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Llandysul: Man who nearly killed step-daughter’s new boyfriend jailed

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Swansea Crown Court

Swansea Crown Court

A LLANDYSUL man who didn’t like his step daughter’s new boyfriend stabbed him in his heart with a kitchen knife and almost killed him.

Gareth Wyn Jones would have died but for an emergency operation.

Anthony Trevor Osmond, aged 52, of 16 Parc Meiros, Velindre, was today jailed for two and a half years after he admitted a charge of unlawful wounding.

Helen Randall, prosecuting, told Swansea Crown Court that Osmond had been described as over protective of and obsessed with his step daughter Oasis, aged 20.

She had been a barmaid at the Nags Head pub in Abercych and formed a relationship with Mr Jones, a customer.

Because of Osmond’s attitude she, at first, kept the relationship a secret. When she did tell him Osmond insisted on meeting him.

Miss Randall said Mr Jones began to receive text messages and voice messages on his mobile from Osmond, one telling him “you’re dead.”

Osmond also left messages on Mr Jones’ Facebook page.

Late on July 31 last year Osmond’s wife, Emma, parked their car 200 yards from the Nags Head and Osmond went to the pub looking for Mr Jones.

He could not see him but as he returned to the car Mr Jones approached him and asked to talk.

A struggle followed, during which Osmond picked up the kitchen knife, with a six inch blade, and stabbed Mr Jones.

Miss Randall said neither men realised what had happened but as Mr Jones walked away he began to feel feint and collapsed. The next thing he could remember was being revived by a nurse.

Mr Jones was taken to Swansea’s Morriston Hospital where surgeons repaired a cut to his heart.

Osmond, meanwhile, set off to drive towards the Severn Bridge where he was arrested on the M4 after a “controlled stop by police.”

During police interviews Osmond said he had not considered Mr Jones “appropriate” for his step daughter.

Osmond’s barrister, Janet Gedrych, said it had been agreed between the defence and the prosecution that Osmond should be sentenced on the basis that he had acted recklessly in picking up the knife during the struggle and not that he had deliberately stabbed Mr Jones.

“He is devastated at how close he came to killing that young man,” she added.

Judge Peter Heywood told Osmond he was “hugely fortunate” not to be facing a far more serious charge.

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New Quay RNLI lifeboat crew trains with lifeguards

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NEW QUAY lifeboat station hosted a special training evening with the lifeboat crew and Ceredigion’s RNLI lifeguards last week.

Pete Yates, one of New Quay RNLI’s inshore lifeboat helms, worked closely with Ceredigion lifeguard supervisor, Tirion Dowsett, to plan scenarios for the teams to practice working together in casualty care situations.

A large scale scenario included four casualties to be dealt with by the inshore lifeboat crew and two lifeguard teams on a nearby beach, whilst a third lifeguard team and lifeboat crew members dealt with a separate scenario at the lifeboat station.

Pete said: “It was a great evening of training. We had 9 lifeguards and 13 lifeboat crew in attendance.

“The main scenario included casualties suffering from hypothermia and propeller injuries. A second scenario involved a mechanic suffering head injuries in the forepeak of the all-weather lifeboat and requiring extraction on a stretcher.

“On completion of these scenarios we all gathered back at the station where one of our senior crew members sprung a great act at being a diabetic having a hypo, and being suitably angry and aggressive.”

Roger Couch, New Quay RNLI’s Lifeboat Operations Manager, added: “It was great for our lifeboat crew members to work with the lifeguards as it builds a deeper understanding of each other’s roles and encourages teamwork between us. This is of great benefit when dealing with real life casualty care situations.”

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Coastguard rescues dog stuck on cliffs

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LAST TUESDAY (Aug 27), New Quay RNLI’s inshore D-class lifeboat, Audrey LJ, was tasked by Milford Haven Coastguard to assist the Coastguard with a dog stuck on the cliffs near New Quay.

The volunteer crew launched the inshore lifeboat at 1.50pm with four crew members on board and made their way south down the coast.

Brett Stones, New Quay RNLI’s helm said: “We located the dog on the cliffs by Castell Bach, near Cwmtydu. We stood by while the Coastguard team caught the animal. The dog was unharmed and safe with the Coastguard so we were stood down.

“However, while returning to station we were then tasked to a small vessel with engine failure. We towed the stricken boat with three people on board back to New Quay. We rehoused the inshore lifeboat and it was ready for service by 2.40pm.”

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New maintenance Lorries cut carbon emissions

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The Ground Maintenance Team has purchased three new lorries to support ground maintenance services in Ceredigion.

The new lorries will move Ceredigion County Council’s Ground Maintenance Service’s equipment to and from the grounds that they look after. The lorries will also take cut grass away for composting. This provides the most efficient way of maintaining the areas that the team is responsible for.

Councillor Dafydd Edwards is the Cabinet member responsible for Highways and Environmental Services together with Housing. He said: “The new vehicles replace ones which had provided excellent service for almost 20 years. They are fitted with Euro 6 engines which are considerably more efficient and better for the environment.”

The Grounds Maintenance Team is also incrementally introducing electric-powered mowers, blowers, hedge cutters and strimmers into its fleet. This equipment is better for the environment, is easier to use and causes less noise and vibration.

The new lorries support Ceredigion County Council’s commitment to be a net-zero carbon council by 2030.

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