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Parents beat 160,000 to 1 odds to have identical triplets

The identical girls are wearing little tags on their ankles to help identify them.

Parents from Pontypool have beaten odds of 160,000 to 1 to have identical triplets.

Ffion, Maddison and Paige Gilbert were born on 2 August.

When parents Karen and Ian went to the doctors early in the pregnancy, they were fearful of a miscarriage, but shocked to learn they were due to have three babies.

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Four arrested after cyclist dies

Four people have been arrested on suspicion of murder after a cyclist died in Pontnewynydd near Pontypool.

The 63-year-old man, from Pontypool, was taken to hospital after an incident on George Street yesterday morning. He suffered serious head injuries and later died in hospital.

Three men aged 18, 19 and 23 and a 19-year-old woman, all from the Pontypool area, have been arrested on suspicion of murder and are currently in police custody.

Gwent Police says officers are trying to establish the sequence of events leading up to the man falling from his bike.

If anyone has information they are asked to call Gwent Police on 101 and quote log number 73 7/8/13

Parents say proposed mine 'too close to school'

by Nicola Hendy

Parents of children at a Pontypool school are angry at proposals to build an opencast mine within a hundred metres of it. Plans were originally refused by Torfaen Council but the Welsh Government has said they are considering Glamorgan Power's appeal to the decision.

Parents say it'll be harmful on their children to have a working mine so close, but not everyone in the area agrees.

Parents anxious over Varteg opencast mine plans

The parents of children who go to a school in Pontypool are worried about plans for an opencast mine in the Varteg Valley.

Torfaen Council refused plans put forward by Glamorgan Power but the Welsh Government has now said the company can appeal.

Jayne Lewis and Michael Weedall say they are concerned about the impact it would have on their children.

The Welsh Government said it does not comment on individual planning applications.

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Pontypool RFC loses High Court battle

Pontypool RFC has lost its High Court bid for reinstatement to the Premiership league.

The club has battled against the Welsh Rugby Union's decision to drop it from the league, following a 12-team reorganisation.

The club now face a legal costs bill estimated at around £400,000. Today, a senior judge said the club should have accepted an offer from the WRU to allow it to drop the case weeks ago.

Earlier today the defending barrister indicated that there was a chance Pontypool could play in the Premiership. However, the WRU barrister has disputed this claim, saying that the league will include the Carmarthen Quins.

Renewed hope for Pontypool RFC

Pontypool RFC could still play Premiership rugby next season, the club's lawyers told a High Court judge today.

The club are fighting to prevent the Welsh Rugby Union relegating them under a reorganisation of Premiership rugby.

The reorganisation would see the number of teams reduced from 14 to 12, with Pontypool set to be one of the teams to lose out.

Today the club's barrister highlighted that there could still be a chance for Pontypool to play in the league.

It's as the Carmarthen Quins have so far failed to obtain a licence relating to the facilities at the club's stadium.

It means Pontypool could have a chance to take their place as the 13th best performing team.

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