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Narberth man admits drink-driving

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haverfordwest magistratesA NARBERTH man appeared at Haverfordwest Magistrates court on Tuesday charged with drink driving.

Richard Lloyd Thomas, aged 34, of Old Mart Ground, pleaded guilty to the offence.

Prosecutor David Weale said: “Officers were travelling along Quay Street in Cardigan and saw defendant driving the wrong way around the one way system. The police thought it was strange, and turned in front of the oncoming car and then stopped it. They noticed the man had been driving, and the defendant tested positive in a roadside test.”

According to the prosecution, the defendant had 69mg of alcohol in 100ml of breath. He is a man of clean character and also has a clean driving licence.

Defending, Mike Kelleher, said: “Thomas had been out earlier in the day but had gone home early. He had gone to bed at between nine and 9.30. He received a phone call from a friend who was stuck in Cardigan.

“He had believed that sufficient time had elapsed for the alcohol to have worn off, but he was unfortunately wrong. He is currently out of work and claiming ESA. He has worked as a courier in Somerset for the last ten years, and his plan was to open a similar business locally.

“But clearly now those plans have to wait because of the statutory ban. He is a candidate for the driver improvement course, which he is happy to complete.”

The magistrates said: “Taking into account your early guilty plea we are going to disqualify you from driving for 17 months. We will fine you a total of £285 including court costs.”

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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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