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Double barrelled shotgun found in attic

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A FORMER antiques dealer who left a double barrelled 12-bore shotgun in his attic when he split with his partner was told that he only avoided prison due to the ‘somewhat exceptional circumstances’ of his case.

48-year-old Simon Causer, of Lammas Street, Carmarthen, pleaded guilty to one charge of possessing a shotgun without a certificate when he appeared at Llanelli Law Courts on Thursday (Jun 7).

The court heard that the gun had been purchased when causer was working as an antiques dealer, and he had been under the misapprehension that the weapon had been deactivated.

Prosecuting, Catherine Miles told the court that the offence dated back to November 2016, when Causer’s ex-wife had been clearing out the house they had previously shared prior to selling it.

In the attic, she found two guns wrapped in black bags, which she believed belonged to Causer. Police were called, and the weapons identified as a double-barrelled shotgun of Spanish origin and an air rifle. The shotgun was in working order, but had light corrosion to the barrel.

Causer was interviewed in January of this year, and confirmed he used to work as an antiques dealer carrying out house clearances. He added that he couldn’t remember where the guns came from, but thought that he had purchased them several years ago.

Causer explained that he had been told the weapons were deactivated, and he intended to mount them on wooden plaques and sell them as ornaments, and told officers that he had moved the guns, along with other items of stock, to the attic when he was forced to close his business due to ill-health.

The court heard that while Causer had previous convictions, he had not been before the courts since 2002.

Speaking in mitigation, David Elvy said that Causer had paid £20 for both guns ‘very many years ago’, believing that they were not working.

“He never thought to check whether they had been deactivated,” he remarked, explaining that after Causer moved his surplus stock to the attic his relationship broke down and he ‘packed his bags and left’.

Mr Elvy noted that while police recovered the guns in 2016, Causer was not spoken to until this year, when he went to the police station to report a theft.

Pointing out that no ammunition was found Mr Elvy added that Causer accepted ‘he should never have purchased the guns in the first place’.

“This is one of the rare occasions when a custodial sentence is not appropriate,” he remarked.

District Judge Chris James told Causer that certification was required to keep weapons like this out of the hands of people who should not have access to them.

“This was a side-to-side two-barrel shotgun, which has no lawful use in these circumstances,” he added, noting that it had been in Causer’s possession for an extended period of time.

While he accepted that Causer had not intended to use the gun, Judge James pointed out that it was capable of being used.

Causer was given a 16-week prison sentence, suspended for 12 months, and ordered to carry out 120 hours of unpaid work and pay a total of £200 in costs and surcharge.

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New all-inclusive cycling facility at Pembrey Country Park opens

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CYCLING for all ages and abilities is now available at Pembrey Country Park.

Some 38 new cycles including wheelchair transporters, wheelchair cycles, adult tricycles, hand cycles, two-seater side by side and four-seater cycles have arrived at the park’s ski and activity centre.

The purchases and new timber clad storage facilities were funded by the Welsh Government through its Integrated Care Fund (ICF) and a Play Sufficiency Grant funded children’s cycles. The project was delivered by Carmarthenshire County Council’s leisure team and learning disability services.

In addition to the cycles, a new fully equipped ‘Changing Places’ disabled changing and shower room which includes a full ceiling track hoist system and electrically operated shower/changing bed has been installed.

The council’s executive board member for leisure services, Cllr Peter Hughes-Griffiths said: “This has been made possible thanks to partnership working between Welsh Government, the council’s learning disability and leisure services. It’s yet another step forward in our plan to provide access to cycling for all abilities and as part of our wider vision to become the Cycling Hub of Wales.”

Already Pembrey Ski and Activity Centre is recognised for its ski for all facilities and regularly holds high profile events for all abilities.

The council’s disability ambassador, Cllr Jane Tremlett said: “We are delighted that we are able to offer a fully inclusive cycling facility at Pembrey Country Park. Already it has been a tremendous success in increasing the number of individuals accessing cycling as well as attracting out of county groups.”

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Road closed in both directions following collision between car and tractor

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THERE was a collision between a car and a tractor with a trailer at just past 12am today (Friday, June 21).

The road was closed in both directions from St Clears to Carmarthen while emergency services dealt with the incident.

Two men – the driver and passenger of the car – have been taken to hospital. One is in a critical but stable condition.

Anyone who witnessed the collision, who hasn’t already spoken to the police, is asked to contact the serious collision investigation unit at Dyfed-Powys Police on 101.

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Parc Howard shortlisted for national award

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PARC HOWARD has been shortlisted for the prestigious Family Friendly Museum Award.

Charity Kids in Museums awards the prize annually to one museum, gallery, historic home or heritage site in the UK that goes the extra mile to provide a great experience for families.

Throughout April and May, families across the country voted for their favourite heritage attraction on the Kids in Museums website. It is the only museum award to be judged by families.

A panel of museum experts whittled down over 800 nominations to a shortlist of 15.

The museum will now be visited by undercover family judges who will assess the museums against the Kids in Museums Manifesto. Their experiences will decide a winner for each award category and an overall winner, our Family Friendly Museum of the Year 2019.

The council’s executive board member for cultural services, Cllr Peter Hughes-Griffiths said: “It really is exciting times for Parc Howard Museum. To have been nominated for such a prestigious award is just superb and is testament to the family friendly environment we have been working to create within the museum.”

The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony in London in October.

Emmajane Avery, Chair of Kids in Museums, said: “It’s great to see Parc Howard Museum on the shortlist for this year’s Family Friendly Museum Award. To make it to the shortlist in our most competitive year yet is a fantastic achievement and a testament to the hard work staff have put in to create an enjoyable experience for families. We were inspired by how this ambitious museum works with community organisations to bring the museum to families on a low income. We wish the museum the best of luck in the next round of judging.”

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