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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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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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