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Out of control driver jailed

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AN out of control driver suspected ‘of being under the influence of something’ has been jailed for two years today (Aug 25).

Christopher David Jones, aged 28, could not be tested for alcohol or drugs because he was so badly injured in the crash he caused.
The accident was so serious a lorry driver felt sick because he thought he was witnessing a double fatality.
Jones, of First Avenue, Penparcau, admitted a series of offences ranging from theft to dangerous driving and appeared before Judge Peter Heywood at Swansea crown court for sentencing.
Megan Gilchrist, prosecuting, said on January 24, Jones had stolen whisky from the Co-op in Penparcau and then taken car keys from the staff room area of the store and driven away in a Vauxhall Corsa.
Jones did not get very far and lost control on the Lovesgrove roundabout on the A44.
A lorry driver then saw him plough head on into a car driven by Amber Humphreys, who suffered leg injuries which, the court heard, might have a permanent effect on her.
Jones also admitted aggravated vehicle taking and dangerous driving.
Jones was also injured and taken to Bronglais hospital, where he assaulted nurse Kieran Ashford by abusing him and then throwing a mug of hot chocolate at him, hitting him in his neck.
Tom Scapens, representing Jones, said he suffered even more serious injuries and for a while it was thought his right leg would have to be amputated.
He spent six weeks in hospital and, perversely, the experience had done him good because he no longer took heroin or valium.
Judge Peter Heywood told Jones he was “entirely responsible” for all the harm caused.
Judge Heywood said although Jones had been tested there was a strong inference that he was affected by some sort of substance.
Jones, who had never passed a driving test, was banned from driving for three years.
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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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