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Aberystwyth man has ‘unstoppable’ desire to photograph legs and bottoms

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AN ABERYSTWYTH man with an unstoppable desire to photograph women’s legs and bottoms has been jailed for eight months today (Nov 23).

Richard Pearson, aged 33, admitted four breaches of a sexual harm prevention order.

Judge Geraint Walters issued a rare order preventing the Herald from publishing Pearson’s address “for his own safety.”

Swansea Crown Court heard that the original SHPO had been issued in 2008 by a judge in Norwich after Pearson had been convicted of grooming an underage girl for sex.

In 2014 he breached the order by staying at an address unknown to police, who also discovered he had taken more than 1,000 photographs of the legs and bottoms of girls in school uniforms.

Tom Scapens, prosecuting, said three years later police discovered during a routine monitoring visit that he had again photographed girls’ legs and bottoms.

Mr Scapens said that while the photographs were not legally indecent a fresh SHPO was issued.

On October 3 police learned Pearson had obtained a new mobile telephone and were unable to examine his old one.

On October 24 an off-duty police officer saw him at the top of Penglais hill close to the university and alerted colleagues, who found he had again been photographing girls’ legs and bottoms on his mobile telephone.

Mr Scapens said it had been impossible to identify the females in question and, consequently, there were no victim impact statements.

An examination of the ‘phone showed he had deleted at least 200 videos and images, which he was not allowed to do under the SHPO. And he had managed to do it in a way that prevented even an expert from retrieving them.

Officers also discovered that he had owned a MasterCard credit card for 10 years without telling them.

Pearson admitted the breaches.

His barrister, John Allchurch, told the court Pearson had been due to marry a woman in the South American country of Berlize and would be living there by now if the police had not arrested him and held him in custody.

Judge Walters asked, “How do we stop him? He was already being monitored by the police.”

Pearson was jailed for eight months.

Judge Walters issued another SHPO, this one requiring Pearson to tell the police before he obtained a device capable of taking photographs or accessing the Internet as opposed to within three days afterwards.

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Council tax reduction supports people on low incomes

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A COUNCIL Tax Reduction Scheme is in place to help people who are on a low income. The council administers the scheme on behalf of the Welsh Government for people who are liable to pay Council Tax and who live in Ceredigion. With the recent decision to raise Council Tax by 7%, residents on low incomes are being urged to find out if they are entitled to some help towards paying their Council Tax.

People can be eligible for the reduction if they are on a low income, working or unemployed, cannot work because of illness, retired or are caring for someone. The amount of the reduction depends on a person’s circumstances and how much Council Tax they need to pay.

Councillor Gareth Lloyd is the Cabinet member responsible for Financial Services. He said, “We made the difficult decision to raise Council Tax by 7% to reduce the amount of cuts we have to make to council services. The reality is that the council is getting less money from the Welsh Government at a time when costs and demand for services are rising.”

“We want to urge anyone who is on a low income to consider if they are eligible for Council Tax Reduction. Tax increases can add pressure onto people’s budgets, and although this increase is vital to keep quality services in Ceredigion, we want to make sure that anyone who is eligible for help gets it.”

For more information on eligibility and how to claim council tax reduction, email revenues@ceredigion.gov.uk or call 01970 633 252.

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7% council tax increase to protect education funding

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THE COUNCIL TAX in Ceredigion for 2019-2020 will increase by 7%. The increase was agreed by councillors to reduce the impact of cuts to the Council’s budget and, in particular, to protect education spending. The decision was made in a Council meeting on 21 February 2019.

2% of the 7% increase will be used to protect education spending. Schools budgets have been under severe stress after years of needing to make savings. Costs have increased yet again following the agreement of new teachers’ salary increases together with increased pension contributions. This extra 2% uplift will enable school budgets to be kept flat.

The council tax rate increase is set by three key components, the County Council’s tax, the precept of Town and Community Councils and the Police precept. Increases set by the Police and Town and Community Councils result in a combined increase of 7.56%.

Councillor Ellen ap Leader of the Council, said, “We had no option but to ask Council to increase Council Tax by 7% in order to reduce the impact of the cuts we have had to make across council budgets. A successful Ceredigion in the future needs well-funded and well run schools. We want to invest in the future of our children and our county.”

“The reality is that the council is getting less money from the Welsh Government at a time when costs and demand for services are rising. The uplift of teachers’ salaries and pensions has not been fully funded by Welsh Government to date. If council tax had not increased, we would have to make deeper cuts.”

In 2018-2019, the average Council Tax Band D property was £1,226.48. The increase means that the same property will pay £1,312.33 in 2019-2020. The council’s budget has been cut by £39m or 25% in the last seven years. The Council will still need to save another £6m in the coming financial year.

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Information management policies updated to improve security

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THREE key information management policies have been updated by Ceredigion County Council. The policies were updated because of new laws and the need make sure that they are effective in a changing technological environment.

The updated policies were approved by the council’s Cabinet in a meeting on 19 February 2019.

The three policies that have been reviewed are:

· Data Protection/GDPR Policy
· Information Security Policy
· Information and Records Management Policy

The Deputy Leader of Ceredigion County Council and Cabinet member responsible for Governance, Councillor Ray Quant MBE said, “The council needs to keep information and data to carry out the many service we provide. Because of this we have to make sure we’re up to date on data and information protections laws. This decision means that we have approved the hard work done to update the policies and make sure that they are fit for use.”

The policies are essential to manage digital and paper records of the council.

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