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​D​efendant tried to bite policeman’s hand



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 abo​de,​ 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.

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Appeal for information about burglaries



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

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Storm Ophelia warnings issued



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



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 –

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