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Three areas compete for wild flower cash

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Cardiff, Cwmbran and Ebbw Vale have been shortlisted in a bid for money to develop a wild flower site as part of the Grow Wild Wales scheme.

£120,000 is on offer to transform a public space. The trio have received funding to develop their ideas before a final decision is made with a public vote.

As well as giving unloved areas a new lease of life in a creative way, we want to encourage people to engage with the outdoors, taking the time to enjoy and learn about nature and our environment as well as reaping the benefits that time spent outdoors with other people offers to both physical and mental health.

– Maria Golightly, Wales Partnership Manager for Grow Wild

The cash comes from the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and the Big Lottery fund.

Man dies after his fiancee was killed in house fire

A groom-to-be has died, just a month after his fiancee was killed in a house fire. Paul Ford, 49, was left devastated after his partner was killed when a blaze tore through their flat.

Samantha Thomas died in the flat fire in Cwmbran in May. Credit: Wales News Service

Paul managed to escaped the blaze at St Dials, Cwmbran, but Samantha Thomas, 29, died just days after celebrating her birthday.

Paul was pulled to safety by fire fighters. He was treated for smoke inhalation and made a full recovery. But last week he was taken to the Royal Gwent Hospital in Newport after choking on food and died.

The fire ripped through the flat and the roof of the building. Credit: ITV Wales News

An inquest into Samantha Thomas' death has been opened and adjourned, the provisional cause of death was given as exposure to fire. Police are continuing to investigate the fire on May 19.


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.

Tribute to 'much-loved' woman who died in flat fire

The family of a woman killed in a flat fire in Cwmbran have paid tribute to her.

Samantha Thomas, 29, died in the blaze in the St Dials area of the town on Tuesday.

Samantha Thomas died in a flat fire in Cwmbran on Tuesday. Credit: Wales News Service

Samantha was a much-loved daughter, sister and auntie, who will be greatly missed by all of her close and extended family.

We as a family would ask for privacy from the public and press at this time.

– Family tribute

A 49-year-old Cwmbran man, who was taken to the Royal Gwent hospital with smoke inhalation, is now in police custody arrested on suspicion of her murder.

Man arrested on suspicion of murder after fatal flat fire

A man has been arrested on suspicion of murder, after the death of a woman in a flat fire in Cwmbran this morning.

She has been named as Samantha Thomas, 29 and from the town.

Samantha Thomas died in the fire early this morning. Credit: Wales News Service

Emergency services were called at around 6.30am to the fire in one flat among a larger block. The other flats were evacuated.

More than 30 firefighters, from seven apppliances, tackled the blaze.

Samantha Thomas was pronounced dead at the scene.

The fire happened on Shakespeare Road, St Dials, Cwmbran.
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