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  • Thin blue line just got thinner

    ONE Gwent town's police shortage is reaching crisis point, amid claims that on some days there are no officers on duty. After weeks of meetings between police chiefs and politicians over the lack of adequate policing, one police source told the Argus

  • Cameras trap city flytippers

    SURVEILLANCE cameras are being used as as Newport chiefs pledge to stop commercial flytippers dumping illegally. A meeting of the transport and sustainable development forum yesterday concluded that domestic flytippers are only a small part of the problem

  • Woman cut free as car plunges 40 feet

    A WOMAN was cut free from her car after it left a mountain road and came to rest upside down 40 feet down an embankment. Fire crews from Ebbw Vale station and New Inn station used hydraulic cutting equipment to free the woman, in her 20s, from her Nissan

  • Show is really wizard

    LONG AGO, wizards were venerable, white-bearded characters who would dodder around their caves uselessly mixing potions and forgetting where they were in time. Now, thanks to JK Rowling, wizards are adolescents on broomsticks tearing about the place solving

  • Living life like the Romans

    WITH the summer holiday starting, you need to find something for the children to do, and the Roman Legionary Museum is a good place to start. With four different weeks of activities for both children and adults to get involved in, as well as the big re-enactment

  • Laura's cave nightmare ends

    STRAPPED to a stretcher, a little dazzled by the daylight, injured caver Laura Trowbridge was carried to safety by her rescuers after nearly 24 hours trapped in a Gwent cave. The 22-year-old from Taunton who suffered a fractured pelvis, was carefully

  • It's all medieval mayhem

    IN TIMES of yore, when men were men, they'd dress in suits of metal, climb on horses and charge at each other with enormous toothpicks... while their women cheered them on. Want to turn back the clock to the days of purported chivalry? There's no need

  • A kaleidoscope of colour

    IT'S SUMMERTIME, and though we may already have had our quota of sun for the year - the Welsh valleys won't stay green without help, you know - the current crop of summer exhibitions is showing no sign of fading. The Summer Show at the Albany Gallery

  • Window on a city masterpiece

    THE LARGEST stained glass window in Wales is now fitted in Newport's Prov-isions Market - completing a £1.25 million refit. The window, designed by Swansea-based artist Catrin Jones, contains 120 square metres of glass in its 16m span. It concludes a

  • Time to smile at Pooler

    PONTYPOOL Rugby Club will be playing in the Welsh Premier Division this season under new management. The Welsh Rugby Union and the consortium seeking to take over from Bob Jude's Pontypool Premier Rugby Ltd. have reached an agreement. Although the 5pm

  • Hughes' Hartson fear

    MARK Hughes' fears that Wales targetman John Hartson will miss their vital Euro 2004 qualifier in Serbia/Montenegro deepened last night. Hartson's club Celtic admitted he was making 'slow but ongoing' progress following a back operation eight weeks ago

  • Get set for a summer holiday

    "WE'RE ALL going on a summer holiday, no more working for a week or two..." but if you've not had the foresight to book the time off, there's always the option of Summer Holiday, the musical of the classic Cliff Richard film, at Bristol Hippodrome all

  • Step back in time

    THIS year sees the 22nd Victorian Festival at Llandrindod Wells. The nine-day festival will be incorporating new events and street entertainment with some old favourites which regular festival-goers have come to love. The famous Lland-rindod Wells, set

  • Just plain heavenly

    IT'S THE Devil's Music - but in the hands of Lightnin' Willie it sounds just plain heavenly. The blues are back in Abertillery for the summer, with a real down-home sound, straight from Texas. Lightnin' Willie and the Poorboys have been playing the bars

  • Not stuck for words

    IAIN Mutch once dreamt of a career in journalism or law or politics, but one obstacle made him abandon these ambitions - his severe stammer. Iain, born and educated in Newport, knows the deep frustration of being tongue-tied - stammering can be the most

  • Attacks soar in hospitals

    STAFF in Welsh hospitals are facing a rising tide of violence and abuse, it was claimed last night. The influential House of Commons Public Accounts Committee last night published a report which showed 95,000 incidents of violence towards NHS staff in

  • Gwent Dragons ready to roar at Rodney Parade

    NEWPORT Rugby Club and Gwent Rugby Limited have finally agreed on the rent for the use of Rodney Parade for the new season. That means the final obstacle during a difficult period has been overcome and that the launch of the Gwent Dragons can go ahead

  • Joshua: a boy of courage

    KAREN Skinner felt incredible pride as she watched her young son compete in his school sports day. For Joshua, 12, was diagnosed as suffering from cancer of the lungs and the liver in Spring 2002 and spent much of last year undergoing gruelling chemotherapy

  • Waiting list figures 'not a true picture'

    PLANS to slash Gwent waiting times for orthopaedic treatment are on track - but patients say the figures mask the grim reality. The figures for June show patients needing treatment now wait 17 months - the Assembly's target is 18 months. The number of

  • Gershwin musical classic

    DERIDED as a half-breed between musical and opera when it was first performed on Broadway in 1935, Porgy and Bess is now revered as one of the greatest works of American composer George Gershwin. The tale of the fictional black neighbourhood of Catfish

  • Top of the prisons!

    THE governor of Usk and Prescoed Prison paid tribute to his staff's hard work yesterday after the jail was rated one of the best in England and Wales. As the Argus reported yesterday, this is the first time a prisons league table has been published, and

  • Traffic chaos anger grows

    BUS and taxi firms are joining motorists in condemning Newport's traffic chaos. One city centre taxi firm is even warning customers not to come into Newport during peak hours - because they will end up paying so much because of delays. John Lavender,

  • It'll be best athletics show ever

    NEWPORT sprinter Chris-tian Malcolm has promis-ed that this weekend's Great Britain trials at Birmingham's Alexander Stadium will be an exhibition of athletics excellence as never seen before... as long as he makes it, that is. As exclusively revealed

  • Comics: no laughing matter for collectors

    HULK, Daredevil, X-Men, the upcoming League of Extraordinary Gentle-men, Spiderman - Hollywood has certainly discovered how to make money from comics. But whether you're a comic reader or just have a stack in the attic, there's cash to be made by playing

  • Well worth the trip

    LIVING in Newport, the trip up to the White Hart, just outside Crickhowell took us 45 minutes or so, but easy parking and a quaint roadside pub should always be worth the journey and, to our relief, tonight was no exception. We had been advised to book

  • Court sequel to case of city beggar

    A WOMAN beggar whose con trick of asking shoppers for money to buy a train ticket was highlighted in the Argus, has been sentenced by magistrates. Helen Burns, 23, would approach Newport shoppers and ask them to give her her money - pretending she was

  • New gridlock despair

    NEWPORT'S traffic chaos is spreading, with roadworks on the city's outskirts now clogging two main roads, two motorway junctions - and driving locals to despair. Furious businesses in Bassaleg say they could be driven to the brink by five weeks of roadworks

  • Gershwin musical classic

    DERIDED as a half-breed between musical and opera when it was first performed on Broadway in 1935, Porgy and Bess is now revered as one of the greatest works of American composer George Gershwin. The tale of the fictional black neighbourhood of Catfish