Breaking news Jobs hope for Newport Passport Office


12:43am Tuesday 16th September 2014

A DAMNING report released by the Home Affairs Committee on the 'appalling series of failures' of HM Passport Office offers ‘some hope’ for new jobs in Newport, a city MP says.

UPDATE: Vulnerable man held at Newport farm for 13 years - court hears

South Wales Argus: e Back home: Darrell Simester, who has been reunited with his family after 13 years.

1:00pm Tuesday 16th September 2014

A "VULNERABLE" man was held at a farm near Newport and forced to work for 13 years with just an animal trough to wash in at one point, Cardiff Crown Court heard today.

Baby’s grandfather in videolink murder charge

South Wales Argus: 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.

Sci-fi author brings aliens to Abergavenny

South Wales Argus: Jason Chapman has written a science fiction book series set in the 1950s. It has become popular on both sides of the Atlantic. His new novel is called Angel Committee and is based on a memo from the 28th July 1952 in which Winston Churchill wrote to one o

7:28pm Tuesday 16th September 2014

A SCIENCE fiction author is to publish the second book in a series which brought aliens to Abergavenny.

BEHIND THE HEADLINES: How Abergavenny Food Festival boosts local economy

South Wales Argus: PROUD LABEL: One festival-goer parades her bag at last year's festival

6:10pm Tuesday 16th September 2014

Tens of thousands will visit Gwent's biggest food festival this weekend. NATHAN BRIANT examines its key role in the local economy.

Dogs rip woman's clothing on Newport canal path

5:42pm Tuesday 16th September 2014

TWO dogs jumped up at a woman and ripped her clothing during an incident on a Newport canal path.

Teenage carer up for award

South Wales Argus: Organisers of Newport's Night of Honour awards are still on the look out for nominations.

5:24pm Tuesday 16th September 2014

A NEWPORT teenager who left school with no qualifications after caring for his sick mum has been nominated for a prestigious award.

Ex-Olympic torch bearer earns Empire Medal

South Wales Argus: PROUD Graeme Knowles shows off his BEM medal, alongside his wife, Kim (10360880)

4:28pm 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.

YOUR AM WRITES: South Wales East AM Jocelyn Davies

4:07pm Tuesday 16th September 2014

IT'S impossible to predict how we would each respond in an emergency. While we might like to think we’d stay calm and know exactly what to do, when faced with someone who’s ill or injured and needs help, many of us don’t feel confident enough to act.

Police warning after Newport burglaries

3:33pm Tuesday 16th September 2014

POLICE officers in Newport are asking residents to be vigilant following a number of burglaries in the area over the last week.

Blaenau Gwent MP backs cancer appeal

South Wales Argus: YOUR MP WRITES: Blaenau Gwent MP Nick Smith

2:49pm Tuesday 16th September 2014

BLAENAU Gwent’s MP Nick Smith has joined the fight against breast cancer by taking part in Breast Cancer Campaign’s flagship fundraiser, wear it pink day.

Ex-student slams uni Caerleon campus closure

South Wales Argus:

1:40pm Tuesday 16th September 2014

A FORMER student leader has written an open letter criticising the University of South Wales Students’ Union (USWSU) for not fighting the university’s decision to close its Caerleon campus.

Campaign launched to cut speed near schools

South Wales Argus:

1:20pm Tuesday 16th September 2014

A NEW campaign has been launched in Gwent to help reduce car speeds near schools and protect children.

Plan to replace primary schools delayed

South Wales Argus: Blenheim Road Community Primary School. School of the Week. Exterior of Blenheim Road Community Primary School. (1296556)

12:31pm Tuesday 16th September 2014

PLANS to replace two rundown primary schools identified as priorities for improvement have been delayed.

Your chance to vote for community cash awards

South Wales Argus: Chris Evans

12:10pm Tuesday 16th September 2014

ISLWYN MP Chris Evans is asking constituents to vote for the three community groups shortlisted in the Lloyds Bank Community Fund awards.

Apple introduces U2 delete button

South Wales Argus: Apple has had to create an option for users who wish to remove U2's new album from their library in the wake of public backlash

11:52am Tuesday 16th September 2014

Apple has introduced a one-button tool to remove the U2 album it gifted to customers, following a backlash from iTunes account holders.

Campaign calls to bring back lollipop lady

South Wales Argus: More than 200 parents have signed a petition to try and get their lollipop lady back near Cwm Primary School.  Pictured are some of the parents and pupils at the busy crossing on Elm Street in Cwm. (10140364)

11:43am Tuesday 16th September 2014

A GROUP of parents have rallied more than 400 signatories for a petition to re-instate a lollipop lady outside a primary school in Ebbw Vale.

Eight released in child images op

South Wales Argus: Pontypool police in bid to cut car crime

11:20am Tuesday 16th September 2014

EIGHT people arrested in the Gwent Police force area as part of UK-wide police crackdown Operation Notarise have been released with no further action against them.

Newport teacher swaps classroom for pulpit

South Wales Argus:

11:09am Tuesday 16th September 2014

A NEWPORT primary school teacher has given up her job in the classroom to become a full-time priest.

ARGUS COMMENT: Passport jobs could return

10:41am Tuesday 16th September 2014

IT IS NOTABLE that a lot of what people warned would happen when the Passport Office went ahead with major job losses in Newport, seem to have become reality.

Youngsters have say over criminals’ cash

South Wales Argus: Young people from Blaenau Gwent judging on a panel which decides how a share of £150,000 seized from criminals should be spent. Pictured are Chelsea Brain and Dylan Hurter outside Gwent Police HQ in Croesyceiliog near Cwmbran. (10364318)

10:19am Tuesday 16th September 2014

YOUNG people from Blaenau Gwent have put their judgement skills to the test by helping Gwent’s Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) decide how £150,000 seized from criminals should be spent in the community.

Job fears for 50 Phones 4U staff in Gwent

9:55am Tuesday 16th September 2014

FIFTY jobs in Gwent are at risk after Phones 4U announced yesterday that they have gone into administration.

Councillor's £4k travel bill is highest claim in Gwent

South Wales Argus: GREEN PLAN: Cllr Phil Hobson

9:45am Tuesday 16th September 2014

A MONMOUTHSHIRE cabinet member and deputy leader has defended claiming the highest amount of travel expenses among all councillors in Gwent.

Michael Sheen to make Chartist film

South Wales Argus: POLITICS FILE: Review of the year - 2013

9:13am Tuesday 16th September 2014

NEWPORT-BORN actor Michael Sheen will be arriving in Gwent to film a BBC programme for the 175th anniversary of the Chartist march, it has been confirmed.

NOW AND THEN: Stow Hill public baths, Newport

South Wales Argus:

7:40am Tuesday 16th September 2014

This is the old Stow Hill public baths.

Four generations walk in memory of dad

South Wales Argus: 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".

NOW AND THEN: A scene from Newport

South Wales Argus:

7:10am Tuesday 16th September 2014

Do you recognise this picture of Newport past?

Newport actress stars in film thriller

South Wales Argus:

6:54am Tuesday 16th September 2014

A NEWPORT actress is on her way to stardom after finishing filming her latest role in a new independent feature film.

Ex-Paras head to Arnhem for 70th anniversary

South Wales Argus: Members of the Newport Parachute Regiment Association. The front row L-R Paul Harding, Laurance Williams, Tony Rising, Phil Andrews and Brian Dacey will be going to the Netherlands to mark the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Arnham part of Operation Mar

6:32am Tuesday 16th September 2014

MEMBERS of Newport’s Parachute Regiment Association will head to the Netherlands later this week to commemorate the 70th anniversary of a famous World War Two airborne landing.

Inquest into death crash victim opened

South Wales Argus: Scene of a fatal RTC on the A466 near Tintern (10080683)

5:26am Tuesday 16th September 2014

AN inquest into the death of a Monmouth woman who died in a road traffic collision in Tintern has been opened and adjourned.

More than 2,000 sign petition to save under-threat Caerleon campus

South Wales Argus: LEADING THE CAMPAIGN  Liberal Democrats Ed Townsend (lt), (Newport West), and Paul Halliday,(Newport East), and chair of Newport Liberal Democrats would like the University of Wales, Caerleon campus to remain open (10330657)

5:53am Monday 15th September 2014

ORGANISERS of a petition to save Caerleon's university campus which has now attracted more than 2,000 signatures say people feel betrayed by the move to close it.

Phones 4u to go into administration - are you affected?

South Wales Argus: Phones 4u's stores will be closed on Monday

10:31am Monday 15th September 2014

MOBILE phone-seller Phones 4u is to go into administration - placing more than 5,500 jobs at risk - after network operator EE joined Vodafone in cutting ties with the retailer.

FIGURES: Gwent councillors paid £4.5 million in expenses

South Wales Argus: Councillor Harry Andrews (3517193)

10:15am Monday 15th September 2014

ALLOWANCES and expenses paid to councillors in Gwent totalled £4.5 million last year.

One of Newport's few remaining prefabs to be sold

South Wales Argus: The property

6:19am Monday 15th September 2014

ONE OF Newport's last remaining prefabs will be sold at auction this week.

Residents find out more on disabled access

9:04pm Monday 15th September 2014

MONMOUTHSHIRE’S first Access for All forum saw 70 people pack out the council’s chamber in Usk to discuss problems that people with disabilities face.

Pop-up shop offers live art ‘bargains’

7:21pm Monday 15th September 2014

A POP-up shop selling live performances will open in the city this month.

More young people say they intend to vote next year

5:58pm Monday 15th September 2014

FIGURES show an increase in young people’s intention to vote in South Wales at next year’s General Election, according to youth volunteering charity vInspired.

‘Fairer funding for Wales if Scotland votes Yes - Plaid

4:31pm Monday 15th September 2014

PLAID Cymru’s deputy leader has said a Yes vote in Scotland would deliver fairer funding for Wales.

YOUR MP WRITES: Newport East MP Jessica Morden

4:04pm Monday 15th September 2014

EARLIER this year witnesses told the Welsh Affairs Select Committee, which was looking at preparations for the Nato Summit, that if organisers could get Wales mentioned a few times by some world leaders we would be doing wonders for the brand of Wales internationally, let alone Newport.

Blaze-hit Greenmeadow Show bounces back with show

South Wales Argus: Greenmeadow Farm show
CUTE Elliot, (lt), and Finley Hopkins with some farm animals (10328454)

3:32pm 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.

Chief constable 'confident' in preventing child abuse

2:57pm Monday 15th September 2014

GWENT Police Chief Constable Jeff Farrar said he is confident that his force has a good system in place to prevent a situation of widespread sexual abuse of children as seen in Rotherham.

Chinese business leaders get glimpse of Ebbw Vale racetrack

2:14pm Monday 15th September 2014

DEVELOPERS behind the £315 million Circuit of Wales racetrack in Ebbw Vale have showcased the project to more than 200 UK and Chinese business leaders.

ARGUS COMMENT: Welcome back Ebbw Vale RFC

1:26pm Monday 15th September 2014

EBBW Vale's return to Welsh rugby's Premiership after a gap of four seasons could hardly have been a better advertisement for the game in Gwent.

Could you help maintain historic park?

South Wales Argus: Volunteers from the Pontypool Park Friends, have discovered and started to restore an old duck pond.  Pictured is Jannette Fry 65, at the newly discovered duck pond. (9769876)

12:55pm Monday 15th September 2014

PONTYPOOL Park Friends are appealing for more volunteers to join its ranks and help maintain the popular beauty spot for locals and tourists alike.

WWI ARGUS ARCHIVE: Thousands of prisoners taken in German retreat

South Wales Argus:

1:42pm Monday 15th September 2014

Pursuit unexampled and relentlessly maintained

Argus makes Fleet Street on Newport Monopoly board

11:51am Monday 15th September 2014

THE Argus is proud to announce that it has been chosen for the coveted Fleet Street square on the Newport Monopoly board ahead of the games release next month.

Teams take on 33-mile 'canalathon'

South Wales Argus: Canalathon at Pontymoile Basin, Pontypool
PADDLE HARD Participants canal section (10323000)

11:31am Monday 15th September 2014

FIFTY teams took part in a 33-mile endurance ‘Canalathon’ challenge yesterday [Sunday, September 14], following the route of the Brecon and Monmouthshire canal starting from the Pontymoile Basin.

WWI ARGUS ARCHIVE: German armies in 'position of grave peril'

South Wales Argus:

3:06pm Monday 15th September 2014

With considerable enterprise the newspapers continue to publish maps with the positions of the contending hosts therein, unfortunately for those who study them no two maps agree.

Abertillery remembers its fallen of First World War

South Wales Argus: Standard bearers at Blaenau Gwent Baptist church cemetery mark the centenary of WW1 in a service to pay respect to the 10 service men who had wreaths layed on their grave by children from Abertillery. (10318299)

10:43am Monday 15th September 2014

GWENT men who died in the First World War were commemorated at two ceremonies in Abertillery at the weekend.

Volunteer ‘gobsmacked’ at honour from Queen

South Wales Argus: HONOUR: Lord-Lieutenant for the County of Gwent Simon Boyle, BEM recipient Marion Hook, Mayor of Caerphilly county borough Cllr David Carter and his consort Mrs Valentina Carter.

10:20am Monday 15th September 2014

A PONTLLANFRAITH woman has been awarded a British Empire Medal for her services to St John Ambulance.

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