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Thief confronted outside Aberystwyth store

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AFTER successfully stealing alcohol from an Aberystwyth store, a woman was caught red-handed on the third occasion by members of staff when she stole £61.50 worth of items.

Anna Magdalena Malecka, 24, of Marine Terrace in Aberystwyth, attended Aberystwyth Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday (Dec 13) to face three offences of theft from a shop.

Malecka pleaded guilty to stealing a bottle of Smirnoff vodka valued at £14.50 belonging to Marks and Spencer in Aberystwyth on August 24, guilty to stealing a bottle of Smirnoff vodka valued at £14.50 belonging to Marks and Spencer on August 26 at Aberystwyth and guilty to stealing two bottles of M&S vodka, two bunches of flowers and a bag of onions to the value of £61.50 on August 28 at Aberystwyth belonging to Marks and Spencer.

Prosecutor Ellie Morgan said a member of staff at the store viewed CCTV footage on August 24 which showed the defendant walking along the alcohol aisle, place Smirnoff vodka into her bag and leave the store without paying.

Another witness on August 26 was on duty at Marks and Spencer and after recognising the defendant, followed her around the store.

When Malecka left the premises, the member of staff retraced the defendant’s steps and found missing Smirnoff vodka from the shelf. When viewing the CCTV footage, the defendant was seen selecting the bottle of alcohol and leaving the store without making any payment.

Two days later, on August 28, the commercial operations manager of Marks and Spencer viewed the CCTV footage and was notified by another staff member that Malecka had entered the store.

The members of staff sat on the bench outside the store and when Malecka left the premises, she was detained. All the items on the third occasion were ceased.

Defending, Alison Mathias told the court the facts were fully accepted by Malecka and she stole the items to sell due to not having money at the time.

For the offence, magistrates fined Malecka £40 and told her to pay prosecution costs of £85, a surcharge of £30 and compensation of £29 for the two bottles of Smirnoff vodka.

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St. Michaels School celebrates excellent A-Level results

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St. Michael’s pupils with their A-Level results

ST. MICHAEL’S School, Llanelli, is extremely pleased to announce another year of successful A-Level results, with 80.2% of all grades awarded either an A* or A grade.

The vast majority of pupils have earned a place at their chosen university to study courses such as Medicine, Veterinary Medicine and Economics.

This is the first year that traditional exams have resumed since the Covid-19 pandemic began with the majority of lessons in the first part of the A-Level being delivered online rather than in a classroom environment. This makes the results even more of an achievement considering the circumstances.

Headmaster Mr Benson Ferrari said: “We offer our sincere congratulations to our outgoing Year 13 class on the publication of their A-Level results, demonstrating that our pupils have worked so hard despite the challenges of returning to a conventional assessment approach.

“They approached the situation with resilience and dedication, which has resulted in grades that are truly representative of their ability.  I am confident that they will all go onto achieve great things at university and in their working lives.  

“We wish them the best as they move to this new and exciting stage of their education.  The preparation which St. Michael’s has provided will be built upon, along with our values and principles providing a lasting framework to tackle the challenges ahead.”

In 2020, St. Michael’s School was awarded The Sunday Times Welsh Independent School of the Decade and this was in part due to the excellent exam results that the school receives each year. 

St. Michael’s was also ranked 13th in The Times 2019 Co Ed League Table for UK Independent Schools, which was the last time that the results were published. The school hopes that this year’s results will continue to secure their place in the 2022 league table which will be published later this year.

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Police appeal following road traffic collision in Cwmystwyth

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DYFED-Powys Police have issued a statement following a road traffic collision on Saturday, August 13.

Officers attended a two vehicle road traffic collision which occurred about 6.40pm near Cwmystwyth, Aberystwyth.  

Dyfed-Powys Police said: “The two vehicles involved were a blue Triumph Tiger motorcycle and a black Ford Fiesta.

“The male rider of the motorcycle was taken to hospital with injuries not believed to be life threatening.

“Anyone with information that could help officers with their investigation is asked to report it to Dyfed-Powys Police by calling 101. 

“If you are deaf, hard of hearing, or speech impaired text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908.

“Quote reference: DP-20220813-392.”

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Scheme to enhance the town of Tregaron for the National Eisteddfod

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THE REGENERATING Rural Towns scheme run by the Cynnal y Cardi LEADER programme has been supporting Tregaron Town Council with a series of marketing techniques and installations to promote and enhance Tregaron in preparation for the historic and cultural event, the National Eisteddfod of Wales 2022.

This work acted as a legacy to the National Eisteddfod at Tregaron following the influx of thousands of people to the town daily for the duration of the festival and subsequently to the surrounding rural communities and local sites of interest.

A wide range of installations could be seen in Tregaron during the Eisteddfod following town branding design work, which included a giant deckchair, lamp post flags, banners, bunting, tiered flower planters, benches & picnic tables, monument conservation improvements, and a prominent Tregaron sign overlooking the ‘Maes’. Many of these features will remain in place for the summer months and can be utilised by the town in the future. Further town development work is due to commence to maintain and enhance the attractiveness and vibrancy of the town.

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