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Farmer found guilty of causing unnecessary suffering

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Suffering: An ewe with chronic sheep scab

Suffering: An ewe with chronic sheep scab

LAST MONDAY (Sep 13), after a trial at Aberystwyth Justice Centre, Mr Lewis Jones of Ynys Hir Farm, Machynlleth was found guilty of two charges under the Animal Welfare Act 2006 of causing unnecessary suffering to sheep in his care, following an investigation by officers from Ceredigion County Council.

An Animal Health officer from Ceredigion County Council visited land at Tanycastell, Rhydyfelin, Aberystwyth, on 24 December 2015, following receipt of a complaint from a member of the public. The officer found that the flock was suffering from sheep scab, with one sheep suffering so badly that when later examined by an expert who provided evidence at the trial, it was described as being “the worst case of sheep scab he had ever seen”.

The animal had lost most of its fleece and had little protection to the weather conditions during some of the coldest and wettest times of the year.

Also during the inspection, the Animal Health officer found a ram lamb on its own and separated from the flock, walking around in circles in the field. On inspection it was found that the lamb’s horns had been allowed to grow into and against the eyes of the animal, meaning it was blinded and caused suffering.

The court was satisfied that these horns had been causing the animal suffering and expert testimony confirmed that this would have been occurring for a period of weeks. It is normal and reasonable practice for the horns of animals to be trimmed where there is a risk that they may grow inwards towards the head.

Ram lamb: Caused unnecessary suffering due to overgrown horns affecting both eyes

Ram lamb: Caused unnecessary suffering due to overgrown horns affecting both eyes

In passing sentence, District Judge John Parsons told Mr. Lewis Jones:​ “The inspections of your flock have simply been inadequate. We know that the Council Inspector was easily able to find and identify the suffering of the ewe. And he was able to identify the ram as suffering from its behaviour.”

Mr. Lewis Jones, who is 76 and has been farming all his life, was fined £200 per offence and ordered to pay £2,564 of prosecution costs along with a £30 victim surcharge.

Commenting on the case, Head of Lifestyle Services at Ceredigion County Council​,​ Mr Huw Williams,​ said: “Our Animal Health Officers work with the local farmers and the agricultural community in general to ensure that good animal welfare standards are maintained in the county. The vast majority of farmers work hard to ensure that the highest possible welfare standards for their livestock.

“Unfortunately, there are instances where the husbandry and welfare standards fall far short of what is acceptable and this leaves the authority with little option other than to institute formal proceedings. The decision of the court and the comments of the judge confirmed that this was such an occasion.”
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Young boy approached by man in Aberystwyth

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policeDYFED-POWYS POLICE is investigating a suspicious incident following a report that a man approached a young boy at the Glanceulan Estate, Penrhyncoch, Aberystwyth on Saturday (Jan 14).

The incident occurred between 3pm and 3:45pm.

The boy was not hurt in any way and did not engage in conversation with the man. Officers attended the area immediately but the man was not located.

The man is described as being dressed in dark/black trainers, trousers and jacket and carrying a mobile phone.

Enquiries are continuing and police are carrying out extra patrols in the area.

PC Sarah Edwards said: “We’re carrying out enquiries to try to identify this man. I must emphasise that no one was hurt and that officers are doing everything we can to identify the person and to make sure the area remains safe.”

“Anyone with information is urged to call 101.”

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Time running out for Euromillions winner to claim £1,000,000

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CashTHERE are just days left for one lucky winner to claim a Euromillions prize of £1,000,000 and a ‘Luxury Trip to the Gold Coast’.

The winning ticket for the July 29 draw last year was bought in Carmarthenshire and the ticket had the winning UK Millionaire Maker code of BRR 888846.

If you have any old tickets lying around, check it as soon as possible – if it has that code on it, pick up the phone and claim your prize!

The deadline to claim the prize is next Wednesday, January 25.

Andy Carter, Senior Winners’ Advisor at The National Lottery said: “Time really is running out for the winner of this prize, but we are still hopeful that someone will come forward at the very last minute to claim the money.

“We’re urging everyone to check their old tickets one final time or look anywhere a missing EuroMillions ticket could be hiding.

“This life-changing prize could really help to make dreams become a reality for someone out there.”

If the prize isn’t claimed the funds will go to Lottery funded organisations around the UK.

To claim the prize call 0844 338 7551 or email help@national-lottery.co.uk

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Low unemployment figures for 18 – 24 year olds in Ceredigion

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new-jobNEWLY released figures show that the number of young people claiming benefits in Ceredigion is the second lowest in Wales.

The figures, which have been released by the Department for Work and Pensions, show that just 1.1% of persons aged 18 – 24 in Ceredigion are claiming job seekers’ allowance.

That figure translates to just 525 people, and is 1% below the whole of Wales.

Since 2010, this figure has seen a 42% reduction in Ceredigion and across Wales 39,000 more people are now in work.

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