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Man released after flat fire death in Cwmbran

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The 49-year-old man who was arrested on suspicion of murder after a flat fire at in Cwmbran has been released with no further action.

29-year-old Samantha Thomas died in the blaze, which happened on Tuesday.

Gwent Police officers are continuing to investigate the circumstances surrounding the fire but are not looking for anyone else in connection with the incident.


Community groups could take over public facilities

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The Welsh Government is considering Wales-specific law to help communities bid for, own and run assets transferred from the public and private sectors.

They would include facilities like halls, churches, playing fields, pubs and post offices.

It says developing a bespoke law would mean the maximum flexibility to suit the specific needs of Welsh communities.

People across Wales are encouraged to have their say on the plan.

Community halls, playing fields and post offices all play a central role in providing crucial services and keeping people connected in our communities. However, the current challenging financial climate has placed great pressure on such facilities.

When buildings and services which are working well and are important to the community are at risk of closure, we want to enable communities to take over ownership. This will not only ensure these key services continue, but also create jobs and skills opportunities for local people.

– Lesley Griffiths AM, Communities Minister


Devils sign Canadian defence man for another year

Cardiff Devils have signed a one year extension with their Canadian defenceman Carl Hudson.

Hudson made an impressive debut season in Wales which saw him help the Devils to their first trophy since 2007.

Carl Hudson will stay with the Cardiff Devils for another year. Credit: Cardiff Devils

Hudson also registered 14 goals, making him the second most prolific defenceman in the Elite League.

We need to build a team that can make the move from the smaller surface to an Olympic pad in the new arena.

Carl is one of those guys that benefits from more ice in front of him and he sees the play so well that he adds an element of offence every time he is on the ice.

– Coach, Andrew Lord
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