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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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Aggressive man found naked and abusive

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A NAKED man who urinated in a police cell required six police officers deal with his arrest.

Brian Warren Kerley, 24, of Clos Yr Helyg in Crymych, attended Aberystwyth Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday (Nov 15) to face four offences.

Kerley pleaded guilty to assaulting two constables in the execution of their duty, using threatening behaviour towards another with intent, and damaging police property by urinating in a cell and on its mattress.

Prosecutor Helen Tench said on October 31, police received a call regarding a disturbance in a public place in Cardigan. They arrived at the scene to find Kerley stripped of clothing and behaving in a threatening manner.

The defendant was escorted to the police vehicle, where he became increasingly aggressive towards a member of the public. He then wrapped his leg around one of the officers’ to trip him up. He spat on the other officer’s arm.

Ms Tench said the defendant continued spitting and became ‘extremely aggressive and violent’ when he banged his head inside the police vehicle.

A total of six police officers assisted with the arrest.

At custody, officers attempted to reason with Kerley whilst he continued his threatening behaviour, and was monitored in his cell every 30 minutes.

In the early hours of November 1, the defendant urinated in his cell three times. Two of these times, he urinated on the mattress.

In a statement, Kerley said he was sorry for committing the offences and did not remember the incident.

Defending, Katy Hanson said Kerley was filled with remorse and regret for his behaviour and accepted responsibility.

She added that it ‘clearly is not the way for someone to behave’ and the defendant ‘now realises the potential consequences of his actions’.

Ms Hanson concluded by saying Kerley admitted to having consumed three cans of lager on the night in question and has no recollection of the events.

Probation officer Julian Davies said the defendant was currently serving a 12-month community order imposed on September 20 for an offence of common assault.

For the offences, magistrates allowed the current community order to continue and added a six-week curfew.

Kerley was told to pay £50 compensation to both officers he assaulted, but no compensation for the offence of criminal damage.

He was also told to pay prosecution costs of £85 and a surcharge of £85.

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Scrutiny committee votes to close Bodlondeb

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AT A recorded vote this morning (Nov 20) Ceredigion’s Healthier Communities Scrutiny Committee voted to back the Cabinet’s decision to close Bodlondeb Residential Home by the end of March 2018.

In refusing to remit the decision to Full Council, the committee dashed the hopes of campaigners fighting to retain Bodlondeb until adequate replacement facilities are in place.

The vote was nine to seven with no abstentions.

There will be more on this breaking story later and in this week’s Ceredigion Herald.

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AM calls for further protection of wild animals after Lynx deaths

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MID AND WEST AM Simon Thomas has called for further protection from the Welsh Government following the death of two wild cats from a zoo in Borth, near Aberystwyth.

The AM quizzed the Cabinet Secretary for the Environment and Rural Affairs Lesley Griffiths in a topical question in the Senedd.

Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Energy, Climate Change and Rural Affairs for Plaid Cymru Simon Thomas said: “The deaths of the two Lynx wild cats have created a great deal of concern to many people in the area and, more broadly, to people who care for animals and their welfare at zoos.

“I asked whether the Welsh Government approved of the steps taken by Ceredigion County Council in this case and more broadly with the position of the zoo. It’s clear that there’s something amiss when a wild animal can escape and another dies because of its handling. I requested we look at national regulations that govern organisations such as this to ensure that people who run zoos do have the appropriate skills, but also that the equipment is suitable for the animals kept there.

The Cabinet Secretary Lesley Griffiths replied: “Ceredigion County Council is investigating the escape of the lynx and the death of a second lynx linked to the zoo to establish whether there have been any breaches of the operating licence. While inquiries are ongoing it would be inappropriate for me to comment further on this matter.”

She added: “Officials have been in frequent contact with Ceredigion County Council. The decision to dispatch the animal was taken by the county council along with Dyfed-Powys Police, officials from Welsh Government and also the chief veterinary officer. There are several issues that I think need to be looked into very carefully around the licence.”

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