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Llandysul: Cruel couple sentenced for horse neglect

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A MAN and woman from Llandysul have been sentenced for animal welfare offences towards 16 different horses found in a neglected state.

David Robert John Davies, of Maes Dilen, Pentrcwrt, Llandysul, Cardigan, was sent to prison for 26 weeks and disqualified from keeping horses for life after he admitted to causing unnecessary suffering to 16 horses.

Leanne Summers, of the same address, was also disqualified from keeping horses for five years and given a suspended sentence.

Both defendants appeared at Llanelli Magistrates Court on Friday (October 23) for sentencing following a trial heard earlier this month. Summers was found guilty of the six offences at the previous trial, while Davies had pleaded guilty on the first day of the trial.

Three of the offences related to the welfare of a black colt and five horses from the Rhydargaeuau area and three offences related to the welfare of 10 horses from the Capel Dewi area.

The RSPCA was called after concern was raised about the welfare of eight horses in the Rhydargaeuau area. Two were found dead. One of the horses, a black colt, was sadly put to sleep on veterinary advice due to its condition.

RSPCA deputy chief inspector Julie Fadden said: “These horses were all in a terrible state of neglect. Two were already dead, and very sadly, the black colt was in such a bad state of health that nothing could be done to save him.

“The other five were Welsh mountain ponies and were ranging in condition from thin to emaciated.”

RSPCA inspector Keith Hogben attended another location at Capel Dewi and where he discovered a further with 10 horses.

He said: “Sadly one of the horses was so weak that a vet said he had to be put to sleep. It was horrendous and so sad. Six out of the ten horses were in a very thin condition.”

“People have these horses and don’t understand how to look after them. These are their basic needs and they need to be checked daily.”

The surviving horses were taken into RSPCA care and we hope to re-home them soon.

Magistrates sentenced Davies to a term of 26 weeks imprisonment and was also disqualified for life from keeping horses although this is delayed until February 1, 2016. He was also ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £80.

Summers was also handed a term of 26 weeks imprisonment which has been suspended for two years.

She was also given a 12 month supervision order and was disqualified from keeping horses for five years, which is suspended until February 1, 2016. Summers was also ordered to pay a £4,000 fine and a £80 victim surcharge.

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Tregaron: Spider landed on driver before fatal crash

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A SPIDER landing on a woman’s hand caused a car crash which resulted in the death of her 11-year-old son, an inquest heard.

Tristan Silver was being driven to school by his mother Cloud Younger alongside his sister Branwen on May 4 2018, when the crash occurred near Tregaron.

The inquest in Aberystwyth on Wednesday (Jun 19) heard that the blue Subaru Legacy estate car drifted on to the wrong side of the A485 and hit a black Mitsubishi Shogun towing a trailer.

Farmer David Glyndwr Jones had loaded 60 lambs into the trailer before setting off for a market in Builth Wells with his wife. Around 8.45am Mr and Mrs Jones saw the Subaru driving towards them, and having seen that the vehicle was not slowing down, Mr Jones decided to pull his car into the verge and brace for impact.

When the cars met head-on, Mr and Mrs Jones, Mrs Younger and her daughter were left with minor injuries, but Tristan suffered serious head injuries. He was airlifted to hospital in Cardiff where he was pronounced dead.

After an interview with the police in June 2018, where Mrs Younger answered ‘no comment’ to each question, a prepared statement to police later explained that a spider had landed on her left hand as she was driving. This caused eight-year-old Branwen to start screaming, and Mrs Younger then tried to calm her daughter down, whilst continuing to drive.

The statement said that the Subaru had recently passed its MOT and all three people in the car were wearing seat belts. The inquest heard that the speed of the vehicle at the point of impact could not be ascertained, but Mr Jones said that his car was nearly at a standstill at the time of the crash.

Ceredigion Coroner Peter Brunton recorded a conclusion of misadventure.

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Plaid Cymru Cardigan hold event to support local initiatives

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MP Ben Lake led the evening

THE CARDIGAN plaid Cymru branch held a successful evening at the Fisherman’s Rest, Cardigan on Friday June 14 2019 to help share information and the experiences of local community benefit groups, as well as grant opportunities available to support such initiatives.

The evening was led by County Councillor Clive Davies and Member of Parliament for Ceredigion, Ben Lake. During the evening a presentation was given on far-reaching grant opportunities available for such community groups – drawing from examples of societies and community enterprises created in Cardigan over the last 5 years – and how they got started, grew from strength to strength, and received funding to achieve and support their objectives.

Following the meeting, Cllr Clive Davies said: “The success of local initiatives and groups have played a key role in Cardigan’s success as a vibrant market town over recent years. I welcomed the opportunity to further raise awareness of the opportunities and avenues of support available to such groups and enterprises to help them to continue to make an invaluable contribution to the town and local area.”

Ben Lake MP added: “Cardigan boasts a successful array of lively community projects and small businesses that have brought an added vigour to both the town and Ceredigion as a whole. It was useful to have the opportunity to discuss the challenges these groups face, as well as share information regarding the wide array of support and funding available to support and maintain their important work”.

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Ben Lake MP pledges support for advancing MS research

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BEN LAKE MP for Ceredigion has shown his support for investment in MS research, after visiting an exhibition by the MS Society in Parliament this week.

The exhibition, ‘Multiple Sclerosis – The Research Story’, gave parliamentarians the opportunity to hear from people living with MS and leading MS researchers around the UK. It featured personal objects from the MS community, representing what it’s like to live with the condition, alongside the latest developments in cutting-edge research.

Ben Lake, MP said: “I am delighted to have attended the MS Society’s parliamentary exhibit and see first-hand how close we are to stopping MS”

“MS is an unpredictable and challenging condition, which can be painful and exhausting. I want to see investment in this area of research continue to rise so everyone living with MS in Ceredigion and across the UK has access to effective treatments.”

Over the past 20 years MS research has led to major advances, including more than a dozen licensed treatments for people with the relapsing form of MS. But more investment is needed to find more, and better, treatments for everyone – including ones that can slow or stop MS from progressing.

Dr Susan Kohlhaas, Director of Research at the MS Society, said: “We’re really grateful Ben Lake MP has pledged their support for our work. More than 100,000 people live with MS in the UK and many are still left without treatment options that slow or stop progression. But we are at a turning point in MS research and the UK is at the forefront of this. We are closer than ever before to having treatments for everyone with MS, and stopping MS for good.”

The MS Society is the UK’s leading not-for-profit funder of MS research and is currently supporting over 70 active projects worth more than £20 million. To find out more about the MS Society and the vital research it is funding visit www.mssociety.org.uk

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