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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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Hywel Dda provides teaching equipment on infant feeding for over 100 midwives.

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Doll and knitted breast for midwifery

THANKS to donations, Hywel Dda Health Charities has been able to provide bags containing teaching equipment on infant feeding to over 100 midwives across Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire.

Each bag contains a doll and knitted breast, so that the midwives can give advice to new mums and mums-to-be on breast-feeding, along with laminated cards with information.

All the community midwives across the three counties, plus the maternity units at Glangwili,

Bronglais and Withybush hospitals have received the bags.

Hywel Dda’s Infant Feeding Co-ordinator, Christena Phelan O’Riordan (pictured in the foreground with Health Care Support Worker Jan Jones), said the dolls and knitted breasts were proving to be extremely useful as teaching aids.

“It has made such a difference having these visual aids to give pregnant and post-natal mothers advice on breast-feeding,” she said.

“Whether face-to-face in hospital or at home, or virtually through WhatsApp calls, these aids are great props for when we are teaching about breast-feeding.”

Nicola Llewelyn, Head of Hywel Dda Health Charities, the official charity of Hywel Dda University Health Board, said: “Donations are making a real difference to the lives of patients, service-users and staff in the Hywel Dda University Health Board area.

“We are very grateful for all the support we receive from our local communities.”

For more details about the charity and how you can help support local NHS patients and staff, go to www.hywelddahealthcharities.org.uk.

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Recognition given to long-standing members of Council committee

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AT AN Ethics and Standards Committee (virtual) meeting held on 17 September 2021,  Rif Winfield and Hywel Wyn Jones were given recognition for their 10 years’ of service to the Committee between 2011 and 2021. A small plaque was presented to both.

Hywel was Chair of the Committee for 3 years.

In their place, two new independent members Alan Davies and Caryl Davies have been appointed.

Eifion Evans, Chief Executive of Ceredigion County Council said, “Ceredigion County Council has benefitted from a decade of advice and considerations provided by Rif & Hywel. We welcome the new members of the committee and their input to the function of the Committee will be greatly appreciated.”

Standards Committees of local authorities exist to do all that is possible to promote and safeguard the standards that the public rightly expect from their elected representatives.

Ceredigion County Council Chairman, Councillor Paul Hinge, said, “Our thanks go to Rif and Hywel who have given their time to contribute to the Committee and we welcome the new members.”

The Committee is made up of five independent members, two county councillors and two town/community councillors. Meeting quarterly, reports for the Ethics and Standards Committee including dispensation applications can be found on the Council website: www.ceredigion.gov.uk.

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Exciting new developments on the horizon for Lampeter Wellbeing Centre

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Architects have been appointed to oversee the project and work will now begin on the proposed layout for the facility

At a Cabinet meeting held on 01 December 2020, it was agreed that Lampeter Leisure Centre would become the location of the Council’s first Wellbeing Centre in the County.

A significant amount of work and investment is to be made at the Leisure Centre which will improve the facility and the resources for years to come.

Over the coming months, as we see the plans and proposals for Wellbeing Centre develop, they will be shared with service users and the residents of Ceredigion.

Architects have been appointed to oversee the project and work will now begin on the proposed layout for the facility. The layout will be a reconfiguration of the existing facility in order to provide a Wellbeing Centre that can provide an enhanced range of Through Age Services, including Leisure Services to the residents of Lampeter and the mid of the county. 

Councillor Catherine Hughes, Ceredigion County Council Cabinet Member, said: “We are looking forward to the development of the new Wellbeing Centre at Lampeter. This will provide a range of services to residents within their local community.

This development comes at a welcome time, as Ceredigion Public Service Board is carrying out an Assessment of Local Wellbeing, in order to find out about the wellbeing of local people and communities, now and in the future.”

Lampeter Leisure Centre will be closed during the building works, but during this period alternative provision will be made available for all service users and clubs.

We look forward to being able to share these alternative plans with you over the coming weeks, as soon as these arrangements have been finalised.

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