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Appeal for witnesses after midday Caerleon armed robbery

Gwent Police are appealing for information after a midday armed robbery took place in Caerleon today.

The incident occurred in Cross Street at around 12:40pm.

Police are interested in speaking to anyone who might have witnessed the incident.

Credit: Gwent Police

These types of incidents are very rare in Gwent Police area, nevertheless, we are determined to bring those who commit their serious crimes to justice and will be doing to our utmost to work with our partners not only to arrest those responsible but to ensure the ongoing safety of our communities.

– Superintendent Glyn Fernquest, Local Policing Commander

Teenager dies following collision

A teenager has died days after a fatal road traffic collision in Caerleon.

16 year old Courtney Smith had been a passenger in the collision at Belmont Hill on the 24th February. Police say her family are being supported by specialist officers.

Anyone who may have witnessed the collision are asked to call 101 quoting 534.


Solar farm plans unveiled for Caerleon

Plans have been unveiled for a solar energy farm at Caerleon.

The proposals are for Park Farm near Caerleon. Credit:

Lightsource Renewable Energy says the proposals are for Park Farm and if built the farm would generate enough electricity to power 3,500 homes.

Initial plans will be displayed at a community information evening at Caerleon Town Hall on the evening of Wednesday, August 26th.

We want these plans to be the best fit for the local community, which is why we are keen for local businesses, residents and wildlife enthusiasts to come along to the information evening.

– Conor McGuigan, Planning and Development Director at Lightsource

Residents wishing to view the initial proposal can visit


Caerleon man in London Marathon after six-week coma

In October 2011, Nathan Laing from Caerleon was beaten up so severely outside a club in Cyprus he spent 6 weeks in a coma, with doctors giving him little chance of survival.

Nathan called his recovery "very frustrating."

After leaving the Royal Gwent Hospital in June the following year, Nathan began a remarkable physical recovery which has led to the 29 year-old competing in this Sunday's London Marathon.

Alongside his cousin Sophie, Nathan has managed to raise over £3,000 for brain injury charity Headway.

His mum, Vivienne said: "I am so proud of Nathan's determination and what he has achieved."

Family of Ben Caplan 'overwhelmed' by public support

The family of Ben Caplan say they are "overwhelmed" by the support they have received from members of the public since he went missing in December.

Today Gwent Police confirmed a man's body recovered from the River Usk in Newport was Mr Caplan.

The wife and family of Ben Caplan would like to say that they have been overwhelmed by all the messages of support, love and affection that they have received following recent tragic events.

They especially would like to thank all those who volunteered their own time and everyone else who was involved in the searches, poster campaign and publicity efforts following Bens disappearance.

– Family statement

Gwent Coroner's office has given a provisional cause of death as being consistent with drowning, although toxicology results are still being awaited.

Formal identification was carried out after the body was discovered on January 30.

Body found in River Usk identified as Ben Caplan

A body recovered from the River Usk has been formally identified as Newport man Ben Caplan Credit: Gwent Police / Family

The body of a man recovered from the River Usk in Newport on Thursday has been formally identified as 30-year-old Ben Caplan.

Mr Caplan, who worked for the South Wales Argus, had been missing since Sunday 8th December. Police had received reports of someone entering the river at Caerleon Bridge on the night he disappeared.

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