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Health experts call for minimum booze price

Free Press Series: ‘Axe beer tax’ crusade

9:21am Friday 25th July 2014

MINIMUM unit pricing for alcohol should be introduced in Wales to help protect those most vulnerable to the effects of "hazardous and harmful" drinking, experts have recommended.

Woman sees cat mauled to death by dog

10:11am Friday 25th July 2014

CWMBRAN pet owners have said they are terrified after a woman was awoken in the middle of the night by the sounds of her cat being mauled to death.

UPDATE: Cwmbran death crash biker named

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3:00pm Thursday 24th July 2014

A MAN died in a motorbike crash in Cwmbran last night.

Grave rules campaigners to meet council

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)

11:02am Thursday 24th July 2014

CAMPAIGNERS who handed over a petition signed by more than 5,000 people to Torfaen council last month will meet officers tomorrow to discuss any possible changes to its controversial graveyard policy.

Top cyclists line up for Gwent race

Free Press Series: COMING SOON: Graham Briggs winning the Wales Open Criterium last year at Abergavenny (Picture courtesy of Bill Owen)

4:37pm Thursday 24th July 2014

AFTER last month’s National Championships, Monmouthshire welcomes back Britain’s best cyclists for the grand finale of British Cycling’s Elite Circuit Series.

Bedridden mum thanks fundraisers

3:33pm Thursday 24th July 2014

A MUM struck down with a rare disorder that left her bedridden thanked fundraisers yesterday as donations continue to pour in to give her ground-breaking treatment in the US.

Cwmbran singers win world choir silver

Free Press Series: Nidus Children's Choir performing at the Culture Palace during the World Choir Games in Riga, Latvia.

2:43pm Thursday 24th July 2014

CWMBRAN’S Nidus Children’s Choir are celebrating having won a silver medal at the the World Choir Games.

£1.6m Pontypool shops to open

12:43pm Thursday 24th July 2014

A £1.6MILLION shopping and business development in Pontypool will be officially opened tomorrow by Lynne Neagle AM for Torfaen and Gwent’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Ian Johnston.

Probe into move to close Torfaen’s top school

Free Press Series: Brian Mawby the new cabinet member for Torfaen for children and young people pictured at the Civic Centre, Pontypool. (1215592)

12:11pm Wednesday 23rd July 2014

THE decision to close Torfaen’s highest performing school went before a scrutiny committee as a challenge was put forward against the cabinet decision.

Woman who wrecked Cwmbran home avoids jail

10:03am Wednesday 23rd July 2014

A ‘CALCULATING’ mother of two who caused more than £8,000 worth of damage at a Cwmbran house owned by her former father-in-law has been given a suspended sentence.

1,200-home green belt plan back on agenda

7:39am Wednesday 23rd July 2014

CONTROVERSIAL plans to build 1,200 homes on greenfield land in Torfaen are set to be debated again this autumn.

Dog-walker drowning was 'accidental' - inquest

7:37am Wednesday 23rd July 2014

A TORFAEN dog-walker drowned in a river whilst out walking his pet a fortnight after he received an on-the-spot fine for walking his pet on a rugby field, an inquest was told.

Cwmbran Congress set for refurb as fundraising target is hit

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5:10am Tuesday 22nd July 2014

CHAMPAGNE was flowing at Cwmbran’s Congress Theatre as the volunteers reached their target of £100,000 for the refurbishment of the building.

Thousands raised at match in mum’s memory

Free Press Series: Baby Hallie-Rose Charity Football Match between Newport County Development XI and Caerleon Town AFC.  Pictured sleeping in a Newport County top is Baby Hallie-Rose. (8400286)

12:42pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

THOUSANDS of pounds were raised at a fundraising football match over the weekend in memory of Pontypool mum Caroline Howarth.

Hundreds run in Pontypool 10k race

Free Press Series: The Mic MOrris 10K race took place from Blaenavon finishing at Pontypool Park.  Pictured is the start of the race. (8397975)

2:54pm Monday 21st July 2014

THE fifth year of the Mic Morris 10k race saw nearly 500 runners don their trainers to raise money for Torfaen’s talented young sports people.

QUIZ: How well do you know your area?

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3:20pm Monday 21st July 2014

WHAT proportion of people in Newport are Christian? How many people in Abergavenny have a degree? Take this quiz and test your knowledge.

Hundreds run in Pontypool 10k race

Free Press Series: The Mic MOrris 10K race took place from Blaenavon finishing at Pontypool Park.  Pictured is the start of the race. (8397975)

2:57pm Monday 21st July 2014

THE fifth year of the Mic Morris 10k race saw nearly 500 runners don their trainers to raise money for Torfaen’s talented young sports people.

Hundreds gather at match in memory of Pontypool mum

Free Press Series: Baby Hallie-Rose Charity Football Match between Newport County Development XI and Caerleon Town AFC.  Pictured sleeping in a Newport County top is Baby Hallie-Rose. (8400286)

4:48pm Sunday 20th July 2014

HUNDREDS of people came to Newport’s Coronation Park yesterday (SUN) to watch a charity football match in memory of Pontypool mum Caroline Howarth.

Cwmbran graffiti artist goes on show

Free Press Series: Rob Carlton is a self taught graffiti artist from Cwmbran and is currently exhibiting his work at the Barnabas art house.  Pictured is a portrait of John Lennon. (8236750)

12:39pm Sunday 20th July 2014

A CWMBRAN graffiti artist has exchanged the streets for a gallery, with his first ever exhibition in Newport this summer.

Man choked to death hours after mother’s funeral

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9:29am Friday 18th July 2014

A FATHER-OF-THREE, described as a “caring family man”, died after choking during a meal just hours on from attending his mother’s funeral.

Woman in court over deaths of Ponthir couple

Free Press Series: JAILED: Two Newport men were sentenced at Cardiff Crown Court yesterday for importing mephedrone

2:55pm Friday 18th July 2014

A WOMAN from Caerwent appeared before Cardiff Crown court today charged with causing the death of an elderly Ponthir couple through dangerous driving.

Church rallies round family of tragic Pontypool mum

Free Press Series: CT_604_001     Lee Howarth with his daughter Hallie-Rose from Pontypool who will have to wait 12 weeks before recieving any child benefit (8205094)

7:29am Friday 18th July 2014

MONTHS after the tragic death of Pontypool mum Caroline Howarth, the community continues to rally around her husband Lee and baby Hallie-Rose, offering their support.

Council meeting two thirds of targets - report

2:02pm Friday 18th July 2014

COUNCIL chiefs met more than two thirds of targets aimed at improving the lives of residents in Torfaen, a new report has shown.

Torfaen MP collects honorary doctorate

Free Press Series: Paul Murphy MP being awarded an honourary doctorate at the University South Wales Treforest campus (8337619)

10:43am Friday 18th July 2014

TORFAEN MP Paul Murphy collected an honourary degree yesterday from the University of South Wales.

Justin Bieber shoe auctioned for £200

Free Press Series: More bids for Cwmbran pupils' Justin Bieber shoe auction

9:46am Friday 18th July 2014

THE BIEBER shoe aiming to raise hundreds for Oakdale tot Ayla Mae Hemms has been auctioned off for £200 this month.

Runners ready for big Torfaen 10k race

Free Press Series: MM_SWA_21/7/2013THE START OF THE MIC MORRIS MEMORIAL SPORTING TRUST RACE FORM BLAENAVON TO PONTYPOOL . (8330052)

9:44am Friday 18th July 2014

WITH 340 people already signed up to take part in this year’s Mic Morris 10k, organisers say they are confident a further 150 runners will sign up on the day of the big race this Sunday.

Man choked to death hours after mother’s funeral

9:29am Friday 18th July 2014

A FATHER-OF-THREE, described as a “caring family man”, died after choking during a meal just hours on from attending his mother’s funeral.

Council's promise on black bin collections

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

10:10am Thursday 17th July 2014

A SENIOR member of Torfaen council has pledged to scrutinise fully the “huge” number of consultation responses to its proposals for the future of black bin collections in the borough, before making a decision on how to proceed.

Pupils' anger at bus price hike

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8:35am Thursday 17th July 2014

YOUNGSTERS attending Gwent’s only Welsh secondary school which accepts pupils from out of county are calling for Newport council officers to meet them over a three-fold hike in bus fees.

New hope for Torfaen land scheme

3:33pm Thursday 17th July 2014

FRESH hope surrounds the possibility of land reclamation at The British – after soil samples were collected there this week.

School head named the best in Wales

Free Press Series: School of the Week - St David's RC Junior and Infants School - Cwmbran. Headteacher John Healy. (3450178)

1:39pm Thursday 17th July 2014

A CWMBRAN headteacher has been named inspirational primary head teacher of the year in Wales.

Cwmbran nursery leavers graduate in style

Free Press Series: Hennlys Village Nursery in Cwmbran held a graduation ceremony for the pre school children aged 4.  Pictured is Thomas Bailey during the ceremony. (8304736)

11:18am Thursday 17th July 2014

NURSERY leavers donned graduation caps and gowns in Cwmbran to mark their achievements as they progress to primary school.

Rugby star opens Torfaen centre

Free Press Series: Cutting the ribbon: Rev Samantha Caton With Taulupo Faletau

10:24am Thursday 17th July 2014

FOLLOWING three years of planning, fundraising and construction the vision of a centre for the community in Cwmffrwdoer was finally realised when the hall opened its door.

Gwent parents to face £60 truancy fines

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11:33am Wednesday 16th July 2014

COUNCIL chiefs yesterday agreed to issue “punitive” fines to families of children who miss school through unauthorised absences.

Drummer boy raises cash for bedridden mum

Free Press Series: Nine Year Old Zac Roynon-Griffiths raising funds for woman struck down with stiff syndrome by having a two-hour drum-a-thon. Pictured is Zac at home in Abersychan with his drum kit (8155347)

1:46pm Wednesday 16th July 2014

NINE-YEAR-OLD drummer Zak Roynon-Griffiths has raised more than £400 hundreds of pounds for a mum struck down with a rare neurological disorder, which has left her bedridden.

Cwmbran restaurant boss caught employing illegal workers

Free Press Series: Immigration officials have been questioning the couple

5:20am Wednesday 16th July 2014

A CWMBRAN restaurant boss who broke UK immigration laws by employing illegal workers has been disqualified as a director.

Charity golf day raises £2,400 in mum's memory

Free Press Series: Charity golf day at Pontnewydd Golf Club for Pancreatic Cancer UK. Pictured are (left to right) Mandy New, Jennifer Andrews and Linda Reardon. (8157651)

2:33pm Wednesday 16th July 2014

A CHARITY golf day in Pontnewydd raised £2,400 in memory of a Gwent woman who died of pancreatic cancer.

Cwmbran social centre saved

2:28pm Wednesday 16th July 2014

A POPULAR social centre threatened with closure has been saved after council chiefs agreed to lease the hub to the community for 21 years.

Wales set for ban on smoking in cars with children

Free Press Series: Bolton MPs are in favour of a ban on smoking in cars while children are present

10:09am Tuesday 15th July 2014

A BAN on people smoking in cars with children will be introduced in Wales it was revealed today.

LIVE: Torfaen council on truant fines and school closures

Free Press Series: Torfaen County Borough Council HQ in Pontypool

10:00am Tuesday 15th July 2014

JOIN us for live coverage of an extraordinary meeting of Torfaen council cabinet where fines for parents of truanting pupils and the closure of Fairwater and Llantarnam Schools will be debated.

Cwmbran school merger approved

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5:18pm Tuesday 15th July 2014

TWO secondary schools will merge next year under plans to reduce the number of surplus spaces in Torfaen.

Cwmbran man dies after being hit by train

Free Press Series: Man badly injured on train line at Abergavenny

11:38am Monday 14th July 2014

A MAN died after being hit by a train in Ponthir yesterday.

Pontypool Museum reveals its own history

Free Press Series: Old picture of Pontypool museum when it used to be a stable block (7940340)

3:53pm Monday 14th July 2014

THE history of Pontypool has been recorded and made public by the town’s museum, but many people do not realise the story of the heritage building itself.

Wound ‘full of maggots’ when bandage removed

Free Press Series: Noel Walker, 44, from Croesyceiliog who was shocked to find maggots in a wound in his foot. Pictured is Noel at home in Croesyceliog. (8030911)

12:27pm Monday 14th July 2014

A FATHER-of-one was shocked to find maggots in a wound on his foot less than 24 hours after the dressing was changed by a district nurse, he claims.

Charity match will raise funds for tragic Pontypool baby

Free Press Series: Hallie-Rose Howarth brought home for the first time. Pictured is Lee Howarth with 2 week old Hallie-Rose. (6456416)

9:46am Monday 14th July 2014

FINAL preparations are being put in place for a charity football match this Sunday to raise money for Pontypool baby Hallie-Rose Howarth, whose mum tragically died two days after her birth.

Gwent parents to face £60 truancy fines from this autumn

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

10:01am Sunday 13th July 2014

EDUCATION chiefs are to hand out “punitive” fines to families of children who skip school from September.

Former Cwmbran hotel could make way for residential housing

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6:01am Sunday 13th July 2014

A FORMER hotel could be knocked down to make way for residential flats for people with autism and learning difficulties, planning documents reveal.

Cuts forced Pontypool education centre to share office

Free Press Series: The Settlement Education Centre in Pontypool, is under threat after council announced a restructure of services it provides.  Pictured is main hall being used by the retired mens society of Pontypool. (7976730)

1:41pm Friday 11th July 2014

A POPULAR education centre will be forced to share its facilities as council chiefs seek to slash £90,000 from its budget.

Family firm set to run Brynmawr to Cwmbran bus route

Free Press Series: SMART SERVICE: Kevin Anslow, left, and operations manager Terry Wyburn at the bus depot in the Varteg. The Anslow bus service has taken over a route from Stagecoach, much to the relief of the residents

12:40pm Friday 11th July 2014

VARTEG coach company Phil Anslow and Sons has saved the route 30 bus service which was due to be axed later this month.

Councillors asked to give nod to school closures

9:22am Friday 11th July 2014

THE end looks imminent for two Torfaen secondary schools as council officers ask council members to agree their plans for closure.








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