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THE HERALD FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 9 2016


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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


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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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