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Investigation after leopard's cage left open at zoo

Borth Animalarium's website said African leopard Rajah tried to kill his previous owner. Credit: Wales News Service

Ceredigion County Council is investigating how a leopard nearly escaped, when a zookeeper left its cage open during feeding time.

A group of visitors watched on at Borth Animalarium, near Aberystwyth.

Owner Alan Mumbray forgot to shut an enclosure, but noticed just as Rajah the leopard was trying to get out, and used a stepladder to stop him.

Mr Mumbray has now suspended himself from duty while inquiries are carried out.

The Animalarium website says Rajah is an African leopard, who was born at Basildon zoo. He then went to a private owner, who wanted him as a pet - but he tried to kill that owner. That meant he was no longer wanted, so came to the Animalarium.

Safety experts from Ceredigion County Council have visited the zoo, which has 150 different species. A council spokesman said: "We are investigating the incident in accordance with council policy."


Man who died in Ceredigion lake named

A festival was taking place near to where Timothy Dawber was found. Credit: PA

A man whose body was recovered from a lake in Llanddewi Brefi, Ceredigion, has been named at Timothy James Alexis Dawber.

He was 30 and from Chippenham in Wiltshire.

He was reported missing on Monday, and his body was recovered on Tuesday.

There are no suspicious circumstances surrounding his death.

An inquest has been opened and adjourned.

Body found after man goes missing at pond

Police say the man was attending a festival at Llandewi Brefi when he went missing. Credit: PA

Police searching for a missing man have found a body at a pond at Llanddewi Brefi, Ceredigion.

Dyfed Powys Police received a report that a man, along with others, had entered a pond in the area yesterday afternoon.

Police say other swimmers got out of the pond and raised the alarm when the man did not return a little while later. There was a licensed festival taking place on nearby land.

Specialist searches were conducted last night and continued today in the pond and the surrounding area, and a body was recovered from the water this afternoon.

Efforts are being made to trace the next of kin.

Four women appear in court over Tregaron burial charges

Four women have appeared in court charged with not allowing a body to be given a proper burial.

The last confirmed sighting of Geoffrey Howard Sturdey, from Tregaron, Ceredigion, was in October 2008.

He was aged 60 at the time.

The investigation follows the discovery of the remains of a man, thought to be Mr Sturdey, on a remote smallholding near Tregaron.

Today's hearing took place before magistrates in Haverfordwest.

Rebekah Sturdey aged 56, and Boque Ore Adie, aged 43, have been remanded in custody accused of benefit fraud of more than £60,000.

Hazel Adie, aged 20 and Karmel Adie, aged 25, were released on bail.

All four are due before Swansea Crown Court on July 5.


Three new cases of Ash Dieback disease

There have now been 17 cases of Ash Dieback in Wales Credit: John Giles/PA Wire

Three new cases of the Ash Dieback disease have been discovered in west Wales. Forestry Commission Wales say it was found at three newly-planted sites in private woodlands during a “trace forward” inspection of young trees sourced from known infected nurseries.

The three latest confirmed infections in Pembrokeshire and Ceredigion bring the total sites in Wales to 17. Forestry Commission Wales staff are checking all known recent ash plantings to establish the full extent of the outbreak, which has yet to be discovered beyond new planting sites in Wales.

John Browne, FC Wales Head of Forest Regulation and Tree Health, said “While these newly confirmed infections have extended the known distribution of this disease in Wales, there is still no evidence that Chalara is present in the wider environment here.”

The disease was first recorded in Britain in early 2012 in Leicestershire and is known to have spread to the wider environment in the south-east of England from spores which are believed to have been blown across the English Channel and North Sea.

According to a census of Wales' forests last year, there are 17,600 hectares of ash in Wales which represents 6.8% of the woodlands in the country.

Iceland chief: Local authorities to blame

North Wales based food chain Iceland Credit: Ian Nicholson/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Iceland chief executive Malcolm Walker has attacked local authorities for driving down the quality of food as the horsemeat scandal continues.

Mr Walker told the BBC's Andrew Marr Show: “Supermarkets shouldn’t be blamed. British supermarkets have got a fantastic reputation for food safety.

“If we’re going to blame somebody, let’s start with local authorities because there’s a whole side of this industry which is invisible, that’s the catering industry.

“Schools, hospitals, it’s a massive business for cheap food and local authorities award contracts based purely on one thing: price.”

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