Pontypool internet pervert avoids jail for possessing "appalling" child pornography

South Wales Argus: Snatch of Simon Williams at Cardiff Crown Court (12176402)

7:20am Saturday 1st November 2014

A PONTYPOOL primary school teaching assistant has been given a three-year community order for possessing more than 900 "appalling" indecent images of children.

UPDATE: Cyclist in critical condition and driver arrested after Magor crash

South Wales Argus:

9:45am Friday 31st October 2014

WITNESSES have reported that an air ambulance is in attendance at a crash in Magor this morning.

Cwmbran widow found guilty of money laundering

South Wales Argus: Pictured leaving Newport Crown Court is Sara Skinner. (11697255)

4:09pm Friday 31st October 2014

A CWMBRAN widow accused of money laundering by converting criminal property, said to be counterfeit cigarettes, has been found guilty of five counts and cleared of three.

Cwmbran shopping centre becomes haunted graveyard for Hallowe'en

South Wales Argus: Cwmbran shopping centre turned the water gardens into a haunted themed venue for visits by children.  Pictured is Summer Casa-Grande aged 6 visiting the spooky water gardens. (12189644)

5:49pm Friday 31st October 2014

CWMBRAN shopping centre was transformed into a haunted graveyard today with ghosts wandering through it, putting a chill up the spines of onlookers.

Nurse cleared of misconduct

South Wales Argus: HEARING: Tina Cullen at Temple Court, Cardiff

3:03pm Friday 31st October 2014

A NURSE who admitted not informing her current employer that her fitness to practice had been called into question has been cleared of misconduct.

Welsh Dragon and Peppa Pig are pumpkin lanterns

South Wales Argus: Carved by Gareth Burgum (12147797)

7:10pm Friday 31st October 2014

READERS have been sending us their Hallowe'en pumpkin carving designs.

Pye Corner railway station to open on December 14, minister announces

South Wales Argus: UK Transport Minister Baroness Susan Kramer at the new Pye Corner railway station in Newport (12177142)

3:25pm Friday 31st October 2014

THE UK Transport Minister visited the soon-to-be finished Pye Corner railway station in Newport today, calling the construction of the station the fastest she has ever seen.

Couple claimed anxiety after car crash, court is told

South Wales Argus:

6:00am Friday 31st October 2014

A COUPLE accused of making fraudulent insurance claims as part of an alleged 'crash for cash' conspiracy claimed to both be suffering from anxiety after they were involved in a car crash, a court heard.

Ugly Bug Ball Hallowe'en fundraiser

South Wales Argus: The Usk Project Park group held a Ugly Bugs Ball at the Usk Rugby Club.  Pictured at the party is Julie Hope with her daughter Amelia aged 3. (12185377)

4:31pm Friday 31st October 2014

WITCHES and bats in Usk enjoyed the Ugly Bugs Ball today as part of a Hallowe'en fundraiser.

Irish star treats Chepstow fans to book preview

South Wales Argus: 'Moonie Boy The Blunder Years', which is based on an award winning TV show.
ENGAGING Picture are Chris O'Dowd, (lt), (The IT crowd actor) and his writing partner, Nick V Murphy, at the Drill Hall, Chepstow (12188262)

5:33pm Friday 31st October 2014

CHEPSTOW locals were treated to an afternoon with Irish actor Chris O’Dowd during his tour to promote his new children’s book ‘Moone Boy: The Blunder Years”.

Hallowe'en fundraiser for Risca boy

South Wales Argus: A 'Halloween 'Spooktacular' event was held at the Rivermead Centre to raise funds for Aaron Stephens 9, who has a debilitating and painful wastage illness.  Pictured is Aaron's aunt Joanne Parsons. (12196013)

5:13pm Friday 31st October 2014

A HALLOWE’EN fundraiser was held for a nine-year-old muscular dystrophy sufferer at the Rivermead Centre, Rogerstone today.

CCTV appeal for woman in Newport

South Wales Argus: APPEAL: Police in Newport are attempting to identify this woman as they are concerned for her welfare.

2:51pm Friday 31st October 2014

POLICE in Newport are attempting to identify this woman as they are concerned for her welfare.

Hallowe'en 999 howlers: 'Someone stole my cannabis plant'

South Wales Argus:

2:09pm Friday 31st October 2014

GWENT Police has been tweeting some of the unbelievable calls made to 999 and 101 last Hallowe'en.

Warmest Hallowe'en on record for UK

South Wales Argus: HALLOWE'EN: Pictured is pumpkin entry in the under 5 category at Garndiffaith Millennium Hall's pumpkin competition

12:41pm Friday 31st October 2014

THE Met Office has declared today the warmest Hallowe'en on record, with the mercury hitting 22.5 degrees C in parts of the UK.

ARGUS COMMENT: Afghan inquiry is necessary

8:33am Friday 31st October 2014

NEWPORT West MP Paul Flynn has been steadfast in his opposition to Britain's military operations in Afghanistan throughout the 13-year conflict.

McDonalds 'still committed'

5:01am Friday 31st October 2014

THE fast food giant McDonald’s has said it remains committed to opening two restaurants in Monmouthshire.

IT'S THE WEEKEND: The Gwent pet owners spending cash on dressing their furry friends to impress

South Wales Argus: PAMPERED POOCH: Pixxie, owned by Naomi Pesticcio

6:52pm Friday 31st October 2014

Gwent pet owners spend thousands on outfits for their pampered pooches and chicly-dressed cats, as HANNAH WOOD found out.

Gym owner tries to tackle childhood obesity

South Wales Argus: Tackling obesity among children at the Oblivion Crossfit Gym in Abercarn
KNEES UP Matthew Hughes and Michelle Draper encourage the kids (12072478)

2:27pm Friday 31st October 2014

A GYM owner in Abercarn wants to tackle obesity among youngsters and has used Hallowe’en-themed activities this week to kick-start engagement with local children.

Plaid group leader takes pay cut

South Wales Argus:

1:55pm Friday 31st October 2014

THE leader of the opposition on Caerphilly council has taken a cut in his salary as a response to the council’s “difficult” financial situation.

Nurse to hear her fate today

South Wales Argus:

7:30am Friday 31st October 2014

THE fate of a nurse’s career is to be determined by a panel today while a charge against her colleague is dropped.

Plaid AM reads poem at Hedd Wyn's grave

5:13pm Friday 31st October 2014

PLAID Cymru AM Lindsay Whittle read a poem at the grave of the famous Welsh poet Hedd Wyn in Flanders.

Litter pickers clean up in Pill

South Wales Argus: Litter Pick around Pill arranged by local man Paul Murphy. Pictured are a group of volunteers during their litter pick around Pill. (11997185)

4:47pm Friday 31st October 2014

LITTER pickers aged from 10 to 80 were out in Pill on Monday keeping the streets tidy.

Teacher wins top poetry prize

South Wales Argus: Poet Jonathan Edwards from Crioss Keys has written a book of poetry (11359082)

3:36pm Friday 31st October 2014

AN ENGLISH teacher and poet from Gwent has won first prize in an international poetry competition, with a chance to perform at a poetry festival next year.

New Welsh medium nursery opens in Cwmbran

South Wales Argus: NURSERY OPENING: (Left to right) head teacher Ed Jones, Torfaen Mayor Cllr Mandy Owen, Consort Richard Owen, Torfaen MP Paul Murphy, cllr Jeff Rees.Front, pupil Daniel Lee with S4C TV presenter Angharad Mair, who is enjoying some Ysgol Gymraeg Cwmbran ice

3:03pm Friday 31st October 2014

A NEW Welsh medium nursery building has been opened by Torfaen MP Paul Murphy.

More time for Newport budget questionnaire

2:19pm Friday 31st October 2014

NEWPORT council has extended a deadline for residents to voice their opinions on forthcoming budget cuts.

COUCH POTATO: Hallowe'en EastEnders' terrifying plot holes

South Wales Argus: SPOOKY: Charlie Cotton (Declan Bennett), Dot Branning (June Brown), Nick Cotton (John Altman) and Yvonne Cotton (Pauline McLynn) (C) BBC Jack Barnes)

2:09pm Friday 31st October 2014

WITHOUT giving away any significant spoilers, there are all manner of frights on tonight’s Hallowe’en-themed EastEnders.

FIVE MINUTES WITH: Documentary filmmaker Alexis Girardet

South Wales Argus:

1:24pm Friday 31st October 2014


WORK EXPERIENCE: Looking for spirits with a paranormal investigator

South Wales Argus: Fran uses a K2 EMF meter in a room in the Hanbury Arms, Pontypool (11650556)

1:19pm Friday 31st October 2014

As it's Hallowe'en today, we sent reporter FRAN GILLETT to try out one of Gwent's most unusual jobs - as a paranormal investigator.

Son meets his long-lost mum - after almost 58 years apart

South Wales Argus: Kevin Scott, from Portskewett, reunited with his mother Pat Johnson. They are pictured on a day out together at Tintern Abbey. (12159259)

6:08pm Thursday 30th October 2014

A PORTSKEWETT man has been re-united with his mother after nearly 58 years apart.

Newport MP calls for public inquiry into Afghanistan war

South Wales Argus:

3:45pm Thursday 30th October 2014

A NEWPORT MP has claimed the Afghanistan war could be the “worst military blunder in our history since the charge of the Light Brigade” and called for a public inquiry.

Road is named in memory of fallen firefighters

South Wales Argus:

5:20am Thursday 30th October 2014

A ROAD is named in memory of two fallen Blaina firefighters today.

Newport pupil crowned winner of the city's first Monopoly championships

South Wales Argus: Newport Monopoly Tournament at Newport Market. The Semi Finals taking place. Connor Louth playing the new Newport Monopoly. (12152483)

5:30pm Thursday 30th October 2014

A NEWPORT pupil has been crowned as winner of the first Newport Monopoly championships.

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

South Wales Argus:

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

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

11:49am Thursday 30th October 2014

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

Car crashes into banking on A466 in Redbrook

South Wales Argus:

10:12am Thursday 30th October 2014

FIRE crews attended to a car which had crashed into banking on the A466 in Redbrook last night.

Looking for a firework display? Here's our list of Gwent events

South Wales Argus: Five Valleys fireworks (12077333)

4:48pm Thursday 30th October 2014

LOOKING for a firework display to enjoy with the family? Here is our list of events, with information supplied to us by the organisers, across Gwent:

Nurse denies 'dealing' surplus drugs

South Wales Argus: HEARING: Tina Cullen at Temple Court, Cardiff

9:58am Thursday 30th October 2014

A NURSE gave evidence before a panel following allegations that she allowed staff at an Ebbw Vale care home to take home surplus medicine for personal use and failed to tell her current employer that this was being investigated.

MP calls for reform of drugs laws

South Wales Argus:

4:48pm Thursday 30th October 2014

THE government should relax laws to allow people to have their drugs of choice, Newport West MP Paul Flynn has claimed.

Three-car crash on M4

South Wales Argus: The M4 motorway

6:46pm Thursday 30th October 2014

A THREE-car crash has been moved onto the hard shoulder of the M4 eastbound between Junction 29 for Cardiff and Junction 28 for Tredegar Park.

Ebbw Vale food artist's tribute to TV star

South Wales Argus:

10:36am Thursday 30th October 2014

EBBW Vale food artist Nathan Wyburn has paid tribute to Loose Women star Lynda Bellingham with an Oxo Cube portrait.

Caerphilly cabinet approves 3.9 council tax increase

12:34pm Thursday 30th October 2014

CAERPHILLY council's cabinet unanimously approved draft saving proposals yesterday (wed) which include a council tax increase to 3.9 per cent for 2015/16.

Newport store celebrates 140 years of trading

South Wales Argus: Wildings in Newport, newly refurbished.
REFRESHMENTS  The staff enjoy a little buffet prior to opening (6489137)

12:06pm Thursday 30th October 2014

NEWPORT’S oldest department store will celebrate its 140th birthday next week with a day of events in store.

Swim teacher of the year award for Newport instructor

South Wales Argus: Swim Wales have named Newport resident Martyn Taylor as aquatic teacher of the year 2014.  Pictured left is Martyn during a swimming lesson. (12110424)

11:37am Thursday 30th October 2014

A NEWPORT swimming teacher said he is "over the moon" to be named named swim teacher of the year by Swim Wales.

Spooky fun at Greenmeadow Farm

South Wales Argus: Greenmeadow Community Farm in Greenforge Way are holding special Halloween Bushcraft experience days.  Pictured proudly displaying their carved pumpkins are from left Alex Burns 5, Oliver thomson 5, Thomas Howard 6 and Cameron Sollaway 6. (12037314)

10:30am Thursday 30th October 2014

PREPARE to be spooked at Greenmeadow Farm this half term as kids take part in spectacular Hallowe’en activities.

Council worker meets rugby stars for Stoptober

South Wales Argus: Please credit Huw John Cardiff SimonStoptober - Wales stars George North, Toby Faletau and Justin Tipuric pictured with Simon Wedge after he successfully completed the Stoptober challenge.

11:33am Thursday 30th October 2014

A CAERPHILLY council employee was given a special rugby-related surprise after kicking his smoking habit in to touch.

Historic former railway station still in storage

South Wales Argus: The old railway station at Raglan is being dismantled and re-assembled at National Museum of Welsh Life at St Fagans In Cardiff (12096230)

11:07am Thursday 30th October 2014

AN HISTORIC railway station that was to get a new lease of life at one of the world’s leading museums is still in storage after two years.

Estyn to visit Cwmbran school before merger

South Wales Argus: Llantarnam School protestors outside the Civic Centre in Pontypool (5952687)

10:02am 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

South Wales Argus: 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

9:02am 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".

Caldicot Castle fate won't be decided for months

8:11am Thursday 30th October 2014

THE fate of Caldicot Castle will not be decided for another six months and pending the outcome of the £30,000 heritage report.

YOUR AM WRITES: Newport East AM John Griffiths

South Wales Argus: MM 11.7.11 STORY D DEANS 

4:38pm Thursday 30th October 2014

THE Scottish independence referendum last month settled the question of Scottish independence, but the consequences and action that follow can have far-reaching effects.

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