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CALDICOT NEWS 2021

January
COVID NEWS
Along with the rest of Wales, Caldicot remained on Level 4 restrictions. In the week leading up to 15 January Caldicot (including Caerwent) recorded 44 cases, amongst the highest infection levels in Monmouthshire. By week-ending 22 January this had dropped to 25, and by week-ending 29 January to 13. Vaccinations for Caldicot residents in the highest priority groups were being delivered at Caldicot Surgery, at Cwmbran and at Newport.
The mini market in Oakley Way Caldicot was given a formal warning relating to Covid-19 signage regulations. Customers commenting on social media defended the store, saying that it had taken all necessary safety measures. Police officers dispersed a group of youths who were breaking lockdown rules at Caldicot skate park near Caldicot Leisure Centre.
TRIBUTES TO FORMER TEACHER
Tributes were paid to former Caldicot teacher Eric Johnson, who died in December at the age of 83. Mr Johnson trained as a carpenter and cabinet maker and did National Service in the RAF. He worked on the construction of the Severn Bridge and also built his own house in Portskewett. He taught woodwork and metalwork at Caldicot Comprehensive School from 1974 until 2002.
PARK TO BE IMPROVED
Planning was underway for improvements to Cas Troggi Park as part of a wider project within Caldicot, known as the Church Road development scheme, to improve green infrastructure and active travel in the town. The work would involve the planting of new native trees and hedging, a “wild play” space for young children, and an outdoor gym.
CRIMEWATCH
Police were looking for Ryan Harrison, aged 26, in connection with an assault in Caldicot. Members of the public were sked to phone 101 if they had any information.
Gareth Worth, described by police as a “one-man crime wave” was jailed for 44 weeks after he went on a series of shoplifting expeditions in Caldicot, Chepstow and Monmouth which saw him steal a TV, alcohol and a packet of crisps.
A34-year-old man from Caldicot, was charged by Gwent Police in connection with three burglaries in Devauden and Caldicot.
HOUSE PRICES
According to the Zoopla website the average price for houses sold in Caldicot stood at £280,027, an increase of more than six per cent over the last 12 months.
The cheapest property advertised on www.rightmove.co.uk for sale in Caldicot at the end of January 2021 was a one bedroom flat as part of a new development at Holman House in the town centre, at £119,950. The cheapest house was a three bedroom semi-detached house in Woodstock Way at £234,950. The most expensive was a six bedroom detached house in Clos Lynfi at £475,000.

FEBRUARY 2021
COVID-19
Along with the rest of Wales, Caldicot remained on Level 4 restrictions but transmission rates continued to drop significantly. During the final week of February there were 9 cases in Caldicot (including Caerwent) compared to 13 in the last week of January. Vaccinations for Caldicot residents in the highest priority groups were being delivered at Caldicot Surgery, Cwmbran and at Newport.
SERIOUS ASSAULT
A 30 year old man was arrested after what police described as a “serious” assault at a house in Longfellow Close at about 5 am on 22 February. A 29 year man was taken to hospital following the incident. His injuries were not thought to be life-threatening. Three more people, two men and a woman, were arrested a few days later in connection with the same incident.
JAILED FOR BURGLARIES 
34-year-old Jason Deakin, from Caldicot, was sentenced to 14 months in prison after he pleaded guilty to stealing a television, DJ equipment and cash from a house in Devauden, plus a coat, toys and a lamp from a shed in Caldicot. The offences took place in October 2020 and January 2021.
SEWAGE POLLUTES RIVER
Raw sewage and used sanitary products were discovered to be flowing out of a pipe near Caldicot Pill and into the River Severn. The discovery was made by Black Rock lave net fishermen while they were exploring the estuary. Welsh Water said that the pipe acted as a release point during periods of exceptionally heavy rain. An engineer would be visiting the site.
CARE HOME GETS APPROVAL
The construction of a new care home at Crick Road, on the outskirts of Caldicot, was set to go ahead after Monmouthshire County Council secured additional time to use £2.8 million funding for the project provided by the Welsh Government. Work was due to begin during 2021/22.
HOUSE PRICE WATCH
The cheapest property advertised on www.rightmove.co.uk for sale in Caldicot at the end of February 2021 was a one bedroom flat as part of a new development at Holman House in the town centre, at £122,950. The cheapest house was a three bedroom end terrace on Newport Road at £185,000. The most expensive was a five bedroom detached house in Heol Glaslyn at £485,000.

March 2021
TEACHER GUILTY OF MISCONDUCT
A former religious education teacher at Caldicot comprehensive school was found guilty of professional misconduct following a hearing of the Education Workforce Council. The hearing was told that Andrew Jones allegedly simulated sex with a cardboard cut-out of the Pope in a ‘harem shake’ video that was filmed by pupils and released on social media. He was also alleged to have taken a pupil to a nightclub following a school prom night and sent personal Facebook messages to several pupils. Jones, who no longer works as a teacher, denied unacceptable professional conduct in relation to all the allegations. The hearing was told that the Pope incident was a joke video for Comic Relief. Although he was not struck off, he was told that he would only be allowed to apply for new teaching jobs in schools if he gave a full explanation of his Pope misconduct.
MAN FOUND DEAD
Police were investigating after a 36 year old man was found dead in a house in Betjeman Avenue. The death was being treated as unexplained.
DRUGS RAID

Two people were due to appear in court after drugs were found during a raid on a house in Caldicot.
NEW GREENGROCERS

Caldicot pub landlord Rob Stead opened a new fruit, veg and grocery store in the town centre. The idea for the shop began when he started selling fruit and veg from his pub, The Measure, during the enforced closure of the bars under Covid-19 regulations.
WHAT! NOT ANOTHER ONE?

Monmouthshire County Council’s planning committee gave permission for another takeaway to open in Caldicot town centre despite concerns raised by Caldicot town council and several county councillors that there were too many. It was reported that there were already 13 takeaways, four pubs and two cafes in the town.
HOUSE PRICE WATCH

The cheapest property advertised on www.rightmove.co.uk for sale in Caldicot at the end of March 2021 was a one-bedroom ground floor flat in Sandy Lane, at £120,000. The cheapest house was a one-bedroom end terrace in Keats Road at £149,950. The most expensive was Llanthony Secunda Manor in Church Road, an 800-year-old Grade II* Listed manor house at £875,000.

 

 

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