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High Street Heroes finalists announced

Is your local business in the running for the title?

Brecon in 1948. The competition celebrates the traditional High Street. Credit: Tophams/Topham Picturepoint/PA Images

The finalists of a new awards scheme celebrating the best businesses and individuals on Wales’ vibrant high streets, have been announced.

The High Street Heroes awards are part of the Support Your High Street campaign, which showcases the vast range of shops and services available in town centres across Wales, and the contribution they make to the economy and community life. The finalists in the High Street Favourites category are:

  • Food & drink
  • Denbigh Chocolate Shop, Denbigh, Denbighshire
  • Gwyn Davies Butchers, Llangollen, Denbighshire
  • Love's Cakes, Ebbw Vale, Blaenau Gwent
  • Fashion, health & beauty
  • Bella Boutique, Porth, Rhondda Cynon Taf
  • elevate your sole, Prestatyn, Denbighshire
  • Pout Boutique, Porth, Rhondda Cynon Taf
  • Leisure, home & garden
  • Artie Craftie, Blaenavon, Torfaen
  • Bookish, Crickhowell, Powys
  • Giles Gallery, Pontyclun, Rhondda Cynon Taf
  • Glosters, Porthmadog, Gwynedd
  • Pieces for Places, Barmouth, Gwynedd
  • Professional & financial services
  • HighStreet Media, Treorchy, Rhondda Cynon Taf
  • John Francis, Ammanford, Carmarthenshire
  • Principality Building Society, Prestatyn, Denbighshire
  • Community service provider
  • Artie Craftie, Blaenavon, Torfaen
  • Giles Gallery, Pontyclun, Rhondda Cynon Taf
  • The Project Space, Commercial Street, Newport
  • Eating out on the high street
  • Denbigh Chocolate Shop, Denbigh, Denbighshire
  • Gin Haus Deli, Llandeilo, Carmarthenshire
  • Hot Gossip, Treorchy, Rhondda Cynon Taf
  • Juboraj, Rhiwbina, Cardiff
  • La Baguette, Regent street, Wrexham
  • Love's Cakes, Ebbw Vale, Blaenau Gwent
  • Margaretelli Fish Shop, Ferndale, Rhondda Cynon Taf


Disqualified driver crashed car in police chase

A disqualified driver who raced through residential streets at speeds of more than 60mph to avoid police before crashing, has been jailed.

Rhys Perkins was disqualified from driving when police saw him in a car. Credit: Gwent Police

Rhys Perkins was spotted by officers on Chepstow Road, Newport before he sped off in an attempt to lose them. He then crashed the vehicle after colliding with another car, injuring the driver and passenger.

Perkins was sentenced to 10 months in prison and disqualified from driving for a further two years which will start when he is released from prison.

Perkins actions were dangerous and he showed complete disregard for the safety of other road users, culminating in him hitting another moving vehicle, injuring two people and damaging their car beyond repair. We will continue to work to tackle any drivers that drive dangerously on our roads.

– PS Shane Draper, Gwent Police
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