A LAMPETER MAN who inadvertently damaged his neighbour’s front door when locked out appeared before magistrates in Aberystwyth Justice Centre on Wednesday (Apr 6).
Stewart Edwards, 34, of Bryngwyn, North Road, pleaded guilty to criminal damage. He also pleaded guilty to a charge of using threatening or abusive behaviour, which related to another incident.
In relation to the abusive behaviour charge, Kevin Challinor told the court that the police had been contacted by the manager of the Black Lion public house, who said that a customer was ‘causing problems,’ at around 4.30pm on Jan 30.
The complainant, a member of staff, told officers that Edwards had entered the pub to discuss a ban which had been imposed previously. He then made threatening gestures to the staff member while repeatedly telling him to ‘f*** off.
The criminal damage charge related to an incident in the block of flats where Edwards lives, which occurred on February 4.
The complainant, Edwards’ neighbour, heard someone banging on his door at around 11.50pm. When they began shouting, he recognised Edwards’ voice. The banging then became louder.
The complainant was unwilling to answer the door, but went into the hallway and told Edwards to stop. At this point, he noticed that the door, frame, and lock had been broken. It is believed that Edwards hit the door with a fire extinguisher.
Defending Alison Mathias said that in relation to the public order offence, Edwards had been banned from the pub in November last year. After apologising, the manager had told him to come back in the New Year and discuss his ban.
Apparently, Ms Mathias said, Edwards had returned on several occasions, only to be told to return in a few days. On this occasion, he had been drinking, and now acknowledged that his behaviour had been unacceptable. Ms Mathias added that he had not returned to the premises since.
In the case of the criminal damage charge, Ms Mathias said that Edwards had been locked out of his flat by his girlfriend, and had gone out and got drunk. When he returned, he had tried to break into his flat. However, as a result of intoxication, he had targeted the door of his neighbour’s flat, which was opposite his own.
However, Ms Mathias said that after this incident, Edwards had woken up in the hallway at 5am covered by a blanket, which had been provided by the complainant.
She also pointed out that the complainant had initially reported the matter to Tai Cântref, the owners of the flats, to get the door fixed, and they had told him that he needed to report it to the police.
With regards compensation, as no receipt or claim had been submitted by Tai Cântref, Ms Mathias expressed ‘concern’ that magistrates were expected to award compensation without any financial evidence.
Edwards was fined £85 for criminal damage, and £40 for the public order offence. He was also ordered to pay costs totalling £105. No compensation was awarded.
Overall ‘excellent’ performance at Mynach Primary School
A RECENT Estyn report on the primary school in Mynach has given the ‘Excellent’ status to each of the five inspection areas.
It was noted in the report that the school had attained ‘Excellent’ status in standards; wellbeing and attitudes to learning; teaching and learning experiences; care, support and guidance; and leadership and management.
The report notes, ‘A particular feature is the opportunities for Key Stage 2 pupils to plan and deliver lessons for the rest of the class, focusing on specific skills.’
Joyce George is headteacher at Ysgol y Mynach. She is also headteacher at Pontrhydfendigaid Primary School and Sir John Rhys Primary School. She said, “As a headteacher, I am extremely proud of the results of the survey and very grateful to the staff, governors and those who work effectively together as a team to ensure a first class education for all pupils. I am proud of the fact that the inspectors identified pupils’ literacy, numeracy and information and communication technology skills as excellent.
It was also noted that a pioneering feature of Ysgol Mynach is the way in which teachers adapt and develop the curriculum in order to raise pupils’ independence. Working together as a wider partnership with Ysgol Pontrhydfendigaid and Ysgol Sir John Rhys, Ponterwyd is a great advantage and an opportunity to share expertise, co-design and share ideas which extend and widen the experiences of pupils across the schools.”
Councillor Catrin Miles is the Cabinet member for Learning services. She said: “The Estyn report shows that Ysgol Gynradd Mynach has achieved exceptionally high standards. The hard work and dedication of the headteacher, staff, governors and of course the children is very evident. The school shows that a way of working together with neighbouring schools in a progressive way can produce excellent results. Everyone in the school deserves congratulations.”
The report notes that the school is an extremely close community. It also notes that the head teacher has a progressive vision that is continually focused on maintaining and raising standards of pupils’ achievement and wellbeing.
Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn visits Machynlleth
ON Thursday 15 August Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn addressed around 200 local Labour Party members from Mid, West and North Wales at Machynlleth Bowling Club. Tickets for the event had all been taken within 24 hours, and an additional video link was live streamed into the club bar to allow those who could not get into the packed venue the opportunity to hear him speak.
Mr Corbyn was joined by Christina Rees, Shadow Secretary of State for Wales, and West Wales Regional AMs Joyce Watson and Eluned Morgan, Welsh Labour Minister for International Relations and the Welsh Language.
Eluned Morgan AM’s passionate introductory remarks highlighted Welsh Labour’s ongoing commitment to improving outcomes in education, health, housing, jobs and the environment. She urged immediate action from international UK and international governments on the climate crisis, declaring ‘The emergency is now!’
Mr Corbyn made clear that he is expecting a general election to be likely very soon and proceeded to outlined the scale of the current crisis the UK is facing, with 14 million now in poverty in the world’s 5th richest economy, and child poverty predicted by some to rise as high as 40%.
He went on to congratulate Welsh Labour on the great work that has been possible in Wales to insulate the Welsh people from the worst of the effects of Tory austerity, protecting vital NHS services and preventing the worst of school cuts, but he explained that there was only so much that could be done without the full support of a Labour government in Westminster.
“Things will be very different under a Labour government” Mr Corbyn added, saying that Labour will invest in people, with principles of equality and social justice and to demonstrate his state of readiness, with great vigour declared: “I’m up for an election anytime”.
He expressed grave concern over the effects that a reckless No Deal Brexit would have on the UK economy with particular reference to the devastating effects on Welsh industry and agriculture. He promised that Labour will do everything they can to prevent a no-deal, including the offer of a second referendum with Remain as an option, and the formation of a national unity government to prevent further political chaos.
Outlining his commitment to green industrial development Jeremy Corbyn stated that a Labour government would support the creation of the Swansea Tidal Lagoon which would bring valuable new green transitional jobs to Wales which would lead the world on renewables technology.
Mr Corby thanked everyone present for their efforts in Wales and reaffirmed his commitment to core Labour values of equality and social justice. He received a standing ovation and stayed after the event to chat and have photos taken with supporters.
A Ceredigion Labour spokesperson commented: “Jeremy Corbyn spoke passionately and inspiringly. He was full of praise for our outstanding efforts in the 2017 election and said he would be visiting Ceredigion during the next General Election campaign.”
The following day Mr Corbyn visited the Centre for Alternative Technology in Machynlleth to see new renewable energy technology in action and learn about pioneering methods of sustainable building and farming. He also confirmed that he would not stand in the way of any future discussion of a Welsh Independence referendum, and that he was open to considering all options for Wales’future.
Gypsy Traveller Accommodation Assessment 2019
CEREDIGION County Council are currently trying to contact as many members of the community as possible to take part in a survey on accommodation for Gypsy Traveller communities. Information collected from the survey will be used to understand how many pitches may be needed in Ceredigion now and in the future.
The Housing (Wales) Act 2014 requires all local authorities in Wales to undertake a Gypsy and Traveller Accommodation Assessment (GTAA) at least every five years to ensure that appropriate sites are provided where an unmet need is identified.
Councillor Dafydd Edwards, Cabinet member with responsibility for Housing said: “An understanding of Gypsy and Traveller accommodation is essential for us as a Council to make properly planned provision. We need to speak to as many families and individuals as possible in order to produce a robust evaluation of need for a gypsy/traveller or showmen site, or sites, in the county. If you have any contacts in the gypsy or traveller community, let the Council know how to contact them or encourage them to contact the Council directly.”
Any personal data gathered will be held under the Council’s privacy notice which is available here: http://www.ceredigion.gov.uk/your-council/data-protection-freedom-of-information/data-protection/privacy-notice/.
Contact the Council directly using firstname.lastname@example.org or phone Clic, the Council’s Customer Contact Centre on 01545 570881.
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