A LLANDYSUL farmer with a string of convictions for food hygiene offences will have to pay nothing concerning the money made from his illegal business dealing in ‘smokies’.
Carmelo Gale pocketed large sums of money from his filthy ‘slaughterhouse’ in which he butchered then blow-torched sheep carcasses to make the illegal meat.
However, the authorities’ attempts to get at the proceeds of his criminal activities have come up with nothing.
In 2017, Gale received a suspended prison sentence of eight months’ jail.
Found in the back of Carmelo Gale’s van
“Smokies” are made when carcasses of animals (usually sheep or goats) are gutted, shorn, and hung before being scorched or “smoked” with a blowtorch.
Smokies have been illegal across the European Union since 1987.
Gale’s original arrest and conviction followed an incident in which his van was stopped by Police near Swansea in 2017. When the unrefrigerated vehicle was inspected, 11 blackened sheep carcasses were found inside, together with bags of other animal parts.
In a subsequent search of Gale’s farm in Llandysul, officers found evidence of Gale’s illegal slaughter operation and the production of smokies.
Gale has previous convictions for 14 offences. All bar one relate to illegal meat production.
At the 2017 sentencing hearing, the Court was told that Gale believed that smokies should be legalised and there was no harm in their production in unsanitary and unregulated slaughterhouses such as his own.
Following that conviction, Gale’s business affairs were probed by authorities seeking to recover the proceeds of crime from him.
Gale hung torched corpses outside
He appeared before Swansea Crown Court as the Court determined an application about the recovery effort.
The Court was told that although Gale had made more than £100,000 from his crimes, he has no realisable assets in his name against which recovery can be made.
A payment by Gale of £30,000 towards prosecution costs was, his barrister told the Court, the product of a family whip-round.
Gale has twelve months to make the payment.
Connect to Kindness Calendar launch
Showing acts of kindness is now more important than ever, and this is why a kindness calendar has been launched as part of the Connect to Kindness campaign in Ceredigion.
Connect to Kindness is a regional campaign that was launched in July 2020 across Carmarthenshire, Pembrokeshire and Ceredigion. The campaign aims to create more understanding about the benefit and impact of kindness to ourselves and others in our community.
As part of the kindness calendar, members of the public are asked to send in their photographs, artwork, or even prose of poetry, or anything that represents kindness and its power. The chosen piece will then be included in the calendar for a particular month in 2021.
Entries can be sent in via post or e-mail and must be submitted by noon on 22 November 2020. Full details can be found at: https://connecttokindness.wales/calendar/.
Cyra Shimell, “We hope the calendar will bring some fun at this unprecedented time. It will be interesting to see peoples various interpretations of what kindness means to them. Get as creative at you like!”
If you would like more information about this campaign, visit https://www.connecttokindness.wales/. You can also take a look at the Facebook page ‘Cysylltu â Charedigrwydd Ceredigion – Connect to Kindness Ceredigion’ to see some stories of random acts of kindness.
For more details contact Cyra Shimell, Community Connector Plus Development Ceredigion on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Share the message, as it all starts with one person, YOU!
Business offer WG help in ‘non-essential’ shopping row
- To limit the spread of the virus and allow for individual discretion, retailers will prominently display Welsh Government approved signage in front of known non-essential items and in communal areas. The signage will make clear the government’s regulation and the need to abide by it.
- This message will be reinforced through in-store announcements and social media messaging. Advising customers to put off non-essential purchases
- We recommend the individual customer is trusted to make their own decision as to whether a product is non-essential or not, taking into account the notices displayed throughout the store and their immediate needs
- If the customer goes ahead with the purchase of the item the final liability ought to rest with the customer
- Retailers will remove special in-store promotional displays of non-essential items in order to minimise browsing and avoid triggering a non-essential purchase.
- These recommendations would mean non-essential items are not removed from shelves – or cordoned off in stores – but large notices are placed in front of the products and in communal spaces informing customers of the Welsh Government’s regulations and the Welsh public are trusted to make the right decision.
Pupils at Ysgol Henry Richard asked to self-isolate as COVID-19 case confirmed
A SMALL number of pupils at Ysgol Henry Richard, Tregaron have been asked to self-isolate for 14 days following the confirmation of a COVID-19 case at the school.
The Contact Group have been asked to self-isolate as a precautionary measure in the first instance. All confirmed contacts of the positive case must remain at home for 14 days to reduce the possible spread of the virus to family, friends and the wider community.
In addition, pupils travelling on the same bus as the confirmed positive case have also been contacted and asked to self-isolate for 14 days again as a precautionary measure in the first instance. These pupils come from more than one Year Group from Ysgol Henry Richard.
Due to the strong procedures that have been put in place in the school, only a small amount of pupils are having to self-isolate. All parents have been contacted by the School and will also be supported by Ceredigion Contact Tracing Team.
The Council urges all parents to refer their children for a test if they develop any of the symptoms, which are:
- a high temperature
- a new continuous cough
- a loss or change to sense of smell or taste.
You can apply for a test on https://gov.wales/apply-coronavirus-covid-19-test or by phoning 119.
No further details will be provided regarding this matter.
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