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Cwmbran man fined over illegal home tattoo studio

A man from Cwmbran has been fined for operating an illegal tattoo studio from his home.

Torfaen Council say illegal tattooists or 'scratchers' damage the trade of professional tattoists Credit: PA

Adrian Lloyd from Hollybush was found to be operating from a converted garage, which failed to meet basic hygiene standards.

He was also found to be using needles which were past their use-by-dates.

Mr Lloyd, who was not a registered tattooist, pleaded guilty at Newport Magistrates Court.

He was ordered to pay more than £500 in fines and costs.

The council said illegal, unregistered tattooists, also known as scratchers, pose a serious risk to their customers.

As well as the potentially serious health implications, scratchers damage the trade of the many registered tattoo businesses that work hard to uphold the law and offer the best possible service to their customers.

Our advice to residents is that they should only ever use registered tattooing premises.

– Gwyneira Clark, Torfaen Council

Police searching for missing man find body

Gwent Police say officers searching for 72 year old Roger Cecil were called, yesterday afternoon, to a field off Treherbert Road, Cwmbran by a member of the public who had discovered the body of a man.

Mr Cecil went missing from the Royal Gwent Hospital on Saturday.

Mr Cecil went missing from the Royal Gwent Hospital on Saturday. Credit: Gwent Police

Whilst the formal identification process has yet to be completed, it’s thought that the body is that of Mr Cecil. At this time the death is being treated as unexplained and Mr Cecil’s family have been informed and will be supported at this difficult time.

Gwent Police have referred the circumstances of the death to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC).

– Gwent Police spokesperson


Police appeal to locate man after assault in Cwmbran

Credit: Gwent Police

Police are appealing to the public to help find a 26-year-old man from Cwmbran who they'd like to speak to in connection with an assault.

Officers are trying to locate Aaron Slade from Cwmbran about the incident that happened on Friday 23rd January on the Ton Road area of Fairwater.

They want anyone with information relating to Aaron’s whereabouts to call 101.

Stephen Fry's partner given a driving ban

The comedian joined Elliott Spencer at Cwmbran Magistrates Court Credit: Wales News Service

The partner of comedian Stephen Fry has been banned from driving after speeding at more than 100mph to get to the Hay-on-Wye literature festival.

Elliott Spencer, 27, was accompanied by the actor when he appeared at Cwmbran Magistrates' Court earlier today. He was banned from driving for seven days after speed cameras caught him driving at 101mph in a 70mph zone.

The couple are expected to marry later this year.

Man appears in court charged with baby murder

Newport Magistrates Court Credit: ITV News Wales

A 45-year-old man has appeared in court in Newport accused of murdering a one-month-old baby girl.

The man is charged with the murder of baby Amelia Jones in the Pontnewydd area of Cwmbran in November 2012. He is also charged with conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.

He spoke only to confirm his name, age and address at Newport Magistrates Court this morning, and has been remanded in custody to appear at Newport Crown Court on Monday.

A 17-year-old man also appeared before magistrates, accused of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice. He was granted unconditional bail, and is also due to appear at Newport Crown Court on Monday.


Man charged with murder of baby Amelia Jones

Amelia Jones died in November 2012 Credit: South Wales Police

A man has been charged with the murder of a one-month-old baby girl who died almost two years ago.

Amelia Jones died in November 2012 in the Cwmbran area, two days after police were called to a property in Pontnewydd, Cwmbran by the ambulance service following concerns for her health.

Gwent Police said the 45-year-old man, from Cwmbran, had also been charged with conspiracy to pervert the course of justice and will face magistrates in Newport later today.

A 17-year-old boy from the Cwmbran area has been charged with conspiracy to pervert the course of justice and will also appear in court today.

A 51-year-old woman from the same area who was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice has been bailed pending further inquiries.

Teen launches campaign after cancer diagnosis

A teenager from Cwmbran has launched a campaign to encourage more people to donate bone marrow and blood after she was diagnosed with cancer.

Last year, Emily Clark noticed her stomach was swelling up and feeling bloated and over a few weeks two lumpy areas began to develop.

The 16 year old went for a scan with her mother in December and - after several more scans - was told she had non-Hodgkin's (Burkitt's) lymphoma. Over the next four months she underwent chemotherapy and had nine lumbar punctures and a chest drain.

In April this year, she was given the all clear and now she's started her own campaign (Remission Possible) to help raise awareness and encourage more people to donate bone marrow and blood.

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