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6 News Court told of defendant’s illness A BETHANIA offender returned

to Aberystwyth Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday (Sept 7) to be sentenced for an offence of affray, which occurred on July 9 at Felinfach. A further two offences - possession

of a knife blade offence in a public place on July 9 at Felinfach and interfering with a Dodge Calibre vehicle without lawful authority at Llwyncelyn on July 9 – were discontinued. Stacey Ann Marie Knight, of

Cross Inn, pleaded guilty to the affray offence on August 17 at Aberystwyth Magistrates’ Court, where magistrates imposed an adjournment for an all- options report to be prepared. Knight was released on unconditional bail and told not to enter Felinfach and not to contact the complainants directly or indirectly. On September 7, Prosecutor Rhian

Jones told the court that the offence occurred in a domestic context. On the day in question, police received a phone call from Felinfach regarding the defendant, who had a couple of

knives in her hand while making threats.

Police learned that, earlier in the

day, the complainant, a male friend of the defendant, went shopping with Knight at Aldi and when they finished, Knight said she would take the bus home. At 7.30pm, the male received a Facebook message from the defendant telling him that she was stuck in New Quay and needed a lift home. While in the car with the male, the

defendant interfered with the vehicle and pulled the handbrake while making threats. Ms Jones continued to say that at

8.30pm at her home, Knight pulled a bread knife from the kitchen drawer and held it towards her female friend, the other complainant, while she made phone call outside the house. As Knight made her way through

her hallway, she pointed another knife at the male when he entered the house and, as the female complainant left the house, she made a phone call to the police.

When the officers arrived at the

property, the defendant continued her threatening behaviour and they found broken glass and utensils on the floor. Ms Jones concluded by reading

out a statement from one of the complainants stating that she does not feel safe in her own home since the incident.

Defending, Stephen Welch

addressed the court by saying that the defendant is still very ill and that she made a full and frank admission during a police interview. Mr Welch added that Knight

accepts the facts of the incident and with no previous convictions, she has not appeared before court prior to the offence of affray. Magistrates told Knight that

hopefully, in the end, she will get mentally and physically better. Knight was imposed a 12 month

community order with a requirement of 15 rehabilitation activity days and a 12 month restraining order. Magistrates also ordered Knight to

pay a total of £270 in court costs and fines.

Appeal over camping and litter at Poppit dunes ON MONDAY (Sept 5), the

RNLI were called out following reports that a person was having difficulty in the water. At around noon, the station Arancia class inshore rescue boat was launched and was soon at the scene, with the larger Atlantic 85 class lifeboat Spirit of Friendship soon following. The swimmer was reported to

have been sighted at Aberystwyth North Beach and was wearing a white cap. A male swimmer was quickly located; however, he confirmed he was not in trouble, so both boats then resumed the search for the swimmer in the white cap. Coastguard teams then located

a swimmer who had come out of the sea with grey/white hair, who confirmed she had been swimming in the area and was not in difficulty. Both lifeboats were stood down and returned to station. Less than two hours later at

2.24pm, the crew were paged again, this time to support Dyfed-Powys

A CASE relating to an allegation

Police in locating a missing person believed to be in the Constituition Hill area. In misty conditions, Aberystwyth RNLI’s Atlantic class lifeboat and its volunteer crew rushed to the area and stood off from the cliffs until word came that the police had located the person, who was taken to hospital. The lifeboat then returned to station to be refuelled and made ready for the next service call. That came on Wednesday (Sept

7) at 6pm after reports of a private fishing boat with engine failure were received. The Atlantic class lifeboat launched to the vessel, which was one-and-a-half miles off Aberystwyth Harbour entrance. The lifeboat crew located the

vessel, which had three men and a dog on board, and towed it back to the marina. The vessel’s crew had been fishing for around 40 mins and had started heading back in when both the main outboard and auxiliary outboard engines failed.

Warrant follows failure to attend

of criminal damage was adjourned by Aberystwyth Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday (Sept 7). Richard Shuck, 26, of Cobham Road in Kidderminster, failed to

No camping: Poppit Sands THE PEMBROKESHIRE

COAST NATIONAL PARK AUTHORITY and Dyfed-Powys Police are appealing to members of the public to stop camping in the dunes at Poppit Sands, following a spate of incidents involving campfires and littering. There have been reports of anti-

social behaviour in the vicinity in recent weeks and National Park Authority staff have had to repeatedly remove litter from the area, including camping equipment and glass bottles. The dunes at Poppit are owned by

the National Park Authority and are a part of the Poppit Beach and Cliffs Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). National Park Authority Ranger

Richard Vaughan said: “We are very disappointed at the disrespectful way

people are treating this protected site, which is home to an extremely fragile environment. “The dunes are being continually

affected by wild camping and campfires, which are destroying this special place in the National Park – a place which should be conserved for everyone to enjoy. “We would encourage people

who wish to camp at Poppit to instead make use of one of the many fantastic campsites in and around the area.” SSSIs are important as they

support plants, animals and habitats that are rare, declining or unique; they also protect the best examples of Wales’ geology. PCSOs will be patrolling the area

regularly in the next few weeks in order to discourage any groups from

camping there. PCSO Gethin Lewis, who is part of

the local policing team for Crymych, St Dogmaels and Cilgerran, added: “Crymych Neighbourhood Policing Team would like to remind members of the public to please respect the direction given by the National Park Authority and to avoid camping on the beach and dunes. Of course we would like everyone to have fun but if any anti-social behaviour or any underage drinking is reported, then the police service will have no choice but to enforce positive action. “We would ask people to please

camp in designated camping sites and not the dunes. Regular patrols will be conducted by Officers in attempt to deter any anti-social behaviour and low level crime.”

attend court to face a charge of causing criminal damage and possessing a sharp object, namely a hand axe on April 25 on North Parade, Aberystwyth. Magistrates issued a warrant without bail for Shuck.

Leadership blamed for Health Board intervention THE WELSH Labour

Government have placed an increased level of scrutiny and control on three health boards in Wales, due to doubts about their ability to tackle their challenges. The health boards in question are

Abertawe Bro Morgannwg (ABMU), Cardiff and Vale University Health Board, and Hywel Dda University Health Board. At ABMU, intervention is as a

result of ‘continuing challenges’ in unscheduled care and cancer services. Cardiff and Vale faced action due to a lack of government confidence that they have a ‘deliverable and affordable’ plan, whilst Hywel Dda received notice of intervention due to a number of ‘longstanding challenges’. Commenting

on the announcement, Shadow Cabinet

Secretary for Health, Angela Burns, said: “Today’s news will be worrying for hundreds of thousands of patients who rely on these health boards, and reflects serious concerns over the ability of these organisations to be safe and effective providers of care. “It’s simply not good enough.

Targeted intervention is a significant step for the Welsh Government to take and it demonstrates a lack of confidence that swift improvements can be made. “As the cabinet secretary himself

acknowledges, these are longstanding concerns, and the Welsh Labour Government has been in charge of the Welsh NHS for 17 years now. “Patients in Wales have been let

down by failures in leadership and the Welsh Labour Government must ensure that resources are available to turn this situation around.”


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