April 2006

PROTEST AGAINST CASTLE OPENING RESTRICTIONS
Local residents and representatives have protested against Monmouthshire County Council’s decision to cut the opening period of Caldicot Castle from eight months (March-October) to six (April-September). A petition, claiming that the decision was made without adequate consultation, is being circulated in the town. The Medieval banquets are not affected by the decision and will continue as normal.

HEROIN ADDICT LEAVES COKE TRAIL
Police were able to track down a Caldicot thief – by following a trail of empty Coca-Cola cans. Craig Hughes had stolen the cans from Caldicot Rugby Club but was arrested after police tracker dogs followed his trail. Hughes, who was sentenced to 18 months imprisonment, was already on bail on a charge of assault and pleaded guilty of a number of other offences, including a series of burglaries and setting fire to a motorbike.

Also convicted of stealing from Caldicot Rugby Club was Richard Simmonds. He was sentenced to two years and nine months after pleading guilty to seven offences, including burglary, theft and possession of heroin. The court heard that he had forty previous convictions.

SCHOOL CAMPAIGN CONTINUES
Sandy Lane Infant School PTA has presented a petition against closure to representatives of the Welsh Assembly Government at Cardiff Bay.

HOUSE PRICE WATCH
Back by popular demand!
The cheapest house advertised in the local press for sale in Caldicot at the end of April 2006 was a three-bedroomed mid-link property in Cas Troggi £134,950. The most expensive was a four-bedroom detached property with office facilities in Newport Road at £295,000.

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