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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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Two new free bus routes between Bay Field Hospital, Neath and Port Talbot

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Swansea Bay health board have announced two new free bus routes to help people get to the mass vaccination centre at the Bay Field Hospital from Neath and Port Talbot town centres.

The new routes will be in addition to the existing free bus between Swansea city centre and the field hospital.

Starting from Saturday 23 October, a new service BFH1 will run on the hour from Bay 4 at Neath Bus Station next to Victoria Gardens. Return services will leave the Bay Field Hospital on the half hour. It will run between 7am and 7.30pm.

Also starting from Saturday 23 October, service BFH2 will run from Bay 7 at Port Talbot Bus Station, stopping at Bay 5 of the interchange at Port Talbot Parkway railway station. Services will run on the hour towards Bay Field Hospital, with return journeys running on the half hour between 7am and 7.30pm.

The two new services, funded by Neath Port Talbot Council, will be operated by Briggs Coaches.

A free bus already operated from Swansea City Centre to the Bay Field Hospital funded by Swansea Council. First Cymru service 9A operates every 20 minutes Monday to Saturday from Bay D at Swansea Bus Station. The service also stops at Sainsbury’s and the Fabian Way Park and Ride. Service 51 runs as required when the Field Hospital is open on Sunday’s and Bank Holidays.

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Offensive weapon amnesty as new laws make possession of knuckle dusters, throwing stars and zombie knives illegal

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South Wales Police are holding an anonymous offensive weapon surrender scheme giving people an opportunity to hand in weapons to get them off the streets and help prevent serious violence.

The scheme runs from 20th October until 20th December.

Changes to legislation brought about by the Offensive Weapons Act 2019 earlier this year means that it is now an offence to possess certain items such as knuckledusters, throwing stars and zombie knives, even in private.

It also includes an updated definition of flick knives to reflect changes in weapon designs, and the banning of private possession of flick knives and gravity knives. It was already illegal to possess a knife or offensive weapon in public.

South Wales Police say that the introduction of such measures will provide the force with further means to help deter people from becoming involved in knife possession and knife crime.

The police are encouraging the public to surrender weapons as part of their amnesty scheme which will run from 20th October to 20th December.

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Weapons can be handed into police stations where bins will be situated within the front desk at Swansea Central Police Station on Grove Place in the city centre, and at Neath Police Station on Gnoll Park Road.

This scheme is in addition to weapon and knife amnesties that are routinely conducted by police forces.

Detective Chief Inspector Jason Herbert said: “While very few people regularly carry knives in South Wales, we remain committed to tackling knife crime.

“Every weapon surrendered via this scheme will mean one less weapon which has the potential to get into the wrong hands. Please do take advantage of this scheme – doing so could save a life.”

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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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