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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."

Thieves steal £20 of copper and cause £10,000 damage

Thieves who stole £20 worth of copper piping from a Tesco store caused £10,000 worth of damages when the freezers went off and food had to be thrown away.

£10,000 worth of damage was done to the Tesco Metro at Trethomas. Credit: Google Street View

Gwent Police says the theft happened at the Tesco Express on Newport Road, Trethomas near Caerphilly between 11.30pm on Wednesday night and 6am this morning.

The copper piping was stolen from the generator outside and the freezers and chillers went off.

Officers are making house to house enquiries and anyone with information is asked to call 101.

Mum thanks first date couple who saved her children after car burst into flames

A couple on their first date risked their lives to save a mother and two children from a flaming car.

A young mother's car exploded in flames Credit: Emma Whitfield

Emma Whitfield, 24, was driving along Caerphilly mountain last Saturday evening after visiting her parents in Cardiff when she heard a loud bang.

“The car in front of me slowed down and when I changed gear my car made a massive bang and I could see smoke coming from the bonnet.

“All I could do was move the car to the side of the road. But as I was undoing my seat belt a man came running towards the car screaming at me to get out.”

– Emma Whitfield

A minute later the car exploded in flames. Luckily, a couple on their first date ran over to help. Emma's three and four-year-old sons Jack and James were scooped from the back seats by Leighton Rowlands, 33, and Kate Williams, 28.

These people saved our lives. The couple who saved my boys were on their first date.

I couldn't thank them enough, they were just amazing and if they hadn't been there and hadn't helped me like they did we would have all died. The whole experience was so petrifying.

– Emma Whitfield

Emma found the couple after a Facebook appeal which was shared 4,000 times. Leighton said: "It was a date to remember. We were only too happy to help - just so glad everyone is OK."


Caerphilly pub badly damaged by fire

South Wales Fire and Rescue service says a pub in Caerphilly has been damaged by fire overnight.

Credit: Google Maps

More than 20 firefighters were called out to the Irish Tymes on Station Terrace just after 11.30pm.

Around half of the two storey building has been damaged.

There are no reports of injuries.

Around half of the building has been badly damaged, a spokesperson said.

Crews and investigation teams will remain on the site throughout the morning.

Appeal for missing 18-year-old last seen at train station

Police are appealing for information after 18 year-old woman has been reported as missing.

Credit: Gwent Police

Gwent Police say Colette Banfield of Senghenydd, was last seen in Caerphilly when she was dropped off at the train station at 4.45pm on 29th June.

Colette is described as being white, approximately 5 ft 6 inches tall, of slight build with bright red hair. If you have any information relating to Colette's whereabouts, please call 101 quoting log 184 01/07/15.

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