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Artist died in flat fire

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AN ARTIST died after inhaling smoke from a fire in his Newcastle Emlyn flat, an inquest held at Llanelli Town Hall on Friday (Nov 24) concluded.

Coroner’s Officer Malcolm Thompson said that Vincent Windsor had been born in Stoke on Trent in 1962, and had changed his name by deed poll later in life to something more artistic. After leaving school he gained employment as an apprentice ceramic painter at one of the regions potteries, before embarking on a career which included a number of jobs.

After moving to Wales he spent some time living at an alternative lifestyle community near Llandeilo before settling in Newcastle Emlyn.

He was a keen artist specialising in painting abstracts. He also loved motorcycles and animals, and all animals seemed to trust him.

On April 27 of this year, emergency services were called to a flat in Newcastle Emlyn following reports of a fire.

Fire crews said that there was heavy smoke in the downstairs flat, where Mr Windsor was found collapsed on a mattress in an unresponsive condition. It was noted that there were a large number of beer bottles scattered around the floor.

He was rushed to Glangwili Hospital and placed on life support, but sadly passed away on April 26. The causes of death were listed as a brain haemorrhage, cardiac arrest, and smoke inhalation, and it was the view of doctors that the smoke inhalation had caused the arrest and haemorrhage.

Fire investigation officers determined that the fire was caused by a lit gas cooking ring which had been placed in close proximity to an armchair pile high with clothes and bedding.

The inquest heard that Mr Windsor’s upstairs neighbour had heard a fire alarm and tried to rouse him before calling emergency services. “It is clear that the person living above him, to his credit, tried to rouse Mr Windsor,” Coroner Mark Layton said.

“The evidence suggests that this was an unfortunate and tragic accident.” Conclusion: Accidental death.

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A digital future for Ceredigion

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STARTING from today (Dec 15), we are excited to announce that The Ceredigion Herald will be a digital only publication.

Our website and social media pages have always been an important outlet for delivering news to Ceredigion, and with the re-launch of Herald Radio this year, and the launch of our news channel Herald News 24 next year, the methods in which we deliver news to Ceredigion is only going from strength to strength.

Put simply, what this means for our readers is more content, delivered quicker, and with all the benefits that only an online platform can provide – such as picture galleries and video content.

Since the first edition, The Ceredigion Herald has gained a reputation for tackling the tough stories which others ignored, reporting on local news and events, and being a voice for the communities across Ceredigion.

This is not changing.

Over the coming weeks and months we will be rolling out new additions to the website, launching our online news channel, and much more.

We hope you look forward to the evolution as much as we are, and if you have any comments, feedback or ideas, we’d love to hear them.

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FUW holds open meeting to discuss bank closures

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​IN LIGHT of the announced NatWest bank closures in Ceredigion, affecting the Lampeter and Cardigan branches, the Farmers’ Union of Wales is holding open meetings with Plaid Cymru to discuss a way forward with local MP Ben Lake and AM Elin Jones.

The meetings will take place on Thursday ​(​Dec 21​)​ at Lampeter Rugby Club and Thursday, January 18 at the Guildhall, Cardigan. Both meetings will commence at 7.30pm and are open to all.

Speaking ahead of the meetings, ​​FUW Ceredigion CEO Mared Jones said: “The closure of those banks will have a detrimental effect​ on​ our local towns, as they serve not only villages close by but many of the neighbourhoods in surrounding areas, as well as providing employment to local people.

“We are therefore holding two open meetings with our local elected representatives to discuss a way forward and I hope many of you will be able to join us.”

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Farmers warned of targeted fraud attacks

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​DYFED-POWYS POLICE is warning the farming community to be extremely wary of any suspicious calls, texts or emails as a scam specifically targeting the agricultural sector has been identified.

During December farmers start to receive payments through the CAP (Common Agricultural Policy).

Information about the payments, including the recipients’ names and the amount paid, is publically available, meaning criminals are able to directly target victims making their approaches appear more convincing.

The scam communications will typically claim that fraud has been detected on the farmer’s bank account and that urgent action is required to safeguard funds.

The victim is then persuaded to divulge personal or financial information, or even to transfer money directly into a so-called ‘safe account’.

With some grants worth thousands of pounds, in past years fraudsters have stolen significant amounts of money from their victims.

Paul Callard, Financial Crime Team, Dyfed Powys Police said: “If you receive such a call or message, hang up the phone and do not reply directly. Instead, wait five minutes and ring your bank to alert them to the scam, using a phone number that you trust – such as the one from the official website.”

Be wary of:
• Any calls, texts or emails purporting to be from your bank, the police, a Government body or other organisation asking for personal or financial details, or for you to transfer money.
• Cold callers who suggest you hang up the phone and call them back. Fraudsters can keep your phone line open by not putting down the receiver at their end.
• Any request to check that the number showing on your telephone display matches an organisation’s registered telephone number. The display cannot be trusted, as the number showing can be altered by the caller.

Remember:
• You will never be asked for your 4 digit PIN or your online banking password, or for you to transfer money to a new account for “fraud reasons”.
• If you receive a suspicious call, hang up, wait five minutes to clear the line, or where possible use a different phone line, then call your bank or card issuer on their advertised number to report the fraud.

Never disclose your:
• Four digit card PIN to anyone, including the bank or police.
• Your password or online banking codes.
• Personal details unless you are certain you know who you are talking to. People are not always who they say they are.

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