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​Threatening note left for neighbour

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AN ABERYSTWYTH man ​who left a ‘half threatening’ note for a neighbour admitted that he wanted the complainant to feel like she was being watched.

Carl Mathew Conway, 35​,​ of Heol Bryn in Penparcau, attended Aberystwyth Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday (Oct 25) to face two offences of displaying an article conveying a threatening message.​ He pleaded guilty to both. ​

Prosecuting, Rhian Jones said just before 7am on May 24, the complainant saw a note attached to her property​,​
which referred to friction within ​her​ block​ of​ flats.

The defendant wrote within the note ‘we don’t like grasses’ and ‘you don’t want me as an enemy’.

As a result, the complainant felt afraid and handed the note into the police. CCTV footage from the building was examined by officers​,​ which showed the defendant walking down a set of stairs at 1​:​40am on May 24, placing the note off camera and returning upstairs empty handed.

Ms Jones added ​that ​on July 12, a male found a note in a public place indicating a threatening message and handed it into the police.

The complainant was notified​ ​and was concerned that the entry code to the building had been written on the note ​and displayed in a public place.

Ms Jones said Conway was interviewed at a later date ​and he admitted to writing the note and ​that he ​was fully aware that the contents of the note was ​’​half threatening​’​.

He ​w​anted the complainant to know she was being watched​, he said. ​

He also stated that on July 12, he wanted the note to be publicly known.

Defending himself at Aberystwyth court, Conway admitted his actions.

For the offence, Conway was fined £40 and was told to pay prosecution costs of £50 and a £30 surcharge.

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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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