March 2002

SEVERED FEET FOUND BY RIVER
A pair of severed feet inside size seven Diadora trainers were discovered by a fisherman on a sandbank in the River Severn near Caldicot. Police launched a search for the rest of the body but found nothing. At one stage it was suggested that the feet could have belonged to the missing rock star, Richey Edwards of the Manic Street Preachers, who disappeared in 1995. This has, however, been ruled out. Police now believe the feet had been in the water for about a year.

NEW MOTORWAY PUT ON HOLD
Welsh Assembly Transport Minister Sue Essex announced that the proposed M4 relief road across Caldicot Moors would not be built in the near future.

SEVERN TUNNEL GETS FACELIFT
Landscaping work at Severn Tunnel Junction is underway. A small lake has been constructed and a large number of saplings planted as a first stage in the creation of a 30 acre country park, costing a total of 500,000.

CALDICOT MAN SAVES COUPLE FROM FLOOD
Joshua Klein, a Monmouthshire youth worker from Caldicot, helped to save an elderly couple who were stranded in floods near Usk. The couple, from Cwmbran, were stranded in their car when it stalled in four feet of water at Llantrissant. They left their car but found the water was getting deeper and they were in danger of being swept away. Mr Klein, aged 19, and his colleague Barry Englefield successfully guided them to safety.

COUNCILLOR CENSURED
Controversial councillor Graham Powell was censured in a motion passed by Monmouthshire County Council following his false claims that Phil Cooke, Director of Education, did not have O Levels or A Levels. The censure, the first of its kind by Monmouthshire County Council, followed an investigation by the council's Standards Committee.

SPRING IN THEIR STEP
More than 70 people joined the launch of "Step Out Caldicot", a scheme to encourage people, including those who might be "not-so-fit" and "not-so-young" to adopt a healthier lifestyle. The scheme involves a series of short guided walks.

VANDALS STRIKE AGAINST FOOTBALL CLUB
In spite of spending thousands of pounds on security measures, Caldicot Castle Football Club has found itself the victim of repeated vandal attacks. Control barriers, including their concrete foundations have been ripped up , a satellite dish has been ripped off the clubhouse and an attempt made to prise open steel shutters with a crowbar.

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