• Minister urges all UK to get tough on human trafficking

    A WELSH Government minister has called on the rest of the UK to follow Wales’ lead in tackling human trafficking. Minister for Local Government and Communities Carl Sargeant said yesterday that he will encourage the UK government to ensure

  • Cwmbran teen in talent show bids

    THIRTEEN-year-old Morgan Rawbone has only been singing for 18 months – but she is already getting used to the cut and thrust of national competition. Morgan, from Greenmeadow, Cwmbran, reached the regional final of The Welsh Factor last year

  • Hundreds sign Torfaen home petition

    CONCERNED sheltered housing residents who fear they will lose their homes presented a petition to Torfaen council last week. Kay Rudge, who has been a resident of Sid Griffiths Court for 14 years, handed Councillor Lewis Jones a petition with

  • Top chefs praise Abertillery pupil’s soup

    A VALLEYS teenager showcased her culinary talents against stiff competition from other budding chefs. Abertillery Comprehensive pupil Paulina Chruszez, 15, was named area champion in the Abertillery and Blaina Rotary Club Young Chef competition

  • Ken Jones statue campaign goes to Westminster

    SOME of the big guns of Welsh politics turned out on St David’s Day to support the campaign to build a statue in memory of Blaenavon sporting legend Ken Jones. At a unique event in the House of Commons, former Labour Party leader Lord Kinnock

  • Newport care worker slapped 94-year-old woman – court hears

    A NEWPORT care home worker slapped a 94-year-old dementia sufferer and swore at her while trying to restrain her, a court heard today. Caerphilly Magistrates Court heard Lucyna Gutkowska-Kalmuk, 36, of Moorland Park, was getting the woman dressed at

  • Newport councillors to get allowances increase

    COUNCILLORS in Newport will get an increase in the amount of allowances they receive in the next financial year, a report shows. Members will get an extra £145 for 2012/13, taking basic allowance up from £13,030 to £13,175. A report detailing the

  • Blaze-hit Trinant fish and chip shop re-opens

    A VALLEYS fish and chip shop has risen from the ashes, nearly three years after it was gutted by fire. Trinant Fish Bar, on Pentwyn Terrace, has been totally rebuilt since 40ft high flames ripped through it in April 2009. Owner of the

  • Newport man battling cancer gives prostate warning

    KEN Bullock’s prostate cancer diagnosis came out of the blue – and the Newport newsagent fears that many others are living in ignorance of a disease that kills more than 10,000 men in the UK every year. He is now urging male customers and

  • Shortlisted artists’ work on show in Newport

    MORE than 30 young artists shortlisted for the South Wales Argus Young Gwent Artist of the Year competition can see their entries on display in Newport. Children and teenagers aged between nine and 18 were invited to send in their best paintings

  • Gwent Police appeal after man fails to answer bail

    GWENT Police are appealing for help in finding a man arrested on suspicion of causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity who has failed to answer bail. 55-year-old Peter Phillips from Newport was detained in November 2011 and

  • Tiny Tibetan dog makes bid for Crufts crown

    WEIGHING just two ounces when he was born as part of a premature litter, Solo the Lhasa Apso dog was not expected to survive. Nineteen months later, however, and he is heading for Crufts after the dedication and care of owner Lynn Deacon and

  • Florence and the Machine plus support, Motorpoint Arena

    Cheers as Spector don the stage. The band start with a sweeping number that’s filled with energy and has a great foot-tapping, head-nodding vibe. The famously bespectacled front man does a great job. There is a vintage look to this band but the

  • An Evening with Rhydian, Newport Centre

    Friday night was definitely music night at Newport Centre when former X Factor star Rhydian Roberts brought his star studded show to Newport Centre. Bristling with glitz, glamour, great show tunes and more than a sprinkling of local talent, An

  • Birds of a Feather, New Theatre

    A situation comedy that ended 14 years ago, that during the height of It's popularity pulled In more than 20 million viewers has made a triumphant return - not to television, but to the theatre. In a first for 'Classic Comedy Productions Ltd

  • Remploy factories to close in Abertillery and Croespenmaen

    TWO factories employing disabled people in Gwent will close it was announced today. The Remploy plants in Abertillery and Croespenmaen are among seven of the nine Remploy factories in Wales that have been earmarked for closure after a UK government

  • Council faces £80,000 bill for switchboard

    REPLACING an outdated switchboard system and upgrading Monmouthshire council’s cash payment system will cost the council more than £80,000. The council’s cabinet is to decide if the authority should spend a total of £129,206 on improving its

  • Pontypool woman inspired to work in conflict zones

    A PONTYPOOL woman has dedicated her life to working in conflict zones – inspired by her grandparents’ two-year walk from a Siberian work camp. Sera Orzel Gaeta, 42, is now based with the US Marines in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, after stints

  • New youth centre to open at Blackwood school

    A £610,000 youth facility is to open at Blackwood Comprehensive School this summer, giving young people from the town a new base. Around 100 youngsters used to attend the hugely popular Blackwood youth centre, Woodbine Road, every night for

  • Boy, 12, in court over church window damage

    A 12-YEAR-OLD boy appeared in court yesterday where he denied causing criminal damage to a Newport church. The boy, who can not be named, pleaded not guilty at Cwmbran Youth Court to damaging the metal shutters at Newport City Church between

  • Reprieved Abergavenny staff take to catwalk

    STAFF at an Abergavenny clothes shop saved from closure last month took to the catwalk to raise money for a local church. Workers from Bonmarché, which was part of the collapsed retailer Peacocks Group, were last month spared from losing their

  • Blaina dog was 'worst case of neglect ever seen’

    THIS emaciated dog was found wandering the streets close to death as a result of what one animal charity described as the worse case of neglect it had ever seen. Three-year-old lurcher Blue was rescued near the Tyler Arms pub in Blaina on Sunday

  • Lock Evans ready to battle for his jersey

    WALES’ Six Nations lucky charm Ian Evans has hailed his side’s strength in depth at lock as World Cup star Luke Charteris returns to the squad to face Italy. A Grand Slam winner in 2008, Evans is something of a talisman when it comes to

  • Bassaleg biker's death brings hope to others

    A NEWPORT biker who died following a crash at the weekend left instructions to his family for his organs to be donated in the event of his death. Nicholas Chetnik, 53, of Bassaleg, died of his injuries at Newport’s Royal Gwent Hospital on Monday

  • Admiral dented by injury claims

    BIG Newport employer, Admiral reported a 13% rise in profits today but admitted it had been a "disappointing year" because of the cost of bodily injury claims. The car insurer, which is the second largest in the UK with 2.9 million customers

  • Newport market makeover set for green light

    PLANS for a £750,000 makeover of Newport’s historic indoor market look set to get the green light. Planning officers recommended that the proposals, which could eventually include the creation of a food academy, restaurants and cafés, be approved

  • Brynglas tunnels could be widened to ease M4 congestion

    THE M4 could be widened and two new tunnels built under plans to ease congestion at one of its busiest spots. The idea is among a series of options the Welsh Government is considering to ease traffic between junctions 23 and 29a - the exits

  • Wales reunite Lions front row

    WALES V ITALY (Saturday KO 2.30) WALES have reunited their British and Irish Lions front row for Saturday’s Six Nations clash with heavyweight scrummagers Italy. Hooker Matthew Rees earns his first start of the tournament ahead of Ken

  • Gwent contestants compete for Come Dine With Me prize

    THREE Gwent people are appearing on the Channel Four programme, Come Dine With Me this week. Leader of the Green Party, Pippa Bartolotti, is bidding to convert the other four contestants to vegetarian food with her home-grown menu. The

  • Jenkins out to break duck

    GETHIN Jenkins has achieved a lot in his rugby career – but captaining his country to victory has so far evaded him. He will hardly have a better chance of ending that sequence, though, when unbeaten Six Nations leaders and title favourites Wales host

  • UK economy 'slips behind Brazil'

    The UK is thought to have slipped behind Brazil in the world pecking order after official figures showed the emerging market's economy grew 2.7% last year. Brazil's total output in 2011, at an average exchange rate and at current market prices