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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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Man sentenced following Tregaron assault

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FOLLOWING a report of an assault in Tregaron on Tuesday, April 3, Dyfed-Powys Police has arrested and charged Saul Rownan Henvey, aged 42, of Chapel Street, Tregaron, with common assault.

He was arrested following the incident, for which the victim required hospital treatment.

Henvey appeared before Llanelli Magistrates’ Courts on Friday, April 6.

He received a three month sentence, suspended for 12 months. He was also given a 12 month supervisory order and ordered to undergo 30 days of rehabilitation requirements.

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Motorbike safety campaign launched across Wales

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A CAMPAIGN aimed at reducing the risk of motorcycle-related deaths and serious injuries on the roads is underway across Wales.

As the weather improves police see more bikers on the roads, taking advantage of the beautiful routes across Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire and Powys.

Dyfed-Powys Police is urging motorcyclists to ride safely and warns that until October there will be an increased focus as part of the campaign, named Op Darwen.

Superintendent Huw Meredith, Head of Specialist Operations, said: “Motorcyclists have long been identified as particularly vulnerable road users and reducing the number of road deaths and casualties on the roads of Dyfed-Powys is a priority for our Roads Policing Units.

“We have always welcomed motorcyclists from outside our borders to enjoy the magnificent landscape, but they must be aware that Dyfed-Powys Police is doing all it can to ensure our roads are used safely by all, with our Roads Policing Units taking robust action to prevent fatal or serious road traffic collisions on our roads.

“Everyone must take responsibility for their own and others safety on our roads and be aware of their riding and driving manner. Action will be taken against anyone choosing to ride or drive anti-socially, recklessly or illegally on our roads.

“Our officers see far too many tragedies, many preventable. Roads Policing officers will be out in numbers throughout Dyfed-Powys using a combination of education, engagement and enforcement to prevent further tragedies.”

Officers will also be encouraging riders to improve their biking skills by taking part in BikeSafe workshops, which
offer an insight into what can be achieved with further advanced training. The workshops, run by police forces around the UK, use a mix of discussions, on-road observed rides and information videos. They are designed to enhance the skills of all riders who have already passed their tests and are suitable for all abilities, from the most seasoned rider to those returning to biking after a period of absence.

Economy and Transport Secretary Ken Skates praised the campaign: “Our roads continue to be amongst the safest in the world.

“However, the number of motorcyclists being killed or seriously injured is still too high.

“Campaigns like this are a key part of a wider range of measures aimed at making our roads safer and preventing future motorcycling casualties. This holistic approach includes ensuring motorcyclists are prioritised in our road safety funding, supporting Go Safe’s operation of speed cameras and funding local authorities to deliver Bikesafe and other motorcyclist training.”

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‘Race hate’ case will be heard at Crown Court

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A BRYNAMMAN man who allegedly called for all Muslims to be ‘forcibly sterilised and banned from preaching their ‘evil creed’ in a social media post will have his case heard at Crown Court.

It s alleged that 34-year-old Jonathan Jennings posted nine offensive or threatening comments between March and April last year.

These are said to include threatening to ‘Jo Cox’ Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, hailing a man jailed for kicking a pregnant Muslim woman in the stomach as ‘a National Hero’ and suggesting that bombing mosques and ‘putting Muslim on top of bonfires’ were ‘great ideas’.

It is alleged that he said Hitler was born 100 years too soon, and called for Gina Miller to be ‘hunted down and executed’ over her stance on Brexit.

Appearing at Llanelli Magistrates’ Court wearing a blue military greatcoat, purple shirt, and yellow striped tie, Jennings, of Heol y Gelynen, spoke only to give the court his name, age and address.

Jennings’ solicitor said that he would not be entering a plea at this stage.

The District Judge declined jurisdiction, and Jennings was released on bail until May 18 at Swansea Crown Court, on condition that he does not post or repost anything on social media, or create any new accounts.

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