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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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Aberystwyth: Driver on drugs hits lorry and causes ‘road chaos’

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A DRIVER high on drugs caused 15 miles of chaos as he approached Aberystwyth on the A44.

Brian Pitts hit an oncoming lorry and road signs as he drove on the wrong side of the road.

A car passenger filmed him because she was sure a serious accident was about to happen.

Pitts, aged 57, of Delmont Close, Tipton, west Midlands, admitted dangerous driving and driving while unfit through drugs he had taken.

Dean Pulling, prosecuting, told Swansea Crown Court that on June 16 last year Pitts had been driving his Rover MGZR, towing a trailer full of wooden fencing posts, towards Aberystwyth from his home.

Richard Brooks followed the car through Llangurig and became so concerned he telephoned the police while his wife Victoria filmed Pitts on her mobile.

The Rover collided with a 13 tonne lorry driven by Andrew Paxton but failed to stop.

Pitts failed to take a roundabout and hit road signs and an embankment but still carried on.

During the 15 miles, said Mr Pulling, oncoming traffic had to swerve off the carriageway to avoid a collision.

Several motorists telephoned the police to report what they were witnessing, he added.

Pitts came to a stop in the middle of the road and another motorist snatched the keys out of the ignition–and noticed that Pitts had been driving with a dog on his lap.

Mr Pulling said police officers could tell there was something wrong with Pitts, but an alcohol text showed he was below the limit.

“He was clearly unfit,” said Mr Pulling, although it was still unclear what drugs he had taken.

Pitts was taken to Aberystwyth police station and then to Bronglais hospital, where he appeared to recover after treatment. But he soon deteriorated and had to be taken back to the hospital.

Pitts developed pneumonia and had to be kept in for nine days.

His barrister, Tom Scapens, said when Pitts had been shown the mobile telephone footage he felt physically sick.

Judge T Mervyn Hughes jailed Pitts for 10 months and banned him from driving for four years.

He told him, “If you had not been stopped I am quite sure you would have caused serious injury if not death.”

Pitts was told to pass an extended driving test before getting his licence back.

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Motion to support the reduction of plastic use in Ceredigion approved

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In a Full Council meeting on 22 February 2018, the Council unanimously supported a motion to reduce the use of plastic and to support plastic reduction initiatives in Ceredigion.

The motion was proposed by Councillor Mark Strong and was seconded by Councillor Gethin Davies. The motion calls on Ceredigion County Council to support the various ‘Plastic Free’ campaigns throughout the county by reducing single-use plastics within Council facilities and offices and to promote the use of sustainable alternatives to single-use plastics at all Council supported events.

Councillor Mark Strong said, “I’m delighted that the Council unanimously supported the motion. This is an important step for the Council but we must carry on to reduce plastic use. Everyone has a responsibility to reduce the environmental damage caused by plastic. Carrying out small acts such as buying milk from your local milkman supports the local economy but in turn also supports our environment by using reusable glass bottles.”

The motion also calls on the Council to encourage local businesses, organisations, schools and communities to move away from single-use plastics and use sustainable alternatives as well as to support beach cleans and other events which aim to raise awareness of the issues of single-use plastics under the “Plastic Free”, Caru Ceredigion, Tidy Towns or any similar initiative.

The motion was amended in the meeting to include the establishment of a Members’ Task and Finish group to support measures to reduce the Council’s use of plastic and to support initiatives in the county that reduce plastic use.

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Richards-Keegan cleared of sending underage girl nude pictures

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A BOW STREET man has been cleared of charges that he sent an underage girl photographs of his penis.

Paul Robert Morgan Richards-Keegan, aged 21, had denied two allegations of inciting a child to engage in sexual activity.

Richards-Keegan, of Tregerddan, said the only messages he sent her via the internet were in response to approaches from her and did not include photographs of his private parts.

Catherine Richards, prosecuting, had told a jury at Swansea Crown Court that the 14-year-old girl had shared messages with Richards-Keegan via Snapchat.

At one stage police issued to him a child abduction notice, which he signed, instructing him not to contact the girl

In 2016 she told her mother that he was again sending her unwanted photographs of his penis attached to messages.

Richards-Keegan was arrested, and told police he had obeyed the order apart from messages he had sent after being contacted by the complainant.

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