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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.


Appeal for missing Newport man

Ben Caplan was last seen on Saturday night Credit: Gwent Police

Police are appealing for information after a Newport man was reported missing.

Ben Caplan, 30, was last seen at 11pm on Saturday in Boleros in Caerleon. He is white, 5ft 9in tall, of slight build, with shoulder length straight brown hair. He was last seen wearing a dark navy T-shirt and jeans.

Ben has tattoos on both arms as well as his back and chest.

Gwent Police say the Severn Area Rescue Association is carrying out searches following reports of someone going into the river at Caerleon Bridge at around 11.45pm on Saturday.

Anyone with information should call 101 quoting log number 295 08/12/13.

Catch-up: Coast & Country episode 3

In this episode:

Andrew learns the art of winemaking.

He joins a herd of volunteers to harvest grapes at Llanerch Vineyard in the Vale of Glamorgan, and follows the journey from grape to glass.

For more details on the vineyard and news about next year's harvest visit their website.

Carl re-lives the Roman Age at the Amphitheatre in Caerleon near Newport.

With History Chef Ceri he cooks up some Roman cheesecake and gets a taste of what it might have been like to watch real gladiators in action.

If you want to have a go at tonight's recipe you'll need:

3 Eggs

8 oz Ricotta cheese

1/2 cup honey

1/2 cup all-purpose flour

1 tsp grated orange zest

1 tsp lemon juice

15 bay leaves

Method: Place bay leaves in tin, beat eggs together and mix in the cheese, honey, lemon and orange zest. Next, sprinkle in flour, and pour the batter over the bay leaves.

Bake for around 40 minutes until brown and enjoy.

As ever, you can watch Ceri for more tips on the method.

Also in the programme, Ruth is continuing her journey along the Wales Coast Path, between Abereiddy and Porthgain, a walk of about 2 miles.

If you only fancy a short walk, why not try the walk between Abereiddy and the Blue Lagoon -it's suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs.

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Coast & Country: Gladiators & Roman recipes

Carl gets front row seats at this Gladiator re-enactment Credit: ITV Cymru Wales

In tonight's episode:

Carl takes a trip back in time and learns a Roman recipe with our History Chef Ceri.

He's in Caerleon, a small village on the Northern edge of Newport.

2,000 years ago, it was home to a Roman Fortress which was occupied by more than 5,000 foot soldiers.

The Fortress included a barracks and an impressive amphitheatre, which would have been used for entertainment, like plays and gladiator fights.

Carl takes a look at what it might have been like to be a spectator, and gets a taste of some Roman Cheesecake dessert.

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