July 2006

TEACHER ACCUSED OF SLAPPING CHILD
A longstanding and highly respected Caldicot primary school teacher was charged with assault by police after it was alleged that she had slapped a child around the legs. The charges against Mrs Susan Blakely, who teaches at Durand School, were subsequently dropped following instructions from the Crown Prosecution Service but it is understood that Monmouthshire County Council is conducting its own inquiry.

NOT GUILTY VERDICT IN CALDICOT RAPE TRIAL
A man accused of raping a girl in a house in Caldicot was found not guilty at Caldicot Crown Court. The girl had met Frederick Ehouni outside a nightclub in Newport and brought him back to Caldicot. Mr Ehouni stated that the girl had undressed voluntarily and that sexual intercourse had taken place with her consent.

BOY CUTS ARTERY IN PARK ACCIDENT
Six-year-old Bradley Morgan-French needed a blood transfusion after falling on a broken wine bottle in Cas Troggy Park. He was operated on at the Royal Gwent Hospital. Although doctors managed to save his finger, doctors fear that it may be permanently deformed.

SCHOOL BUS CHANGE LEADS TO SERVICE CUTS
Stagecoach bus company have stopped operating their service from Gloucester to Newport via Chepstow and Caerwent, claiming that the loss of income resulting from Monmouthshire County Council’s decision to run its own bus service for Caldicot School means that it can no longer afford to run the service. Another company has taken over the route but on a restricted basis, creating problems for those who relied upon it to get to work.

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