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Teenager arrested over theft of 30 anti-wind farm signs  

Credit:  Carmarthen Journal, www.thisissouthwales.co.uk 21 March 2012 ~~

No further action will be taken against a teenager who was arrested for vandalising anti-wind farm signs in Carmarthenshire.

Thirty signs were removed from the road between Pencader and New Inn sometime overnight on Saturday, March 3.

Police said they arrested a 17-year-old at the time who admitted the offence.

Police spokeswoman Catharine Evan-Williams said the teenager had been reprimanded by the police officers. The vandalism came just days before a visit by officials from the Infrastructure Planning Committee (IPC), the body which will be deciding on one of the wind farm applications in the area.

Members of the IPC had travelled to West Wales to hold a preliminary hearing for plans for 28 wind turbines on land to the east of Alltwalis.

Energy company RWE Npower Renewables wants permission for the development.

The IPC group made an informal visit to the site just days after the signs had been removed.

The full hearing of the IPC is expected later this year.

There are also two other wind farm applications for the area but these are smaller in size.

They will not be determined by the IPC but by Carmarthenshire Council’s planning committee.

The two other applications are for 12 turbines north of Abergorlech, also by RWE Npower Renewables, and 21 turbines on Mynydd Llanllwni by Renewable Energy Systems (RES) Ltd.

Anti-wind farm protestors said they were dismayed they were unable to replace the stolen signs in time.

Caroline Evans, of the Brechfa Forest Action Group said: “The timing of this was certainly interesting. It also came just ahead of an public exhibition by RES for the Bryn Llewelyn site.

“This whole issue does make people on both sides passionate.

“We certainly don’t support vandalism but free speech whether for or against.”

She all three projects are expected to be up for decision by the end of the summer.

Source:  Carmarthen Journal, www.thisissouthwales.co.uk 21 March 2012

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