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Thief confronted outside Aberystwyth store



AFTER successfully stealing alcohol from an Aberystwyth store, a woman was caught red-handed on the third occasion by members of staff when she stole £61.50 worth of items.

Anna Magdalena Malecka, 24, of Marine Terrace in Aberystwyth, attended Aberystwyth Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday (Dec 13) to face three offences of theft from a shop.

Malecka pleaded guilty to stealing a bottle of Smirnoff vodka valued at £14.50 belonging to Marks and Spencer in Aberystwyth on August 24, guilty to stealing a bottle of Smirnoff vodka valued at £14.50 belonging to Marks and Spencer on August 26 at Aberystwyth and guilty to stealing two bottles of M&S vodka, two bunches of flowers and a bag of onions to the value of £61.50 on August 28 at Aberystwyth belonging to Marks and Spencer.

Prosecutor Ellie Morgan said a member of staff at the store viewed CCTV footage on August 24 which showed the defendant walking along the alcohol aisle, place Smirnoff vodka into her bag and leave the store without paying.

Another witness on August 26 was on duty at Marks and Spencer and after recognising the defendant, followed her around the store.

When Malecka left the premises, the member of staff retraced the defendant’s steps and found missing Smirnoff vodka from the shelf. When viewing the CCTV footage, the defendant was seen selecting the bottle of alcohol and leaving the store without making any payment.

Two days later, on August 28, the commercial operations manager of Marks and Spencer viewed the CCTV footage and was notified by another staff member that Malecka had entered the store.

The members of staff sat on the bench outside the store and when Malecka left the premises, she was detained. All the items on the third occasion were ceased.

Defending, Alison Mathias told the court the facts were fully accepted by Malecka and she stole the items to sell due to not having money at the time.

For the offence, magistrates fined Malecka £40 and told her to pay prosecution costs of £85, a surcharge of £30 and compensation of £29 for the two bottles of Smirnoff vodka.


New Quay RNLI crew members pass out as ILB helms



NEW QUAY RNLI crew members Huw Williams and Dylan Price recently passed out as inshore lifeboat helms.

They were put through their paces by an RNLI Assessor on Monday (Aug 13) with a written exam ashore and a practical assessment afloat on the D class inshore lifeboat.

Roger Couch, Lifeboat Operation Manager of New Quay RNLI said: “As well as responding to emergencies our volunteer crew members spend a lot of time training in order to maintain their knowledge and skills.

“Both crew members have worked very hard over the past 12 months to complete all the training units needed and have now passed the final stage.

“Our lifeboats are on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, all year round and having seven qualified helms for our inshore lifeboat provides us with additional flexibility.”

Huw Williams added:“Dylan and I would like to thank all the crew here at New Quay lifeboat station for their help over the last 12 months. We could not have done it without their support.”

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Schools succeed in A-Level results



A-LEVEL examination results published yesterday(16 August) by the WJEC indicate that high standards are being achieved in Ceredigion schools.

Councillor Catrin Miles, Cabinet member with responsibility for Learning Services said: “Our sincere congratulations are extended to Ceredigion sixth form students who, once again have excelled in their A Levels. Thank you to all school staff, Governors and parents who have supported our young people to fulfil their potential.

“Their successes are a testament to our pupils’ efforts and hard work, in addition to the quality of education provided by teachers in Ceredigion. We are proud of the well-deserved achievements of our young people and wish them well in the future.”

Nearly 27% of Ceredigion entries achieved A* – A grades and 77% of entries achieved A*- C grades. A pass rate of 98% was achieved by Ceredigion students.

  Ceredigion Wales


Grade A* – A 26.8% 26.3%
Grade A* – B 56.7% n/a
Grade A* – C 77.1% n/a
Grade A* – E 97.8% 97.4%

Compared with last year, 6% more of Ceredigion entries achieved A*-A grades. The number of entries that have achieved A*-A, and A*-E in Ceredigion is higher than the Welsh average.

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Man assaulted nurses while being restrained



A PRE-SENTENCE report will be prepared on a Ceredigion man who assaulted two nurses and destroyed an extractor fan.

Lewis Hill, aged 24, of Brynhoffnant, appeared before Haverfordwest Magistrates Court on Tuesday (Aug 14) to plead guilty to the three charges.

Prosecuting, Mr Vaughan Pritchard-Jones told the Court: “At 11pm in the evening on January 30, the defendant was on the roof of Bronglais Hospital threatening to jump off. Police and medical personnel attended and were able to talk him down.

“He was taken to the Cwm Seren ward in St Davids Park, Carmarthen, where they arrived at 1:03am the following morning. During the course of being assessed he became aggressive and had to be restrained by staff. He kicked out at the first nurse and was then put on the floor.

“Whilst on the floor he was throwing his head back and forth and the staff nurse, who was concerned for him, tried to hold his head but he continued to throw his head and because of the force he was using he trapped her finger onto the floor.

“The charge did originally read as common assault but the nurse went to get her finger x-rayed which revealed the fracture.

“After that incident he got free and he started damaging an extractor fan which he completely destroyed.
“I am not sure why the case has taken so long to come here but at the time of the offence he was on a suspended prison sentence, the period for which has now elapsed.”

Defending, Mrs Katie Hanson added: “He is extremely sorry for his actions on that night. He was on the roof of Bronglais Hospital trying to commit suicide. There are serious mental health issues but he accepts he was struggling on the floor but he did not intentionally hurt anyone and he apologises for his actions.”

Magistrates ordered that a pre-sentence report be prepared and Hill was released on unconditional bail and must return to court on Wednesday, August 29 for sentencing.

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