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Man thanks magistrates for their ‘leniency’

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A CARDIGAN man who invited doormen to have a fight with him and later told a police officer to ‘touch [him] and see what happens’ thanked magistrates for their ‘leniency​’ after he was fined on Tuesday (Oct 24).

Aaron Nathaniel Simpson, of Poppit Sands,​ ​admitted resisting police and a further public order offence at Haverfordwest Magistrates’ Court.

The 26-year-old was found in the street bleeding by police after getting into a fight with doormen after a night out​ on October 8 in Quay Street​.

The police then witnessed Simpson trying to get back to the doormen so he could offer them outside to continue the altercation.

Prosecutor Vaughan Pritchard-Jones outlined the ​incident, which took ​place at​ around​ 3am​,​ following Simpson having a fight with doormen.

He said: ​”​He was trying to get back to those doormen. Inviting ​them to go and have a fight with him down the lane. ​​PC Morris, for his own good​, said​ he should walk away. The defendant became abusive. When​ the​ officer tried to lead him away​,​ he said​,​ ‘touch me and see what happens​’​. He was then arrested to prevent further public disorder and​,​ as he was taken hold of by the officer​,​ he pulled away causing officer to lose his grip.

“Other officers came to help​. Two officers helped​,​ but ​t​he​y​ ​were​ struggling to ​arrest him as he was wriggling.​”​

“He appeared to be very strong. He was sprayed and then stopped resisting​,​ and he was handcuffed. He was using foul and abusing comments to all the police officers around him. He was taken to A&E but when he was presented he ​t​old everyone to ​’​f*** off​’​and put his head down so he could not see the injury to his head. The doctor said he was fit to be detained and he was taken back to the police station.​

“He has a long list of previous convictions, some of them are similar.​”​

Defending Mike Kelleher said: “Your Worships, Mr Simpson was out for a night out he was assaulted and cut badly above the eye, ​there is a ​scar left now​. He was kicked in the head. The police found him wandering around intoxicated and bleeding quite badly.”​

He was arrested as you have heard and he made very rude and inappropriate comments as you have heard. However he was never interviewed and the police did not ask why he was injured.

“What came over my client was a feeling of self-righteousness. A simple misunderstanding – he could not understand why he was being arrested when he was the victim of the assault.

“He cleans caravans in Tenby and is a carer for his mother. This is a regrettable incident and in the circumstances,​ despite a very bad record​,​ you might consider that this could fit into the category of a financial penalty. He has calmed down a lot from his younger days.”

On sentencing the magistrates said that despite his criminal record being ‘horrendous’, Simpson has been out of trouble, save for cannabis, over the last two years.

The defendant was given a small fine of £80. Simpson also had to pay £85 costs, and £30 victim surcharge to help the victims of crime.

From the dock he said: “Thank you very much ma’am for your leniency.​”​

“We can see that you are turning a corner, and at 26​-​years​-​old you should be turning that corner​,” said the chair of the bench. ​

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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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