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Man jailed for manslaughter following Christmas Eve attack

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Denzil Vaughan Edwards: Died following the attack

THE FAMILY of the ‘perfect husband, son, grandfather and brother’ who died following an unprovoked assault in Llanelli on Christmas Eve have thanked Dyfed-Powys Police for their support as a man is jailed for manslaughter.

Denzil Vaughan Edwards, aged 52, died on January 17. He had suffered fatal head injuries after being subjected to an unprovoked assault at Vista Lounge, Llanelli, on December 24, 2017.

Today (Jun 4), David Wayne Jenkins, aged 37, was jailed for five years and three months by Judge Keith Thomas.

He had pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing.

David Wayne Jenkins: Pleaded guilty

Detective Inspector Gareth Roberts, of Llanelli CID, said: “No sentence would have compensated for the tragic, avoidable loss of Vaughan that has greatly impacted his family. He was well loved and well known within the local community.

“The family will take some comfort from the criminal justice closure, but their loss will be long standing.

“The events leading to Vaughan’s death were tragic and avoidable. The consequences of losing control and using violence when intoxicated are far reaching and serious – clearly evident by the circumstances of this investigation.

“I commend the family on their dignity and understanding throughout the investigative process.”

The tragic, avoidable loss of Mr Edwards has had a profound effect on his family, who were grateful for the specialist support provided by Dyfed Powys Police throughout the investigation.

In a statement, they said no sentence would have been enough to replace what they had lost.

“Vaughan, who was a quiet and private person, made such an impact on all our lives in business and personally,” his family said in a statement. “He was a fantastic family person – he made the family what it is today.

“He will never be replaced and we will have to live with this for the rest of our lives. Whoever knew him would know he was a good man – well-mannered, approachable, polite, kind, loving – and was the perfect husband, son, father, grandfather and brother. His departure didn’t need to, and shouldn’t have happened.

“Our family has been destroyed as a result of his death in the worst possible way, which we feel is unjust and we didn’t deserve. We can never bring Vaughan back and will never see that lovely smiley face again, which is something we as a family will have to deal with and miss for the rest of our lives.

“On behalf of the family we would like to take this opportunity to express our gratitude and appreciation to Dyfed-Powys Police and in particular the specialist officers that have supported us as a family. Without their support I do not think we would have coped with the whole ordeal we have had to go through.”

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Recycling plant closed after collision

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LLANELLI RECYCLING CENTRE is currently closed following a road traffic collision outside.

Police and collision investigation teams are at the scene, but no further details have been made available at this stage.

Carmarthenshire Roads Policing Unit said that the location would be closed ‘until further notice’. ‏


A spokesperson for Dyfed Powys Police said: “Dyfed-Powys Police was called to Trostre Industrial Park at 2.12pm following a report of a pedestrian being hit by a vehicle.

“The ambulance service is also in attendance, and the road leading to the recycling centre is currently closed.”

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Modern and traditional methods used by Neighbourhood Watch groups

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TRADITIONAL monthly meetings and Facebook groups might seem worlds apart, but these are the methods two Carmarthenshire communities are using to keep their neighbours safe.

As part of Neighbourhood Watch Week, the long-standing Glanmor group and the newer Llwynhendy and Pemberton group have shared the secrets to their success – be it through old-school meetings or the reach of social media.

Jason Hart helped to set up the Llwynhendy and Pemberton Neighbourhood Watch group last summer following a spate of burglaries in the area. Although he admits it was slow to get off the ground using traditional means, the launch of a Facebook group saw the scheme take off.

“We still hold monthly meetings, but we found we have more of an impact on social media,” he said. “We set the Facebook group up and had over 400 members in a couple of weeks.

“A lot of people who work or who have children can’t make it to our meetings, so for them a Facebook group is ideal.”

Members are approved before joining, and can then post on the group’s timeline. Mr Hart explained that it gives people the opportunity to raise issues or concerns if they are unable to attend the evening meetings.

“They post about things like suspicious vehicles in the area, or if they have seen someone trying car doors, and we will then report it to the police,” he said. “We also feed in information from the police if something has happened, and people let us know if they have seen or heard anything.”

The success of the group is such that people living in the neighbouring community of Bryn have asked for it to expand.

Mr Hart said: “We will invite them to come along to our meetings to see how it works, and if there is enough interest they can break off and form their own group. It’s great that people think it’s working and want to see it covering their area too.”

Meetings are held from 5pm at the Bryn and Trallwm Social Club on the third Tuesday of the month, and the Facebook group can be found by searching Llwynhendy and Pemberton Neighbourhood Watch.

Over on the other side of Llanelli is the longstanding Glanmor Neighbourhood Watch group, which has been running for the past 17 years. The watch covers Nelson Terrace, Richmond Terrace, Llys yr Orsaf, Llys y Gof and part of Bryn Road, does not use social media and stands by the routine of monthly meetings.

Group coordinator John Jones said: “We had a lot of trouble in the area at that time, and everyone was complaining to me as I was a magistrate. We decided that the best way forward was to set up a Neighbourhood Watch scheme so people could meet regularly and discuss any problems in the community.

“It went from there, and we are still going 17 years later.

“The number of people who attend depends on what problems there are each month, but there is a core membership who always comes along. We aim to deal with issues straight away.”

Meetings are held at The Cambrian, in Marine Street, at 6.30pm on the first Monday of the month – unless it is a bank holiday, when it will be held the following Monday.

Sergeant Dawn Fencot-Price, of the Dyfed-Powys Police Crime and Harm Reduction Team, said: “We would like to thank both Neighbourhood Watch groups for their support in keeping our communities safe.

“It is great to see people working together in this way, sharing crime prevention messages and looking out for each other.

“We are always looking for innovative ways of keeping our communities safe. If you’re interested in setting up a Neighbourhood Watch group, or have an idea you think might work in your area, contact your local Neighbourhood Policing Team on 101.”

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3,000 Welsh landlords still unregistered

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JANET FINCH-SAUNDERS AM has called on the Welsh Government to urgently work to improve landlord registration under Rent Smart Wales, as estimates released indicate around 3,000 remain unregistered.

Ms Finch-Saunders said: “Rent Smart Wales estimates that still 3,000 landlords are unregistered here in Wales.

“Whilst that makes up a small percentage of our total landlords, it is most concerning for those living in properties leased to them by those who have not yet registered.

“The Welsh Government has confirmed that a landlord who is not registered with Rent Smart Wales is unable to serve a valid Section 21 eviction notice – so where unregistered landlords do indicate that they want tenants to vacate a property, this is not recognised by local housing associations, which can cause stress to tenants who may not be aware of their full rights under the law.

“By focusing on ensuring that all landlords are properly registered, the Welsh Government can alleviate such concerns, and I will be urging the Cabinet Secretary to act to ensure all landlords are abiding by this legislation in full.”

The Minister for Housing and Regeneration told Ms Finch-Saunders that the latest figures released by Rent Smart Wales show that 90,812 landlords are now registered. Rent Smart Wales’ latest estimate for the number of unregistered landlords is approximately 3,000.

This is based on the dwelling stock estimates recently published by StatsWales, and an estimation of the average number of properties owned by each landlord.

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