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
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.
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”.
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.
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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