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NRW enforcement officers tackle ‘barbaric’ illegal fishing on River Loughor

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Natural Resources Wales fisheries enforcement officers have been busy tackling a spate of ‘barbaric’ illegal foul hooking incidents which have taken place on the River Loughor.

Six men have been fined more than £2,200 each at Swansea Magistrates Court for two separate incidents of illegal foul hooking/snatching fishing offences.

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Phungan Nguyen, of Brecon, Vin Vinh Nguyen of Ystrad Mynach and Hung Le of Swansea, pleaded guilty in court and all three admitted deliberately using the illegal foul hooking techniques to catch fish from the River Loughor in June 2021.

The trio were observed by NRW Enforcement Officers, deliberately using the illegal foul hooking/snatching method to catch different species of fish. This was following several reports from members of the public regarding suspicious activity of illegal fishing taking place under the A484 Loughor to Llanelli road bridge.

Phungan Nguyen, Vin Vinh Nguyen were each fined £400, ordered to pay costs of £1,800 each and also a £40 victim surcharge each.

Hung Le was fined £300, ordered to pay costs of £1800 and also a victim surcharge of £34.

All the men’s fishing equipment and the fish in their possession were seized by the NRW Enforcement Officers.

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In a separate incident, Swansea residents Joseph Arran Davies, Corey Charles Gilbert and Ryan Lee Jenkins pleaded guilty in court and admitted deliberately using the foul hooking/snatching method of fishing on the River Loughor in April 2021.

The three men, who were seen by NRW Enforcement Officers using the illegal fishing method under the A484 road bridge, appeared at Swansea Magistrates Court, where Joseph Davies and Ryan Jenkins were each fined £300 and ordered to pay costs of £1,800 each and a £34 victim surcharge. Corey Gilbert was fined £200 and ordered to pay £1,800 in costs and a £34 victim surcharge.

Mark Thomas, Fisheries Enforcement Officer for NRW, said: “We would like to thank Dyfed Powys Police, the local communities and also the law-abiding anglers in the area for their continued support in reporting these illegal fishing activities.

“The use of this barbaric and totally unethical form of fishing is being carried out by a minority of anglers.

“It is not only indiscriminate on what species or size of fish that are killed, but untold damage is also inflicted to fish by the anglers who use this method using deliberately tampered standard fishing lures.

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“Many oversized and multiple treble hooked fishing lures have been seized which have been used to deliberately impale fish and inflict untold damaged to them when the multiple barbed treble hooks impale into their body flesh and internal organs.

“These damaged and wounded fish can become infected and die due to the injuries sustained and then possibly in the process infect other fish species in the river catchment.

“NRW Enforcement Officers and the local police forces takes these fisheries incidents seriously as do the courts. Hopefully the small minority of anglers who may in future, think of using any illegal fishing methods will take heed of these heavy fines issued by the courts.”

PC 766 Roger Jones, Wildlife Crime Officer of Dyfed Powys Police, said: “This prosecution is the result of a lot of determined work between Dyfed Powys Police and Natural Resources Wales.

“The foul hooking method witnessed saw each individual cast out a line with very large treble hooks on lures, which they reeled in with a fast rod-jerking method with the intent to foul hook fish in the low water tide. It is a horrible, indiscriminate, and illegal fishing method.

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“We are actively targeting the Loughor Estuary because of cases such as these, so we’re pleased they have received heavy fines and had all their rods and other kit seized.”

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Pembroke Dock knife-point robber jailed for five years

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A man who robbed a woman at knifepoint has started a five-year prison sentence just one month later.

Kieran Steven Brumby admitted holding a knife to the woman’s throat and demanding the £160 she was withdrawing from a cashpoint at Asda in Pembroke Dock at around 7.45pm on April 15.

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Within an hour Dyfed-Powys Police were able to track down Brumby at his home in Water Street, Pembroke Dock.

Despite the incident being captured on CCTV, Brumby denied it was him during the police investigation.

However, at Swansea Crown Court on Monday, May 16, he pleaded guilty robbery, possession of a knife and possession of 0.9 grammes of cocaine.

DI Owen Thomas said: “This is a positive outcome, with Brumby arrested soon after the offence.

“He has been on remand since and is now beginning a five-year prison sentence just a month later, which I hope offers some solace and reassurance to the victim.”

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The court heard how the woman had stopped to get cash on her way to meet friends in Haverfordwest when Brumby held the knife to her throat and said ‘give me the money’.

In a victim impact statement read out to the court the woman, who could feel the knife touching her throat, said that she was suffering from sleepless nights, palpitations and nightmares.

“I feel depressed and anxious and constantly feel like somebody is behind me,” she said.

“I am checking over my shoulder every five minutes. If I leave the house feelings of panic rise.”

Judge His Honour Geraint Walters handed down a five-year sentence for the robbery, with a 12-month sentence for possession of the knife and a one-month sentence for cocaine possession to run concurrently.

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Driver jailed for head-on crash that caused life-changing injuries

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A driver who caused a head-on collision with a car being driven by a pregnant woman told police officers at the scene he had drunk 13 cans of strong lager the night before.

Rhodri Rees, aged 36, of Llandysul, admitted his drinking had gone into the early hours before he got behind the wheel and caused the crash on the A476 in Llannon, near Llanelli, by overtaking another car on a bend at around 7.40am on December 11, 2020.

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The severe impact meant both drivers were trapped in their cars and had to be cut free by firefighters.

Thankfully the baby was unharmed in the collision, however, its mother suffered serious, life-changing injuries. She had a number of operations to repair the damage and was unable to walk for a year and still suffers the effects of the accident today.

Dyfed-Powys Police Sgt Nicholas Brookes said: “When Rees was spoken to by our officers at the scene he told them he had drunk 13 cans of Stella Artois and that he had gone to bed after midnight.

“He failed a breath test at the scene and was arrested on suspicion of drink driving before being allowed to go to hospital for treatment.”

The following day he was interviewed at Carmarthen Police Station where he told officers he had consumed eight or nine cans of Foster’s before going to bed around 2am, before getting up at around 6.45am and setting off.

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A sample of blood was taken just before 1pm on December 11 showed Rees had 39mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood – the legal limit being 80. A blood alcohol expert had calculated that at the time of the collision the level of alcohol would have been no less than 113mg and more likely 129mg.

PS Brookes added: “This was a serious case that could have been so much worse.

“Rees admitted drinking a considerable amount of alcohol and getting little sleep before getting behind the wheel. He was lucky no-one was killed.

“I would like to commend the officer in the case, PC Benjamin Stevenson, who conducted a thorough and meticulous investigation for the offence of causing serious injury by dangerous driving.”

On Tuesday, 17th May, Rees appeared before Swansea Crown Court, having pleaded guilty at a previous hearing, and was sentenced to 18-months in prison.

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He was also disqualified from driving for three years and 9 months, with a requirement for an extended test to regain his license.

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Man who filmed rape on Ammanford victim’s phone changes plea mid trial

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A man who filmed himself raping an Ammanford woman on his victim’s phone has changed his plea to guilty midway through his trial.

Cameron Hassan, aged 31, of no fixed abode, attacked the woman, raping her as she slept on 21 August 2021.

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Hassan had been on trial at Swansea Crown Court after denying any wrongdoing. However, after the jury was shown the video of the attack and hearing the victim was going to give evidence yesterday (Tuesday, 10 May), Hassan changed his plea to guilty.

Investigating Officer DC Sophie Lambert from Dyfed Powys Police said the victim had shown great strength and determination throughout the investigation.

“I must commend her tremendous courage in coming forward and the tenacity shown throughout the investigation,” she said.

“We hope this case demonstrates that Dyfed-Powys Police acts on serious allegations such as rape and sexual assault with officers working tirelessly to secure justice for victims.

“If you are suffering because of similar abuse, please contact the police, or if you would rather speak to someone in confidence, New Pathways are an independent charity that will support you through every step of the investigation.”

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New Pathways can be contacted at 01685 379 310 or email enquiries@newpathways.org.uk

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