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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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Teenage passenger dies in A487 crash – police appealing for help

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DYFED POWYS POLICE are appealing for witnesses following a fatal collision which occurred at around 10pm last night (Saturday, November 16) on the A487 at Commins Coch, Aberystwyth.

The collision involved two vehicles – a black Vauxhall Astra, which was travelling out of Aberystwyth heading towards the general direction of Bow Street, and a silver Audi A6.

Sadly, an 18-year-old sustained fatal injuries and passed away at hospital this morning. She was a passenger in the Vauxhall Astra.

Several casualties were also taken to hospital with serious injuries.

Anyone travelling along this stretch of road at the time of the collision who had dash cam footage, or saw the collision or the vehicles involved, is asked to contact the Serious Collision Investigation Unit.

You can report information online at: http://bit.ly/dppReportOnline, by email at: contactcentre@dyfed-powys.pnn.police.uk or by calling 101.

If you are deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908. Quote reference: DP-20191116-353

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Free parking in Ceredigion

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Car parking will be free in all Ceredigion County Council operated Pay and Display car parks on the three Saturdays before Christmas this year.

Parking charges at council operated Pay and Display car parks will be waived on December 7, 14 and 21 2019.

Rhodri Llwyd is Ceredigion County Council’s Corporate Lead Officer responsible for Highways and Environmental Services. He said. “Small businesses will be competing against online businesses for trade this Christmas. We want to do what we can to support Ceredigion businesses at this important time of year. We hope this step encourages more of us to shop locally this Christmas and enjoy what fantastic Ceredigion businesses have to offer.”

This decision contributes towards one of the council’s corporate priorities of boosting the economy.

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Ysgol Bro Pedr raise funds for life saving machine

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PUPILS at Ysgol Bro Pedr have raised enough money to buy a defibrillator machine for the school.

The idea came after 15 Year 11 pupils achieved their Level 3 Emergency First Aid Qualification with Ceredigion Youth Service. Pupils felt that it was incredibly important that they and others at the school had the skills, knowledge and equipment to use in an emergency.

Mrs Caryl Jones and pupils raised an outstanding £1,150 through organising a bake sale at the school on 28 March 2019. The school extends their thanks to Lampeter businesses ‘Oh My Cod’ and ‘Y Becws’ for their kind contribution towards the sale.

Guto Crompton, School Based Youth Worker said: “Although first aid is not a mandatory part of the school curriculum in Wales, young people at Ysgol Bro Pedr felt that it should be something that all pupils knew about. This would help them to know what to do in an emergency, whether that be in the school or out in the community. Pupils worked hard to achieve their First Aid qualification which covered aspect such as CPR, casualty management and the use of a defibrillator.”

The defibrillator machine will be placed in the school reception.

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