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Support given for Lucy’s Law campaign

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IN a Full Council meeting last week, the Council backed a motion supporting the Lucy’s Law campaign. It follows the Healthier Communities Committee Meeting on 19 September in which the committee considered and supported the campaign in principle.

Lucy’s Law is an initiative calling for an immediate ban on the sale of puppies by pet shops and other third-party commercial dealers, with a view to changing the existing legislation in Wales. The aim is to make puppies available only from rescue centres or reputable breeders where the puppies can always be seen with their mothers.

The motion backed in Full Council was proposed by Councillor Maldwyn Lewis. It was seconded by Councillor Paul Hinge.

Councillor Gareth Lloyd, Cabinet member with responsibility for Public Protection Services said, “Lucy’s Law is a major step in tackling third party sales and ensuring breeders are accountable. It is a step towards ensuring that as demand for puppies continues to grow, so does the legislative control in relation to this activity. A ban on third party sales will probably not entirely eradicate bad practice in puppy breeding but it is seen as an effective strategy to dramatically reduce the scale of the problem and compel breeders to raise standards.”

Prior to the new Dog Breeding Regulations coming into force, the Council had taken a proactive approach to dog breeding within the County by introducing far stricter licensing conditions. This was taken with a view to improving welfare standards at dog breeding establishments. The conditions were also brought into line with those in neighbouring local authorities in the interests of consistency.

Councillor Lloyd continued, “The Council will continue to act in a proactive and reactive nature in relation to regulating dog breeding establishments having regard to its complement of staff and other competing priorities. Huge progress has been made in this area of work since the introduction of revised licence conditions in 2013 and this work will continue into the future.”

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Spate of overnight burglaries in Clarach, Bow Street and Ponterwyd

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POLICE are investigating a spate of burglaries overnight in Clarach, Bow Street and Ponterwyd.

A number of burglaries have been reported, with entry forced to businesses and CCTV cameras damaged or removed.

In Bow Street, entry was forced into an agricultural merchants, where items were taken; and CCTV was removed from a business.

Two vehicles – a VW Passat – registration plate CU16 OAL – and an Audi – registration YT09 TWL – were also reported stolen from a garage in the village.

A VW Crafter – registration plate GM16OTP, along with tools and equipment were stolen from a business in Ponterwyd.

Four businesses at Nantallan Business Park were targeted:

Bikes and steamers were reported stolen from one, a generator and two boxes containing LED lighting from another, a Mitsubishi L200 flatbed truck taken from the third, and tools stolen from a fourth.

Police are treating the incidents as linked, and would like to speak to anyone with information or who witnessed any suspicious behaviour in the Clarach and Bow Street areas.

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Police confirm Ellie Bryan, 18, died in collision

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DYFED-POWYS POLICE can confirm the woman who tragically died following a collision at Commins Coch was Ellie Bryan, from Aberystwyth.
The 18-year-old was a passenger in a Vauxhall Astra which was involved in a collision at around 10pm on Saturday, November 16.
Her family has released the following statement: “We are distraught by our loss of Ellie. She will be missed by us all.
“Ellie was a loving daughter, sister and granddaughter.
“We would like to thank everyone for their support at this devastating time.
“We would appreciate having time to grieve in privacy.”
Police continue to appeal for witnesses or anyone with information about the collision 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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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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