A 20-YEAR-OLD who tried to bite a police officer’s hand following an argument with his father appeared at Llanelli Magistrates’ Court last Thursday (Aug 3).
Seree Paginton, 20, of no fixed abode, pleaded guilty to one charge of assaulting a police officer in the execution of his duty, in an incident which occurred on July 28.
The court heard that a police officer attended a house in Thomas Street on the date in question with his colleagues following a report from Mr Paginton’s father. They attended the property and found Paginton upstairs, standing by the window and shouting at expletives at the officers.
Police moved the defendant who seemed highly intoxicated. His eyes were glazed and he was unsteady on his feet. He was flailing his arms around and wouldn’t calm down. The officers had to handcuff the defendant as he was becoming more agitated. They tried to take him downstairs but he became rigid and refused, and they had to carry him downstairs.
The defendant tried to bite one of the police officers on his hand, and managed to grab the glove on the officer’s hand and rip it. He was taken outside and placed in a police vehicle. The officer said he felt threatened by Mr Paginton’s behaviour.
Prosecuting, Abul Hussein noted that Paginton had been ‘a frequent visitor’ to the court recently as a result of drunk and disorderly behaviour.
Andrew Isaac, in mitigation, said that Paginton’s father had called the police following an argument in the household.
He explained that the defendant had mental health issues: “This young man has a condition and when the officer put his hand on the defendant’s mouth my client, recklessly, bit instinctively. There was no intention there whatsoever. It was a rip to the officer’s glove, nothing more,” he added, explaining that custody had been ‘scary’ for Paginton.
Paginton was fined £45, and must pay a victim surcharge of £30.
Carol Vorderman joining BBC Radio Wales this summer
BBC RADIO WALES has announced a brand new presenter is joining the station for summer 2018. Television personality Carol Vorderman will this weekend join the station for Sunday Morning with…
Carol is the latest high profile name to present the programme, which started on June 22.
The programme will feature a mix of music and conversation.
Carol will present Sunday Morning with… on July 22 and 29, and August 5, 12 and 19.
Carol Vorderman said: “I can’t wait to get started. The programme will have cheek, mischief, laughing and a lot of it. All number quizzes are banned. I’ll have lots of guests on with me, so it should be a good laugh”.
Previous presenters of the Sunday morning slot include Eve Myles, Connie Fisher, Colin Jackson, Suzanne Packer and Lucy Owen.
Police concerned about missing man
CONCERNS are growing for 75-year-old Samuel Geler Thomas, who has been missing from his home in Llanelli since July 10.
Mr Thomas is described as around 5’ 6-7” tall and bald. He was last seen wearing khaki jeans, a white t-shirt and white and black Puma trainers.
He is believed to have left his house between 6am and 6.30am on July 10. Enquiries have established that his bus pass was last used on the X2 service in Porthcawl at around 7.40am on July 12, and there was a potential sighting in St Mary’s Street, Cardiff, on July 13.
Anyone with information that could lead to Mr Thomas’s whereabouts is urged to call Dyfed-Powys Police on 101, quoting reference 522 of July 10.
Lucy’s Law gets support from AMs
AN EVENT calling for the introduction of ‘Lucy’s Law’ was held in the Senedd last Wednesday (Jul 11).
Assembly Members Eluned Morgan and Vikki Howells sponsored the event in support of an immediate ban on the sale of puppies by pet shops and other third-party commercial dealers, in response to growing concerns from animal charities that not enough is being done to prevent illegal breeding and animal cruelty.
The sale of puppies through commercial third-party dealers both sustains and is dependent upon the existence of ‘puppy farms’, where puppies are bred for maximum profit and with minimal regard for animal welfare.
Although very few high street pet shops sell puppies these days, the third-party trade remains significant across the UK with dealers operating from a diverse array of premises including private homes and puppy superstores. Evidence suggests that the trade sources puppies bred in Wales.
According to animal charity, CARIAD, a ban is the essential first step towards ending the practice of farming dogs for profit with little or no regard for their welfare or their fitness as family companions. Stress, increased risk of disease, poor breeding practices and irresponsible selling tactics are all associated with the method of third-party puppy selling.
Respected Vet and campaigner Marc Abraham spoke during the event at the National Assembly for Wales, he said:
“It simply isn’t enough to license puppy sellers, we must have a full and complete ban, to stop the trade and supply of dogs bred on such an extensive scale. Lucy’s Law will help to change the way dogs are bred in this country. It will make the process more transparent and raise standards, improving the economy and employment opportunities. This is a revolution in dog breeding and it will do wonders for the reputation of Wales as a responsible dog breeding nation.”
Eluned Morgan AM said: “There are many documented cases of puppy farming, particularly in the region I represent. Puppy smuggling is also an issue with several reported cases of puppies entering our ports from Ireland. The adoption of Lucy’s Law in Wales sends a strong message that as a nation we expect the highest animal welfare practises and that the cruel act of puppy farming can be consigned to history. I want us to be ambitious and to take the lead on this legislation which I hope will be a real possibility following this event in the Senedd.”
Vikki Howells AM said: “I am pleased to be jointly hosting this event today with important contributions from Pup Aid and CARIAD and Marc the vet who has done so much to raise awareness of Lucy’s Law across the United Kingdom and now here in Wales too.”
Legislation relating to Lucy’s Law is devolved to the Welsh Government under the 1956 An
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