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Two men jailed over violent street robbery

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TWO local men have been jailed today (Nov 28) for a violent street robbery.

Dylan Brandy-Adams and Rhys Pritchard returned to the scene to beat up their victim a second time.

Brandy-Adams, aged 23, of Parc Dinas, Penparcau, was jailed for four years and Pritchard, also 23, of Pentrebach, Llanrhystud, was sentenced to three years and nine months.

They both admitted robbery.

Craig Jones, prosecuting, told Swansea Crown Court that late on April 22 Nicholas Holden had been at the home of Catherine Norton in Vulcan Street, Aberystwyth.

Someone repeatedly banged on an outside window and when Mr Holden went to investigate he was confronted by Brandy-Adams and Pritchard.

He was rugby tackled to the ground and then punched and kicked by both men, who walked away with the entire contents of a bag he had been carrying.

Mr Holden realised his bank cards were missing and shouted at the men. As they began to return he went back inside Miss Norton’s home but Brandy-Adams and Pritchard burst in and kicked him unconscious.

Before leaving they threw his bank cards at him along with some receipts which by then, said Mr Jones, had the defendants’ fingerprints on them.

After Mr Holden recovered he found that his new Nokia mobile and £15 in cash were still missing.

The court heard that Brandy-Adams had 30 previous convictions, some for violence, and had been the subject of a suspended prison sentence at the time.

Dean Pulling, for Pritchard, said this was his first conviction and he now thought it was the most stupid thing he had ever done.

Both had been under the influence of alcohol or drugs, the court heard.

Judge Keith Thomas described the incident as protracted and thoroughly unpleasant.

Fortunately, he added, Mr Holden did not appear to have suffered serious injury.

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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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