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Drug dealers warned of lengthy prison sentences

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DEALERS running drugs into Aberystwyth were warned today (Jan 11) they would spend a lot of time in jail.

Judge Paul Thomas was speaking as he sentenced a Liverpool man to 27 months after he admitted driving towards the town with £5,000 worth of high quality heroin in his underpants.

Jack English, aged 20, of Storrington Road, Liverpool, admitted possessing a class A drug with intent to supply.

Jim Davis, prosecuting, told Swansea crown court how police had intelligence about a black Ford Focus and on October 18, 2017, spotted it on the A487 between Talybont and Aberystwyth.

English was driving and after his arrest officers found 24.9grams of heroin with a high 49% purity rate in his underpants.

Mr Davis said it had a street value of £5,000.

An examination of the packaging revealed the DNA of English’s father, who was later jailed for 13 years for robbery but died last May while in prison in Liverpool from an overdose of a Spice drug.

Further investigation showed that the Focus and Jack English’s mobile telephone had made nine previous trips from Liverpool to Aberystwyth.

Mr Davis said English’s father could have made those trips although his son now accepted being present during some of them.

Judge Thomas told English, “People who spread the misery caused by class A drugs will be dealt with severely by the courts.

“People coming to Wales with high class drugs can expect to spend a lot of time in jail,” he added.

The judge issued orders confiscating the Ford Focus and the mobile telephone as well as the drugs.

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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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