• Ex-soldier kicked man’s door in

    A FORMER soldier lost his temper when a woman he fancied told him she was pregnant by another man, a court heard. James Cziraki, 22, drove to a flat where he knew the other man would be and tried to smash the door down, Gloucester Crown Court heard

  • Teenager in Caerphilly crime spree

    A TEENAGER of no fixed address pleaded guilty to numerous offences including theft of a flat screen TV when he appeared in court. The 16-year-old, who can not be named, pleaded guilty to causing criminal damage to a window in Graig y Rhacca, Machen

  • Get healthy and sing with Pontypool choir

    PONTYPOOL Male Choir is stepping up its recruitment drive by highlighting the health benefits of singing. Recruitment officer Mark Pitt said: “Singing is more than an enjoyable pastime, it is an aerobic activity that oxygenates the bloodstream

  • Newport spiritualist who made women perform sex acts jailed

    A SHAMED spiritualist was jailed for two years for what a judge described as an “abuse" of his position by making “naive” women perform sex acts for him. Judge Patrick Curran said that medium Karl Lang had an “almost hypnotic ability to make his

  • Newport nursery has day of pirate fun

    SHIVER me timbers was the theme of a party at a Newport nursery on Wednesday as toddlers became mini pirates for the day. Fairoak Nursery celebrated the end of term with a pirate party for children in the nursery and in Flying Start. The children

  • Award for soldier's archaeology scheme

    A PROJECT which has rehabilitated Chepstow-based soldiers has received a special award. Operation Nightingale, which has helped injured 1 Rifles servicemen men through archaeology, was recognised in the British Archaeologica lAwards. The project

  • Crash closes part of A467 at Rogerstone

    PART of the A467 is closed at Rogerstone this afternoon after a lorry crashed into a fence causing damage to nearby parked cars. Police were called to the southbound carriageway of A467 on the apporach to the Bassaleg roundabout around

  • Ex-Pontllanfraith council office gets new lease of life

    A REFURBISHED 100-year-old building in Pontllanfraith is now a centre for charity Groundwork Caerphilly. The charity has worked for more than 21 years within the communities of Caerphilly County Borough helping organisations, groups and individuals

  • Newport Gwent Dragons tackle charity cricket challenge

    MORE than £2,000 was raised at a charity cricket match between Usk Cricket club and the Newport Gwent Dragons. The Twenty20match was held at the cricket club in aid of the club’s chosen charities LMBBS and St David’s Foundation. The Dragons

  • WORK EXPERIENCE: A day at Chepstow Racecourse

    In the latest of our work experience features, the going got tough for Argus horse-racing columnist MELISSA JONES when she visited Chepstow Racecourse. I WAS under starter’s orders and I was off – to Chepstow Racecourse. Definitely the day’

  • Machen residents vow to save Ffwrwm Ishta pub

    LOCALS have vowed to try and save a pub dubbed "the heart" of Machen, that was once the haunt of Welsh rugby stars such as Gareth Edwards and JPR Williams. The Ffwrwm Ishta on Commercial Street closed suddenly last week, with the poor state of

  • FIVE MINUTES WITH: Jessica Morden, MP for Newport East

    WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST FEAR? Something happening to my family DO YOU HAVE ANY SUPERSTITIONS? Magpies - there seem to be a lot more single magpies these days IF YOU COULD HAVE ONLY ONE SONG ON YOUR IPOD, WHAT WOULD IT BE AND WHY? An

  • Let’s get Ebbw valley link back on track

    I WELCOME Carl Sargeant AM’s trip on the Rogerstone to Newport bus link, although the cynic in me thinks that the Welsh Assembly is setting out deliberately to prove there isn’t a demand for a train service from Ebbw Vale to Newport. It would

  • ConDems are delivering for Wales

    EVERYONE knows that the Labour government left behind an appalling legacy. After 13 wasteful years of Labour in power, Wales was the only European nation, besides Albania, without a single mile of electrified railway. After two years of a ConDem

  • Why was Queen’s Jubilee celebrated in Torfaen schools?

    AS CLLR Mary Barnett (executive member for children & young people) seems unwilling (or unable) to answer my query regarding the appropriateness of children celebrating the Queen’s Jubilee in Torfaen’s schools, I wonder if she thinks children

  • M4 bypass is the road ahead for Newport

    GIVE us our bypass back! Have you ever wondered why Newport has so many slip roads on/off the M4? Someone over the age of 60 will know that in the early 1960s, Newport Borough had a swathe of land around Newport earmarked for the Newport bypass

  • Newport not a suburb of Cardiff

    I AM concerned at the suggestion of a recent Welsh government report that Newport should be included in the Cardiff city region for the purposes of attracting industry and commerce to South Wales. I would hope that Newport council approaches this

  • Cwmbran hacking hero was ignored

     I FEEL strongly motivated to write to the South Wales Argus because this newspaper was the first to take notice of Cwmbran resident and important Leveson Inquiry witness Steven Nott. I am astounded that the Leveson Inquiry, national media

  • Don’t blame Newport youngsters for litter

     I AM contacting you regarding a piece that our local councillor, Alan Morris, posted in his Grassroots section this week. In reference to litter in the Nash Road area, I cannot believe how quick our councillor is to blame the youngsters in

  • Olympics security failure beggars belief

    IT BEGGARS belief that with just two weeks before the start of the Olympic Games G4S, the company paid almost £248 million to manage security for London 2012, is unable to fulfil its contract due to a manpower shortage and has to rely on our armed

  • All change on Newport bus passports

    LOTS of your readers who use buses in Newport will already know that Newport Bus has recently introduced a new type of smartcard to use on our buses: the Passport Plus card. The card is yellow and gives users access to our entire network of services

  • Medals are reward enough

    I THOROUGHLY concur with Derek Everett’s denouncement of the honours so carelessly awarded our athletes, swimmers, etc (Letters, July 6) and share his alarm at the possible implications of the forthcoming Olympics. I am pretty sure that most

  • Police election poses problem

    ELECTED Police and Crime Commissioners: what is the point? The advocates of the scheme say that the position will be politically impartial, but with the main parties fielding their own candidates, how will that be possible? Even the independents

  • Big Splash foresight in short supply

    ON SATURDAY, July 14, I ventured out to see what gimmickry had been served up in the name of Newport’s annual “Big Splash” event. As a man of sophisticated musical tastes, I was none too impressed by the processed nostalgia on display, so did not

  • Blackwood councillor cleared over housing sale letter row

    A BLACKWOOD councillor has been cleared by the Ombudsman after he was alleged to have breached the Code of Conduct for members. The Public Services Ombudsman for Wales said it found no evidence that councillor Nigel Dix had failed to comply with

  • ‘Bedroom tax’ to hit residents

    TERRY Banfield (Letters, July 11) poses questions about information we are collecting from tenants and our role. In April next year, the socalled “bedroom tax” will affect 1,700 of our 8,000 tenants. It will hit tenants of working age who have

  • Caravan trouble closes one lane and delays on M4 in Newport

    ONE lane is closed and heavy traffic is reported on the M4 in Newport this morning due to a broken down caravan and recovery work. The stretch affected is the M4 eastbound between J25 A4042 / B4596 (Caerleon) and J24 A48 / A449 (Coldra). Lane one

  • 'I feel victimised' - Usk restaurant owner in lights row

    AN USK restaurant owner says she feels victimised after being forced to remove outdoor lights from her premises when they are in use elsewhere in the town. Sally Smith, who runs La Cantina Bistro and Restaurant, removed five swan neck lights outside

  • Mitchell is tipped for the top

    TALENTED teenager Mitchell Buckland has been tipped by his brother Gary to follow in his footsteps and become a British champion. The 19-year-old, pictured, is on the same bill as his older brother at the Newport Centre tomorrow night and looks

  • Pierre Koffmann to visit Abergavenny

    JOIN thrice Michelin-starred food legend Pierre Koffmann at the Abergavenny Food Festival where he’ll be talking to Matthew Fort about his own culinary crusade and the relaunch of his 1990 classic ‘Memories of Gascony’ on Saturday September15, at

  • Buckland: I'll deal with Innocent smoothly

    BRITISH super-featherweight champion Gary Buckland returns home tomorrow for his first fight in Newport for three years. The 26-year-old St Josephs star warms up for his next title defence with an eight-rounder against talented Dutchman Innocent

  • In The Spotlight: WAWWA

    I CAN think of few things more musically invigorating than seeing a group of young people giving their all in performing., whether it be playing in an orchestra, in a rock band, or as part of a group of singers. This is clearly something that

  • Shakespeare comedy on country estate

    GLOUCESTERSHIRE’S acclaimed Festival Players are celebrating this Olympian and Jubilee year with a 38- date alfresco summer tour of Twelfth Night. One of Shakespeare’s most popular comedies, Twelfth Night tours from Fife in Scotland to the Scilly

  • Newport boxer Fred Evans full of Olympic confidence

    WITH what he describes as the best possible team behind him, Newport boxer Fred Evans is confident that he is on the right track to claim Olympic gold. A ten-strong British team will head to London with Evans, the reigning European amateur champion

  • The Importance of Being Earnest at The Blake Theatre

    HANDS On Theatre return to The Blake Theatre, Monmouth, next week with their sparkling interpretation of Oscar Wilde’s rip- roaring comedy, The Importance of Being Earnest. Based where the three counties of Monmouthshire, Herefordshire and Gloucestershire

  • Champion's Tour comes to Newport

    THE CHAMPIONS Tour comes to Newport Centre this Sunday featuring hip hop stars Chip, Lady Leshurr and Cashtastic. Chip, formerly known as Chipmunk, is a major player on the UK hip hop scene. He released his debut album I Am Chipmunk at the

  • Gwent Remploy workers strike over closures

    GWENT Remploy workers took part in a 24-hour strike yesterday, blasting the Westminster government for giving them a “bleak future”, with little chance of ever working again. Workers in Abertillery were told their factory will close around August

  • Beatles tribute to visit Newport Riverfront

    ALTHOUGH The Beatles split up in 1970 their musical legacy still endures. Fans will therefore welcome the chance to hear tracks such as A Hard Days Night, Help! and I Want to Hold Your Hand when tribute act The Upbeat Beatles take to the Newport

  • CD Review: Hands Will Shake by Call The Doctor

    RECALLING old-school new-wave that brought female-fronted bands and artists such as Martha and The Muffins, Lene Lovich and Altered Images to the music forefront circa 1980; Bristol band Call the Doctor have emerged in the 21st century with an impressive

  • Perfume genius scent to Cardiff on new tour

    SEATTLE indie pop singer songwriter Perfume Genius, aka Mike Hadreas, is heading towards Cardiff this August for a rare UK appearance. Mike, whose 2010 debut album, Learning, was described as “an album of rare, redemptive beauty…one of the most

  • Two great music nights at Monmouth venue

    THE Queen’s Head in Monmouth has two exciting live music events lined up for the coming week. On Sunday, jump and jive party band the Jiveoholics perform a raucous evening of great fun. Having survived their Wheels on fire tour of Ireland and

  • South Wales Rock Olympics all set for this Sunday

    SOUTH Wales has long had a vibrant music community which has inspired and delighted many generations. The South Wales Music Collective is a non-profit community organisation dedicated to resurrecting the area’s local music scene. Over the next

  • Meet The Band: The Boy Royals

    Who are you and where do you originate from? We are The Boy Royals (Jamie, Alex, Luke and Hamish) and we are from Newport and the surrounding areas. How long have you been together as a band? We’ve been together for a few years now.

  • HSBC under fire over plan to close Caerleon's only bank

    CAERLEON is set to lose its only bank this autumn, prompting outrage from customers and politicians. HSBC confirmed that it is planning to shut its branch on Backhall Street on November 2 – marking the firm’s third closure in Gwent since last summer

  • Legends will rock for Pontypool metal night

    FRIDAY night is metal night at Pontypool’s Hog and Hosper when two local legends SmithGrind and Blue Gillespie take to the stage of the popular music venue. SmithGrind are no strangers to the Hog stage playing a mixture of punk rock and metal.

  • David Hando sets out club's future

    NEWPORT County AFC’s new interim chairman David Hando insists the club is gunning for the Football League after the move to Rodney Parade, writes Michael Pearlman. The Argus sat down yesterday with director Howard Greenhaf, director of football

  • Top councillors slam Newport Passport Office move

    TWO senior Newport political leaders have hit out at the decision to take Newport Passport Office out of the city centre. Council and Labour leader Bob Bright said the council was "incredibly disappointed" while ex-council leader and Tory head

  • Justin Edinburgh signs new contract with Newport County

    NEWPORT County AFC manager Justin Edinburgh has signed a new two-year deal and appealed for the fans to get behind the club at the start of an exciting new era. Edinburgh has committed his future at the end of a traumatic week that saw the resignation