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Police rammed banned driver

Tamsin Mathias

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POLICE deliberately rammed a banned driver in an attempt to bring a high speed chase to an end.

The officers hoped to make Jack Brennan, aged 19, spin onto a grass verge by making contact with the back of his Vauxhall Vectra, however he handled the spin and raced away again.

Brennan, of Long Row, Llanelli, admitted dangerous driving, driving while disqualified, failing to stop for a police officer and driving without insurance.

Craig Jones, prosecuting, told Swansea crown court how police saw the Vectra at Trostre roundabout late on February 17 being driven without any lights on.

The officers signalled for Brennan to stop but he sped off.

During the next few minutes he swerved through ‘no entry’ signs, dashed through cross roads without giving way to on coming traffic and almost hit railings after losing control.

Mr Jones said Brennan reached 55mph along narrow residential roads and the officers became so worried they tried to force him off the road.

The chase came to an end when Brennan suddenly stopped, got out of the Vectra and knelt on the ground with his arms in the air.

After his arrest Brennan told police he had panicked because he knew he had already been banned from driving. Mr Jones said Brennan already had two convictions for dangerous driving.

Brennan’s barrister, John Hipkin, said his driving record was appalling and only one sentence could follow. He said Brennan intended leaving the area after his release from prison.

Judge Paul Thomas said he doubted the citizens of Llanelli would miss him.

“For a nineteen year old you have a very bad driving record. This is the third time in little over a year you have been before the court for dangerous driving and the fourth time for driving while disqualified.

“You took a risk with other people’s lives at almost every junction you passed.

“You have not yet killed or injured someone but in my opinion it is only a matter of time before you do,” he added.

Disqaulifications ‘did not work’, said the judge, because Brennan simply ignored them.

Brennan was jailed for 40 weeks and banned from driving for three years. Judge Thomas also ordered the confiscation of the Vauxhall Vectra.

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Appeal for information about burglaries

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DYFED-POWYS POLICE is investigating a number of burglaries that occurred during the afternoon and evening of Sunday, October 8, in the Llanelli and Five Roads areas.

Sometime between 1pm and 8:30pm there was a burglary to a cottage on the main road through Five Roads; the intruder searched the property but no items were stolen. Sometime between 5:15pm and 7:30pm a similar incident happened at Trinity Road, Llanelli.

An attempted burglary to a property at Heol Hen, Five Roads, happened between 8:50pm and 9:30pm on the same evening. It appears someone has attempted entry by forcing the window with a tool.

Police are treating the three incidents as linked.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Dyfed-Powys Police by calling 101, or speaking to a local officer by visiting Llanelli Police Station. If you are deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired text the non-emergency number: 07811 311 908. Alternatively, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously by calling 0800 555111, or visiting crimestoppers-uk.org.

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Storm Ophelia warnings issued

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WINDS of up to 80mph are expected to batter Carmarthenshire and cause ‘significant impact’ as Storm Ophelia hits later today (Oct 16).

The Met Office has warned that there could be a danger to life due to flying debris in the high wind.

There could also be disruption to travel as roads could be flooded and fallen trees could cause obstruction.

The Cleddau Bridge may also close high-sided or all vehicles.

Those living by the coast have been told to stay away from the water to avoid risk of being blown or swept into the sea.

1,200 soldiers are on standby across the UK to respond to any significant incidents caused by the storm.

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Police support Hate Crime Awareness Week

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DYFED-POWYS POLICE will show its support and commitment to the National Hate Crime Awareness Week by raising awareness within communities as to what a hate crime or incident is.

Additionally, they will be encouraging members of the public to ‘Make Hate History’ and to report hate crime as ‘reporting works’.

Chief inspector Rhiannon Ivens said Hate crimes and incidents have a significant impact on victims and can cause serious distress, confusion and fear. By their very nature they are hostile and prejudice, targeting a person or people merely due to their disability, religion or belief, race or ethnicity, sexual orientation or transgender identity. We have to unite to stop this – together.

“By reporting these crimes and incidents when they occur, our residents and communities are joining us in the fight against crime, supporting us to investigate, identify offenders and bring them to justice and to stop this from happening to someone else.

“I want to encourage anyone who is a victim of hate crime to report it to us at Dyfed-Powys Police so we can investigate and offer as much support as possible. We also need to know where it is happening so we can understand the extent of hate crime in the area and be better equipped to diffuse community tension before it can escalate.

“We all share the responsibility to stop hate crime. Challenging perceptions and attitudes and encouraging others to ‘think for themselves’ is something we must all do consistently to drive out Hate and positively influence our environment.

“Whether you are a victim or a witness to hate crime, adult or child, please report it to us, we want to hear from you and stop this – together.”

Police and Crime Commissioner Dafydd Llywelyn said  “Hate crime can destroy lives, instil fear and can break down the fabric of our communities and neighbourhoods. Hate crime affects all communities and if not tackled can lead to the isolation and victimisation of individuals and vulnerable groups along with the polarisation of communities.

“I would like to see everyone challenging the underlying attitudes and behaviours in society that lead to hate crime being committed.”

During the week, officers will be out and about in the community and speaking to the public to raise awareness of hate crime.

Victims are encouraged not to suffer in silence but to report hate crime by speaking to Neighbourhood Policing teams or via the 101 non-emergency number or 999 during an emergency.

Victims can also report electronically on the True Vision reporting system – www.report-it.org.uk

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