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Lynford Thomas elected as Chairman

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Councillor Dai Mason, previous Chairman; Councillor Lynford Thomas, Chairman; and Councillor Hag Harris, Vice-Chairman.

CLLR LYNFORD THOMAS was elected as the Chairman of the Council for 2017-2018 in the Annual Meeting held by Ceredigion County Council on Thursday (May 25).

Opening the meeting and retiring as Chairman, Councillor Dai Mason addressed the Council and reflected on his year as Chairman stating that being the Chairman had given him a year of memories in the more than 70 events he had attended. He wished his successor well.

Mrs Mair Mason, Consort of previous Chairman; Councillor Dai Mason, previous Chairman; Mrs Jennifer Thomas, Consort of Chairman; Councillor Lynford Thomas, Chairman; Councillor Hag Harris, Vice-Chairman; Mrs Eiry Morgan Consort of Vice-Chairman.

After being elected as Chairman, Councillor Thomas, of the Llanfihangel Ystrad ward made a Declaration of Acceptance of Office and was presented with the Chain of Office by the retiring Chairman. He then addressed the Council extending his hope that the whole Chamber would cooperate for the good of the communities of Ceredigion.

Councillor Hag Harris, of the Lampeter ward was elected as Vice-Chairman of the Council, made a Declaration of Acceptance of Office and was presented with the Insignia of Office by the Chairman. He added that he looked forward to supporting the Chairman in his duties.

The Committees also agreed the Chairs and Vice Chairs for 2017/18 as seen below.

Committee Chair Vice-Chair
Audit Cllr Elizabeth Evans Cllr Rowland Rees-Evans
Development Control Cllr Lyndon Lloyd MBE Cllr Bryan Davies
Licensing Cllr Gareth Davies Cllr Paul James
Language Cllr Ellen ap Gwynn Cllr Alun Lloyd Jones
Overview and Scrutiny Coordinating Committee Cllr Paul Hinge Cllr Elizabeth Evans
Healthier Communities Overview and Scrutiny Committee Cllr Alun Lloyd Jones Cllr Mark Strong
Thriving Communities Overview and Scrutiny Committee Cllr Euros Davies Cllr Gwyn James
Learning Communities Overview and Scrutiny Committee Cllr Odwyn Davies Cllr Endaf Edwards
Corporate Resources Overview and Scrutiny Committee Cllr Ifan Davies Cllr Keith Evans

The Reverend Stephen Morgan was appointed as the Chairman’s Chaplain for 2017-2018.

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Man denies £7,000 burglary

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A MAN from West Sussex has today denied carrying out a £7,000 burglary in Lampeter.

Kurtis Poat, aged 23, appeared at Swansea Crown Court for a plea and trial preparation hearing before Judge Paul Thomas.

Poat, of Osborne Crescent, Chichester, denied breaking into a house in Nantyglyn, Cwmann, in May, 2017, and stealing a tin containing £7,000 in cash.

Poat faces a two day trial scheduled to begin on April 11 and was granted bail until then.

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Campaigners urge air gun licensing following cat shootings

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CATS PROTECTION is urging the UK’s cat lovers to join a call on the Westminster government to introduce air gun licensing in Wales and England, following in the footsteps of Scotland and Northern Ireland where it is illegal to own air weapons without licence.

The government is currently holding a public consultation into air weapon regulation, including licensing, which closes on February 6, making this the ideal time for cat lovers to make their voices heard by sending an e-mail to the Home Office.

To take part people should visit www.cats.org.uk/airgunsconsultation where they can adapt and send the e-mail. People can also watch a video showing some of the feline victims of air gun shootings, which some may find upsetting.

Victims of air gun shootings include Jalapeno, a black-and-white cat from Bridgend who was shot in the eye, and Chaos, a black-and-white cat from South Wales who was shot between her eyes, shattering the bones in her nose.

Luckily both Jalapeno and Chaos survived their injuries after receiving emergency veterinary care.

However, in March 2017, a cat from Barry was fatally shot, as was a cat from Llanell in August 2017.

“Shocking air gun attacks like the ones on Jalapeno and Chaos are by no means rare,” explains Jacqui Cuff, Cats Protection’s Head of Advocacy & Government Relations.

“Our monitoring of UK press reports shows that three cats are killed or injured by an air gun each week and this is likely to be an underestimate because most attacks are never witnessed or reported. Worse still, over 90% of these shootings take place in Wales and England where it is legal for anyone over 18 to purchase an air gun and ammunition without the need for a licence.

“These attacks cause immense pain and suffering to cats as well as anguish for their owners and fear in their local communities for the safety of people and pets.”

Cats Protection believes that if licensing were introduced, it would be easier to track down culprits who use these weapons to inflict harm on cats.

The charity wants to ensure that cats in Wales and England are fully protected. Those who have a legitimate reason to purchase, possess and use an air gun will be able to retain ownership and would simply need to apply for a licence.

Jacqui added: “Last year over 90,000 people signed an online and paper Cats Protection petition calling for the licensing of air guns in Wales and England, showing the depth of public feeling on the issue. Our hope is that as many people as possible email the government in support of air gun licensing so that we can make the whole of the UK a safer place for cats, animals and human beings.”

Cats Protection is the UK’s leading feline welfare charity and helps around 190,000 cats each year through a national network of over 250 volunteer-run branches and 34 centres.

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Police crack down on drink and drug driving

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NEARLY 100 people were arrested by Dyfed-Powys Police for drink and drug driving in December, as a result of the All Wales Christmas Anti Drink and Drug Drive Campaign.

The month-long operation against driving under the influence ran from Friday, December 1, and police forces across the country used intelligence-led tactics and local knowledge of hotspots to detect people driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol over the festive period.

98 people were arrested by Dyfed-Powys Police.

Supt. Huw Meredith, Specialist Operations, said: “We adopt a proactive, targeted and intelligence-led approach to drink and drug driving, using specialist Roads Policing resources and response officers.

“The number of arrests indicates that sadly some are prepared to risk the lives of others and themselves by driving under the influence of drink or drugs.

“Our message is the same all year round – don’t drink/take drugs and drive.”

In 2017 Dyfed-Powys Police arrested 452 people for drink and drug driving.

Operation Snap also launched in December, allowing members of the public throughout Wales to submit footage and images showing traffic offences being committed – from driving dangerously or carelessly to contravening solid white lines, using a mobile phone while driving or ignoring traffic lights.

To submit footage to any of the four Welsh Police Forces, visit https://gosafesnap.wales/ or https://gosafesnap.cymru.

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