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Park warden beat resident with a rubber hammer



THE WARDEN of a caravan park knocked a resident unconscious with a rubber hammer when he said he wanted to leave.

Rafal Brzeki, aged 39, was still beating up Arta Zubiac when police arrived and rescued him.

Brzeki, of the Sandy Bridge caravan park, Llanelli, admitted assault causing actual bodily harm and was jailed today for 16 months.

Tom Scapens, prosecuting, told Swansea Crown Court how, on New Year’s Eve, police found Mr Zubiac’s wife walking along a road close the site. She was in an agitated state and explained that her husband was being beaten up.

Officers went to Brzeki’s caravan where they found 15 to 20 men standing around a bloodied Mr Zubiac and took him to hospital.

It transpired, said Mr Scapens, that Brzeki was responsible for collecting rent from the residents.

When Mr Zubiac told him his caravan was too cold and he intended leaving he immediately knocked him out with a rubber hammer.

He was then dragged to a mini bus where he lost consciousness again.

Mr Zubiac was then taken to Brzeki’s caravan where the assault was resumed.

At one stage he managed to run from the van shouting, “Help or they will kill me.”

But he was taken back into the van and again struck with the hammer.

After the police arrived Brzeki told him, “Try to tell them anything and we will kill you.”

Mr Zubiac was treated for face, chest, leg and arm injuries.

Brzeki’s barrister, Giles Hayes, said there was a large Polish contingent living at the site and they had been heavily intoxicated on New Year’s Eve.

Judge Paul Thomas told Brzeki that “this sort of behaviour will not be tolerated in this country.

“It was an appalling episode. It was a sustained, systematic, prolonged beating, cruel almost to the point of torture.

“It must have been a terrifying experience for your victim. The reason seems to be your annoyance that he and his wife wanted to leave the caravan park,” added the judge.


Police say ‘stop protecting’ murder suspect Steve Baxter



JUST over two weeks ago Simon Clark, aged 54, was found dead at Grove Caravan Park in Pendine, Carmarthenshire.

Dyfed-Powys Police is continuing its manhunt for Steve Baxter, who is wanted on suspicion of Simon’s murder.

Baxter also known as Steve Tidy, Steve Rowley, Wayne Tidy or William Tidy, is aged 52, 5’5” (1.65cm) tall and has tattoos on his forearms – the name Chez and entwined circles on his left arm and a serpent on his right arm.

He has connections in the West Wales, South Wales, South West and North England areas of the UK.

Officers and staff are working round the clock to follow all possible lines of enquiry.

The independent charity Crimestoppers is also offering a reward of up to £5,000 for information leading to the arrest of Steve Baxter and he has been added to the Most Wanted section of their website. Information would be taken by the charity anonymously.

Detective Superintendent Huw Davies said: “It’s over two weeks since Simon Clark was murdered at Grove Caravan Park, Pendine.

“The manhunt for Steve Baxter is ongoing and I must stress to the public that officers and staff are working round the clock to investigate all possible lines of enquiry that could lead us to him.

“I urge anyone with information of Baxter’s whereabouts to come forward. If you do not want to speak to police directly, you can speak to the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously, which is also offering a reward of up to £5,000 for information leading to his arrest.

“Someone knows where he is or has been in the last two weeks. Please stop protecting him. Simon Clark’s family deserve to see all those involved in his death brought to justice.”

Four people have been charged in connection with the murder: Jeffrey Stephen Ward, aged 40, from Pendine, has been charged with murder; Linda Mary Rowley, aged 52, from Pendine, has been charged with assisting an offender (murder); Kirston Macklin, aged 52, from Newport, Gwent, has been charged with assisting an offender (murder) and Julie Louise Harris, aged 46, from Tonypandy, has been charged with assisting an offender (murder).

If you see Steve Baxter call Dyfed-Powys Police on 999. Do not approach him.

If you have any information on the whereabouts of Steve Baxter call Dyfed-Powys Police on 101 immediately.

To pass on information anonymously, contact Crimestoppers 100 per cent anonymously on 0800 555 111 or through the non-traceable anonymous online form at

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Disruption to 999 calls in some parts of Carmarthenshire – mobiles unaffected



POLICE have warned residents of distruption to 999 calls in parts of Carmarthenshire.

A police spokesperson said: “We’ve been notified by BT of a distruption to the 999 service in Laugharne, Llandeilo and Llanelli.

“If your number starts with 0199442, 01558822, 01558823, 01558824, 01558825, 01554785, 01554780 or 0155477, you may be affected.

“999’s from a mobile are unaffected.

“BT aims to have it restored by around 3.25pm on 16.10.18”

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Three charged with serious drug offences



THREE people have been arrested and charged with supplying heroin, crack cocaine and a psychoactive substance in Llanelli.

Jeremy Andrew Pegler, aged 40, of Great Western Crescent, has been charged with four counts of supplying heroin and one count of supplying crack cocaine. He has been remanded in custody to appear at Llanelli Magistrates’ Court on October 26.

Eugene Junior Brannigan, aged 24, of HMP Oakwood, was charged with two counts of being concerned in the supply of heroin and crack cocaine and was remanded in custody to appear in Swansea Crown Court on October 26.

Daniel George Croft, aged 22, of Penrhiw Road in Morriston, was charged with possessing a psychoactive substance with intent to supply. He has been remanded in custody to appear in Swansea Crown Court on October 26.


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