AFTER successfully stealing alcohol from an Aberystwyth store, a woman was caught red-handed on the third occasion by members of staff when she stole £61.50 worth of items.
Anna Magdalena Malecka, 24, of Marine Terrace in Aberystwyth, attended Aberystwyth Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday (Dec 13) to face three offences of theft from a shop.
Malecka pleaded guilty to stealing a bottle of Smirnoff vodka valued at £14.50 belonging to Marks and Spencer in Aberystwyth on August 24, guilty to stealing a bottle of Smirnoff vodka valued at £14.50 belonging to Marks and Spencer on August 26 at Aberystwyth and guilty to stealing two bottles of M&S vodka, two bunches of flowers and a bag of onions to the value of £61.50 on August 28 at Aberystwyth belonging to Marks and Spencer.
Prosecutor Ellie Morgan said a member of staff at the store viewed CCTV footage on August 24 which showed the defendant walking along the alcohol aisle, place Smirnoff vodka into her bag and leave the store without paying.
Another witness on August 26 was on duty at Marks and Spencer and after recognising the defendant, followed her around the store.
When Malecka left the premises, the member of staff retraced the defendant’s steps and found missing Smirnoff vodka from the shelf. When viewing the CCTV footage, the defendant was seen selecting the bottle of alcohol and leaving the store without making any payment.
Two days later, on August 28, the commercial operations manager of Marks and Spencer viewed the CCTV footage and was notified by another staff member that Malecka had entered the store.
The members of staff sat on the bench outside the store and when Malecka left the premises, she was detained. All the items on the third occasion were ceased.
Defending, Alison Mathias told the court the facts were fully accepted by Malecka and she stole the items to sell due to not having money at the time.
For the offence, magistrates fined Malecka £40 and told her to pay prosecution costs of £85, a surcharge of £30 and compensation of £29 for the two bottles of Smirnoff vodka.
Man sentenced following Tregaron assault
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.
Motorbike safety campaign launched across Wales
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.”
‘Race hate’ case will be heard at Crown Court
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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