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rdf-defraNATURAL RESOURCES WALES (NRW) has warned farmers and land owners about storing illegal refuse derived fuel (RDF) on their property.

RDF is produced by shredding and dehydrating solid waste. It consists largely of combustible components of municipal solid waste such as plastics and biodegradable waste. Its storage, export and uses must be done in accordance with tight regulations imposed by Natural Resources Wales – due to the risks of inappropriate disposal, and the risk of fire and pollution if stored incorrectly. An environmental permit is required in order to store the waste legally.

The warning follows an increase in reports to Natural Resources Wales from landowners who have been approached in recent weeks, and a number of complaints are in the Carmarthenshire area. Organised Crime Groups posing as individuals acting alone, or operating under a company name, are offering landowners money to store large quantities of RDF (usually wrapped in bales), and claiming it is a temporary measure before the waste is sent for incineration. However, this is not the case and the landowners face persuasion or intimidation for the bales to remain on their property, and legislation holds them responsible for the storage and eventual expensive removal of the RDF, which could run into several thousands of pounds.

It is now believed that Organised Crime Groups are attempting to locate premises and land in the west Wales area where they can store the bales of RDF illegally – therefore landowners are being urged to be vigilant.

Geraint Richards, waste advisor at Natural Resources Wales, said: “We want to warn farmers and landowners that this underhand activity is on the rise both to protect their interests and the environment.

“While it may seem like a tempting proposition to make some extra cash, landowners could find themselves risking enforcement action, or substantial clean-up costs if the waste is abandoned by the perpetrators.”

Chief Inspector Ross Evans, deputy director of intelligence at Dyfed-Powys Police added: “We know that this has been an issue nationally for some time, but our intelligence now leads us to believe that these unscrupulous groups are trying to target West Wales, and we don’t want any farmers or landowners in our force area falling foul of this. We fully support Natural Resources Wales in their investigations, and would advise anyone who believes they’ve been approached in this manner to contact their incident hotline on 0300 807060, or if you feel intimidated or threatened in any way contact police by calling 101.”

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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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