A former coroner jailed for stealing £1.2 million from a dead farmer's fortune, has won the right to challenge his five-year jail term.
William John Owen, 81, the former coroner for Carmarthenshire, plundered the millions left by bachelor farmer, John Williams, despite being trusted as executor of his will.
Much of Mr Williams' estate was left to charities, but Owen charged "exorbitant fees" for the task of administering the dead man's estate.
Owen, from Llandeilo, was jailed for five years at Cardiff Crown Court in 2014 after he admitted a string of theft and false accounting charges.
At the Appeal Court today the pensioner successfully applied for permission to appeal against his sentence. No date was fixed for the full hearing of the appeal.
A woman has been fined £75 after leaving bin bags next to recycling banks as she missed her local rubbish collection.
The woman, from Laugharne in Carmarthenshire, admitted leaving them at the banks in St Clears and was issued with a fixed penalty notice by council environmental enforcement officers.
The council said there was no facility for blue bags at the site and if people miss their kerbside collection they should take them to their nearest household waste recycling centre.
These sites are important facilities for communities, but people are dumping all kinds of rubbish or are just too lazy to put them into the recycling banks,” he said.
“This will not be tolerated and anyone caught will be fined.
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Roads have been closed in Powys and Carmarthenshire.
The A 483 is closed at Llandovery, Four Crosses and Builth Wells. The A485 is closed at Castle Caereinion as is the A470 at Llangurig.
The A487 Dyfi Bridge is closed at Machynlleth along with the A495 at Meifod.
The A4069 is also closed at Llangadog.
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A man has died in a car crash near Carmarthen.
The 55-year-old man was riding a motorcycle when it crashed as it went round a bend of the B4312.
His next of kin have been informed.
The occupants of the car were treated for shock following the incident.
Police are asking for anyone with information about the crash to call them on 101.
The A48 is closed in both directions after an accident between Llanddarog and the Cross Hands Roundabout.
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Carmarthenshire councillors will meet today to consider proposals to ban dogs from playgrounds following a public consultation exercise.
A survey was carried out between April and May this year asking the public for their views on orders controlling dogs in public places.
A total of 620 responses were received and officers have used the information to draw up proposals to tackle the problem of irresponsible dog ownership.
- 98% of people surveyed agreed that dog owners should clean up after their dogs on all public land;
- 69% also agreed that dogs should be excluded from children's play areas;
- But 70% said they did not want dogs to be excluded from beaches and a majority disagreed to dogs being on a lead in public places.
The proposals will go before the Environmental and Public Protection Scrutiny Committee for consideration later today.
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