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Biker caught on video riding dangerously and faked documents to say he’d sold bike is jailed

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Video footage from a cyclist on the A4061 near Tonypandy of a motorbike being ridden dangerously led to a lengthy Police investigation to identify and prosecute the motorbike rider.

On the 22nd June, 2019 a cyclist was riding his bicycle along the A4061, Bwlch Road into Tonypandy when a Suzuki GSXR 750 Motorcycle passed the cyclist closely.  The motorcycle was clearly travelling at high speed and the driver was also acting irresponsibly. This dangerous incident was captured on a camera that was attached to the bicycle and was subsequently submitted to the Police through ‘Operation SNAP’.

The officer who reviewed the submission decided that the manner of driving fell far below what is expected from a careful and competent rider and decided to prosecute the motorcyclist.

The registered keeper of the motorcycle was Mr. Daniel Allegretto from Ogmore Vale who Police sent a Notice of Intended Prosecution (NIP). Mr. Allegretto returned the documents, naming someone else from Merthyr as the rider at the time of the offence.

A NIP was issued to the nominated person who subsequently denied being the rider, and in fact stated that they were out of the country on a family holiday at the time of the offence.

Police relayed this to Mr. Allegretto, who in return produced falsified documentation that he had sold the motorcycle on the morning prior to the offence.

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Following Mr. Allegretto’s denial that he was the rider, Sergeant 3325 Pearce, an Enquiry Officer for GoSafe who run Operation SNAP, opened an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the offence, and subsequent offence of Perverting the Course of Justice.

A protracted investigation identified evidence that the Motorcycle was not sold at the time stated by Allegretto, and was in fact being ridden by him.

The matter proceeded to trial at Cardiff crown court in March 2021 and on the 12th March the Jury found Mr. Allegretto unanimously guilty of Perverting the Course of Justice.

He was subsequently sentenced to six months imprisonment and handed a fine of £1,100.

Teresa Ciano, GoSafe Partnership Manager said: “The excellent work demonstrated by Sergeant Pearce shows the real consequence for people who go to great lengths to avoid having motoring offences registered in their names. 

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“The sentence reflects the seriousness of the offence and highlights the risk in the attitude of the offender towards careless and dangerous driving, which is a factor in serious and fatal collisions on our roads. 

“In GoSafe, we have a dedicated team of 10 enquiry officers and a number of support staff across Wales who are determined to investigate these cases and bring offenders to justice.“

Specialist Operations Chief Inspector Helen Coulthard said: “I hope this conviction sends out a clear message to motorists, and also provides some reassurance to vulnerable roads users such as cyclists and horse riders.

“All road users must act in accordance with road traffic laws at all time.

“I would actively encourage members of the public to submit video footage to the Operation Snap team via the online facility, should they see motorists failing to heed this advice and committing offences or acting in a manner which endangers others. As this case demonstrates, such reports will be thoroughly investigated.”

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Port Talbot

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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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.”

(Lead image: Natural Resources Wales)

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