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Aberporth cannabis dealer had ‘club’ of customers

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swansea-crown-courtAN ABERPORTH man set himself up as a cannabis dealer, a judge heard yesterday (Nov 11).

Aled Lewis, aged 21, sent text messages to a “club” of fellow users.

Swansea Crown Court heard how on October 1 police raided Lewis’ then home in Queens Terrace, Cardigan, and found him in bed with his partner.

Officers found flowering head cannabis in various locations, some of it bagged up ready for sale, as well as weighing scales and two mobile telephones.

On one experts were able to recover incoming messages such as “Ok, sound mate, can I grab two grams of your finest.”

Another read: “Want six. Will you do seven for £60.”

That, said Ian Wright, prosecuting, was a message from someone hoping to buy seven grams for the price of six.

And they also found “group” messages sent by Lewis informing his customers that he would be home in 20 minutes.

Lewis, now of Erwlas, Parcllyn, Aberporth, admitted possessing a total of 97 grams of cannabis with intent to supply.

His barrister, Janet Gedrych, said he had been living within a drugs community in Cardigan but had moved away and was determined to rid himself of cannabis.

He had been a user, she added, who sold to his friends to help fund his own habit.

Lewis was jailed for eight months, suspended for 12 months, and ordered to complete rehabilitation activities.

He was also told to carry out 120 hours of unpaid work for the community and to pay £300 towards the prosecution’s costs and a £100 surcharge.

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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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