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Earlier this year, ITV Wales presenter Ruth Dodsworth’s ex-husband was sentenced to three years in jail for coercive and controlling behaviour and stalking.

South Wales Police say that domestic violence and abuse is their most reported safeguarding issue, with a third of all violent crimes being domestic related. Every 15 minutes, the Force receives a phone call relating to incidents of domestic abuse.

Talking about her experience of domestic abuse, Ruth said: “I realised that he was quite volatile very early on, but the relationship is new, you forgive certain things, you think ‘oh it’s okay it will blow over’.

“I became more and more isolated from friends and family, but that in a weird way that made it harder because he very much became the centre of my world, he was all I had in a sense.

“I know categorically if I’d stayed, I’d be dead now, and so asking for help saved my life.”

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Detective Chief Inspector Eve Davis, force lead for domestic abuse and violence, said: “Domestic abuse and violence is a priority for South Wales Police. It can affect anyone and not only has devastating impacts upon those suffering the abuse directly but affects others such as children, extended family members, friends and the community also.

I would encourage any victim or survivor of abuse to make that call for help, additionally if you are concerned about someone you know you can also make a call on their behalf.

South Wales Police works with a number of a number of partner agencies to support victims and survivors of domestic abuse and violence, and if there are people that don’t wish to make a report directly to the police then please consider making contact with Live Fear Free.”

If you are concerned about someone you know, South Wales Police have more information and advice about domestic abuse on their website.

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Penclawdd child sex offender jailed for nine years

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A Penclawdd man has been jailed for nine years following an intelligence-led operation by Tarian, the regional organised crime unit, along with South Wales Police.

A previously convicted paedophile Steven Morris 58, from Penclawdd in Swansea appeared before Swansea Crown Court today for sentencing, where he had previously pleaded guilty to sexually communicating with a child, meeting a child following sexual grooming as well as breaching a Sexual Harm Prevention Order.

He was arrested on the 14th October 2021 by detectives from Tarian Disruption Unit and investigated by Swansea Criminal Investigation Department, where he was remanded in custody until his appearance today.

Morris engaged in conversation with what he believed to be a 13-year-old girl, who was in fact an undercover police officer. He told the officer “Do mum and dad know u chat? My wife doesn’t xxx”.

Upon hearing she was just 13 years old Morris stated “As long as u aren’t police or gonna report me I’m happy to chat and meet up if u are genuine”.

Morris’ conversations with the officer became more sexually explicit, he sent images of himself and began to suggest that the pair meet in person, saying things like “If we meet it would be really secret xxxx”.

A date was then arranged for Morris to meet with the undercover officer at a location in Pontypridd on the 14th October 2021. Once he arrived at the agreed location he was quickly arrested by officers from TARIAN’s Disruption Team.

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Morris was given a nine-year extended sentence. Four of which will be spent in prison. He was placed on the Registered Sex Offenders list indefinitely, and was given a Sexual Harm Prevention Order for 10 years.

Detective Inspector Dave Bancroft said: “This is an excellent operation between Tarian South Wales Police.

“It is our absolute priority to protect and keep children safe in our communities, irrelevant of who or where that threat comes from.

“Law enforcement operates across the internet, and we will relentlessly seek to bring to justice individuals who use the web to facilitate the abuse of children.”

“If anyone has been a victim of child sexual abuse, I urge you to report it to your local police force via 101. We will always follow up allegations of abuse, no matter when they occurred. Victims can talk in confidence to experienced investigators and we can also help them get access to a range of other support services.”

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“If you have concerns about your use of the internet or inappropriate thoughts or behaviour about children or if you are worried about how someone you know behaves around children or are worried about their use of the internet then the Lucy Faithfull Foundation provide a free, anonymous and confidential Stop It Now! helpline on 0808 1000 900 for advice, support and information.”

(Lead image: Tarian / South Wales Police)

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Six year jail sentence for Swansea rapist

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A St Thomas man has been jailed for six years after being convicted of rape at Swansea Crown Court

23 year-old Jake Evans-Hodgeson from Kinley Street in St Thomas was sentenced after being found guilty by a jury at Swansea Crown Court on Friday (19 November)

The court heard, the offence took place in September 2020 in Swansea.

South Wales Police Detective Constable Emma Robbins, officer in the case, said: “I would like to commend the victim for showing the strength and courage throughout this investigation, in order to ensure Hodgeson was brought to justice.

“I hope this sentence provides some sort of closure and comfort for the victim and she attempts to move on with her life.

“I cannot imagine how difficult it must be to come forward to report sexual abuse but I want to reassure anyone considering doing so that there is a whole range of support out there, not only from the police but from partner agencies who can help you through the entire process.”

(Lead image: South Wales Police)

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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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