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Woman likened to Jaws after bite incident

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bite incidentTHREE shocked strangers looked on as a furious Cardigan woman sank her teeth into a White Fiat 500 car roof after a roadside argument after a night out in Aberystwyth.

Aberystwyth Magistrates heard Rhian Jeremiah, aged 26, left teethmarks in the bodywork of the car – and was likened in court to villain Jaws in the James Bond movies.

Her astounded victims heard a “metal crunching” sound as Jeremiah’s teeth pierced the polished metal – causing £220 damage.

Car owner Selina Day, 23, and her two friends looked up through the sun roof to see Jeremiah biting the frame above the door.

Prosecutor Gerald Neave said: “Jeremiah approached the occupants of the Fiat at 2am after she had been drinking.

“She became aggressive and angry but the three people in the car could not understand what she was saying and drove off.

“They were parked outside a takeaway restaurant called Lip Lick’n Chicken when Jeremiah arrived and tried to wrench open the passenger door.

“She sank her teeth into the car’s frame between the roof and the door.

“The occupants could hear a loud screeching noise as she bit down on the roof.

“They could see what was happening through the sun roof.”

Magistrates heard Jeremiah had been drinking at a memorial night for her late boyfriend Simon Jones who drowned off the coast of Aberystwyth.

The court heard she was retracing his last known movements in Aberystwyth on what would have been his birthday when she bit the Fiat 500.

Car owner Miss Day told the court: “She came up to the car and tried to rip the door open.

“I couldn’t understand what she was saying – she was very drunk and was abusive.

“There was a bit of an argument and she sunk her teeth into the part of the car above the window. I could hear metal crunching.

“I had never seen this lady before in my life. I didn’t know what she was talking about.”

David Folland, defending, told the court the incident was “not quite like” the scene involving the character Jaws in a James Bond film.

He said: “My client was the worse for drink that night. She was clearly upset.”

Jeremiah denied causing £220 criminal damage to the car by biting it but was found guilty.

She also admitted assaulting two police officers who were called to arrest her for getting her teeth into the car.

Jeremiah was given a 12-month community order and told to attend 20 alcohol abuse help sessions.

Chairman of the bench Professor Ian Roffe told her: “You have used alcohol inappropriately to deal with your issues.”

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Free parking in Ceredigion for the three Saturdays before Christmas

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PARKNG will be free in all Ceredigion County Council operated Pay and Display car parks on the three Saturdays preceding Christmas this year.

The development follows a decision made the by the Council’s Cabinet on 16 October 2018. Parking charges at Council operated Pay and Display car parks will be waived on 8, 15 and 22 December 2018.

The Cabinet Member responsible for Highways and Environmental Services, Councillor Dafydd Edwards said, “Christmas is a very important time of year for many small businesses in our towns. This decision will support people to prepare for the festivities locally and help small businesses compete with the increasing influence of online shopping.”

The decision contributes towards one of the Council’s corporate priorities of boosting the economy.

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Development of the Welsh Language at Ysgol Bro Pedr a step forward

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A CONSULTATION is to take place on the development of the medium of instruction to Welsh in the foundation phase at Ysgol Bro Pedr, Lampeter.

On 15 March 2018, members of Ysgol Bro Pedr’s Governing Body unanimously agreed to support a consultation on the development of the medium of instruction in the Foundation Phase. In its meeting on 16 October 2018, Cabinet supported and approved the Governing Body’s decision to commence a consultation to develop the medium of instruction to Welsh in the foundation phase at Ysgol Bro Pedr.

Councillor Catrin Miles, Ceredigion County Council Cabinet Member with responsibility for Learning Services and Lifelong Learning, said, “The Governing body’s decision to seek approval to proceed to consultation supports the wider context noted in Ceredigion’s WESP, to see more seven year old children being educated through the medium of Welsh. The decision also supports the Council’s aim to teach Ceredigion pupils so that they are fully bilingual when they leave primary school and to develop this ability during their time in secondary education.”

Currently, pupils transferring from the reception class to Year 1 are taught in separate classrooms. One classroom is taught mainly through the medium of English and the other through the medium of Welsh. Implementing the decision of the Governing Body would mean that only Welsh-medium education would be provided to the end of the Foundation Phase. English and Welsh medium classes would continue in Key Stage 2.

The formal consultation will begin on 06 November 2018 with an opportunity to present views and comments on the proposal or express support for status quo. In addition, drop in sessions will also be undertaken at the school to allow parents to discuss the proposals in detail with members of the Governing Body and County Council officers.

The Cabinet decision contributes towards realising the Council’s corporate priorities within the Corporate Strategy of investing in people’s future.

If the proposal is approved following the consultation, it would be implemented from 01 September 2019. However, pupils currently receiving their education in the Foundation Phase through the medium of English would continue to do so until they enter Key Stage 2.

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Margaret Jones: 100th birthday of award winning Ceredigion illustrator

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CEREDIGION MUSEUM celebrates the 100th birthday of award winning Ceredigion illustrator Margaret Jones with an exclusive exhibition.

The exhibition Margaret Jones: Celebrating 100, highlighting the career of award winning illustrator Margaret Jones on the eve of her 100th birthday, includes early sketches and unseen drawings owned by the Jones family themselves. The exclusive exhibition opens the door to this famous painter’s art, inviting visitors to discover the ideas, sketches and inner workings of her iconic paintings and illustrations.

The exhibition will feature previously unseen original prints from the ‘Arthur’ series and rare prints from unpublished work including ‘Seven days of the week’, which looks at how the names of the days of the week derive from the sagas of the Nordic Kings and Queens. Archive photo albums and unpublished books will be shown alongside the drawings and prints giving an intimate view of the artist and her life.

Ceredigion Museum’s assistant curator Alice Briggs said, “It has been wonderful to have the chance to delve through the portfolios of Margaret Jones, to discover more about her process of creating her illustrations and to learn more of her own detailed knowledge of the storytelling traditions in which she has illustrated.”

Becoming a professional painter at the age of 60, Margaret became known as one of the leading illustrators in the Celtic tradition and other folklore. Born in England, Margaret brought up her own young family in India with her husband, before being appointed as lecturer in Education Studies at the University College of Wales, Aberystwyth. Here, her portrayal of the Mabinogi has defined the way a generation of children in Wales imagine the folklore of the nation’s past.

Professor Sioned Davies, the former Head of Welsh at Cardiff University, whose ongoing contribution to Welsh language and culture is highly influential, will open the exhibition on Saturday 27 October at 2pm. All museum visitors are very welcome to attend the official opening.

The Margaret Jones: Celebrating 100 free exhibition will run at Ceredigion Museum gallery from Saturday, 27 October 2018 until 5 January 2019.

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