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Two professional burglars jailed.

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swansea crown courtTwo professional burglars who broke into houses across west Wales have been jailed.   Brothers William Connors, 24, and Edward Connors, aged 17 at the time, researched properties over the internet and drew up a menu of houses to break into. Then they based themselves in a rented house near Llandysul and fitted a Mazda with false number plates before burgling at least 16 homes over the Christmas period.   Swansea crown court heard that they targeted jewellery and stole the engagement ring of a widow undergoing chemotherapy treatment.   And there was evidence, said Chris James, prosecuting, that they had researched prices for second hand gold at London’s Hatton Garden.   Mr James said the brothers had travelled from Ireland posing as holidaymakers looking to enjoy Christmas in west Wales.   “They caused misery to many individuals and families, violating their homes around what should have been a joyous time of year.   “They stole a huge amount of valuable jewellery, much which belonged to late relatives, DVDs, and electrical property.  “One of their victims, a widow having chemotherapy, can no longer bear to leave her house because of their intrusion into her home,” he added.  Mr James said the pair were so confident of making a profit that they paid hundreds of pounds up front to rent a house in the countryside near Llandysul. In less than one month they burgled houses in Llandybie, Llandysul, Aberaeron, Haverfordwest, Nantycaws Pontyberem and Llangunnor. Mr James said they sometimes committed several burglaries a day, ransacking homes even on Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. They were finally arrested in Tregaron.   Mr James said their victims described being devastated and their worlds having been turned upside down.  “Some of them are terrified and do not feel safe in their own homes any more.   “Several of their victims told police that they will never get over not being able to hand sentimental items on to their children.”   The stolen goods that could be identified were worth more than £24,000, but Mr James described the figure as being “no where near the full value of what was taken.”   Judge Paul Thomas said the brothers had carried out a “carefully pre-planned campaign”.   He said they had used the internet to scope out properties and places they could sell the stolen jewellery on to.   “Apart from the financial impact, the human cost to your victims is substantial. People’s lives have been greatly affected and lives turned upside down.”   William Connors, who had previous convictions, was jailed for six years. His brother was sent to a young offenders’ institution for three-and-a-half years. Both admitted conspiracy to commit burglary and were entitled to reduced sentences because of their confessions.

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Free parking in Ceredigion

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Car parking will be free in all Ceredigion County Council operated Pay and Display car parks on the three Saturdays before Christmas this year.

Parking charges at council operated Pay and Display car parks will be waived on December 7, 14 and 21 2019.

Rhodri Llwyd is Ceredigion County Council’s Corporate Lead Officer responsible for Highways and Environmental Services. He said. “Small businesses will be competing against online businesses for trade this Christmas. We want to do what we can to support Ceredigion businesses at this important time of year. We hope this step encourages more of us to shop locally this Christmas and enjoy what fantastic Ceredigion businesses have to offer.”

This decision contributes towards one of the council’s corporate priorities of boosting the economy.

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Ysgol Bro Pedr raise funds for life saving machine

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PUPILS at Ysgol Bro Pedr have raised enough money to buy a defibrillator machine for the school.

The idea came after 15 Year 11 pupils achieved their Level 3 Emergency First Aid Qualification with Ceredigion Youth Service. Pupils felt that it was incredibly important that they and others at the school had the skills, knowledge and equipment to use in an emergency.

Mrs Caryl Jones and pupils raised an outstanding £1,150 through organising a bake sale at the school on 28 March 2019. The school extends their thanks to Lampeter businesses ‘Oh My Cod’ and ‘Y Becws’ for their kind contribution towards the sale.

Guto Crompton, School Based Youth Worker said: “Although first aid is not a mandatory part of the school curriculum in Wales, young people at Ysgol Bro Pedr felt that it should be something that all pupils knew about. This would help them to know what to do in an emergency, whether that be in the school or out in the community. Pupils worked hard to achieve their First Aid qualification which covered aspect such as CPR, casualty management and the use of a defibrillator.”

The defibrillator machine will be placed in the school reception.

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It’s not too late: Ceredigion residents still have time to register to vote

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“CEREDIGION residents still have time to register to vote in the General Election on 12 December,” said the council’s Chief Executive and Acting Returning Officer, Eifion Evans.

Residents still have time to register to vote and to arrange postal or proxy votes if they want to do so. The deadline to register to vote is midnight on November 26. The deadline to register for a postal vote is 5pm on November 26 and the deadline to register for a proxy vote is 5pm on December 4.

Mr Evans continued, “Some residents may want to register for postal vote or a proxy vote. This could help people avoid possible wintry conditions of a December election, or young people who have moved out of county to study but still want to vote in Ceredigion.”

Residents can register to vote by using this link: https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote or by calling the council’s Electoral Services Team on 01545 570 881.

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