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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 lifeboat crew trains with lifeguards

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NEW QUAY lifeboat station hosted a special training evening with the lifeboat crew and Ceredigion’s RNLI lifeguards last week.

Pete Yates, one of New Quay RNLI’s inshore lifeboat helms, worked closely with Ceredigion lifeguard supervisor, Tirion Dowsett, to plan scenarios for the teams to practice working together in casualty care situations.

A large scale scenario included four casualties to be dealt with by the inshore lifeboat crew and two lifeguard teams on a nearby beach, whilst a third lifeguard team and lifeboat crew members dealt with a separate scenario at the lifeboat station.

Pete said: “It was a great evening of training. We had 9 lifeguards and 13 lifeboat crew in attendance.

“The main scenario included casualties suffering from hypothermia and propeller injuries. A second scenario involved a mechanic suffering head injuries in the forepeak of the all-weather lifeboat and requiring extraction on a stretcher.

“On completion of these scenarios we all gathered back at the station where one of our senior crew members sprung a great act at being a diabetic having a hypo, and being suitably angry and aggressive.”

Roger Couch, New Quay RNLI’s Lifeboat Operations Manager, added: “It was great for our lifeboat crew members to work with the lifeguards as it builds a deeper understanding of each other’s roles and encourages teamwork between us. This is of great benefit when dealing with real life casualty care situations.”

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Coastguard rescues dog stuck on cliffs

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LAST TUESDAY (Aug 27), New Quay RNLI’s inshore D-class lifeboat, Audrey LJ, was tasked by Milford Haven Coastguard to assist the Coastguard with a dog stuck on the cliffs near New Quay.

The volunteer crew launched the inshore lifeboat at 1.50pm with four crew members on board and made their way south down the coast.

Brett Stones, New Quay RNLI’s helm said: “We located the dog on the cliffs by Castell Bach, near Cwmtydu. We stood by while the Coastguard team caught the animal. The dog was unharmed and safe with the Coastguard so we were stood down.

“However, while returning to station we were then tasked to a small vessel with engine failure. We towed the stricken boat with three people on board back to New Quay. We rehoused the inshore lifeboat and it was ready for service by 2.40pm.”

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New maintenance Lorries cut carbon emissions

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The Ground Maintenance Team has purchased three new lorries to support ground maintenance services in Ceredigion.

The new lorries will move Ceredigion County Council’s Ground Maintenance Service’s equipment to and from the grounds that they look after. The lorries will also take cut grass away for composting. This provides the most efficient way of maintaining the areas that the team is responsible for.

Councillor Dafydd Edwards is the Cabinet member responsible for Highways and Environmental Services together with Housing. He said: “The new vehicles replace ones which had provided excellent service for almost 20 years. They are fitted with Euro 6 engines which are considerably more efficient and better for the environment.”

The Grounds Maintenance Team is also incrementally introducing electric-powered mowers, blowers, hedge cutters and strimmers into its fleet. This equipment is better for the environment, is easier to use and causes less noise and vibration.

The new lorries support Ceredigion County Council’s commitment to be a net-zero carbon council by 2030.

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