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Long jail sentence ahead for ear biter

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crowncourt-1024x682A MAN who bit off a large part of his victim’s ear during an outbreak of serious violence in the centre of Aberystwyth was told he would receive a long prison sentence.

John Howell, aged 27, was convicted by a jury at Swansea Crown Court of wounding with intent.

Howell, of Bwlch yr Allt, Cwmduad, near Llandyssul, was also found guilty of affray, as was Roland Ardizzoni, 26, of Church Street, Llandysul.

Ardizzoni was also advised by the judge to bring a bag to the sentencing hearing and to prepare himself for an immediate prison sentence.

The jury had heard how violence erupted shortly after Howell and Ardizzoni walked passed a group of men around 2am on May 17 last year.

Luke Williams and his friends had been out socialising after playing golf together.

There was a ‘very brief exchange of words’ but nothing else happened at that stage.

But Ardizzoni turned and threw a coin at Mr Williams’ group. The two groups confronted each other, said Ian Ibrahim, prosecuting.

Howell was by far the most aggressive but it was Ardizzoni who threw the first punch. Howell launched a ‘no holds barred’ attack on Mr Williams, and at one point latched his teeth onto his left ear tearing off ‘a large chunk’.

The violence was filmed by a CCTV camera and Ardizzoni could be seen ‘trying to punch just about everyone he could see’.

Mr Williams was taken to hospital and although a friend found the piece of ear in the street, surgeons could not reattach it.

After they had been arrested both Howell and Ardizzoni claimed they had been attacked and they defended themselves.

The guilty verdicts were unanimous.

The judge, Mr Recorder P.A. Hopkins, said he would have to decide whether Howell was a dangerous offender as defined by law.

Howell was immediately remanded into custody and warned a substantial prison sentence would follow.

Ardizzoni was granted bail until the sentencing hearing, listed for April 22.

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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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