FOOT AND MOUTH
became part of a controlled area as the result of the outbreak of foot
and mouth disease on nearby farms. Animals have been slaughtered on a
number of local farms, including a thousand cattle and sheep belonging
to former Olympic show-jumper David Broome, of Mount Ballan, Crick. Many
of the animals were destroyed on the old USAF base at Caerwent. Local
residents complained that delays in burning the carcasses led to terrible
smells in the area and fears for public health. A vintage tractor rally,
due to be held at Caldicot Castle on 22nd April, was postponed as a result
of foot and mouth precautions. It is hoped to hold the rally, in aid of
Childline Cymru, on 23rd September.
Former Caldicot Town player, Ashley Herapath, was killed
when he was hit by a passenger train at Severn Tunnel Junction. Ashley,
an ex-pupil of Caldicot Comprehensive school, was a talented footballer
who had had trials with Swansea City. The precise circumstances of Ashley's
death are unclear, although police are not treating it as suspicious.
AIR GUN INCIDENT
A teenager was injured after being shot by an air rifle
while walking on Caldicot Levels. He was taken to the Royal Gwent Hospital,
Newport, where surgeons discovered that the pellet had penetrated one
and a half inches into his body. Police are looking for a ginger-haired
youth aged about 14 or 15 who was seen running from the scene.
MARJE BATHES IN
Following her return to work after being cleared of charges
of hitting a pupil, Caldicot headteacher Majorie Evans has become something
of a national celebrity. She was applauded by delegates from the National
Union of Teachers when she appeared at its conference in Cardiff. She
has held a meeting with the education minister, Estelle Morris, and is
due to meet Secretary of State for Education, David Blunkett.
Reverend John Hall, minister at Caldicot Baptist Church,
ran the London Marathon, raising £800 for partially-sighted children.
He completed the 26 miles in 3 hours 50 minutes.
Members of Caldicot town council and the Chamber of Commerce
joined an organised litter cleaning session around the town, picking up
20 bags of rubbish. They called for the county council to provide more
litter bins. Councillor Gareth Jenkins hit the jackpot when he discovered
a five pound note amidst the litter. It will be donated to St Anne's Hospice.
Caldicot town centre has suffered from a spate of vandalism.
The vandals seem to have targeted fish and chip shops, three of which
had widows smashed on one night.
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