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Jail for breaking animal ban order

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WO brothers have been imprisoned for disobeying court order preventing them from keeping animals.
David Davies, aged 61, and Evan Meirion Davies, aged 50, of Penffynnon Farm, Bangor Teifi, Llandysul have been imprisoned for 24 weeks each, following their refusal to comply with a previous court order banning them from keeping Animals for 5 years.

Appearing before Judge Parsons at Aberystwyth Magistrates Court on 25 February 2020, both men maintained they were not guilty to a charge that between 31 December 2019 and 27 January 2020, that they had breached a disqualification from owning animals, keeping animals, and from participating in the keeping of animals. The brothers had originally been disqualified under section 34 of the Animal Welfare Act 2006, after conviction and sentence on 14 February 2019 involving the deaths of multiple cattle on their farm.

Councillor Gareth Lloyd, Cabinet member for Finance and Public Protection stated: “Both brothers have persistently disregarded a court order banning them from keeping animals. This order was originally imposed by the court, because of their extreme neglect of their animals, which resulted in the slow and unnecessary deaths of 58 cattle on their farm. The scenes witnessed by council staff, vets, police officers and contractors at the time were horrific. The council would have much preferred the brothers obeyed the order, but their utter refusal to comply has cost them their liberty and the ownership of the remaining livestock.”

Following evidence from Ceredigion County Council, the Animal and Plant Health Agency and from the brothers themselves, the judge found both brothers guilty and imposed an immediate custodial sentence. The judge ruled that the offence was so serious, because of their flagrant disregard of Court orders and persistent breach of animal disqualification. The offence was also committed in breach of a suspended prison sentence imposed during their initial conviction.

Councillor Lloyd continued, “This has been an extraordinary and exceptional case and is completely at odds with the high standards of care provided by the overwhelming majority of Ceredigion farmers to their animals. This case has tested all the agencies involved, and I am extremely grateful to our staff, our partner agencies and to the courts for their patience and professionalism in bringing this matter to a close.”

In addition to a custodial sentence, the court directed that the farm’s cattle should be placed in the possession of Ceredigion County Council. The court also ordered Ceredigion County Council be reimbursed by Mr D. Davies and Mr E. M. Davies for the expenses incurred in carrying out the Courts Orders, to pay a surcharge to fund victim services of £122 and to pay costs of £425.

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Cooperation in response to the COVID-19 pandemic

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Ceredigion County Council and Hywel Dda University Health Board (UHB) are working together in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Three facilities in the county – Plascrug Leisure Centre and Penweddig School in Aberystwyth and Cardigan Leisure Centre – will provide additional capacity in response to the unprecedented challenges currently faced by the NHS and social care services.

Further sites across the county continue to be scoped and further information will be provided as and when these are confirmed. The health service is also working with its university partners in Aberystwyth on opportunities for them to support the efforts.

This follows announcements made last week confirming additional capacity in Parc Y Scarlets and the Selwyn Samuel Centre in Llanelli and Bluestone National Park Resort in Pembrokeshire.

Dr Phil Kloer, Medical Director and Deputy Chief Executive at Hywel Dda UHB, said: “Delivering this additional capacity in Ceredigion will be essential to help us manage patient flow over the coming weeks and we are extremely grateful for all of the support that we are receiving from Ceredigion County Council to help make this happen.

“We have followed the situation in Italy closely to learn where possible and to help our planning. Our European colleagues have provided feedback that patient flow and throughput is a critical factor in response to COVID-19 pressures.”

Eifion Evans, Chief Executive said “Ceredigion County Council is proud to be supporting Hywel Dda University Health Board in establishing our Leisure Centres and one of our secondary schools as facilities which will provide additional capacity as we prepare for the potential impact of COVID-19. This is a reflection of the close partnership working between the two organisations. We thank all staff who have been working tirelessly to prepare for and respond to this crisis.”

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Ceredigion Public House to be served with a prohibition notice

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On Friday night, 27 March 2020, officers from Ceredigion County Council`s Public Protection Team came across a country public house serving customers alcohol, and open for business in contravention of the recently issued Health Protection (Coronavirus Restrictions) (Wales) Regulations 2020. Police assistance was called and the landlord will now be served with a prohibition notice. A number of other offences were identified and a report will be made to the Council`s Licencing Committee.

Inspections by the Council’s Public Protection Team during the week have shown that the overwhelming majority of local businesses have voluntarily closed when they have been required to do so by the emergency regulations. Other businesses, where permitted to do so, have quickly diversified from serving foods to be consumed on their premises to providing deliveries or takeaways.

Premises that have been permitted to remain open have diligently and rapidly adjusted to social distancing measures. The vast majority of the community recognises the need for, and the importance of these emergency measures and has willingly played its part.

Over 70 premises were inspected last week, however only one premises failed to follow the Health Protection (Coronavirus Restrictions) (Wales) Regulations 2020 introduced.

The Council’s Public Protection officers will continue to monitor compliance, with support from the Dyfed-Powys Police if appropriate. Businesses and premises which breach the regulations will be subject to prohibition notices and fines. Businesses that continue to contravene the measures will be forced to close down. Individuals and companies who do not pay their fine may also be taken to court, with magistrates able to impose potentially unlimited fines.

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Appeal following assault

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POLICE in Aberystwyth are keen to speak to a ‘good Samaritan’ who gave the victim of a serious assault a lift.

Aberystwyth CID are making enquiries into an incident in the early hours of Sunday, March 22, in which a man sustained significant injuries.

The assault took place in the Bridge Street area, near to Trefechan Bridge, shortly after 2am.

Officers are appealing for witnesses, or anyone with CCTV of the area, to make contact with the investigation team.

Police are also keen to speak to another man who has provided the injured victim with a lift in a van to the Trefechan area shortly after the assault.

If anyone has any information regarding this incident, or can assist the police in any way, they are asked to email contactcentre@dyfed-powys.pnn.police.uk, or call 101.

If you are deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired you can also text the force’s non-emergency number on 07811 311 908.

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