A group accused of orchestrating the UK's biggest 'cash for crash' scam has been appearing at Cwmbran Magistrates' Court this morning.
86 people accused of a range of offences, including conspiracy to defraud, are due to appear during the course of the day.
Appearing in groups of 1 to 5 people, the defendants spoke only to confirm their names and dates of birth.
The Magistrate granted bail, and the group will appear at Newport Crown Court between November 4th and 6th.
86 people have been charged by detectives as part of a so called 'crash for cash' investigation into allegations of motor insurance fraud.
Detectives working with specialist insurance fraud experts in Gwent have spent two years working on the inquiry.
It is one of the largest scale investigations of its kind ever seen in Wales.
Gwent Police says 86 people have been charged in relation to an alleged 'crash for cash' scam operating out of a garage in Pengam, Blackwood, in the South Wales Valleys.
They are due to appear at Cwmbran Magistrates Court on 10 October.
Gwent Police established Operation Dino in 2011, to specifically investigate ‘crash for cash’ insurance frauds.
A Gwent Police investigation into 'crash for cash' incidents - where people deliberately crash cars to get insurance money - has led to 86 people being charged.
The charges range from conspiracy to defraud insurance companies, conspiracy to steal motor vehicles and conspiracy to money launder.
A man has been charged with arson, in connection with a fire at the Poundstretcher store in Blackwood in May.
Stephen John Powell, 27, is due to appear before magistrates in Caerphilly today.
A new multimillion-pound contract for the maintenance of British troops' battlefield radios will secure 150 jobs at General Dynamics' site in Oakdale, south Wales.
The MoD has awarded a £45m maintenance contract for the armed forces' Bowman radio, a secure digital voice and data system which allows frontline soldiers to communicate with colleagues and commanders on the ground, at sea or in the air, and is said to play a vital role in Afghanistan.
Minister for Defence Equipment Support and Technology Philip Dunne said, "General Dynamics have a proven record of delivering high-quality support services to our armed forces."
Police in Blackwood went beyond the call of duty after helping deliver a baby outside their station.
The 38-year-old mother-to-be from Maesycwmmer went into labour on a grass verge at the side of Blackwood Police Station on Thursday afternoon.
PCs Marc Powell and Helen Chapman delivered the baby girl with the assistance of other officers before the ambulance arrived to take mother and baby to hospital.
Gwent Police is appealing for information on a man they want to speak to in connection with a fire at the Poundstretcher store on Blackwood High Street in May which is being treated as arson.
Stephen John Powell is described as white, 5 ft 10 inches tall and of slim build. He has short/shaved brown hair and blue eyes. The 27-year-old is known locally in Blackwood as "Turkey" say police.
Anyone with information relating to Mr Powell's whereabouts is asked to call 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 quoting log 21 01/05/13.
The Poundstretcher store in Blackwood is being demolished following a blaze in the early hours of Wednesday morning.
South Wales Fire and Rescue Service say the cause of the fire was bins being set alight.
Fire crews were called out at around 2 o'clock this morning.
Officers say refuse bins were on fire and this had spread to the store room at the back of the shop.
Due to safety concerns the High Street was closed and the electricity supply to a number of shops was cut. Structural engineers were called out to assess the safety of the building.
A Blackwood employee who works at the store next to PoundStretcher, which caught fire in the early hours of this morning, said crews did 'a brilliant job' in tackling the blaze.
Nicola Lambert said crews had managed to contain the flames so the fire didn't spread, but her shop had suffered some water damage following the incident.
"We'll work hard to open again," she said.
"It was a bit of a shock - it wasn't what I was expecting when I got up this morning."