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Woman likened to Jaws after bite incident

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bite incidentTHREE shocked strangers looked on as a furious Cardigan woman sank her teeth into a White Fiat 500 car roof after a roadside argument after a night out in Aberystwyth.

Aberystwyth Magistrates heard Rhian Jeremiah, aged 26, left teethmarks in the bodywork of the car – and was likened in court to villain Jaws in the James Bond movies.

Her astounded victims heard a “metal crunching” sound as Jeremiah’s teeth pierced the polished metal – causing £220 damage.

Car owner Selina Day, 23, and her two friends looked up through the sun roof to see Jeremiah biting the frame above the door.

Prosecutor Gerald Neave said: “Jeremiah approached the occupants of the Fiat at 2am after she had been drinking.

“She became aggressive and angry but the three people in the car could not understand what she was saying and drove off.

“They were parked outside a takeaway restaurant called Lip Lick’n Chicken when Jeremiah arrived and tried to wrench open the passenger door.

“She sank her teeth into the car’s frame between the roof and the door.

“The occupants could hear a loud screeching noise as she bit down on the roof.

“They could see what was happening through the sun roof.”

Magistrates heard Jeremiah had been drinking at a memorial night for her late boyfriend Simon Jones who drowned off the coast of Aberystwyth.

The court heard she was retracing his last known movements in Aberystwyth on what would have been his birthday when she bit the Fiat 500.

Car owner Miss Day told the court: “She came up to the car and tried to rip the door open.

“I couldn’t understand what she was saying – she was very drunk and was abusive.

“There was a bit of an argument and she sunk her teeth into the part of the car above the window. I could hear metal crunching.

“I had never seen this lady before in my life. I didn’t know what she was talking about.”

David Folland, defending, told the court the incident was “not quite like” the scene involving the character Jaws in a James Bond film.

He said: “My client was the worse for drink that night. She was clearly upset.”

Jeremiah denied causing £220 criminal damage to the car by biting it but was found guilty.

She also admitted assaulting two police officers who were called to arrest her for getting her teeth into the car.

Jeremiah was given a 12-month community order and told to attend 20 alcohol abuse help sessions.

Chairman of the bench Professor Ian Roffe told her: “You have used alcohol inappropriately to deal with your issues.”

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RNLI in Wales urges people to stay safe as Storm Brendan hits

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The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) is urging people to stay safe near the Welsh coast as severe weather could make our seas and coastlines particularly dangerous.

Lifesaving charity, the RNLI, is encouraging people to exercise extreme caution if visiting the shoreline, especially along exposed cliffs, seafronts and piers.

The expected strong winds and severe gales pose a severe safety risk to those visiting the coast.

Named Storm Brendan by Met Eireann, it swept eastwards across Ireland before making its way through the rest of the UK this morning with yellow wind warning in place for most of the Welsh coast.

Chris Cousens, RNLI Regional Water Safety Lead for Wales said:

‘This rough weather could make visiting parts of the Welsh coastline treacherous and bring very dangerous sea conditions.

‘Sadly, around 150 people lose their lives on British and Irish coasts each year and over half of these people didn’t plan on ever entering the water. Slips, trips and falls can be a major factor in these kinds of incidents.’

If you see someone else in danger in the water, call 999 and ask for the Coastguard. If you have something that floats that they can hold on to, throw it to them. Don’t go in the water yourself – too many people drown trying to save others.

The charity, which provides a search and rescue service around the UK and Ireland, is facing its own Perfect Storm as demand for its services has increased but it is facing a shortfall in funds. This past year, the RNLI has been busier than ever, and stormy conditions can mean additional call outs for the already extremely busy volunteer crews. Whatever the weather, RNLI volunteers will still be on call to rescue those at difficulty at sea.

The RNLI’s major new fundraising appeal, The Perfect Storm, which aims to help the charity get back to living within its means, is running throughout November and December. To find out more or to donate visit RNLI.org/ThePerfect Storm.

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Are you missing out on a Council Tax reduction?

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IF YOU’RE struggling to pay your Council Tax bill, then help could be available for you through the Welsh Government’s flagship Council Tax Reduction Scheme (CTRS).

The scheme, which will continue to support vulnerable households in 2020-21, currently benefits one in five of all households in Wales. In the last year almost 280,000 low-income households have received help from the scheme, with 220,000 paying no council tax at all. Many more receive other discounts or exemptions.

You may be entitled to pay less council tax if:

• you believe you live on a low income
• you live alone, or with people/children who do not pay council tax
• you are a student
• you are disabled
• you are severely mentally impaired

Understanding why there are still vulnerable households not benefitting from the help they are entitled to is a priority for the Welsh Government. Last year we commissioned research to understand the circumstances of households in Wales and the effects of the UK Government’s Universal Credit on the CTRS.

The interim report out today shows that for many households, the move to Universal Credit can have a significant impact on council tax reduction awards. Whilst many households currently receiving a 100% reduction will continue to do so, for others, the move to Universal Credit is shown to have an adverse impact, particularly for employed households, self-employed households, and working households in receipt of a Disability Living Allowance or Personal Independence Payment.

Full findings of the interim report are available on the Welsh Government website. These findings will now be considered in more detail to inform the next stages of the research and policy development in this area.

Encouraging people to make sure they are not missing out on help they could be entitled to, Finance Minister Rebecca Evans said:

“Ensuring every household in Wales receives the council tax support they are entitled to is an important part of our commitment to making council tax fairer.

“Our scheme is already helping hundreds of thousands of households across Wales, but we know that there are still many missing out on the discounts, reductions and exemptions they are entitled to. I encourage everyone to check the Welsh Government website to find out if they could be paying less.”

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Success for Dyfed-Powys Police in targeting drugs suppliers in Ceredigion

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A drugs supplier in the Ceredigion area has been sentenced to 2 years and 2 months in prison.

Kylie Mason, 34, from Aberaeron, was arrested on the 28th October 2019, and later charged with 2 offences of possession with intent to supply a controlled drug and two offences of supply a controlled drug of Class A. She pleaded guilty at court and received a total sentence of two years and two months in prison on the 8th January.

Detective Sergeant Steven Jones said: “This is an excellent result for the Aberaeron community, who had raised concerns about this individual supplying drugs in the area. I hope this will serve as a warning to others who wish to bring drugs into the Ceredigion area that it will not be tolerated. This result will go a long way towards keeping our communities safe. If anyone is worried about drugs in their community I would urge them to contact police as we will take the appropriate action.”

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