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Cardigan: Charges relating to ‘most serious child porn category’ admitted

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swansea crown courtA CARDIGAN man who discussed child pornography with other paedophiles tipped them off about “secure locations” on the internet, a judge heard.

But it didn’t do Colin Morgan any good as police experts found his collection of indecent images of children and videos depicting extreme porn.

Morgan, aged 52, admitted eight offences of making indecent images of children and possessing indecent images with intent to show.

Morgan, of Maes y Felin, also admitted two offences of possessing extreme pornography depicting adults indulging in sexual acts with animals.

Craig Jones, prosecuting at Swansea Crown Court on Friday (Apr 8), said police armed with a search warrant raided his home on December 18 last year.

Morgan immediately told them, “There is no point in lying. It started with people sending me pictures.

Mr Jones said an examination of his computer revealed 22 images or videos involving children, some of them in the most serious category, and five extreme porn videos.

But the experts also found that Morgan had been in contact with like minded people via the Skype system. In some of the messages he had sent links to “secure” locations stored on the Cloud.

Judge Peter Heywood told Morgan that the children featured in the images and videos were real people “who are exploited and abused by others who take financial advantage of them.”

Judge Heywood said such offending would have led to an immediate prison sentence in years gone by.

But he could not jail Morgan long enough for him to benefit from a sex offenders programme.

Morgan was placed under supervision for three years during which he will receive one to one counselling.

He was also ordered to register with the police as a sex offender for the next five years.

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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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