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On trial for wedding violence

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swanseaTWO wedding guests from Llandysul are on trial accused of attacking the bridegroom’s sister.

Lindsey Sandra Rose Evans, 28, and her sister Amie Victoria Gutteridge, 32, both of Heol y Bedw, Henllan, Llandysul, have denied assaulting Samantha Robbins causing her grievous bodily harm.

A jury at Swansea Crown Court on Monday (Dec 14) how violence flared at the wedding reception of Miss Robbins’ brother, Ben, held at the Ceridwen centre near Drefach Felindre on September 1, 2012.

Dean Pulling, prosecuting, said the wedding had been a “resounding success” until Evans saw Miss Robbins, then a student nurse, at a dance being held in a tepee style tent.

Evans, he said, claimed that her boyfriend, and now husband, Neil Evans, had had a relationship with Miss Robbins.

“It wasn’t true, but it might explain why, in drink, she became so aggressive towards Miss Robbins,” said Mr Pulling.

Outside the tepee, it was alleged, Gutteridge began pointing her finger at Miss Robbins and Evans swore at her.

Miss Robbins told them they were attending her brother’s wedding and they should have some respect.

Mr Pulling said Evans pushed her to her chest and then hit her in the face. Both women then grabbed her hair and pulled her to the ground.

Miss Robbins fell down a grass bank and Evans followed, still punching her, he added.

Gutteride then kicked Miss Robbins “a number of times” while Evans held her down.

Guests and relatives intervened and the women were separated.

Mr Pulling said Miss Robbins suffered a fractured wrist, cuts, bruising and a damaged tooth, and months later still required surgery to damaged ligaments in her arm.

Mr Pulling said both sides of the dispute made complaints to the police, each blaming the others for the violence, and he told the jury he expected Evans and Gutteridge to claim that had acted in self defence.

“They were not defending themselves,” he added. “Evans was heard to say ‘get off me, I‘m going to kill the bitch.’”

Miss Robbins told the court the attack had been traumatic and she still suffered the effects more than three years later.

Cross examined by defence barristers representing Evans and Gutteridge, she denied having started the violence or that she and her family had “put your heads together to come up with an account of what had happened.”

The trial is expected to end later this week.

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Man accused of sexually assaulting six-year-old girls

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A FORMER Penparcau man is to stand trial accused of sexually assaulting two six year old girls.

Raymond Albert Wardall, 55, now of Blaenllynant Lodge, Queens Road, Aberystwyth, appeared at Swansea Crown Court for a plea and trial preparation hearing before Judge Paul Thomas.

Wardall denied a total of eight charges of sexual assault and sexual touching.

He will stand trial on November 27 and was granted bail until then.

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Alerts issued ahead of Storm Brian

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NATURAL RESOURCE WALES (NRW) is warning people that parts of the Welsh coast could see localised flooding as Storm Brian combines with high tides this evening and tomorrow.

The conditions could cause a storm surge, which in some areas could lead to overtopping of sea defences. Current predictions show that the worst affected areas are likely to be along exposed sections of the west coast of Wales from Southern Gwynedd to Llantwit Major.

High tides in these locations are expected to peak between 6am and 11am tomorrow (Oct 21).

NRW has already issued a number of flood alerts for the west coast, and is likely to issue flood warnings for Aberystwyth and Newgale later today. Further alerts or warnings for other areas will be issued as necessary.

24/7 Emergency response workers from NRW will be out at key areas of the coast over the next couple of day to monitor the high tides and condition of its sea flood defences.

NRW has also contacted its partner agencies such as local councils and the emergency services to ensure that appropriate responses are in place should the need arise.

Richard Hancox, from Natural Resources Wales said: “Conditions across the coastline are likely to be extremely dangerous this weekend and we urge people to stay clear, and avoid visiting the coast during this time.

“We know people are tempted to try and take photos of these storms, but it really isn’t worth putting your life at risk. Sea spray and flood water can knock you off your feet easier than you might think, and the large waves can send debris flying onto shore.

“If anyone is concerned about the risk of flooding to their home, please check to see if flood warnings are available in your area, and visit our website for advice on how best to prepare.”

Flood alerts and flood warnings are updated on the Natural Resources Wales website every 15 minutes.

Information and updates are also available by calling Floodline on 0345 988 1188. People can also register for free flood warnings either by calling the Floodline number or at NRW’s website.

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​Major bequests for Aber research ​

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TWO major legacies to support postgraduate research have been announced at Aberystwyth University’s Founders’ Day held in the Old College on October 13.

The University revealed that Eleanor and David James had donated £2m to the institution where they both worked for 35 years, while former student Margaret Wooloff has bequeathed £400,000.

Both bequests will be used to fund postgraduate research at the University, in line with the wishes of the benefactors.

The legacies were announced as part of the University’s now annual Founders’ event, which echoes the celebrations held in the town back in October 1872 when the first students arrived at Old College.

The Vice-Chancellor of Aberystwyth University, Professor Elizabeth Treasure, said: “It is extremely fitting that these very special bequests have been the focal point of this year’s Founders’ Day event. They remind us how the University has been supported since its early beginnings by the generosity of the people of Wales and the wider world.

“Eleanor and David James, and Margaret Wooloff all dedicated their lives to the furtherance of knowledge and their valuable contributions to education in Wales will live on in their legacies. We owe them a huge debt of gratitude.”

The Director of Development and Alumni Relations at Aberystwyth University, Louise Jagger, said: “There is a very strong bond between the University and our family of alumni across the world. Eleanor and David James and Margaret Wooloff were all active members of the Old Students’ Association during their lives and we are immensely grateful to them for their support over the years. Their generous legacies will now enable the scholars of the future to pursue their particular fields of expertise and undertake research with impact, which is integral to our mission as a leading University.”

Members of the local community joined staff and students at the Old College to mark Founders’ Day.

The guest speaker at the event was Ceredigion MP Ben Lake who said: “The story of how Aberystwyth University – or the University College of Wales as it was originally called – is one in which we can all take pride as a nation. Driven by the vision of its founders, the dream of establishing a college with University status in Wales was made possible thanks to the generosity of ordinary people. The roots and foundations of the University reflect our values in Wales and it is vitally important that we commemorate and celebrate this very special heritage.

“May I take this opportunity to congratulate Aberystwyth on being named recently as the University of the Year for Teaching Quality by the Good University Guide – a well deserved accolade which is testament to the dedication of all its staff.”

In July 2017, the Heritage Lottery Fund announced that it had earmarked £10.5m for ambitious plans to redevelop Old College in time for the University’s 150th anniversary in 2022.

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