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Driver who killed Unison area organiser jailed

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swansea-crown-courtA MOTORIST who caused the death of Unison area organiser Roger Bevan by his dangerous driving has been jailed for two years this afternoon.

Jack Leon Isaac Weston, aged 22, overtook two vehicles in one manoeuvre before losing control and colliding head on with Mr Bevan’s Volkswagen Golf.

Both were trapped inside their vehicles. Mr Bevan was declared dead at the scene from multiple injuries while Weston was taken to Aberystwyth’s Bronglais hospital where he spent a week being treated for serious leg fractures.

Weston, of Tir Bach, Cilcennin, near Lampeter, admitted causing death by dangerous driving. He was also banned from driving for two years and ordered to pass an extended driving test before getting his licence back.

Ian Wright, prosecuting, told a packed Swansea Crown Court how Weston knew the B4337 Cilcennin to Cross Inn road well.

But at 5.45pm on July 14 last year he became impatient with two slow moving cars in front of him.

Mr Wright said Weston would have been aware that he was approaching a sharp right hand bend but decided to overtake both vehicles at once in his powerful R type Honda Civic.

That forced Benjamin Tiltman, who was approaching him in his Mercedes van, to brake sharply.

Mr Tiltman later told police Weston’s driving had been “alien” to the narrow country road and he thought he might have been doing 70mph as he struggled to pull the car back into the nearside lane.

He said he had never seen driving like it in 20 years and thought the overtaking had been an act of stupidity.

In fact, said Mr Wright, Weston was in the process of losing control and swerved into the oncoming lane.

Mr Bevan found himself hedged in by high banks either side and could not avoid the collision. His Golf was pushed backwards into a hedge.

Mr Tiltman said he felt angry when he heard Weston tell police officers at the scene that the crash had not been his fault.

Dyfed Thomas, representing Weston, said he had taken a decision that he would have to live with for the rest of his life.

Judge Philip Harris-Jenkins said Weston had ignored “slow” signs and broken white lines indicating the approach of a hazard, the sharp right hand bend.

“This collision was caused by you and you alone,” he said. “”This was immature, impatient driving. No doubt it will play on your mind for the rest of your life.”

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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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