January 2004

POWELL OUT
The end of an era beckons for Caldicot politics following the failure of County Councilor Graham Powell to secure nomination from the Labour Party for the council elections in June. Councilor Powell, has been the dominant figure in local politics for many years. He has served on Monmouthshire County Council for 55 years. He is at present awaiting trial on charges of theft and fraud. This rendered him ineligible for selection under a Labour Party rule that bars anybody who has criminal proceedings outstanding against them.

CHIP SHOP OWNER IN TERROR MIX UP
Caldicot chip shop owner and town councilor Jimmy Harris was detained in New York by the FBI after his name appeared on a list of terror suspects. He was interrogated by FBI agents before the confusion was cleared up and he was released.

BABY MURDER CASE TO BE REVIEWED
The case of a Caldicot man jailed for life in 2002 for the murder of his baby son will be amongst those to be reviewed by the Court of Appeal following the release of Angela Canning, a mother whose conviction for the murder of her two children was overturned following the discrediting of evidence from an “expert witness”.

THEFTS THREAT TO BUSINESSES
Police have warned of the need to take precautions against a spate of thefts of light industrial machinery from lock-ups and work premises. Phil Chappell, owner of BEC Car Hire on Caldicot’s Severn Bridge Industrial Estate, has meanwhile written to Tony Blair complaining that frequent burglaries are ruining small businesses and calling on him to take real action to combat crime.

PROPERTY WATCH
The cheapest house advertised in the local press for sale in Caldicot at the end of January 2004 was a three-bedroomed semi-detached property with off road parking at £104,950. Alternatively, you can get a ground floor apartment for £89,950.

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