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Man charged after Newport armed incident

A man has been charged with production of cannabis and possession of a weapon, following an incident in Newport.

Armed police were called to Ridgeway Drive on Tuesday morning.

Gwent Police say the 34 year old has been charged with three counts of being concerned in the production of cannabis, possession of section five prohibited weapon and making a false written statement to police.

Campaign aims to help homeowners prevent burglaries

A new campaign has been launched by Gwent Police to tackle the number of burglaries that are blighting the lives of families.

There were more than 900 break-ins in the force's area in just six months last year. And the annual total for the whole of Wales is more than 7,000.

So what can we do to protect ourselves? James Crichton-Smith has been talking to one woman who's been the victim of a burglary.

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Man arrested after 'explosives' incident in Newport

Police were called to Ridgeway Drive at around 11.45am this morning. Credit: ITV News

Bomb squad officers are currently dealing with a suspected explosive device at an address in Newport.

Police were called to Ridgeway Drive at around 11.45am. Gwent Police say "an object that looked like an explosive device" was discovered during a search of the property.

A cordon was put in place as a precaution and members of the Explosive Ordnance Division arrived at around 2pm and are still on the scene.

A 34-year-old man from Newport has been arrested on suspicion of possession of a firearm and production of cannabis.

Teacher given suspended sentence for sex with pupil

Kelly Anne-Marie Burgess, 26, admitted adult breach of trust and sexual activity. with a boy aged 16 and 17. Credit: Wales News Service

A drama teacher from Newport who worked at a school in North Somerset has walked free from court after admitting sexual offences against a pupil.

Kelly Anne-Marie Burgess, 26, admitted four counts of adult breach of trust and sexual activity with a boy aged 16 and 17.

Judge Euan Ambrose at Bristol Crown Court sentenced her to ten months in prison, suspended for two years, and said losing her teaching career was "the greatest punishment in many ways".

The court heard the relationship had begun mutually and Burgess was not predatory.

Raymond Tulley, defending, said: "It would not remotely be fair to cast her as in any way being some kind of older female predator grooming her young prey, "She is not a vamp or cougar, far from it. Just a young woman somewhat immature, who fell in love with the wrong young man."

Burgess sobbed hysterically as she was handed 10 months behind bars, suspended for two years.

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Teacher due to be sentenced for sex offences

Kelly Burgess is due to be sentenced for sexual offences against a pupil Credit: Wales News Service

A teacher from Newport who worked at a school in North Somerset will be sentenced for sexual offences against a pupil.

Kelly Anne-Marie Burgess, 26, has admitted four counts of adult breach of trust and sexual activity with a boy aged 16 and 17.

Secretary of State for Wales 'very sad' over bakery closure

The Secretary of State for Wales said the closure of Avana Bakeries in Newport is 'very sad'.

It's very sad to hear that Avana Bakeries in Newport is set to close. The company's employees and their families will naturally be very concerned by the potential loss of a significant number of jobs and the impact it could have on the local community. We are committed to working with Avana Bakeries, the Welsh Government and Jobcentre Plus, to offer all the support we can at this difficult time. Employees who may be affected by today's announcement should contact Jobcentre Plus where they will be able to receive further help and advice.

– David Jones, Secretary of State for Wales

Newport bakery closure is 'devastating'

Local Assembly Member, Rosemary Butler, has described the closure of Avana bakery as "absolutely devastating".

Having spoken to senior management I understand it will be a phased closure with no jobs being lost in the immediate future. However, the losses are due to start towards the summer of 2014.

This is a sad day for the loyal workforce and for Newport as a whole. The business has been an integral part of the local community for many years and I am disappointed that Avana was unable to secure a new contract to safeguard its future. Avana has confirmed that it will continue to fight to secure new contracts.

I will contact the Minister to ensure all possible advice and support will be available from the Welsh Government for those affected.”

– Rosemary Butler AM, Labour, Newport West

Jobs at risk as Newport bakery announces closure

A Newport bakery which employs 650 workers will close.

Avana Bakeries first announced that jobs were at risk in February, after the loss of a major cake contract.

The company announced that jobs were at risk in February Credit: ITV News Wales

Company bosses said their priorities is to minimise the number of redundancies by looking to redeploy staff to other areas.

In a statement, the company said: "We will now work with all our colleagues and our customers to implement a phased closure, which we anticipate will end by summer."

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