

Anyone who is showing symptoms of coronavirus – a persistent dry cough, high temperature or change in their sense of taste of smell – should arrange to have a test as soon as possible.

An online symptoms checker is available at the NHS 111 Wales website.

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