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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.

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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

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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.

Championship road race heads for Abergavenny

Championship cyclists are heading for Abergavenny where they will take on a technical circuit.

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The race is fast approaching Abergavenny where the riders will complete 10 laps of a technical and fast circuit #RoadChamps

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Team Sky's Geraint Thomas has launched solo chase to front group, he's a minute behind them. Scott Davies dropped from leaders #RoadChamps

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Championship cyclists head through south Wales

Welshman Luke Rowe
Welshman Luke Rowe Credit: ITV Wales / Tom Sheldrick

Some of the world's best cyclists have been making their way through south Wales as part of the British national road race championship.

The peleton threads its way through the countryside outside Newport Credit: ITV Wales / Tom Sheldrick
Geraint Thomas Credit: ITV Wales / Tom Sheldrick

Thomas 'looking forward' to racing on home roads

The 28-year-old won the National Championships four years ago Credit: PA Images

Geraint Thomas is relishing the challenge of a punishing month in his cycling career as the Tour de France and Commonwealth Games lie ahead.

He's part of a 17-strong Wales team for Glasgow next month that also includes the likes of multiple world champion Becky James, world and European team pursuit gold medallist Elinor Barker.

Ahead of his upcoming schedule, he said:

"I am really looking forward to the Commonwealth Games. It's been a while now since I have been racing for Wales, so I am really excited.

"It gives you an extra motivation and an extra hunger this time around to really go there and try to do a good job."

After the nationals - and subject to Team Sky selection - the Tour de France beckons for 28-year-old Thomas.

If he completes the Tour, he will then head straight to Glasgow for prospective medal bids in the time trial and team pursuit.

Thomas will contest Sunday's National Championship road race alongside the likes of Sir Bradley Wiggins and Luke Rowe - Thomas won the title four years ago - before the world's biggest cycling race potentially awaits.

A bout of bronchitis has ruled defending champion Mark Cavendish out of this weekend's event.

He'll be concentrating on getting fit for the Tour de France, according to a team statement.

"The National Championships are always a bit of a lottery," Thomas added.

"You don't really quite know what is going to happen, but I am looking forward to racing around on home roads again."

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