December 2011  

YOUTHS COMMENDED AS MAN SENTENCED FOR ATTEMPTED MURDER
Michael Ball was sentenced to thirteen and a half years in prison after pleading guilty to the attempted murder of his wife in Sandy Lane on 30 July 2011. Cardiff Crown Court was told that Ball had drunk heavily and taken cocaine before repeatedly stabbing his wife. Mrs Ball ran into the street where she was rescued by three local youths who were passing. Tim Park (19), Bradley Thompson (17) and Rhys Jones (17) disarmed Ball and called the police. At the trial, the judge commended their actions. He awarded them £250 each and said that he would be recommending them for bravery awards.

SUPERMARKET ROW RUMBLES ON
There were heated exchanges at the meeting of Caldicot Town Council as a number of local residents and a group of councillors voiced their continued opposition to the use of part of the comprehensive school field for a second supermarket. In spite of a local poll supporting the sale of the land, a petition has been submitted to the Welsh Government claiming that Monmouthshire County Council had ignored its own planning guidelines in approving the plans. Three councillors, David Ashwin, Julia Haskey and Jill Bond, supported the petition.

COUNTRY PARK DRUGS CLAIM
The warden at Caldicot Castle and Country Park expressed concerns that the site was being used for drug-taking.  In spite of the installation of an “alligator teeth” barrier, youths were gathering in cars on the site at night and indulging in anti-social behaviour.

BOGUS WORKMEN WARNING
Police warned the public to be beware of men posing as council workmen selling insulation and guttering.  MCC stated that it did not carry out such work and the men were not council employees.

HOUSE PRICE WATCH
The cheapest house advertised in the local press for sale in Caldicot at the end of December 2011 was, as in November, a two-bedroom end link house in Stafford Road at £114,950. The most expensive was, also as in November, Secunda Barn, a four-bedroom barn conversion at £470,000.

CRIME WATCH
The online “crime map” published by the Home Office showed that in October 2011 there were 45 reported incidents of crime and anti-social behaviour in Caldicot.  (www.police.uk).
(Note that from September 2011 new categories have been added, giving more details of offences formerly listed under ‘Other Crimes’.)

 

Burg-
lary

Anti-Social Behav-iour

Rob-
bery

Vehicle Crime

Violent Crime

Public Disorder and Weapons

Shop-
lifting

Criminal Damage and Arson

Other Theft

Drugs

Other
Crime

Total Crime

Dec 2010

10

48

1

3

9

 

 

 

 

 

21

92

Jan 2011

9

57

0

7

5

 

 

 

 

 

32

110

Feb 2011

3

35

0

2

3

 

 

 

 

 

16

59

Mar 2011

1

54

0

0

1

 

 

 

 

 

11

67

Apl 2011

1

51

0

4

3

 

 

 

 

 

16

75

May 2011

3

29

0

1

1

 

 

 

 

 

21

55

June 2011

6

32

0

3

5

 

 

 

 

 

14

60

July 2011

6

53

1

5

8

 

 

 

 

 

35

108

Aug 2011

5

55

0

3

5

 

 

 

 

 

32

100

Sept 2011

9

34

0

3

2

0

1

8

6

5

1

68

Oct 2011

3

53

0

4

1

0

5

8

3

5

1

83

Nov 2011

4

19

0

2

3

0

4

3

7

2

1

45

 


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