NEW QUAY RNLI Lifeboat Station in Ceredigion had a busy bank holiday weekend with its annual Open Day taking place on Sunday (May 27) and then two calls out to assist people cut off by the tide.
The New Quay ILB (inshore lifeboat) was called out on consecutive late afternoons with the first launch was on Sunday, May 27 with Bernie Davies at the helm and Dylan Price and Heather Rees-Gaut. The Open Day had finished and as the crew were packing up they witnessed people stranded on the rocks nearby and a dingy going to help.
The second took place on Bank Holiday Monday (May 28) with volunteer mechanic Simon Rigby at the helm, accompanied by crew members Huw Williams and George Walton.
Simon said: “We had a busy bank holiday weekend with the Open Day and then two shouts. The first was very near to the station where people were stuck on the rocks and ended up in the water and the second we launched to reports of two people and a dog cut off by the tide near Target Rock in New Quay. Once on the scene we found the people climbing up the rock face.”
As the RNLI’s national drowning prevention campaign Respect the Water enters its fifth year, the charity is urging anyone who finds themselves in trouble in cold water to stay calm and ‘float’. Simon also emphasises: “Remember if you get cut off by the tide, don’t put yourself in danger by climbing the cliffs. Raise the alarm and wait for help to arrive.”
Roger Couch, New Quay Lifeboat Operations Manager said: “We had a very successful Open Day on Sunday with people coming far and wide to support the lifeboat station here in New Quay. We raised nearly £1,000 which is excellent and I would like to thank all those involved, the crew and the fundraisers as without them it would not have been possible.
“The volunteer crew at New Quay station show dedication and commitment by giving their time and bravery. As recent figures have shown eight people lost their lives at the coast of Wales in 2017 with 12 in 2016, of these figures over half had not intended to enter the water therefore vigilance around the coastline is key.”
Police call for vigilance to report illegal raves
DYFED-POWYS POLICE is asking farmers and local landowners to be on the alert over the next few months for warning signs of any illegal gatherings planned for their land over the summer.
Gatherings – such as illegal raves – can cause considerable anxiety to the community and if they are not dealt with swiftly, they are difficult to stop or otherwise control, due often to the sheer numbers of persons involved and the safety aspects surrounding breaking up such an event.
Superintendent Robyn Mason said: “There is little doubt that these type of events are very well planned, organised and that local knowledge is important in drawing down the main group to a particular ‘vulnerable’ field, or area of land which has been targeted previously as a suitable venue.
“Farmers, landowners and local communities are encouraged to report any suspicious activity immediately to the Police; this may be an unusual numbers of vehicles, especially camper vans, vans or trucks in the locality, illegal trespassers who may be doing ‘recce’ of sites in advance of the event.
“I can assure local communities that Police will take the appropriate action to deter illegal gatherings and deal robustly with any criminal offences discovered or disclosed.”
Members of the public are also urged to be vigilant of persons who approach landowners or enquiring for land, in the guise of hiring for apparently acceptable activities such as gymkhanas and scouts/guides events.
Please contact Police on 101 with reports on any suspicious activity.
Wheelchair-bound man jailed for child sex offences
A CHILD sex offender from Ystrad Meurig has been jailed despite being wheelchair-bound.
Dean Harper, aged 61, had distributed child pornography and tried to entice a 10-year-old girl into sexually abusing herself and sending him photographs.
Harper, of Sisial y Pin, Ffair Rhos, admitted downloading 317 indecent images of children in the most serious category A, 400 in category B and 500 in C.
He also admitted sending images in all three categories to a third party, all on a single day in October, 2016.
Harper also admitted attempting to incite the girl into sexual activity knowing that she was only 10-years-old.
Kevin Jones, prosecuting, told Swansea Crown Court that the distribution of the images alerted the police who raided Harper’s home and removed computer equipment.
An examination of his internet activity revealed he had made contact with a girl via social media and swapped messages with her.
The judge, Mr Recorder Peter Griffiths told Harper his offending was serious and a jail sentence was inevitable despite his disability.
Harper was jailed for a total of two years and ordered to register with the police as a sex offender for 10 years.
He was also made the subject of a sexual harm prevention order which will restrict his contact with young people and his internet activity after his release from prison.
Royals set to visit Ceredigion during summer visit
AS PART of their annual summer visit to Wales, The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall will be visiting Ceredigion next month.
From July 2-6, Charles and Camilla will tour the country, undertaking over 20 engagements across the country.
On July 3, The Prince of Wales will visit Dà Mhìle Distillery, Llandysul, the first organic distillery in the UK approved by the Soil Association, where he was previously gifted the thousandth bottle to be produced by Dà Mhìle.
The Prince of Wales will also visit St. Gwenog’s Church, Llanwenog, and view their unique carvings created by Joseph Reubens, a Belgian World War One refugee. His Royal Highness will also meet members of their local community.
The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall’s fourteenth annual Summer visit to Wales will feature celebrations to mark the 70th Anniversary of The National Health Service and the marking the 150th anniversary of the Heart of Wales railway line amongst other events.
A Clarence House spokesperson said: “The Prince and The Duchess are really looking forward to their annual summer visit to Wales where they will be celebrating key anniversaries for the National Health Service, the Heart of Wales railway line and the 90th anniversary of Gwent Association of Voluntary Organisation. Their Royal Highnesses relish the opportunity to meet members of the community who are making a difference to Welsh life.”
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