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Window cleaner sexually assaulted customer




Swansea Crown Court

Swansea Crown Court

A LLANELLI window cleaner twice sexually assaulted a customer before she physically threw him out of her home.

Gary Metcalfe, aged 36, grabbed her breasts and then licked her lower back after pulling down her clothing.

Metcalfe, then of Swansea Road, Llanelli, admitted two offences of sexual assault.

Carina Hughes, prosecuting, told Swansea Crown Court that Metcalfe had agreed to clean her windows in return for alcohol.

He made a number of suggestive remarks before leaving after receiving a telephone call.

But he returned later and the woman made the mistake of allowing him back in.

Miss Hughes said Metcalfe again made sexual remarks and touched her on her arm before moving to her breasts.

He then pulled down her clothing and licked her before being told to get out.

Metcalfe refused but she managed to push him out.

After his arrest Metcalfe denied doing anything sexual and challenged the police to find any traces of his DNA on her back–which was precisely what they did.

On being told of the forensic results Metcalfe continued to deny what had happened and said his DNA must have got onto he back while she was pushing him out.

But he eventually entered pleas of guilty.

His barrister, Craig Jones, said he now appreciated that he had behaved “completely inappropriately.”

Mr Jones said Metcalfe had suffered a second shock. He had come across a “disgusting” website on the internet and had been so upset he had taken his mobile telephone to police in the hope of getting it shut down–only to be arrested and his mobile confiscated.

Mr Jones said he understood that matter was still under investigation, but if any charges were brought they would be contested.

The judge, Mr Recorder P.A. Hopkins, said Metcalfe had behaved in a reprehensible way and then persistently lied to police.

“You violated her in her own home,” he added.

Metcalfe was made the subject of a three year community order and ordered to attend sexual offenders group sessions and alcohol counselling sessions.

He was also ordered to register with the police as a sex offender for the next fives and to pay a £60 government surcharge.

Mr Recorder Hopkins also issued a restraining order banning Metcalfe from contacting the woman until further order.

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Man ‘fit for work’ collapses and dies at job centre




A 65-YEAR-OLD man has collapsed while waiting for an appointment in a job centre in south Wales. He was found slumped in his chair at 9.30am on Friday in Llanelli.

The DWP said: “Our thoughts and those of the staff at Llanelli Jobcentre are with the family and friends at this time.”

The Llanelli Herald understands that he was waiting for an appointment to discuss Jobseeker’s Allowance after being declared fit for work earlier this year.

Staff and customers rushed to help, but they were unable to get a response so lay him on the floor.

They started CPR and an ambulance was called while the job centre was evacuated, but paramedics declared him dead at the scene. A witness told The Metro newspaper: “I didn’t know him myself, but the man who was sat next to me told me that he had grown up with the guy.

“The man next to me told me that the poor guy had diabetes and had been declared fit for work by the job centre earlier in the year but he was obviously ill.

“The ambulance came but he sadly died and they had to take his body out of the job centre, it was awful.

“We were all very shook up; it was a horrible situation that should have never happened. The job centre is all shut down now.’

The Welsh Ambulance Service confirmed to The Herald: “We were called on Friday November 15 at approximately 9.33am to reports of a person needing urgent medical attention on Stepney Street in central Llanelli. ‘We responded with one rapid response vehicle, one specialised medical vehicle and one emergency ambulance.’

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£100k funding boosts local food production




LOCAL AM, Lee Waters has announced £100,000 of funding for a project to transform local food production and boost the economy across Carmarthenshire.

The project by Carmarthenshire Public Service Board will provide business opportunities for locally or regionally-based companies and bring environmental benefits by lowering food miles and associated carbon costs. It has been funded as part of a £4.6m package to boost the foundational economy.

The foundational economy approach is being adopted by cities and regions across the world, but Wales is the first country in the world to embrace it on a national scale. The foundational economy is made up of the everyday goods and services we all need and use with estimates suggesting it accounts for four out of every 10 jobs and £1 in every three we spend.

Lee Waters, who is also the Deputy Minister for Economy and Transport in the Welsh Government, said,

“I came into politics and Government with the aim of helping the communities where I grew up and those like them.

“Supporting the Foundational Economy is a key way to do this. This is a vitally important part of the economy which makes a big difference to the livelihoods of many people as well as our cities, towns and villages.”

The announcement was made alongside the First Minister Mark Drakeford at an event at University of Wales Trinity St David.

Another project to be awarded funding is being led by Cyfle Building Skills Ltd. It will receive £86,500 to work with construction employers and provide opportunities for apprentices to receive valuable work experience placements throughout the industry in Carmarthenshire.

Lee Waters added “It’s been great to join the First Minister in Carmarthen to learn more about what it potentially a very exciting project and one which will change the way food is procured locally for the benefit of area’s communities.

“The Foundational Economy Challenge Fund is a clear demonstration of our commitment to supporting people in all parts of Wales today, tomorrow and into the future.”

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15 charges following clamp-down on quad bike thefts




A MAN has admitted 15 offences including Burglaries and thefts of quad bikes following a police clamp-down.

Jeffrey Wayne Bevan, aged 50 of Swansea, appeared at Llanelli Magistrates’ Court on Friday, November 15, where he pleaded guilty to all the offences including five counts of burglary, four counts of theft of vehicles, one count of criminal damage, and one theft from a vehicle.

Bevan was arrested following a number of enquiries by Dyfed-Powys Police, which culminated in a substantial quantity of stolen property being recovered during searches carried out in the South Wales Police area.

Detective Inspector Andrew Cotterell said: “The Carmarthenshire division was hit by a spate of thefts overnight on October 28, with farms being targeted.

“Tools and a horse box were reported as stolen from four properties, and suspicious activity was reported at two others during the night.

“Because of the number of reports, we started looking for connections between the offences, and Rural Crime Team PCSO Helen Fender was instrumental in identifying linked offences. This resulted in a targeted operation being expedited, and suspects from the South Wales Police area being considered.”

Bevan and one other male was arrested and a number of properties searched in the Swansea area. They were arrested on November 13 and Bevan charged to appear at Llanelli Magistrates’ Court. He will next appear at Swansea Crown Court on November 29.

A second man was released on bail pending further enquiries.

DI Cotterell said: “The theft of quad bikes and other equipment has a huge impact on the farming community, and we are doing all we can to bring those responsible to justice.

“We are actively targeting these offenders, while also working with the farming community to disrupt criminal activity of this kind.”

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