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Abandoned Mitsie the Jack Russell led police to prolific offending brothers

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POLICE have revealed how a Jack Russell called Mitsie led to the arrest of a pair of prolific offending brothers.

When brothers Matthew Peter Waters and Daniel Waters fled from police after stealing a workman’s van and a car from outside a hospital, they left behind a crucial piece of evidence linking them to the crimes.

The pair abandoned Jack Russell Mitsie – not thinking Dyfed-Powys Police officers would trace them as its owners through a microchip.

Inspector Gwyndaf Bowen said: “It’s not every day we use a pet to link a suspect to a crime, but it goes to show the unusual turns our investigations can take.

“Officers had followed the defendants, who decamped from a stolen car following a pursuit and left Mitsie behind in their attempt to evade arrest.

“She was brought to the police station to check she was ok, and later a vet scanned her microchip which linked her to the detainees who were in custody at that point.”

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The incident unfolded at around 8.30am on September 28 when police were called to a report of a stolen van in Ystradgynlais. The owner explained that he had parked the van outside a Greggs shop when it was taken – and that the offender had collided with him as he drove away.

Shortly after, information was received that a car was in convoy with the van, which officers discovered had false number plates and had been stolen from outside a hospital.

Insp Bowen said: “The pair used this car to get away, after stealing tools from the van and abandoning it in a car park.

“The car was seen travelling towards Brecon on a closed lane on the A40, and plans were put in place to intercept it.

“The driver slowed down, however he then reversed straight into our traffic car and tried to make off.”

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Roads Policing Unit officers brought the car to a stop, but the two men inside fled and ran across the opposite carriageway to get away.

It was at this point they left their dog behind.

Jack Russell dog (file photo) – (Image: Radosław Drożdżewski / Wikimedia)

All available Breconshire officers were tasked to assist with the search for the brothers – with a description supplied by a PC who had pursued them as far as he could.

By 12.20pm, both Matthew and Daniel Waters were in custody – one having been found near a bus stop in Brecon, and the other along the canal path.

Matthew Peter Waters, aged 36, and Daniel Waters, aged 28, of Brynwern in Pontypool, were charged with dangerous driving, driving while disqualified, driving with no insurance, two counts of aggravated vehicle taking, and theft.

The pair admitted the charges and appeared at Swansea Crown Court for sentencing on Friday, December 11.

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Matthew Waters was sentenced to two years in prison, and has been disqualified from driving for three years, while Daniel Waters will serve three years in prison and has been disqualified from driving for four years and six months.

Insp Bowen said: “Thanks go to all officers who assisted with the excellent work to ensure the victim’s van was recovered, along with a considerable number of power tools, and in locating and arresting the offenders.”


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Man who filmed rape on Ammanford victim’s phone changes plea mid trial

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A man who filmed himself raping an Ammanford woman on his victim’s phone has changed his plea to guilty midway through his trial.

Cameron Hassan, aged 31, of no fixed abode, attacked the woman, raping her as she slept on 21 August 2021.

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Hassan had been on trial at Swansea Crown Court after denying any wrongdoing. However, after the jury was shown the video of the attack and hearing the victim was going to give evidence yesterday (Tuesday, 10 May), Hassan changed his plea to guilty.

Investigating Officer DC Sophie Lambert from Dyfed Powys Police said the victim had shown great strength and determination throughout the investigation.

“I must commend her tremendous courage in coming forward and the tenacity shown throughout the investigation,” she said.

“We hope this case demonstrates that Dyfed-Powys Police acts on serious allegations such as rape and sexual assault with officers working tirelessly to secure justice for victims.

“If you are suffering because of similar abuse, please contact the police, or if you would rather speak to someone in confidence, New Pathways are an independent charity that will support you through every step of the investigation.”

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New Pathways can be contacted at 01685 379 310 or email enquiries@newpathways.org.uk

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Man banned from driving for 12 months for fishing offence

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A man from Merthyr Tydfil who travelled to the River Loughor, near Llanelli to fish using a barbaric and illegal method, has been banned from driving for 12 months as part of his sentence.

Vu Quang Tien pleaded guilty to an illegal fishing charge and also to a charge of obstruction of a Natural Resources Wales (NRW) Fisheries Enforcement Officer on 26 April at Swansea Magistrates Court.

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Mr Tien and two other anglers were witnessed by NRW Fisheries Enforcement Officers deliberately using the illegal foul hooking method of fishing – also known as snatching – at the river Loughor on 15 August 2021. NRW officers attended the site after several reports of illegal fishing were made to NRW’s 24/7 incident call centre by concerned members of the community.

When approached and questioned by NRW officers, Mr Tien and his accomplices showed significant hostility and reluctance to share identification documents which eventually had to be extracted by use of reasonable force.

All of Mr Tien’s fishing tackle and fish, along with his associates’ fishing tackle was seized by NRW Officers at the time of the incident. The district judge on the day at Swansea Magistrates Court gave permission to NRW to confiscate these items permanently from each of them.

The District Judge disqualified Mr Tien from driving for 12 months due to seriousness of the incident, and the premeditated and deliberate action of travelling such a distance to commit the offence.

He was also ordered to pay a total of £2,334 in fines, NRW costs and a victim surcharge.

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Mark Thomas, Fisheries Enforcement Officer for NRW, said: “We would like to again thank Dyfed Powys Police, the local communities and also the law-abiding anglers in the area for their continued support in reporting these illegal fishing activities.

“Foul hooking is a truly barbaric form of fishing carried out by a small minority of anglers in Wales, who have no regard for fish welfare.

“NRW and the Police take these incidents seriously as do the courts.

“Hopefully, the small minority of anglers who may in future, think of using any illegal fishing methods will take heed of the heavy fines and driving ban in this case issued by the courts.”

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Police appeal after cyclist dies in Garnant accident

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Dyfed Powys Police have issued an appeal after a cyclist died in a single vehicle road traffic collision on Friday (6 May).

The accident took place around 8.45pm outside the Discovery Book Shop on Cwmamman Road in Garnant, Ammanford.

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A spokesperson for Dyfed Powys Police said: “Sadly the 58 year-old male rider of the pedal cycle sustained serious injuries and passed away in hospital.

“We are appealing for any witnesses who may have seen the pedal cycle at the relevant time, or who may have dashcam footage if they travelled along this stretch of road at the time, to get in touch.

“Also local residents and business owners are asked to contact Police if they have any CCTV footage covering the location.”

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