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.
Investigation into remains found at Aberaeron property continues
POLICE say the surrounding the discovery of remains of a body, at a house in Aberaeron, is ongoing.
On Monday, March 12, Dyfed-Powys Police received a report concerning the welfare of two women from the Aberaeron area.
On police attendance at the property one woman was taken to hospital, where she remains.
Searches of the property proved difficult due to the conditions inside.
On Monday, March 19, remains of a body were found.
Police believe the body had been there for some time. The complex investigation in to the circumstances is ongoing and the death is currently being treated as unexplained. H.M. Coroner has been informed but formal identification has not yet been carried out.
The second person, Mrs. Gertrude Gaynor Jones, known locally as Gaynor, currently remains outstanding and is being treated as a missing person until her whereabouts are confirmed. Anyone with information that could help police with their enquiries is urged to speak to police officers in Aberaeron, either by calling 101 or visiting Aberaeron Police Station.
Sushi company nominated for national awards
A SUSHI company based in Ceredigion has been nominated for two awards.
Swshi, which was started in 2016 by Sion and Rhiannon Tansley, offers the sushi through mobile and pop-up business.
The business has been dominated in the Food Awards Wales 2018 for the Best Street Food and Takeaway of the Year categories.
The pair gained their experience with sushi from roles as head chef and senior manager for the largest sushi restaurant chain in the UK.
The pair then moved to Ceredigion and felt there was a gap in the market for high quality sushi.
Two years of Active Travel improvements worth £336,750 completed in Cardigan
WORK has recently been completed by Ceredigion County Council to widen the footway on Pont y Cleifion Road, which sees the culmination of a two year package of grant-funded Active Travel improvements in Cardigan.
Deputy Leader of the Council, Councillor Ray Quant MBE, Cabinet Member with responsibility for Technical Services said, “I’m delighted that grant funding of £294,575 has been received from the Welsh Government’s Local Transport Fund over the two year programme. Coupled with financial contributions also made by Ceredigion County Council and Cardigan Town Council, the total value of this package scheme amounted to £336,750 to benefit the well-being of residents of Cardigan town. Further potential improvements have been identified by Highways Officers and these will be developed next year with a view to future implementation and construction.”
During the first year, the improvements were concentrated in the vicinity of Cardigan Primary School, which saw the introduction of a new 20 mph zone with traffic calming, wider footways, upgraded crossings and a new path to the swimming pool. A new cycle shelter and two new scooter shelters were installed at the primary school to help encourage more Active Travel journeys and less car trips. This was aided further by providing two brand new scooters and helmets which the school have used for pupils to earn ‘Scooterer of the week’.
The second year saw a 20 mph zone and traffic calming implemented outside Cardigan Secondary School, again with wider footways and new raised table crossings to aid pedestrians and mobility users. A new cycle shelter was installed to encourage pupils and staff to cycle to the school. The scheme included completion of the ‘missing’ footway link to the other side of the road on Aberystwyth Road with new resurfacing which has improved pedestrian connectivity and user comfort.
A new pedestrian refuge was also installed in the carriageway to aid crossing on Aberystwyth Road. The footway on Pont y Cleifion road was previously narrow and unsuitable for pushchair or mobility users due to the lack of dropped kerb provision. However the recent construction works have brought this section of footway up to modern design standards and provides a better quality Active Travel link between the town centre and the Parc Teifi Business Park.
Councillor John Adams-Lewis, Local Member for Mwldan ward and Chair of governors for Cardigan Primary School added, “I’m pleased that Cardigan Town Council has supported these improvements financially which has resulted in a number of footway enhancements in the town, especially at both our school locations which have benefited from road safety improvements and reduced speed limits. I would also like to thank Ceredigion County Council for their financial contributions and to Highways Officers for securing this grant funding and for overseeing these high quality works.”
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