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Pole attacked his girlfriend

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swansea-crown-courtA WORKER from Poland who tried to strangle his partner, cut her with a knife and then tried to persuade her to lie has been jailed this week (Jun 29) 

Pawel Wolczuk, of 69 High Street, Lampeter, admitted assaulting Monika Agnieska Zalewska causing her actual bodily harm and attempting to pervert the course of justice.

Stephen Rees, prosecuting, told Swansea Crown Court the couple had been in a relationship for six years but on February 16 a row broke out at Miss Zalewska’s flat in Lampeter.

Wolczuk, aged 40, pinned her to a bed and applied pressure to her throat while holding a kitchen knife, which caused a cut to her back during the struggle.

Miss Zalewska managed to escape but Wolczuk caught up with her and again put his hands around her neck.

Mr Rees said she later told police it had been a miracle that she had managed to get away.

Wolczuk was arrested by police and remanded into custody. But while he was in jail he telephoned Miss Zalewska and asked her to lie about the incident and not to mention the knife.

Dyfed Thomas, representing Wolczuk, said he was a hard working man who had travelled to Wales to find work.

The court heard that in his native Poland Wolczuk had previous convictions for being involved in drugs and possessing a firearm.

Mr Thomas said firearms were more common in Poland than in Wales.

He said Wolczuk had not tried to strangle his former girlfriend but had “assaulted her in the neck area.”

The judge, Mr Recorder Greg Bull, said both had been drunk at the time and Wolczuk had lost his temper.

He said he accepted that the cut to her back had been the result of Wolczuk recklessly holding a knife while involved in an assault rather than a deliberate stabbing.

Woczuk was jailed for 12 months for the assault and an additional four months for the attempt to pervert justice.

Mr Recorder Bull also issued a restraining order banning Wolczuk from contacting Miss Zalewska during the next five years.

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St. Michaels School celebrates excellent A-Level results

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St. Michael’s pupils with their A-Level results

ST. MICHAEL’S School, Llanelli, is extremely pleased to announce another year of successful A-Level results, with 80.2% of all grades awarded either an A* or A grade.

The vast majority of pupils have earned a place at their chosen university to study courses such as Medicine, Veterinary Medicine and Economics.

This is the first year that traditional exams have resumed since the Covid-19 pandemic began with the majority of lessons in the first part of the A-Level being delivered online rather than in a classroom environment. This makes the results even more of an achievement considering the circumstances.

Headmaster Mr Benson Ferrari said: “We offer our sincere congratulations to our outgoing Year 13 class on the publication of their A-Level results, demonstrating that our pupils have worked so hard despite the challenges of returning to a conventional assessment approach.

“They approached the situation with resilience and dedication, which has resulted in grades that are truly representative of their ability.  I am confident that they will all go onto achieve great things at university and in their working lives.  

“We wish them the best as they move to this new and exciting stage of their education.  The preparation which St. Michael’s has provided will be built upon, along with our values and principles providing a lasting framework to tackle the challenges ahead.”

In 2020, St. Michael’s School was awarded The Sunday Times Welsh Independent School of the Decade and this was in part due to the excellent exam results that the school receives each year. 

St. Michael’s was also ranked 13th in The Times 2019 Co Ed League Table for UK Independent Schools, which was the last time that the results were published. The school hopes that this year’s results will continue to secure their place in the 2022 league table which will be published later this year.

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Police appeal following road traffic collision in Cwmystwyth

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DYFED-Powys Police have issued a statement following a road traffic collision on Saturday, August 13.

Officers attended a two vehicle road traffic collision which occurred about 6.40pm near Cwmystwyth, Aberystwyth.  

Dyfed-Powys Police said: “The two vehicles involved were a blue Triumph Tiger motorcycle and a black Ford Fiesta.

“The male rider of the motorcycle was taken to hospital with injuries not believed to be life threatening.

“Anyone with information that could help officers with their investigation is asked to report it to Dyfed-Powys Police by calling 101. 

“If you are deaf, hard of hearing, or speech impaired text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908.

“Quote reference: DP-20220813-392.”

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Scheme to enhance the town of Tregaron for the National Eisteddfod

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THE REGENERATING Rural Towns scheme run by the Cynnal y Cardi LEADER programme has been supporting Tregaron Town Council with a series of marketing techniques and installations to promote and enhance Tregaron in preparation for the historic and cultural event, the National Eisteddfod of Wales 2022.

This work acted as a legacy to the National Eisteddfod at Tregaron following the influx of thousands of people to the town daily for the duration of the festival and subsequently to the surrounding rural communities and local sites of interest.

A wide range of installations could be seen in Tregaron during the Eisteddfod following town branding design work, which included a giant deckchair, lamp post flags, banners, bunting, tiered flower planters, benches & picnic tables, monument conservation improvements, and a prominent Tregaron sign overlooking the ‘Maes’. Many of these features will remain in place for the summer months and can be utilised by the town in the future. Further town development work is due to commence to maintain and enhance the attractiveness and vibrancy of the town.

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