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Driving offender learns ‘valuable lesson’

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A MAN ‘now understands the implications of drink driving’ and is said to have learnt a ‘valuable lesson’ after committing four offences.

Benjamin Paul Callow, 29​,​ of Pencarreg in Llanybydder, appeared before Aberystwyth Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday (Oct 18)​ and pleaded guilty to four charges. He ​admitted two charges of failing to stop after a road accident​,​ whereby damage was caused to a wall and a telegraph pole, causing the VW Golf vehicle to be left in a dangerous position​, and ​failing to provide specimen for analysis​.

Prosecutor Helen Tench said​ that,​just after 10pm​ on July 9​, police officers received a report regarding a vehicle parked within the Black Lion pub in Lampeter​,​ which reversed into a wall causing damage.

A member of staff at the pub heard a loud bang outside the property and when they went to investigate, they found the defendant, who had been consuming alcohol in the pub,​ in the driver’s seat,.

The staff member asked Callow to return to the premise to provide his details, but the defendant drove away from the scene.

At 11.20pm, police received another report regarding a single road collision whereby a car was turned on to its side after colliding with a ​telegraph ​p​ole​ which snapped in half.

When officers checked the vehicle,​ they smelled alcohol ​and noticed inflated airbags and samples of blood.

On July 10, Callow was eventually located and was seen to be wearing casual clothes and no shoes. His eyes appeared to be glazed and officers noted his slurred speech.

An ambulance arrived at the scene to escort the defendant to hospital for treatment.

At approximately 3am on July 10, Callow refused to provide a specimen of blood for analysis at the hospital, and officers attended the Black Lion pub to view the CCTV footage.

On August 22, the defendant was interviewed; he confirmed he was the driver of the VW Golf vehicle and admitted that he made no effort to report the road accidents.

Defending, Alison Mathias explained that Callow ​was very embarrassed and remorseful for his actions.

She said the offences had ‘shocked him’ into addressing his ways and he d​id not wish to put forward any excuses for his behaviour.

Ms Mathias stated the vehicle had turned onto its side and the defendant’s head injuries ‘may have affected his judgement’ when he walked away from the road accident​, adding that the offences had been a ‘very valuable lesson’ and an ‘unfortunate incident’.

Delivering a pre-sentence report, Probation Officer Julian Davies explained Callow went to Lampeter after work on July 9 and had a pint of alcohol at the Black Lion pub. When he crashed into the car park wall, the defendant ‘panicked’ and drove away from the scene.

Mr Davies said Callow went to buy more alcohol some time later and crashed the vehicle again, ​but could not remember the incident.

Mr Davies concluded by saying the defendant is disappointed with his actions and now understood the implications of drink driving.

Magistrates imposed a 12-​month community order with 15 rehabilitation activity requirement days and a punitive element of 150 hours of unpaid work.

He received a 24​-​month driving disqualification and ​his licence was endorsed. He was also ordered to pay prosecution costs of £85 and a surcharge of £85.

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Ceredigion’s first ‘Welsh in the Workplace’ Fair to be held

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CEREDIGION’S first ‘Welsh in the Workplace’ Fair will be held to encourage and support businesses who want to increase their bilingual provision in their daily work. 

With the 2020 Ceredigion National Eisteddfod on the horizon, Cered: Menter Iaith Ceredigion’s Welsh in the Workplace Officers are busy assisting the county’s businesses in benefitting from the use of Welsh in their business. To this end, the Welsh will be the focus for a special event at the beginning of October with a Welsh in the Workplace Fair. 

Huw Marshall from ‘Yr Awr Gymraeg’ (The Welsh hour) will lead in how to raise your business profile and how to effectively market in order to attract more customers. During the day there will be opportunities to ask a panel of businesses who already operate bilingually whilst learning from their experiences and the challenges they faced. The panel will consist of Emlyn Jones (Diogel Events), Kerry Ferguson (Gwe Cambrian), Eleri Davies (Blaenwaun Caravan Park) and Sioned Thomas (Ffenestri Kevin Thomas Windows), chaired by Keith Henson (Coleg Ceredigion).

Councillor Catherine Hughes, Cabinet Member with responsibility for Culture said, “It is heart-warming to see a valuable and important Fair such as this being held in Ceredigion for the first time by Cered. It’s a very special opportunity to see businesses in one place and hear the experiences from those who use the Welsh language daily in their work.”

Later in the afternoon, there will be opportunities for businesses to visit an array of information stands from Learn Welsh, Ceredigion Training, Cynnal y Cardi, Business Wales, Antur Teifi, the Welsh Language Commissioner, Coleg Ceredigion and Cymraeg Byd Busnes.

The Fair is to be held on Thursday, 04 October 2018, between 10:30 and 15:30 at Cardigan Castle. Limited spaces are available, so register and reserve your place on tocyn.cymru. Simultaneous translation facilities and refreshments including tea and coffee will be available.

The ‘Welsh in the Workplace’ project has received LEADER support through the Cynnal y Cardi Local Action Group (administered by Ceredigion County Council) which is funded through the Welsh Government Rural Communities – Rural Development Programme 2014-2020, which is funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and the Welsh Government.

For further information, contact Pat Jones, Welsh Language Business Development Officer, Cered, Menter Iaith Ceredigion on Pat.jones@ceredigion.gov.uk or 01545 572350.

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Woman claimed benefits after £138,000 inheritance

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A NEW QUAY woman continued claiming benefits despite inheriting £138,000.
Susan Marion, aged 57, was then awarded £18,417 which she was not entitled to.
Marion was found guilty by a jury at Swansea crown court this afternoon of failing to notify Ceredigion County Council and the Department for Work and Pensions of inheritances that would have affected her right to benefits.
Ieuan Rees, prosecuting, told the jury how a series of inheritances meant that Marion had well above the £16,000 limit of savings and capital.
Marion, of Plas y Wern, Gilfachrheda, told the court she did not accept that the money was rightfully her’s.
She said it had been left to her by her father, grandmother and an aunt.
She said she considered the money tainted because her father and grandfather had kept battery chickens and killed lambs, both of which she disapproved of.
At first, she added, she had been willing to keep the £11,000 left to her by her aunt, but then discovered she had raced whippets, which she also considered to be cruel.
Mr Rees said that despite her views she had used the money to open four accounts at Barclays bank.
Marion, who had denied the charges, will be sentenced on October 19 and was granted bail until then.
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Join the stand against scams

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CEREDIGION residents will get the opportunity to learn more about how they can protect themselves against scams in an event to be held at the Bandstand, Aberystwyth on 27 September between 9:30am and 1:30pm.

Ceredigion County Council have joined the National Trading Standards (NTS) Scams Team and Wales Against Scam Partnership (WASP) who will be touring Wales holding scam awareness events between 24 and 28 September.

Friends Against Scams is an NTS initiative that aims to protect and prevent people from becoming victims of scams by empowering communities to ‘Take a Stand Against Scams’.

Councillor Gareth Lloyd, Cabinet Member with responsibility for Public Protection Services said, “Scams often target the most vulnerable people in society but the reality is that anyone can become a victim of scams. Scams damage lives and can affect people financially and emotionally so I’m proud that Ceredigion County Council has joined the work of the National Trading Standards Scams Team, Friends Against Scams and others who are working together to prevent people from being victims of scams. By signing up as an organisation we undertake to actively promote the Friends Against Scams initiative.”

Each year scams cause between £5bn and £10bn worth of detriment to UK consumers. In addition to the financial impact, scams can have a severe emotional and psychological impact on victims.

Louise Baxter, Team Manager in the National Trading Standards Scams Team said: “The tactics used by scammers leave victims socially isolated and ashamed of telling their friends and families what’s really going on behind closed doors. It is fantastic to have a great organisation to help us tackle this problem on a local, regional and national level and I would encourage all those that are interested in showing their support to join the campaign and be part of our growing Friends Against Scams network.”

Call by at the Bandstand, Aberystwyth on 27 September between 9:30am and 1:30pm to learn more on how to protect yourself from scams. For more information about becoming a Friend Against Scams, visitwww.friendsasagainstscams.org.uk

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