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Swinger fell into hands of blackmailers at ‘underage girl’ meeting

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A BUSINESSMAN from Capel Bangor fell into the hands of blackmailers as he arrived in a McDonald’s car park to meet a contact from a swingers’ website.

Robert Stacey, aged 58, dialled 999 to complain he was being threatened – and blurted out that he had arranged to meet an underage girl.
 
Stacey ended up being arrested himself.
 
But he was cleared of attempting to entice a child to engage in sexual activity and attempting to meet her after sexual grooming following a trial at Swansea Crown Court.
 
Stacey, who runs the Daisy Chain plant nursery, told the court he and his partner Deborah Fryer were swingers.
 
He said they had met 100 couples and individuals via the fab swingers web site and had had sex with about 20 of them.
 
Stacey said he began swapping messages with someone who claimed to be a teenage girl and asked her if she wanted to lose her virginity to an older man.
 
She replied ‘yes, but I’m nervous’ and he arranged to meet her in Sutton Coldfield.
 
But as soon as he parked his Mercedes estate two men blocked him in with a white Transit van.
 
One got into his car and told him he had been set up and that he would get 10 years for trying to have sex with a child.
 
But he added: “Look, we can make this go away for money.”
 
Stacey refused to pay and called the police to say he was afraid.
 
“I have arranged to meet someone who is underage and they are trying to blackmail me,” he said.
 
The blackmailers left the car park.
 
But the following day police turned up at Stacey’s home at Tanrallt and took away a mobile telephone and an iPad–and found dozens of sexual messages he had swapped with the ‘girl’.
 
In some he asked her to send him photographs of her naked and and added: “How would you like to meet an older man in a hotel for the joys of sex?”
 
In one he asked her what she was interested in.
 
She replied: “Naughty old men. You?”
 
Stacey said: “Naughty young girls.”
 
On being told she was 15 and still at school,  Stacey wrote: “That’s a bit young. Illegal. Do you want to lose your virginity?”
 
Stacey said that by that stage he thought he was taking part in a ‘fantasy’ conversation, which was not uncommon in the world of swingers.
 
The ‘girl’, he added, had given different ages and by the time he turned into the McDonald’s car park he had had no real idea who he might meet.
 
It could have turned out to be a man, or no-one at all, he said.
 
But he had had no interest in meeting a schoolgirl.
 
And, he added, he and his partner had a understanding that there would not be sex during a first meeting, which he always abided by.
 
Stacey had always denied the charges and was found not guilty unanimously.
 

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Aberystwyth: Driver on drugs hits lorry and causes ‘road chaos’

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A DRIVER high on drugs caused 15 miles of chaos as he approached Aberystwyth on the A44.

Brian Pitts hit an oncoming lorry and road signs as he drove on the wrong side of the road.

A car passenger filmed him because she was sure a serious accident was about to happen.

Pitts, aged 57, of Delmont Close, Tipton, west Midlands, admitted dangerous driving and driving while unfit through drugs he had taken.

Dean Pulling, prosecuting, told Swansea Crown Court that on June 16 last year Pitts had been driving his Rover MGZR, towing a trailer full of wooden fencing posts, towards Aberystwyth from his home.

Richard Brooks followed the car through Llangurig and became so concerned he telephoned the police while his wife Victoria filmed Pitts on her mobile.

The Rover collided with a 13 tonne lorry driven by Andrew Paxton but failed to stop.

Pitts failed to take a roundabout and hit road signs and an embankment but still carried on.

During the 15 miles, said Mr Pulling, oncoming traffic had to swerve off the carriageway to avoid a collision.

Several motorists telephoned the police to report what they were witnessing, he added.

Pitts came to a stop in the middle of the road and another motorist snatched the keys out of the ignition–and noticed that Pitts had been driving with a dog on his lap.

Mr Pulling said police officers could tell there was something wrong with Pitts, but an alcohol text showed he was below the limit.

“He was clearly unfit,” said Mr Pulling, although it was still unclear what drugs he had taken.

Pitts was taken to Aberystwyth police station and then to Bronglais hospital, where he appeared to recover after treatment. But he soon deteriorated and had to be taken back to the hospital.

Pitts developed pneumonia and had to be kept in for nine days.

His barrister, Tom Scapens, said when Pitts had been shown the mobile telephone footage he felt physically sick.

Judge T Mervyn Hughes jailed Pitts for 10 months and banned him from driving for four years.

He told him, “If you had not been stopped I am quite sure you would have caused serious injury if not death.”

Pitts was told to pass an extended driving test before getting his licence back.

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Motion to support the reduction of plastic use in Ceredigion approved

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In a Full Council meeting on 22 February 2018, the Council unanimously supported a motion to reduce the use of plastic and to support plastic reduction initiatives in Ceredigion.

The motion was proposed by Councillor Mark Strong and was seconded by Councillor Gethin Davies. The motion calls on Ceredigion County Council to support the various ‘Plastic Free’ campaigns throughout the county by reducing single-use plastics within Council facilities and offices and to promote the use of sustainable alternatives to single-use plastics at all Council supported events.

Councillor Mark Strong said, “I’m delighted that the Council unanimously supported the motion. This is an important step for the Council but we must carry on to reduce plastic use. Everyone has a responsibility to reduce the environmental damage caused by plastic. Carrying out small acts such as buying milk from your local milkman supports the local economy but in turn also supports our environment by using reusable glass bottles.”

The motion also calls on the Council to encourage local businesses, organisations, schools and communities to move away from single-use plastics and use sustainable alternatives as well as to support beach cleans and other events which aim to raise awareness of the issues of single-use plastics under the “Plastic Free”, Caru Ceredigion, Tidy Towns or any similar initiative.

The motion was amended in the meeting to include the establishment of a Members’ Task and Finish group to support measures to reduce the Council’s use of plastic and to support initiatives in the county that reduce plastic use.

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Richards-Keegan cleared of sending underage girl nude pictures

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A BOW STREET man has been cleared of charges that he sent an underage girl photographs of his penis.

Paul Robert Morgan Richards-Keegan, aged 21, had denied two allegations of inciting a child to engage in sexual activity.

Richards-Keegan, of Tregerddan, said the only messages he sent her via the internet were in response to approaches from her and did not include photographs of his private parts.

Catherine Richards, prosecuting, had told a jury at Swansea Crown Court that the 14-year-old girl had shared messages with Richards-Keegan via Snapchat.

At one stage police issued to him a child abduction notice, which he signed, instructing him not to contact the girl

In 2016 she told her mother that he was again sending her unwanted photographs of his penis attached to messages.

Richards-Keegan was arrested, and told police he had obeyed the order apart from messages he had sent after being contacted by the complainant.

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