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Landlord threatened with acid attack

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Community service: Jake Stewart

Community service: Jake Stewart

A MOURNER threatened a landlord with an acid attack and arson, and assaulted him after being barred from a wake, a court has heard.

Jake Stewart, aged 26, of Pant Glas, Tregaron, pleaded guilty to assault by beating and using threatening, abusive, or insulting words or behaviour, when he appeared before Aberystwyth magistrates on Wednesday.

The court heard that Stewart had attended a friend’s funeral on April 2, but had been previously banned from the Talbot Hotel, Tregaron, where the wake was being held.

Landlord Michael Taylor arrived at the premises at around 7pm, after being called by a member of staff stating Stewart was refusing to leave and wanted to speak to him.

Ellie Morgan, prosecuting, said: “The defendant got out of his vehicle and the victim could see is was very agitated.

“He started shouting and threatened to throw acid in Mr Taylor’s face and his wife’s face, and to burn his house down.”

Another man was attempting to restrain Stewart, but he came up to Mr Taylor and slapped him across the face, then grabbed him and ripped his shirt.

Miss Morgan added: “The whole incident lasted about five minutes, and Jake Stewart was in Mr Taylor’s face for most of the time.”

A victim impact statement provided by Mr Taylor said the incident had left him ‘shaken and shocked’, and he was ‘extremely concerned’ about Stewart’s behaviour and the threats made.

In interview Stewart told police that banned people were able to attend a wake at the Talbot Hotel five weeks ago, and he thought the staff would let him in on the day in question.

He added that the landlord had said something which provoked his response, but he could not remember making any threats regarding acid or arson.

Miss Morgan added: “He said it had been a heart-breaking day for everyone concerned because of the wake.”

Janan Jones, defending, told the court her client was not drunk on the day of the incident, but feelings were running high, and he felt provoked because he was unable to go to the wake.

She said: “There had been a funeral for a very young girl who had committed suicide, who was a close friend of Jake Stewart.

“He wanted to attend the wake and wanted to speak to the landlord.”

Miss Jones added that Mr Taylor suffered very little injury, and Stewart had pushed him away because he was ‘in his face’.

Following a report from the probation service, magistrates imposed a 12 month community order with 100 hours unpaid work.

Stewart was ordered to pay £50 compensation to Mr Taylor, plus £85 court costs and a £20 victim surcharge.

The presiding magistrate said: “You let yourself down on that day.”

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Aberystwyth: Driver on drugs hits lorry and causes ‘road chaos’

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A DRIVER high on drugs caused 15 miles of chaos as he approached Aberystwyth on the A44.

Brian Pitts hit an oncoming lorry and road signs as he drove on the wrong side of the road.

A car passenger filmed him because she was sure a serious accident was about to happen.

Pitts, aged 57, of Delmont Close, Tipton, west Midlands, admitted dangerous driving and driving while unfit through drugs he had taken.

Dean Pulling, prosecuting, told Swansea Crown Court that on June 16 last year Pitts had been driving his Rover MGZR, towing a trailer full of wooden fencing posts, towards Aberystwyth from his home.

Richard Brooks followed the car through Llangurig and became so concerned he telephoned the police while his wife Victoria filmed Pitts on her mobile.

The Rover collided with a 13 tonne lorry driven by Andrew Paxton but failed to stop.

Pitts failed to take a roundabout and hit road signs and an embankment but still carried on.

During the 15 miles, said Mr Pulling, oncoming traffic had to swerve off the carriageway to avoid a collision.

Several motorists telephoned the police to report what they were witnessing, he added.

Pitts came to a stop in the middle of the road and another motorist snatched the keys out of the ignition–and noticed that Pitts had been driving with a dog on his lap.

Mr Pulling said police officers could tell there was something wrong with Pitts, but an alcohol text showed he was below the limit.

“He was clearly unfit,” said Mr Pulling, although it was still unclear what drugs he had taken.

Pitts was taken to Aberystwyth police station and then to Bronglais hospital, where he appeared to recover after treatment. But he soon deteriorated and had to be taken back to the hospital.

Pitts developed pneumonia and had to be kept in for nine days.

His barrister, Tom Scapens, said when Pitts had been shown the mobile telephone footage he felt physically sick.

Judge T Mervyn Hughes jailed Pitts for 10 months and banned him from driving for four years.

He told him, “If you had not been stopped I am quite sure you would have caused serious injury if not death.”

Pitts was told to pass an extended driving test before getting his licence back.

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Motion to support the reduction of plastic use in Ceredigion approved

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In a Full Council meeting on 22 February 2018, the Council unanimously supported a motion to reduce the use of plastic and to support plastic reduction initiatives in Ceredigion.

The motion was proposed by Councillor Mark Strong and was seconded by Councillor Gethin Davies. The motion calls on Ceredigion County Council to support the various ‘Plastic Free’ campaigns throughout the county by reducing single-use plastics within Council facilities and offices and to promote the use of sustainable alternatives to single-use plastics at all Council supported events.

Councillor Mark Strong said, “I’m delighted that the Council unanimously supported the motion. This is an important step for the Council but we must carry on to reduce plastic use. Everyone has a responsibility to reduce the environmental damage caused by plastic. Carrying out small acts such as buying milk from your local milkman supports the local economy but in turn also supports our environment by using reusable glass bottles.”

The motion also calls on the Council to encourage local businesses, organisations, schools and communities to move away from single-use plastics and use sustainable alternatives as well as to support beach cleans and other events which aim to raise awareness of the issues of single-use plastics under the “Plastic Free”, Caru Ceredigion, Tidy Towns or any similar initiative.

The motion was amended in the meeting to include the establishment of a Members’ Task and Finish group to support measures to reduce the Council’s use of plastic and to support initiatives in the county that reduce plastic use.

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Richards-Keegan cleared of sending underage girl nude pictures

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A BOW STREET man has been cleared of charges that he sent an underage girl photographs of his penis.

Paul Robert Morgan Richards-Keegan, aged 21, had denied two allegations of inciting a child to engage in sexual activity.

Richards-Keegan, of Tregerddan, said the only messages he sent her via the internet were in response to approaches from her and did not include photographs of his private parts.

Catherine Richards, prosecuting, had told a jury at Swansea Crown Court that the 14-year-old girl had shared messages with Richards-Keegan via Snapchat.

At one stage police issued to him a child abduction notice, which he signed, instructing him not to contact the girl

In 2016 she told her mother that he was again sending her unwanted photographs of his penis attached to messages.

Richards-Keegan was arrested, and told police he had obeyed the order apart from messages he had sent after being contacted by the complainant.

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