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University supports surplus food redistribution

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Screen Shot 2016-08-05 at 10.57.02ABERYSTWYTH UNIVERSITY has organised a conference to see how surplus food from local food businesses could be used to help community groups in the town.

The event brought together staff from supermarkets, charities and local and national government to explore how supermarket surplus food could be used to benefit the town, instead of being thrown away.

It built on work that students from the University’s Sustainability Society have been doing, with support from WRAP Cymru, the Welsh waste management organisation.

Acting Vice-Chancellor John Grattan said: “At last year’s event we were happy to sign an agreement with WRAP that we would cut food packaging waste on campus and we’ve continued to make progress in that area with regular collections of waste food from student accommodation. We’re proud of our reputation as an academic centre for food and farming, and we are pleased that our students are now extending this work into the town.”

The conference also heard speakers from the Fishguard Transition Cafe, a pioneering project which turns 850kg of surplus food every month into nutritious and affordable meals, while providing a space for volunteers and community groups to come together.

Delegates were served a meal of soup and baguettes prepared by the Treehouse from leftover food supplied by Morrisons and Lidl.

The event was supported by a team from Bangor University who are looking at the values that motivate people who work with food, and developing ways to reinforce people’s enthusiasm for involvement in their local communities.

Postgraduate student Heather McClure said: “It has been very interesting and rewarding to talk to Morrisons and other local businesses and help link them to charities who are able to make good use of the food. We feel like we are making a real difference in the town, as well as gaining valuable experience.”

The event built on earlier events organised by the University , to convene people with an interest in food in the local area, including its catering staff, local food businesses and academic staff , including researchers in plant breeding, geography and international politics.

The event is one in a series of events looking at how engaging with values can support work on food and builds on earlier research on Food Values conducted by Aberystwyth University.

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Stoned Dihewyd driver reached ‘frightening’ speeds of 120mph

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A DRIVER who raced along country roads at speeds of up to 120mph has today received a suspended prison sentence and a driving ban.

Nico Royan, aged 37, admitted dangerous driving, driving with an excessive amount of cannabis in his blood, driving with a tyre without the required degree of tread and possessing a small quantity of cannabis.

Swansea Crown Court heard how shortly before midnight on April 19 Royan overtook an unmarked police car on the A487 near Llanrhystud at 100mph.

The officer began to pursue Royan, who reached 120mph on a narrow, twisting road with high hedges concealing entrances to properties.

After a mile the officer activated blue lights and Royan pulled over.

The court heard the officer could smell cannabis and Royan admitted he had been smoking the drug. Just over 5 grams of the drug were found in a bag in the front passenger footwell.

And an inspection showed the the rear offside tyre was below the legal limit for tread.

During police interviews after his arrest Royan, a sound engineer, accepted that his driving had been dangerous.

His barrister, Ian Ibrahim, said Royan now understood he had been stupid. But he knew the road well and at that time of night there was no other traffic about.

His only motive, said Mr Ibrahim, was that he was in a hurry to get home.

Royan, of The Caravan, Felinfeinog, Dihewyd, was jailed for 12 months, suspended for 18 months, and banned for three years.

He must also complete 200 hours of unpaid work for the community and £480 in costs and a surcharge.

Judge Keith Thomas said the speeds reached by Royan would have been dangerous even on a motorway and, on country roads, were positively frightening.

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£12,000 found in drugs bust to be retained by police

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POLICE have successfully obtained an order allowing them to retain £12,000 in cash seized in a drugs bust in Aberystwyth for six months whilst they investigate.

On October 19 at Llanelli Magistrates’ Court, the CPS, on behalf of Dyfed-Powys Police, said that they had reason to believe that the money they found in a raid at a residential address on St Davids Road, Aberystwyth, is recoverable property – as it was found with a substantial amount of prohibited drugs.

The money had been seized from Sadik Miah – he was not in court for the hearing.

The order was made under section 295(2) of the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002.

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Police release new CCTV image of murder suspect

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DYFED-POWYS POLICE has released a new CCTV image of Steve Baxter, who detectives are keen to speak to in connection with the murder of Simon Clark from Pendine, Carmarthenshire.

The image was captured in Glynneath on Saturday, September 29. He is believed to have traveled to the west Wales area shortly afterwards and is believed to be in the Haverfordwest area.

Baxter, also known as Steve Tidy, Steve Rowley, Wayne Tidy or William Tidy, is aged 52, 5’5” (1.65cm) tall and has tattoos on his forearms – the name Chez and entwined circles on his left arm and a serpent on his right arm.

He is bald, but was last seen wearing a hat and wig, as shown in this image. He may have made other attempts to alter his appearance such as growing facial hair or wearing glasses.

Detective Superintendent Huw Davies said: “We’re releasing this CCTV image from the latest confirmed sighting of Steve Baxter to give people the most up to date example of how he may be dressed and how he may currently look.

“Time is passing and we really need to speak to Steve Baxter to build a more accurate picture of what happened in Pendine.

“To anyone that may know where he is, please pass this vital information to police.”

The independent charity Crimestoppers is offering a reward of up to £5,000 for information leading to Steve Baxter being found. Information would be taken by the charity anonymously.

If you see Steve Baxter call Dyfed-Powys Police on 999.

If you have any information on the whereabouts of Steve Baxter call Dyfed-Powys Police on 101 immediately.

To pass on information anonymously, contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or through the non-traceable anonymous online form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org.

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