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Motorhome stolen in Penyrheol

The motorhome that was stolen from outside a property in Penyrheol

A motorhome was stolen from outside a house in Penyrheol overnight between Monday March 2 and March 3.

Newbridge Memo opening gala a sell out

STAR-STUDDED: Roy Noble was compere at Newbridge Memo's opening gala

Newbridge Memo celebrated 90 years and the completion of its restoration by holding a sold out gala concert featuring Manic Street Preachers’ James Dean Bradfield.

Second-hand car salesman from Nelson prosecuted by Trading Standards

A second-hand car salesman has been ordered to pay almost £3,000 after he sold a non-existent warranty on a vehicle to an unsuspecting couple.

Newbridge to get a riverside park in new regeneration project

Work to create a riverside park under Trecelyn Viaduct will get underway this month as part of the Newbridge Development Programme.

Free entry to Caerphilly Castle as St David’s Day celebrated

Caerphilly Castle will open for free on St David's Day

Caerphilly Castle will be open for free as St David’s Day is celebrated across the county borough over the weekend.

Lights out as Caerphilly Council approves £12m of cuts and a 3.9% council tax rise

Caerphilly Council's headquarters in Tredomen

Councillors approved £12m worth of cuts and a council tax rise of 3.9% for 2015/16. The cuts will see street lights turned off for part of the night in some residential areas and funding for Christmas lights removed.

Small business warning over pension changes

Small businesses across Wales will get a letter from The Pensions Regulator urging them to prepare for new pension duties.

Dispersal order issued for Caerphilly town after reports of anti-social behaviour

A 48-hour dispersal order has been announced across Caerphilly town after youths were seen free running across the roof of Caerphilly Indoor Market.

Travel guide launched to boost visitor numbers to Caerphilly County Borough

(L-R) Beryl Edwards, Wayfarer Group Travel, London, Rubecca Clinch, Cllr Ken James, Sally Walters, and John Edwards, also of the Wayfarer Group Travel

A new travel guide has been launched in a bid to attract more tourist groups to Caerphilly County Borough.

South Wales East AM Lindsay Whittle’s blog: February 26, 2015

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

Caerphilly youngsters appointed Lord-Lieutenant’s Cadets of Gwent

ATTENTION: Cadet Sergeant Ryan Davies with Cadet Flight Sergeant Eleanor Kingston

Two youngsters from Caerphilly have been appointed as the Lord-Lieutenant’s Cadets of Gwent for 2015.

Welsh Liberal Democrats select Caerphilly and Islwyn General Election candidates

The Welsh Liberal Democrats have selected their General Election candidates for the Caerphilly and Islwyn constituencies.

Bad weather causes chaos on Caerphilly Mountain Road

IMPASSABLE: Caerphilly Mountain Road this morning

Bad weather made Caerphilly Mountain Road ‘impassable’ this morning, February 23, motorists claimed.

Llancaiach Fawr Manor staff take Welsh lessons ahead of Urdd Eistedfodd

DA IAWN: Staff at Llancaiach Fawr
are learning Welsh

Staff at Llancaiach Fawr Manor are learning Welsh ahead of the Urdd National Eisteddfod, which is being held at the 16th Century house in May.

Auschwitz visit gives Caerphilly county pupils duty to keep Holocaust memory alive

REMEMBER: A stark memorial is left on one of the camps' barbed wire fence

Students from Coleg Gwent’s Crosskeys campus and sixth formers from St Cenydd and Heolddu schools joined 200 pupils from across Wales on a visit to the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp in Poland. Caerphilly Observer reporter Gareth Hill joined them on the Lessons From Auschwitz (LFA) trip, organised by the Holocaust Educational Trust (HET) 70 years on from the camp’s liberation.

Caerphilly gets Welsh Government cash for affordable housing

Caerphilly County Borough is to get a share of £5.8 million in Welsh Government funding for social housing.

Councillor calls for Caerphilly town Tesco closure to act as catalyst to protect the high street

Tesco Metro, on Cardiff Road, Caerphilly, will close affecting 52 staff members

The impending closure of the Tesco store in Caerphilly town should act as a catalyst for bringing fresh impetus to the upper town centre area, according to a councillor.

Police appeal after car stolen in Pentwyn and break-in in Cefn Fforest

A vehicle similar to that stolen in Pentwyn

Gwent Police are appealing for information after a car was stolen in Pentwyn and a property was broken into in Cefn Fforest.

Caerphilly council grant helps beauty business to thrive in Newbridge

YOU BEAUTY: Cllr Ken James at Chic Boutique

A formerly vacant business premises in Newbridge has been given a new lease of life thanks to an EU-backed grant scheme.

Blackwood residents told to be vigilant after series of thefts

Blackwood residents have been warned to be extra vigilant after a series of thefts in the area.

Caerphilly-based businesses nominated for Welsh Business Awards

Two businesses based in Caerphilly County Borough have been shortlisted for the South Wales Chamber of Commerce 2014 Welsh Business Awards.

Residents tweet their feet to make a stand against domestic abuse in Caerphilly County Borough

TWEET YOUR FEET: Residents making a stand against domestic abuse

Social media users are being encouraged to post pictures of their feet with the hashtag #caerphillystandingtogether to raise awareness of domestic abuse.

Almost 370 sign petition against sale of Hendredenny land to developer Redrow

DEVELOPMENT: Council officers have recommended selling land to Redrow. Picture by Elliot Brown

Almost 370 residents have put their name to a petition against a plan to sell council-owned land to housing developer Redrow.

South Wales East AM Mohammad Asghar given award by Muslim Council of Wales

Mohammad Asghar, Assembly Member for South Wales East, has been presented with an award for community service by the Muslim Council of Wales.

Bedwas High School pupil wins prestigious award for volunteer work

Rhiannon Bartlett is Cadet of the Year

A young volunteer from Bedwas has scooped a prestigious national award for her work with charity St John.

Unidentified snake found on Van Road, Caerphilly

SLIPPERY: The snake that was found on Van Road in Caerphilly

A stray snake was found in Caerphilly yesterday, February 19, and the RSPCA are appealing for its owner to come forward.

Caerphilly County Borough’s £103m gambling machine addiction

LOSING STREAK: Millions of pounds are gambled and lost each year on Fixed Odds Betting Terminals in the county borough

An estimated £103 million is wagered on betting shop gambling machines across Caerphilly County Borough, a campaign group has said.

Caerphilly cowboy builder jailed after cheating £43,000 from victims


A conman from Caerphilly who was featured on Channel 5’s Cowboy Builders programme has been jailed for three-and-a-half years after he tore his victims’ homes apart and left them £43,000 out of pocket.

Crosskeys’ Costa Book Awards winner Jonathan Edwards reveals his inspiration

RED POET: Costa Book Awards winner Jonathan Edwards

It was a strange combination of Gavin and Stacey and the Welsh Assembly that gave Crosskeys’ Costa Book Awards winner Jonathan Edwards the confidence to write poetry about The Valleys where he grew up.

Caerphilly Trading Standards warn of Dyson phone scam

Dyson owners are being warned of a scam where customers are being telephoned and offered repairs of their vacuums.

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