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Weekendweather summary A RETIRED dentist appeared


before Aberystwyth Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday (Oct 5), feeling horrified and remorseful as he pleaded guilty to driving while over the alcohol limit. Ian Scott Clapworthy, 62, of


Shrewsbury, committed the offence on July 18 in Aberystwyth while driving his Alfa Romeo vehicle. Prosecutor Helen Tench addressed


the court to say that just before 9pm, the defendant drove on to a public mounted pavement and collided with steps. A witness, who stood about 10m away from the defendant’s vehicle, said that the vehicle drove over the steps rather than reversing, resulting to the bumper hanging off. Ms Tench said that the defendant


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continued to drive in the direction of Aberystwyth centre. Clapworthy then drove around a roundabout in an


aggressive manner, revving the engine until he crashed into the traffic island. Ms Tench added that police officers


saw the incident and approached the vehicle on Park Avenue in Llanbadarn Fawr, noticing that the defendant had minor facial injuries but had no other passengers in attendance. While talking to Clapworthy, the


officers noticed that he presented symptoms of intoxication such as slurred speech and glazed eyes. He was referred to hospital but was pronounced fit and well. The officers conducted a test and


the results showed that Clapworthy had 100mg of alcohol in 100ml of his breath, exceeding the prescribed limit. Ms Tench concluded by saying


that during an interview, the defendant stated that the vehicle was registered to him but made no further comment. Defending, Alison Mathias


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apologised to the court on Clapworthy’s behalf and said that he appeared before the court with absolute clean character. Ms Mathias added that


Clapworthy previously ran a dental practise with his partner and, on the day in question, he was in the area to check the property. He then started to think about


his life and consumed alcohol in the town. Clapworthy was handcuffed and placed in a police cell overnight. Ms Mathias further stated that


after the incident, Clapworthy has ceased his alcohol consumption. Magistrates ordered Clapworthy


to pay a total of £1,702 in court costs and fines. Clapworthy also received a 26


month driving disqualification and accepted the opportunity to attend a drink driving rehabilitation course.


Guilty plea for police officer assault


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ThePembrokeshireHeraldinnumbers ON WEDNESDAY (Oct 5),


Anthony Charles Horsecroft, 46, of Aberaeron, pleaded guilty at Aberystwyth Magistrates’ Court to two charges of assaulting two police officers in the execution of their duties, which occurred on September 14 at Cardigan. Prosecutor Helen Tench told


the court that just after 10.30pm on September 14, both officers attended the defendant’s address due to an incomplete 999 phone call. When they arrived at the property,


a female was present and when the officers asked the defendant to leave the room so they could question the female, the defendant refused. The defendant was refused by


the male officers to get a glass of water from the living room and after a struggle, the defendant struck the officer on the nose. Ms Tench added that the defendant


was handcuffed by the female officer while on the ground, causing further struggle. The female officer sustained a cut


on the inside of her index finger and reddening to her wrist, while the male officer sustained grazing to the elbow and an injury to the nose. Ms Tench further added that when


interviewed, Horsecroft admitted that he consumed alcohol earlier that evening and accept the assault, but added that he would not have done it intentionally. Defending, Alun Lewis stated


that ironically, the defendant was originally the victim as he made the 999 phone call but, as a result, he failed to co-operate with the police and spent the night in custody. Mr Lewis added that the defendant


knows he acted inappropriately, despite being in his rights to walk


around freely in his own home. The court also learnt that Horsecroft accepted that he panicked at the time and is genuinely remorseful. Magistrates imposed a financial


penalty on Horsecroft of £425 in court costs and compensation to each officer.


Defendant needs to ‘learn about life’


Continued from front strip Bowden then allegedly cancelled


the order by writing on the till that the receipts were cancelled, intending to make a personal financial gain and causing the business financial loss. Ms Tench added that the police cross-checked the receipts and spoke with the customers, who said that they


had not cancelled their food orders. Defending, Iestyn Davies told the


court that Bowden accepts that he made mistakes but does not accept that he took the money. Mr Davies added that the


defendant has one previous conviction from a battery offence, for which he received a three month caution.


Magistrates imposed a 12 month


community order on Bowden, which requires him to complete 30 rehabilitation activity days, a thinking skills programme and 100 hours of unpaid work. Bowden was also ordered to pay


a total of £950.10 in court costs and compensation.


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