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Teen to face no further action over alleged murder plot

Cwmcarn High School
A teacher from Cwmcarn High School was the target of the alleged plot last year.

A schoolgirl arrested for allegedly plotting to kill a teacher at a school in Caerphilly county will face no further action.

The 15-year-old girl, from Risca, was arrested on suspicion of conspiring to murder teacher Alison Cray at Cwmcarn High School in May this year.

She will now face no further action after police took advice from the Crown Prosecution Service.

Another 15-year-old girl, from Newbridge, arrested on suspicion of threats to kill, possession of a bladed article on a school premises and conspiracy to commit murder, has had her bail extended.

The two girls have been permanently excluded from the 1,100 pupil school.

Man jailed for life after murdering sister's ex-boyfriend

A man has been jailed for life at Cardiff Crown Court for murdering his sister's ex-boyfriend.

Paul Mapps, 26, from Trinant near Caerphilly, stabbed his sister's ex-partner Ian Davies, 27, in the stomach after falling out during a house party.

Paul Mapps
Paul Mapps was told he'd be jailed for at least 20 years. Credit: Gwent Police

Mapps denied murder and said he stabbed his friend, a father of a six-year-old boy, in self defence after he came at him with a vodka bottle during the party at his home.

But Mapps was found guilty by a jury after a two week trial.

Judge Neil Bidder QC jailed him for life with a minimum of 20 years in prison.

There is only one sentence I can impose and that is life imprisonment. You will serve a minimum of 20 years in jail and will only be released if you are deemed no longer a danger to the public.

You may never be released.

– Judge Neil Bidder QC

Afterwards Ian’s older sister Carrie Davies said the family were relieved.

We can now start to move forward with our lives, and focus our efforts on looking after and supporting Caine, Ian's six year old son

– Carrie Davies

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Appeal to help find missing Bonnie Clarke, 14

Gwent Police is appealing for information in the search for missing 14-year-old Bonnie Clarke, from Caerphilly.

She has been missing since Thursday 10 July.

Bonnie is described as 5ft 8inches tall, slim with long dark hair. Credit: Gwent Police

When she was last seen, she wearing pale blue jeans, white converse trainers, a vest top and a cardigan.

Gwent Police is asking anyone who knows of her whereabouts to call 101.

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Fancy the life of a Downton Abbey servant?

The servants' quarters at the historic Ruperra Castle, near Caerphilly, are for sale.

The 17th century building, which has a guide price of £50,000, is situated in the grounds of the grade II listed castle.

Paul Fosh, owner of Paul Fosh Auctions who are selling the property, said: “This is unique and historic building with a fascinating history linking it to Newport’s illustrious Tredegar House.

The servants' quarters are up for auction Credit: Paul Fosh Auctions

"We are selling half, the left hand side of the staff accommodation at Ruperra Castle, which has a collection of rooms arranged over ground and first floors."

Ruperra Castle, which is not for sale, was built in 1626. Now, after almost 400 years, the castle is little more than a romantic ruin.

Your next door neighbour could be Ruperra Castle Credit: Paul Fosh Auctions

Overgrown and now ruined Ruperra Castle, recognised as among the first ‘mock’ castles built in Wales, in its heyday the owners entertained King Charles 1 after his toils at the Battle of Naseby.

Tommy Cooper Society marks anniversary of his death

Money raised by the Tommy Ticker fund has been used to buy two defibrillators for Caerphilly to mark the anniversary of the comedian's death Credit: ITV News

Members of the Tommy Cooper Society presented defibrillators to two public buildings in Caerphilly to mark the 30th anniversary of the comic's death.

The Caerphilly-born comedian collapsed and died on 15th April 1984 after suffering a heart attack during the broadcast of 'Live from Her Majesty's.'

Defibrillators were presented to staff at the New Library at the Twyn and Caerphilly's Tourist Information Centre. They were bought with money from the Tommy Ticker Fund for Defibrillators. A plaque was also unveiled on the Tommy Cooper statue in Caerphilly town centre.

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