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Two men jailed for assaulting police in Ceredigion

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THREE police officers have been assaulted in Ceredigion in the past week, with offenders spitting and coughing in their faces.

Two men involved in the incidents have been jailed for their abusive behaviour towards Dyfed-Powys Police PCs in Aberystwyth.

The first incident took place while officers were trying to help a man who needed medical attention.

Police were called to Aberaeron at 5.20pm on June 4 following a report of an unconscious man on the floor in North Road.

On officers’ arrival, four paramedics were at the scene treating Nathan Newman, who was believed to be under the influence of alcohol and illegal substances.

Throughout his treatment, the 18-year-old was abusive towards ambulance service staff and was behaving in an aggressive and threatening manner.

T/Inspector Rhys Jones said: “His condition improved and he appeared to have calmed down, so he was helped to his feet by a PC.

“Without warning he suddenly spat in the officer’s face, with saliva going in the PC’s eye.

“He was immediately arrested and a spit hood was put on him as he continued to spit while on the floor.”

Two PCs arrived to provide support, and put Newman in leg restraints as a result of his continued threatening behaviour.

Despite restraints, the offender continued to lash out and make threats towards officers.

At 5.40pm, he was arrested on suspicion of assaulting an emergency worker and was taken to hospital for medical treatment.

T/Insp said: “On the way to the hospital, he managed to take off the hood, before spitting repeatedly across the back of the police van.

“His abusive behaviour continued, and he shouted that all he could do was spit, give officers a ‘horrible disease’ and ‘hope they die’.

“This is a completely unacceptable way to behave towards officers who had been called to help when he needed medical attention.”

Newman was charged with assaulting an emergency worker and criminal damage, which he admitted at Swansea Magistrates’ Court on Friday, 06 June 2020.

He was sentenced to 32 weeks in prison.

On Wednesday, June 10, police were called to the Co-Op store in Penparcau, where a man had run off with a charity box and a purse after being found in the staff room.

Officers stopped Christopher Jones, of First Avenue, a short distance away as he matched the description given by staff.

He was found with cash and a bank card in someone else’s name, and was arrested on suspicion of burglary.

While in the back of a police car, Jones turned towards the PC sitting next to him, he had Coronavirus and coughed in his face.

The 41-year-old was charged with burglary and assaulting an emergency worker and appeared at Swansea Magistrates’ Court on Thursday, June 11, where he pleaded guilty.

He was sentenced to 28 weeks in prison.

T/Insp Jones said: “We will not tolerate assaults or abusive behaviour towards emergency service workers, who are carrying out their duty to protect the public.

“In both these instances, officers were left fearing their health might suffer as a result of an offender’s appalling behaviour. Nobody should be made to feel this way while carrying out their work.”

An officer was also spat at while booking a woman into custody on June 8.

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New permanent walk-in test centre opens in Aberystwyth

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PEOPLE in Aberystwyth with symptoms of COVID-19 now have access to a permanent walk-in testing facility.

Hywel Dda University Health Board has arranged for a Local Testing Site (LTS) to be located inside the former Padarn Nursery building, (behind, but not connected to, Padarn Surgery), on Penglais Road.

Local people should avoid using the nearby nursery car park, leaving it free for those people accessing tests to park there. People who attend the walk-in centre must wear a face covering.

Meanwhile, the drive-through facility at Canolfan Rheidol has now been relocated to Cardigan in response to a rise in cases in that area. Residents of Aberystwyth will not be impacted by this move as there is plenty of testing capacity at the LTS.

Alison Shakeshaft, Director of Therapies & Health Science at Hywel Dda University Health Board, said: “We are very pleased to have secured this LTS for the people of Aberystwyth. Many residents in the town, including students, do not have their own private vehicle in order to access drive-through testing facilities, so the option of a walk-in facility is very important.

“This is a challenging time and I urge everyone to remain vigilant and follow the rules, including wearing face coverings where required, maintain social distancing, washing hands regularly, or using a hand sanitiser if hand washing is not possible.”

Anyone who has symptoms of the virus (a new persistent cough, high temperature or loss/change of taste or smell) must book a test as soon as possible.  This can be done through the online UK portal at www.gov.wales/coronavirus.

University students with COVID-19 symptoms, when booking a test, are required to provide their local address in Aberystwyth.

Please do not book a test if you do not have COVID-19 symptoms and do not attend testing centres without booking first as you will not be seen without an appointment.

Please follow the latest self-isolation guidelines which can be found here.

For the latest news and updated from Hywel Dda University Health Board visit https://hduhb.nhs.wales/

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Improvements required at a pub in Devil’s Bridge

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A HOSPITALITY business in Devil’s Bridge has been required to make improvements to safeguard the public’s health and well-being as part of the coronavirus regulations.

A Premises Improvement Notice has been served to The Hafod, Devil’s Bridge, Aberystwyth by Ceredigion County Council’s Public Protection Officers due to non-compliance with The Health Protection (Coronavirus Restrictions) (No. 4) (Wales) Regulations 2020.

As part of the Premises Improvement Notice, the Premises must ensure that a distance of 2 metres is maintained between any persons on the premises, and put measures in place which limit close face to face interaction and maintain hygiene. 

These measures will need to be implemented by 17:00 on November 27, 2020. The full notice can be seen on the Council’s website under Improvement and Closure Notices.

Information for businesses is available on the Council’s website under Supporting Ceredigion’s Economy.

Any business who is unsure of their responsibilities is urged to check the Welsh Government website

Any business that requires further information or guidance can contact the council’s Licensing Team on 01545 570881 or clic@ceredigion.gov.uk.

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Improvement notices issued to two Cardigan premises

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ON NOVEMBER 18, 2020, two Cardigan businesses were required to improve their measures to minimise the risk of exposure to coronavirus on their premises.

T Samways High Class Butchers, Pendre Cardigan and Cardigan Fried Chicken, Pendre Cardigan were both served with an improvement notice on Wednesday 18th November 2020 after officers from Ceredigion County Council’s Public Protection Team visited the premises.

Following reports from members of the public, officers found that improvements were needed in both premises to ensure compliance with the regulations.  The improvements require persons responsible for the premises to ensure that staff wear face coverings within the main shop and or public areas of the premises to maintain hygiene.

These businesses were granted 48 hours to correct the issues that had been highlighted or further enforcement action would be considered, including the option to issue closure notices.

On November 20, 2020, Officers returned to T Samways High Class Butchers and Cardigan Fried Chicken and were satisfied that the reasonable measures were now in place and the Improvement Notices were subsequently terminated.

The Premises Improvement Notices, served under the Health Protection (Coronavirus Restrictions)(No. 4)(Wales) Regulations 2020, were issued at both premises on Wednesday November 18, 2020.

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