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Firefighters raise money for charity appeal with rowing challenge at Tesco

Mayor Cllr Leon Gardiner and Mayor’s Consort Mrs Alma Gardiner with staff from Tesco in Ystrad Mynach and officers from Caerphilly Fire Station at the rowing challenge

Firefighters from Caerphilly Fire Station joined staff from Tesco Ystrad Mynach to take on a gruelling rowing challenge to raise money for Ty Hafan and Macmillan Cancer Support.


Musician from Rhymney wins BBC Radio 2 brass award

Daniel Thomas, from Rhymney, with his Young Brass Player of the Year award

A musician from Rhymney has been crowned BBC Radio 2’s Young Brass Player of the Year.


Blackwood dad’s charity skydive for autism raises over £2,000

Ross Mason-Price took on the skydive to mark National Autism Awareness Month

A father from Blackwood who skydived for autism awareness has thanked supporters for their donations.


Management buyout for award-winning Caerphilly manufacturer

QUEEN’S AWARD: Paul Iddon, National Sales Manager (centre), with the rest of the DHS team

An award-winning manufacturer of healthcare products has been bought by its management team.


Ffos-y-Fran protesters halt work at UK’s largest opencast coal mine

Reclaim The Power activists occupied the Ffos-y-Fran mine for 12 hours. Photo by United Valleys Action Group

Hundreds of protesters halted work at the UK's largest opencast coal mine in Merthyr Tydfil during peaceful protests on Tuesday, May 3.


Police make railway station witness appeal after murder of Ystrad Mynach woman, 75

Police investigating the murder of a 75-year-old woman have appealed for people who used Ystrad Mynach railway station yesterday to come forward.


Blackwood author nominated for influential Pride Power List

OUT: Scott McGlynn’s memoirs detail his experiences with being bullied because of his sexuality

A Blackwood-based author has been shortlisted for inclusion on this year’s Pride Power List after releasing a book about his experiences of being bullied as a gay teenager.


Caerphilly Round Table celebrates anniversary with special dinner

Caerphilly Round Table recently celebrated its 50th anniversary with a special dinner.


Man, 47, arrested on suspicion of murdering woman in Ystrad Mynach

A 47-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after police were called to an address in Ystrad Mynach earlier today, Tuesday, May 3.


Motorcycle Club members turn out in force for charity ride in memory of Blackwood’s Trudy Jones

A motorcycle club has paid tribute to Trudy Jones, from Blackwood, with a charity ride to mark a year since her death in the Tunisia terror attacks.


Man wanted in connection with assault outside Caerphilly pub

Police are looking to identify this man

Gwent Police is appealing for information to identify a man in connection with an assault on Cardiff Road, Caerphilly.


Public Health Wales vaccinates 270 people at primary school in Gelligaer after more cases of hepatitis A

Public Health Wales have given vaccinations to 270 pupils and adults at Glyn-Gaer Primary School

Over 200 pupils and adults have been vaccinated against hepatitis A, after two more cases of the infection were confirmed at a school in Gelligaer.


Police and Crime Commissioner election: Meet the Gwent candidates

Voters go to the polls on Thursday, May 5, where they will decide who becomes their Assembly Members as well as their local Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC).


Police appeal after £180 stolen from home of elderly woman in Trinant

Two men conned their way into an elderly lady’s home and stole £180.


Meet the Welsh Assembly Election candidates: Islwyn constituency

Islwyn constituency

The Welsh Assembly Election takes place on Thursday, May 5 and Caerphilly Observer has asked all the candidates in the county borough to submit 100 words. Here we profile the Islwyn constituency.


Meet the Welsh Assembly Election candidates: Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney constituency

Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney constituency

The Welsh Assembly Election takes place on Thursday, May 5 and Caerphilly Observer has asked all the candidates in the county borough to submit 100 words. Here we profile the Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney constituency.


Meet the Welsh Assembly Election candidates: Caerphilly constituency

Caerphilly constituency

The Welsh Assembly Election takes place on Thursday, May 5 and Caerphilly Observer has asked all the candidates in the county borough to submit 100 words. Here we profile the Caerphilly constituency.


Catnic future uncertain after Tata Steel confirms it is for sale

Uncertainty continues to surround the future of Caerphilly-based steel lintel manufacturer Catnic, after parent company Tata Steel confirmed it is up for sale.


Villagers fight to save Llanbradach pub from demolition

SUPPORT: Locals are against the plans for redevelopment

Locals turned out on Saturday, April 23 to show their support for a well-loved pub in Llanbradach, after plans to build flats on the site were submitted to Caerphilly County Borough Council.


Protests expected over planned Nant Llesg opencast mine

Hundreds of protesters are expected to descend on Ffos-y-Fran opencast mine this weekend.

The ‘End Coal Now’ camp is being organised by climate activist network Reclaim the Power over the May Day bank holiday.


RSPCA appeal to find owners of mistreated horses found on Gelligaer Common

RSPCA Cymru is appealing for information to try and find the owners of several horses found on Gelligaer Common.


Crews respond to large deliberate grass fire in Rudry

Crews from South Wales Fire and Rescue Service responded to a large grass fire in Rudry on Monday April 25, which consumed over eight hectares of land and 20 conifer trees.


Appeal for information after items stolen from house in Abercarn burglary

Gwent Police is appealing for information after items were stolen from a house in Abercarn.


Appeal for information after man breaches prison licence

Appeal for information on man

Police are appealing for information to find Richard Nathan Davies, 40, (pictured) who has links to the Crosskeys area, who has breached his licence conditions after being released from prison on February 26 this year.


Stats show an increase in crime levels in Gwent Police force area

Overall crime rose in the Gwent Police Force area by 1% for the year ending December 2015, with 37,054 crimes recorded, new statistics have revealed.


Charity awarded £1,000 from Vodafone and Caerphilly Observer

Caerphilly Observer editor Richard Gurner (left), Vodafone Store Manager Darren Hammer (centre) with Disability Can Do’s Tom Clark (centre left) and Kate Howell (centre right) together with staff

Charity Disability Can Do has been awarded £1,000 from mobile phone company Vodafone and Caerphilly Observer.


Rescued fisherman reunited with crew to launch Mayday fundraising week

ALL SMILES: Mike Dooley (centre) with (left to right) Porthcawl RNLI volunteers Simon Emms, Ross Purchase and Matthew Picton

An angler from Caerphilly who nearly lost his life after he was swept out to sea has been reunited with his Royal National Lifeboat Institution rescuers to launch the charity’s fundraising week.


Campaigners rally at council headquarters as consultation on draft LDP ends

PROTEST: Residents voice their anger at the draft LDP

Residents opposed to a draft plan that could see thousands of new homes built on green spaces across Caerphilly County Borough have had their say.


Caerphilly County Borough Council chief suspended over pay scandal makes complaint

COMPLAINT: Caerphilly County Borough Council’s suspended chief executive Anthony O’Sullivan

The suspended chief executive of Caerphilly County Borough Council has lodged a complaint against the Wales Audit Office (WAO), after it ruled that a decision to award pay rises to local authority bosses was unlawful.


Missing cat reunited with owner after six years

REUNITED AT LAST: Rebecca Lee and Chloe, who went missing in 2010. Photo by Cats Protection Bridgend.

A cat that went missing six years ago has finally been reunited with its owner.


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