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Rugby League club to relocate ahead of new season

Rugby League club South Wales Scorpions will be relocating to Virginia Park, home of Caerphilly RFC, ahead of the 2016 season.

South Wales Scorpions will move to Virginia Park ahead of next year. Credit: Wales Rugby League

The Scorpions will sign an agreement for a minimum of three years and will enter into a partnership, contributing to ground improvements and new signage.

It’s not the first time that the Scorpions have played at Virginia Park - the club staged three league matches there in 2011 securing wins over Oldham and Keighley.

“Virginia Park is more accessible for the majority of players, staff and supporters with easy access to the motorway network and being just over the mountain from Cardiff with good transport links both by bus and train. The fact the club had led somewhat of a nomadic existence over the past few years weighed heavily our minds when considering a possible relocation. However, the opportunity to move to the historic Caerphilly RFC which affords the club greater security of tenure and an opportunity to finally bed down in one location couldn't be ignored. Everyone associated with the Scorpions is fully behind the move. We have signed an agreement for a minimum of three years and given the location of Virginia Park, it being a stone’s throw from the capital city, and the on-site facilities, it gives us the best chance of moving the club forward.

– Marc Lovering, Scorpions Director

The Scorpions spent last year at Mountain Ash RFC but disagreements between the two parties led to the decision to relocate again.

“I am really pleased with the move to Caerphilly. It was at Virginia Park where I had my first involvement with the Scorpions in the win over Keighley in 2011. I’m looking forward to attracting some local support commercially and fan wise, whilst maintaining the base of loyal supporters we have had over the years.”

– Phil Carleton, Scorpions’ Head Coach

Pensioner shoots himself in police car park

A pensioner died after shooting himself in the head in a police station car park, an inquest heard.

The police station car park on Caerphilly Road. Credit: Google Street View

Retired Ronald Warren, 75, was seen on CCTV driving into the station car park before pulling out a gun and putting it to his head.

Paramedics arrived at the scene soon after but Mr Warren was pronounced dead at the Ystrad Mynach Police Station at Hengoed near Caerphilly.

An inquest heard his cause of death was recorded as gun shots to the head.

Mr Warren, of Ystrad Mynach was found on October 21st at the station car park on Caerphilly Road.

Gwent police say they are not investigating any suspicious circumstances. An inquest into his death has been adjourned while police carry out further inquiries.


Family pay tribute to dad killed in road collision

The family of a 37 year-old father from Caerphilly who died in a road collision have paid tribute to him.

Gavin Horne of Caerphilly died in the collision last Monday. Credit: Gwent Police / Family Photo

Gavin Horne from Caerphilly died following a road traffic collision which occurred on the A4042 at Llanellen Bridge at approximately 11.50am on Monday 12th October 2015.

Dad we can't believe that you are gone. We know we had our differences and everything but you’re still our dad and we love you.

We are going to miss you. Uncle Peter and Nanny will look after you. R.I.P Dad love Kurtis and Megan xxxxx

– Kurtis and Megan Horne, Gavin’s children

His partner Jane Good said Gavin had many friends who will miss him.

We’ve had three wonderful years together, he was always a loving fiancé to me and I loved him with all my heart. We had many happy times together. Will love and miss you always babe, Your beloved Jane xx

– Jane Good, partner

Police are asking anyone with information on the collision to contact them on 101 quoting 144.

Solar company closure blamed on government policy

A solar company with offices in Wales has gone out of business, blaming the Government for "killing off" support for the industry.


Southern Solar, which has offices in areas including London and Caerphilly in south Wales, has gone into administration.

Southern Solar, launched 13 years ago, used to employ 100 workers but that number has been cut to 22, who will now lose their jobs.

The demise of Southern Solar is the latest example of human misery generated by the misguided police of the current government.

This is a direct result of the Government's recent announcements that kill off support for solar energy via the feed-in tariff scheme.

– Chief executive Howard Johns

Last week, almost 1,000 jobs were lost when the Leicester-based Mark Group went into liquidation.

A spokesman for the Solar Trade Association said: "The Government's proposals for solar are so extreme that most solar companies are not able to envisage surviving next year."

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