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Carer ‘thumped and slapped’ 92-year-old

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A CARER ‘thumped and slapped’ a 92 year old she was supposed to be looking after.

The 60-year-old also told her she hoped she would fall over and break her leg.

The defendant was found guilty of a new offence of ill treatment by a carer following a trial at Swansea Crown Court.

She was warned by Judge Geraint Walters that he would sentence her to prison – the only question was whether the sentence would be suspended or activated immediately.

The jury heard from three carers employed by the same firm.

The patient, they said, suffered from dementia and could be difficult, sometimes spitting at her carers, hitting them and pulling their hair.

One witness said she “lashed out” at the defendant, who responded by thumping her in the ribs and calling her “a f***ng bitch.”

“It came as a complete shock. I was absolutely disgusted,” said she said.

Another said the patient spat at the accused who called her a dirty cow and pinned her down on a bed.

One witness said she saw the defendant slap the patient’s bare bottom in another incident.

Stephen Rees, prosecuting, said the carers were required to show restraint and to behave professionally never mind how challenging the patient could be.

The defendant denied the assaults but agreed she may have pushed the patient away in self defence.

She will be sentenced on September 15 and was granted bail meanwhile.

But Judge Walters told her the offending was serious and plainly passed the custody threshold.

After the verdict Judge Walters asked Mr Rees to make enquiries with the company who owned the care company.

He said carers had told the jury they had not complained about the defendant’s behaviour “because nothing would have been done.”

Judge Walters said if that was true then it was very concerning.

“There is no room at all for abusing someone in that situation. That must be made clear to those who are carers.

“There is no room for a slacking of standards,” he added.

The court heard that the accused no longer worked as a carer.

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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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