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Swinger fell into hands of blackmailers at ‘underage girl’ meeting

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A BUSINESSMAN from Capel Bangor fell into the hands of blackmailers as he arrived in a McDonald’s car park to meet a contact from a swingers’ website.

Robert Stacey, aged 58, dialled 999 to complain he was being threatened – and blurted out that he had arranged to meet an underage girl.
 
Stacey ended up being arrested himself.
 
But he was cleared of attempting to entice a child to engage in sexual activity and attempting to meet her after sexual grooming following a trial at Swansea Crown Court.
 
Stacey, who runs the Daisy Chain plant nursery, told the court he and his partner Deborah Fryer were swingers.
 
He said they had met 100 couples and individuals via the fab swingers web site and had had sex with about 20 of them.
 
Stacey said he began swapping messages with someone who claimed to be a teenage girl and asked her if she wanted to lose her virginity to an older man.
 
She replied ‘yes, but I’m nervous’ and he arranged to meet her in Sutton Coldfield.
 
But as soon as he parked his Mercedes estate two men blocked him in with a white Transit van.
 
One got into his car and told him he had been set up and that he would get 10 years for trying to have sex with a child.
 
But he added: “Look, we can make this go away for money.”
 
Stacey refused to pay and called the police to say he was afraid.
 
“I have arranged to meet someone who is underage and they are trying to blackmail me,” he said.
 
The blackmailers left the car park.
 
But the following day police turned up at Stacey’s home at Tanrallt and took away a mobile telephone and an iPad–and found dozens of sexual messages he had swapped with the ‘girl’.
 
In some he asked her to send him photographs of her naked and and added: “How would you like to meet an older man in a hotel for the joys of sex?”
 
In one he asked her what she was interested in.
 
She replied: “Naughty old men. You?”
 
Stacey said: “Naughty young girls.”
 
On being told she was 15 and still at school,  Stacey wrote: “That’s a bit young. Illegal. Do you want to lose your virginity?”
 
Stacey said that by that stage he thought he was taking part in a ‘fantasy’ conversation, which was not uncommon in the world of swingers.
 
The ‘girl’, he added, had given different ages and by the time he turned into the McDonald’s car park he had had no real idea who he might meet.
 
It could have turned out to be a man, or no-one at all, he said.
 
But he had had no interest in meeting a schoolgirl.
 
And, he added, he and his partner had a understanding that there would not be sex during a first meeting, which he always abided by.
 
Stacey had always denied the charges and was found not guilty unanimously.
 

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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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