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Sheepdog’s long journey home

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Screen Shot 2016-05-13 at 09.37.27A HOMESICK sheepdog made an incredible 240-mile journey back home in just 12 days after running away from his new farmhouse.

Farmer Alan James was amazed when four-year-old Pero appeared on his doorstep after he was given to another farm more than 200 miles away.

Pero’s real-life ‘Lassie Come Home’ adventure began when he ran off from his new home in Cockermouth, Cumbria, to make the cross country trek to the country village of Penrhyncoch, near Aberystwyth.

Father-of-five Alan, 54, said: “It was amazing but we have no idea how he did it. He must have a Sat-Nav in his brain.”

Pero is one of 15 sheepdogs on the family farm – but was given as a trial to another farm in Cumbria to see how it worked out.

But the homesick pooch ran off from his new home in Cockermouth while out herding sheep.

It is a mystery how he used his apparent homing instinct to navigate his way back to Wales – a journey which took 12 days at an average of 20 miles a day.

Alan said: “A sheepdog can go all day and cover a lot of ground. But it is a mystery how he found his way here.

“We don’t know how he was fed or if he hitched a lift. But it was incredible when he turned up on a doorstep.

“We would love to solve the mystery of how he managed it.”

Wife Shan, 47, told how they were so taken aback by Pero’s loyalty they’ve decided to welcome him back home for good.

She said: “He was very excited to be back both with the family and the other dogs.

“We have a lot of dogs and a friend knew the farmer in Cockermouth was looking for a dog that could round sheep and follow a quad bike.

“We thought Pero would be ideal for the job. We let him go on a trial at the beginning of March.

“We were then told that Pero had disappeared on April 8, and was nowhere to be seen.

“But then last Wednesday evening my husband Alan went out to check on the animals after supper and there was Pero on our doorstep.

“It was a bit of a shock, and the dog was going crazy after seeing Alan.

“It’s a total mystery as to how Pero has managed to find his way back to us. We know that dogs can find their way home, but 240 miles is a long way to travel.”

Mrs James said she believes the black and white sheepdog must have somehow persuaded good Samaritans to feed him on his way home, as he didn’t appear to be malnourished.

She said: “When he came back, he wasn’t hungry or weak, so he must have managed to find food somewhere.

“He must have stopped in places along the way.

“We would love to know if anyone along the route had seen a mystery black and white sheepdog. It is an amazing adventure – and we are very happy to have him home with us on the farm.”

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New Quay RNLI crew members pass out as ILB helms

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NEW QUAY RNLI crew members Huw Williams and Dylan Price recently passed out as inshore lifeboat helms.

They were put through their paces by an RNLI Assessor on Monday (Aug 13) with a written exam ashore and a practical assessment afloat on the D class inshore lifeboat.

Roger Couch, Lifeboat Operation Manager of New Quay RNLI said: “As well as responding to emergencies our volunteer crew members spend a lot of time training in order to maintain their knowledge and skills.

“Both crew members have worked very hard over the past 12 months to complete all the training units needed and have now passed the final stage.

“Our lifeboats are on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, all year round and having seven qualified helms for our inshore lifeboat provides us with additional flexibility.”

Huw Williams added:“Dylan and I would like to thank all the crew here at New Quay lifeboat station for their help over the last 12 months. We could not have done it without their support.”

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Schools succeed in A-Level results

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A-LEVEL examination results published yesterday(16 August) by the WJEC indicate that high standards are being achieved in Ceredigion schools.

Councillor Catrin Miles, Cabinet member with responsibility for Learning Services said: “Our sincere congratulations are extended to Ceredigion sixth form students who, once again have excelled in their A Levels. Thank you to all school staff, Governors and parents who have supported our young people to fulfil their potential.

“Their successes are a testament to our pupils’ efforts and hard work, in addition to the quality of education provided by teachers in Ceredigion. We are proud of the well-deserved achievements of our young people and wish them well in the future.”

Nearly 27% of Ceredigion entries achieved A* – A grades and 77% of entries achieved A*- C grades. A pass rate of 98% was achieved by Ceredigion students.

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Grade A* – A 26.8% 26.3%
Grade A* – B 56.7% n/a
Grade A* – C 77.1% n/a
Grade A* – E 97.8% 97.4%

Compared with last year, 6% more of Ceredigion entries achieved A*-A grades. The number of entries that have achieved A*-A, and A*-E in Ceredigion is higher than the Welsh average.

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Man assaulted nurses while being restrained

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A PRE-SENTENCE report will be prepared on a Ceredigion man who assaulted two nurses and destroyed an extractor fan.

Lewis Hill, aged 24, of Brynhoffnant, appeared before Haverfordwest Magistrates Court on Tuesday (Aug 14) to plead guilty to the three charges.

Prosecuting, Mr Vaughan Pritchard-Jones told the Court: “At 11pm in the evening on January 30, the defendant was on the roof of Bronglais Hospital threatening to jump off. Police and medical personnel attended and were able to talk him down.

“He was taken to the Cwm Seren ward in St Davids Park, Carmarthen, where they arrived at 1:03am the following morning. During the course of being assessed he became aggressive and had to be restrained by staff. He kicked out at the first nurse and was then put on the floor.

“Whilst on the floor he was throwing his head back and forth and the staff nurse, who was concerned for him, tried to hold his head but he continued to throw his head and because of the force he was using he trapped her finger onto the floor.

“The charge did originally read as common assault but the nurse went to get her finger x-rayed which revealed the fracture.

“After that incident he got free and he started damaging an extractor fan which he completely destroyed.
“I am not sure why the case has taken so long to come here but at the time of the offence he was on a suspended prison sentence, the period for which has now elapsed.”

Defending, Mrs Katie Hanson added: “He is extremely sorry for his actions on that night. He was on the roof of Bronglais Hospital trying to commit suicide. There are serious mental health issues but he accepts he was struggling on the floor but he did not intentionally hurt anyone and he apologises for his actions.”

Magistrates ordered that a pre-sentence report be prepared and Hill was released on unconditional bail and must return to court on Wednesday, August 29 for sentencing.

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