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Cardigan man ‘raped drunken woman’

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swansea-crown-courtA CARDIGAN man has gone on trial accused of raping a woman who the prosecution claim was too drunk to give her consent.

But Daniel Philip Evans told police after his arrest that the sex had been “magical.”

Evans, aged 42, of Castle View, The Strand, denies rape.

Ian Wright, prosecuting, told a jury at Swansea Crown Court that the woman was so drunk she had to be helped home from a wine bar and to this day still had no memory of what happened next.

Mr Wright said she had been to the Red Lion pub and then the Dragon wine bar, both in Cardigan town centre, where she fell over and was taken home by the bar manager and a customer.

But she returned a short while later, only to slump to the ground again.

Mr Wright said Evans, a complete stranger, helped her to get home a second time.

He said the woman woke at 6am the following morning to find Evans in her bed. Both were naked.

“She asked him ‘who the hell are you,’” added Mr Wright, and told him to leave.

The woman then realised she had been sick during the night and found what turned out to be the wrapper of a Viagra tablet.

Mr Wright said Evans returned to her home in the early hours a couple of days later and began shouting in the street. Police happened to be nearby and the woman told them she wanted to make a complaint.

During her statement to police she asked, “At what point did he decide that I was consenting or that I was in a fit state to consent?”

After his arrest Evans said he had met her in the wine bar and thought she was “away with the fairies” and so helped her home. There, he had been invited into her home and then into her bed. He took a Viagra tablet and had sex with her “in about fifteen different positions.”

He described her as gorgeous and said the sex had been magical and that it had been one of the best nights of his life.

The trial resumes on Monday (Nov 7).

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Young boy approached by man in Aberystwyth

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policeDYFED-POWYS POLICE is investigating a suspicious incident following a report that a man approached a young boy at the Glanceulan Estate, Penrhyncoch, Aberystwyth on Saturday (Jan 14).

The incident occurred between 3pm and 3:45pm.

The boy was not hurt in any way and did not engage in conversation with the man. Officers attended the area immediately but the man was not located.

The man is described as being dressed in dark/black trainers, trousers and jacket and carrying a mobile phone.

Enquiries are continuing and police are carrying out extra patrols in the area.

PC Sarah Edwards said: “We’re carrying out enquiries to try to identify this man. I must emphasise that no one was hurt and that officers are doing everything we can to identify the person and to make sure the area remains safe.”

“Anyone with information is urged to call 101.”

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Time running out for Euromillions winner to claim £1,000,000

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CashTHERE are just days left for one lucky winner to claim a Euromillions prize of £1,000,000 and a ‘Luxury Trip to the Gold Coast’.

The winning ticket for the July 29 draw last year was bought in Carmarthenshire and the ticket had the winning UK Millionaire Maker code of BRR 888846.

If you have any old tickets lying around, check it as soon as possible – if it has that code on it, pick up the phone and claim your prize!

The deadline to claim the prize is next Wednesday, January 25.

Andy Carter, Senior Winners’ Advisor at The National Lottery said: “Time really is running out for the winner of this prize, but we are still hopeful that someone will come forward at the very last minute to claim the money.

“We’re urging everyone to check their old tickets one final time or look anywhere a missing EuroMillions ticket could be hiding.

“This life-changing prize could really help to make dreams become a reality for someone out there.”

If the prize isn’t claimed the funds will go to Lottery funded organisations around the UK.

To claim the prize call 0844 338 7551 or email help@national-lottery.co.uk

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Low unemployment figures for 18 – 24 year olds in Ceredigion

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new-jobNEWLY released figures show that the number of young people claiming benefits in Ceredigion is the second lowest in Wales.

The figures, which have been released by the Department for Work and Pensions, show that just 1.1% of persons aged 18 – 24 in Ceredigion are claiming job seekers’ allowance.

That figure translates to just 525 people, and is 1% below the whole of Wales.

Since 2010, this figure has seen a 42% reduction in Ceredigion and across Wales 39,000 more people are now in work.

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