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South Wales Police officers, staff and volunteers recognised in New Year honours

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Staff, Police officers and volunteers from South Wales Police have been recognised in the Queen’s New years honours list.


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Sergeant Tim Barrell – Queens Police Medal

Sergeant Tim Barrell, from the community safety department in Swansea and Neath Port Talbot, said he was “surprised and honoured” to be receiving the Queen’s Police Medal.

He added: “I am incredibly proud of being a police officer and I am as passionate about the job, and providing a service to the public, as I was when I joined over 20 years ago. I am still excited to drive to work wondering what the day will bring.

“Policing is a difficult and challenging role and is all about team work and this award is testimony to the fantastic people that I have worked with over the years to provide that service to the communities of South Wales.”

Sgt Barrell also extended his thanks to those who had nominated him for the honour.


Detective Constable Richard Paskell – MBE

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Detective Constable Richard Paskell, who has balanced his role in South Wales Police with being a volunteer with organisations including Mountain Rescue and St John Ambulance Cymru, has been awarded an MBE.

He said: “It’s incredible, phenomenal. I still can’t believe it. I am over the moon, truly humbled.”

The 43-year-old, who has been volunteering since the age of 16, was a long-time member of Western Beacons Mountain Rescue Team and has been Chief Volunteer with St John Ambulance Cymru since January 2020. He has paid tribute to those close to him who have helped him devote much of his spare time to volunteering.

DC Paskell added: “Since I was 16, volunteering has been a major part of my life and who I am. I’ve missed Christmases, birthdays and anniversaries, but have never regretted a moment of my volunteering career.

“Without the support of my colleagues, bosses, and especially my wife and kids, it just wouldn’t have been possible.”

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Steve Jones – BEM

Police staff member Steve Jones, who has been awarded a British Empire Medal in the New Year honours, said he initially thought that notification of his award was a prank.

Steve, a systems auditor and analysis manager who has been with South Wales Police since 2008, has been recognised for his services to policing.

He said: “I am really chuffed. It’s something I see once or twice a year on the news, but I didn’t ever expect to receive anything myself.

“I thought it might be a prank – I still do! It didn’t really enter my mind that it was serious.

“As hard as the entire team is working, I do feel a bit like I have been awarded something that’s really to be shared between us all.”

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Reverend Glynne James – BEM

Force chaplain Reverend Glynne James has been recognised with a New Year’s honour – after almost six and a half decades of public service.

Glynne, 81, a veteran of the armed forces who also spent more than 30 years as a police officer, will receive a British Empire Medal.

Glynne was drafted into the naval forces as part of conscription as a teenager, before later being transferred to the Fleet Air Arm where he worked as an aircraft electrician.

In 1964 he became an officer with Swansea Borough Police, eventually retiring as an officer from its successor force – South Wales Police – in 1996. He went on to spend another nine years as a force welfare officer.

Ordained in 1985, Glynne has also served as the force chaplain since 1996. During his time in the role, he helped establish the memorial gardens at force headquarters, and has also been involved in recruiting and training more police chaplains.

He also leads the events such as force’s annual Remembrance Day service, including a socially distanced version last month.
Describing his reaction on being told he was to be recognised with a British Empire Medal, Glynne admitted: “It’s all come as a bit of a shock.

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“I opened the email and at first thought it couldn’t be for me.

“But it was very touching, and humbling, that someone has had this tremendous trust and faith and belief to have nominated me.

“You ask yourself, ‘what have I done to deserve this?’.”


Special Constable Robert Davies – BEM

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Robert Davies is to receive a British Empire Medal as recognition for his continued service as a volunteer police officer.

Special Constable Davies joined our ranks in July 1988 and has carried out the role in the Neath, Port Talbot and Swansea areas ever since.

Last year alone Robert, irrespective of his age, put in more than 500 hours’ service.

Robert said he was truly privileged and felt honoured to have been nominated to receive the award.

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Reacting to the honours, Chief Constable Jeremy Vaughan said: “I’m delighted that the efforts of South Wales Police officers, staff and volunteers have again been recognised in the New Year honours list, and I’m thrilled for Tim, Richie, Steve, Glynne and Robert.

“Those who give such dedicated service to their communities don’t do it for the recognition, but I hope they can take great pride in the fact that they have been honoured.

“Their service will have inspired so many others, too, and I’m grateful for what they have done – and continue to do – to ensure that South Wales Police is the best organisation it can be at serving and keeping our communities safe.”


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Police launch appeal to find missing disabled woman

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South Wales Police have launched an appeal to find missing Waunarlwydd woman, Kelly Randell.

45 year-old Kelly was last seen in Port Talbot on Tuesday 3 May.

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A wheelchair user with one leg, Kelly is described as being around 5ft of medium build with brown hair which is tied up – possibly in a bun.

She was last seen wearing black jeans and a black coat.

She has links to both Swansea and Port Talbot.

South Wales Police are appealing for anyone who may have seen Kelly, or who has information which will help them to find her, to contact them online or by calling 101 quoting occurrence number 2200149152.

(Lead image: Family photo / South Wales Police)

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Port Talbot scaffolder jailed for heading-up drug gang

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A Port Talbot scaffolder has been jailed for 12 years for heading up a drugs gang.

Three men, who were part of the organised crime group which sold illegal drugs, were jailed for a total of 23 years after an 18-month long Police investigation.

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Operation Formby is an investigation conducted by South Wales Police Force Intelligence & Organised Crime Unit into the drug trafficking activities of Daniel Baker and his gang.

Daniel Baker, aged 30 from Sandfields, Port Talbot, was the head of the organised crime group involved in trafficking Class A Cocaine and Class B Ketamine throughout the South Wales region, and in the Oxfordshire area of England.

His connections with Oxfordshire were through his legitimate scaffolding employment.

He was arrested at his home address on August 18, 2021, where he was found in possession of a significant quantity of Class B Ketamine, a firearm and in excess of £44,000 cash.

The investigation uncovered that Baker had been supplying Cocaine since at least 2016 and had been using various individuals to collect debts on his behalf, collect and courier the drugs for him, and other individuals to supply both Cocaine and Ketamine on his behalf.

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Baker and his gang were proven to have supplied 1kg of Cocaine between 2015 and 2018 and a further 9kg between May 2021 and August 2021. The 10 kilograms of Cocaine would have had an estimated street value of between £1.1 million and £1.4 million.

The co-defendants convicted in the conspiracy to supply Cocaine with Daniel Baker were Steven Hughes, age 46, from Abercynon and Mark Lapper, age 41, from East Hanney, Oxfordshire.

The three appeared at Swansea Crown Court today (Monday 9 May 2022).

Daniel Baker pleaded guilty to Conspiracy to Supply Class A Cocaine, Possession with intent to supply Class B Ketamine and Possession of a s.5 Firearm. Baker was sentenced to 12 years in prison.

Steven Hughes pleaded guilty to Conspiracy to Supply Class A Cocaine and Possession of Class B Cannabis. Hughes was sentenced to 8 years in prison.

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Mark Lapper pleaded guilty to Conspiracy to Supply Class A Cocaine. Lapper was sentenced to 3 years in prison.

Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) proceedings are now ongoing in relation to these individuals to recover assets realised as a result of their drug trafficking activities.

Detective Inspector Russ Jenkins from the Force Intelligence & Organised Crime Unit said: “Organised Crime Groups such as these have continued to operate within our local communities and have been brazen in their activities and believed they are beyond the reach of law.

“Our investigators have worked tirelessly, and continue to utilise all opportunities available, to investigate these offences and successfully prosecute those involved.

“The continued success of these operations provides reassurance and confidence to the communities of South Wales.”

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Port Talbot man named as victim in fatal Cwmrhydyceirw motorcycle crash

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The rider of a motorcycle who died in a road traffic collision close to Morriston Hospital in Cwmrhydyceirw has been named as Syed Asim Ali Shah, 26, from Port Talbot.

The accident took place at around 7.25pm on Tuesday 3 May and involving a white Kawasaki ZX900 and a black Audi A3.

Mr Shah, who was known to family and friends as “Asim” died at the scene of the accident when he was riding his motorcycle.

His friends and family paid tribute to him, describing him as a “truly unique character” and a “gentle giant” who was strong willed and determined.

“He was always happy and cheerful regardless of any situation” his family said in a tribute released by South Wales Police.

“He was an infectious individual, and you’d never forget him after meeting him.

“Asim was the kindest most loving individual anyone would meet, he was caring, funny and the life of the party. He would have a way with people to always make them laugh and smile.

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“He leaves behind his darling partner Ocean and their one-year-old daughter Iyla. Asim loved both so dearly.

“He leaves behind his loving parents Nigar and Qadim Shah and his auntie, Parveen. His amazing brothers Munawar, Afaq, Aamir and Azan, his sister-in-law Fareah and lifelong friend Kawsar Hussain.

“He will be sorely missed by not only his family but his huge loving friendship group and the whole community of Port Talbot Mosque. He will be truly missed, and we pray for strength to get through this horrific time.”

South Wales Police is continuing to appeal appeal for witnesses to the Heol Maes Eglwys collision.

The road was closed for several hours whilst investigation work was carried out.

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Officers want to speak to any witnesses to the collision, anyone who may have dash camera footage of the incident or who witnessed the manner of driving of any of the vehicles prior to the collision.

(Lead image: Family photo / South Wales Police)

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