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Police warning after teens plan Swansea beachfront weekend gathering

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South Wales Police have issued a warning after messages circulating on social media encouraged people to attend a gathering near The Secret Beach Bar & Kitchen on Mumbles Road this weekend.

Chief Inspector James Ratti said: “We are appealing to the better nature of our local teenagers and youths – who we know are getting frustrated with lockdown rules, but who we are relying on to follow government guidance – not to meet in groups larger than six people. Our plea is for all those thinking of attending to please reconsider and avoid doing so this weekend.

“In the past few weeks officers have had to break up gatherings from events in SA1 and the area around The Secrets Beach Bar & Kitchen. I am therefore asking those who are considering attending any large gatherings this weekend to think again. Restrictions have eased however this does not mean that normal life resumes.

“Our officers will be maintaining a visible presence in the area and will be utilising Section 35 powers to disperse those acting in an anti-social manner, as well as utilising powers to confiscate alcohol. Please be advised that the officers will be adopting a far more robust approach than previously.

“These gatherings have a direct impact on the wider community who are affected by the anti-social behaviour that comes with gatherings of this nature. The target audience for these events are predominantly young people who may not comprehend the wider implications of their actions, particularly in the current climate. Having to deal with these sorts of unnecessary incidents puts an extra strain on both police and our partners, so if you are a parent or guardian please ask your teenager what their plans are for the coming weekend and who they are meeting up with.”


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Twelve men arrested in cannabis raids in Swansea and Neath Port Talbot

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A dozen men were arrested following a series of pre-planned raids at addresses in Neath and Swansea on Wednesday (15 June) in a police operation aimed at dismantling an organised crime group involved in the production and supply of cannabis in south Wales.

Police officers from Tarian the Regional Organised Crime Unit for southern Wales, supported by officers from South Wales Police executed a number of warrants at properties across Swansea and Neath Port Talbot.

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The men were arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to produce cannabis.

Detective Inspector Gareth Grant from Tarian said: “This was a jointly co-ordinated approach to tackling serious and organised crime in the region between Tarian Regional Organised Crime Unit with support from our partners in South Wales Police.

“Tarian ROCU focusses its assets on the most serious organised crime that occurs both across the southern Wales region and nationally.

“The safeguarding of our communities will always be our priority. Officers have worked tirelessly to ensure this investigation has reached this stage and as a result these individuals have been charged with large scale drug offences.

“The success of this investigation demonstrates that we will relentlessly pursue those involved in large scale criminality to ensure effective justice is sought against such individuals and that they are brought to justice.”

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All 12 men were all taken to Queens Road police station, Bridgend, where they were questioned.

A substantial amount of evidence was recovered and all 12 will appear before Cardiff Magistrates Court on Friday June 17th charged with conspiracy to produce class B drugs – cannabis.

They are:

  • Aurel Gjoshi, 27, from Godre’r Graig, Neath.
  • Mario Vishi, 37, from Sandfields, Port Talbot.
  • Christopher Mace, 40, from Swansea.
  • Deomald Sallufi, 27, from Swansea.
  • Cornel Macoviciuc, 32, from Swansea.
  • Vilson Tufa, 30, from Swansea.
  • Ardjan Sherifi, 33, from Swansea.
  • Admjerim Balla, 23, from Swansea.
  • Florian Balla , 28, from Pontardawe.
  • Zorba Ardit, 25, From Swansea.
  • Edi Toska, 27, from Swansea.
  • Sadik Selemi, 27, from Newport.
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Two men jailed for three years after Dunvant burglary

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South Wales Police say two men have each been sent to prison for three years following their conviction for burglary of a house in the Dunvant area in April.

Alin Lacutas, 35, from London and Dima Constantin, 33, from Coventry were both arrested on the same day they committed their offence.

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Detective Inspector Gareth Jones of South Wales Police, said: “The prompt action of detectives in identifying the culprits who were still in the area led to the swift detection of this crime.

“The early apprehension of these criminals who had travelled to Swansea to commit their crime has prevented further burglaries from taking place and ensured these two men are put behind bars.”

As well as being sent to prison, they will have to pay a victim surcharge of £190 and have their BMW car confiscated.

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Singleton Park music event drug dealer sentenced to 2 years 8 months

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A Skewen man who tried to get into a Swansea music event at Singleton Park to sell wraps of cocaine has been sentenced.

20 year-old Ady Ali was stopped trying to enter the Escape in the Park dance music festival in Singleton Park on Sunday 25 September last year.

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South Wales Police said that Ali was ‘picked out’ by one of their drugs sniffer dogs as part of a routine search.

A spokesperson for South Wales Police said Ali was “escorted to the drugs tent and was asked to show his waist band which contained a small black pouch.

“The pouch was searched and inside contained 12 small clear snap seal bags containing white powder.

“The white powder was forensically examined and confirmed to be cocaine.”

Ady Ali received a sentence of 2 years and 8 months after being found guilty at court.

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