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Man thanks magistrates for their ‘leniency’

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A CARDIGAN man who invited doormen to have a fight with him and later told a police officer to ‘touch [him] and see what happens’ thanked magistrates for their ‘leniency​’ after he was fined on Tuesday (Oct 24).

Aaron Nathaniel Simpson, of Poppit Sands,​ ​admitted resisting police and a further public order offence at Haverfordwest Magistrates’ Court.

The 26-year-old was found in the street bleeding by police after getting into a fight with doormen after a night out​ on October 8 in Quay Street​.

The police then witnessed Simpson trying to get back to the doormen so he could offer them outside to continue the altercation.

Prosecutor Vaughan Pritchard-Jones outlined the ​incident, which took ​place at​ around​ 3am​,​ following Simpson having a fight with doormen.

He said: ​”​He was trying to get back to those doormen. Inviting ​them to go and have a fight with him down the lane. ​​PC Morris, for his own good​, said​ he should walk away. The defendant became abusive. When​ the​ officer tried to lead him away​,​ he said​,​ ‘touch me and see what happens​’​. He was then arrested to prevent further public disorder and​,​ as he was taken hold of by the officer​,​ he pulled away causing officer to lose his grip.

“Other officers came to help​. Two officers helped​,​ but ​t​he​y​ ​were​ struggling to ​arrest him as he was wriggling.​”​

“He appeared to be very strong. He was sprayed and then stopped resisting​,​ and he was handcuffed. He was using foul and abusing comments to all the police officers around him. He was taken to A&E but when he was presented he ​t​old everyone to ​’​f*** off​’​and put his head down so he could not see the injury to his head. The doctor said he was fit to be detained and he was taken back to the police station.​

“He has a long list of previous convictions, some of them are similar.​”​

Defending Mike Kelleher said: “Your Worships, Mr Simpson was out for a night out he was assaulted and cut badly above the eye, ​there is a ​scar left now​. He was kicked in the head. The police found him wandering around intoxicated and bleeding quite badly.”​

He was arrested as you have heard and he made very rude and inappropriate comments as you have heard. However he was never interviewed and the police did not ask why he was injured.

“What came over my client was a feeling of self-righteousness. A simple misunderstanding – he could not understand why he was being arrested when he was the victim of the assault.

“He cleans caravans in Tenby and is a carer for his mother. This is a regrettable incident and in the circumstances,​ despite a very bad record​,​ you might consider that this could fit into the category of a financial penalty. He has calmed down a lot from his younger days.”

On sentencing the magistrates said that despite his criminal record being ‘horrendous’, Simpson has been out of trouble, save for cannabis, over the last two years.

The defendant was given a small fine of £80. Simpson also had to pay £85 costs, and £30 victim surcharge to help the victims of crime.

From the dock he said: “Thank you very much ma’am for your leniency.​”​

“We can see that you are turning a corner, and at 26​-​years​-​old you should be turning that corner​,” said the chair of the bench. ​

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Free School Meals for Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 from September 2022

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CEREDIGION COUNTY COUNCIL will be offering Free School Meals from the Autumn term onwards to all Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 children.

This comes following Welsh Government’s announcement to offer Free School Meals for primary school pupils across Wales, starting with Reception classes from September 2022.

In response to the current rising cost-of-living, this is a positive step forward in ensuring that no child goes hungry while in school and tackling poverty in our County.

From Monday 5 September 2022 onwards, all Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 Children in Ceredigion schools will be offered Free School Meals, extending the offer beyond what needs to be done by September.

Ceredigion County Council and Welsh Government are committed to implementing this scheme quickly and would ask for your patience as we build catering capacity to ensure a successful phased implementation and work towards a whole school roll-out over the next three years.

The Council are working with Welsh Government to develop a process for you to be able to request a free meal for your child/children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 from September 2022, trying to avoid any unnecessary burden for you.

If your child is currently in receipt of free school meals and/or any other associated benefits, these will not be affected.

Wyn Thomas, Cabinet Member responsible for Schools, Lifelong Learning and Skills, said: “The Government’s aim is for Welsh Local Authorities to provide a free school meal for Reception pupils in September 2022. The Council has taken advantage of the flexibility of the scheme and so more pupils in Ceredigion will benefit from the offer of a free meal for Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 pupils in September 2022 in the County’s schools.”

Further information will follow by the end of term.

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Residential care home project approved to increase dementia support

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A DEVELOPMENT project has been approved by Welsh Government that will increase support provided for individuals living with additional needs due to living with dementia at Hafan Deg Residential Care Home, Lampeter.

This project will include renovating four bedrooms, improved personal wellbeing and social area and a securely enclosed outdoor sensory garden.

Councillor Alun Williams, Cabinet Member for Through Age and Wellbeing Services said: “The number of those living with dementia in Ceredigion is rising and we want to make sure that we increase our current provision. This new development at Hafan Deg will enhance the mental and physical wellbeing of both residents and staff and support a reduction in behaviours that challenge. The development will also help to reduce the numbers of residents needing to be moved due to their higher needs.”

Funding has been secured through the Welsh Government Integrated Care Fund Capital programme.

Through the tendering process, J&E Woodworks Ltd were awarded the tender and work is due to commence August 2022.

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New Quay RNLI crew member passes out as coxswain

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ON MONDAY (Jun 13), after many months of training and assessments, New Quay RNLI volunteer crew member Peter Yates passed out as a coxswain and is now qualified to take command of the Mersey class all-weather lifeboat based at New Quay Lifeboat Station in Ceredigion.

Father of two Pete, 33, underwent a year of intensive training, including courses at the RNLI College in Poole and assessments afloat and ashore at the station. On Monday he was put through his paces by RNLI Assessor Hugh Davies in his final assessment and passed with flying colours.

With 16 years of experience, Pete has given up much of his spare time to volunteer at New Quay Lifeboat Station and save lives at sea. In his many roles at the lifeboat station he is also an all-weather lifeboat mechanic, an inshore lifeboat helm and the station’s training assessor. Pete said, “It’s been a tough year but worth all the hard work. It was definitely a stressful final assessment as they throw every scenario at you from fire to emergency steering!

“I want to thank my partner Karis and the kids for their support at home, and of course I want to thank New Quay RNLI crew members for all their support, I couldn’t have done it without them.

“I am now looking forward to the challenge of being an all-weather lifeboat coxswain and welcoming the new Shannon class lifeboat in a couple of years.”

Roger Couch, New Quay RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager said, “We all would like to congratulate Pete on his great achievement. He puts so much time into being a volunteer RNLI crew member, and now all his hard work has paid off. He thoroughly deserves being a coxswain. Well done Pete from all of us!”

Bernie Davies, New Quay RNLI mechanic added, “Only in the RNLI can you pass an assessment by driving a boat up the beach under emergency steering! Excellent work Pete.”

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