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Ear biter jailed for nine years

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crowncourt-1024x682A man who bit off sixty per cent of another man’s ear in an “act of grotesque savagery” in the centre of Aberystwyth has been jailed for nine years.

But his friend who started the trouble received a sentence of only 12 months.

John Howell, aged 27, had been 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, Llandyssul.

Ardizzoni was described by the  judge as “the trigger for a significant degree of widespread disorder” at 2.30am on May 17 last year.

Near the Clockhouse the pair walked passed a group of men that included Luke Williams, who was out socialising with friends after they had spent the day 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 and the two groups confronted each other.

Howell was by far the most aggressive but it was Ardizzoni who threw the first punch.

Howell then launched a “no holds barred” attack on Mr Williams, and bit him at least twice before tearing off most of his left ear.

The violence was filmed by a CCTV camera and Ardizzoni, once a soldier in the Welsh Guards, 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 had defended themselves.

Last week, Mr Recorder P.A.Hopkins, described that as “a recent invention.” He said Howell, who at the time was serving a community order for an offence of battery, had used his mouth as a weapon.

“You caused an horrendous injury. Mr Williams will be disfigured for the rest of his life.

“It was grotesque savagery,” he added.

Mr Recorder Hopkins told Ardizzoni he had been responsible for widespread disorder on the streets of Aberystwyth.

Ardizzoni’s barrister, Carina Hughes, said that when police showed him the CCTV footage he was so disgusted with himself he asked them to turn it off.

Howell’s barrister, James Hartson, said he had to accept that his client already had four convictions for violence but said he had struggled with mental health issues for many years.

 

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Over 25 million views for takeaway’s viral video

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A TAKEAWAY in Tregaron has struck viral gold – again.

Their latest video, featuring a ‘monster kebab’ has had at least 25 million views.

The company’s Facebook page now has over 50,000 likes.

The video was shared on popular video channel LADbible and has over 11.5 million views.

Another page, UniLad, shared the video and has over 9 million views.

The UniLad page said: “With the help of 6 friends, you have 8 minutes to demolish this MONSTER kebab! Who’s on your team?”

In September last year, a ‘hangover cure’ video went viral for the business, racking up millions of views.

At the time, Lisa McEwen, a staff member at the popular takeaway, told The Herald: “One of our customers tagged us in something similar online and our Manager Pasha Pasaoglu – being the business entrepreneur that he is – decided we can make this better! And that’s where the Giant Mix-meat Challenge was born​.

“With Tregaron having such a small population we could never have expected to get this much publicity but it’s gone viral and we are so proud and grateful to all of our customers, regular and new​.”

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Three arrested as man is hospitalised with ‘life threatening injuries’

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THREE men have been arrested after a man was hospitalised in the early hours of this morning (Jan 14) with what police are calling ‘life threatening injuries’.

The incident took place in High Street, Aberystwyth, at approximately 2:20am.

Three men, ages 20, 23 and 25 have been arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm with intent.

They are in police custody.

Police are now appealing for witnesses to contact them as a matter of urgency.

A police spokesperson said: “Dyfed-Powys Police is investigating a serious assault at High Street, Aberystwyth, which happened at around 2.20am today (Sunday, 14 Jan). As a result of the attack a man is in hospital with life threatening injuries.

“Three men, aged 25, 23 and 20, have been arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm with intent and remain in police custody at this time.

“Police are appealing for witnesses who were at, or near, High Street between 12.45am and 2.30am. Anyone with information, or footage of the attack, is urged to report it to Aberystwyth police by calling 101, quoting incident 402. If you are Deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908.”

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Morgan, 7, loses long battle with cancer

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THE FAMILY of a brave seven-year-old boy have said he has sadly lost his fight with cancer.

Morgan Hayes, from Whitland, was diagnosed with neuroblastoma in February 2015 when he was just 4-years-old.

After being given the all-clear following numerous treatments, unfortunately the cancer returned.

He was then the focus of a campaign, Morgan’s Fight, to raise funds for him to get treatment in the United States of America.

However, despite the funds raised, Morgan was too unwell for the treatment in New York.

He instead underwent radiotherapy at home.

A statement posted on the Morgan’s Appeal Facebook page read: “It is with a very heavy heart I write this on behalf of Ben, Sophie and their families.

“Morgan passed away peacefully in his sleep this morning, in the arms of his Mum, Dad and family.

“We thank you all for your on going support and kind words.

“Please respect the family’s need to grieve together during this very difficult time.”

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