Newport Borough Council ended any hopes for the rescue of the town’s football team, claiming that the £350,000 cost of a survival package was too great.

The principal of Pontypool College stressed the need for environmental issues to become part of the proposed core curriculum for sixth formers.

An eight bedroom halfway house for teenagers leaving care, based at Stow Hill, was forced to close as staff claimed it was impossible to manage it in an acceptable manner owing to the fact that it was too close to the local nightclubs and the youngsters were drawn to them like a magnet.

The troubled Cwmbran-based Parrot Corporation started a series of talks aimed at safeguarding its future.