POLICE stopped a car with a stinger and used dogs to find the driver, during a vehicle chase across two counties, a court has heard.
Matthew Ace, aged 27, of 22 Banwell Street, Morriston, pleaded guilty to taking a car from Aberaeron without the owner’s consent, and driving without third party insurance, when he appeared before Aberystwyth magistrates on Wednesday.
The court heard that owner Huw Evans had advertised the car on websites, with pictures showing the number plate, and had provided two interested parties with his address and postcode.
He was only given one key went he bought the car in March.
Ellie Morgan, prosecuting, said police were called after the owner of a Vauxhall Astra saw the car being driven away from his driveway and disappearing down the street, after hearing its alarm going off.
The car was spotted in Crymych, following a silver car reported to have attracted suspicion at the scene, and police units were deployed from Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire.
A stinger was set up at Penblewin roundabout, which caused the silver car to stop.
Miss Morgan said: “The silver car came to a stop on the roundabout and the driver ran off. The stolen vehicle carried on driving and went towards Whitland followed by the police with blue lights and sirens.
“It overtook a couple of vehicles, despite having flat tyres.”
The car eventually stopped and officers and dog handlers followed the driver into fields. They found him hiding among brambles, covered in mud.
Ace stated he had been asked to collect the car, and had been given the key and address, believing that he had the consent of the owner.
Craig Davies, defending, said: “We know that the vehicle in this case was taken with the key. There was a misunderstanding over the owner. The vehicle was returned with a limited amount of damage.”
Mr Davies added that his client, who works in the motor industry, believed he would be covered by traders’ insurance to drive the car, as he thought he had a legitimate reason to collect it.
Following a probation report, Ace was sentenced to an18 month community order with a 35 day rehabilitation activity requirement and 200 hours unpaid work. He was disqualified from driving for six months.
He was also ordered to pay £85 costs , £160 compensation, a £15 victim surcharge £60 and a court charge of £150.
‘Horrendous suffering’ at local farm where 58 cows were found dead
TWO Llandysul brothers have appeared in court to admit to a string of animal welfare charges.
David Davies, aged 60 and Evan Meirion Davies, aged 49, both of Penffynnon Farm, Bangor Teifi, Llandysul, appeared before magistrates to plead guilty to 13 charges brought by Ceredigion County Council under the Animal Welfare Act and Animal By-Products (Enforcement) (Wales) Regulations.
Among the charges they admitted were on or before April 16, 2018, causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal, namely four bovines, by failing to provide adequate care; a similar charge relating to seven bulls housed in a shed; causing unnecessary suffering to 26 dead bovines; failing to comply with article 21 of the Community Regulations (EC) in collecting, identifying and transporting the animal by-products without delay, namely the carcasses found on the farm.
The case followed an investigation by Ceredigion County Council animal health officers.
When officers visited the farm, they discovered a large number of cattle carcasses in varying states of decay in several locations. The remaining cattle were also found to be kept in poor conditions.
The remaining cattle have since been subject to regular surveillance.
A sentencing hearing was held at Aberystwth Magistrates’ Court on Thursday, February 14.
Magistrates acknowledged the evidence of “horrendous suffering, inadequate care and poor animal husbandry displayed by both defendants to the animals”.
Both brothers were sentenced to 16 weeks imprisonment, suspended for 12 months.
They were also banned from keeping animals of any description for five years, and ordered to pay costs to Ceredigion Council totalling £3,000..
Parents saving on average £350 on childcare per month
Parents in Ceredigion have saved an average of £350 a month on childcare costs after the introduction of the Childcare Offer in September 2018.
Parents and guardians of three and four-year-old children living in Ceredigion can be eligible for the offer if they work the equivalent of 16 hours per week. This includes self-employed parents and seasonal workers.
The Cabinet member responsible for Learning Services, Councillor Catrin Miles said, “It’s great to see that the Childcare Offer is having such an impact across Ceredigion in the first few months. The savings will only increase as more parents register for the scheme. This will have a real positive effect on the lives of many parents. I urge anyone who thinks they are eligible to find out.”
Ceredigion County Council manages the scheme in the county, and will manage the scheme in neighbouring counties as the scheme is rolled out in 2019. The Welsh Government fund the Childcare Offer.
Parents and guardians who want to see if they are eligible can visit the Childcare Offer page on the Council’s website: www.ceredigion.gov.uk/ChildcareOffer.
Police manhunt now extending beyond Dyfed-Powys region
POLICE looking for a man who attacked a police officer on Saturday afternoon have evidence to suggest he has now left the Dyfed-Powys force area.
The investigation team is now working with other forces as the operation to find him continues.
The man has been wanted by Dyfed-Powys Police since Saturday, when he attacked a police officer who stopped the car he was travelling in. The officer stopped the car based on information that he was connected with criminal activity in other areas.
Extensive searches have been carried out in Ceredigion, using the armed response unit, dog unit and NPAS helicopter, and officers now have evidence to suggest he is in another area.
A second man who was arrested following the incident has now been charged.
Wayne Dobson, aged 29, has been charged with assault causing actual bodily harm, criminal damage, aggravated vehicle taking and vehicle damage, and two counts of taking a vehicle without the owner’s consent.
Chief Superintendent Peter Roderick said: “This has, and continues to be, a long and intense investigation, which now involves colleagues from other forces as efforts are focussed on locations outside Dyfed-Powys.
“We understand that there has been a high level of concern in our communities since Saturday afternoon, and we would like to thank the public for their patience as operations have been carried out across Ceredigion.
“Due to the nature of the enquiry, and information we have been working from, the level of detail about the wanted man that we have been able to release has been limited, but we have endeavoured to keep our communities updated as best we can.”
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