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Widow denies knowing husband's cash could have come from illegal means

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9:53am Thursday 30th October 2014

A WIDOW accused of laundering cash from counterfeit cigarettes to fund a "lavish lifestyle" denied knowing her husband's money may have come from illegal means.

PICTURES: See great Hallowe'en pumpkin carvings

Free Press Series: A pumpkin competition was judged at the Garndiffaith Millennium Hall in Pontypool.  Pictured is an entry in the under 16 category. (12102226)

11:46am Thursday 30th October 2014

ABERSYCHAN residents took to the challenge of creating the best spooky carved pumpkin as part of a Hallowe'en competition.

Estyn to visit Cwmbran school before merger

Free Press Series: Llantarnam School protestors outside the Civic Centre in Pontypool (5952687)

10:05am Thursday 30th October 2014

ESTYN bosses have acknowledged they plan to conduct a “monitoring visit” at a school set to be merged with another secondary next year.

Listed Pontypool church fixed with grant

Free Press Series: Repairs to the Victorian Crane Street Church in Pontypool have been completed with the help of a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund to repair the roof after it started leaking.
The church is now applying for further grants to cover 80k needed in repair

9:04am Thursday 30th October 2014

REPAIRS to a Grade II* Victorian church in Torfaen have been completed with the help of a grant of over £60,000 - making it a "sight to behold".

Cwmbran mum breaks down at money laundering trial

Free Press Series: Pictured leaving Newport Crown Court is Sara Skinner. (11697255)

5:05am Wednesday 29th October 2014

A CWMBRAN mum broke down in tears in court yesterday (Tuesday) as she gave evidence about her late husband’s extra-marital affair, during the third week of a trial in which she is accused of laundering cash from the sale of counterfeit cigarettes.

Torfaen and Caerphilly landmarks are helping to boost the Welsh economy by £19m

Free Press Series: CADW Project to bring 90 million pounds year on year into the Welsh economy. Pictured is Ken Skates AM at Blaenavon Ironworks. (12009961)

7:20am Wednesday 29th October 2014

MORE than 40 Welsh heritage landmarks are helping to boost the Welsh economy by up to £19m a year, according to new research published today.

Pooler in new row over lease

Free Press Series: Pontypool RFC (6777977)

1:01pm Wednesday 29th October 2014

PONTYPOOL RFC faces a new challenge after learning it could be saddled with a 20-year lease to maintain its vandal-hit home.

Torfaen gears up for winter gritting

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2:53pm Wednesday 29th October 2014

PREPARATIONS are underway in Torfaen for the beginning of the gritting season that started on Monday.

Man faces life in jail for incest assaults

1:13pm Wednesday 29th October 2014

A TORFAEN man is facing life imprisonment for raping and sexually assaulting members of his own family.

Mum crowned Cwmbran’s community star

Free Press Series: WINNER: Cwmbran community star, Connie Button with £500 of gift vouchers. © Huw Evans Picture Agency

11:06am Wednesday 29th October 2014

A TORFAEN woman who has raised more than £10,000 for charity has been crowned Cwmbran’s community star.

Glimmer of hope for Torfaen leaseholders

Free Press Series: SubmuttedLYNNE NEAGLE (1290467)

8:06pm Wednesday 29th October 2014

TORFAEN’S Assembly Member, Lynne Neagle has revealed that the Welsh Government is investigating whether it has the power to cap the amount leaseholders can be charged in Wales, following a campaign she has taken up on behalf of her constituents.

Specialist car seat for Pontypool tot

Free Press Series: Three-year-old Zac Summers, from Pontypool in Torfaen, is enjoying more family days out, thanks to his new specially designed car seat. Pictured is Zac in his car seat. (12024364)

3:26pm Wednesday 29th October 2014

A PONTYPOOL toddler is enjoying more family days out thanks to the support two UK charities.

Pupil throw wildflower bombs

Free Press Series: Wildflower seed bomb planting at Pontypool Park. Pictured are Harri Parfitt, Beatrice Stokes and Ben Robinson throwing their seed bombs. (11826027)

1:35pm Wednesday 29th October 2014

PUPILS from a Pontypool school joined Pontypool Park Friends to throw wildflower seed bombs recently.

Schoolbeat celebrates 10th birthday

Free Press Series: MILESTONE: ACC Bottomley, left, cuts the anniversary cake with Linda Roberts, the National Coordinator for the Programme

1:07pm Wednesday 29th October 2014

THE All Wales School Liaison Core Programme celebrated 10 years as a national crime prevention programme at Blaenavon Heritage V.C. Primary School in Torfaen on October 23.

Greens announce candidate for Torfaen

Free Press Series: Matt Cooke, Green Party parliamentary candidate for Torfaen

10:52am Tuesday 28th October 2014

WALES' Green Party has announced Matt Cooke as its parliamentary candidate for Torfaen.

Torfaen female war casualty remembered

Free Press Series: Service at the grave of Lucy Saint, 23, from Tranch of the regiment Queen Mary Army Auxiliary. Pictured are Jaea Watkins from George Street Primary School, where Lucy attended, and Lucy Saint's neice Megan Avery.  (11958795)

3:10pm Monday 27th October 2014

A WOMAN travelled from Northamptonshire to Pontypool to place a cross on the grave of her aunt - the only known female First World War casualty to be buried in the borough.

Sebastopol housing plans approved

10:20am Saturday 25th October 2014

PLANS for a controversial 1,200 home plan in Torfaen have once again been approved - despite concerns.

Falklands war veteran at Cwmbran school

Free Press Series: Simon Weston held a presentation evening at Croesyceiliog School in Cwmbran.  Pictured is Simon during the presentation. (11776204)

5:11pm Saturday 25th October 2014

FALKLANDS war hero Simon Weston gave an inspirational talk at a secondary school in Torfaen.

Female war casualty from Pontypool to be commemorated

2:08pm Saturday 25th October 2014

TORFAEN veterans will attend a service and lay a memorial cross at the grave of the only female World War One casualty from Pontypool.

Pupils learn about the impact of war on home front

Free Press Series: Pupils from Penygarn Primary School attended Pontypool Museum for a special workshop on World War 2.  Pictured trying out a mock Anderson Shelter are pupils Mya Jennings and Tyler Mason. (11478439)

2:57pm Thursday 23rd October 2014

PONTYPOOL Museum welcomed school pupils to join in their Second World War workshops.

Blaenavon Post Office

2:33pm Thursday 23rd October 2014

COUNCILLORS “share residents’ concerns” about the proposed temporary closure of Blaenavon post office.

Stand Up to Cancer event raises £1,000

Free Press Series: A charity fund rasing day was held at the Threepenny Bit Hall in Cwmbran. Pictured is hairdresser Karra Wade who is doing a 12 hour hairdressing fundraiser for her sister Kresta Allen who has kidney cancer. (11616149)

12:33pm Thursday 23rd October 2014

A FAMILY from Cwmbran has raised more than £1,000 for Stand Up To Cancer.

New schemes set to make road changes

10:57am Thursday 23rd October 2014

CHANGES to the A4043 St Lukes Road in Pontnewynydd are due to start at the end of this month for approximately six weeks.

New piercing laws approved

Free Press Series: Ear Piercing (11811639)

6:48am Thursday 23rd October 2014

TORFAEN councillors approved new skin piercing byelaws at its full council meeting earlier this week.

Cwmbran woman 'paid credit card bills with fake cigarette cash', court hears

Free Press Series: Pictured leaving Newport Crown Court is Sara Skinner. (11697259)

9:48am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

A CWMBRAN woman accused of laundering money raised by selling fake cigarettes, deposited large sums of cash into her bank account each month, two days before paying off her credit card bill, a court heard.

Search for tragic son's charity marathon pals - 40 years on

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8:05am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

A COUPLE from Griffithstown are trying to trace the childhood friends of their son who died following a battle with Multiple sclerosis.

Appeal after man exposes himself to woman near canal

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

3:50pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

POLICE are appealing for information after a man indecently exposed himself to a woman as she was walking along the canal near Pontypool.

Smaller bins to be rolled out across Torfaen

Free Press Series: GENERIC WHEELIE BINS IN NEWPORT (987952)

2:24pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

SMALLER black wheelie bins are to be introduced into Torfaen following a council decision today.

Appeal after gold rings and necklaces stolen from Cash Generator

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11:50am Tuesday 21st October 2014

GWENT Police are appealing for help following a burglary at Cash Generator in Cwmbran when gold rings and necklaces were stolen.

Councils back merger plan

9:58am Tuesday 21st October 2014

TORFAEN and Blaenau Gwent have taken a step towards merging their councils.

Cwmbran woman put £50k cash into bank accounts, court hears

Free Press Series: Pictured leaving Newport Crown Court is Sara Skinner. (11697255)

6:25pm Monday 20th October 2014

A CWMBRAN woman accused of laundering money raised by selling counterfeit cigarettes deposited more than £50,000 in cash into her two bank accounts over a four-year period, a court heard.

Trio in court after police op

Free Press Series: MODERN: Newport's new magistrates' court

4:47pm Monday 20th October 2014

THREE men from Torfaen appeared at Newport Magistrates Court today following a police operation.

Well-known surgeon and former Pontypool player is remembered

Free Press Series: DOCTOR: Mr Shute being made a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons

4:20pm Sunday 19th October 2014

A CELEBRATION of the life of a Newport surgeon who operated on thousands of Gwent patients will take place on Friday.

Grieving parents hand grave petition at Senedd

7:57am Friday 17th October 2014

PARENTS left devastated after cemetery mementoes were binned in a council purge lobbied the Senedd yesterday to have a law introduced on grave personalisation in Wales.

Cwmbran lady marks 100th birthday with family

Free Press Series: GOING STRONG  100 year old Florence Cully, celebrates her birthday, at the Thomas Gabriel Home. Old Cwmbran (11419920)

3:37pm Friday 17th October 2014

TORFAEN pensioner Florence Culley was surrounded by generations of her family as she marked her landmark 100th birthday.

Pontypool paedophile jailed for five years

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12:48pm Thursday 16th October 2014

A PAEDOPHILE who had unprotected sex with a "vulnerable" underage girl has been jailed for five years.

Carrier bag with £8k found in BMW - fake cigs trial hears

Free Press Series: Court snatch of Simon Leighton (11544689)

5:22pm Thursday 16th October 2014

A CARRIER bag holding £8,000 was found in the boot of a BMW a court heard today as the trial of a Griffithstown ice-cream man and a Cwmbran mother charged with money laundering by selling counterfeit cigarettes continued.

Pals play golf tribute to Blaenavon man

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8:10pm Thursday 16th October 2014

A GOLF competition will be staged tomorrow in memory of a Blaenavon man.

Man set for court on Cwmbran assault charge

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

10:08am Thursday 16th October 2014

A MAN has been charged with assault after an incident in the St Dials area of Cwmbran on Saturday 6th September.

Pontypool Museum welcomes funding

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7:51am Thursday 16th October 2014

PONTYPOOL museum - which is hoping to boost its visitor numbers to secure its immediate future - has received £23,000 from a community regeneration initiative for a refurbishment.

Wales star Faletau helps Torfaen church auction

Free Press Series: AUCTION:Church member, Shane Taylor, with his grandchildren (left to right) Caleb, Brodie and Coby with Taulupe Faletau.

1:29pm Thursday 16th October 2014

AN AUCTION at a church in Trevethin - with special guest, former Pontypool schoolboy and Newport Gwent Dragon’s player, Taulupe Faletau - has helped to raise vital funds to eradicate dry rot from its floor.

‘Fake cig sales funded lifestyle’ - court hears

Free Press Series: Court snatch of Simon Leighton (11544689)

11:29am Thursday 16th October 2014

TWO witnesses gave evidence yesterday in the trial of a Griffithstown ice-cream vendor and a Cwmbran woman charged with laundering money raised by selling counterfeit cigarettes.

Pontypool Museum welcomes funding

8:49am Thursday 16th October 2014

PONTYPOOL museum - which is hoping to boost its visitor numbers to secure its immediate future - has received £23,000 from a community regeneration initiative for a refurbishment.

£10k fraudster who conned teammates sentenced

5:26am Thursday 16th October 2014

A “FUNDAMENTALLY dishonest” man who defrauded a catalogue company and four people connected to a Pontypool football club of nearly £10,000 was given a suspended prison sentence.

Poet deplores state of churchyard in Blaenavon world heritage town

Free Press Series: OVERGROWN The cemetery of St Peter's Church, Blaenavon has many graves hidden by the long grass and brambles. Pictured is an unhappy Pat Madden next to a world war 1 grave (11454705)

7:41am Wednesday 15th October 2014

A DAD has written a heartfelt poem deploring the state of a cemetery remembering war heroes in a town enjoying world heritage status.

Ice-cream man and Cwmbran woman 'sold fake cigs to fund lavish lifestyle' - court hears

Free Press Series: Newport Crown Court

6:10am Wednesday 15th October 2014

A GRIFFITHSTOWN ice-cream man and a Cwmbran woman appeared in court yesterday charged with money laundering from selling counterfeit cigarettes.

Cwmbran snooker sensation, 13, beats Jimmy White

Free Press Series: At the Redz Snooker Club in Cwmbran a special exhibition match took place with 'People's Champion' Jimmy White.  Pictured left is Jimmy White with 13-year-old snooker sensation Lewis Sinclair.  (11229838)

8:06am Wednesday 15th October 2014

A THIRTEEN-YEAR-OLD snooker sensation has faced “The Whirlwind” at a snooker club in Cwmbran - and came out on top in one of his games.

Poet deplores state of churchyard in Blaenavon world heritage town

Free Press Series: OVERGROWN The cemetery of St Peter's Church, Blaenavon has many graves hidden by the long grass and brambles. Pictured is an unhappy Pat Madden next to a world war 1 grave (11454705)

7:26am Wednesday 15th October 2014

A DAD has written a heartfelt poem deploring the state of a cemetery remembering war heroes in a town enjoying world heritage status.

‘English votes for English laws’ threaten future of Union - Torfaen MP

Free Press Series: Paul Murphy MP

5:56pm Tuesday 14th October 2014

warns Government plans to curb voting rights of Scottish and Welsh MPs would cause ‘constitutional

Areas of Cwmbran suffer power cut

Free Press Series: 40-hour power-cut angers residents

5:35pm Tuesday 14th October 2014

FOUR wards in Cwmbran are currently being affected by a power cut.






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