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HOUNDED OUT – Paedophile targeted by angry Pontlottyn residents

Angry residents set out to drive convicted paedophile Ian Hook (pictured right) from his home

Enraged residents gathered to drive a convicted paedophile out of his home.

To cheers and chants of “scum”, police escorted a man, named locally as sex-offender Ian Hook, and a woman from the property in Union Street, Pontlottyn, on Sunday April 13.

Protest planned against Nant Llesg opencast mine

A protest against the planned Nant Llesg opencast mine is to take place at Caerphilly County Borough Council’s Penallta House on Tuesday April 22.

First Minister opens Thomas Carroll’s expanded Caerphilly HQ

Caerphilly-based insurance firm Thomas Carroll Group has completed a £500,000 extension to its headquarters.

Officially opened by First Minister Carwyn Jones last week, the Pendragon House development on Crescent Road, features an additional floor incorporating executive offices, training rooms and boardroom with views over Caerphilly Castle.

Money raised for Caerphilly Miners’ Centre

Volunteers raising funds to help turn the former Caerphilly Miners’ Hospital into a community centre collected almost £330 bag-packing at Tesco.

Caerphilly start-up hub Welsh ICE unveils its chief executive

WHO’S THE BOSS: Gareth Jones has been appointed Welsh ICE’s new chief executive

In a regular feature each fortnight, Caerphilly Observer is profiling a business based at the Welsh Innovation Centre for Enterprise.

Cefn Fforest grandmother successfully appeals ‘Bedroom Tax’

BEDROOM TAX: Karen Jenkins, 43, has won her appeal against the “Bedroom Tax”

A grandmother has become the first council tenant in Caerphilly County Borough to win a tribunal appeal against the ‘Bedroom Tax’.

Schools admissions plan agreed by Caerphilly County Borough Council

School admission arrangements for 2015/16 have been approved by Caerphilly County Borough Council’s cabinet.

Over the last few months the council has been consulting with schools on the changes.

Bus services axed in Caerphilly County Borough – Stagecoach bus fleet in Wales to be reduced by 10% from mid-July

Bus operator Stagecoach has announced its bus fleet in Wales will be reduced by 10% from July this year.

Rogue traders operating in Pontllanfraith

Police are urging people to be on the lookout for two rogue traders who conned an elderly gentlemen suffering with dementia out of £400.

South Wales East AM Lindsay Whittle’s blog: April 17

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

I want to alert Caerphilly residents – particularly older members of the community – about the need to be on their guard against conmen.

Use of food banks double to record levels

A generation of children are being forced to rely on food banks, according to new statistics.

The number of people using food banks in Caerphilly County Borough are busier than ever as the number of people needing emergency food grew by 120% across Wales.

£250,000 boost for community projects in Caerphilly County Borough Council

Community schemes in Caerphilly County Borough are set to benefit from a £250,000 boost from Caerphilly County Borough Council.

Man, 85, taken to hospital after crash in Pontllanfraith

An 85-year-old man was taken to hospital after his car crashed into a medical centre in Pontllanfraith.

Witnesses to the crash said the car went through a fence before hitting the front of the Avicenna Medical Centre on Blackwood Road.

14-year-old boy rescued from Caerphilly Castle wall

Caerphilly Castle.

A 14-year-old boy had to be rescued by firefighters after becoming stuck on a wall at Caerphilly Castle.

New ITV drama to profile Tommy Cooper’s life

David Threlfall as Tommy Cooper in the ITV drama

The life of Caerphilly-born comic magician Tommy Cooper, who died 30 years ago today from a heart attack, is to be featured in a new ITV drama.

Bus driver taken to hospital after Ystrad Mynach crash

A bus driver has been taken to hospital after a crash with a car in Ystrad Mynach.

The crash happened at 2.30pm today on Caerphilly Road and the driver was taken to hospital as a precaution.

Burglary at New Tredegar Post Office

Gwent Police is investigating a burglary at a post office in New Tredegar.

The post office on Derlwyn Street in Phillipstown was broken into yesterday morning, Monday April 14.

Oakdale school awarded Green Flag status

Rhiw Syr Dafydd Primary School in Oakdale has been awarded a Green Flag status for their eco efforts.

Islwyn MP praises pupils’ saving habits

Primary school pupils have been praised for their financial habits by Islwyn MP Chris Evans.

Appeal for information following robbery in Caerphilly town

Police are appealing for information following a robbery in Clive Street, Caerphilly town.

Around 6.30pm on Thursday April 10, two men attacked a 28-year-old man at the rear of Clive Street and stole an amount of cash from him.

Man in critical condition after fall from moving car in Newbridge

A man who fell from a moving car in Newbridge is in a stable but critical condition, police have said.

Police appeal after deliberate fire near the Maen Llwyd pub

Police are appealing for information after a deliberate fire on Rudry Common last night.

Crews from Caerphilly Station used beaters to fight the fire which was started on Rudry Common near the Maen Llwyd pub at 9.08pm.

Caerphilly AM calls for ‘Bedroom Tax’ exemptions for the disabled

Caerphilly AM Jeff Cuthbert.

Caerphilly AM Jeff Cuthbert has joined calls for disabled tenants living in adapted homes to be exempt from housing benefit changes.

2,000 Caerphilly pupils see drugs play

More than 2,000 pupils from across Caerphilly County Borough have seen a hard-hitting play warning of the dangers of drugs.

256 people fined by Caerphilly Council for littering and dog fouling offences last year

Caerphilly County Borough Council is taking a tough stance on littering and dog fouling in the county borough.

A469 between Pontlottyn and New Tredegar set to reopen sooner than expected

The A469 between New Tredegar and Pontlottyn is set to reopen after weeks of motoring misery in the Upper Rhymney.

Llanbradach pub raises £2,500 for Velindre

A pub has raised nearly £2,500 for Velindre Cancer Centre by hosting weekly gigs featuring local band Small Change.

Council propose car park charges at Caerphilly country parks

Visitors to Caerphilly County Borough country parks will be charged for car parking under council plans to raise an estimated £80,000 a year.

Caerphilly schools join Big Spring Clean

Pupils Eli Richards Age 7, Ellie Mackay Age 8, Megan Dunn Age 6 with the Gregory Brothers, Tidy Ted, Cllr Dave Poole and headteacher Sally Williams

Primary schools across Caerphilly County Borough have been learning about recycling as part of the council’s annual Big Spring Clean campaign.

Councillors approve solar power farm for Gelligaer

A solar power farm the size of 46 football pitches will be built near Gelligaer.

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