Seven bailed in meat probe

SEVEN people arrested by police as part of a nationwide investigation, into the alleged processing and selling of unfit meat, have been bailed pending further inquiries.

The arrests were made after police, armed with search warrants, swooped on nine premises in Ceredigion, Carmarthenshire and London, on 26 March.

The arrests included those of former Ceredigion district councillor Dafydd Raw Rees, of Llandre, and Peter Maguigan, an employee of a government agency dealing with safeguarding food standards.

The swoop was part of a multi-agency investigation into the illegal slaughter, processing and selling of meat, and involved officers from Ceredigion and Carmarthenshire environmental health teams, the Meat Hygiene Service, DEFRA (Dept for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs), and the Food Standards Agency.

Premises at Tyn Parc, Llandre, and Oriel Jones and Sons, Llanybydder, were amongst those searched by officers.

A spokesman for Ceredigion police division, said: Following initial interviews, all the seven people arrested have been released on bail, to re-appear at Aberystwyth police station on a later date.

And Detective Inspector Gareth Jones, based at Aberystwyth police station, said: The investigation involving numerous agencies is on-going, and is being co-ordinated from Aberystwyth police station.

And we appreciate the extent to which members of the public have already assisted in this investigation.

But we would still like to hear from anyone with information which may be relevant to this on-going investigation.

Anyone with information is asked to contact either Aberystwyth Police Station (01970 612791) or Crimestoppers (0800 555111).