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Labour’s Alun Michael re-elected as South Wales Police and Crime Commissioner

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Labour has beaten the Conservatives in the run-off for South Wales Police and Crime Commissioner.

This will be the third term of Police and Crime Commissioner for Alun Michael, who has held the position for South Wales Police since the role’s inception in 2012.

Mr Michael was the Labour MP for Cardiff South and Penarth for 25 years from 1987, before he stepped down to stand in the Police and Crime Commissioner election in South Wales.

Mr Michael beat Conservative Steve Gallagher in the run-off vote after all other candidates were eliminated according to Police and Crime Commissioner voting rules.

Unless a candidate gets at least 50% of votes, the system of voting for Police and Crime Commissioner means that all but the top two candidates are eliminated, and secondary votes on ballot papers for eliminated candidates are then counted instead.


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Body found in search for missing Neath man

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A body has been found in the search for missing man Mathew Scott who was last seen on Saturday 4th June in Neath.

Detective Chief Inspector Mike Owens from South Wales Police said: “Officers, following up on information sent into us by members of the public, forced entry to an address in Windsor Road, Neath, yesterday afternoon (Tuesday 28th June) and found a body inside.

“Formal identification has taken place and Mathew’s family have been informed.

“Detectives are continuing enquiries to ascertain the full circumstances behind his death. A 44 year old man from Neath is assisting officers with their investigation.

“I’d like to thank everyone who shared our appeal and provided us with valuable information.”

(Lead image: South Wales Police)

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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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