A NUMBER of lethal homemade traps, which could cause serious injuries to walkers, runners and cyclists, were recently found in Lampeter.
Several of the homemade hazards, which are made up of a length of wooden board with a number of sixinch rusty nails sticking out of the top, were found on the woodland cycle paths at Upper Forest.
The first terrifying trap was found, luckily before it caused any serious damage, by Elen Page whilst she was out running along the Upper Forest path.
The spikes had been disturbingly concealed with leaves and twigs to blend in with the natural environment, in what appears to be an effort to injure people using the path or to puncture the tyres of cyclists’ bikes.
Elen said: “I just happened to look down as I was about to step on it and I stopped myself just in time.
She believed that the trap had been set in a bid to deter cyclists, but that it could have easily caused “serious harm” to not only cyclists, but walkers, runners, children and dogs who all frequent the popular path.
Elen took the device directly to Lampeter Police Station to report the incident, worrying that there could be more lying around concealed.
Natural Resources Wales (NRW), who are currently investigating the incident, are encouraging footpath users not only in Upper Forest but in nearby areas to remain alert as it is clear that attempts have been made to conceal these devices.
Steve Cresswell, Operational Resource Manager at Natural Resources Wales, said: “Forests are a fantastic resource to the nation and are used by residents and visitors for leisure, which benefits their health.
“We have been alerted of the presence of these spikes by residents walking these paths and staff have been out to investigate.
“The police have been alerted to this matter and warn people who use these paths to be vigilant and report any further sightings to our incident hotline on 0800 807060.”
Sadly, Elen’s fears were confirmed when local man Grenville Evans and his two sons found more of the homemade traps at the Upper Forest site.
Grenville managed to collect a further four traps from a variety of different locations on the footpath hidden under moss and leaves, immediately reporting this to the police.
PC Damon Watmough of Dyfed- Powys Police said: “Police in Lampeter can confirm a member of the public handed in wooden logs with nails sticking out of them. He informed officers that they were found on a path in forestry on the outskirts of Lampeter.
“Police and Community Support Officers (PCSOs) have carried out house-to-house enquiries to make local residents aware of the items and asking them to be vigilant if using the paths in that area.
“We have issued a warning to local residents to be vigilant when using the paths in that area and to report anything suspicious to us at Lampeter Police Station by calling 101.
“If anyone finds more items of a similar nature I would urge them to hand them in at the police station to ensure the safety of the public.”
Councillor Robert ‘Hag’ Harries, Deputy Mayor of Lampeter, said that the discovery of the homemade rusty nail devices was both disturbing and wholly unexpected.
Cllr Harries continued: “Obviously we are very disturbed by these events. The traps could cause serious injury to anyone treading or falling on them.
“As a runner myself I have never heard of any such event in this area during the the last 40 years.
“I would ask anyone who sees anything to report it to the police and Natural Resources Wales.”
Penrhyn-coch Brownies compose song
PENRHYN-COCH Brownies were congratulated for composing a new Welsh language song recently. The workshops were part of a program of Welsh language workshops organised by Cered – Menter Iaith Ceredigion.
Following a series of workshops with the young singer, Mari Mathias from Talgarreg, the girls decided to compose a song. ‘Yn yr Haf’ was recorded with the girls singing and Mari on the guitar. All the group members received a copy of the song on CD.
Rhodri Francis, Cered’s Development Officer said: “It has been a pleasure to work with the group and we congratulate members on their masterpiece. Thanks also to the leaders for their enthusiasm in securing opportunities for the members to socialise in Welsh outside of school hours.”
Cered’s main aim is to support, influence and develop the use of the Welsh language in Ceredigion through partnership and co-operation, to establish the best possible foundation for the development of the language in the society and community.
Wendy Reynolds, leader of the Brownies unit in Penrhyn-coch said: “The experience has been amazing for the girls and they’ve had a lot of fun doing activities through the medium of Welsh.”
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Theatre caravan coming to Aberystwyth
THE SMALLEST cinema in a theatre caravan will be on the Promenade in Aberystwyth for three Saturdays this summer.
Staff from Ceredigion Museum, together with the Friends of Ceredigion Museum, will be hosting a series of free entertaining events in and around the theatre caravan on July 28, August 4, and August 11 between 12pm and 4pm.
Sarah Morton, the Events Organiser for Ceredigion Museum said, “We have a series of short local films from the National Film and Screen Archive which links to our summer exhibition relating to the seaside at the museum, in the old Coliseum Theatre. The two minute films show people on the beach and promenade in Aberystwyth as well as Y Borth. We will also have singing from the Showtime Singers to add to the entertainment.
“We will be situated in and near the bandstand and hope to be able to bring some of the traditions of a typical coastal break back to life.”
Besides the theatre caravan, there will be a Guess-the-Object held in the bandstand with museum staff to aid in identifying the mystery objects.
For more details about the caravan and the entertainment, contact Sarah Morton at Ceredigion Museum on 01970 633088
Surprise presentation for retiring cook
AFTER feeding hundreds of children in her role as cook at Ysgol Eglwyswrw for the past 40 years, Mrs Anona Williams is finally hanging up her apron. But there was a shock in store for Mrs Williams when she arrived at the school for one of her last days at work on Tuesday (Jul 17).
Cameras from the S4C magazine programme, Heno, were present to capture her receiving a special award from music conductor and presenter, Alwyn Humphreys.
She started at her post in 1978 and during that time has fed three generations including her own niece and nephew and great-niece and great-nephew.
Headteacher, Edryd Eynon, said Mrs Williams would be sadly missed.
“We will miss her delicious meals and her caring nature,” he said.
“She spoils all the children and is like a grandmother to them. Her contribution to the school is priceless.
“She ran the breakfast and the Cook It clubs and ensured all pupils had an exciting experiences working with food and preparing many delicious recipes.
“Every sports day she would prepare and donate coffee, tea and her famous scones and all the money she raised would be given to school funds. She did this for 40 years.
“Mrs Williams will be sadly missed at Ysgol Eglwyswrw not only for her delicious food – especially her pizza and coleslaw – but also for her caring and loving character. We wish her all the best for the future.”
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