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Sentence adjourned for knife threats

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Screen Shot 2016-09-05 at 10.49.11A BETHANIA offender appeared at Aberystwyth Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday (Aug 17) to face an offence of affray, which occurred on July 9 at Felinfach. 

A further two offences – possession of a knife blade in a public place on July 9 at Felinfach and interfering with a Dodge Calibre vehicle without lawful authority at Llwyncelyn on July 9 – were discontinued.

Stacey Ann Marie Knight, 21, of Cross Inn, pleaded guilty to the affray offence.

Prosecutor Stephen Davies told the court that the offence occurred in a domestic context. On the day in question, police received a phone call from Felinfach regarding the defendant, who had a couple of knives in her hand while making threats.

Police learned that earlier in the day, the complainant, a male friend of the defendant, went shopping with Knight at Aldi and when they finished, Knight said she would take the bus home. At 7.30pm, the male received a Facebook message from the defendant telling him that she was stuck in New Quay and needed a lift home.

While in the car with the male, the defendant interfered with the vehicle and pulled the handbrake while making threats.

Mr Davies continued to say that at 8.30pm at her home, Knight pulled a bread knife from the kitchen drawer and held it towards her female friend, the other complainant, while she made phone call outside the house.

As Knight made her way through her hallway, she pointed another knife at the male when he entered the house and as the female complainant left the house, she made a phone call to the police.

When the officers arrived at the property, the defendant continued her threatening behaviour and they found broken glass and utensils on the floor.

In a statement, the male complainant said he was concerned for the defendant’s mental health despite her appearing calm earlier that day.

Defending, Stephen Welch explained that with no previous convictions, Knight accepts responsibility and the offence would be placed as a Category 3 offence.

Magistrates imposed an adjournment until September 7 at Aberystwyth Magistrates’ Court for an all options report to be prepared.

Knight was released on bail and told not to enter Felinfach and not to contact the complaintants directly or indirectly.

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Man denies £7,000 burglary

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A MAN from West Sussex has today denied carrying out a £7,000 burglary in Lampeter.

Kurtis Poat, aged 23, appeared at Swansea Crown Court for a plea and trial preparation hearing before Judge Paul Thomas.

Poat, of Osborne Crescent, Chichester, denied breaking into a house in Nantyglyn, Cwmann, in May, 2017, and stealing a tin containing £7,000 in cash.

Poat faces a two day trial scheduled to begin on April 11 and was granted bail until then.

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Campaigners urge air gun licensing following cat shootings

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CATS PROTECTION is urging the UK’s cat lovers to join a call on the Westminster government to introduce air gun licensing in Wales and England, following in the footsteps of Scotland and Northern Ireland where it is illegal to own air weapons without licence.

The government is currently holding a public consultation into air weapon regulation, including licensing, which closes on February 6, making this the ideal time for cat lovers to make their voices heard by sending an e-mail to the Home Office.

To take part people should visit www.cats.org.uk/airgunsconsultation where they can adapt and send the e-mail. People can also watch a video showing some of the feline victims of air gun shootings, which some may find upsetting.

Victims of air gun shootings include Jalapeno, a black-and-white cat from Bridgend who was shot in the eye, and Chaos, a black-and-white cat from South Wales who was shot between her eyes, shattering the bones in her nose.

Luckily both Jalapeno and Chaos survived their injuries after receiving emergency veterinary care.

However, in March 2017, a cat from Barry was fatally shot, as was a cat from Llanell in August 2017.

“Shocking air gun attacks like the ones on Jalapeno and Chaos are by no means rare,” explains Jacqui Cuff, Cats Protection’s Head of Advocacy & Government Relations.

“Our monitoring of UK press reports shows that three cats are killed or injured by an air gun each week and this is likely to be an underestimate because most attacks are never witnessed or reported. Worse still, over 90% of these shootings take place in Wales and England where it is legal for anyone over 18 to purchase an air gun and ammunition without the need for a licence.

“These attacks cause immense pain and suffering to cats as well as anguish for their owners and fear in their local communities for the safety of people and pets.”

Cats Protection believes that if licensing were introduced, it would be easier to track down culprits who use these weapons to inflict harm on cats.

The charity wants to ensure that cats in Wales and England are fully protected. Those who have a legitimate reason to purchase, possess and use an air gun will be able to retain ownership and would simply need to apply for a licence.

Jacqui added: “Last year over 90,000 people signed an online and paper Cats Protection petition calling for the licensing of air guns in Wales and England, showing the depth of public feeling on the issue. Our hope is that as many people as possible email the government in support of air gun licensing so that we can make the whole of the UK a safer place for cats, animals and human beings.”

Cats Protection is the UK’s leading feline welfare charity and helps around 190,000 cats each year through a national network of over 250 volunteer-run branches and 34 centres.

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Police crack down on drink and drug driving

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NEARLY 100 people were arrested by Dyfed-Powys Police for drink and drug driving in December, as a result of the All Wales Christmas Anti Drink and Drug Drive Campaign.

The month-long operation against driving under the influence ran from Friday, December 1, and police forces across the country used intelligence-led tactics and local knowledge of hotspots to detect people driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol over the festive period.

98 people were arrested by Dyfed-Powys Police.

Supt. Huw Meredith, Specialist Operations, said: “We adopt a proactive, targeted and intelligence-led approach to drink and drug driving, using specialist Roads Policing resources and response officers.

“The number of arrests indicates that sadly some are prepared to risk the lives of others and themselves by driving under the influence of drink or drugs.

“Our message is the same all year round – don’t drink/take drugs and drive.”

In 2017 Dyfed-Powys Police arrested 452 people for drink and drug driving.

Operation Snap also launched in December, allowing members of the public throughout Wales to submit footage and images showing traffic offences being committed – from driving dangerously or carelessly to contravening solid white lines, using a mobile phone while driving or ignoring traffic lights.

To submit footage to any of the four Welsh Police Forces, visit https://gosafesnap.wales/ or https://gosafesnap.cymru.

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