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Abergavenny florist wins gold at Chelsea Flower Show

Charlotte Cooke has previously won many other prizes for her designs.

A florist from Abergavenny - featured on ITV News a fortnight ago - has won a gold medal at this year's Chelsea Flower Show.

Charlotte Cooke, 27, was part of a team of five young florists that designed Interflora's exhibit for the show.

Watch: Jane Solomons meets Charlotte, preparing for the Chelsea Flower Show

The Interflora design, called 'Succession', had five individually-designed wire canopy frames.


Businessman speaks out after being cleared of GBH

by Mike Griffiths

Business owner Andrew Woodhouse has spoken to ITV News today after a jury unanimously cleared him of causing grievous bodily harm.

Mr Woodhouse was accused of using excessive force when he chased and injured two thieves stealing fuel from his company in March last year.

One of the men was left with two broken legs and a broken arm.

But, after suffering repeated thefts, Mr Woodhouse says he acted to defend his business - and couldn't have done anything differently.

Read more: Businessman walks free after attacking two thieves


CPS 'respects jury verdict' in Andrew Woodhouse case

A spokesperson for the Crown Prosecution Service said the decision was taken to charge Andrew Woodhouse with grievous bodily harm because they were satisfied there was 'sufficient evidence' and that it was 'in the public interest' to do so.

Mr Woodhouse has since been found not guilty by a jury at Cardiff Crown Court.

In light of the evidence, including the injuries suffered by one of the intruders, it was the prosecution case that Mr Woodhouse’s actions during the incident went beyond what the law allows for in terms of self-defence.

We therefore decided that it was appropriate to bring the matter to court so that a jury could determine the issue.

Ultimately, all evidence relating to criminal cases is tested during the trial process, with the jury being the final arbiters of guilt or innocence.

We respect the jury’s decision on this matter.

– Crown Prosecution Service

Thief attack: Woodhouse's actions 'showed courage'

Andrew Woodhouse sprang into action in March last year after a burglar alarm system at his business premises alerted him to the thieves via text message.

When he found Kevin Green, 53, and Timothy Cross, 32, trying to escape with stolen fuel, Mr Woodhouse grabbed a fence post one was carrying as a weapon - and used it to fight back against them.

The court heard he left Green with two broken legs and a broken arm, and grappled with Cross until police arrived.

The prosecution argued Mr Woodhouse had lost his temper and "gone over the top", and contested claims of reasonable self-defence.

But defence barrister Andrew Taylor said Mr Woodhouse had showed courage, and his actions had meant two thieves were caught.

Mr Taylor admitted that while the "red mist" may have descended on the defendant, he had acted in desperation after his hard-fought business had almost been "wiped out by crime".

The court heard that Mr Woodhouse's firm, which he set up 20 years ago, had been repeatedly targeted by thieves in recent years, with machinery worth £15,000 and £20,000 being taken.

Green and Cross were charged with theft and later fined £75 by magistrates.

Had Mr Woodhouse been convicted of grievous bodily harm, he faced the possibility of going to jail.

Read more: Businessman 'hopes case serves as a reminder'

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