AUGUST 2003

COUNCILLOR PLEADS NOT GUILTY
County Councilor Graham Powell, who represents the town’s Severnside ward, appeared before Newport magistrates to face ten charges of theft and two of forgery (See July 2003). He pleaded not guilty on all charges and was released on bail.

POLICE WARN OVER BOGUS OFFICIALS
Caldicot police have warned that people knocking on doors in Caldicot claiming to be carrying out a survey of deaf people are bogus. The callers have been asking for names and addresses of deaf people in the area. Police have called upon people not to give such information and to phone them on 01291 430999 if the bogus officials call.

GRAVESTONE CHECK
Caldicot town council has informed local residents that a safety check will be carried out on gravestones in the town’s cemetery. A “tilt test” will be carried out on each stone to see if it is in danger of collapsing.

END TO “PUPIL ASSAULT” CASE
Monmouthshire County Council has finally drawn a line under the case in which Marjorie Evans, head teacher at St Mary’s Junior School, was accused of slapping a pupil at the school. She was found guilty of assault by Abergavenny magistrates but the verdict was overturned on appeal. The council carried out its own enquiry and has revised its procedures as a result.

PROPERTY WATCH
The cheapest house for sale in Caldicot in August 2003 was a three bedroom terrace without garage) at £89,950.

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