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Man ‘glassed’ the wrong woman



A LLANRHYSTUD man angrily threw a glass – and hit the wrong woman.

Sean Michael Pugh had been aiming at a woman he had been rowing with.

But the glass hit a friend of his, Laura Croot, causing permanent scarring to her forehead.

Pugh, aged 29, of Bronydd, Pentre Isaf, admitted unlawful wounding.

Brian Simpson, prosecuting, told Swansea Crown Court that in the early hours of June 25 last year Pugh had been drinking at the Brasserie on the pier at Aberystwyth.

Miss Croot, a friend of his, saw him arguing with another woman and intervened to calm him down.

It appeared to work, said Mr Simpson, but the row flared up again.

Pugh suddenly threw the glass, which caused two cuts to Miss Croot’s head.

Miss Croot, a Cardigan hairdresser, said several months after the incident she still suffered from headaches. The scarring would be permanent, she added.

After his arrest Pugh said he had been very drunk and could not remember what had happened.

His barrister, Ian Ibrahim, said he was deeply ashamed and had not drunk any alcohol since June 25.

Judge Geraint Walters said throwing a glass at someone was an outrageously dangerous thing to do and could have cost Miss Croot her eyesight.

“You left her with scars. Each time she looks in a mirror she gets a reminder of what happened,” he added.

Pugh was jailed for 12 months, suspended for two years.

He was also ordered to carry out 200 hours of unpaid work for the community and to pay Miss Croot £1,000 in compensation.


Stereophonics to play Swansea gig



ONE of Britain’s best live bands Stereophonics has announced a special performance at Singleton Park, Swansea on Saturday, July 13, 2019.

The stadium rockers will perform in their south Wales heartland to celebrate 20 years since the career milestone show in Swansea at Morfa Stadium to 55,000 people and the release of ‘Performance and Cocktails’.

It will be the band’s first time back in south west Wales since their Morfa Stadium show in 1999. This now iconic album, which was the band’s second studio release, gave Stereophonics three straight top five singles in the British charts with ‘The Bartender and the Thief’ reaching No.3, and both ‘Just Looking’ and ‘Pick a Part That’s New’ reaching No.4.

Over the past two decades, Stereophonics have played at some of the biggest venues to fans all across the globe, amassing over 10 million album sales in that time.

More recently in 2018, the band performed to sell-out crowds across the globe, including a huge 15-date arena tour, summer homecoming gigs in Wrexham and Cardiff plus headline shows at Kendal Calling, Y Not Festival and Victorious Festival.

Speaking about the latest announcement, Kelly Jones said: “Performance and Cocktails put us on the world map, and also on the TV and the Radio, which meant a lot of people went back to discover Word Gets Around and made our first album platinum! Morfa Stadium was where we set Performance and Cocktails alight, and it was a one off day that can never be beaten. It was perfect. I’m not a man that likes to go backwards, this event is merely a birthday party, so come along and help us blow out the candles.”

Stereophonics are Kelly Jones (vocals/guitar), Richard Jones (bass), Adam Zindani (guitar) and Jamie Morrison (drums).

Tickets go on sale on Friday (Dec 14) at 10am via

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Heroin could be linked to Aberysytwyth supply



A LIVERPOOL man has admitted possessing heroin that could be linked to drugs supplied in Aberystwyth.

Jack English, aged 20, pleaded guilty to possessing a quantity of heroin with intent to supply when he appeared at Swansea Crown ccourt for a plea and trial preparation hearing before Judge Keith Thomas.

The court heard the drugs could also be linked to English’s father, who had been a heroin user who had ‘gone to Aberystwyth on many occasions’ and who had died since his son’s arrest in October 2017.

Judge Thomas said he would sentence English on January 11.

English, of Storrington Road, was granted bail meanwhile but warned that a jail sentence was the most likely outcome.

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Mark Drakeford named next First Minister



THE NEXT First Minister of Wales will be Mark Drakeford, it has been announced this afternoon (Dec 6).

Mr Drakeford, a Cardiff West AM, was named as the winner of the Welsh Labour leadership contest at the Principality Stadium.

The contest was triggered when Carwyn Jones, the current First Minister, announced he was stepping down.

Mr Jones will officially step down on Tuesday (Dec 10).

Mr Drakeford will then be officially confirmed as the new First Minister of Wales by the National Assembly next week.

In the first round of voting, the results were:

Mark Drakeford – 46.9%
Vaughan Gething – 30.8%
Eluned Morgan – 22.3%

Eluned Morgan’s votes were then redistributed on voters’ second preferences, with the following results:

Mark Drakeford – 53.9%
Vaughan Gethin – 46.1%

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