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Cardigan man had library of sickening child pornography

A CARDIGAN man with a

library of child pornography had images of a child as young as five years of age being abused, a judge was told last week (Aug 26). Mark Churchley, aged 49, denied

gaining sexual gratification from looking at the images, but a police expert found he had trawled the internet using terms such as ‘pre-teen hard core’ and ‘incest.’ Churchley was told a prison

sentence would not be long enough for his offending to be addressed. Instead, he was made the subject of a three year community order with a requirement to attend a sex offenders’ programme.

max/min (Day) Churchley, now of Maes Glas,

Cardigan, admitted possessing 128 indecent images of children, including films, and 182 indecent, prohibited cartoons. Rhys Thomas, prosecuting, told

Swansea Crown Court how police raided his then home in Greenfield Square, Cardigan, on March 18 and removed a computer from his bedroom. An expert found 31 images that

fell into the most serious Category A and depicted children being raped. He also found seven films depicting images classed as being in Categories B and C.

Mr Thomas said the youngest child

to be seen in the Category A images appeared to be aged five or six. Janet Gedrych, representing

Churchley, said he now accepted he must have had “some fascination” in the images. All the offending had taken place

over a couple of months and he now felt deeply ashamed, even to the point of being wary about how he looked at children in the street. The judge, Mr Recorder Peter

Rouch, said those who downloaded child pornography prolonged the abuse necessary to create the images in the first place.

Man denied causing Unison chief ’s death A LAMPETER man denied

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causing the death of a Unison area organiser by dangerous driving in court on Tuesday (Aug 30). Jack Leon Isaac Weston, aged 22,

appeared before Judge Peter Heywood at Swansea Crown Court for a plea

and trial preparation hearing. He denied causing the death of

Roger Bevan, aged 50, in a collision on the B4337 Cilcennin to Cross Inn road on July 14 last year. The crash involved a VW Golf and a Honda Civic and Mr Bevan was

declared dead at the scene. Weston, of Tir Bach, Cilcennin,

Lampeter, was told a four day trial had already been scheduled for January 3. Weston was granted bail


RNLI rescue child and woman in two separate incidents A YOUNG child who fell from

an inflatable and was unable to swim was rescued from the sea by an RNLI lifeguard at a Ceredigion beach. It was one of two water rescues

carried out by the county’s RNLI lifeguard team on a busy Bank Holiday Monday (Aug 29). At around the same time at Aberystwyth a woman suffering breathing difficulties got into trouble in the sea and needed to be returned to shore by lifeguards. The first incident at Clarach

happened at 5.40pm – just 20 minutes before the RNLI lifeguards finish their service for the day at 6pm. Lifeguard Sam Wilmott was patrolling the water’s edge when he spotted a group of girls – between eight and 10 years old - on inflatable bodyboards. The group were not too far out but

as the tide was high the beach steeply slopes and the girls were out of their depth. One of the girls, who was not a confident swimmer, panicked when she realised she was out of her depth and fell off the inflatable into the water. She was unable to swim back to shore and was struggling to stay afloat but within seconds lifeguard Sam had spotted the danger and had paddled out to her on a surf rescue board. He took hold of the girl, reunited

her with the inflatable and assisted her back to the safety of the shore to be reunited with her family. She was slightly shaken but luckily required no further medical treatment. At around the same time RNLI

lifeguards were carrying out another rescue a few miles down the coast at Aberystwyth North beach. Lifeguards

Sion Francis and Rhodri Evans were at the water’s edge when a man approached them saying a woman in her 40s he was with was in trouble in the sea about 40m away from the red and yellow flagged swimming area. He said the woman, who was

about 30m from the shore and out of her depth, suffered from a lung condition and was struggling to breathe or return to the beach. Sion paddled out to her on a

surf rescue board to find her weak, breathing heavily and struggling to stay afloat. He used the board to help her stay afloat and assisted her back to shore where lifeguards assessed her condition further. By this time Rhodri had fetched

the lifeguards’ trauma bag, which carries a range of first aid equipment. Due to the woman’s breathing rate oxygen was administered and an ambulance was called. The lifeguards continued to

monitor the woman’s condition until the paramedics arrived and took over her care.

RNLI Lifeguard Supervisor Sam

Trevor said: “Both these incidents had the potential to be serious and the swift action of our lifeguards at Clarach and Aberystwyth yesterday ensured there were good outcomes for the people involved. “Even on days like yesterday

when the sea conditions seem calm and the weather is fine the water can be unpredictable so we would always urge people to respect the water and be informed about how to stay safe. At high tide Clarach and Aberystwyth North beaches slope steeply so people can be out of their depth quicker than they think. Swimming between the red and yellow flags means you are in the safest area and there are fully trained RNLI lifeguards on hand should you need advice or assistance.” RNLI lifeguards will be on

Clarach, Borth, Aberystwyth North and South, New Quay, Llangrannog, Tresaith, Aberporth, Poppit and Newport beaches every day between 10am and 6pm until Sunday (Sept 4).

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