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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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Lampeter: Ellis McGuiness jailed for nine months

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A MAN who once claimed to “run Aberystwyth” before he was jailed has discovered he does not rule Lampeter either.

Ellis McGuiness, aged 23, was imprisoned in 2016 for attacking three men after warning them that Aberystwyth was “my town.”
After his release he moved to a flat in High Street, Lampeter, where on July 24 he was involved in two violent confrontations.
Swansea Crown Court heard how at 1.30am he began threatening a 16 year old boy while holding a metal bar.
The youth ran home and re-emerged with a samurai sword in his hand.
CCTV cameras filmed them squaring up to each other outside the Royal Oak pub on High Street.
At about 5.30pm that day McGuiness again came across the youth and began shouting at him. The juvenile again ran home and returned to the scene holding the sword and McGuiness punched him in the face.
McGuiness admitted possessing an offensive weapon in a public place.
His barrister, John Hipkin, said he had to accept that McGuiness had a bad record for violence.
The punch, he said, had not led to any visible injury.
Neither incidents, he added, had led to the weapons being used to inflict injuries.
Judge Keith Thomas told McGuiness he had been responsible for “unpleasant incidents on the streets of Lampeter.”
“Weapons were used by both sides as they threatened each other,” he added.
McGuiness, he said, had at the age of 23 a “dreadful record for violence.”
He was jailed for nine months.
The court heard the youth had been dealt with by a court for juveniles.
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Ceredigion’s first ‘Welsh in the Workplace’ Fair to be held

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CEREDIGION’S first ‘Welsh in the Workplace’ Fair will be held to encourage and support businesses who want to increase their bilingual provision in their daily work. 

With the 2020 Ceredigion National Eisteddfod on the horizon, Cered: Menter Iaith Ceredigion’s Welsh in the Workplace Officers are busy assisting the county’s businesses in benefitting from the use of Welsh in their business. To this end, the Welsh will be the focus for a special event at the beginning of October with a Welsh in the Workplace Fair. 

Huw Marshall from ‘Yr Awr Gymraeg’ (The Welsh hour) will lead in how to raise your business profile and how to effectively market in order to attract more customers. During the day there will be opportunities to ask a panel of businesses who already operate bilingually whilst learning from their experiences and the challenges they faced. The panel will consist of Emlyn Jones (Diogel Events), Kerry Ferguson (Gwe Cambrian), Eleri Davies (Blaenwaun Caravan Park) and Sioned Thomas (Ffenestri Kevin Thomas Windows), chaired by Keith Henson (Coleg Ceredigion).

Councillor Catherine Hughes, Cabinet Member with responsibility for Culture said, “It is heart-warming to see a valuable and important Fair such as this being held in Ceredigion for the first time by Cered. It’s a very special opportunity to see businesses in one place and hear the experiences from those who use the Welsh language daily in their work.”

Later in the afternoon, there will be opportunities for businesses to visit an array of information stands from Learn Welsh, Ceredigion Training, Cynnal y Cardi, Business Wales, Antur Teifi, the Welsh Language Commissioner, Coleg Ceredigion and Cymraeg Byd Busnes.

The Fair is to be held on Thursday, 04 October 2018, between 10:30 and 15:30 at Cardigan Castle. Limited spaces are available, so register and reserve your place on tocyn.cymru. Simultaneous translation facilities and refreshments including tea and coffee will be available.

The ‘Welsh in the Workplace’ project has received LEADER support through the Cynnal y Cardi Local Action Group (administered by Ceredigion County Council) which is funded through the Welsh Government Rural Communities – Rural Development Programme 2014-2020, which is funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and the Welsh Government.

For further information, contact Pat Jones, Welsh Language Business Development Officer, Cered, Menter Iaith Ceredigion on Pat.jones@ceredigion.gov.uk or 01545 572350.

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Woman claimed benefits after £138,000 inheritance

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A NEW QUAY woman continued claiming benefits despite inheriting £138,000.
Susan Marion, aged 57, was then awarded £18,417 which she was not entitled to.
Marion was found guilty by a jury at Swansea crown court this afternoon of failing to notify Ceredigion County Council and the Department for Work and Pensions of inheritances that would have affected her right to benefits.
Ieuan Rees, prosecuting, told the jury how a series of inheritances meant that Marion had well above the £16,000 limit of savings and capital.
Marion, of Plas y Wern, Gilfachrheda, told the court she did not accept that the money was rightfully her’s.
She said it had been left to her by her father, grandmother and an aunt.
She said she considered the money tainted because her father and grandfather had kept battery chickens and killed lambs, both of which she disapproved of.
At first, she added, she had been willing to keep the £11,000 left to her by her aunt, but then discovered she had raced whippets, which she also considered to be cruel.
Mr Rees said that despite her views she had used the money to open four accounts at Barclays bank.
Marion, who had denied the charges, will be sentenced on October 19 and was granted bail until then.
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