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£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.

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.

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.

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".

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Landlord up for recycling award

5:41pm Wednesday 10th September 2014

A RECYCLING team from a local social landlord has been shortlisted for a housing award.

Cwmbran firm set to create 75 new positions

5:37pm Wednesday 10th September 2014

MANUFACURING company in Cwmbran is creating 75 new jobs after securing a major contract.

E-Cig ban for Torfaen

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.

Could you help Cwmbran disabled project?

9:40am Tuesday 9th September 2014

A CWMBRAN advice service for people with disabilities has been awarded a grant of £9,000, but needs the public vote to achieve extra funding.

Torfaen 10k race raises more than ever

Free Press Series: The Mic MOrris 10K race took place from Blaenavon finishing at Pontypool Park.  Pictured is the start of the race. (8397985)

2:18pm Monday 8th September 2014

THE fifth Mic Morris 10k race raised more money than ever before it has been officially confirmed, and it will all go to help youngsters achieve their sporting dreams

Pontypool crash involving two cars

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4:33pm Thursday 4th September 2014

EMERGENCY services were called to a crash in Sebastopol involving two cars this morning.

Popular Cwmbran farm's playground set alight

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

4:06pm Thursday 4th September 2014

"MINDLESS" vandals have torched half of an adventure playground at a popular Cwmbran tourist attraction, to the despair of staff.

£4m claim over Cwmbran man's murder-case arrests

Undated Metropolitan Police handout photo of private detective Daniel Morgan who was killed exactly 18 years ago. Legal action will be brought against Home Secretary Charles Clarke over the unsolved axe murder by M

10:10am Tuesday 2nd September 2014

THE METROPOLITAN Police are tackling a £4million compensation claim from five men who were arrested in a 2008 probe into the murder of Gwent private eye Daniel Morgan.

New Inn printing firm folds and more than 100 jobs are axed

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7:43pm Monday 1st September 2014

STAFF at a printing company face an uncertain future after their firm was said to have collapsed after struggling for years to weather the economic downturn.

Usain Bolt scarecrow is star of village contest

Free Press Series: Llanfrechfa Village Association first annual Scarecrow Festival
OFF TO A FLYER  Usain Bolt with creators Lloyd Harris and Natasha Owen (9805360)

10:18am Saturday 30th August 2014

RESIDENTS in the village of Llanfrechfa are preparing for the winners of the scarecrow competition to be announced with some causing quite a stir in the area.

Torfaen councillor defiant as Facebook post branded 'anti-muslim'

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9:17am Thursday 28th August 2014

COMPLAINTS have been made after a Torfaen councillor used the term “muzzy” in a post on Facebook – but he denies the comment was an anti-Muslim slur.

Torfaen one of worst hit in Wales by bedroom tax

Free Press Series: 'Bedroom Tax': social housing tenants face uncertain future

1:39pm Wednesday 27th August 2014

AROUND 1,700 housing benefit claimants in Torfaen are almost £700 worse off as a direct result of the controversial bedroom tax, according to a Welsh Government report.

Blaenavon teacher set for Sandhurst challenge

Free Press Series: Victoria Reed, from Blaenavon, is leaving to join up at Sandhurst. Pictured is Victoria at home in Blaenavon. (9593087)

6:47am Wednesday 27th August 2014

A TEACHER from Blaenavon has signed up to join the army and will begin training in Sandhurst next month.

Switched-on Torfaen kids get energy savvy

Free Press Series: Pupils from Ysgol Bryn Onmen school who have been taking part in an initiative to reduce the carbon footprint of schools in Torfaen.They are pictured here with (left to right)  Karen Griffiths from the Carbon Trust, Sian-Eleri Fudge the school's deput

8:05pm Wednesday 27th August 2014

PUPILS in Torfaen primary and secondary schools took part in a Carbon Trust Wales programme to minimise energy use and raise awareness of the importance of carbon reduction.

Traders move in to revamped Pontypool Market

Free Press Series: New Traders at Pontypool Market. Pictured are Rhianne and Danny Harris, who run a fruit and veg stall alongside a flower stall in Pontypool Market. (9468565)

7:43pm Wednesday 27th August 2014

AS PONTYPOOL Market’s refurbishment nears completion, its appeal to new traders continues to gather speed.

Pontypool RFC legend backs museum campaign

Free Press Series: OFFERING HIS SUPPORT  Alun Carter Pontypool RFC rugby director has become a member of Pontypool Museum, and encourages others to do so (9681764)

7:04pm Wednesday 27th August 2014

POOLER legend and former Wales international Alan Carter is backing a campaign to draw new members to Pontypool Museum.

Biker who died after A465 crash is named

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1:07pm Tuesday 26th August 2014

A BIKER who dies on the Heads of the Valleys Road near Abergavenny is named as Alwyn Pritchard.

Assault sentencing for Dragons star Ian Gough adjourned

Free Press Series: STOMACH BUG: Ian Gough

11:20am Tuesday 26th August 2014

DRAGONS player and ex-Wales star is to be sentenced today for attacking his ex girlfriend, former Miss Wales Sophia Cahill, just days after she got engaged to pop star Dane Bowers.

One week until Blaenavon's music festival

Free Press Series: BAND: Blackwood's Bleedin Noses

4:03pm Sunday 24th August 2014

IN a week’s time 24 bands will play for free in Blaenavon as part of a festival to raise funds to support a project for young people.

Wet weather warning for Bank Holiday Monday

Free Press Series: PREDICTED: Heavy rain forecast all day on Bank Holiday Monday

5:11pm Sunday 24th August 2014

A DAY of "unpleasant weather" is on the cards tomorrow (Monday) according to the Met Office's Chief Forecaster, as the organisation puts out a yellow warning for rain in Wales.

New wildfire plan for Blaenavon

Free Press Series: Firefighters tackle a blaze  in Barrackswood Newport (9589147)

9:31am Sunday 24th August 2014

A NEW wildfire plan has been launched to benefit the Blorenge valley and to help fire crews attend incidents more quickly.

New show set to be Cwmbran theatre hit

Free Press Series: At the Hafodyrynys Village Hall, a film production was in progress for a comedy drama called Cwmploddy.  Pictured is main character Doris Jones played by Jason Lee. (9429043)

5:50am Thursday 21st August 2014

A NEW show based on life in the South Wales Valleys is set to be a big hit with the Welsh public after selling hundreds of tickets ahead of its opening night.

Bumper crop of GCSE results in Torfaen

Free Press Series: At West Monmouth Comprehensive School pupils picked up their GCSE results.  Pictured please with his grades is Rhys Baldwin 16. (9546716)

4:03pm Thursday 21st August 2014

TORFAEN students are celebrating after a bumper crop of GCSE results.

Accused Gwent Police officer used 'Carry On' humour, court told

Free Press Series: Arriving at Cardiff Crown Court is Police Sergeant Richard Evans from Gwent Constabulary to make plea charged with sexual assaults and misconduct in a public office.. (5631825)

6:29pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

A POLICE officer told a court he was lightening the mood and joking around when he inferred to a woman in custody that he would like to have sex with her, a court heard.

Cwmbran soldier's tale of escape uncovered

Free Press Series: Robert Phillips fought in the trenches in WW1. Pictured is grand daughter Lynda Osbourne with her grandfather's medals. (9443007)

11:23am Wednesday 20th August 2014

THE tale of a Torfaen prisoner of war who was determined to make his way home after escaping has been uncovered by his granddaughter.

Teddy bears picnic in Pontypool a success

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4:23pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

DESPITE wet weather a teddy bear’s picnic held in Pontypool Park was deemed a success yesterday with over 100 people joining in the fun.

Art group helps Pontypool museum

Free Press Series: Pontypool Museum Campaign-
Some of the members of Pontypool Art Club and corporate members of the museum enjoy a get together, but they have become too big for the museum to house, but still draw inspiration from the work on show. (sorry names have been m

2:30pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

PONTYPOOL artists have joined forces to help draw new members to Pontypool Museum.

Former Cwmbran hotel to make way for residential housing

1:24pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

A FORMER hotel is to be knocked down to make way for a residential facility for people with autism and learning difficulties.

Pontypool community leader warns historic rugby club may become an ‘eyesore’ unless security fence goes up

Free Press Series: Pontypool RFC corporate director Ben Jeffreys and Torfaen AM Lynne Neagle met representatives from the council to discuss the ongoing vandalism at the Park.  Pictured is Ben with Lynne showing the recent arson attack in the club stadium. (5156928)

12:37pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

A PONTYPOOL community leader warned yesterday that the town's historic rugby club could become an “eyesore” unless the public backs plans to put up a 7ft security fence to protect its grounds.

Detainee says she feared Pontypool police sergeant would rape her, court is told

Free Press Series: Arriving at Cardiff Crown Court is Police Sergeant Richard Evans from Gwent Constabulary to make plea charged with sexual assaults and misconduct in a public office.. (5631915)

5:02pm Tuesday 19th August 2014

A WOMAN arrested and taken to a Gwent police station feared the sergeant in charge of her care was about to rape her, Cardiff Crown Court heard today

Pontypool man recalled to prison

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2:54pm Tuesday 19th August 2014

POLICE are trying to locate a 32 year old man from Pontypool who has been recalled to prison.


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