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Six years in jail for man who bit victim’s lips off in violent drunken attack

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A man who bit part of his victims lips off has been sentenced for a decade.

40 year-old Martin Davies from Winch Wen, who had a history of violent attacks, was sentenced to six years in prison and a further four years on licence after the assault in Wind Street in Swansea city centre.

In court, South Wales Police explained how officers patrolling Wind Street at around 3.30am on 21 August came across an altercation between two men.

On arriving at the scene they found a victim who had suffered several injuries and was missing parts of his top and bottom lip, believed to have been bitten by the suspect.

The victim was taken to Morriston Hospital following the attack for plastic and reconstructive surgery. He was left with a lifelong visible injury to his face.

CCTV of the incident and Automatic Facial Recognition identified Martin Davies, 40, from Winch Wen, Swansea to be the suspect.

Davies was arrested following an appeal by Police on social media.

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Detective Inspector Gareth Jones said:“Martin Davies did not know the victim that he attacked that night, whilst most others were enjoying their night.

“This kind of violent aggression will not be tolerated, the victim had to undergo plastic surgery to recover from his injuries and I hope that this sentence serves as a warning and a deterrent for those intent on inflicting violence.”

At the time of the attack, Davies was already subject to a community order having punched a woman in the face, causing her to fall. He had five previous convictions for violent assault.

(Lead image: South Wales Police)

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Eight assaults EVERY DAY on Welsh emergency workers in first six months of 2021

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Eight assaults every day were committed against Welsh emergency workers during the first six months of this year, new figures have revealed.

More than 1,360 assaults were committed in the six-month period from 01 January 2021 – 30 June 2021.

They included kicking, slapping, head-butting and verbal abuse, and ranged from common assault to serious premediated attacks involving grievous bodily harm.

At least 21 incidents involved a weapon.

With Christmas fast approaching – the time of year when assaults traditionally spike – emergency workers are asking the public to treat them with respect.

Jason Killens, Chief Executive of the Welsh Ambulance Service, said: “The Covid-19 pandemic has been a fraught time for all of us, but that’s no excuse to assault an emergency worker, who are normal human beings just trying to do a job.

“The run-up to Christmas means more people are out enjoying the revelry, and with alcohol consumption comes an increase in assaults, both physical and verbal.

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“There were 60 verbal attacks alone on our ambulance control room staff in the first six months of the year.

“We know it’s distressing when you’re waiting for help, but abusing our call handlers is not the answer – if anything, it could potentially delay help.

“On the road meanwhile, crews might have no choice but to leave a scene if their safety is compromised, and that’s not helpful for anyone, especially the patient.

“The debt of gratitude we owe to our emergency workers has never been greater, so we’re asking the public to work with us, not against us this Christmas.”

Almost half (47%) of assaults in the six-month period took place in South East Wales; Cardiff, Rhondda Cynon Taf and Bridgend are among the most prolific local authority areas.

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Offenders aged 26-35 account for the highest portion of offending (24%), while a third of incidents involved people under the influence of alcohol.

May 2021 saw the highest volume of assaults (281) as the hospitality industry re-opened in Wales after the second Covid-19 lockdown.

Since the start of the pandemic in March 2020, there have been at least 36 incidents where an emergency worker has been deliberately coughed at.

Assaults on police account for two thirds (67%) of the total number, averaging 152 victims every month in the six-month period.

Claire Parmenter, Temporary Chief Constable at Dyfed Powys Police, said: “Assaults on police officers continue to increase and this is completely unacceptable. 

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“Assault is a traumatic offence that causes great distress to anyone, and it is no different when the victim is an emergency worker.

“In September, we saw a man handed a 26-week prison sentence suspended for two years after he violently attacked two of our police officers who had gone to his aid.

“Concerned for his safety, they gave him a lift home – and in return both were physically injured.

“The psychological impact on both officers is something they will take time to recover from.

“In the same month alone, three officers carrying out their duties suffered injuries in an unprovoked attack at the hands of the man they were trying to arrest.

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“Despite the offender’s efforts, the officers were able to arrest him although they were left with injuries.

“The offender appeared in court the day after his arrest, where he was sentenced to 12 months in prison.

“Assaults such as these stay with the victims for the rest of their careers, and none of my officers and staff should have to go to work serving the public and be afraid of being assaulted.

“With the upcoming season of goodwill, please respect and protect our emergency workers.”

Although fewer in number – 22 incidents over the six-month period – March 2021 saw an unexplained rise in assaults on fire service colleagues, especially in South Wales.

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Chief Fire Officer Huw Jakeway QFSM from South Wales Fire and Rescue Service said: “Our emergency services work hard every day keeping the public safe and should not have to deal with abuse.

“Attacks on crews while protecting our communities and keeping people safe is completely unacceptable.

“Our blue light services come to work to serve and protect the public and the impact of such assaults can lead to life-changing consequences for those involved.

“This type of behaviour is, of course, carried out by a very small minority, and we once again thank our communities for their continued support in working with us this festive season to stay safe.”

Under the Assault on Emergency Workers (Offences) Act, the definition of an emergency worker includes police, fire and ambulance staff, as well as prison staff and NHS workers.

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Judith Paget, Chief Executive of NHS Wales, said: “Our emergency workers provide life-saving and life-changing care every day in often difficult circumstances.

“Our NHS staff are preparing for a challenging Christmas period so now, more than ever, they deserve to be treated with respect.

“Any form of attack on our emergency workers is completely unacceptable and we are doing everything we can to work with NHS Wales employers and our partner agencies to eradicate physical or verbal assaults on staff.”

Last week, UK Government announced that it was introducing a new law that will mean a mandatory life sentence for those who kill an emergency worker in the course of their duty.

The Ministry of Justice said it would aim to pass ‘Harper’s Law’ in England and Wales – in memory of Thames Valley Police PC Andrew Harper, who was killed in the line of duty in 2019 – as soon as possible.

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The With Us, Not Against Us campaign was launched in May 2021 by the Joint Emergency Service Group in Wales to try and reduce the number of assaults on emergency workers.

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Man jailed for stealing 98 year-old’s income and driving her into debt

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A man has been jailed today after fraudulently taking his 98-year-old victim’s income over a period of two years.

Alun Davies, 67 years old, from Ravenhill in Swansea was placed in a position of trust after the victim, 94 years old at the time, was deemed not to have capacity for her own finances.

Instead of using her finances to pay for her care, Davies cancelled her direct debits that paid for her sheltered accommodation and care provisions, and took sums of the money for himself every week.

This left his victim at the point of eviction and in debts of over £36,700.

Through the joint investigations of South Wales Police and partners, Davies was brought to justice and has today been sentenced to three years in prison for fraud.

Detective Constable Joanne Pudner from South Wales Police, the officer in case, said: “This exploitation of an elderly, vulnerable woman in her time of need truly show the unscrupulous nature of Mr Davies’ crimes, and I’m glad that today’s sentence means that he has been brought to justice.

“The Client Property and Finance Unit of Swansea Local Authority that made the complaint on behalf of the victim and are now acting in her best interest to pay back the outstanding debt. This is a perfect example of how partners can work together to keep people safe, and bring perpetrators to justice.”

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Homes evacuated after suspected unexploded World War 2 bomb found in Birchgrove

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South Wales Police and Swansea Council have evacuated homes near to Heol y Cyw in Birchgrove in Swansea this morning (29 November) after an suspected unexploded World War 2 bomb was discovered.

The ordnance was reportedly found in the garden of a property on Heol y Cyw.

A Police cordon has been put in place while specialist experts carry out enquiries.

Nearby residents have been evacuated as a precaution, with the council’s emergency management teams setting up a centre at Birchgrove Community Centre.

South Wales Police asked people to stay away from the area.

In a later statement issued at 2.15pm, South Wales Police said: “Specialist teams have determined that the suspected ordnance found in Birchgrove, Swansea was not as reported, and the area is safe.

“Evacuated residents are now returning home, and we thank all those affected for their patience.”

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