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Community order for nuisance caller

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Screen Shot 2016-08-24 at 14.21.07A REPEAT offender appeared at Aberystwyth Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday (Aug 3), facing three offences that date back to May.

Malcom Roy Edwards, 47, of Station Road in Newcastle Emlyn, appeared before the court to change his plea from not guilty to guilty to the original offence of persistently calling 999 needlessly, with a purpose of causing annoyance. At the time, he made the call explaining he needed help but then retracted his statement, saying that he did not need the assistance of emergency services after all.

Edwards also faced charges of failing to surrender to custody at Llanelli Magistrates’ Court on June 29, having been granted bail by the court on June 24.

Edwards also faced an additional charge of failing to surrender again to Llanelli Magistrates’ Court at a reasonably practical time after being released on bail on June 24.

Edwards appeared at Aberystwyth Magistrates’ Court on July 29 for all three offences but Magistrates adjourned until Wednesday (Aug 3).

Defending, Alun Lewis told the court that this is a very difficult and sad case, and that Edwards is someone who has significant mental health problems.

Since losing his job, a job he has had for the majority of his life, he has spiralled downwards.

The defendant has recently become a part of IOM team as part of his current community order and has also recently been diagnosed with a personality disorder.

Because of this, Mr Lewis stated that Edwards is reluctant to work with mental health services due to being afraid of being ‘labelled’.

Edwards has also admitted that that during his first two nights at Swansea Prison, he did not sleep a wink and hated his time there.

Mr Lewis concluded by telling the court that prison life will affect Edwards for the rest of his life, and that Edwards has accepted that he has caused a huge inconvenience for the emergency services.

Magistrates told Edwards that making false calls is not something that is tolerated by society.

Magistrates imposed a 12 month community order on Edwards which include nine months of a required alcohol programme. The defendant was also ordered to pay a total of £235 in fines and court costs.

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New Quay RNLI crew members pass out as ILB helms

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NEW QUAY RNLI crew members Huw Williams and Dylan Price recently passed out as inshore lifeboat helms.

They were put through their paces by an RNLI Assessor on Monday (Aug 13) with a written exam ashore and a practical assessment afloat on the D class inshore lifeboat.

Roger Couch, Lifeboat Operation Manager of New Quay RNLI said: “As well as responding to emergencies our volunteer crew members spend a lot of time training in order to maintain their knowledge and skills.

“Both crew members have worked very hard over the past 12 months to complete all the training units needed and have now passed the final stage.

“Our lifeboats are on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, all year round and having seven qualified helms for our inshore lifeboat provides us with additional flexibility.”

Huw Williams added:“Dylan and I would like to thank all the crew here at New Quay lifeboat station for their help over the last 12 months. We could not have done it without their support.”

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Schools succeed in A-Level results

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A-LEVEL examination results published yesterday(16 August) by the WJEC indicate that high standards are being achieved in Ceredigion schools.

Councillor Catrin Miles, Cabinet member with responsibility for Learning Services said: “Our sincere congratulations are extended to Ceredigion sixth form students who, once again have excelled in their A Levels. Thank you to all school staff, Governors and parents who have supported our young people to fulfil their potential.

“Their successes are a testament to our pupils’ efforts and hard work, in addition to the quality of education provided by teachers in Ceredigion. We are proud of the well-deserved achievements of our young people and wish them well in the future.”

Nearly 27% of Ceredigion entries achieved A* – A grades and 77% of entries achieved A*- C grades. A pass rate of 98% was achieved by Ceredigion students.

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Grade A* – A 26.8% 26.3%
Grade A* – B 56.7% n/a
Grade A* – C 77.1% n/a
Grade A* – E 97.8% 97.4%

Compared with last year, 6% more of Ceredigion entries achieved A*-A grades. The number of entries that have achieved A*-A, and A*-E in Ceredigion is higher than the Welsh average.

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Man assaulted nurses while being restrained

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A PRE-SENTENCE report will be prepared on a Ceredigion man who assaulted two nurses and destroyed an extractor fan.

Lewis Hill, aged 24, of Brynhoffnant, appeared before Haverfordwest Magistrates Court on Tuesday (Aug 14) to plead guilty to the three charges.

Prosecuting, Mr Vaughan Pritchard-Jones told the Court: “At 11pm in the evening on January 30, the defendant was on the roof of Bronglais Hospital threatening to jump off. Police and medical personnel attended and were able to talk him down.

“He was taken to the Cwm Seren ward in St Davids Park, Carmarthen, where they arrived at 1:03am the following morning. During the course of being assessed he became aggressive and had to be restrained by staff. He kicked out at the first nurse and was then put on the floor.

“Whilst on the floor he was throwing his head back and forth and the staff nurse, who was concerned for him, tried to hold his head but he continued to throw his head and because of the force he was using he trapped her finger onto the floor.

“The charge did originally read as common assault but the nurse went to get her finger x-rayed which revealed the fracture.

“After that incident he got free and he started damaging an extractor fan which he completely destroyed.
“I am not sure why the case has taken so long to come here but at the time of the offence he was on a suspended prison sentence, the period for which has now elapsed.”

Defending, Mrs Katie Hanson added: “He is extremely sorry for his actions on that night. He was on the roof of Bronglais Hospital trying to commit suicide. There are serious mental health issues but he accepts he was struggling on the floor but he did not intentionally hurt anyone and he apologises for his actions.”

Magistrates ordered that a pre-sentence report be prepared and Hill was released on unconditional bail and must return to court on Wednesday, August 29 for sentencing.

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