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A chronic failure to deal with and dispose of animal carcases

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ANIMAL health officers inspecting the premises of a knackerman from Banyfelin were met with ‘gruesome scenes’ arising from a chronic failure to deal with and dispose of animal carcases.
William Pinkney, aged 42, admitted a range of animal by-product offences including allowing chickens to roam on bloodstained floors, keeping overflowing bins of dead animals and bones, and leaving calf carcases on the floor in the processing area of a centre from which he ran his business.
Pinkney, who also houses the hounds of the Carmarthenshire Hunt Club, pleaded guilty to 16 offences at Llanelli Magistrates Court and was handed a 12-month community order. He must also pay over £2,195 in costs in a prosecution led by Carmarthenshire Council
The court heard that the 42-year-old is authorised to collect and receive fallen stock of farmed animals. He is also authorised to feed certain parts of the animals to the hounds living on the premises.
He admitted to magistrates keeping calf ears and heads in unlabelled bins, and not removing specified risk material (SRM) from a pile of calf carcasses – all SRMs must be removed and stained or marked with patent blue V and not mixed with other animal by-products (ABP).
Specified Risk Material includes parts of vertebrae, the digestive system and the heads of cattle which carry the risk of transmitting Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (sometimes called mad cow disease) and similar parts of sheep and goats which might transmit scrapie, a similar disease to BSE.
Disposal of those body parts is strictly controlled and includes storing them in leak-proof and sealed bins specified for that purpose only.
The Defendant also admitted feeding hounds with material contaminated by SR, allowing chickens to feed off partly burnt carcasses and letting horses have access to a manure heap containing animal bones.
He pleaded guilty to not keeping up to date feeding records for the hounds, failing to keep current records of collected or delivered animal carcasses, operating the collection centre and feeding animal by-products to the hounds after being served a prohibition notice.
Pinkney also pleaded guilty to not labelling blue wheelie bins containing unstained bones correctly and keeping ABP bins outside, overflowing and full of rotting carcases surrounded by a large number of maggots and flies.
Bins were not closed properly leaving bones scattered around the floor area allowing wild birds and animals access to them.
In mitigation Pinkney’s solicitor, Mr Clive Lewis, said that his client had reduced the number of fallen stock he deals with at the premises since November 2016, when officers visited Pinkney’s premises. Mr Lewis told the Magistrates that his client had also spent money to make sure the premises are compliant.
Mr Lewis said that, when Pinkney took over the business, he had inherited the issues on the site and that he was sorry he hadn’t been able to resolve them sooner.
Pinkney was also told to carry out 120 hours of unpaid work and pay an £85 victim surcharge.
The council’s executive board member for public protection, Cllr Philip Hughes said: “This has proved very costly for Mr Pinkney, who was aware it was his responsibility to ensure all guidelines were followed. Controls on animal by-products are there for a very good reason and protect against any potential risks to both human and animal health. I’d like to thank our animal health officers who were faced with some gruesome scenes during their investigation.”

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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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Trimsaran: Man charged with offences relating to explosives and poisons

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57-year-old man who was arrested at an address in Trimsaran, Carmarthenshire on Tuesday 11 June has been charged with offences relating to explosives and poisons.

Russell Wadge of Baglan Farm, Trimsaran will appear before Haverfordwest Magistrates Court on Wednesday (Jun 19) charged with one offence contrary to section 4 of the Explosive Substances Act of 1883 and four offences contrary section 3 of the Poisons Act 1972.

A police spokesperson told The Herald: “Officers from the Wales Extremism and Counter Terrorism Unit (WECTU) supported by Dyfed Powys Police, West Midlands Counter Terrorism Unit and partner agencies executed a search warrant at an address near Trimsaran where a specialist search took place after chemicals were found at the premises.

“There was no risk to neighbouring properties or to the general public. While a search of the property has concluded, a police cordon remains in place.”

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