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Council set to support Aber CycleFest

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FOLLOWING a Cabinet meeting on March 14, the Council has decided to support a new format for Aber CycleFest this May, after the 2017 Pearl Izumi Tour Series stage was cancelled, which was due to be held in Aberystwyth.

Ceredigion County Council will now support organisers Aberystwyth CycleFest with the previously successful format, adding a new race which will replace the previous Tour Series race as the final event of the evening.

Sweetspot, the Pearl Izumi Tour Series organiser, informed the Council on Wednesday (Mar 1), that the event would not go ahead this year in Aberystwyth. This was due to several logistical changes being made to the series, resulting in a Welsh leg not being possible this year.

The Tour Series criterium race was the flagship event of AberCycleFest week. The 2016 event attracted 5,000 visitors to the Aberystwyth area contributing almost £300,000 into the local economy.

Ann Eleri Jones, Ceredigion County Council’s Tourism and Marketing Manager, said: “The Council is delighted to be associated with the new ‘Ceredigion Grand Prix’. It’s a fantastic alternative event and it’s great news for Ceredigion’s cycling enthusiasts who won’t miss out on an opportunity to watch professional and top amateur riders compete in Aberystwyth again this year.

“The Ceredigion Grand Prix and the other Aberystwyth CycleFest events will all contribute to ensuring that Ceredigion is recognised as an important regional and national centre for cycling activity.”

The event will host no less than 15 races between 1.30pm and 9pm on Friday, May 26. The popular children’s races form a major part of the day’s activities, open to any child living in Ceredigion.

More information about registering will be sent to all Ceredigion schools shortly. Other races will include the a fancy dress challenge, a beginner adult race, a new Cat 3/4 race for those wishing to move to the next level, and finally the Elite Women’s and Men’s races at the end of the evening.

Registration is now open and anyone wishing to register should do so via the online system at www.abercyclefest.com, which is fully insured and regulated by British Cycling.

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Man sentenced following Tregaron assault

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FOLLOWING a report of an assault in Tregaron on Tuesday, April 3, Dyfed-Powys Police has arrested and charged Saul Rownan Henvey, aged 42, of Chapel Street, Tregaron, with common assault.

He was arrested following the incident, for which the victim required hospital treatment.

Henvey appeared before Llanelli Magistrates’ Courts on Friday, April 6.

He received a three month sentence, suspended for 12 months. He was also given a 12 month supervisory order and ordered to undergo 30 days of rehabilitation requirements.

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Motorbike safety campaign launched across Wales

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A CAMPAIGN aimed at reducing the risk of motorcycle-related deaths and serious injuries on the roads is underway across Wales.

As the weather improves police see more bikers on the roads, taking advantage of the beautiful routes across Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire and Powys.

Dyfed-Powys Police is urging motorcyclists to ride safely and warns that until October there will be an increased focus as part of the campaign, named Op Darwen.

Superintendent Huw Meredith, Head of Specialist Operations, said: “Motorcyclists have long been identified as particularly vulnerable road users and reducing the number of road deaths and casualties on the roads of Dyfed-Powys is a priority for our Roads Policing Units.

“We have always welcomed motorcyclists from outside our borders to enjoy the magnificent landscape, but they must be aware that Dyfed-Powys Police is doing all it can to ensure our roads are used safely by all, with our Roads Policing Units taking robust action to prevent fatal or serious road traffic collisions on our roads.

“Everyone must take responsibility for their own and others safety on our roads and be aware of their riding and driving manner. Action will be taken against anyone choosing to ride or drive anti-socially, recklessly or illegally on our roads.

“Our officers see far too many tragedies, many preventable. Roads Policing officers will be out in numbers throughout Dyfed-Powys using a combination of education, engagement and enforcement to prevent further tragedies.”

Officers will also be encouraging riders to improve their biking skills by taking part in BikeSafe workshops, which
offer an insight into what can be achieved with further advanced training. The workshops, run by police forces around the UK, use a mix of discussions, on-road observed rides and information videos. They are designed to enhance the skills of all riders who have already passed their tests and are suitable for all abilities, from the most seasoned rider to those returning to biking after a period of absence.

Economy and Transport Secretary Ken Skates praised the campaign: “Our roads continue to be amongst the safest in the world.

“However, the number of motorcyclists being killed or seriously injured is still too high.

“Campaigns like this are a key part of a wider range of measures aimed at making our roads safer and preventing future motorcycling casualties. This holistic approach includes ensuring motorcyclists are prioritised in our road safety funding, supporting Go Safe’s operation of speed cameras and funding local authorities to deliver Bikesafe and other motorcyclist training.”

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‘Race hate’ case will be heard at Crown Court

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A BRYNAMMAN man who allegedly called for all Muslims to be ‘forcibly sterilised and banned from preaching their ‘evil creed’ in a social media post will have his case heard at Crown Court.

It s alleged that 34-year-old Jonathan Jennings posted nine offensive or threatening comments between March and April last year.

These are said to include threatening to ‘Jo Cox’ Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, hailing a man jailed for kicking a pregnant Muslim woman in the stomach as ‘a National Hero’ and suggesting that bombing mosques and ‘putting Muslim on top of bonfires’ were ‘great ideas’.

It is alleged that he said Hitler was born 100 years too soon, and called for Gina Miller to be ‘hunted down and executed’ over her stance on Brexit.

Appearing at Llanelli Magistrates’ Court wearing a blue military greatcoat, purple shirt, and yellow striped tie, Jennings, of Heol y Gelynen, spoke only to give the court his name, age and address.

Jennings’ solicitor said that he would not be entering a plea at this stage.

The District Judge declined jurisdiction, and Jennings was released on bail until May 18 at Swansea Crown Court, on condition that he does not post or repost anything on social media, or create any new accounts.

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