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 pole 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 did 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.
Sex offender caught trying to flee to Ireland
A sex offender from Bow Street near Aberystwyth who tried to move to Ireland without telling anyone has been jailed.
Dennis Bull, aged 67, was caught trying to drive a van onto the Fishguard–Rosslare ferry with his belongings in the back ready for a new life in the Republic.
Bull, of Nirmit, admitted failing to comply with the conditions of registration as a sex offender and was jailed for 16 months.
Dyfed Thomas, prosecuting, told Swansea Crown Court it was the third time he had breached the order, imposed at Caernarfon crown court in February, 2016, for possessing indecent images of children.
That conviction was on top of earlier offending in New Zealand that included indecent exposure, outraging public decency and gross indecency with a child.
Mr Thomas said Bull had been jailed for 16 months in 2016 and ordered to register with the police. The restrictions imposed included a requirement to tell the police if he intended to change address.
On November 13 last year police at Fishguard harbour became aware of a Ford Mondeo registered to Bull.
A few minutes later Bull was arrested as he attempted to drive a van onto the Stenna ferry, which was loaded with household items.
Bull told the police he had made arrangements to move to Ireland “lock, stock and barrel” because he understood the monitoring of sex offenders was less strict.
In particular, said Mr Thomas, Bull did not like prospective employers being told about his convictions.
Judge Geraint Walters told Bull, “This was a planned and determined attempt to avoid detection. It was only the eagle eyes of the authorities that brought you to book.
“Your record is troubling and you present a risk of committing more offences of a sexual nature.
“You are defiant of court orders that are there to protect others and it is truly disturbing that you are so keen to breach them.”
Bull was warned that the 2016 order remained in place for a further seven years.
Newcastle Emlyn woman to brave the shave for charity
TO MARK her 50th birthday, a Newcastle Emlyn woman will brave the shave to raise money for Diabetes UK Cymru.
On January 26, Newcastle Emlyn’s Coopers Arms will be the venue where Yvonne Lloyd’s shoulder length hair will hit the deck, as it is shaved off by hairdresser Pamela Atterbury. Mayor of Newcastle Emlyn Cefin Evans will make the first cut, in an evening that will include a buffet, raffle and live music from local band Back Tracks.
Yvonne, a waitress at Ty Croeso Delicatessen, said: “My son Tristan, now 25, developed Type 1 diabetes when he was at university. However well managed, it is a life-changing condition which you can never forget.
“He was diagnosed after an emergency admission to hospital with diabetic ketoacidosis, a potentially life-threatening condition caused by extremely high blood sugar. It can be fatal if not treated immediately. He was in hospital for four days and now relies on four insulin injections a day.
“I’m having my head shaved, not just to raise money, but also to educate people. There are a lot of myths about diabetes and how it can affect your life.”
The hair cut will start at 8.30pm on Saturday January 26 at the Coopers Arms, Station Road, Newcastle Emlyn. Entry costs £5 and doors open at 7.00 pm. All are welcome.
You can support Yvonne by signing one of the sponsor forms at the Coopers Arms and Ty Croeso, or online at: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/yvonne-lloyd2
Next stage of works to clear Cwmduad landslide
PHASE two of the works to stabilise a landslide in Cwmduad has begun following the recovery of a lorry from the river below.
Carmarthenshire County Council is leading the operation to clear the site and re-open the A484 for traffic travelling between Carmarthen and Newcastle Emlyn, following the landslide in October.
Phase one, which commenced before Christmas, created a safe zone for the recovery of a lorry that was swept in to the river during the storm.
That recovery took place earlier today (Monday, January 14, 2019).
Phase two, to permanently stabilise the embankment, involves complex drainage and geotechnical works.
The highway structure will then be assessed before any indication can be given as to when the road will re-open.
The council has thanked the community, and affected commuters, for their patience whilst site assessments and works have been underway.
Ruth Mullen, Director of Environment for Carmarthenshire County Council, said: “We are now making progress in what has been a highly complex operation and legal process between the council, partner agencies and the landowner.
“We fully appreciate the impact this has had on the community, and we wish to reiterate that we have worked without delay to undertake site investigations in the immediate aftermath of the landslide, along with clearance and construction works to make the area safe.
“We are working as quickly as we can to re-open the road as soon as possible, and would like to thank those affected most sincerely for their patience.”
Until the road is re-opened, traffic will continue to be diverted along the B4333 Carmarthen – Newcastle Emlyn.
Additional bus services remain in place:
A shuttle service currently runs from Cwmduad to Tycoch to catch the 460 service at 7.25am, 9.35am and 10.55am. Return journeys are at 2.25pm and 4.45pm.
The 460 service is currently operating on a diversion route
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