April 2004

CHARGES AGAINST COUNCILLOR DROPPED
All charges against County Councillor Graham Powell (see archive) have been dropped following a ruling by a judge at Cardiff crown court. In a statement, Gwent police said they were unable to proceed due to the death of 91 year old Agnes Hallaway, a key witness in the case. The charges led to Councillor Powell being barred from standing as a Labour candidate in the forthcoming County Council elections, although Councillor Powell has not ruled out standing as an independent candidate.


ACCIDENT VERDICT ON CALDICOT DIRECTOR

The inquest into the death of Howard Davies, formerly of Caldicot, led to a verdict of accidental death. Mr Davies, a director of the O2 mobile phone company, was killed while on holiday in the USA when his car was involved in a head-on collision. The coroner concluded that the other vehicle may have crossed the central reservation when the driver fell asleep.

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