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Pensioner crushed under car for nine days

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A PENSIONER was crushed to death under her car –  and lay there undiscovered for nine days, an inquest heard.

Jane Marion Lord, 76, had tried to stop the red Vauxhall Corsa from rolling down the driveway, at her home in Newcastle Emlyn.

She is believed to have died on December 21, 2016, and to have remained under the front passenger side of car until after Christmas, when a worried friend arrived – and her dog led her to the body.

The inquest in Aberystwyth heard how Miss Lord, of Penrallt Ffynnon, Cwm-cou, was last seen alive at around 7pm on December 21, when she briefly went to a party at the house of her friend Francesca Lis Ross.

Miss Ross said she first became worried about Miss Lord when she went over to her house on Friday, December 23, to give her a Christmas card, and found the door of the house locked but the car still on the drive.

“I assumed she must have gone away with a friend with a vehicle, so I left a present down at the house and left,” said Miss Ross.

Miss Ross returned to Penrallt Ffynnon with her husband and two dogs on 30 December after trying to call Miss Lord the day before.

They broke through the door of the house to check inside and searched the garden, but only found Miss Lord’s body when the dogs took an interest in the underside of the car.

PC Matthew Fraser of Dyfed-Powys Police’s forensic division described how Miss Lord had suffered crushing injuries to her shoulder and hip, and that hand marks on the car suggested she had tried to stop the car rolling down the drive before falling over and being pinned under it.

He added that the car’s handbrake was in full working order, but that the ‘three clicks’ the lever had been set at were only just enough to stop it from rolling down the driveway on most occasions.

PC Fraser said that five clicks of the handbrake would have engaged it fully, but that Miss Lord would have found it difficult to pull the lever this high.

Coroner for Ceredigion, Peter Brunton, gave a verdict of accidental death, and ruled that Miss Lord would not have survived the night of 21 December.

He said: “This was something that Miss Lord had been doing with that particular car from time to time and it had never gone wrong before, but on that evening the handbrake failed to hold.

“The evidence is quite clear that three clicks would only just hold the car on that incline and for reasons that we cannot ascertain, it rolled forward.“

He passed on his sympathies to Miss Lord’s family and friends, and added: “This is one of the those dreadful cases where if circumstances had turned out slightly differently we wouldn’t be here today.“

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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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