Cambrian News's section 49 success

Mid-Wales-based Cambrian News has on two consecutive weeks successfully persuaded magistrates to lift reporting restrictions in cases of juveniles who had turned 18 during the course of proceedings.

The first juvenile court case involved a teenager who attacked a man and landed him in intensive care, just hours after breaking another victim’s jaw.

The second involved a 17-year-old driver who had crashed his car, killing a 15-year-old passenger.

On the instructions of editor Beverly Davies, court reporters at Aberystwyth made submissions to the benches, quoting the appeal court ruling in October in the case brought by the Johnston Press-owned Sunderland Echo and The Shields Gazette.

Magistrates on both occasions agreed with the Cambrian News that section 49 orders were no longer applicable and the paper could identify the defendants.

There were no submissions against the Cambrian News applications by either the defence or prosecution solicitors.

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