A MAN from the Cwmbran area has appeared in court to face a charge related to unlawful possession of explosives.

Darren Peter Richards appeared at Newport Magistrates' Court on Monday, September 7.

He is charged with possession or control of black gunpowder – an explosive substance – "under such circumstances as to give rise to a reasonable suspicion that [he] did not have it in [his] possession or under [his] control for a lawful object".


He was arrested on Thursday, August 27 under section 4 of the Explosive Substances Act.

Mr Richards, of Monnow Court in the Thornhill area of Cwmbran, was remanded in custody following his court appearance this week.

The 46-year-old will next appear at Newport Crown Court on Monday, October 5.