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Woman guilty of selling counterfeit goods

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A WOMAN who was selling counterfeit goods on Facebook was sentenced last month.

Kirsty Marie Baker pleaded guilty at Aberystwyth Magistrates’ Court on April 24 to 20 offences relating to the sale of counterfeit goods.

Barker, currently residing at Llanon, was investigated after being spotted offering a wide range of cheap branded goods for sale on Facebook just before Christmas last year.

The Trading Standards Service of Ceredigion County Council searched her premises and found a variety of fake Nike, Adidas, Boss, Gucci, The North Face, Ellesse and Ugg clothing and footwear stored in her home. A list of customers, orders and her expected profits was also found.

Barker was summonsed for offences contrary to the Trade Marks Act 1994 and the Consumer Rights Act 2015. The offences related to the exposure and possession for sale of counterfeit goods, and obstructing an officer executing the search warrant at her home on December 14, 2016.

Barker was sentenced to a curfew order monitored by electronic tag requiring her to remain at home for three months between 7:30pm and 7:30am, and 15 days of victim awareness and thinking skills training. She was also ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £85 and the council costs of £750.

A forfeiture and destruction order was made for the goods seized. The notes seized from Barker at the time of the search indicated that the counterfeits had cost £1,200 to buy.

The Chair of the Bench of Aberystwyth Magistrates’ Court told Barker that the exploitation of trade marks is a serious offence, so serious that a custodial sentence could have been imposed. However, the community order sentence was given taking Barker’s early guilty plea into consideration.

A spokesperson for Ceredigion County Council said: “Aberystwyth and the county of Ceredigion is an area which generates intellectual property, being the home to two universities and numerous creative industries. It is an area that prides itself on provenance and any commerce that undermines the value of intellectual property and creativity also undermines one of the foundations of trade in the county.

“Trade in counterfeit goods creates an unfair playing field for reputable traders selling genuine goods, as well as threatening jobs and livelihoods. Anyone thinking of selling counterfeit goods risks financial loss, an appearance in court and punishment.”

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Free parking in Ceredigion

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Car parking will be free in all Ceredigion County Council operated Pay and Display car parks on the three Saturdays before Christmas this year.

Parking charges at council operated Pay and Display car parks will be waived on December 7, 14 and 21 2019.

Rhodri Llwyd is Ceredigion County Council’s Corporate Lead Officer responsible for Highways and Environmental Services. He said. “Small businesses will be competing against online businesses for trade this Christmas. We want to do what we can to support Ceredigion businesses at this important time of year. We hope this step encourages more of us to shop locally this Christmas and enjoy what fantastic Ceredigion businesses have to offer.”

This decision contributes towards one of the council’s corporate priorities of boosting the economy.

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Ysgol Bro Pedr raise funds for life saving machine

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PUPILS at Ysgol Bro Pedr have raised enough money to buy a defibrillator machine for the school.

The idea came after 15 Year 11 pupils achieved their Level 3 Emergency First Aid Qualification with Ceredigion Youth Service. Pupils felt that it was incredibly important that they and others at the school had the skills, knowledge and equipment to use in an emergency.

Mrs Caryl Jones and pupils raised an outstanding £1,150 through organising a bake sale at the school on 28 March 2019. The school extends their thanks to Lampeter businesses ‘Oh My Cod’ and ‘Y Becws’ for their kind contribution towards the sale.

Guto Crompton, School Based Youth Worker said: “Although first aid is not a mandatory part of the school curriculum in Wales, young people at Ysgol Bro Pedr felt that it should be something that all pupils knew about. This would help them to know what to do in an emergency, whether that be in the school or out in the community. Pupils worked hard to achieve their First Aid qualification which covered aspect such as CPR, casualty management and the use of a defibrillator.”

The defibrillator machine will be placed in the school reception.

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It’s not too late: Ceredigion residents still have time to register to vote

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“CEREDIGION residents still have time to register to vote in the General Election on 12 December,” said the council’s Chief Executive and Acting Returning Officer, Eifion Evans.

Residents still have time to register to vote and to arrange postal or proxy votes if they want to do so. The deadline to register to vote is midnight on November 26. The deadline to register for a postal vote is 5pm on November 26 and the deadline to register for a proxy vote is 5pm on December 4.

Mr Evans continued, “Some residents may want to register for postal vote or a proxy vote. This could help people avoid possible wintry conditions of a December election, or young people who have moved out of county to study but still want to vote in Ceredigion.”

Residents can register to vote by using this link: https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote or by calling the council’s Electoral Services Team on 01545 570 881.

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