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Club staff member admits stealing £400

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A WOMAN who worked at a nightclub in Aberystwyth admitted to her boss that she stole a large sum of money from the tills after she was caught on CCTV.

Georgia Saunders, 25, of Maesceiro in Bow Street, attended Aberystwyth Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday (Dec 13) to face an offence of theft by an employee.

Saunders pleaded guilty to stealing £400 between April 5 and May 3 belonging to Why Not Nightclub in Aberystwyth.

Prosecuting, Ellie Morgan told the court the owner of Why Not became suspicious in 2016 after the club made the same amount of money despite ordering more stock.

To understand the issue, the owner changed the cashing up system in the club, repositioned a few CCTV cameras within the property and allocated members of staff to tills.

After an incident occurred at the end of April 2017, the owner decided to revisit the CCTV footage in the cloakroom area and saw Saunders taking money out of the till and placing it into her pockets.

This prompted the owner to view more footage and found further incidents of the defendant stealing money.

On May 9, Saunders was called into a meeting and when she was shown evidence of her stealing on CCTV, she admitted her actions and was very remorseful.

Ms Morgan said later that day, the defendant sent a message to the owner to say that she had stolen £400, and was subsequently interviewed by police.

Defending, Alison Mathias said Saunders accepts the facts entirely.

Delivering a pre-sentence report, Probation Officer Julian Davies said Saunders had the responsibility of cashing up the till and took the money in small amounts to make it seem less noticeable.

Mr Davies added the defendant was embarrassed, ashamed and did not give her actions any thought.

A 12-month community order with 15 rehabilitation activity requirement days and a punitive element of paying the remaining £188 compensation was imposed.

She was also told to pay prosecution costs of £85 and a surcharge of £30.

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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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