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Bonfires and litter at Ynyslas hazardous to animals

Bags of Bank Holiday rubbish at Ynyslas: Could disrupt wildlife NATURAL RESOURCES

WALES (NRW) have released a statement requesting that beach goers do not start bonfires or leave rubbish behind when visiting nature reserves as it can threaten the wildlife that lives there. The statement was released

following a string on incidents at Dyfi Ynyslas Nature Reserve, near Aberystwyth, where a party was held over the August Bank Holiday weekend, in which beach party goers had left litter behind. Those who decided to camp on

the nature reserve were woken on Bank Holiday Monday by NRW reserve staff and Dyfed-Powys Police, requesting that they remove their litter and tents before leaving the site. Public safety signs and marker

posts on the beach had been used to fuel a bonfire, whilst broken glass and other debris were left around vehicles. Large amounts of plastic bottles,

cans, food wrappers and general rubbish were also collected over the Bank Holiday weekend at the site, which is run by NRW. Ali Chedgy, Ceredigion Assistant

Reserve Manager at Natural Resources Wales, commented on the issue, stating: “Nature reserves are fantastic places for people to enjoy and get closer to nature, but they also provide a home to the rich, diverse and valuable wildlife we have in Wales. “We do ask all visitors to be

considerate when they visit, and to be aware of the harmful effect that fires, fireworks, and leaving rubbish can have on the reserve.” Bonfires are high risk and could be

devastating to the site and its wildlife as well as a risk to human lives. Due to the long dry grass situated around Dyfi Ynyslas, the area could easily catch fire from a wayward spark or unextinguished log.

Any rubbish left on the reserve

could also contain chemicals which, if eaten by animals, could cause distress or fatality. Ali then added: “Wildlife is an

important part of our environment, our heritage and our culture here in Wales. “Having a campfire or letting

off fireworks at a nature reserve might seem like fun but it is a risk to wildlife, the habitats they call home, and people living nearby.” Some nature reserves across

Wales are Special Sites of Scientific interest (SSSI) or Special Areas of Conservation (SAC), which means they are protected by law and any damage could be considered a criminal act. If you see people lighting fires or setting off fireworks on a National Nature Reserve, please contact the Natural Resources Wales 24 hour incident hotline on 0800 80 70 60.

MADE TO MEASURE - FITTEDWITH PRIDE Public safety sign at Ynyslas: Used as bonfire fuel

Early admission plea gets maximum credit

A CARDIGAN defendant

attended Aberystwyth Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday (Sept 7) to face a charge of possession of cannabis. Aaron Nathaniel Simpson, 24, of

Golwg Y Castell, pleaded guilty to possessing 1g of cannabis, on August 3 at Cardigan. Prosecutor Rhian Jones told the

court that police attended the address of the defendant on August 3 after they smelled a strong scent of cannabis coming from one of the flats. When the defendant opened the

front door of his property, he felt challenged by the officers and admitted that he was in possession of drugs. Ms Jones added that Simpson

volunteered to hand the cannabis over to the officers, which had a street value of £10.

During an interview at the police

station, Simpson told the officers that the cannabis was his and that he had it with the intention of using it himself.

Ms Jones further added that the

defendant has previous convictions between 2009 and 2011 for possession of cannabis. Defending, Alison Mathias told

the court that Simpson’s case is simple and straightforward, especially as he made a full and frank admission at the time of the incident. Currently unemployed, Ms

Mathias added that the defendant is going through a difficult time and purchased the drugs to help him relax. Magistrates gave maximum credit

to Simpson for his early guilty plea, and expressed their satisfaction that he is making progress with probation agencies for his personal issues. Magistrates imposed a 12 month

conditional discharge on Simpson and he was ordered to pay a total of £105 in court costs, consolidated with any other outstanding fines he has. Magistrates also issued a destruction order for the drugs.

TWOC adjourned AN ABERYSTWYTH woman

has pleaded not guilty to an allegation of taking a vehicle without consent. Clare Thomas, 43, of Rhydybont


in Penparcau, faced the charge at Aberystwyth Magistrates’ Court on

Wednesday (Sept 7). In order for a statement to be

prepared, Magistrates imposed an adjournment until September 27 at Aberystwyth Magistrates’ Court. Thomas was released on extended conditional bail until then.

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