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Woman gave away £138,000 and now wants to live off benefits

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A NEW QUAY woman gave away £138,000 and now wants to live off government benefits.

Susan Marion, aged 58, inherited the money from her father, grandmother and an aunt, who all died between 2015 and 2016.

But she considered the money was ‘tainted’.

Swansea Crown Court heard that her father had kept battery chickens and her grandmother had been a sheep farmer, and she considered both activities to be cruel to animals.

She told the Department for Work and Pensions she had been willing to keep £11,000 left by her aunt but then discovered she had once raced whippets, which she also disapproved of.

So she gave it all away–and has now applied for benefits.

Ieuan Rees, prosecuting, said Marion had kept the money in four Barclays accounts and had had ‘well above’ the £16,000 threshold for benefits.

But she kept quiet about the windfalls and continued to claim £18,417 in housing benefit and income support before the DWP found out about her new found wealth.

She was convicted after a trial of failing to notify the DWP and Ceredigion County Council that her circumstances had changed.

Her barrister, Paul Hobson, said she had given the money away and had applied for benefits. Her application was still under consideration by the DWP, he added.

Marion was made the subject of a two-year community order,

Judge Keith Thomas said of her claim to be now broke: “Whether that is the complete picture is speculative. This is an unusual case.”

Judge Thomas said there was evidence that Marion had used at least some of the money herself before giving the rest away.

He told Marion, of Plas y Wern, Gilfachrheda, that the benefits system had not been designed for people of wealth who simply gave it all away and then wished to rely on benefits.

The court heard a Proceeds of Crime investigation was underway that would determine Marion’s true financial situation.

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New Quay RNLI lifeboat crew trains with lifeguards

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NEW QUAY lifeboat station hosted a special training evening with the lifeboat crew and Ceredigion’s RNLI lifeguards last week.

Pete Yates, one of New Quay RNLI’s inshore lifeboat helms, worked closely with Ceredigion lifeguard supervisor, Tirion Dowsett, to plan scenarios for the teams to practice working together in casualty care situations.

A large scale scenario included four casualties to be dealt with by the inshore lifeboat crew and two lifeguard teams on a nearby beach, whilst a third lifeguard team and lifeboat crew members dealt with a separate scenario at the lifeboat station.

Pete said: “It was a great evening of training. We had 9 lifeguards and 13 lifeboat crew in attendance.

“The main scenario included casualties suffering from hypothermia and propeller injuries. A second scenario involved a mechanic suffering head injuries in the forepeak of the all-weather lifeboat and requiring extraction on a stretcher.

“On completion of these scenarios we all gathered back at the station where one of our senior crew members sprung a great act at being a diabetic having a hypo, and being suitably angry and aggressive.”

Roger Couch, New Quay RNLI’s Lifeboat Operations Manager, added: “It was great for our lifeboat crew members to work with the lifeguards as it builds a deeper understanding of each other’s roles and encourages teamwork between us. This is of great benefit when dealing with real life casualty care situations.”

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Coastguard rescues dog stuck on cliffs

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LAST TUESDAY (Aug 27), New Quay RNLI’s inshore D-class lifeboat, Audrey LJ, was tasked by Milford Haven Coastguard to assist the Coastguard with a dog stuck on the cliffs near New Quay.

The volunteer crew launched the inshore lifeboat at 1.50pm with four crew members on board and made their way south down the coast.

Brett Stones, New Quay RNLI’s helm said: “We located the dog on the cliffs by Castell Bach, near Cwmtydu. We stood by while the Coastguard team caught the animal. The dog was unharmed and safe with the Coastguard so we were stood down.

“However, while returning to station we were then tasked to a small vessel with engine failure. We towed the stricken boat with three people on board back to New Quay. We rehoused the inshore lifeboat and it was ready for service by 2.40pm.”

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New maintenance Lorries cut carbon emissions

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The Ground Maintenance Team has purchased three new lorries to support ground maintenance services in Ceredigion.

The new lorries will move Ceredigion County Council’s Ground Maintenance Service’s equipment to and from the grounds that they look after. The lorries will also take cut grass away for composting. This provides the most efficient way of maintaining the areas that the team is responsible for.

Councillor Dafydd Edwards is the Cabinet member responsible for Highways and Environmental Services together with Housing. He said: “The new vehicles replace ones which had provided excellent service for almost 20 years. They are fitted with Euro 6 engines which are considerably more efficient and better for the environment.”

The Grounds Maintenance Team is also incrementally introducing electric-powered mowers, blowers, hedge cutters and strimmers into its fleet. This equipment is better for the environment, is easier to use and causes less noise and vibration.

The new lorries support Ceredigion County Council’s commitment to be a net-zero carbon council by 2030.

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