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Tal-y-bont residents call for traffic safety improvement

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LAST week a public meeting in Tal-y-bont, convened by Cllr Ellen ap Gwynn, local councillor for the Ceulanamaesmawr ward, called for traffic safety in the village to be improved in the village.

The meeting raised the need for extended time periods in the intermittent 20mph speed limit through the village, a lowering of the speed limits around the village and more frequent speed enforcement. The case for a formal zebra or pelican crossing near the school to ensure a safe crossing point for the children on this busy trunk road was also made.

Cllr Ellen ap Gwynn said: “I’m pleased that so many people came to this meeting and that we managed to put forward some concrete proposals as to how speed could be reduced in the village, and safety improved for residents and school children.

“In the meeting, we managed to prioritise the actions that we need to take place. First and foremost we want the Welsh Government to look at speed restrictions in the village and the surrounding area. This is the main cause for concern, and if dealt with, will instantly increase safety for villagers and children travelling to school and the ysgol meithrin.”

Elin Jones AM, who attended the meeting, said: “This was a very productive meeting, and the concerns of the residents of Tal-y-bont, and those who bring their children to school here, are very clear.

“As this is a Trunk Road, I will be taking up these issues with the transport secretary in the Welsh Government, and I’m looking to arrange a site visit for his officials to discuss the necessary works.”

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Former AM charged with child porn offences

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SIMON THOMAS, the former Plaid Cymru AM for Mid & West Wales has been charged with three offences of making indecent images of children.

Mr Thomas, aged 54, was charged with the offences earlier today (Sept 18) at Aberystwyth Police Station.

He has been bailed to appear at Aberystwyth Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday, October 3.

At the time of his arrest, Mr Thomas was his Party’s spokesperson on Rural Affairs and Energy policy and had recently taken up a role which would have seen him perform a significant role in Plaid Cymru’s future campaigns.

His arrest in July was a shock both to his political allies and those in other parties in the Assembly.

Following his arrest, Mr Thomas resigned immediately as an Assembly Member and from Plaid Cymru. He was replaced as regional AM by Helen Mary Jones.

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Storm Helene could bring 70mph winds

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WINDS of up to 70mph could batter the county on Monday and Tuesday (Sept 17-18) with a yellow weather warning issued by the Met Office.

Storm Helene is set to arrive on Monday evening at around 6pm and last until Tuesday at around 8am.

Operational Meteorologist for the Met Office Martin Bowles said: “An issue is that trees are in full leaf and so are more likely to be blown over in strong winds than they would be in the middle of winter.

“That could be a problem.

“The storm will head straight up through the Irish Sea and across the North of England on Monday night, bringing some heavy rain and some strong winds.

“We have updated some areas to a yellow warning.”

Motorists are advised to allow extra time for their journeys and take extra care on the roads.

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Police confirm body found following Belgrave House fire

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POLICE have confirmed that remains of a male have been recovered during the search at Belgrave House Hotel, Aberystwyth.

The remains have not yet been identified.

The family of the missing Lithuanian man have been informed of this development.

H.M.Coroner has been updated and a Home Office post mortem has been arranged

The search of the scene continues.

Police are in consultation with the Crown Prosecution Service over this development.

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