100 years ago

An inquest was held at the Royal Gwent Hospital into the death of a 17-month-old toddler who was run over by a bread van in Cromwell Road. A verdict of accidental death was recorded.

A concert was held in Newport to raise funds for the Belgian Refugees fund. All artists including the well respected Newport Glee Singers gave their services free of charge.

Sensation was caused at Newport court when a Caerleon Road resident was summoned for assaulting his wife and his wife was summoned for attempting to commit suicide.

The case against the husband was withdrawn and his wife was bound over to be of good behaviour for six months

Seven Belgian refugees arrived in Newport, they were met at the station by the mayor and were to be sent to a farm at Goldcliff.

50 years ago

A plan for the building of an out of town shopping centre, a sports area and a cultural venue at Castletown was turned down by the West Monmouthshire planning sub-committee.

Thousands of dockers staged an unofficial one-day token strike in protest at their current pay.

A large police search was in progress in Monmouthshire after £300 was grabbed from a girl messenger in George Street, Pill.

A memorial service was held at St Woolos cathedral in honour if the late Lord Raglan.

It was announced that no further redevelopment of Newport market would take place until 1968.

25 years ago

A taxi driver was robbed at knifepoint by a passenger as he drove him to a secluded Cwmbran pub.

Terrified residents were evacuated from their homes in Brynmawr after earth tremors and subsidence caused massive cracks to appear in walls and ceilings.

Determined parents at Queens Comprehensive School started a parents’ petition in order to force governors to hold an opt-out ballot after the school was threatened with closure.

A second taxi driver was threatened at knifepoint, this time at Bettws lane. It was not yet known whether it was the same attacker.