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Seven arrests following Mayhill violent disorder

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South Wales Police have confirmed that a further three men aged 18, 21, and 23 have been arrested in connection with violent disorder in Mayhill on Thursday, May 20.

It comes after three local men aged 36, 20, 18 and a boy aged 16 were arrested on Friday on suspicion of unlawful violence.

Of the seven who have been arrested, two – aged 21 and 23 – remain in police custody. Five have been released on bail with a number of strict conditions including a night-time curfew.

Detective Superintendent Gareth Morgan, who is leading the investigation for South Wales Police, said: “I would like to thank the public for their support and reassure them that the bail conditions will be monitored and enforcement taken if breached.

“These conditions are in place to allow us to effectively engage with the Crown Prosecution Service and allow them time to consider all the evidence in its entirety so that appropriate charges can be brought against those involved.”

Video of the violent disruption at Waun-Wen Road in Mayhill on Thursday (Video: Social Media)

Police say that there has been no further incidents of violence or disorder since Thursday night and increased patrols continued over the weekend.

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Assistant Chief Constable Jenny Gilmer said: “We will be absolutely tireless in our pursuit of those responsible. This was utterly unacceptable behaviour, not what we expect to see here in South Wales, and a very difficult situation for the communities of Mayhill.

“If anyone is planning a repeat… will be met with a very robust policing response.”

Officers thanked residents who have already come forward and provided witness statements and video footage.

However, they are also appealing for more information.

Detective Superintendent Gareth Morgan, added: “There are many residents who were present at the scene during the disturbance and will no doubt know the identity of those who caused damage and threatened violence.

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“I urge the public not to protect those who showed such disregard for the community of Mayhill and to give us the names of those who can be seen on social media footage.

“We have a dedicated team of detectives who are carrying out extensive enquiries to identify those involved and we are ready to act upon any information received.

“Detectives and uniform officers will be present and visible in the community over the coming days and weeks with further arrests expected.

“Those that want to hand themselves in can do so at Swansea Central Police Station.”

Anyone with any photographs or video footage is asked to submit them to the Police through their website mipp.police.uk

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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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