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‘Cocktail’ of drugs lead to young man’s death

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Jeremy Pendragon: With his sister Willow (pic. BBC)

A ‘COCKTAIL’ of drugs lead to the death of a 22-year-old man, an inquest has heard, which lead to a conclusion of misadventure.

Jeremy Pendragon had a mixture of cocaine, diazepam, ecstasy and levamisole in his body when he died swimming in the River Teifi on July 6.

A friend, Carl Williams, said he had taken cocaine with Mr Pendragon the night before his death, but he was unsure how the other drugs entered his system. He could also not account for his movements after that night leading up to his death.

Mr Pendragon was swimming in the River Teifi with friends and his girlfriend after consuming rum and beer.

Mr Williams said he could see Mr Pendragon ‘struggling’ when he attempted to return to the riverbank.

Another friend said they saw him grab on to a tree branch.

Mr Pendragon’s friends tried to rescue him, the inquest heard, but he was ‘struggling’ hard and began to take them down with him.

The official cause of his death was drowning.

Coroner Peter Brunton said: “If lessons could be drawn up from this case, then to mix alcohol and illegal drugs is a recipe for disaster.

“It was not surprising that Mr Pendragon had got into difficulty with those in the blood.

“One of the characteristics outlined by the pathologist in her report is that cocaine is a stimulant.

“It may be that Mr Pendragon could swim well, or thought he could swim well.

“But the net result of the combination of drugs is he was unable to save himself and he also caused considerable risk to three of his friends.”

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Free parking in Ceredigion

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Car parking will be free in all Ceredigion County Council operated Pay and Display car parks on the three Saturdays before Christmas this year.

Parking charges at council operated Pay and Display car parks will be waived on December 7, 14 and 21 2019.

Rhodri Llwyd is Ceredigion County Council’s Corporate Lead Officer responsible for Highways and Environmental Services. He said. “Small businesses will be competing against online businesses for trade this Christmas. We want to do what we can to support Ceredigion businesses at this important time of year. We hope this step encourages more of us to shop locally this Christmas and enjoy what fantastic Ceredigion businesses have to offer.”

This decision contributes towards one of the council’s corporate priorities of boosting the economy.

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Ysgol Bro Pedr raise funds for life saving machine

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PUPILS at Ysgol Bro Pedr have raised enough money to buy a defibrillator machine for the school.

The idea came after 15 Year 11 pupils achieved their Level 3 Emergency First Aid Qualification with Ceredigion Youth Service. Pupils felt that it was incredibly important that they and others at the school had the skills, knowledge and equipment to use in an emergency.

Mrs Caryl Jones and pupils raised an outstanding £1,150 through organising a bake sale at the school on 28 March 2019. The school extends their thanks to Lampeter businesses ‘Oh My Cod’ and ‘Y Becws’ for their kind contribution towards the sale.

Guto Crompton, School Based Youth Worker said: “Although first aid is not a mandatory part of the school curriculum in Wales, young people at Ysgol Bro Pedr felt that it should be something that all pupils knew about. This would help them to know what to do in an emergency, whether that be in the school or out in the community. Pupils worked hard to achieve their First Aid qualification which covered aspect such as CPR, casualty management and the use of a defibrillator.”

The defibrillator machine will be placed in the school reception.

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It’s not too late: Ceredigion residents still have time to register to vote

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“CEREDIGION residents still have time to register to vote in the General Election on 12 December,” said the council’s Chief Executive and Acting Returning Officer, Eifion Evans.

Residents still have time to register to vote and to arrange postal or proxy votes if they want to do so. The deadline to register to vote is midnight on November 26. The deadline to register for a postal vote is 5pm on November 26 and the deadline to register for a proxy vote is 5pm on December 4.

Mr Evans continued, “Some residents may want to register for postal vote or a proxy vote. This could help people avoid possible wintry conditions of a December election, or young people who have moved out of county to study but still want to vote in Ceredigion.”

Residents can register to vote by using this link: https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote or by calling the council’s Electoral Services Team on 01545 570 881.

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