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Man was ‘banned from Wales’ following harassment

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A MAN who sent flowers to his ex-partner found himself arrested and banned from Wales, a judge heard today (Aug 11).

The man was accused of harassment because the victim took the gift as a message that he knew where she had moved to after their relationship had broken down.

And following his arrest he was granted bail only if he went to live with his sister 250 miles from his home.

The defendant admitted harassment and assault by slapping the victim twice and filming himself doing it on his mobile telephone.

John Hipkin, prosecuting, told Swansea Crown Court that although sending a women flowers would not usually constitute harassment it was one of several complaints, which included him accessing and viewing her emails and cancelling a joint mobile telephone contract.

He had also telephoned her nine times, which showed that he had managed to find out her new telephone number.

The assault, said Mr Hipkin, happened when they had both been drinking and the victim had been ‘certainly drunk.’

The defendant’s barrister, Janet Gedrych, said the victim had left their home ‘and moved straight into the home of another man.’

The defendant had been left to sever the ties between them, which included cancelling what was a joint mobile telephone contract.

She said that as a result of his arrest he had spent three days in custody and 230 days under a curfew a long way from home while awaiting the outcome of the legal proceedings.

Judge Philip Harris-Jenkins said although the harassment had not been of the worst kind, the defendant had a previous conviction for harassment, as well as several for assault.

He was made the subject of a 12 month community order.

Judge Harris-Jenkins also issued a restraining order preventing man from contacting the victim.

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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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