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Girls just want to have fun

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Photos by kind permission of Listen to Heart on 107.7FM

Photos by kind permission of Listen to Heart on 107.7FM

WOMEN and young girls enjoyed a fun and sunny Sunday raising money for Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life event.

The event took place on Sunday (May 15) at the bandstand on the Aberystwyth Promenade. Participants have a chance every year to run, jog or walk a 5km or 10km course in memory of loved ones who fought against the life-threatening disease.

The money raised through sponsorships goes towards research funding for all 200 types of Cancer. Race for Life began in 1994 and this year, the streets of Aberystwyth were filled with supporters who enjoyed live hosting by Heart Radio Station.

Katie Cooze, South West-Wales Area Events Manager at Cancer Research UK told The Herald: “Cancer Research UK is a leading charity in cancer research. We’ve probably raised in the region of £65,000 in Aberystwyth yesterday, we don’t ever know the final numbers until about September/October time because the sponsorships keep coming in, but that’s what we think we probably will have raised.

“That money will obviously go into both research in the labs but also we fund the work of over 4,000 doctors, scientists and nurses across the UK. Also in Wales we fund a research nurse in Bronglais Hospital and across Wales but that’s the local one.

“The work we have done over the last forty years has helped to increase the survival rates from one in four to two in four, so the survival rates has doubled in the last forty years thanks to the wonderful treatments and screening programmes.

“The event was fantastic, we had around 11,038 participants and quite a high number of those were 10km in comparison to the past so people are clearly going for the bigger challenges now. We had 241 of those were 10km runners and the rest were 5km runners.

“The 10km did the same route as the 5km and then also went along the river up to the University playing field. I think that along the Promenade is just so nice that the streets were lined with local people just supporting, and of course some of them would have been to the Lord Mayor’s parade as well on the same day so it was just so lovely to see the streets lined with supporters.

“The good weather made the world of difference, especially on the Seafront. It was absolutely perfect weather for it because it wasn’t too hot but it was nice and sunny, and there was no wind so it was really good.

“Our focus this year was to get the 5km and 10km perfect because the 10km route was changed slightly for this year in the order that they did things, and the feedback we’ve had so far was that it ran a lot smoother this year and that it was better for the volunteers and the participants which is great.

Participants from this year’s Race for Life are urged to return their sponsorships as soon as possible.

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Stoned Dihewyd driver reached ‘frightening’ speeds of 120mph

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A DRIVER who raced along country roads at speeds of up to 120mph has today received a suspended prison sentence and a driving ban.

Nico Royan, aged 37, admitted dangerous driving, driving with an excessive amount of cannabis in his blood, driving with a tyre without the required degree of tread and possessing a small quantity of cannabis.

Swansea Crown Court heard how shortly before midnight on April 19 Royan overtook an unmarked police car on the A487 near Llanrhystud at 100mph.

The officer began to pursue Royan, who reached 120mph on a narrow, twisting road with high hedges concealing entrances to properties.

After a mile the officer activated blue lights and Royan pulled over.

The court heard the officer could smell cannabis and Royan admitted he had been smoking the drug. Just over 5 grams of the drug were found in a bag in the front passenger footwell.

And an inspection showed the the rear offside tyre was below the legal limit for tread.

During police interviews after his arrest Royan, a sound engineer, accepted that his driving had been dangerous.

His barrister, Ian Ibrahim, said Royan now understood he had been stupid. But he knew the road well and at that time of night there was no other traffic about.

His only motive, said Mr Ibrahim, was that he was in a hurry to get home.

Royan, of The Caravan, Felinfeinog, Dihewyd, was jailed for 12 months, suspended for 18 months, and banned for three years.

He must also complete 200 hours of unpaid work for the community and £480 in costs and a surcharge.

Judge Keith Thomas said the speeds reached by Royan would have been dangerous even on a motorway and, on country roads, were positively frightening.

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£12,000 found in drugs bust to be retained by police

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POLICE have successfully obtained an order allowing them to retain £12,000 in cash seized in a drugs bust in Aberystwyth for six months whilst they investigate.

On October 19 at Llanelli Magistrates’ Court, the CPS, on behalf of Dyfed-Powys Police, said that they had reason to believe that the money they found in a raid at a residential address on St Davids Road, Aberystwyth, is recoverable property – as it was found with a substantial amount of prohibited drugs.

The money had been seized from Sadik Miah – he was not in court for the hearing.

The order was made under section 295(2) of the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002.

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Police release new CCTV image of murder suspect

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DYFED-POWYS POLICE has released a new CCTV image of Steve Baxter, who detectives are keen to speak to in connection with the murder of Simon Clark from Pendine, Carmarthenshire.

The image was captured in Glynneath on Saturday, September 29. He is believed to have traveled to the west Wales area shortly afterwards and is believed to be in the Haverfordwest area.

Baxter, also known as Steve Tidy, Steve Rowley, Wayne Tidy or William Tidy, is aged 52, 5’5” (1.65cm) tall and has tattoos on his forearms – the name Chez and entwined circles on his left arm and a serpent on his right arm.

He is bald, but was last seen wearing a hat and wig, as shown in this image. He may have made other attempts to alter his appearance such as growing facial hair or wearing glasses.

Detective Superintendent Huw Davies said: “We’re releasing this CCTV image from the latest confirmed sighting of Steve Baxter to give people the most up to date example of how he may be dressed and how he may currently look.

“Time is passing and we really need to speak to Steve Baxter to build a more accurate picture of what happened in Pendine.

“To anyone that may know where he is, please pass this vital information to police.”

The independent charity Crimestoppers is offering a reward of up to £5,000 for information leading to Steve Baxter being found. Information would be taken by the charity anonymously.

If you see Steve Baxter call Dyfed-Powys Police on 999.

If you have any information on the whereabouts of Steve Baxter call Dyfed-Powys Police on 101 immediately.

To pass on information anonymously, contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or through the non-traceable anonymous online form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org.

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