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Neyland man sentenced to 30 years for rape and abuse of young children

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A man has been sentenced to 30 years – 22 years in prison with an eight-year extended period on licence – for the sexual abuse and rape of children following an intensive investigation by Dyfed-Powys Police.

Jason James, aged 48, formerly of St Clements Road, Neyland, was sentenced at Swansea Crown Court today after being found guilty following trial of sexual activity with a child, assault by penetration, three counts of rape of a child under 13 and two counts of sexual assault of a child under 13.

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The charges involved four children, who were supported through the investigation by specialist officers from Dyfed-Powys Police.

Investigating officer DC Kieran Griffiths said: “James was initially arrested for breach of his Sexual Offences Prevention Order (SOPO) in May 2019, this had come about following a report of him having unsupervised access with children.

“We would like to thank those individuals and their families that came forward at that time.”

As the investigation into these matters progressed, the level of depravity James had forced on innocent children in horrific attacks was uncovered.

James admitted four counts of breaching his SOPO ahead of the trial but denied all other charges.

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A further two counts of breaching his SOPO, which was imposed on him more than a decade ago, were added before he was sentenced today. They dated to 2019 and involved a further two children.

DC Griffiths said he was pleased James had been given a lengthy sentence, which he hoped would bring some closure to the victims.

“It is good to get this result for the victims and their families, who have shown a great deal of courage and dignity throughout the investigation and court process,” he said.

“James is a manipulative man. He tried to avoid going to court but was deemed fit to stand trial on two occasions.

“He then refused to attend court when his trial came around, showing complete disregard for his victims and the ordeals he had put them through.

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“This investigation has been a huge undertaking for officers and staff in various departments at Dyfed-Powys Police, so I’m pleased their hard work has paid off.

“Hopefully the sentence handed down to James today will help all the victims and families to move on with their lives.

“As this case shows, we will always take reports of this kind seriously and treat victims sensitively, providing specialist support throughout the investigation and court proceedings.”

DI Phil Kite added: “James is a dangerous sexual predator and the sentencing reflects the gravity of his offending and the impact it has had on the victims.”

He will remain on the Sexual Offender’s Register indefinitely.

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PCSO works to bring end to unscrupulous cockle pickers in Kidwelly, Ferryside, Llansteffan and Laugharne

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PCSO Helen Fender has been recognised at Dyfed Powys Police’s awards for her efforts in tackling anti-social behaviour associated with unscrupulous cockle pickers descending on the communities of St Ishmael, Kidwelly, Llanybri, Llansteffan and Laugharne.

To effect change, PCSO Fender looked at the issue and its cause – pinpointing an old by-law that allowed anyone to get a free permit to pick cockles in the Three Rivers Fishery cockle beds.

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PCSO Helen Fender (Image: Dyfed Powys Police)

In 2017 there were more than 1,000 permit holders and the only regulation for obtaining a permit is to give a name, address, contact details and a photograph for ID.

“I noticed that something had to be done, it couldn’t go on this way as it was causing no end of issues for the community and the genuine fishermen who relied on picking cockles for a living,” she said.

“On the Bury Inlet there was no issue as it was much harder to get a permit.”

PCSO Fender set about working with the Welsh Government to try and make the Three Rivers Fishery regulated as other cockle beds are.

A three-month consultation is being launched with the aim to bring in tougher legislation for permits to be issued – with requirements to include training, minimum kit standards, their employment status for HMRC and an annual fee of £800.

“I’ve worked with the communities and with the local fishermen on this, and they are supportive,” said PCSO Fender.

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“When you’ve got 1,000 permits handed out to people from all over the country, there is going to be problems for the community and it impacts the local gatherers who depend on this industry to make a living.

“It was having a really detrimental effect on the lives of people in the area and it was proving dangerous, with numerous quads on the beaches and villages, even crossing railway lines.”

The issue has caused problems over the years with the Welsh Government Marine and Fisheries Division closing the Three Rivers Fishery cockle beds from 2012 to 2017 due to serious reports of anti-social behaviour, including people sleeping rough, litter not disposed of properly, no toilet facilities, and large articulated lorries trying to access small village roads.     

Sgt Gemma Davies said: “Helen has conducted a thorough and detailed enquiry into the underlying issues at the location, has sourced expert opinion and discussed numerous options to try and implement change for the better for the cockling community and the people living near to the cockle beds.

“We’re hopeful to achieving a regulated permit system which can be monitored and ‘policed’ by the fisheries more effectively.”

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Lead image: File photo of cockle picking in the Burry Inlet (Image: Natural Resources Wales)

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Police officer uses miracle spray to save life of Llanelli drug overdose victim

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A police officer equipped with a miracle spray has saved the life of an overdose victim in Carmarthenshire.

PC Gareth Rees, one of several officers across the force carrying nasal spray Nyxoid in a trial launched on Wednesday, 1 December, was called to a man in an intoxicated state shouting for help on the floor in Llanelli late at night earlier this month.

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By the time PC Rees arrived the man was unconscious and his breathing was laboured.

Identifying this as a sign he was suffering an overdose, PC Rees administered the spray.

“Within five to ten seconds he was conscious,” said PC Rees.

“It’s quite amazing how it works so quickly, it definitely made a difference for this man.”

The man involved has been positively dealt with and referred to Dyfed Drug and Alcohol Service (DDAS) who have been commissioned to support Dyfed-Powys Police.

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The trial is operating in Llanelli, Aberystwyth, Pembroke Dock and Llandrindod Wells for six months, with the ambition of reducing deaths from drug overdoses.

APB Prevention and Population Health Improvement Strategy Manager at Hywel Dda UHB, Craig Jones, said, “Response officers are quite often the first on scene to an overdose and by providing them with Naloxone, they will be in a position to save lives.

“Numbers of drug related deaths in Hywel Dda have fallen since 2020 and we see this as another initiative to keep the data moving in the right direction. The fact that an officer utilised his training and used Naloxone to save a life just 9 days into the trial is very rewarding and shows the impact this initiative will have.”

Chief Inspector Christina Fraser, who is leading the pilot, said the force had been using Naloxone within custody suites for many years but the introduction of the Nyxoid nasal spray, meant officers could easily use it whilst out on patrol. 

She added: “We have trained officers on a voluntarily basis to carry and utilise Nyxoid spray as part of our first aid provision.

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“We went live with the pilot on 1st December and I am pleased to report that we have been notified of its first successful use.

“It is really heartening to see the use of Nyxoid making a difference in saving peoples’ lives.

“I am extremely proud of those officers who have put themselves forward to be trained in the use of and carry Nyxoid and grateful to our partners DDAS, Kaleidoscope, Hywel Dda and Powys Health boards for their support on this trial.”

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Police stop check leads to seizure of £14k found in car

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A routine stop check carried out by officers from Dyfed-Powys Police resulted in more than £14,000 being seized under the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA).

On the evening of Thursday, 28 January, a stop check was carried out on a car on the A477 just outside Pembroke Dock for suspected driving without insurance.

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The driver, Steven Davies, aged 47, of West Lee, Riverside, Cardiff, and his passenger, Craig Williams, aged 37, of Heol Eglwys, Caerau, Cardiff, stated they had come down for a spin to get away from Cardiff.

When pressed, Davies became quite nervous and started shaking, which led the officers to search he vehicle under Section 1 of the Police and Criminal Evidence Act.

PC Rob Garland, who made the stop, said: “In the footwell of the front passenger seat was a sat nav box wrapped in silver gaffer tape.

“Once we managed to prize the box open he could see that it was stuffed with bundles of notes.”

Both men were arrested and the money seized under the POCA.

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On Friday, 26th November, at Llanelli Magistrates Court an application was made for the permanent forfeiture of the seized cash, which totalled £14,070.

PC Garland added: “The courts agreed that the occupants’ accounts were not credible and that they could not account for and nor evidence being in possession of such a sum of money, therefore the court authorised the forfeiture of the money.

“I hope that as a force we can apply for some of this money that can be used to help victims of crime in our force area and to help safeguard the vulnerable.”

PC Garland also thanked the force’s Economic Crime Team, which helped ensure there was sufficient evidence to prove the money was not legally obtained.

Superintendent Anthony Evans said: ”This is an excellent example of our officers targeting organised criminals and depriving them of their criminally gained assets.

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“We are determined to proactively catch those that target our communities for criminal gain.

“We cannot do this alone and urge everyone to report, anonymously if required, those that commit crime in our communities via 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.”

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