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A Special Occasion: Recognition for Volunteer Police Officer from retiring Chief Inspector

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A former special constable who climbed the ranks to become the Dyfed-Powys Police Chief Constable presented his very last award to one of today’s exemplary volunteer police officers.

A Carmarthenshire special constable (SC), Thomas Wadeward, was announced the winner and presented with the Special Constabulary award by Chief Constable Mark Collins QPM, who commended the volunteer for his, “exemplary performance and dedication to frontline policing”

Mr Collins commented: “Tom is a model police officer who donates his time to public duty, bringing in his own skills and qualities to enhance local policing.“

SC Wadeward juggles his voluntary work with family life and with his full time role as an incident-handling officer in the force’s Command Centre (FCC).

He utilises his skills and knowledge in police radio communication and IT systems to assist him as a special, willingly sharing his technical expertise, with his teammates in the Carmarthen response teams.  

SC Wadeward is one of 72 specials in Dyfed-Powys Police, many of whom work, study and have busy family lives, yet still find the time to perform their duty as operational police officers. 

Mr Collins said: “We as a policing family are tremendously proud of our Special Constabulary and the integral work they do to serve our communities.”

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He reflected  “Having started my own policing career as a special constable with Sussex Police in 1985, it is a privilege for me to present the Special Constabulary award to Tom as one of my final engagements as Chief Constable.”

The Pembrokeshire Specials team, who collectively assisted policing the county during peak seasons and a teacher from Cardiff, Jay Tew, who volunteered in the Powys division, were also named runners-up for the award.

The Dyfed-Powys Police Annual Awards were due to take place in spring 2020, but were postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Chief Constable Collins praised winner, SC Wadeward: “By prioritising duty before personal plans, Special Constable Wadeward has protected vulnerable people, prevented crime and displayed care for the community.”

“He is a natural serviceman, a role model to many and a deserved winner of the Special Constabulary award.”

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Special Constable Thomas Wayward said: “I have been a serving Special for just over three years now working from Carmarthen station. It has been extremely rewarding and I enjoy every shift. The support and guidance I have had from some of the regular officers has been incredible.

“I would suggest that anybody who wanted to know more about Policing give it a try, it gives such a unique perspective being able to put on the uniform and shows what the job can really be like.

“I was really surprised to learn I was nominated for this award but I would like to thank the officers who I worked with for making it all worthwhile. Thanks to Codes A, C and a few others!“

Find our more on being a police volunteer on the Dyfed Powys Police website.


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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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