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Graffiti vandal fined £705

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vandal finedA SPATE of graffiti on properties in Milford Haven resulted in a 20-year-old Lampeter Velfrey man fined a total of £705 at Haverfordwest Magistrates Court on Tuesday.

Oscar Joe Shepherd, of Bryndawel, pleaded guilty to eight charges of damaging properties on November 2 of last year in Robert Street, Dartmouth Street and Victoria Road.

Prosecuting, Jackie Lis told the court that graffiti had appeared on the buildings which included writing and words showing “Culture Vulture”. She went on to say to the bench that the defendant, who is a member of Culture Vulture, had been playing with the band in the Basement Club as a support band that night.

The defendant, she said, had been drinking heavily that night and had struggled to remember all that had happened. Continuing, she said that spray cans had been passed around but the defendant could not remember who else did what. Concluding she said that there were some very, very angry residents in Milford Haven and that by failing to name others he can be held responsible, properties had to be repainted or pressure washed.

Mr Robin Reed, defending, said that the band had been a support band that night and the defendant had drunk a lot and had committed some of the offences, but not all of them. Mr Reed said the police are still looking for others who are involved. The defendant, he said, is moving to London this week as he wants to get into the music industry.

After adjourning the magistrates told Shepherd: “This was a very unpleasant night of activity, you would have been enraged if someone did this to your property”.

Shepherd agreed to pay £5 a week and was also given a 12 month conditional discharge.

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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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