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RSPCA and Police join forces to urge Tenby to ‘socially distance’ from walrus

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RSPCA Cymru and Dyfed-Powys Police have issued a joint plea to members of the public to continue to be respectful and give sufficient space to a walrus who has made his home in Pembrokeshire.

The walrus, nicknamed Wally, was first spotted in Pembrokeshire in mid-March; with his unlikely arrival in West Wales sparking global interest.

RSPCA Cymru, Tenby’s Harbour Master, Welsh Marine Life Rescue, Tenby Lifeboat Service, British Divers Marine Life Rescue, Natural Resources Wales, and CSIP Marine Environmental Monitoring previously issued a joint appeal urging people to enjoy watching Wally from a distance, rather than approaching him.

Sightings of the walrus have since continued on Tenby’s coastline in Pembrokeshire – with the animal’s condition continuing to be closely monitored by multiple agencies on a regular basis.

As Wally continues his holiday in Tenby, RSPCA and Dyfed-Powys Police have now issued a further reminder to tourists and local residents in the Pembrokeshire area asking members of the public not to approach the walrus or disturb him.

The walrus is protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 – meaning anyone disturbing the wild animal could be guilty of a criminal offence.

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Wally the Walrus (Image: RSPCA)

RSPCA inspector Keith Hogben said: “It’s remarkable that this Arctic walrus has swum over to Wales and is spending so much time in beautiful Pembrokeshire – as he continues to be spotted regularly on the Tenby coastline.

“But we are pleading with tourists and the local community to please keep their distance as we continue to monitor this beautiful animal.

“People need to enjoy him from afar, avoid potentially spooking the animal and allow him to rest and conserve his energy. We’ve all got used to social distance over the last year – and that’s something we now need to practice with this walrus! He is also protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act, so disturbing him could constitute an offence.”

PC 1120 Kate Allen, from the Dyfed-Powys Police Rural Crime Team, added: “Our Rural Crime Team are working with the RSPCA and other agencies in relation to Wally the Walrus and work will continue to monitor him and keep him safe.

“Recent posts have been seen on social media regarding members of the public approaching Wally from the water and disturbing him, however we have had no reports directly to us. We ask that in the event that this occurs, these matters are reported to the Rural Crime Team and/or the RSPCA rather than posted on social media.

“We don’t know if Wally will settle here or decide to move on from the area, but we ask while he is here that he is enjoyed from a distance.”

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(Lead image: Pembrokeshire Coast National Park)


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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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