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Nia Davies: Leaving the hearing (Pic. Wales News Service)

Nia Davies: Leaving the hearing (Pic. Wales News Service)

A FEMALE art teacher was today (Oct 14) struck off over for having sex with a 17-year-old female student after it was discovered by her policeman father.

Tutor Nia Davies, 31, was found guilty of unacceptable professional conduct over the “sexually motivated” affair while teaching her A-level.

A disciplinary hearing found Davies had taken the young girl on weekends away to Bath and London to share hotel bedrooms.

It was discovered when her police officer father spotted a lovebite on her neck – and told college chiefs about their secret relationship.

Davies also sent messages encouraging the girl to experiment with drugs and alcohol during the “extremely close relationship” between them.

An Education Workforce panel has now banned Davies from teaching for a minimum of two years after six allegations of misconduct were proven.

Chairman Peter Williams said: “Ms Davies’ conduct was found to be sexually motivated.”

The 10 month-affair – which took place when Davies was a teacher and the girl an A-Level student at Carmarthenshire College – was only disrupted after the teenager’s policeman father noticed love bites on her neck.

Presenting officer Cadi Dewi said: “Concerns first came to light about the relationship when the girl’s father made a referral to her college.

“He noticed she had marks on the side of her neck which he described as love bites.

“He was then told by her sister that the girl was ‘seeing’ Davies.”

The father, who works in Dyfed Powys Police in West Wales, alerted his colleagues to suspected affair and an investigation was launched at Carmarthenshire College.

She said: “In just 17 days alone the pair exchanged 350 pages worth of messages. 120 were sent in just one day.

“Davies showed a willingness to overstep boundaries at the college. There were frequent references to the use of drugs, using cannabis and alcohol.

“It was an extremely close and highly inappropriate relationship. It became a relationship that was sexual in nature.

“Davies’ motivation in becoming so friendly and so close to the girl was that she had a sexual interest in her.”

The girl – referred to as ‘Learner A’ throughout the hearing – previously admitted to her parents she had spent weekends away in Bath and London with her teacher.

She denied having sex with Davies when interviewed by police, but admitted they had kissed and would sleep together at Davies’ home in Cardiff.

The police investigation led to Davies being arrested and bailed, but she was never charged.

Her college in Llanelli, West Wales, launched their own investigation, but it wasn’t completed before Davies’ contract at the school was allowed to expire, and she refused to attend subsequent investigation meetings.

The girl, described as a “outgoing and bright pupil”, told the hearing she had never been in a relationship with Davies, which led to Ms Dewi accusing her of “trying to protect” Davies.

George Pollitt, representing Davies, said: “She said they have engaged in some sort of relationship, which is not platonic, since 2015 when the girl was over the age of 18, and when my client was not employed at the college.

“I cannot put a label on what the relationship is, but I’m told it’s hard to define. They met up socially as friends and things blossomed.”

But the Education Workforce Council panel found six allegations of misconduct proven, after Davies had admitted counts of engaging in communication of a social nature and seeing the girl unaccompanied on a social basis outside of college.

The proven claims included inviting the girl into her home address, allowing her to sleep at her home, kissing her, and giving her a love bite.

Claims of sharing a bed with the girl in London and engaging in sexual intercourse were not proven.

Davies, from Cardiff, was removed from the teaching register and will have to wait two years until she can reapply.

A spokesman said: “Ms Davies has the right of appeal to the High Court within 28 days.”

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Tip off leads to pensioner’s drug stash

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A BRIEFCASE full of drugs has been recovered during a raid in Swansea suburb.
Police acting on information provided by a member of the public executed a warrant in Gorseinon and recovered a large quantity of cannabis.
A man was arrested on suspicion of possession of the class B drug, with intent to supply.
A South Wales Police spokesman said: “At around 5.40pm on Wednesday, January 6, following an intelligence led operation, a 68 year-old man from Gorseinon was arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply cannabis.
“He was taken to Swansea central police station for questioning. He has been released under investigation”.

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New Year – new start – for two seals released back into the wild

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Two grey seal pups have been returned to the wild for the New Year following months of RSPCA rehabilitation.

They were released at Port Eynon, Gower, Swansea, on 3 January as the sun rose – just days into 2021 – by  RSPCA animal rescue officer Ellie West and RSPCA inspector Keith Hogben – who caught the beautiful event on camera. One seal had been originally rescued from Abereiddy in Pembrokeshire – the other from Trevone in Cornwall. They were both found in distress, underweight and with injuries.

Ellie said: “This was such a lovely release – to see them both enter the sea happily where they belong with the sun rising in the distance was just glorious. It was a lovely way to start the new year.”

The seals had been transferred to the Welsh coast from RSPCA Mallydams Wood Wildlife Centre in Hastings the previous day and had spent the night at the RSPCA Llys Nini Branch seal unit.

“These two pups – nicknamed BB8 and Luke Skywaker – have been in the fantastic care of RSPCA Mallydams Wood Wildlife Centre who have given them the best rehabilitation over the past few months. It’s always fantastic to hear when they have put on the appropriate weight and can be released back into the wild,” added Ellie.

Ellie had been involved in the initial care of the seal rescued from Abereiddy Beach back in October.

“He was a weaned pup that had pretty much moulted out all his baby white lanugo coat, so he was fully weaned, but he was found quite underweight, lethargic and had the snotty face of a sickly pup,” she said. “He also had a lump on the top of his neck.

“He was reported to myself and Keith and we asked Welsh Marine Life Rescue (WMLR) to attend who very kindly collected him and cared for him for a few days until we were able to transfer him to the wildlife centre.

“Once again we want to thank WMLR for all their assistance, expertise and all their hard work this past season. We could not do what we do without them.”

At RSPCA Mallydams Wood Wildlife Centre the seal had the lump removed under anaesthetic by the vet team.

The second seal from Cornwall came into RSPCA care in November and weighed just 16.3kg. The seal had suffered a few small wounds and was a bit wheezy, with centre staff treating him for lungworm and administering antibiotics. When he left the centre the seal – who was named Luke Skywalker – weighed a healthy 40kg.

Before release, the seals were given identification tags in their hind flippers for ID purposes. The RSPCA often receives good feedback from sightings – and the scientific results received reveal that seals that go on from rehabilitation survive in the wild.

The RSPCA advises that if members of the public spot a seal on a beach that they think might need help, the best thing is to observe them from a distance and do not approach them.

Seals are wild animals and have a nasty bite. Never try to return a seal to water yourself, as you may put yourselves and the seal at risk by doing this. It is also advised they keep dogs away from any seal and keep them on leads on beaches that have seal colonies too.

It’s not unusual for a seal pup to be alone, as seal mums leave their pups very early on in life. So if the seal pup looks fit and healthy and shows no signs of distress, it should firstly be monitored from a safe distance for 24 hours.

If you see a pup whose mother hasn’t returned within 24 hours, is on a busy public beach, or if you think the seal may be sick or injured, please stay at a safe distance and call the RSPCA’s advice and cruelty line on 0300 1234 999. An unhealthy seal pup looks thin (but not bony) with a visible neck, like a dog.

There is more information on the RSPCA website about what to do if you see a seal or pup on the beach alone.

If you have an animal welfare concern or find an animal in distress please call 0300 1234 999.

This winter, the RSPCA expects to rescue thousands of animals from neglect, cruelty and suffering. Already this Christmas we received more than 44,000 calls to our cruelty line but the calls to our rescue line are not stopping so neither will we. To help our rescue teams continue to reach the animals who desperately need us this winter, visit www.rspca.org.uk/xmas and Join the Winter Rescue #JoinTheRescue

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Community Midwife home for Christmas after 85 day battle with COVID-19

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SHARON GEGGUS, a community midwife from Llanelli is home for the holidays after a three month battle with coronavirus.
Sharon began to feel unwell in September, experiencing shortness of breath and a high temperature.
As these symptoms persisted and her condition began to worsen, she was admitted to Prince Philip Hospital in Llanelli on 16 September, with a temperature of 41°C.During her stay, she credits the support of her family and the staff at Prince Philip Hospital for helping her get through the ordeal. Speaking of her experience in hospital, Sharon says: “I was sedated for about five weeks, but I was told that the staff were playing music for me. They had contacted my family to find out what my favourite songs were, and they would play those.
“It was really hard but the hardest times I didn’t really know about – my family were the people going through it. I can’t stress how well the staff looked after me. I used the iPads provided through the hospital to keep in contact with my family and the staff would also help me phone and communicate with my family.  
“The ITU staff and the staff on Ward 9 where I went for rehabilitation were amazing. I’m a community midwife myself and I would obviously treat someone how I wanted to be treated – but they really went above and beyond.
They would sit and chat with me when I was feeling down and they made sure I was in contact with my family all the time, even letting me hang up pictures of my family on my wall.”
Sharon was clapped out of the hospital on 10 December, 85 days after being admitted. Even though she is home, the road to recovery isn’t over.
She says: “There’s still a long way to go but I’m getting there. I can get around using a walking frame and only need oxygen when I’m really moving about. It’s so nice to be home, I think you just sort of relax a bit and move around more and just feel better for being back with your family.”
Reflecting on her experience, Sharon offered this advice to others with COVID-19: “Keep in touch with your family as much as you possibly can, it’s what got me through. I wouldn’t really know what else to say, just keep positive and keep in touch with your loved ones, that’s what really helps.”
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