Caldicot man fleeced in £21m pyramid scam gives warning

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9:24am Friday 19th September 2014

A CALDICOT man invested £3,000 in a pyramid scheme after being told “nobody would lose”.

Police hunt man after Cwmbran attack

Free Press Series:

12:03pm Friday 19th September 2014

GWENT Police are appealing for help in finding Jason Banner who they would like to speak to after a woman was injured in an attack.

Firefighters tackle Usk car blaze

Free Press Series: Two injured in Pontymister crash on A467

11:10am Friday 19th September 2014

FIREFIGHTERS put out a car fire on the A449 between Usk and the Coldra roundabout in Newport this morning.

Pontypool museum to reopen on Saturday

5:25pm Friday 19th September 2014

PONTYPOOL Museum will open its doors again on a Saturday thanks to funding from local councillors, in a huge boost for the local institution.

Trellech councillor in AM bid

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3:22pm Friday 19th September 2014

A MONMOUTHSHIRE councillor has announced that she intends to stand as an Independent candidate in the 2016 Welsh Assembly elections.

Cwmbran West End performer is UK's youngest dance examiner

Free Press Series: DANCE: Charlotte Davies (right) with other backing dancers and Pixie Lott

3:14pm Friday 19th September 2014

A WEST End dancer from Cwmbran has become the youngest dance examiner in the country.

Chepstow woman celebrates 100th birthday

Free Press Series: A photograph of Eileen Jones from Bulwark in Chepstow as a 4 year old with her parents. (10512565)

2:35pm Friday 19th September 2014

ONE of Chepstow’s oldest residents celebrated her 100th birthday with a party attended by family and friends from around the world on Sunday afternoon.

Usk scoops Wales in Bloom award

Free Press Series: Usk visited by Britain in Bloom judges. Looking on from (lt-rt) in the Usk Church in Wales Primary School grounds are Jim Goodwin, Tony Kear and Nigel Bishop (8954892)

12:27pm Friday 19th September 2014

THE Usk in Bloom group has yet again won a Wales in Bloom award for its work in the local community.

Flying pigs adorn Abergavenny Food Festival

Free Press Series: Giant pigs are hung from the ceiling of Abergavenny Market Hall in preperation for the Abergavenny Food Festival (10512779)

10:29am Friday 19th September 2014

TENS of thousands of food-fans will descend on Abergavenny this weekend for 'the Glastonbury of food festivals'.

Man raped woman in her own home

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9:15am Thursday 18th September 2014

A PONTYPOOL rapist covered his victim’s head with a blanket to prevent her identifying him and was later arrested when he went back to the scene, a court was told.

Women guilty over 'pyramid' scheme

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3:13pm Thursday 18th September 2014

A band of "greedy" middle-aged women masterminded a £21 million get-rich-quick scheme - fleecing at least 10,000 victims, including some from Gwent.

Abergavenny Eisteddfod one step closer

5:44pm Thursday 18th September 2014

THE Monmouthshire Eisteddfod has moved a step closer with the formation of subject committees.

Scheme aims to boost Abergavenny business

10:41am Thursday 18th September 2014

A PLAN to boost businesses’ success in Abergavenny is gathering pace and further proposals are likely to be moved forward next year.

Traffic officer could patrol Caldicot's pedestrian zones

11:39am Wednesday 17th September 2014

A TRAFFIC officer could patrol Caldicot town centre in a bid to stop illegal driving in the pedestrianised zones.

£8m regeneration boost for Torfaen

11:36am Wednesday 17th September 2014

COUNCIL chiefs yesterday kick-started an £8m regeneration project set to unlock quality housing and boost retail in Torfaen - an investment which will shape the future of the borough.

Cwmbran pupils plant peace trees

Free Press Series: Pontnewydd Primary School pupils planted trees named after 16 Nobel Peace Prize winners.  Pictured from left is Livia Mae Hallett 11, David Stephens 10, Kian Corrigan 8 and Cerys Mae Allison 8 all helping to plant a Bird Cherry tree in honour of Barrack O

5:11pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

BARACK Obama and Nelson Mandela are among the Nobel Peace Prize winners who have had a tree planted in their honour at a Cwmbran primary school.

Man walks 100km in 24 hours for tot

Free Press Series: FUNDRAISING: Andy Hosking with Ruby Atkins at the 25km mark

4:46pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

A CHEPSTOW man has walked 100km in under 24 hours to raise funds for a Rogiet toddler to be able to walk unaided.

Church to sell rundown schoolroom to stave off closure

Free Press Series: Pisgah Baptist Church to sell Sunday School in an effort to keep the church open. Pictured are members of the congregation outside the Sunday School building and the Church in Talywain. (10363812)

3:30pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

A VICTORIAN church is planning to sell a rundown schoolroom which has become a drain on its resources, in a bid to remain open.

More pupils hit as council pulls plug on school transport

Free Press Series: Jackie Corner with her daughter Stacey Clamente from Caldicot who has had her concessionary transport axed.  (10353043)

3:09pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

OTHER parents affected by Monmouthshire council withdrawing transport for people with learning difficulties have said they are still waiting to hear from the authority about what to do next.

Musical tribute to Chepstow landlady set for release

Free Press Series: MM 27.1.12 FP

3:01pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

A TRIBUTE album by friends of a popular Chepstow landlady who died in March will be released in December.

Win the chance to get your child’s art on display

Free Press Series: Launch of an artwork competition is being run which is aiming to get more children interested in what Chepstow Museum and Abergavenny Museum has to offer L-R , Caitlin Searle 7 , Izzy Searle 10 , Lauren Bennett 9 Maya Hall 9  and  Ophelia Hall 5  at Cheps

12:44pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

IS YOUR youngster creative? If they are pre-school, at primary or secondary school they could win the chance to follow in the footsteps of some of the world’s greatest artists – thanks to an exciting competition we are running in conjunction with Chepstow and Abergavenny Museums.

Council approves next stage of Cwmbran school merger

Free Press Series: Llantarnam School protestors outside the Civic Centre in Pontypool (5952429)

10:15am Wednesday 17th September 2014

TORFAEN cabinet yesterday gave approval to the council to submit a full business case for its Cwmbran secondary school merger plan.

Baby’s grandfather in videolink murder charge

Free Press Series: Amelia Jones

1:26pm Tuesday 16th September 2014

THE grandfather of a Cwmbran baby who died when she was 41-days old appeared via videolink in court yesterday charged with her murder.

Councillor's £4k travel bill is highest claim in Gwent

Free Press Series: GREEN PLAN: Cllr Phil Hobson

9:45am Tuesday 16th September 2014

A MONMOUTHSHIRE cabinet member and deputy leader has defended claiming the highest amount of travel expenses among all councillors in Gwent.

Sci-fi author brings aliens to Abergavenny

Free Press Series: Jason Chapman has written a science fiction book series set in the 1950s. It has become popular on both sides of the Atlantic. His new novel is called Angel Committee and is based on a memo from the 28th July 1952 in which Winston Churchill wrote to one o

7:29pm Tuesday 16th September 2014

A SCIENCE fiction author is to publish the second book in a series which brought aliens to Abergavenny.

Ex-Olympic torch bearer earns Empire Medal

Free Press Series: PROUD Graeme Knowles shows off his BEM medal, alongside his wife, Kim (10360880)

4:31pm Tuesday 16th September 2014

A FORMER Olympic torch bearer from Torfaen who has spent the last 15 years trying to improve disability sport has received a British Empire Medal on Monday.

Four generations walk in memory of dad

Free Press Series: Actress Suzanne Packer who joined crowds of thousands at Saturday's memory walk. Pics (C) Huw John Cardiff. MANDATORY BYLINE -  Huw John Cardiff

7:33am Tuesday 16th September 2014

FOUR generations of a Pontypool family joined nearly 2,000 participants for a fundraising walk in memory of their dad and grandad, "a real character who was well-known in the community".

Residents find out more on disabled access

9:04pm Monday 15th September 2014

MONMOUTHSHIRE’S first Access for All forum saw 70 people pack out the council’s chamber in Usk to discuss problems that people with disabilities face.

Blaze-hit Greenmeadow Show bounces back with show

Free Press Series: Greenmeadow Farm show
CUTE Elliot, (lt), and Finley Hopkins with some farm animals (10328454)

2:43pm Monday 15th September 2014

GREENMEADOW Community Farm successfully hosted its 24th horticultural and craft show on Sunday, despite damage following on from a deliberate fire last week.

Record-breaking crowd for Usk show

Free Press Series: USK SHOW
Preparing a jersey called 'Ellie Goulding', for the ring, are from (lt-rt), Teresa Baker with son Kevin  and daughter Christie from Usk (10318161)

1:06pm Sunday 14th September 2014

There was livestock, produce, and a stunt show at Gwent's biggest agricultural show on Saturday. NATHAN BRIANT reports.

Success at Blaenavon annual steam gala

Free Press Series: The Edmundson steams out of Blaenavon Furnace Sidings during the annual steam gala (10318267)

5:07pm Sunday 14th September 2014

THE ANNUAL steam gala at Blaenavon's Heritage Railway turned out to be another success this year with over 750 people visiting the historic railway over the weekend.

Man in court accused of murdering his baby grand-daughter

Free Press Series: Amelia Jones

11:31am Friday 12th September 2014

THE GRANDFATHER of a Cwmbran baby who died when she was 41-days old has appeared in court today charged with her murder.

Man in court on baby murder charge

Free Press Series: Amelia Jones

9:15am Friday 12th September 2014

A MAN will appear in court this morning charged with the murder of a one-month-old baby.

UPDATE: Gwent MPs' expenses figures released

Free Press Series: Embargoed to 0001 Thursday July 11File photo dated 17/5/2009 of the Houses of Parliament in Westminster, central London as MPs are braced for a major public backlash today when a deal that would see their pay soar by almost £10,000 is unveiled. PRES

9:35am Friday 12th September 2014

THE total bill for MPs' expenses and costs rose from £98 million to £103 million last year, according to the latest figures.

Three injured after bus and car crash

Free Press Series: Two injured in Pontymister crash on A467

9:19am Friday 12th September 2014

THREE people have been taken to hospital following a crash between a bus and a car on the A40 near Raglan this morning.

Pontypool members of criminal gang jailed

Free Press Series: Swansea Crown Court.

8:15am Friday 12th September 2014

A PAIR of Pontypool burglars have been jailed after operating within a gang who plundered almost an entire enterprise park at Narberth.

Torfaen MP's tribute to Dr Ian Paisley

Free Press Series: Former DUP leader Dr Ian Paisley has died

4:17pm Friday 12th September 2014

FORMER Secretary of State for Northern Ireland and Torfaen MP Paul Murphy reacted with sadness to the news of Dr Ian Paisley's death.

Abergavenny crash woman 'critical but stable'

Free Press Series: APOLOGY DEMANDED: Abergavenny’s Nevill Hall Hospital

9:20am Thursday 11th September 2014

A WOMAN who was seriously injured after being hit by a car in Abergavenny on Tuesday is in a critical but stable condition this morning.

Grieving parents want Wales-wide grave rules

Free Press Series: Catherine Board has handed a petition in to Torfaen council against new grave decoration policies, where her baby son Brandon is buried at Cwmbran Cemetery.  Pictured is Catherine at the grave of her baby son Brandon. (7477684)

6:27am Thursday 11th September 2014

GRIEVING families left devastated after grave mementoes were binned in a council purge are to lobby the Welsh government in a bid to see rule changes over grave personalisation and a consistent policy implemented across Wales.

Ex-Miss Pontypool hopes to scoop Great Britain crown

Free Press Series: Emma Corten, 27 from Pontypool, is a model and former Miss UK winner in 2005.  She is fundraising for the final of Miss GB.  Pictured is Emma at her home, looking at dresses she has worn over her career. (10100719)

10:04am Thursday 11th September 2014

A FORMER Miss Pontypool is vying to bag a crown one last time, while she raises awareness of Multiple Sclerosis following her diagnosis.

Plans unveiled for multi-million pound Caldicot School

7:38am Thursday 11th September 2014

THESE are the images showing what the new multi-million pound Caldicot School is expected to look like.

Team Wales set for hero's welcome at Senedd

Free Press Series: STUNNING: Frankie Jones in action today

2:25pm Wednesday 10th September 2014

THE First Minister is urging people to give the Welsh Commonwealth Games team a hero's welcome at a special reception this evening.

Woman 'critical' and driver arrested after Abergavenny crash

Free Press Series: Pontypool police in bid to cut car crime

10:58am Wednesday 10th September 2014

A WOMAN was seriously injured and is in a critical condition after being hit by a car in Abergavenny.

School absence down in Gwent

Free Press Series: Uniforms are among the regular costs to pay to get your child back in the classroom.

4:16pm Wednesday 10th September 2014

OVERALL absence from secondary schools in Gwent fell during 2013/14, continuing a downward trend of several years, according to new figures from the Welsh Government.

E-Cig ban for Torfaen

Free Press Series: BANNED: Council staff will no longer be allowed to use e-cigarettes anywhere on council premises

3:18pm Wednesday 10th September 2014

THE use of all e-cigarettes and vaping devices has been banned from all Torfaen Council’s premises and vehicles.

Caldicot Asda store set to open, bringing 120 jobs

Free Press Series: File photo dated 19/02/14 of a sign at an ASDA Store as Asda boss Andy Clarke today hailed an improvement in quarterly sales growth and claimed its supermarket rivals were scrambling to keep up. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday August 14, 201

1:37pm Wednesday 10th September 2014

ASDA has announced it will be opening its doors to a new store in Caldicot in October, creating more than 120 jobs.

Send us your Harvest moon pictures

Free Press Series:

1:19pm Wednesday 10th September 2014

DID you take a picture of last night's spectacular Harvest moon?

Pontypool bank to close

11:35am Wednesday 10th September 2014

BELEAGUERED banking group the Co-operative Bank has confirmed it will shut its Pontypool branch as part of a wave of closures seeking to improve its finances after reporting a £75m pre-tax loss.

Students left in limbo after transport cuts

Free Press Series: Monmouthshire county council have withdrawn the transport of autistic sufferer, Liam Jenkins-Jones, which he uses to go to college to do an IT course. Here he is pictured with mum, Tanya Jenkins at home in Bulwark (10100194)

11:29am Wednesday 10th September 2014

TWO Monmouthshire students, who both have autism, have seen transport to their colleges axed by the county council, leaving them and their parents distressed and panicking about what to do next.

Firm helps torched Greenmeadow Farm rebuild

Free Press Series: FIRE RAVAGED: The playground early yesterday morning

5:07am Wednesday 10th September 2014

A LOCAL company has helped a Cwmbran farm to continue to operate its adventure playground after “mindless” vandals torched half of the facility.


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