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Poet, 85, receives letter from Buckingham Palace

Doreen Atwell published her book of poems this year at the age of 85. Credit: The Old Bakehouse

An 85-year-old woman has received a letter from Buckingham Palace after publishing a book of 94 poems.

Doreen Atwell from Cwmbran used to write poems on scraps of wallpaper more than 30 years ago, because she couldn't afford writing paper.

One of her poems was written about the Queen's Silver Jubilee in 1977.

With the help of her daughter, Doreen published the book this year and sent copies to the Queen and Princes William and Harry after also writing a poem about their mother, Diana.

She has since received a letter from Buckingham Palace on behalf of the Queen to thank her and to say that her book was 'greatly appreciated'.


Woman jailed for stealing 905 designer handbags

A woman who stole 905 designer handbags has been jailed for 18 months at Newport Crown Court.

Jayne Rand, 48 and from Wiltshire, was eventually caught at a shopping centre in Cwmbran.

The court heard she went into department stores around the UK, stealing almost one handbag a day over three years.

Jayne Rand stole handbags worth £135,000. Credit: Wales News Service

Rand admitted stealing 905 handbags and four purses between December 2009 and December 2012. She also admitted converting criminal assets from 838 handbags.

The Crown Prosecution Service said: "Jayne Rand is an unusually prolific shoplifter, responsible for a very large number of thefts from stores around the country over a prolonged period. She was finally brought to justice thanks to eagle-eyed staff at the House of Fraser store in Cwmbran."

"When police searched her car and home, the scale of her criminal activities quickly became clear. Through proceeds of crime legislation, we are now actively seeking to ensure that Jayne Rand is not able to retain any financial benefit from her criminality.”

Triple killer's sentence increase welcomed

Speaking after today's hearing Solicitor General Oliver Heald, who referred the sentence to the Court of Appeal for review, said: "It is hard to overstate the seriousness of this crime."

Carl Mills murdered three generations of the same family, leaving a chasm of grief.

I asked the Court of Appeal to look again at this sentence, as despite it being a life sentence with a term of 30 years minimum, the fact remains that Mills denied having set the fire and maintained that stance at trial.

I am thankful that the Court of Appeal has today increased his minimum term to 35 years and I can only hope this offers some degree of reassurance to the public.

– Oliver Heald, Solicitor General

Killer had threatened to 'burn your house down'

The court had heard how Mills bombarded his partner with texts and warned "I will burn your house down".

The Buckley's house in Cwmbran
The Buckley's house in Cwmbran Credit: PA

Kimberley, born 13 weeks premature, was at home for the first time after being discharged from hospital on the day of the fire.

Homeless Mills, the baby's father, was living in a tent in the front garden but had been banned from seeing the child unsupervised.

The Buckley family
Kim, Kimberley and Kayleigh Buckley Credit: ITV News


Killer's sentenced to be reviewed for being 'too lenient'

A man who burnt down his teenage girlfriend's home, killing three generations of one family, is having his sentence reviewed to see if it is "unduly lenient".

Carl Mills was jailed for life in July and ordered to serve a 30-year minimum term behind bars before he can apply for parole.

Carl Mills
Carl Mills Credit: Wales News Service

46 year old Kim Buckley her 17 year old daughter Kayleigh and 6 month old granddaughter Kimberley, died in the fire in Cwmbran last year.

The 30 year minimum term imposed will be scrutinised at the Court of Appeal in London.

Cwmbran fire memorial: Victim's partner speaks of loss

by Megan Boot

The partner of a woman who died in a house fire in Cwmbran, which killed three generations of the same family, has told us their relatives are still struggling to come to terms with their loss.

David Parker was speaking at a memorial service for Kim Buckley, her daughter Kayleigh and six-month-old granddaughter Kimberley, who died when their home was set alight last September.

The house has since been demolished - but today relatives of the Buckley family returned to plant trees on the site in memory of those they lost.

Cwmbran fire victims remembered at memorial service

by Megan Boot

More than 50 friends and family have gathered in Cwmbran to remember three generations of the same family killed a year ago.

This afternoon a memorial garden will be opened in honour of Kim Buckley, her daughter Kayleigh and six-month-old granddaughter Kimberley.

Friends and family gather to remember the three generations who died in a house fire last September Credit: ITV News / Megan Boot

Ceremony for Buckley family killed in Cwmbran fire

Three generations of the same family died in the blaze last September Credit: Tim Ireland/PA Wire

A memorial ceremony will be held today for three generations of the same family who were killed when their house was set alight in Cwmbran.

Kim Buckley, her daughter Kayleigh and her granddaughter Kimberly died in the blaze last September.

Kimberley's father Carl Mills was jailed for a minimum of 30 years in July after being found guilty of murder.

Relatives of the Buckley family are inviting friends and neighbours to plant trees on the site of their house, which has since been grassed over.

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