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Men jailed for supermarket ram raid

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THREE ram raiders who smashed through the front doors of a supermarket in Llandysul have been jailed.

Mark Ion, Steven McHugh and Daniel Rogers got away with only £200 worth of spirits but caused more than £10,000 worth of damage to the CK’s store on Pencader Road, Pontwelli.

Swansea Crown Court heard that between them they already had 495 previous convictions.

Ion, aged 47, of Scotchwell View, Haverfordwest, McHugh, 42, of Larch Road, Milford Haven, and Rogers, 32, of Maescader, Pencader, admitted burglary.

Paul Hobson, prosecuting, said at 6am on Boxing Day the trio used a stolen 4×4 to smash through the doors of the store and grab whatever they could.

The vehicle was later found burned out.

Mr Hobson said police inquiries were continuing because it was believed the car had been stolen during a house burglary.

He said CCTV cameras filmed the raid and descriptions of the men were circulated.

By chance, said Mr Hobson, a police officer went to Rogers’ home for an unrelated reason at 10am that day and saw the other two men were there and matched them to the descriptions of the suspects.

Police were also able to recover some of the stolen goods.

Mr Hobson said Ion had 174 previous convictions, McHugh 170 and Rogers 151.

Judge Keith Thomas jailed each defendant for 27 months.

He said that if the ongoing police inquiries resulted in further charges they would be dealt with later.

“You clearly all agreed to commit this offence by driving a car and demolishing the front doors.

“You all have substantial and lengthy records for dishonesty of all sorts,” he added.

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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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