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Meet the candidates: Merthyr and Rhymney constituency

The General Election takes place on May 7 and Caerphilly Observer has asked all the candidates in the county borough to submit 100 words. We begin with those standing in Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney.

Police investigate “unexplained death” in Llanbradach

Police at the house in Church Street, Llanbradach

The body of a 78-year-old man has been found at an address in Church Street, Llanbradach, police have confirmed.

Caerphilly rock band release Megaday single for Velindre

ICE COLD COOL: Band Best Served Chilled have released a single as part of Megaday

A local rock group has written and released a charity single to raise money for Velindre Hospital.

Question the General Election candidates at Caerphilly Trades Council hustings

Caerphilly constituents will have the chance to question the General Election candidates at a hustings next week.

Wattsville grass fire put out as deliberate blazes reach 127 in Caerphilly County Borough

A 300 hectare deliberate grass fire in Wattsville, near Crosskeys, has been extinguished after nearly 24 hours alight.

Charity fashion show to be held at Llancaiach Fawr

A fashion show with a difference is to be held at Llancaiach Fawr.

The charity fashion show, organised by event management students from the University of South Wales, will celebrate women of all shapes and sizes.

Police appeal to find Crosskeys man wanted for breaching prison release licence

Gwent Police is appealing for information to find a 45-year-old man who has breached his prison release conditions.

£144m announced to fund 52,000 Welsh apprenticeships

A £144 million fund which will pay for 52,000 apprenticeships has been announced by the Welsh Government.

The cash will fund apprenticeships in West Wales and the Valleys over the next four years, with the majority of places targeted at 16 to 24-year-olds.

Chip shop burglary in Castle View, Caerphilly

Cash and a Slush Puppy machine were stolen by thieves from a chip shop in the early hours of the morning.

Firefighters continue to battle grass fire near homes in Wattsville

Firefighters are still battling a large deliberate grass fire near to homes in Wattsville, near Crosskeys.

Crews were called yesterday, Wednesday April 22, to the mountain blaze, near an industrial area, and worked throughout the night to keep nearby homes safe.

Risca production company’s Gareth Thomas documentary goes global

GAME CHANGER: A scene from the documentary that was broadcast by the BBC

Risca-based production company Zipline Creative is celebrating after a BBC documentary it made about the life of Gareth Thomas was selected by an international distributor.

Top marks for new Tredegar’s Winding House in learning awards

Children enjoying some of the activities on offer at the Winding House

The Winding House museum in New Tredegar has scooped a top award for the quality of its educational visits.

Runners’ London marathon charity effort

Alyn Tomkinson

Caerphilly County Borough residents will be putting their best feet forward for charity as they take part in this year’s London Marathon on April 26.

Caerphilly company has date with Google

A Caerphilly-based start-up has been selected to attend a mentoring scheme with search engine giant Google.

Increase in complaints investigated by RSPCA

The number of animal cruelty complaints investigated by the RSPCA increased from 11,372 in 2013 to 11,740, the charity has revealed.

Coleg y Cymoedd students and lecturers unite in protest against Welsh Government cuts

FINANCIAL PRESSURE: Coleg y Cymoedd’s Ystrad Mynach campus

Workers and students at Coleg y Cymoedd will protest in Ystrad Mynach today, April 22, against Welsh Government cuts that will “decimate” adult education.

Caerphilly Castle recreated in Lego to engage children in history

YOUNG ENGINEERS: More than 100 children took part in workshops over Easter

Caerphilly Castle was reconstructed over the Easter holiday with the use of 3,000 Lego bricks.

RSPCA appeal after dead dog found in Penyrheol

The RSPCA is appealing for information after the body of a dead dog was found in Penyrheol.

Cardiff Devil helps Caerphilly nursery raise money for Great Ormond Street Hospital

The children with Kris Agland, from the Cardiff Devils, (centre)
and Finlay and mum Gemma (centre left)

A nursery is fundraising to help a little boy with a rare genetic disorder.
One-year-old Finlay has been diagnosed with Beckwith-Wiedemann Syndrome, a disorder which causes overgrowth and affects one in 15,000 births.

Machen mountain grass fire extinguished

The scene on Machen mountain yesterday, April 20. Picture by Martin Sotelano Photography.

A grass fire on Machen mountain that burnt through the night has been extinguished, South Wales Fire and Rescue Service has said.

Coleg y Cymoedd plans course closures as union vows to fight Welsh Government cuts

FINANCIAL PRESSURE: Coleg y Cymoedd’s Ystrad Mynach campus

Forty-one full-time staff at Coleg y Cymoedd have taken voluntary redundancy as the further education college tries to save £1.3 million a year.

Machen mountain grass fire to burn overnight

The scene on Machen mountain yesterday, April 20. Picture by Martin Sotelano Photography.

A grass fire on Machen mountain is covering nearly 250 acres of Caerphilly County Borough countryside.

Parc Cwm Darran offenders’ project wins National Wildlife Award

A countryside project for offenders at Parc Cwm Darran has won a national award after turning the park into a wildlife haven over the last 17 years.

Machen table tennis club appeals for members

A table tennis club has put an appeal out for new members to join.

Caerphilly WWII veteran calls on other heroes to take funded tours of Normandy

REMEMBER: John Wintle displays his medals

A 91-year-old World War Two veteran who was recently honoured by the French Government is encouraging others to return to Normandy, funded by fines from the Libor banking scandal.

Trethomas fundraiser for ten-year-old cancer patient from Caerphilly

HEROIC: Ten-year-old Liam Hardacre

A 24-hour sponsored darts marathon is being held to raise money for a ten-year-old cancer sufferer and his family.

Trecenydd residents to raise cash for park that is ‘not fit to play in’

ANGRY: Residents and children with drawings of their dream park

Trecenydd residents are trying to raise cash to fix up their local park and playing field for children to enjoy.

Visit Caerphilly Centre new home for town’s art gallery

A much-loved town centre gallery has expanded and moved to new premises.

Y Galeri was opened in Caerphilly town’s St Fagans Street three years ago and has proved to be a popular venue for art lovers.

Nuisance 999 calls revealed by Welsh Ambulance Service

The Welsh Ambulance Service is reminding people not to call 999 unless it is a genuine emergency.

The service took 19,151 non-urgent calls in the last seven months with just 318 requiring an ambulance.

Caerphilly Morrisons child snatch case dropped

The case against a man accused of attempted abduction has been dropped by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS).

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