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Pontypool council get on Facebook and Twitter

Free Press Series: Community leaders in Pontypool are branching out into the 21st century with plans to use facebook and twitter.  Pictured from right to left is Cllr Ray Mills, Cllr Norma Parish, Cllr Gaynor James, Cllr Bryn Parker and Cllr Barry Taylor. (10882601)

8:46am Wednesday 1st October 2014

TOWN leaders sitting on one of Wales' biggest community councils will branch out into 21st century technology with plans to use Facebook and Twitter to publicise their activities.

UPDATE: Murder case probe finds Gwent Police 'must improve'

Free Press Series: TRIBUTES: Caroline Parry, the woman shot dead in a gun attack on Seabreeze Avenue in Newport

10:11am Monday 29th September 2014

The results of a probe into contact Gwent Police had with a man who shot dead his estranged wife on a Newport street were released today.

Cwmbran residents win battle with Bron Afon homes over £280,000 repair bill

Free Press Series: Residents from Monmouth House in Cwmbran have won a legal battle against Bron Afon. Pictured from left is Michael Parker, Della Burns, Wilfred Walters and David Shorthouse. (10828232)

5:11am Monday 29th September 2014

RESIDENTS of a Cwmbran tower block will not have to foot a £285,000 bill for external wall insulation (EWI) demanded by a Torfaen housing association, after a tribunal ruled in their favour.

Minibus and car crash on Pontypool roundabout

Free Press Series: GREEN EPS Firefighters cut man from car following lorry crash

2:54pm Friday 26th September 2014

A MINIBUS and a car collided near Pontypool on a roundabout on the A4042 this afternoon.

Young Cwmbran racer up for two awards

Free Press Series: YOUNG DRIVER: Caleb McDuff with a trophy from the Rowrah Kart Track.

4:56pm Friday 26th September 2014

DESPITE being in just his first year of competitive motorsport, a young Cwmbran kart racer has been nominated for two awards in a national celebration of the achievements of deaf people.

Minister backs local shops in Blaenavon

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1:32pm Thursday 25th September 2014

THE Minister for regeneration visited Blaenavon as part of the Support Your High Street campaign today.

New Welsh school 'banding' system revealed

Free Press Series: SWA ST Emma Mackintosh 16/05/2013

Generic pictures of primary school pupils sitting their National Reading Tests (1292043)

9:00am Thursday 25th September 2014

A NEW system for sorting Welsh primary and secondary schools into categories based on performance is to be unveiled by the education minister Huw Lewis this morning.

Cafe makes street-food first for Pontypool

Free Press Series: The staff from Get Stuffed Cafe in Pontypool have raised money to buy a portable heart monitor machine for Lorraine Jones.  Pictured is Lorraine at home with the portable blood measuring machine. (10493582)

5:02pm Thursday 25th September 2014

A PONTYPOOL cafe has become the first local business to sell food in the street in what could become a regular occurrence in the town centre.

Blaenavon Town Band is 7th in the country

Free Press Series: Blaenavon Town Band played first in the section two finals of the national championships on Saturday. Picture from 4BarsRest.

1:17pm Thursday 25th September 2014

BLAENAVON Town Band competed at the National Brass Band Championships last weekend, ending up seventh in the whole country in their category.

Commonwealth Games star Frankie Jones in Pontypool

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12:23pm Thursday 25th September 2014

THE golden girl of Welsh sport Frankie Jones delighted children as she led a gymnastics session at a Pontypool sports hub on the weekend.

Three-car crash in Pontnewynydd

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11:21am Wednesday 24th September 2014

AN ambulance and paramedic were called after three cars crashed in Pontnewynydd this morning.

29 jobs to go as 5 Gwent Phones 4u stores close

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5:00pm Tuesday 23rd September 2014

FIVE Gwent branches of the collapsed retail chain Phones 4u are set to close, its administrators announced today.

Torfaen grave campaigners protest outside council HQ

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12:17pm Tuesday 23rd September 2014

CAMPAIGNERS gathered outside Torfaen council HQ this morning to protest over the council's policy on grave decoration.

Warning over fake Mot certificates after arrest

Free Press Series: Image for Russell Automotive

11:19am Tuesday 23rd September 2014

GWENT Police are advising people in the Pontypool and Cwmbran areas to be vigilant and check their Mot certificates after a man in the area was arrested on suspicion of fraudulently producing MOT certificates.

Torfaen school celebrates 40 years with 70s dress-up day

Free Press Series: Children from Greenmeadow Primary came to school in 70's dress to celebrate 40th anniversary.  Pictured in 70's dress are from left Theo Judge 8, Ieuan McCann 7, Levi McConnell 8 and Logan Craig 7. (10548510)

8:13am Tuesday 23rd September 2014

MORE than 100 pupils and staff at a Torfaen primary school celebrated 40 years with a 70s dress-up day.

PICTURES: Woman charged after Talywain crash

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9:50am Monday 22nd September 2014

FOLLOWING the crash in Talywain yesterday, a 45-year-old local woman has been charged with: aggravated vehicle taking, driving without a licence, driving without insurance, theft, possession of a class c drug.

Blind bodybuilder takes on UK's best

Free Press Series: 33-year-old Cwmbran man Neville Bonfield is hopeful for the final on October 12.

10:31am Saturday 20th September 2014

A BLIND and disabled Cwmbran man has qualified for a UK-wide bodybuilding championship final next month as the only non able-bodied competitor.

Police hunt man after Cwmbran attack

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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.

Shell grotto opened for rare visits

Free Press Series: 'AMAZING': The interior of the Pontypool Park grotto which opened to the public at the weekend

9:26pm Friday 19th September 2014

THE Shell Grotto has opened to visitors as part of an initiative celebrating Wales’ best loved buildings - the first time it has opened its doors in around two decades.

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.

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.

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.

£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.


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