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Robber on the run from Monmouthshire prison

Gwent Police is appealing for help to locate a convicted robber who has absconded from Prescoed Prison in Monmouthshire.

Jeffrey Griffiths, 34, was sentenced to seven years in prison for robbery in September 2013.

Griffiths is described as being of medium build with short brown hair. He has tattoos on both arms. Credit: Gwent Police

He absconded at around 10pm last night. He has connections in the Swansea area.

Gwent Police says he is not a registered sex offender but there may be a potential risk due to the fact that the individual is no longer in the custody of the prison service.

Anyone with information is urged to call 101.

Murder inquiry launched after body found near Usk

Officers were called to an address at approximately 18.50 on Saturday Credit: ITV News

A murder inquiry has been launched after the body of a woman was discovered at an address in Monmouthshire yesterday.

Gwent police were called to an address in the Usk area just before 7pm, where they discovered the body of a 78-year-old woman from the area.

A 48-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder, and remains in police custody to assist officers with their inquiries.

The cause of death is not yet known, but the woman's family are said to be receiving support by family liaison officers.

"This is a tragic incident and our thoughts are with the family of the deceased at this very difficult time.

Our investigation will establish exactly what happened and I can confirm that we are not looking for anyone else in connection with this incident."

– Detective Chief Inspector Richard Williams

Commemorative walk held in Monmouth

A special commemorative walk has taken place this morning in Monmouth just a week before Remembrance Sunday.

It was a chance for walkers to re-trace the steps of the Royal Monmouthshire Engineers as they marched to war 100 years ago.

The one mile route traces that taken by the soldiers in August 1914 as they marched to the river, where they boarded trains heading to Fishguard, and then on to Ireland.

When the engineers arrived in Ireland to conduct a routine operation, they were deployed to the Western Front.

The group walked through the streets of Monmouth, retracing the steps of soldiers who marched to war


Council switches off street lights in Monmouthshire

Monmouthshire County Council is to switch off its street lights between midnight and 5am as part of a money-saving exercise.

The lights will be turned off from midnight tonight, affecting residential areas in Chepstow.

It is part of a wider initiative for the council to save £9m from its budget this financial year.

It has led to criticism from many locals, who fear turning off the lights will lead to a rise in road accidents.

But the council has defended its decision, claiming the cuts are unavoidable.

The scale of cuts for this year was such that we can't avoid making savings that could impact on the communities we serve. I understand entirely that many people won't like the idea of streetlights being turned off. But we have limited the hours when this will happen and I'm confident that we have done what we can to minimise the impact.

– Cllr Bryan Jones, Monmouthshire County Council

Villagers crack down on drivers speeding in local area

Volunteers from a village in Monmouthshire are trying to crack down on drivers who speed in their local area. Residents from Llanfair Kilgeddin have been given a speed gun to monitor how fast vehicles are going, before handing the information on to the police.

It's the first scheme of its kind in Wales, but some locals believe it's the only way they can slow speeding drivers down. Nicola Hendy reports.

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