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Top international award for S4C drama

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Richard Harrington (DCI Mathias): during a break in the filming

Richard Harrington (DCI Mathias): during a break in the filming

THE DETECTIVE crime series Y Gwyll/Hinterland has won the top award at the 2016 New York International Film and Television awards.

The Grand Award is given to a select group of the highest scoring programmes from among all the entries – and among the top scorers this year is Y Gwyll/Hinterland.

Three productions have been chosen for the Grand Award this year, they are; Y Gwyll, ‘Earth is Yours’ (BBC Worldwide / Singapore), and ‘The Roosevelts: An Intimate History’ (PBS / USA).

Fiction Factory-produced Y Gwyll also won a Gold Medal in the Crime Drama category.

The news will be welcomed in Ceredigion where the cast and crew are currently filming the third series, to be broadcast first on S4C in the autumn and by BBC Wales at a later date.

The Grand Award and Gold Medal crowned a very successful night for S4C with two further Silver and Bronze Medals awarded to Welsh language content. The ceremony was held in Las Vegas on Tuesday, 19 April and received entries from 50 countries.

The Silver Medal went to the Boom Cymru documentary film, Patagonia Eric Jones ac Ioan Doyle in the Sports and Recreational category. The film followed the two rock climbers from Gwynedd on a journey to the Argentine province.

The documentary Dagrau o Waed: Rhyfel Corea won the Bronze Medal in the National / International Affairs category. The documentary is a co-production between S4C, Awen Media and JTV in Korea. It is one of several programmes made as part of a partnership with Jenonju Television and tells the story of two soldiers who fought during the Korean War – Meirion Davies from Ammanford and Young-Bok Yoo from South Korea.

Also nominated in the awards was the Green Bay media youth series, Llond Ceg who has received the commendation of a Finalists Certificate.

S4C Director of Content, Dafydd Rhys, is overjoyed with this year’s success at the awards. Dafydd Rhys says, “This is the most successful awards in recent years for S4C content at the New York International Film and Television awards and we congratulate everyone on their medals. Once again the talent and creativity of the production sector has flown the flag for Wales on the international stage bringing praise for both Wales and the excellent programmes made here. Well done everyone.”

S4C has enjoyed success at the New York International Film and Television Awards in recent years. In 2015, Adam Price a Streic y Glowyr (Tinopolis) won a Bronze Medal and there was a Silver Medal for Gwirionedd y Galon: Dr John Davies (Telesgop). In 2014, the series Taith Fawr y Dyn Bach (Cwmni Da) won Silver and Karen (Cwmni Da) took a Bronze Medal. And, in 2013, a Gold Medal was awarded to the documentary Fy Chwaer a Fi (Bulb Films, Part of Boom Cymru).

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Aberystwyth: Driver on drugs hits lorry and causes ‘road chaos’

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A DRIVER high on drugs caused 15 miles of chaos as he approached Aberystwyth on the A44.

Brian Pitts hit an oncoming lorry and road signs as he drove on the wrong side of the road.

A car passenger filmed him because she was sure a serious accident was about to happen.

Pitts, aged 57, of Delmont Close, Tipton, west Midlands, admitted dangerous driving and driving while unfit through drugs he had taken.

Dean Pulling, prosecuting, told Swansea Crown Court that on June 16 last year Pitts had been driving his Rover MGZR, towing a trailer full of wooden fencing posts, towards Aberystwyth from his home.

Richard Brooks followed the car through Llangurig and became so concerned he telephoned the police while his wife Victoria filmed Pitts on her mobile.

The Rover collided with a 13 tonne lorry driven by Andrew Paxton but failed to stop.

Pitts failed to take a roundabout and hit road signs and an embankment but still carried on.

During the 15 miles, said Mr Pulling, oncoming traffic had to swerve off the carriageway to avoid a collision.

Several motorists telephoned the police to report what they were witnessing, he added.

Pitts came to a stop in the middle of the road and another motorist snatched the keys out of the ignition–and noticed that Pitts had been driving with a dog on his lap.

Mr Pulling said police officers could tell there was something wrong with Pitts, but an alcohol text showed he was below the limit.

“He was clearly unfit,” said Mr Pulling, although it was still unclear what drugs he had taken.

Pitts was taken to Aberystwyth police station and then to Bronglais hospital, where he appeared to recover after treatment. But he soon deteriorated and had to be taken back to the hospital.

Pitts developed pneumonia and had to be kept in for nine days.

His barrister, Tom Scapens, said when Pitts had been shown the mobile telephone footage he felt physically sick.

Judge T Mervyn Hughes jailed Pitts for 10 months and banned him from driving for four years.

He told him, “If you had not been stopped I am quite sure you would have caused serious injury if not death.”

Pitts was told to pass an extended driving test before getting his licence back.

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Motion to support the reduction of plastic use in Ceredigion approved

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In a Full Council meeting on 22 February 2018, the Council unanimously supported a motion to reduce the use of plastic and to support plastic reduction initiatives in Ceredigion.

The motion was proposed by Councillor Mark Strong and was seconded by Councillor Gethin Davies. The motion calls on Ceredigion County Council to support the various ‘Plastic Free’ campaigns throughout the county by reducing single-use plastics within Council facilities and offices and to promote the use of sustainable alternatives to single-use plastics at all Council supported events.

Councillor Mark Strong said, “I’m delighted that the Council unanimously supported the motion. This is an important step for the Council but we must carry on to reduce plastic use. Everyone has a responsibility to reduce the environmental damage caused by plastic. Carrying out small acts such as buying milk from your local milkman supports the local economy but in turn also supports our environment by using reusable glass bottles.”

The motion also calls on the Council to encourage local businesses, organisations, schools and communities to move away from single-use plastics and use sustainable alternatives as well as to support beach cleans and other events which aim to raise awareness of the issues of single-use plastics under the “Plastic Free”, Caru Ceredigion, Tidy Towns or any similar initiative.

The motion was amended in the meeting to include the establishment of a Members’ Task and Finish group to support measures to reduce the Council’s use of plastic and to support initiatives in the county that reduce plastic use.

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Richards-Keegan cleared of sending underage girl nude pictures

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A BOW STREET man has been cleared of charges that he sent an underage girl photographs of his penis.

Paul Robert Morgan Richards-Keegan, aged 21, had denied two allegations of inciting a child to engage in sexual activity.

Richards-Keegan, of Tregerddan, said the only messages he sent her via the internet were in response to approaches from her and did not include photographs of his private parts.

Catherine Richards, prosecuting, had told a jury at Swansea Crown Court that the 14-year-old girl had shared messages with Richards-Keegan via Snapchat.

At one stage police issued to him a child abduction notice, which he signed, instructing him not to contact the girl

In 2016 she told her mother that he was again sending her unwanted photographs of his penis attached to messages.

Richards-Keegan was arrested, and told police he had obeyed the order apart from messages he had sent after being contacted by the complainant.

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