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'Unsustainable pressure' on Arriva buses

Arriva buses have cited "spiralling fuel costs" and "unsustainable financial pressure" as part of the reasons for proposing the closure of various sites across Wales.

"It is with regret we propose that Arriva Buses Wales’ Aberystwyth depot, New Quay, Lampeter and Dolgellau outstations will close on the 21 December 2013, subject to a consultation period with staff.

"The period of instability regarding public transport funding and potential forthcoming changes to the Concessionary Fares Scheme, together with spiralling fuel costs has resulted in an unsustainable financial pressure on our Aberystwyth operations. A recent network review has lead us to believe that current services in this area cannot, despite our best efforts, continue.

"Services 20, 40, 40C, 50, 585 and X94 would be affected by the closure, with the proposed last day of operation being 21 December 2013. Due to contractual arrangements service 585 would continue to operate until 15 February 2014. We have notified the local authority of our intentions.

"The proposed closure may unfortunately result in staff losses, and we are currently in consultation with the 46 staff who would be affected."

– Arriva Buses Wales

Concerns over Arriva buses jobs threat

The Unite union has raised concerns over proposals by Arriva buses to cut up to 46 jobs across sites in Wales.

“We’re clearly disappointed by [the] decision by Arriva to look at a number of closures that would result in people losing their jobs. This is a worrying development for our members effected who will now face great uncertainty in what are already financially trying times.

"Going forward we are focused on working towards the best possible outcome for our members that are potentially impacted by today’s announcement.”

– Tony Brady, Unite Wales officer

Meat supplied by Ceredigion processing plant recalled

Farmbox Meats Ltd was forced to close in February after an investigation into horsemeat, but restrictions were later lifted.

The Food Standards Agency has ordered the recall of meat supplied by a Ceredigion processing plant which was investigated in the horsemeat scandal.

It says Farmbox Meats has supplied frozen lamb, beef and mutton trim that has not been subject to proper temperature controls and that does not comply with traceability rules.

The plant at Llandre stopped trading in June.

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.

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