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Stinger and dogs ended dramatic chase

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stingerPOLICE stopped a car with a stinger and used dogs to find the driver, during a vehicle chase across two counties, a court has heard.

Matthew Ace, aged 27, of 22 Banwell Street, Morriston, pleaded guilty to taking a car from Aberaeron without the owner’s consent, and driving without third party insurance, when he appeared before Aberystwyth magistrates on Wednesday.

The court heard that owner Huw Evans had advertised the car on websites, with pictures showing the number plate, and had provided two interested parties with his address and postcode.

He was only given one key went he bought the car in March.

Ellie Morgan, prosecuting, said police were called after the owner of a Vauxhall Astra saw the car being driven away from his driveway and disappearing down the street, after hearing its alarm going off.

The car was spotted in Crymych, following a silver car reported to have attracted suspicion at the scene, and police units were deployed from Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire.

A stinger was set up at Penblewin roundabout, which caused the silver car to stop.

Miss Morgan said: “The silver car came to a stop on the roundabout and the driver ran off. The stolen vehicle carried on driving and went towards Whitland followed by the police with blue lights and sirens.

“It overtook a couple of vehicles, despite having flat tyres.”

The car eventually stopped and officers and dog handlers followed the driver into fields. They found him hiding among brambles, covered in mud.

Ace stated he had been asked to collect the car, and had been given the key and address, believing that he had the consent of the owner.

Craig Davies, defending, said: “We know that the vehicle in this case was taken with the key. There was a misunderstanding over the owner. The vehicle was returned with a limited amount of damage.”

Mr Davies added that his client, who works in the motor industry, believed he would be covered by traders’ insurance to drive the car, as he thought he had a legitimate reason to collect it.

Following a probation report, Ace was sentenced to an18 month community order with a 35 day rehabilitation activity requirement and 200 hours unpaid work. He was disqualified from driving for six months.

He was also ordered to pay £85 costs , £160 compensation, a £15 victim surcharge £60 and a court charge of £150.

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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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