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Jail for Pembrokeshire man who launched violent knife attack in broad daylight

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A man who sent threatening messages before launching a violent knife attack on his victim has been jailed for over two years.

Dyfed-Powys Police arrested Nathan James Lee Clarke less than half an hour after the assault at Withybush Industrial Estate was reported on August 12, 2019.

The victim reported that he had been working at the showground when he received a message from his ex-partner asking to meet up. He drove to see her and parked next to her car, when Clarke appeared and lunged at him with a knife.

A struggle took place, during which the defendant punched and headbutted the victim, who was left with a laceration above his eye.

The victim managed to get out of the van, when Clarke took a baseball bat and began smashing the windscreen, headlight and side door before being driven away from the scene.

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Officer in case PC Mathew Davies said: “This was a particularly violent incident, which left the victim with injuries to his face, hand and back, as well as causing significant damage to the van he was in.

“The priority for attending officers was to ensure his safety, while also ensuring all crucial pieces of evidence were secured swiftly.

“A number of officers attended the scene, along with the dog unit, with Police Dog Samson locating a knife with a four inch blade in nearby undergrowth.

“This matched the photo of a weapon Clarke had sent the victim in the days leading up to the assault, in which he threatened to beat up and stab him.”

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A baseball bat and a plastic tub containing white powder which Clarke had discarded were also seized. The powder was established to be cocaine with a street value of £3,700.

Clarke, aged 27, of Letterston, was found nearly two miles from the scene of the attack, and was immediately arrested.

While in custody, he made a number of significant comments linking him to the assault, including “I have not done anything wrong apart from smash his van with a bat and I hit him twice”.

Based on the strength of evidence linking Clarke to the assault, and his DNA being found on the tub of cocaine, he was charged with assault causing actual bodily harm, possession of a blade, criminal damage and possession with intent to supply class A drugs

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He admitted the four charges at Swansea Crown Court on June 17 and was sentenced to 29 months in prison.

“This was a lengthy and detailed investigation into both the assault and possession of cocaine, which we were able to prove to the CPS and the court was not a quantity consistent with personal use as Clarke had tried to argue,” PC Davies said.

“I would like to thank all officers involved for their determination in following all lines of enquiry to secure the charges, and for their commitment when faced with additional challenges brought by the pandemic.”


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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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