July 2018  

WISE AFTER THE EVENT(S)
Monmouthshire County Council responded to the loss of £140,000 on a series of concerts held at Caldicot Castle in 2017 by stating that it had “learnt lessons”. An independent report concluded that the loss had come about due to a “lack of experience”, increased security costs in the wake of the Manchester bombing, and the over ambitious nature of the programme.

STEEL FIRM PROSECUTION
It was announced that Celsa Manufacturing would be prosecuted under Health and Safety legislation following an explosion at Celsa Steelworks in Cardiff, which killed Mark Sim of Caldicot and Peter O’Brien of Llanishen.

CRUELTY CASE
Kathled Davidson of Caldicot was banned from looking after animals for ten years by Cwmbran magistrates after pleading guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to two horses and a dog.

FLOWERS FOR TOWN CENTRE
“Caldicot Community Working Together”, a group of residents dedicated to improving trade in the town centre, clubbed together to place flower planters in front of many of the town’s shops.

CALDICOT WOMAN JAILED
Shelbie Seccombe of Caldcot was jailed for a year after being found guilty of perverting the cause of justice by hiding an Alfa-Romeo car belonging to her boyfriend’s brother, who had been jailed for supplying drugs, in order to prevent it being seized under proceeds of crime legislation.

HOUSE PRICE WATCH
The cheapest property advertised on www.rightmove.co.uk for sale in Caldicot at the end of July 2018 was a one bedroom ground floor flat in Grove Gardens, Church Road, at £123,500. The cheapest house was a three bedroom terrace in Longfellow Close at £189,950. The most expensive was, as in January and February, Llanthony Secunda Manor in Church Road, an 800 year old former manor house with five bedrooms at £800,000.

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