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Jail for sexual predator who spent years on the run

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A SEXUAL predator from Bridgend who abused a young girl for three years in the late 1990s has been jailed following a police investigation that has spanned nearly two decades.

David Carey Williams, 58, had been on the run for 20 years before he was arrested at Heathrow Airport back in October, 2021.

He was planning to return to the UK unnoticed, but South Wales Police officers were making their own plans to meet him at the airport as he landed.

Carey-Williams had fled the UK back in 2000 after becoming aware his victim had been interviewed by police. Shortly after, officers found his car in Rhoose and they established that he had boarded a flight to Lanzarote.

Operation Enigma was launched to find him and in 2013 officers became aware he was somewhere in Sri Lanka – they were working with the NCA, Foreign Office and Sri Lankan authorities to pinpoint his location and extradite him.

Carey-Williams had no clue police were working with the National Crime Agency, Immigration and Sri Lankan authorities to thwart his plans to return to the UK unnoticed in October, 2021. When he was arrested, he was found in possession of key evidence relating to the original offence from over 20 years ago.

During the three years of abuse, he sexually touched and indecently assaulted his vulnerable victim on multiple occasions while she was between the ages of 10 and 13.

He was charged with ten counts of sexual activity with a child and pleaded guilty to eight of them. On Friday (May 27) he was jailed for 12 years and three months at Cardiff Crown Court. He will serve half that sentence in custody and be made subject of a Sexual Harm Prevention Order upon his release.

Detective Superintendent Mark O’Shea, from the South Wales Police Major Crime Team, said:

“I would like to pay tribute to the victim in this case who was horrendously abused by Williams as a child. She has endured two decades of anguish and heartache knowing her abuser was evading justice while on the run overseas.

“She has supported the police investigation throughout these long years of waiting for justice, and it is a testament to her bravery that she was prepared to face Williams in court and give direct evidence of the abuse she suffered as a child. The strength of her evidence was so compelling that Williams was left with little choice but to plead guilty to the majority of charges.

“Now in her 30s, she had to wait far too long for justice because of the cynical, cowardly and calculated way in which Williams fled the UK. But I do hope that today’s sentence will enable her to put this traumatic chapter behind her and move on with her life.

“I would like to pay tribute to the tenacity of our officers who have relentlessly pursued Williams, never giving up hope that one day they would catch him and bring him to justice – it is a fine example of dogged, determined detective work. I would also like to thank the National Crime Agency, Foreign Office, Crown Prosecution Service and Immigration Service for their assistance in securing his arrest.

“Anybody who has experienced abuse during their lifetime should report it – it is never too late. We will do everything we can to support that person and bring perpetrators to justice no matter how long it takes.”

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Public Services Board seeks views to improve local well-being

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CARMARTHENSHIRE’S Public Services Board (PSB) is seeking residents’ views to find out what matters to them and their local communities.

The PSB has developed its Well-being Objectives and draft actions to deliver them, based on feedback received on its Well-being Assessment. The results of a survey at that time gathered views and helped shape the PSB’s understanding of the economic, social, environmental, and cultural factors that impact the well-being of individuals and communities within Carmarthenshire.

Once again, residents are being asked to contribute to help public service partners develop Carmarthenshire’s Local Well-being Plan for 2023-28.

To help shape the future of well-being please visit: Current Consultations (gov.wales)

The survey closes on 25 January 2023.

Cllr Darren Price, Chair of the Carmarthenshire PSB and Leader of Carmarthenshire County Council, said: “To deliver what is important to our communities, we need to their feedback and input. This survey is an opportunity for our residents to tell us if we, as public services, are on the right track to help create a better future for our children’s generation, and the generations to follow, as we strive to reach this goal.” 

Andrew Cornish, Vice-Chair of the PSB andChief Executive Officer / Principal of Coleg Sir Gar and Coleg Ceredigion said: “Thank you to everyone who has contributed to our work so far. Our Well-being Assessment gives us a strong foundation on which to build our Well-being Plan and I would like to encourage everyone to take part in our involvement work for the preparation of the Plan.”

Carmarthenshire’s Public Services Board is a partnership of public and third sector organisations working together to improve well-being across the county and includes Carmarthenshire County Council, Hywel Dda University Health Board, Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service, Natural Resources Wales and other organisations.

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Llanelli prepares for Sunday’s Remembrance Day parade

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LATER TODAY (Sunday, November 13) the town will honour those who have fallen in service over the decades.

A number of roads will be closed on the day, including Murray Street, Church Street and Vauxhall Road from its junction with the mini roundabout.

These will be shut for the parade between 8.30am and noon, however, pedestrian access for those wishing to reach individual properties in those streets will be maintained where possible throughout the duration of the closure.

Traffic will be diverted to Robinson Street, Arthur Street, Columbia Row, Anne Street, Bigyn Road, Stepney Place, Water Street, Thomas Street and Gelli Onn.

At 10am, police, organisations and others not marching in the parade will take up their respective positions in front of the cenotaph in the town hall grounds, while the civic party will assemble inside Llanelli Town Hall.

At 10.15am the parade leaves Drill Hall for the town hall with the mayor Cllr Philip Warlow proceeding to the Boer War Memorial where he will lay a wreath.

When the parade arrives at the town hall, the civic party will proceed to the cenotaph where the Lord Lieutenant of Dyfed Sara Edwards, will lay a wreath.

This will be followed by the chair of Carmarthenshire Council Cllr Rob Evans, laying a wreath on the Royal Welch War Memorial and then on the town’s cenotaph.

More wreaths will be laid by dignitaries and politicians and ex-servicemen and women A two-minute silence will then be observed at 11am.

Any service groups or individuals who wish to lay a wreath on Remembrance Sunday can contact Paul Wickers via email at llanlva2009@aol.com.

While community organisations are to contact Llanelli Town Council at enquiries@llanellitowncouncil.gov.uk.

Contact should be made by Monday, October 31 at the very latest to confirm arrangements as no additional wreaths will be able to be accommodated on the day.

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Llanelli choir launches fundraising naked calendar

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MEMBERS of a Llanelli female choir have bared all to raise money for the town’s Ty Bryngwyn Hospice.  

Côr Curiad has created a cheeky fundraising calendar for 2023 – the second one they have done.

With around 50 members, photos were taken across Llanelli with strategically placed items to spare their blushes – all in the name of a good cause.

Llanelli photographer Graham Harries was behind the lens for the project.

The choir’s musical director Alex Esney, who is Miss December in the calendar said: “Local businesses sponsored the calendar and so many of the photos were taken at their premises.

“So for example we went to LTC Mobility Ltd and had scooters carefully positioned in front of us, it was a lot of fun.

“I also want to thank Ffwrnes Theatre for opening up especially for me to go and have my photo taken with the piano there.”

Alex said the aim is to raise as much as possible for the hospice, adding: “We did a calendar a few years ago but we now have more members so we thought it was time to do it all again.

“The ladies decided to ‘bare all’ to raise money for the hospice which provides such great care and support for families in their time of need, including two of our own.

“I think we pulled out all the stops this year, getting their clothes off at local businesses in and around Llanelli.”

One of the calendar photos (Images: Graham Harries Photography)
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