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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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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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