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Suspended sentence for thumping bouncer in the face

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swansea crown courtA CILGERRAN man who twice attacked a nightclub door supervisor has today received a suspended prison sentence.

Justin Williams, aged 22, admitted offences of battery and assault causing actual bodily harm and today appeared before Judge Richard Twomlow at Swansea crown court for sentencing.

Nicola Powell, prosecuting, said early on April 1, 2013, Williams had been ejected by doorman Sean Davies from Gabrielle’s nightclub in Cardigan for smoking inside the premises.

A few minutes later door supervisor Nathan Murphy opened the door to let out a customer and Williams thumped him in the face.

Mr Murphy grabbed hold of Williams and again ejected him.

But 10 minutes later Williams was seen in the outside smoking area causing a disturbance and Mr Murphy again asked him to leave.

Williams, said Miss Powell, punched him again, this time breaking his nose and chipping a tooth.

Mr Murphy had to be treated in hospital under general anaesthetic, added Miss Powell.

Police were called to the club and arrested Williams, but only after chasing him down a street.

Williams, of Swn-y-Teifi, Pumporth Lane, claimed at first to have acted in self defence.

His barrister, Dyfed Thomas, said such violence was all too common a story of young men in drink.

“He knows he needs to grow up and mature,” added Mr Thomas.

Judge Twomlow said Williams had been a thorough nuisance.

Williams was jailed for eight months, suspended for 12 months, and placed under supervision for 12 months.

He was also ordered to carry out 140 hours of unpaid work for the community and to pay £500 compensation to Mr Murphy and a £100 government surcharge.

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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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