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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.

Comedians enlisted to attract visitors to historic sites

Cadw, the Welsh Government's Historic Environment Service, has enlisted the help of comedians Chris Corcoran and Elis James to front its 'Time Travel' campaign this year.

The comedy duo are at Caerphilly Castle today to reveal the first in a series of four films encouraging people to step away from the PlayStation and TV and use their imagination to become time travellers at historic sites this Spring and Summer:


'Suspicious' find of man's body in Grangetown, Cardiff

Police are investigating the 'suspicious' death of a man whose body was found, partially submerged, in the River Taff in Cardiff.

They were alerted after an anonymous call from a phone box in Grangetown. They say he may have suffered a head injury.

In a separate incident a man has died after a fire in a bungalow in the Glenfields area of Caerphilly.

It broke out shortly after 7 last night.

The man was taken to hospital where he later died. An investigation is underway.

Young boy writes to PM over unsuitable video games

by Megan Boot

A nine-year-old boy from Neath has written to Prime Minister about his concerns over video games for youngsters.

In his letter, Joseph Kempson tells David Cameron he doesn't think there are enough games on the market suitable for children his age.

It comes as a headteacher at primary school near Caerphilly is warning parents across Wales of the possible link between violent video games and aggressive behaviour.

Police appeal to trace family of late Wendy Humphries

Police are trying to trace the family of a Caerphilly woman who died at Prince Charles Hospital on January 21st.

Wendy Humphries, who was 44 years old, lived in Chapel Terrace in the village of Hengoed.

Despite making local enquiries the Coroner’s office has been unable to trace her next of kin.

Anyone who knew Wendy, or anyone who knows of a family member, should contact coroner’s officer Robert Lewis on 01685 724228.

– South Wales Police statement


Woman delivers daughter's baby on Christmas Day

Leah Bennett, with newborn Millie Holly, and proud grandmother Kathy Boucher Credit: James Crichton-Smith/ITV News

A grandmother from Treharris got a special present this year after delivering her daughter's baby on Christmas Day.

Kathy Boucher called 999 when her daughter Leah Bennett went into labour in Nelson, Caerphilly.

But it was too late to get her to the hospital and so the ambulance operator talked Kathy through delivering little Millie Holly.

Man arrested after motorbike passenger killed in crash

Police have arrested a man on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving after a crash which left a biker in a critical condition in hospital and his female passenger dead.

Gwent Police named today the 40-year-old pillion passenger who lost her life in the accident as Claire Victoria Franklin, of Caerphilly, South Wales.

The 31-year-old motorcyclist, who is also from Caerphilly, is in a critical condition at University of Wales Hospital, Cardiff.

The accident between the motorcycle and a red Peugeot 306 estate happened on Pandy Road in Bedwas, near Caerphilly, at around 5.15pm yesterday.

Police appeal after brother and sister threatened

CCTV images have been released by British Transport Police Credit: British Transport Police

British Transport Police have released CCTV images after claims of threatening behaviour against a 14-year-old schoolboy and his 11-year-old sister.

It happened at around 3.30pm on Monday, 9th December, at Llanbradach rail station.

Investigating officer, PC Mike Watson, said:

“The victims were walking across the footbridge at Llanbradach station and reported that two people walking in front of them – a man and a woman – repeatedly turned around and stared at them.

“When challenged by one of the victims as to why they kept staring at them, the man turned and threatened to punch the 14-year-old boy in the face and verbally abused the girl, who was only 11.

“This was a cowardly act carried out on two young children who were clearly vulnerable due to their age.”

The man, is described as white, 5ft 8in, in his early to mid 20s and of slim build.

The second person officers would like to speak to is a white woman, around 5ft 6in, approximately 18 or 19 years old and of slim build with long black hair.

Anyone with information should contact British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40.

Caerphilly Council criticised for acting 'unlawfully'

Caerphilly Council has once again been criticised for acting unlawfully by the Auditor for Wales.

In March, it faced investigation after chief officers were awarded a pay rise worth £270,000.

This time, it's for paying them to buy out their entitlements to annual leave and car user allowances.

The auditor found the council acted without proper authority and clear record keeping. Unions are calling for a speedy investigation into the council's motives. Alexandra Lodge reports.

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