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Former Ammanford taxi driver dies in fatal motorbike accident near Drefach

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The family of 60 year-old Ieuan Evans have paid tribute to him after he was involved in a fatal road traffic collision on Sunday (17 October)

The collision between a silver Ford Kuga and a Yamaha motorcycle occurred at approximately 1.05pm on the B4310 Drefach to Porthyrhyd road in Carmarthenshire.

Dyfed Powys Police say that Mr Evans, who was riding the motorcycle involved, died at the scene. Specialist officers are supporting his next of kin.

In a statement issued through the police, Ieuan’s family paid tribute to him.

‘Tragically, on Sunday 17 October Ieuan Evans died as a result of a road accident in Drefach, Carms. 

“Beloved husband of Elizabeth and devoted father to Matthew, he will be greatly missed by all his family. 

“Ieuan was a well known taxi driver in the Ammanford area who had recently retired –  he was a keen “biker” and had many friends in the biker community. He will be missed by all who knew and loved him.

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“The family would like to thank the emergency services who attended to Ieuan at the scene of the collision. Funeral details to be announced.”

Dyfed Powys Police are calling for anyone who may have information that could help with their investigation of the accident to contact them online, by emailing 101@dyfed-powys.pnn.police.uk, or by calling 101 quoting reference DP-20211017-159.

(Lead image: Dyfed Powys Police)

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Llanelli man jailed after assaulting three female officers during arrest

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Three female officers carrying out their duties suffered injuries in an unprovoked attack at the hands of the man they were trying to arrest.

Officers had executed a warrant at the home of John Steven Knight, in Stafford Street, Llanelli, for an unrelated matter. Because the 37-year-old was not home, PC Jaye Blanco-Martin, DC Eleri Owen and colleague who does not want to be named, attended his work in Ammanford.

As officers spoke with Knight he was initially calm and compliant. But then he tried to unlock his phone.

The DC who is not being named said: “In fear that Knight was attempting to delete evidence and frustrate a police investigation I took hold of his left arm to try and seize the phone. 

“Knight’s personality and attitude towards the officers changed instantly.

“He moved his phone to his other hand and immediately started to fight us.  He was pulling away clearly trying to escape.

“Out of nowhere I felt a sudden push from Knight using his full body weight and as a direct result of this blow and I fell to the ground and hit my head. I immediately felt pain and discomfort to my head and it started throbbing.” 

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In the struggle, all three officers ended up on the floor having been shoved and thrown into furniture, walls and a door frame.

Despite Knight’s efforts, the officers were able to arrest him, although they were left with the marks to show they had been in a struggle.

One officer suffered a suspected head injury that required a CT scan, while all three suffered cuts and bruising to various parts of their bodies.

The officer added: “I was incredibly worried for mine and my colleagues’ safety.  Knight was a well built and over 6ft and had the strength to take three officers to the ground with him.”

Knight appeared at Haverfordwest Magistrates Court on September 29, the day after his arrest, on September 28, when he was sentenced to 12 months in prison.

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Following the terrifying ordeal DC Owen said: “During the whole incident I was afraid not just for my safety but also my colleagues.

“That it was only three females with a male who was around 6ft 2ins resisting and assaulting officers made me feel vulnerable.

“I will never forget this, it will be something that stays with me throughout my career. I did not expect to go to work that day to be assaulted. I was just carrying out my duties.”

After a rise in such assaults, Dyfed-Powys Police has linked with Wales’ emergency services to launch the year-long ‘Work With Us, Not Against Us’ campaign.

It came after more than 4,240 assaults were committed against emergency workers, including police, fire and ambulance crews, in the period April 2019 – November 2020, representing a monthly average increase from 202 in 2019 to 222 in 2020, or 10%.

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Temporary Deputy Chief Constable of Dyfed-Powys Police, Emma Ackland, said: “Assaults on police officers continues to increase and this is completely unacceptable. No officer should expect to come under any sort of attack when doing their best to serve the public and potentially save lives.

“It is vitally important that sentences given reflect the harm and upset caused to these victims – professionals doing their work.”

(Lead image: Dyfed Powys Police)

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Ashmole & Co Partner is top 20 fundraiser ahead of running next month’s London Marathon

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Running way beyond her fundraising target for the London Marathon is Carmarthenshire Ashmole & Co Partner, Laura Craddock. She has raised almost £18,000 (£8,000 more than her original target).

Laura is running the London Marathon on Sunday, 3 October, to help raise money for the Teenage Cancer Trust and local fundraising.

Laura was originally meant to run the London Marathon in April 2020. She had done her longest training run of 20 miles just days before the Prime Minister announced we were heading into a national lockdown and the Marathon had to be cancelled.

Laura’s younger brother, Leighton, was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma in 2010 at the age of 23. He underwent 15 months of gruelling treatment including a stem cell transplant, which he received on the Teenage Cancer Trust ward in Cardiff Hospital. Nine years on and he has made a full recovery.

Laura and Leighton have been named in the top 20 fundraisers for next month’s marathon. Laura said, “The ‘run-up’ to this marathon has taken a long time thanks to Covid-19 but I’m pleased that the event will be going ahead next month and we’re both fit and ready for it. Thank you to everyone who has helped and supported us get beyond our target of £10,000. To be the number 16 fundraiser in the top 20 for the event is an achievement in itself.

“My family will always be indebted to the Teenage Cancer Trust for the life saving treatment my brother received. I would have been the last person you would say that could run the London marathon a few years ago and now I’ve trained for two!”

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If you are able to make a donation to help Laura you can donate directly at the Ammanford Ashmole & Co office or donate via the Just Giving page: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Laura-Craddock1

Ashmole & Co Chartered and Certified Accountants have been established since 1897 and are one of the largest accountancies and auditing practices in Wales, operating from thirteen offices throughout South and West Wales including Swansea, Carmarthen, Haverfordwest, Abergavenny, Ammanford, Llandovery and Newcastle Emlyn.

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One Show presenter Alex Jones gives birth to baby daughter

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BBC presenter Alex Jones, originally from Ammanford, has given birth to her third child.

Announcing the birth on Instagram, Alex said the baby was “tiny but perfectly formed we are all beyond happy and besotted by her, especially Ted and Kit”.

She added: “Watching them with their brand new little sister is just the best and we can’t believe how lucky we are to have the 3 of them and to be a family of 5.

“It still doesn’t feel real!!! Thank you to everyone at the Queen Charlotte hospital for all your support again, especially super midwife Audrey.”

The baby, who’s name has not been revealed yet, was born on Saturday afternoon (21 August).

Welsh speaking Alex has presented BBC’s flagship One Show since 2010.

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