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Loom band charms pulled over harmful chemicals fear

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The toy company has emphasised that it is not the actual loom bands that are affected (file photo). Credit: Geoff Kirby/EMPICS Entertainment

One of the country's leading toy stores has taken loom band charms off its shelves amid fears they might contain potentially harmful chemicals.

The Entertainer said the charms could contain phthalates, which can disrupt hormones in children.

The chemicals, which are used to soften plastics, have been banned in toys on sale in the European Union for several years.

The Entertainer, which has 92 stores across the UK, is described on its website as the biggest independent toy retailer in the country.

In Wales, it has stores in Cardiff, Cwmbran and Wrexham.


Two arrested on murder charges after man stabbed

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Two men have been arrested on suspicion of murder after a man was stabbed.

Gwent Police says officers and ambulance crews were called to Twmbarlwn Close, Risca, in Caerphilly county last night at around 8.45pm.

A 35-year-old man was taken to the Royal Gwent Hospital in Newport with stab injuries and later died. A police spokesman said the two men, aged 28 and 33, are currently in police custody.

Second arrest after Caerleon crash leaves three injured

Three people were injured in a crash on Ponthir Road on Saturday Credit: Google Maps

A second man has been arrested, after three people were injured in a crash in Caerleon at the weekend.

Gwent Police says a 41-year-old man from Newport had been arrested on suspicion of perverting the course of justice and assisting an offender and bailed pending further enquiries.

Two men, aged 79 and 63, and a 71-year-old woman were seriously injured after they were hit by a gold Vauxhall Corsa opposite the Roman Lodge Hotel on Ponthir Road on Saturday evening.

Yesterday a 20-year-old Caerleon man was arrested on suspicion of causing serious injuries through dangerous driving, failing to stop at a road traffic collision and failing to report a road traffic collision. He remains in custody.

Anyone who witnessed the incident is asked to call Gwent Police on 101 quoting log 595 23/8/14.


Man released after 'unexplained death' in Pontlottyn

Gwent Police says a man arrested on suspicion of murder, following the death of a 20-year-old man, has been released with no further action.

Officers were called to Mount Street, Pontlottyn in Caerphilly county borough on Tuesday afternoon where a man's body was found. His death is being treated as 'unexplained.'

A 24-year-old man arrested on suspicion of murder has been released and a 30-year-old man arrested on suspicion of supplying controlled drugs has been bailed pending further enquiries.

One week to go before NATO summit

The so called ring of steel
A so called ring of steel surrounds Celtic Manor Resort. Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

There is just a week to go before the NATO Summit is held at Celtic Manor Resort in Newport.

Security fences have been put up in Newport and Cardiff.

The security operation has been described as one of the largest in British history with around 9,500 officers from across the UK being drafted in.

A number of demonstrations are being held in the run up to the event which will see some 150 world leaders attending.

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