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Over 20 exotic birds freed by goat

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OVER 20 exotic birds are on the loose after a pet goat headbutted their aviary door.

Vicky Richards-Barton of Cardigan found that over 30 of her budgies and cockatiels had escaped on Wednesday (Aug 29) evening, after finding the aviary door lock was broken, suspecting her goat Udupi.

So far eight birds have returned home, but over 25 birds are still loose, with sightings in St Dogmaels, Llechryd, Cilgerran, Newcastle Emlyn, Haverfordwest, Carmarthen and Cenarth.

It is assumed that the goat Udupi headbutted the door lock in an attempt to eat some of the bird feed. Ms Barton-Richards said that she was feeding the birds at about 8pm, before going for a walk with her husband. When she returned roughly two hours later, the birds had escaped.

Speaking to the BBC, Ms Richards-Barton said: “I was feeding the birds and one of my goats came in behind me into the aviary and decided to eat some of the bird seed.

“I imagine he headbutted the clip, which was in two pieces, and the bolt was open.”

It is estimated that over 30 birds escaped on Wednesday, with Ms Richards-Barton owning roughly 50. A friend who owns the pet shop locally helped by handing out millet to the public, aiming to entice the missing birds into gardens.

The birds are said to recognise the clothes and voice of Ms Richards-Barton, and it is hoped many will return on their own accord, yet there is a fear of birds such as red kites and sparrowhawks preying on them.

Ms Barton-Richards added: “One bird was found in St Dogmaels, about three miles away, and she bit the man really, really hard. She was our matriarch so we’re pleased to have her back.”

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18-year-old girl arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving

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POLICE have said they have arrested a driver in connection with a fatal collision which took place at Commins Coch on Saturday (Nov 16).

An 18-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving, and has been released on bail pending further enquiries.

The collision occurred on the A487 at around 10pm, and involved two vehicles.

Enquiries have revealed the involvement of a third car and yesterday the driver of this vehicle was arrested.

An 18-year-old woman – a passenger in a Vauxhall Astra – sadly died from injuries sustained in the incident. Her family is being supported by specialist officers.

The driver of the Astra remains in hospital in a critical condition.

Anyone travelling along this stretch of road at the time of the collision who had dash cam footage, or saw the collision, is asked to contact the Serious Collision Investigation Unit.

You can report information online at: http://bit.ly/dppReportOnline, by email at: contactcentre@dyfed-powys.pnn.police.uk or by calling 101.

If you are deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908. Quote reference: DP-20191116-353

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Teenage passenger dies in A487 crash – police appealing for help

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DYFED POWYS POLICE are appealing for witnesses following a fatal collision which occurred at around 10pm last night (Saturday, November 16) on the A487 at Commins Coch, Aberystwyth.

The collision involved two vehicles – a black Vauxhall Astra, which was travelling out of Aberystwyth heading towards the general direction of Bow Street, and a silver Audi A6.

Sadly, an 18-year-old sustained fatal injuries and passed away at hospital this morning. She was a passenger in the Vauxhall Astra.

Several casualties were also taken to hospital with serious injuries.

Anyone travelling along this stretch of road at the time of the collision who had dash cam footage, or saw the collision or the vehicles involved, is asked to contact the Serious Collision Investigation Unit.

You can report information online at: http://bit.ly/dppReportOnline, by email at: contactcentre@dyfed-powys.pnn.police.uk or by calling 101.

If you are deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908. Quote reference: DP-20191116-353

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Free parking in Ceredigion

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Car parking will be free in all Ceredigion County Council operated Pay and Display car parks on the three Saturdays before Christmas this year.

Parking charges at council operated Pay and Display car parks will be waived on December 7, 14 and 21 2019.

Rhodri Llwyd is Ceredigion County Council’s Corporate Lead Officer responsible for Highways and Environmental Services. He said. “Small businesses will be competing against online businesses for trade this Christmas. We want to do what we can to support Ceredigion businesses at this important time of year. We hope this step encourages more of us to shop locally this Christmas and enjoy what fantastic Ceredigion businesses have to offer.”

This decision contributes towards one of the council’s corporate priorities of boosting the economy.

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