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Body found at Waunarlwydd property identified as missing disabled woman

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The body of a woman found at an address at Clos y Deri in Waunarlwydd has been formally identified as that of missing disabled woman, Kelly Randall.

South Wales Police confirmed the identity of the 45-year old after her body was found at the Waunarlwydd property on Monday (16 May).

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Police had previously issued an appeal to find Kelly after she was last seen in Port Talbot over a week previously on Tuesday 3 May.

A 67 year-old man initially arrested for murder in connection with Ms Randall’s death has now been released on police bail while investigations continue.

A 42 year-old man has been released with no further action.

South Wales Police say the family of Ms Randall are being supported by specially trained officers.

Detective Superintendent Darren George from South Wales Police’s Major Crime Team said: “A forensic post mortem examination took place yesterday, Wednesday 18th May, and the cause of Ms Randall’s death is unexplained at this time and the investigation is ongoing. As a result, further tests will now be carried out over the coming weeks.

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“I would like to thank the local community for their patience and assistance over the past few days as the investigation has progressed.”

Ms Randall’s daughter, Demi Davies has paid tribute to her mother.

Ms Davies said: “It is with sad regret that I announce the passing of my mum, Kelly Randall. To all that personally knew her knew she had a lot of difficulties in her life that she had to face on a daily basis, but I don’t want to sit here and talk about those today or what people remember her for.

“Instead, I would like people to remember her for her old ways, the old, the real Kelly before addiction took over this beautiful woman’s life. Mam, you were incredibly beautiful, and every time I see your photos my heart feels deep but empty and my eyes flood with tears. I remember the wonderful times and childhood memories you give me and my strong amazing brothers, I remember a cosy warm home, food on the table and wonderful magical Christmas’s. You kept us immaculate, and everyone used to comment on how nice you kept my hair and how glossy and shiny you got it.

“I might not have appreciated it much then, but now, I see a woman with lots of pain and struggle trying to put her kids first whilst facing her own battles and demons and giving them everything she could. You loved us in every way you knew how and tried protecting us from everything you knew that was bad. You tried your best against all odds, and you were an incredible mother and everyone that knew you will say the same. Nobody can ever take that away from you. I certainly have adopted your feistiness and gob, and I am so proud you kept that spirit in you until the very end. I will make sure I keep that in me until the very end also.

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“You are finally free of your addiction and back with all of your brothers and sisters, mum, dad, nephew and other family. You are no longer suffering mam, you’re at peace now. I will always love you and have you in my heart, and when we reunite again one day, I will give you the biggest nurturing hug. Rest in paradise my beautiful mam. My heart and life will never be the same without you, but I will sure make you proud.”

(Lead image: South Wales Police)

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Twelve men arrested in cannabis raids in Swansea and Neath Port Talbot

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A dozen men were arrested following a series of pre-planned raids at addresses in Neath and Swansea on Wednesday (15 June) in a police operation aimed at dismantling an organised crime group involved in the production and supply of cannabis in south Wales.

Police officers from Tarian the Regional Organised Crime Unit for southern Wales, supported by officers from South Wales Police executed a number of warrants at properties across Swansea and Neath Port Talbot.

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The men were arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to produce cannabis.

Detective Inspector Gareth Grant from Tarian said: “This was a jointly co-ordinated approach to tackling serious and organised crime in the region between Tarian Regional Organised Crime Unit with support from our partners in South Wales Police.

“Tarian ROCU focusses its assets on the most serious organised crime that occurs both across the southern Wales region and nationally.

“The safeguarding of our communities will always be our priority. Officers have worked tirelessly to ensure this investigation has reached this stage and as a result these individuals have been charged with large scale drug offences.

“The success of this investigation demonstrates that we will relentlessly pursue those involved in large scale criminality to ensure effective justice is sought against such individuals and that they are brought to justice.”

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All 12 men were all taken to Queens Road police station, Bridgend, where they were questioned.

A substantial amount of evidence was recovered and all 12 will appear before Cardiff Magistrates Court on Friday June 17th charged with conspiracy to produce class B drugs – cannabis.

They are:

  • Aurel Gjoshi, 27, from Godre’r Graig, Neath.
  • Mario Vishi, 37, from Sandfields, Port Talbot.
  • Christopher Mace, 40, from Swansea.
  • Deomald Sallufi, 27, from Swansea.
  • Cornel Macoviciuc, 32, from Swansea.
  • Vilson Tufa, 30, from Swansea.
  • Ardjan Sherifi, 33, from Swansea.
  • Admjerim Balla, 23, from Swansea.
  • Florian Balla , 28, from Pontardawe.
  • Zorba Ardit, 25, From Swansea.
  • Edi Toska, 27, from Swansea.
  • Sadik Selemi, 27, from Newport.
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Two men jailed for three years after Dunvant burglary

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South Wales Police say two men have each been sent to prison for three years following their conviction for burglary of a house in the Dunvant area in April.

Alin Lacutas, 35, from London and Dima Constantin, 33, from Coventry were both arrested on the same day they committed their offence.

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Detective Inspector Gareth Jones of South Wales Police, said: “The prompt action of detectives in identifying the culprits who were still in the area led to the swift detection of this crime.

“The early apprehension of these criminals who had travelled to Swansea to commit their crime has prevented further burglaries from taking place and ensured these two men are put behind bars.”

As well as being sent to prison, they will have to pay a victim surcharge of £190 and have their BMW car confiscated.

(Lead image: South Wales Police)

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Singleton Park music event drug dealer sentenced to 2 years 8 months

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A Skewen man who tried to get into a Swansea music event at Singleton Park to sell wraps of cocaine has been sentenced.

20 year-old Ady Ali was stopped trying to enter the Escape in the Park dance music festival in Singleton Park on Sunday 25 September last year.

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South Wales Police said that Ali was ‘picked out’ by one of their drugs sniffer dogs as part of a routine search.

A spokesperson for South Wales Police said Ali was “escorted to the drugs tent and was asked to show his waist band which contained a small black pouch.

“The pouch was searched and inside contained 12 small clear snap seal bags containing white powder.

“The white powder was forensically examined and confirmed to be cocaine.”

Ady Ali received a sentence of 2 years and 8 months after being found guilty at court.

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