DEALERS running drugs into Aberystwyth were warned today (Jan 11) they would spend a lot of time in jail.
Judge Paul Thomas was speaking as he sentenced a Liverpool man to 27 months after he admitted driving towards the town with £5,000 worth of high quality heroin in his underpants.
Jack English, aged 20, of Storrington Road, Liverpool, admitted possessing a class A drug with intent to supply.
Jim Davis, prosecuting, told Swansea crown court how police had intelligence about a black Ford Focus and on October 18, 2017, spotted it on the A487 between Talybont and Aberystwyth.
English was driving and after his arrest officers found 24.9grams of heroin with a high 49% purity rate in his underpants.
Mr Davis said it had a street value of £5,000.
An examination of the packaging revealed the DNA of English’s father, who was later jailed for 13 years for robbery but died last May while in prison in Liverpool from an overdose of a Spice drug.
Further investigation showed that the Focus and Jack English’s mobile telephone had made nine previous trips from Liverpool to Aberystwyth.
Mr Davis said English’s father could have made those trips although his son now accepted being present during some of them.
Judge Thomas told English, “People who spread the misery caused by class A drugs will be dealt with severely by the courts.
“People coming to Wales with high class drugs can expect to spend a lot of time in jail,” he added.
The judge issued orders confiscating the Ford Focus and the mobile telephone as well as the drugs.
Recognition given to long-standing members of Council committee
AT AN Ethics and Standards Committee (virtual) meeting held on 17 September 2021, Rif Winfield and Hywel Wyn Jones were given recognition for their 10 years’ of service to the Committee between 2011 and 2021. A small plaque was presented to both.
Hywel was Chair of the Committee for 3 years.
In their place, two new independent members Alan Davies and Caryl Davies have been appointed.
Eifion Evans, Chief Executive of Ceredigion County Council said, “Ceredigion County Council has benefitted from a decade of advice and considerations provided by Rif & Hywel. We welcome the new members of the committee and their input to the function of the Committee will be greatly appreciated.”
Standards Committees of local authorities exist to do all that is possible to promote and safeguard the standards that the public rightly expect from their elected representatives.
Ceredigion County Council Chairman, Councillor Paul Hinge, said, “Our thanks go to Rif and Hywel who have given their time to contribute to the Committee and we welcome the new members.”
The Committee is made up of five independent members, two county councillors and two town/community councillors. Meeting quarterly, reports for the Ethics and Standards Committee including dispensation applications can be found on the Council website: www.ceredigion.gov.uk.
Exciting new developments on the horizon for Lampeter Wellbeing Centre
At a Cabinet meeting held on 01 December 2020, it was agreed that Lampeter Leisure Centre would become the location of the Council’s first Wellbeing Centre in the County.
A significant amount of work and investment is to be made at the Leisure Centre which will improve the facility and the resources for years to come.
Over the coming months, as we see the plans and proposals for Wellbeing Centre develop, they will be shared with service users and the residents of Ceredigion.
Architects have been appointed to oversee the project and work will now begin on the proposed layout for the facility. The layout will be a reconfiguration of the existing facility in order to provide a Wellbeing Centre that can provide an enhanced range of Through Age Services, including Leisure Services to the residents of Lampeter and the mid of the county.
Councillor Catherine Hughes, Ceredigion County Council Cabinet Member, said: “We are looking forward to the development of the new Wellbeing Centre at Lampeter. This will provide a range of services to residents within their local community.
This development comes at a welcome time, as Ceredigion Public Service Board is carrying out an Assessment of Local Wellbeing, in order to find out about the wellbeing of local people and communities, now and in the future.”
Lampeter Leisure Centre will be closed during the building works, but during this period alternative provision will be made available for all service users and clubs.
We look forward to being able to share these alternative plans with you over the coming weeks, as soon as these arrangements have been finalised.
UK Government must improve HGV drivers’ working conditions – Ben Lake MP
FOLLOWING his contribution during PMQs on September 8 regarding the HGV driver crisis, Ben Lake MP has raised the issue again, with Minister Grant Shapps.
Ben Lake MP has said:
“Many constituents who work in the HGV industry have come forward to share their experiences with me about the HGV driver crisis. As well as expressing grave concern, they have also shared ideas and long-term solutions that would greatly improve the current situation.
“It’s important that the UK Government listens and gives full consideration to these suggestions and I look forward to meeting with the Minister in the near future to discuss them further.”
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