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Police called to illegal rave near Tregaron

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DYFED-POWYS POLICE monitored an illegal New Year’s Eve rave near Tregaron, where up to 200 people had gathered.

The force was made aware of a large gathering at Cwm Berwyn, part of the Tywi Forest, which is managed by Natural Resources Wales, at around 11pm on Monday December 31.

Officers swiftly attended the area, where the gathering was well underway.

The number of people involved and the safety aspects surrounding breaking up the event meant that a multi-agency decision was made to disrupt and stop entry of any further vehicles or people.

A police presence was maintained throughout the night and continued into January 1, as officers worked to minimise disruption to the local community. The site was accessible via a track and dense forest and hills, with police positioning vehicles around the area to prevent further entry.

Officers also liaised with concerned residents in the area. Residents nearby reported that music could be heard until 10am on New Year’s Day, and that most attendees had either left or were in the process of leaving by midday.

Chief Inspector Amanda Diggens said at the time: “This type of event causes considerable anxiety and distress to the community, and we would like to assure people in the area that appropriate action is being taken to disrupt and deal with this event, and we will investigate any criminal offences discovered.”

Dai Rees, Land Management Team Leader from Natural Resources Wales said: “Our forests and countryside should be available for everyone to enjoy, but illegal raves cause damage to the environment and ruin it for other people.

“Often we find large amounts of litter left behind, and in this case we can see a number of bonfires burning so a significant clean-up operation will follow to make sure the area is safe for people to use.”

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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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