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Calls for safety in Cwm Cou supported by AM

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(L - R) Mrs Rhiannydd James, Headteacher of Ysgol Drewen; Elin Jones AM; Jake and Emma Morris with their son Madoc; County Cllr Lyndon Lloyd and Beulah Community Councillor Margaret Evans standing in front of the narrow bridge in Cwm Cou.

(L – R) Mrs Rhiannydd James, Headteacher of Ysgol Drewen; Elin Jones AM; Jake and Emma Morris with their son Madoc; County Cllr Lyndon Lloyd and Beulah Community Councillor Margaret Evans standing in front of the narrow bridge in Cwm Cou.

ELIN JONES, AM for Ceredigion, has met with local Councillors, and parents and teachers at Ysgol y Drewen in Cwm Cou to discuss on-going safety for children pedestrians in the village.

The village of Cwm Cou is situated on the main route between Lampeter and Cardigan for lorries avoiding the Cenarth bridge, and has a sharp blind corner as well as a narrow bridge near the school.

Village residents, as well as pupils at the school and their families, have called on Ceredigion council to improve safety in Cwm Cou several times, due to cases of cars speeding past the school towards the narrow bridge, and reported near misses for pedestrians in the village.

Elin Jones said: “It’s a real concern to me that this rural area of Ceredigion seems to pose more of a risk to people than those living in built up, urban areas due to a lack of consideration for pedestrians.

“I’ve now asked that Ceredigion Council consider making the safety of residents and pupils in Cwm Cou a priority, and that there is a commitment to a whole scheme for the village as soon as possible.

“It’s so important that the instillation of pavements and a well-considered give way system on the bridge near the school are included in this, as they are vital for children and parents trying to gain safe access to the school and for pedestrians wishing to visit their neighbours.

“I’m extremely grateful to Cllr Lyndon Lloyd for championing the cause, as well as Beulah Community Council and all the staff, students and Governors at Ysgol Drewen for their hard work. I wholeheartedly support the cause, and hope that Ceredigion Council will note this, and give the village the safety assurances that it needs.”

Cllr Lyndon Lloyd, who has campaigned on the issue, said: “Where else in Ceredigion is there a main road on which residents are unable to walk through their village from one end to the other due to a very dangerous sharp bend and a narrow bridge? It is is totally wrong that the parents of the children attending the school have to take their children by car, because it is too dangerous to walk.

“The County Council now states that cut backs have led to failure in remeding this situation, but the residents and Beulah Community council are now asking what is the price of danger to the residents, who literally risk their lives every day in this village.

“Cwm Cou residents now deserve the full attention of the authority, after years of requests have been ignored.”

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Cardigan: Welsh language nursery’s treasurer stole £16,336 from coffers

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A FORMER treasurer of Cylch Meithrin Penparc in Cardigan has been jailed today for a fraud that brought the Welsh language nursery to its knees.
Catrin Davies, a 33 year old single mother of two daughters, cheated the organisation out of £16,336.
After she left the post the nursery struggled to pay debts and at one stage was left with £1.84p in its bank.
Davies, of Bwthyn Lleine, Ferwig, admitted fraud and was jailed for eight months.
Judge Geraint Walters, sitting at Swansea Crown Court, told her the offending was too series for the sentence to be suspended.
Craig Jones, prosecuting, said Davies was appointed treasurer in September, 2015, and left the post in December 2016.
The new treasurer noticed discrepancies in the accounts. Davies tried to cover them up by sticking pieces of paper onto bank statements to blank out figures, photocopying them, and then carefully typing in new and bogus figures.
By then Davies had failed to pay money into the account and withdrawn some herself.
Mr Jones said that at one stage the nursery had to pay a roof repair bill. Davies knew there wasn’t enough money in the account but to keep the fraud going and to avoid detection she actually paid the bill out of her own money.
Mr Jones said after the true financial situation had been established Cylch Meithrin Penparc was at risk of closure. Internet access was cut off because the telephone bill could not be paid and staff found themselves buying essential items out of their own money.
And there was still a fear, he added, that the nursery would struggle to overcome the blow and to recover the confidence of parents.
Janet Gedrych, representing Davies, said she had suffered a devastating fall from grace.
Davies ran the Pink Orchid florists in Priory Street, Cardigan, for nine years and had a good reputation in the town.
But her partner left her and his debts behind and ran up more and she owed £30,000 in personal and business debts. By October, 2015, debt collectors were knocking on her door and she defrauded Cylch Meithrin Penparc to pay them off.
Judge Walters said the nursery provided a hugely valuable service to parents who wanted their children to learn Welsh and Davies had helped herself to money they had paid in.
“Your activity has reduced its ability to operate. It has not closed but it’s hanging by a thread.”
Judge Walters said he accepted that Davies had found herself squeezed financially, but many people struggled under similar circumstances.

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Police appeal for information about Cardigan crash

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CARDIGAN police are appealing for information about an RTC involving two cars, on the A487 Cardigan to Tanygroes, at around 5:45pm on Monday (Nov 13).

A white Mitsubishi Shogun and a blue/silver Fiat Bravo were involved in the collision, on the bypass near Cardigan Tesco. The two drivers were taken to hospital; one has since been released.

Anyone who witnessed the collision, or was driving along the road around the time, is asked to contact Ceredigion Roads Policing Unit by calling 101.

If you are Deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908, quoting Ref: 326 of 13 November.

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Police reaffirms commitment to a safe working environment

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DYFED-POWYS POLICE has pledged to maintain its ongoing work to provide a safe working environment for all its staff.

Following the high profile accusations against members of the entertainment industry and reports that have subsequently followed from all corners of society, the force has taken action to ensure its staff and officers are aware of the existing support and mechanisms available to them.

While much work has already been – and continues to be – undertaken to tackle and eliminate unacceptable behaviour within Dyfed-Powys Police, chief officers are actively developing a culture where all members of staff are confident in speaking out.

An open letter has been issued to all employees, in which Temporary Assistant Chief Constable Claire Parmenter has reaffirmed that ensuring all staff can work in a fair and safe environment remains a key priority.

In it, she says: “The chief officer group wants to reassure you all that in Dyfed-Powys Police we hold our staff at the heart of our service and we will do everything we can to provide a safe working environment where everyone has the equal right to respect and dignity.

“The #MeToo Campaign was re-launched in the wake of the early allegations and has since been used by millions of women and men as an instantly recognisable method of removing the stigma that surrounds sexual harassment, by both victims and supporters of the campaign.

“While much work has already been undertaken to tackle and eliminate harassment, bullying and discrimination, work in this area is never done. Therefore, ensuring a fair, safe and equitable working environment for our staff in Dyfed-Powys Police remains an absolute priority.

“I have pledged my support to ongoing work aimed at reminding all officers and staff of the existing support and mechanisms available by which Dyfed-Powys Police encourages the reporting of wrong-doing. We will be reviewing policy, procedure and practice to ensure they remain current and that they are both supportive of victims and alleged perpetrators.

“We will also engage with staff associations and networks, the Police Federation and Unison to better understand staff concerns, embed high standards of conduct and reduce fear experienced by victims.”

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