ON A ‘BOISTEROUS’ train service, a drunk man who was celebrating his birthday exposed himself.
David Lloyd Jones, 28, of Hill View Close in Newtown, appeared before Aberystwyth Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday (Nov 22) to face two offences which took place on April 16 at Borth Railway Station.
Jones pleaded guilty to assaulting a complainant by beating and exposing himself in a public place.
At around 7:30pm on the day in question, the defendant was on an Arriva-owned train from Aberystwyth to Shrewsbury with a group of people, prosecutor Helen Tench told the court.
The complainant was checking passenger tickets at the time before the train stopped at Borth and noticed the defendant exposing himself, with his underwear and trousers pulled down. The complainant asked Jones to pull his trousers up and carried on checking tickets on the train.
When the train stopped at Borth, the complainant asked Jones for his ticket but the defendant became confrontational. Jones attempted to hit the complainant, and a staff member was asked to call the police.
When police officers arrived at the scene, Jones was arrested.
During his interview, the defendant said that he could not recall the incident as he was drunk.
Officers were also told that the last train service from Aberystwyth is often described as ‘boisterous’ as it attracts intoxicated passengers.
Defending, Kevin Williams said that the offence was a ‘moment of madness’ for Jones and ‘complete and utter stupidity’.
Mr Williams said on the night in question, Jones was in Aberystwyth for his birthday and travelled back after consuming rum.
The offence was ‘out of character’ for the defendant, according to Mr Williams, and the incident was not premeditated. Jones did not understand why he committed the offence and was deeply ashamed and embarrassed by his behaviour.
Jones was fined £140 for the assault and a further £80 for exposing himself. The defendant was also told to pay prosecution costs of £85 and a surcharge of £30.
A digital future for Ceredigion
STARTING from today (Dec 15), we are excited to announce that The Ceredigion Herald will be a digital only publication.
Our website and social media pages have always been an important outlet for delivering news to Ceredigion, and with the re-launch of Herald Radio this year, and the launch of our news channel Herald News 24 next year, the methods in which we deliver news to Ceredigion is only going from strength to strength.
Put simply, what this means for our readers is more content, delivered quicker, and with all the benefits that only an online platform can provide – such as picture galleries and video content.
Since the first edition, The Ceredigion Herald has gained a reputation for tackling the tough stories which others ignored, reporting on local news and events, and being a voice for the communities across Ceredigion.
This is not changing.
Over the coming weeks and months we will be rolling out new additions to the website, launching our online news channel, and much more.
We hope you look forward to the evolution as much as we are, and if you have any comments, feedback or ideas, we’d love to hear them.
FUW holds open meeting to discuss bank closures
IN LIGHT of the announced NatWest bank closures in Ceredigion, affecting the Lampeter and Cardigan branches, the Farmers’ Union of Wales is holding open meetings with Plaid Cymru to discuss a way forward with local MP Ben Lake and AM Elin Jones.
The meetings will take place on Thursday (Dec 21) at Lampeter Rugby Club and Thursday, January 18 at the Guildhall, Cardigan. Both meetings will commence at 7.30pm and are open to all.
Speaking ahead of the meetings, FUW Ceredigion CEO Mared Jones said: “The closure of those banks will have a detrimental effect on our local towns, as they serve not only villages close by but many of the neighbourhoods in surrounding areas, as well as providing employment to local people.
“We are therefore holding two open meetings with our local elected representatives to discuss a way forward and I hope many of you will be able to join us.”
Farmers warned of targeted fraud attacks
DYFED-POWYS POLICE is warning the farming community to be extremely wary of any suspicious calls, texts or emails as a scam specifically targeting the agricultural sector has been identified.
During December farmers start to receive payments through the CAP (Common Agricultural Policy).
Information about the payments, including the recipients’ names and the amount paid, is publically available, meaning criminals are able to directly target victims making their approaches appear more convincing.
The scam communications will typically claim that fraud has been detected on the farmer’s bank account and that urgent action is required to safeguard funds.
The victim is then persuaded to divulge personal or financial information, or even to transfer money directly into a so-called ‘safe account’.
With some grants worth thousands of pounds, in past years fraudsters have stolen significant amounts of money from their victims.
Paul Callard, Financial Crime Team, Dyfed Powys Police said: “If you receive such a call or message, hang up the phone and do not reply directly. Instead, wait five minutes and ring your bank to alert them to the scam, using a phone number that you trust – such as the one from the official website.”
Be wary of:
• Any calls, texts or emails purporting to be from your bank, the police, a Government body or other organisation asking for personal or financial details, or for you to transfer money.
• Cold callers who suggest you hang up the phone and call them back. Fraudsters can keep your phone line open by not putting down the receiver at their end.
• Any request to check that the number showing on your telephone display matches an organisation’s registered telephone number. The display cannot be trusted, as the number showing can be altered by the caller.
• You will never be asked for your 4 digit PIN or your online banking password, or for you to transfer money to a new account for “fraud reasons”.
• If you receive a suspicious call, hang up, wait five minutes to clear the line, or where possible use a different phone line, then call your bank or card issuer on their advertised number to report the fraud.
Never disclose your:
• Four digit card PIN to anyone, including the bank or police.
• Your password or online banking codes.
• Personal details unless you are certain you know who you are talking to. People are not always who they say they are.
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