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Barmaid convicted for stealing cash and crisps

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A BARMAID convicted for the third time of stealing from an employer has been made the subject of a suspended prison sentence.

Claire Jones, aged 40, had been found guilty following a trial at Swansea Crown Court of stealing £116 in cash and nine packets of crisps while working at the Red Kite Inn in Pontamman Road, Ammanford.

Jones had been trusted by the landlady to run a bar single handed but took advantage by failing to put income through the tills.

She also helped herself to packets of crisps.

At the sentencing hearing her barrister, Frank Phillips, said an immediate prison sentence would be disastrous for her.

He said he accepted it was the third time she had been convicted of theft from an employer but her last offending was nine years ago.

“She accepts she is in a perilous situation,” he added.

Judge Keith Thomas told Jones she had stolen money from a small business that could ill afford the loss.

Jones, of Clos y Felin, was jailed for nine months, suspended for two years, and ordered to complete 250 hours of unpaid work.

Judge Thomas warned her not to think she would get another chance if she offended again.

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Man dies following Christmas Eve assault

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LLANELLI JOINT INVESTIGATION UNIT is investigating a serious assault on a man that occurred just after midnight on Sunday, December 24, 2017, at Vista Lounge, Llanelli.

The victim – 52-year-old Denzil Vaughan Edwards – has today (Jan 17) tragically passed away following a period of medical attention at the Heath hospital, Cardiff. His family is being supported by specialist officers.

Dyfed-Powys Police officers are making a further appeal for information about the incident, and would like to speak to anyone who has not yet been in contact with the police.

Any witnesses, or anyone who was at Vista Lounge on Saturday, December 23, into the early hours of Sunday, December 24, are urged to contact DS Ceri Evans or DC Amy Davies by calling 101. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

A 36-year-old local man was arrested on suspicion of assault on December 24 and is currently on police bail.

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Police advise ‘hang up on suspicious callers’

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A NATIONAL telephone scam, aiming to steal money, has reached residents living within the Dyfed-Powys area.

Paul Callard, of Dyfed-Powys Police’s Financial Crime Team, said: “Action Fraud has today  made us aware three people living in Dyfed-Powys have been contacted by fraudsters claiming to be from BT, in the past four days. While three people have reported, we suspect many more have been targeted.

“Victims receive a telephone call from someone pretending to be from BT who is calling due to a problem with the victim’s internet connection speed. During the call the victim is asked to open their online banking, eBay, Tesco and other accounts. The scammer then tries to gain remote access to the victim’s computer to empty the victim’s bank account.

“BT will never ask for remote access to your computer or access to your online bank account. We urge anyone who receives unsolicited/cold calls from any company hang up immediately. Do not enter into conversation with them, provide them with any personal details or send them any money. You should only phone the company back using a trusted phone number.”

If you have been the victim of fraud, attempted fraud, or cyber crime, or have received a potential scam message or computer virus but no money has been lost or you haven’t responded to it, report it to Action Fraud either online or by calling 0300 123 2040.

For further advice and information on how to avoid being scammed visit www.actionfraud.police.uk.

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Man consumed ‘six treble vodkas’ as he looked after children

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A CARMARTHENSHIRE man found in public with his two young children after he drank six treble vodkas appeared before magistrates in Llanelli on Thursday (Jan 11)

The man, in his 40s, who cannot be named for legal reasons, pleaded guilty to two charges of being drunk in charge of a child under the age of seven.

Lisa Jones, prosecuting, requested that the case be adjourned for a pre-sentence report.

She told the court that last September police officers spoke to the man, who had two children with him – one in a pram.

The officers could smell alcohol and he said that he had only had six drinks but was unsteady on his feet.

The defendant went on to say that he had not slept for the past five days, had consumed six treble vodka-and-cokes that day and thought he was ‘tipsy’.

There was a bottle of clear liquid under the pram which was established to be vodka. The man admitted to drinking once a week and said that the children had eaten four hours previously.

Sentencing was adjourned for three weeks to allow the probation services to carry out a full report. The defendant was released on unconditional bail until then.

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