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Police appeal after spate of graffiti in Aberystwyth

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ABERYSTWYTH Neighbourhood Policing Team is appealing to the public for any information that will help them identify those responsible for a recent spate of graffiti across Aberystwyth town.

Since November, 11 separate reports of graffiti have been recorded and investigated by police in the town.  Most of this graffiti has occurred in public spaces or locations that are clearly visible to the public. 

Graffiti is an offence of criminal damage and is also an example of antisocial behaviour. It takes time and money to clean up the mess but can also negatively impact upon the community by detracting from people’s enjoyment of an area and it can instil perceptions of criminality and lack of safety.

Of particular concern is that three of the incidents have been recorded as hate crimes because the graffiti showed hostility towards racial and religious groups from our community.

Sergeant Marc Davies, from the Neighbourhood Policing Team said: “We understand the impact antisocial behaviour such as this can have on people’s lives as well as the wider community’s enjoyment of the town and its open spaces.  We take all reports seriously and each of these incidents has been investigated.  Unfortunately, so far we have not been able to identify those responsible.

“These crimes are typically being committed in public spaces so I would encourage the public to report any suspicious activity to the police as well as to pass on any information that will help us catch those responsible.

“If you discover any graffiti we are asking that you photograph it before trying to clean it up, and report it to police.”

Alun Williams, Acting Chair of the Ceredigion Community Safety Partnership, said: “Ceredigion is a beautiful part of Wales and we pride ourselves on keeping our towns and villages as attractive to visitors and residents as possible. The recent spate of graffiti in Aberystwyth is not acceptable and the Community Safety Partnership fully supports police colleagues in treating it as criminal damage. Partners are committed to combatting Anti-Social Behaviour and are confident that the public and agencies will work together to ensure we keep Aberystwyth, and the whole of Ceredigion a pleasant place to live and visit.”

If you have any information please contact the police on 101.

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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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