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Appeal following armed robbery at Spar shop

Police are appealing for information following an armed robbery at a Spar shop.

Credit: Gwent Police

Gwent Police says the robbery took place at the Spar Store, Main Road, Portskewett, Caldicot at around 9:50pm on Sunday the 20th March 2016.

The offender is described as a white male, slim build, wearing light brown boots, blue jeans, a dark hooded top, with another darker hooded top underneath.

The lower part of his face was covered and the hood of the inner jacket was up over his head.

Credit: Gwent Police

The man entered the store just prior to closing time and had with him a sports drink bottle containing a liquid and what is described as a black handgun.

The man threatened staff in the store, before leaving with a quantity of cash from the till which he carried away in an orange drawstring carrier bag with ‘CEX’ as part of the logo for the ‘CEX Entertainment Exchange’ chain of stores.

Police are continuing to patrol the area.

Anyone with information is asked to call 101.

Appeal following fatal crash on M4 at Newport

Police are appealing for information following a fatal road traffic collision on the M4 at Newport on Christmas Day.

Gwent Police say the crash happened at around 1800 between junctions 24 and 28 at around 1800 hours on Friday 25th December.

The collision involved a Honda Motorcycle. A 49 year-old man from the Caldicot area died at the scene.

Police are asking anyone with information to call 101.

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Cat's leg amputated after being caught in trap

The RSPCA is appealing for information after a cat was caught and trapped in an illegal gin trap, which resulted in the pet's leg being amputated.

The cat had to have a leg amputated says the RSPCA. Credit: RSPCA

The animal was discovered in a field at Bowdens Lane, Penhow, Caldicot, on 9th June.

Gin traps are designed to catch an animal by its leg, using spring-operated jaws with teeth or a serrated edge. The use of gin traps has been illegal in the UK since 1958, but some are still being used to catch animals such as rabbits and foxes.

The illegal gin-trap used to catch the cat. Credit: RSPCA

It was horrendous - she is only a young cat. She would have been in so much pain. It was lucky someone found her.

– RSPCA Inspector, Gemma Black

Anyone with information is asked to call the RSPCA in confidence on 0300 123 8018.

Caldicot school fire 'a clear case of arson'

The incident happened at around 8.15am Credit: ITV News

An investigation is underway after a fire at a Monmouthshire Comprehensive School.

South Wales Fire and Rescue Service was called to Caldicot Comprehensive on Mill Lane in Caldicot, at around 8.15am this morning, after reports of a fire in the office area of the school.

Station Manager Matt Jones, who was the Incident Commander said, "It was through the swift action of the attending fire crews extinguishing the fire that prevented this becoming a large incident.

"This was a clear act of arson, and the potential to cause millions of pounds worth of damage was extremely close."

The cause of the fire is still under investigation, but early indications show the fire was started deliberately.

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