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Pupils return to fire-hit Cwmbran school

A group of children from Cwmbran have finally been able to go back into the classroom today for the first time since part of their school was destroyed by a fire on New Year's Day.

More than 500 pupils from the Coed Eva Primary School were forced to take an extra week off after the blaze gutted the building.

Extra classrooms have now been set up thanks to space in the junior school.

Our Education Reporter Megan Boot was there for the first day back.

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Ban on 18 year-old for anti-social behaviour

An 18 year-old man has been given a Criminal Behaviour Order for his anti-social behaviour.

Damien Andrew Luce Credit: Gwent Police.

Damien Andrew Luce from Thornhill, Cwmbran is banned from using threatening, abusive or insulting language, in a public place towards any person in Torfaen.

The CBO was handed down by Newport Magistrates after repeated offences.

We have applied for this order due to the anti-social and criminal behaviour Damien Luce has caused the communities in Cwmbran.

It is hoped that by obtaining this order residents will feel re-assured that Damien Luce will be dealt with positively. Anyone who sees Damien Andrew Luce breaching this order in any way can contact us immediately on 101.

– PC Tom Delaney

Woman taken to court for dumping her sofa

A woman has been made to pay more than £200 for fly tipping her sofa.

The sofa dumped by Alison Smith and John Craig. Credit: torfaen.gov.uk

Alison Smith, 40, of North Road, Croesyceiliog, Cwmbran and John Craig, 71, of Llandeilo, Carmarthenshire, pleaded guilty to fly tipping the sofa at the South Pontypool Industrial Estate last December.

The pair were turned away from the household waste recycling centre in New Inn after they were abusive to staff who advised them they needed a permit to enter with a trailer.

They then dumped the sofa on a nearby industrial estate, blocking the entrance. They were each fined £120 and ordered to pay costs of £75, and a victim surcharge of £20.

'Major disruption' following gas leak in Cwmbran

South Wales Fire and Rescue say there is "major disruption" in an area of Cwmbran following a gas leak.

Ashbridge Inn in Cwmbran was evacuated. Credit: Google Street View

Gwent Police say people were evacuated from the Ashbridge Inn after a gas pipe was severed.

A 100 metre cordon is now in place.

Road closures closures currently in place are Avondale Road from the Nissan garage up to Bevans Lane, Chapel Lane to the roundabout at the top of Edlogan Way, and Pontrhydyrun Road to the roundabout on the A4051.

Diversions have been put in place by the local authority and they have advised that they will remain for at least another 24 hours.

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Appeal after man is attacked by strangers in a car

Police appeal for information after man is attacked by strangers in a car.

Henllys Way, Cwmbran. Credit: Google Street View

Gwent Police say the assault happened at on Henllys Way, Cwmbran in the early hours of Sunday 27th September at approximately 00.40am.

A 27 year-old man was walking along when he was attacked by three unknown men, two of the men were described as in their forties and one of the men was described as in his late teens.

The victim was knocked to the floor and then kicked in the body, sustaining bruising to the head and face. The three men then got into a small, bright blue coloured car and drove off.

Woman fined for dumping her sofa in woods

A woman has been prosecuted and ordered to pay £250 for fly tipping her faux-leather, two-seater sofa in local woods.

The woman was seen dumping the sofa by two people. Credit: torfaen.gov.uk

Shannon Williams, 21, formerly of Gordings in Greenmeadow, Cwmbran pleaded guilty to dumping the brown sofa in woodland adjacent to Marl Court in Thornhill.

The incident was seen by two witnesses who reported it to Torfaen Council.

Ms Williams pleaded guilty to the offence at Cwmbran Magistrates Court and was was fined £75 and ordered to pay costs of £150, and a victim surcharge of £25.

The brown leatherette sofa could have been taken away for free. Credit: torfaen.gov.uk

The sofa could easily have been taken to the household waste recycling centre, or alternatively the council offers a bulky collection service where residents can have large items picked up from their homes for a small fee.

Many charities may also have collected it free of charge. There is a simply no excuse for anyone who chooses to dump their unwanted items in our green spaces.

– Councillor Gwyneria Clark
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