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Ceredigion residents are reassured that polling stations are safe places to vote

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ON THURSDAY May 6 residents in Ceredigion will go to the polls to have their say on who represents them in the Senedd and as Police and Crime Commissioner.

For those who are voting in person, polling stations will be safe places to vote. Voters are encouraged to keep themselves and others safe by:

·         Wearing a face covering

·         Bringing their own pen or pencil

·         Cleaning their hands when entering and leaving the polling station using the hand sanitizer provided

·         Keeping a safe distance

·         Not entering the polling station if they feel unwell.

Voters should not attend the polling station if they have symptoms of Covid-19, or if they have been asked to self-isolate. Anyone who develops symptoms, or is asked to self-isolate shortly before polling day, has up to 5pm on polling day to apply for an emergency proxy vote. This allows them to nominate someone they trust to vote on their behalf.

Polling stations will be open from 7am to 10pm on Thursday 06 May. Voters who have opted to vote by post must return their postal ballot pack by 10pm; they can hand it in at their polling station if they don’t have time to return it by post.

Eifion Evans, Returning Officer for Ceredigion said: “If you are choosing to vote in person, help keep yourself and others safe by following the safety measures that are in place. This includes sanitising your hands and keeping a safe distance from others. Make sure you check the information on your polling cards, as your polling station might have changed since the last election.”

To see if your polling station has changed, have a look below.

·         Cwmystwyth Chapel Vestry to Mynach Primary School, Pontarfynach, Aberystwyth SY23 4QZ

·         Tyndwndwn Chapel, Talsarn to Memorial Hall, Felinfach, Lampeter SA48 8AE

·         Silver Band, Park Avenue, Aberystwyth to Harbour House, Y Lanfa, Aberystwyth SY23 1AS

·         Silver Band, Park Avenue, Aberystwyth to Salvation Army, Alexandra Road, Aberystwyth SY23 2NN

·         The Old School, Cross Inn to Pennant Community Centre, Pennant, Llannon SY23 5PA

·         Little Acorns, Comins-Coch to Comins Coch Primary School, Comins Coch, Aberystwyth SY23 3BQ

·         Ysgol Trewen to Bryngwyn Chapel Vestry, Bryngwyn SA38 9PL

·         Caffi Sali Mali, Blaenpennal to Bronant Chapel Vestry, Bronant, Aberystwyth SY23 4TG

·         Pisgah Chapel Vestry to Talgarreg Memorial Hall, Talgarreg, Llandysul SA44 4ET

·         Village Hall, Aberporth to Dyffryn y Banc Centre, Aberporth SA43 2EU

·         H.U.T.S Adpar to Newcastle Emlyn Rugby Club, Dol Wiber, Adpar SA38 9AZ

Further information about the elections is available on the Council’s website: www.ceredigion.gov.uk/your-council/voting-elections/. It’s also worth keeping an eye out on the Council’s social media pages at @CeredigionCC on Facebook and Twitter and @CaruCeredigion on Instagram.

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Stand up for slowing down speed campaign launched

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INAPPROPRIATE speed contributes to around 11% of all injury collisions reported to the police, with 15% of collisions resulting in a serious injury and 24% of collisions resulting in fatalities.

Starting on the 26th July, the National Police Chief Council (NPCC) Speed Campaign will kick off across the UK, with GoSafe and the four Welsh Police Forces participating in both engaging with the public about the risks of speeding and enforcing the speed limits on the roads of Wales.

In 2019, 60,073 Fixed Penalty Notices (FPNs) were issued in Wales to drivers/riders for speeding.

Speeding is a major contributing factor to collisions on the roads of Wales. This includes both ‘excessive speed’, where the speed limit is exceeded, as well as driving or riding within the speed limit when this is too fast for the conditions at the time; for example, in poor weather, poor visibility or high pedestrian activity.

During the Coronavirus pandemic, we saw less traffic but higher speeds.  Now our restrictions are lifting, traffic volumes are up and as we are holidaying in the UK more, we are seeing more people speeding on the roads in Wales.  We want to change this, but can only do that with your help.

 Over the next few weeks you will see an increased presence on the road network of Wales as we aim to keep all road users safe and reduce the number of people killed or seriously injured on our roads.

 We know that the majority of road users comply with the speed limit; but the minority of those who do not increases the risk to the safety of all road users and need to be educated on the risks to their own safety as well as to the safety of those around them. Throughout this campaign, GoSafe and our partners in the Police and Local Authorities will encourage and educate more people to reduce their speed to save lives.

Teresa Ciano, GoSafe Partnership Manager said: “GoSafe enforce at sites across Wales in order to encourage motorists to comply with the speed limits and in turn make our roads and communities safer for everyone. If we all play our part and stand up for slowing down we can make a difference, and we can save lives on the roads of Wales.”

Lee Waters MS, Deputy Minister for Climate Change said: “I am very pleased to support this campaign. Driving at high speeds costs lives and a greater police presence on our roads will mean motorists will be more likely to drive within the speed limits, protecting lives and avoiding a speeding fine.”

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Cardigan man accused of murder in court

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John Williams Bell was found murdered in Cardigan

A CARDIGAN man who is accused of stabbing a man to death has appeared in court today (Jul 28).

Ashley Keegan, 22, of Golwyg y Castell, Cardigan, appeared before court via video link where he spoke only to confirm his name and date of birth.

Swansea crown court heard how Keegan is accused of stabbing 37-year-old John Williams Bell seven times in the back.

Mr Bell’s body was discovered in the early hours of Wednesday Morning, July 21, on the road to Cardigan Bridge.

The court set a provisional trial date for January 3, 2022.

Keegan will remain remanded into custody until the trial.

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Suspected drink driver tracked for two miles by police dog

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A SUSPECTED drink driver was arrested after a police dog tracked him for two miles along a cycle path.

Dyfed-Powys Police dog Storm and his handler PC Mike Barnsley located the driver following a collision between Bont and Tregaron on Sunday, July 25.

Officers had attended the scene of the collision, discovering that a car had hit a tree and overturned – however, the driver was not present.

PC Barnsley said: “There were concerns that the driver could have been injured due to the significant damage to the car, so a search was immediately launched to find them.

“With PD Storm, I focussed on the cycle path running alongside the road, where Storm picked up a track and followed it for around two miles.

“Local response units accessed the cycle path ahead of us, while another unit searched from the main road along an unclassified road in the same direction.”

PC Barnsley and Storm reported a sighting of a man on the cycle path, and he was stopped and arrested on suspicion of drink driving.

Sergeant David Hawksworth said: “This was an excellent demonstration of teamwork and coordination by officers, whose good local knowledge resulted in the suspect being swiftly found and arrested.”

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