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South Wales East AM Lindsay Whittle’s blog: July 24

Lindsay Whittle, South Wales East Assembly Member

In his regular blog for Caerphilly Observer South Wales East AM Lindsay Whittlegives his take on recent news.

Four suspected Caerphilly Paedophiles arrested

Four people from Caerphilly have been arrested as part of a UK-wide operation targeting suspected paedophiles.

Train chaos sees passengers stranded across South Wales Valley lines

Network Rail said improvement works in Cardiff were to blame

Commuters were left stranded in sweltering conditions after massive disruption to Valley line train services two days running.

Verdict expected on Michael Pearce in Nelson baby murder trial

Michael Pearce, of Nelson, is charged with the murder of six-week-old Alfie Sullock

A jury is expected to deliver its verdict in the case of a man accused of murdering a six-week-old boy who suffered brain damage.

Two escape chip pan fire in Abertridwr

Two people managed to escape a kitchen fire after a chip pan caught alight in Abertridwr.

Firefighters from Caerphilly were called to the house in Hendre Road at 11.12pm on Wednesday July 23.

£15m deal to upgrade Caerphilly Council houses agreed

A £15 million deal which will see thousands of council houses upgraded has been finalised.

Caerphilly County Borough Council has announced that construction firm Vinci Facilities will be refurbishing kitchens and bathrooms and providing new wiring and heating for almost 10,000 homes across the borough over a six-year contract period.

Oakdale school gets seal of approval from inspectors Estyn

GOOD WORK: Rhiw Syr Dafydd pupils with headteacher Mike Glavin

An Oakdale primary school received a promising review from inspectors Estyn just in time to celebrate during the summer holidays.

Trinity Fields School given boost by Sainsbury’s customer donations

Pupils from Trinity Fields School received the cheque at Sainsbury's Pontllanfraith

Trinity Fields School and Resource Centre benefited from over £4,500 in donations from customers at Sainsbury’s Pontllanfraith.

Fochriw pupils charge ahead in battery recycling competition

Fochriw Primary pupils Chianty Williams, Grace Jones and Brandon Evans are pictured with David Harding, Mrs Lisa Jones, Cllr David Carter,
Bella the Battery and Cllr David Poole

More than 1.8 tonnes of household batteries have been collected by school children in a scheme to encourage recycling.

Man robbed of cash outside Lloyds bank in Rhymney

A man in his 50s was robbed of money he had just withdrawn from a cashpoint at Lloyds Bank in Rhymney.

Actor Mark Lewis Jones inspires Pengam students with marathon challenge

INSPIRING: Actor Mark Lewis alongside Dr Chris Pepper

Welsh actor Mark Lewis Jones visited Lewis School Pengam recently to talk to pupils about successfully completing the gruelling Marathon des Sables, with fellow actor Richard Harrington.

Fuel thefts in Energlyn and Abertridwr

Gwent Police are reminding motorists to remain vigilant with the security of their vehicles after an increase in reported incidents of fuel theft.

Lightning causes fire in Abercarn church bell tower

Lightning struck a church in Abercarn causing a fire in the bell tower during storms on July 18.

Historic Newbridge Memo project nears completion

HARD WORK: Dedicated Howard Stone in what will become the memorial garden

As Newbridge Memo’s refurbishment nears completion Caerphilly Observer looks at the institutes’ history and the inspiring story of the project.

Seized Manmoel horses given new homes

SEIZED: The horses from Manmoel Common have been re-homed

All of the nearly 50 horses removed from Manmoel Common have been found new homes at sanctuaries.

Caerphilly graduate wins Postcode Lottery scholarship to fund green degree

A Cardiff University graduate has won a scholarship worth £8,500 to study a green-themed postgraduate degree at the Open University.

Body of missing Trethomas man found in Cardiff

MISSING: Michael Lehane was last seen on Thursday June 26

A body found in woods in Whitchurch, Cardiff, has been confirmed by police as being missing Trethomas man Michael Lehane.

National Assembly Presiding Officer speaks at Caerphilly Business Forum event

The Presiding Officer of the National Assembly for Wales, Dame Rosemary Butler AM spoke at Caerphilly Business Forum’s Working Women event yesterday, July 17.

Police find 42-year-old man dead in Penyrheol

A 42-year-old man was found dead by police in Penyrheol yesterday, July 16.

Caerphilly Council announce £800,000 project to remove asbestos from schools

Caerphilly County Borough Council is to embark on a two-year programme to remove asbestos containing materials from 37 of its schools.

Bogus caller warning for residents in Machen

Police have warned residents against a bogus caller pretending to be from Caerphilly County Borough Council.

The man called at a woman’s home in Machen stating he was from the council and that she needed to have loose stones fixed on her home.

Five headteachers retire after clocking up more than 170 years in the classroom

Pictured are Isobel Davies, Chris Lewis, Lorraine Hunter, Gaynor Anstice, Cllr David Carter and Les Archard

Five retiring Headteachers with more than 170 years of teaching experience between them have been given a special thank you from the Mayor of Caerphilly county borough.

Caerphilly Mayor’s charity launch raises nearly £4,000

The new Mayor of Caerphilly County Borough has raised £3,900 for charity during his official appeal launch event.

New Ysgol Gyfun Cwm Rhymni campus opening marked by time capsule burial

Manon Lewis and Ieuan Evans chose what to put into the time capsule

Pupils have buried a time capsule at Ysgol Gyfun Cwm Rhymni’s new Y Gwyndy campus in Caerphilly town to mark its opening.

Caerphilly Council agrees to implement car parking charges in country parks

Parc Penallta's 200 metre pit pony

Controversial plans to charge visitors for parking at five country parks in Caerphilly County Borough have been passed.

Caerphilly company prove a Wize choice in business administration

WIZE WOMEN: The team behind Wize Virtual Admin

In a regular feature each fortnight, Caerphilly Observer is profiling a business based at the Welsh Innovation Centre for Enterprise. Welsh ICE is a hub for new businesses at Caerphilly Business Park and is home to around 85 start-ups. This week we look at Wize Virtual Administration.

Plaid Cymru South Wales Wales East AM Jocelyn Davies to stand down at next election

Jocelyn Davies, the Plaid Cymru AM for South Wales East, has announced she will be stepping down from the National Assembly at the 2016 election.

Bargoed debt centre wins £200,000 lottery grant

DEBT HELP: St Gwladys' Church and hall in Bargoed

A debt centre based in a Bargoed church hall has been given a boost by over £200,000 of lottery funding.

Wales to ban people smoking in cars carrying children

A ban on people smoking in private vehicles when children are present will be introduced in Wales, First Minister Carwyn Jones and Health Minister Mark Drakeford have announced.

Four criminals from Caerphilly County Borough recalled to prison for licence breaches

Four men from Caerphilly County Borough have been recalled to prison for breaching the terms of their release licence.

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