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Force bids farewell to Deputy Chief Constable

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DEPUTY Chief Constable Darren Davies retires from Dyfed-Powys Police after serving two years with the force and 30 years with the Police Service.

Darren was born and brought up in the force area, having begun his policing career when he joined Dyfed-Powys Police in 1988. He worked in Llanelli, Powys, Carmarthen, Ammanford and at force headquarters, before becoming the Head of the Wales Extremism and Counter Terrorism Unit in 2005. In 2007 he spent two years in London working on the Terrorism PREVENT Strategy and ports issues at a national level. He also chaired a National Working Group on Surveillance between 2006 and 2015.
In 2009 he returned to Wales working on regional collaborative units, and in 2014 became the lead of both Serious Organised Crime and Terrorism Matters for Wales.

Darren returned to Dyfed-Powys Police in January, 2017 as Deputy Chief Constable following a brief secondment to the Metropolitan Police Service as Assistant Chief Constable and Director of Change for the Counter Terrorism network, also having a close involvement in collaboration on a national level across law enforcement.

Chief Constable Mark Collins said: “I have worked with Darren at a National, Regional and Force level over the last 20 years. I was delighted that he applied and was successful in becoming my Deputy Chief Constable for the last two years. Darren is recognised across policing as a forward thinking, dynamic and inspirational leader.

I would personally like to thank him for his commitment in working to improve policing across Dyfed-Powys for our communities. I wish him all the best in his retirement.

DCC Darren Davies said: “It has been an absolute privilege to serve my last 2 years as a police officer as Deputy Chief Constable within my home area, and I feel honoured to have had the benefit of working with countless committed and caring people, doing their very best to deliver a service to our communities, often in the most difficult circumstances.

It is approaching 31 years since I joined the force, and policing has taken me to many parts of the UK and other countries as well as engaging with the best law enforcement and intelligence professionals anywhere. I have been very fortunate, and policing remains a very challenging but fulfilling vocation.

I leave with heavy heart, but knowing that the force and therefore the public are in good hands, and I will watch with great interest as the force continues to improve.”

Assistant Chief Constable Richard Lewis will become Temporary Deputy Chief Constable until a replacement is appointed.

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Cold temperatures likely to lead to icy conditions

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A YELLOW weather warning is in place over Wales from 10pm tonight (Jan 16) and 11am tomorrow morning (Jan 17).

As temperatures drop, there is a strong chance of ice patches causing dangerous conditions for motorists.

Icy patches developing with wintry showers also affecting some areas.

What to expect

  • Some injuries from slips and falls on icy surfaces
  • Probably some ice on some untreated roads, pavements and cycle paths
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Police target burglary suspects in dawn raids

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SIXTEEN addresses have been raided by police in an operation responding to a spate of high-value burglaries in the south Wales area.

Officers targeted locations in Fforest-Fach, Clase, Morrison, Brynhyfryd and Bonymaen following a year of thefts in the city and Neath Port Talbot.

Operation Timmia also saw locations in Swansea citry centre targeted by South Wales Police.

Six people have been arrested and remain in custody, The Llanelli Herald has been told.

The large scale operation used the police helicopter, forensics teams, financial investigators and cash-detecting dogs.

Police seized three caravans, a cannabis cultivation, large amounts of cash and jewellery, and a number of other items believed to be linked to crimes.

Detectives said those arrested are being held on suspicion of several offences, including conspiracy to commit burglary.

They have also issued an appeal to trace a further four suspects: Daniel Casey, 27; Terrence Casey, 19; Michael Casey, 18; and Patrick Joyce, 20.

All four men have links with the travelling community and are known to travel throughout the UK, said police.

“We know the recent spates of burglaries and car thefts across the division has been of real concern in our local communities and I hope the scale of this morning’s enforcement action reassures the public that we do take the matter seriously and that we are fully committed to bringing those responsible to justice,” said Det Insp Dave Peart.

“We now have a number of individuals in custody and enquiries are ongoing to locate a number of outstanding suspects.”

As part of the raids, officers searched an industrial unit in the Fforestfach area of the city, and nine caravans on Millstream Way traveller site.

The force said the investigation follow what has been described as a “high number of burglaries and aggravated burglaries in the past year”.

In some instances, homeowners were confronted by armed gangs who either threatened or inflicted violence.

Supt Cath Larkman added: “During some of the recent burglaries we’ve seen an increasing use of, or willingness to use, violence, so today’s action was absolutely proportionate and necessary to protect the public from further criminality and potential harm.”

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Band leader sexually assaulted 14-year-old cadet

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THE LEADER of an Army cadet band turned a kitchen into a sauna and sexually assaulted a naked teenage boy.

And Philip Pryor, now 65, used a British Legion computer to download child pornography.

Pryor, of Llys y Llyfgell, Burry Port, has been jailed for two and a half years.

Swansea Crown Court heard how Pryor had been the leader of an Army cadet band in Burry Port, which attracted members from across west Wales, as well as being a branch secretary for the British Legion.

Robin Rouch, prosecuting, said the Army had a hut in Burry Port which the band used for rehearsals and some cadets slept there, as did Pryor, before a concert.

A man who was a 14-year-old cadet at the time told police how Pryor would boil pans of water and place towels around doors and windows and turn the kitchen into a sauna.

Boys were encouraged to take off their clothes, as did Pryor.

On at least three occasions he touched the boy indecently, said Mr Rouch.

The victim did not complain until many years later after he had seen a television news item about young footballers being abused and confided in a friend about what had happened to him.

He later told police that at the time Pryor, who had played in a military band while serving in the Army, had told him that because of his standing in the community there was no point in complaining as no-one would believe him.

Mr Rouch said a police investigation began and officers removed a British Legion computer used by Pryor and found he had downloaded a small number of indecent images of schoolboys.

Pryor admitted three offences of indecent assault and one of possessing child pornography.

His barrister, Frank Phillips, said Pryor was now remorseful and ashamed and had lived as a recluse since his arrest.

Judge Geraint Walters told Pryor he had been in a position of trust.

“You targeted him and abused him more than once.

“The fact that he went to the police so many years later demonstrates the long lasting effect of what you did to him. It has never left him.

“It shows the wickedness of an adult taking advantage of a youngster.

“There was some grooming here in that you allowed him to have alcohol and cigarette.

“I accept you have led a blameless life since the offending but it is not possible for me to pass a sentence that could be suspended,” he added.

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