Pontypool and Torfaen news as reported in the FREE PRESS
Tributes as Lord Jenkins dies, aged 82
The main headline this week is the sad news of the passing of one of
Pontypools most famous sons, Lord Roy Jenkins of Hillhead. Lord Jenkins
who was born in Abersychan collapsed and died at his Oxfordshire home
on Sunday. He has been described as "one of the most remarkable people
ever to grace British politics".
Police still baffled by missing man case
Police are still baffled by the disappearance of Bleanavon man Richard
Davies, who has been missing for more than two weeks. The father of two
Mr Davies, aged 39, from Avon Road, went missing at around 11pm on December
20 while on a pre-Christmas night out with work colleagues in Cardiff
city centre. His disappearance has been described by hos concerned family
as "totally out of character".
Does Shanks pose a Risk?
Torfaen AM Lynne Neagle had called for an investigation into cancer rates in people living near the Shanks waste incineration site in New Inn. Her comments came as a news report into risks near the former Rechem site delivered a mixed message. The report concluded that the general level of incidences of cancer in people within a two kilometre radius of the site was no higher than the Welsh average. But it was also found that the death rate in women from Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma, a type of Leukaemia was significantly higher than the Welsh average. The study was published on Monday and commissioned by Gwent Health Authority and funded by the National Assembly.
Memorial for Jenna
Jenna Brookfield is to be remembered in a special memorial service at
her former school, Abersychan Comprehensive School.
New year, new families.
Torfaen celebrated the arrival of two New year babies. At 06.30 on New
Years day, Kyra Elizabeth Jane Smith was born at the Royal Gwent Hospital
weighing exactly 8lb.
Customers frantic to know the millionaire
Lottery fever continues to grip Torfaen as a lottery prize of almost
£2 million remains unclaimed.
£1 million park revamp is begun in earnest
A major £1 million revamp of Pontypool Park began in earnest last
week as contractors moved in to start resurfacing the paths. The work
is part of a four year project aimed at returning the Park to its former
glory, complete with vandal-proof lights.
Tough game ahead
Fans might think this Saturday's game against Aberavon is the be all and end all of Pontypool Rugby teams season, but team manager Tony Clarks reckons the club is taking a different view. "The title does not hinge on this one game. If we lose I'll be the first to congratulate their coaching staff but it doesn't mean the championship is over. We have a lot of hard and important games left and so do they. It's far from being a title decider, maybe in hindsight it will be, who knows?".