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Caerphilly computer firm Happus in biz top 100

Managing Director of Happus David Williams

Caerphilly-based start-up Happus has been named as one of two South Wales businesses in this year’s Small Biz 100.

Caerphilly County Borough in top five for new start-ups

Caerphilly County Borough has been named in the top five Welsh council areas where benefit claimants have started their own business.

Trecenydd man handed suspended sentence over “revenge porn” after posting explicit picture of ex-lover on Facebook

Jesse Hawthorne was handed a 16-week suspended sentence for posting "revenge porn" pictures online. Picture by Wales News Service

A jilted lover has become the first transgender person in Britain to be convicted of “revenge porn”, after posting intimate images of his ex on Facebook.

Risca pensioner assaulted after asking man to keep dog under control

A pensioner had to receive hospital treatment after he was assaulted by a dog-walker while strolling with his wife along Risca canal.

South Wales East AM Lindsay Whittle’s blog: October 7, 2015


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

Family pay tribute to “caring” Paul Mills who died in A468 crash

Tributes have been paid to a “caring” father-of-two from Ystrad Mynach who died in a car crash that has left his ‘childhood sweetheart heartbroken’.

Man, 61, arrested after drugs and a firearm found in Graig-y-Rhacca raid

Drugs and an air weapon were found when police raided a house in Graig-y-Rhacca, leading to the arrest of a 61-year-old man.

Mason Jones’ family plea for second inquest as court hears butcher should have faced manslaughter prosecution after E.coli death

Mason Jones died in 2005 after eating E.coli infected meat

The family of a five-year-old boy from Deri who died after eating Ecoli-infected meat in school have made a plea for a second inquest into his death to be heard.

Inquests will be held into care home deaths after collapse of Dr Das ‘abuse’ trial

RESPONSE: First Minister Carwyn Jones responds to the recommendations of the Flynn report in the Senedd

Inquests will be held into the deaths of a number of care home residents at the heart of Operation Jasmine, the First Minister has confirmed.

Caerphilly comic publisher Cosmic Anvil turns to crowdfunding

A Caerphilly-based comic book publisher has turned to the internet to help fund its new project.

Caerphilly actress Sabrina Dickens scoops top award at Los Angeles film festival

AMAZED: Sabrina Dickens won the best actress award for her first lead role in a feature film

An actress from Caerphilly has scooped a best actress award at an independent film festival in Los Angeles.

Boxing coach Don Braithwaite among two Caerphilly residents presented with British Empire Medals

Mayor Cllr Leon Gardiner (left), Katherine Hughes,
Donald Braithwaite and Sir Simon Boyle (right)

Two Caerphilly County Borough residents have been presented with their British Empire Medals for their outstanding work and services to the community.

Find out about the work of the voluntary sector in Rhymney

St David’s Community Centre in High Street, Rhymney, is to host an event showcasing the voluntary sector tomorrow, Wednesday, October 7.

Dozens enjoy a picnic in Trethomas park in bid to Keep Wales Tidy

?A Picnic in the Park was held in Trethomas recently to support Keep Wales Tidy’s clean up campaign.

New Tredegar’s Winding House Museum receives special commendation for serving community

CONGRATULATIONS: Museum staff Helen Willson and Emma Wilson with Dan Snow

Staff at the Winding House Museum in New Tredegar are celebrating after being awarded a “Special Commendation for Outstanding Contribution to their Local Community”.

Man arrested on suspicion of drug driving after three-car crash in Abertridwr

CRASH: The scene on Thomas Street Abertridwr

A Senghenydd man has been arrested on suspicion of drug driving after a three-car crash in Abertridwr.

Senghenydd youth centre to use proceeds from wind turbine for funding after cuts

CASH GENERATOR: A wind turbine similar to this could soon be a sight in Senghenydd

A youth centre is hoping to build a wind turbine on nearby farmland to help with its funding.

Ramsey and Co to get Wales football stickers for Euro 2016 after Nelson shopper complains about England merchandise


The Wales football team is set to get its own sticker set if they qualify for Euro 2016, according to manufacturers Panini.

Wales TUC demand better jobs in The Valleys as public call for more well-paid work

WELL-PAID WORK: The Wales TUC has called for better jobs, closer to home

The majority of people living in The Valleys believe there are not enough jobs in the area, with more than 83% calling for more well-paid work.

Warning after Rhymney burglaries

Police are warning residents in Rhymney to be vigilant after a swathe of shed and garage break-ins.

St Barrwg’s Church in Bedwas sees renovation completed

St Barrwg’s Church, Bedwas

Restoration of a Bedwas church that has cost almost £260,000 has been completed after three years.

Ystrad Mynach driver killed in car crash named

A driver who was killed in a car crash between Rhiwderin and Lower Machen has been named as Paul Mills from Ystrad Mynach.

Police investigate death of one-month-old baby girl from Senghenydd

A one-month-old baby girl from Senghenydd, who was airlifted to hospital, has died, police have confirmed.

Missing Ystrad Mynach mother and five-month-old baby found

Ailisha Joyce and her five-month-old daughter Maisey Flanagan have been reported as missing

A mother and her five-month-old daughter who were reported as missing have been found.

Police had earlier today appealed for information to find Ailisha Joyce, 20, and her baby Maisey Flanagan, after they went missing from their Ystrad Mynach home.

Poppy Appeal hits £1m mark in South Wales

The Poppy Appeal has broken the £1 million barrier in South East Wales for the first time. Donations to the annual appeal, run by The Royal British Legion, reached the landmark figure recently, surpassing last year’s total of £870,000.

Dogs to be microchipped by April 2016

The Welsh Government has said all dogs in Wales will need to be microchipped by April 2016.

In a written statement to the National Assembly, Rebecca Evans, Deputy Minister for Farming and Food, said regulations governing the new law will be debated by AMs on October 20.

Fly-tipping costs Caerphilly County Borough taxpayers £500,000

Cleaning up dumped waste has cost Caerphilly taxpayers as much as £500,000 over the last four years.
And Caerphilly County Borough Council has claimed just £10,000 back in fines since 2011, a Freedom of Information (FOI) request has revealed.

Smoking in cars with children banned under new Welsh law

The two authorities in Caerphilly County Borough charged with enforcing a new smoking ban in cars carrying children are split on how they will approach it.

Ystrad Mynach man dies in car crash between Rhiwderin and Lower Machen

A 41-year-old motorist from Ystrad Mynach was killed in a car crash on Saturday, September 26.

The man was driving a silver Mitsubishi Lancer on the A468 between Rhiwderin and Lower Machen when it crashed.

Caerphilly Council first in Wales to oppose “vindictive” Trade Union Bill

STRIKE: Public sector workers at the Museum of Wales take industrial action over changes to pay and conditions

A motion put forward by Labour councillors attacked the “counterproductive, vindictive, socially divisive” Trade Union Bill, that is “driven by Conservative ideology”, as an “attack on democracy”.

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