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Cartoon lover ‘made child porn’

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andrewforsterA MAN from Cardigan appeared at Swansea Crown Court yesterday (Thursday) charged with thirteen counts of making indecent images of a child, and two counts of showing a 7 year old child hard-core pornographic images.
The prosecution allege that Andrew Francis Forster, aged 27, who recently moved to Fleming Crescent in Haverfordwest, created images which included the most serious level of indecency, Category A – creating images involving penetrative sexual activity with a child.
The incidents are alleged to have taken place in Haverfordwest between April 6 and April 8.
Forster appeared at Haverfordwest Magistrates Court on Thursday last week (April 10) to confirm his name and address, and was remanded into custody to await trial by jury.
He did not enter pleas at the hearing, and not guilty pleas were formally entered by the Court to the fifteen offences.
The Herald understands that Forster is fascinated with Japanese ‘manga’ cartoons. On social media he has posted pictures of his partner and himself dressed as anime characters. On Facebook, Forster talked of his love for 1998 Japanese romantic comic book ‘Love Hina’ which contains cartoon images of young girls in swim suits.

Love Hina: A Japanese cartoon depicting young girls

Love Hina: A Japanese cartoon depicting young girls

There is no suggestion that his partner, who is many years younger than him, has anything to do with the offences.
The sentencing guidelines, which sentencing judges must follow, were updated at the beginning of this month. The two offences with which Forster is charged under Section 12 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003 (e.g. causing a child to watch a pornographic film) attract a sentencing starting point of 1 year’s imprisonment with a maximum sentence of 6 years’ imprisonment, dependent on the existence of additional aggravating factors. The remaining allegations, made under Section 1 of the 1978 Protection of Children Act (relating to the possession or production of indecent photographs), carry a maximum sentence of 9 years’ custody, again depending on specific aggravating circumstances identified in the sentencing criteria.
The Pembrokeshire Herald contacted a member of Forster’s family who said they did not wish to comment.

 

 

Dressing up: Forster and his partner enjoyed dressing up as characters in a fetish known as "Cosplay"

Dressing up: Forster and his partner enjoyed dressing up as characters in a fetish known as “Cosplay”

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New permanent walk-in test centre opens in Aberystwyth

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PEOPLE in Aberystwyth with symptoms of COVID-19 now have access to a permanent walk-in testing facility.

Hywel Dda University Health Board has arranged for a Local Testing Site (LTS) to be located inside the former Padarn Nursery building, (behind, but not connected to, Padarn Surgery), on Penglais Road.

Local people should avoid using the nearby nursery car park, leaving it free for those people accessing tests to park there. People who attend the walk-in centre must wear a face covering.

Meanwhile, the drive-through facility at Canolfan Rheidol has now been relocated to Cardigan in response to a rise in cases in that area. Residents of Aberystwyth will not be impacted by this move as there is plenty of testing capacity at the LTS.

Alison Shakeshaft, Director of Therapies & Health Science at Hywel Dda University Health Board, said: “We are very pleased to have secured this LTS for the people of Aberystwyth. Many residents in the town, including students, do not have their own private vehicle in order to access drive-through testing facilities, so the option of a walk-in facility is very important.

“This is a challenging time and I urge everyone to remain vigilant and follow the rules, including wearing face coverings where required, maintain social distancing, washing hands regularly, or using a hand sanitiser if hand washing is not possible.”

Anyone who has symptoms of the virus (a new persistent cough, high temperature or loss/change of taste or smell) must book a test as soon as possible.  This can be done through the online UK portal at www.gov.wales/coronavirus.

University students with COVID-19 symptoms, when booking a test, are required to provide their local address in Aberystwyth.

Please do not book a test if you do not have COVID-19 symptoms and do not attend testing centres without booking first as you will not be seen without an appointment.

Please follow the latest self-isolation guidelines which can be found here.

For the latest news and updated from Hywel Dda University Health Board visit https://hduhb.nhs.wales/

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Improvements required at a pub in Devil’s Bridge

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A HOSPITALITY business in Devil’s Bridge has been required to make improvements to safeguard the public’s health and well-being as part of the coronavirus regulations.

A Premises Improvement Notice has been served to The Hafod, Devil’s Bridge, Aberystwyth by Ceredigion County Council’s Public Protection Officers due to non-compliance with The Health Protection (Coronavirus Restrictions) (No. 4) (Wales) Regulations 2020.

As part of the Premises Improvement Notice, the Premises must ensure that a distance of 2 metres is maintained between any persons on the premises, and put measures in place which limit close face to face interaction and maintain hygiene. 

These measures will need to be implemented by 17:00 on November 27, 2020. The full notice can be seen on the Council’s website under Improvement and Closure Notices.

Information for businesses is available on the Council’s website under Supporting Ceredigion’s Economy.

Any business who is unsure of their responsibilities is urged to check the Welsh Government website

Any business that requires further information or guidance can contact the council’s Licensing Team on 01545 570881 or clic@ceredigion.gov.uk.

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Improvement notices issued to two Cardigan premises

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ON NOVEMBER 18, 2020, two Cardigan businesses were required to improve their measures to minimise the risk of exposure to coronavirus on their premises.

T Samways High Class Butchers, Pendre Cardigan and Cardigan Fried Chicken, Pendre Cardigan were both served with an improvement notice on Wednesday 18th November 2020 after officers from Ceredigion County Council’s Public Protection Team visited the premises.

Following reports from members of the public, officers found that improvements were needed in both premises to ensure compliance with the regulations.  The improvements require persons responsible for the premises to ensure that staff wear face coverings within the main shop and or public areas of the premises to maintain hygiene.

These businesses were granted 48 hours to correct the issues that had been highlighted or further enforcement action would be considered, including the option to issue closure notices.

On November 20, 2020, Officers returned to T Samways High Class Butchers and Cardigan Fried Chicken and were satisfied that the reasonable measures were now in place and the Improvement Notices were subsequently terminated.

The Premises Improvement Notices, served under the Health Protection (Coronavirus Restrictions)(No. 4)(Wales) Regulations 2020, were issued at both premises on Wednesday November 18, 2020.

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