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Street Pastors hit the streets of Blackwood


Blackwood town centre has welcomed its first volunteer Street Pastors to help tackle antisocial behaviour.

The team of Street Pastors hit the streets of Blackwood for the first time on Friday and will become a regular sight in the coming months.

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Speedboat stolen in Blackwood


Blackwood may be a good 20 miles away from the coast but that did not stop thieves from stealing a speedboat.

The red and white speed boat and trailer were stolen from Vancouver Drive, Blackwood, on the morning of Wednesday, September 23.

Two men driving a black estate vehicle were seen taking the boat and trailer from the driveway of the owner’s home.

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Calzaghe out of TV’s Strictly Come Dancing


Former world champion boxer Joe Calzaghe has been knocked out of TV’s Strictly Come Dancing.

Calzaghe and dance partner Kristina Rihanoff were beaten in the dance-off in last night’s show by actress Zoe Lucker and her partner James Jordan.

The Newbridge star said: “It’s the way it goes. It’s been a great experience.”

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Caerphilly’s headteachers briefed on swine flu


Headteachers from across Caerphilly County Borough have been briefed on the dangers of swine flu and how to deal with spread of the disease.

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Caerphilly Business Forum gears up for fashion event


Internationally renowned make-up artist Ariane Poole will headline this year’s Caerphilly Business Forum’s All About Eve fashion and beauty event.

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Bargoed chapel redevelopment approved


Hanbury Road Baptist Chapel in Bargoed is to be transformed into a new library as part of the regeneration of the town.

Caerphilly County Borough Council has approved plans to turn the landmark Grade 2* listed building into a library and community space.

As well as boasting the library service, the building, located in the heart of the town centre, will also house a new community café and office space.

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Children’s poet visits Caerphilly Castle


Former Children’s Laureate Michael Rosen entertained 300 junior school pupils at a special event at Caerphilly Castle.

The poet took over the castle’s Great Hall last Thursday for National Poetry Day.

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Caerphilly council to get Icelandic Banks money back


Caerphilly County Borough Council is to get at least £12.5 million out of £15 million it invested in the collapsed Icelandic banks.

In a further boost to the council’s budget woes, the Welsh Assembly Government is also giving more cash to the local authority through its settlement.

Leader of the council Lindsay Whittle said: “The early analysis shows the settlement figure gives us an additional 2.3% which, with all the inescapable pressures on our budget, will, we believe allow us to continue to deliver our core services.”

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WRU welcomes Olympics success


The Welsh Rugby Union has welcomed the decision to introduce Rugby Sevens into the Olympic Games from 2016 as a major boost for sport in Wales.

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Arson attack at Bedwas Sporting Community Club


Police are appealing for information after an arson attack in Bedwas.

Petrol was poured around Bedwas Sporting Community Club, on Bedwas Road, and its decking area and lit.

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Friends run 5km in memory of Abertridwr bike crash victim


Friends of a motorcycle accident victim have paid tribute to him by running 5km in his memory.

David Furness, 34, of Abertridwr, who was known as Hovis, died on Saturday October 3 in a smash on the A40 trunk road in Tafarn Newydd, Llandovery.

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Missing Tredegar woman found dead


A woman reported missing from Tredegar has been found dead.

Margaret Claire Evans, 35, was last seen on Thursday October 8 in North Avenue, Ashvale, Tredegar, at 1pm.

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