A farmer accused of illegally fishing for salmon and migratory trout and driving dangerously on a rural road between Rhayader and Llanidloes has been found not guilty after a crown court trial.

Jake David William Powell, of Llwyngwilym Barn, near Rhayader, was acquitted by a jury following a trial at Swansea Crown Court which began in early April.


Powell, who had denied any wrongdoing, was charged with two counts, both related to alleged incidents on November 23, 2022.

He was accused of using prohibited instruments, namely a gaff and light or lamp, "for the purpose of taking or killing" salmon and migratory trout along the River Dernol, which is situated between Llangurig and Rhayader, without a fishing licence, but was cleared after a trial.

Powell was also found not guilty of dangerously driving a Volkswagen Amarok pick-up truck along the Dernol Road between Llangurig and Rhayader on the same day.