• Straight-A students toast GCSE results

    NERVOUS Gwent GCSE pupils were today discovering how they fared in their exams - as results showed the pass rate among students in Wales fell slightly this year. The total number of candidates achieving grades A* to G dropped 0.3% from 97.9% in 2002.

  • A fortune unclaimed...

    ONE lucky Lottery winner in the Caerphilly county borough could be sitting on a fortune - but they only have 12 days left to claim it. The National Lottery organisers Camelot say the owner of the winning ticket must claim the £579,701 prize by 11pm on

  • Park-and-ride plea to hospital

    PRESSURE must be put on the Royal Gwent Hospital to back a pioneering Newport park-and-ride scheme, councillors heard. Councillor Miqdad Al-Nuami yesterday told city planners that traffic and parking problems created by the hospital could be eased by

  • Beggar bullies halted

    A CRACKdown on aggressive beggars in Newport city centre was a success, say police, who are warning of more tough action in the future. Inspector Geraint Evans, of Newport central police, said Operation Chipmunk, which began in June, was set in motion

  • Wales' Balkan bogey hits again

    HISTORY has a rather annoying habit of repeating itself. Mark Hughes' Wales found themselves standing at the summit of Euro 2004 qualifying Group Nine - and perhaps were getting a little carried away, even though they would loathe to admit it. Step forward

  • Shoppers to be spoilt for choice!

    CWMBRAN town centre is set for a boost, with two new stores and a huge superstore planned. Clothing retail giant Matalan will open next year - taking more than half the space available in a new mall planned for the site of the former Asda store. The store

  • 'We workers were unfairly dismissed'

    MORE than 50 former workers at a Newport carpet factory are seeking compensation from their employers, alleging they were unfairly dismissed from their jobs. New Venture Carpets made most of its staff redundant in June this year - keeping a skeleton staff


    IT'S Newport and Gwent Dragons and Rodney Parade benefactor Tony Brown is back on board. That is the double decision which will delight all Newport rugby fans after months of wrangling over the new Gwent rugby region. Ebbw Vale chairman Marcus Russell

  • Mooning tourist on his way home

    THE Gwent holidaymaker almost jailed for baring his bottom in a Greek street was today travelling home with his mother. Matthew Maloney, 20, from Trevethin, faced 12 months behind bars for 'mooning' in a street in the notorious party resort of Faliraki

  • Double whammy!

    VANDALS smashed a Newport couple's car twice in just four days. Shocked Gail and Brian Moss saw a gang of youths throw a stone through the back window of their Citroen AX outside their home on Chepstow Road on Monday evening. But after paying over £100

  • Agony ... at home and away

    HOPE turned to despair, and then defiance as Welsh football fans came to terms with their first defeat of the qualifying campaign for next summer's Euro 2004 finals in Portugal. Requiring only a point against Serbia-Montenegro in Belgrade to qualify as

  • Tourists join Euro hunt for snatched baby

    TOURISTS from Gwent are being urged to help police track a sex offender and his wife who abducted their eight-month-old baby and fled to France. The baby boy disappeared with his parents on Monday after his mother failed to return him to social workers

  • FAW to act over racial abuse

    TOP Wales performer Danny Gabbidon admitted he was disappointed at the racial abuse hurled towards him by local thugs last night, writes Peter Shuttleworth. And Wales manager Mark Hughes has vowed to make an official complaint to UEFA about the sick insults