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Family tribute to 60 year-old biker who died in Port Talbot collision

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A 60-year-old man who died following a road traffic collision around 4.45pm on Friday (1 October) has been named as Paul Watkins from Sandfields.

Paul’s family have paid the following tribute following their tragic loss.

Paul Watkins (Image: family photo)

“Paul “Walter” Watkins was a devoted family man and leaves behind his partner Suzanne Rose, his children Rebecca, Robert, Olivia and Ava, his parents Heather and Dennis, his brother Garry and sister Karen, his 3 grandchildren and his nieces and nephews.

“He was a much loved and respected motorcycle mechanic, and lifelong keen motorcyclist.

“He was a loyal and trusted employee of Mount Motorcycles where he worked for several years.

“Paul was 60 years old and born in Neath, he was bought up in the Skewen area where he was well known. Paul moved to the Sandfields area where he lived with his partner and two children.

“He has been described by friends as being inspirational and a legend, he was the best bike mechanic and friend you could ever wish for.

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“He will forever be in our hearts and will never be forgotten. There are no words to describe the loss our family are currently feeling and dealing with.”

South Wales Police are continuing to investigate the collision which occurred between the Afan Way and Baglan Energy Park roundabouts on the A4241 Port Talbot.

The road was closed for several hours following the incident.

Officers investigating the collision are appealing for any witnesses or anyone with dash-cam footage of the collision to contact South Wales Police online, by emailing SWP101@south-wales.police.uk or by calling 101 quoting reference: 2100345582.

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Neath mother and sons dupe victims into investing over £300k in fraudulent business

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A Neath woman and her three sons were each sentenced to two years imprisonment, suspended for 12 months after pleading guilty to fifteen counts including Conspiracy to Commit Fraud, Obtaining Money by Deception and Fraud, following an investigation by the South Wales Police Economic Crime Unit.

Audrey Osborne, 65, and her sons Gary Moore, 43, Clayton Moore, 46 and Ian Moore, 44 all from Neath, ran a mortgage brokerage business; Credence Finance Limited which they used to submit falsely declared income on mortgage applications then set up a property development company; Dreamscape Homes Ltd. This was used to deceive victims into investing money.

Shareholders of Dreamscape Homes Ltd were persuaded to invest under the premise that the company was building five, five-bedroom executive houses. These investors were later told that due to planning delays, the project had changed to a 21-property development. Victims invested a total of £307,975 into this, the majority of which was transferred into Audrey and her sons accounts as if it were their own.

Investors included a retired teacher who put in a portion of his retirement lump sum, another teacher who invested funds obtained because of a critical illness, and a couple looking to invest to help secure financial security for their children.

Another victim was convinced to take out a mortgage in their own name, for one of the plots owned by Dreamscape Homes Ltd. The victim was assured by Osborne and her sons that Dreamscape would cover the monthly repayments, but these quickly stopped.

Financial Investigator, Craig Brown said: “The sheer amount of financial frauds that this family conducted against a large number of victims, and over the course of five years have made this investigation complex.

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“The victims of these crimes were people with the best intentions, trying to make life better for themselves and their families, and Osborne and the Moore’s took advantage of this for their own financial gain.

“The Economic Crime Unit and I work very hard to unravel often very complex financial crimes, and I hope that our investigation shows that this kind of criminality will not go unnoticed.”

 

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Missing 16 year-old girl may have travelled to Neath by train say Police

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Thames Valley Police is appealing for the public’s help in tracing a missing 16-year-old girl who has been reported missing from Witney.

Courtney Lancaster was last seen at 6.50pm on Friday (8 October) at an address in the town and concern is growing for her welfare.

Courtney is a white girl, around 5ft 2ins tall with a stocky build.

She currently has pink hair which is tied up on top of her head, although the image Police have provided does not show this hair colour.

Courtney is also known to frequent Oxford and Iffley Village and is known to like water and water fountains.

It is believed that Courtney may be in Swindon or Neath, South Wales, and could have also been in Faringdon in recent days.

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It is possible she could be using the train network.

Investigating officer PC Cameron Morgan, based at Witney police station, said: “We are becoming increasingly concerned for Courtney’s welfare, and I would appeal to anybody who knows of her whereabouts to please get in touch with police.

“You can do so by calling 101, quoting reference number 43210454280.

“I would also appeal directly to Courtney, if you see this message. Please get in touch with the police. You are not in any trouble, but we are concerned for you and want to know that you are safe.”

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Appeal launched to find missing 14 year-old boy

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Gwent and South Wales Police forces have issued a joint appeal to find missing 14 year-old Iestyn Fullalove.

Iestyn was last seen almost a week ago on Thursday 30 September in Abergavenny at around 2pm.

He is described as white, of slim build, around 5’ 7” tall and has brown hair.

Iestyn was last seen wearing navy blue jogging bottoms, a grey hoodie, a black bodywarmer and white trainers, with a black bag worn across the chest.

He has links to the Caerphilly, Monmouth and Neath areas.

Anyone with any information on his whereabouts is asked to contact police on 101 quoting log 2100344156.

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Alternatively, you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Iestyn is also urged to get in contact to confirm he is safe and well.

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