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Llanelli woman who sat more than 100 driving tests jailed

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Inderjeet Kaur

A WOMAN who impersonated others in order to take their driving tests for them has been sentenced to eight months in prison.

Between 2018 and 2020, Inderjeet Kaur admitted to taking approximately 150 theory and practical tests on behalf of candidates.

Swansea Crown Court heard the 29-year-old committed the crimes throughout England and Wales, including Swansea, Carmarthen, Birmingham, and areas near London. 

Staff at the test centres became suspicious that Kaur was impersonating candidates while taking the test. 

South Wales Police conducted an investigation after receiving a referral from the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency.

They discovered that Kaur was providing services to test applicants who were struggling with the English language.

Detective Chief Inspector Steven Maloney, who led the investigation, said: “The crimes Kaur committed circumvent the driving test process and, in turn, puts innocent road users at risk, by allowing unskilled and dangerous motorists to have seemingly legitimate licences.”

Caroline Hicks, from the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency, added: “Circumventing the tests puts lives in danger, we have methods in place to detect test fraud and will come down hard on the people involved.

“This includes cancelling test passes that have been gained fraudulently.”

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Llanelli loan shark ‘made his victims’ lives a misery’

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A LLANELLI-BASED illegal money lender “profiting from the misery and misfortune of others” was spending tens of thousands of pounds a year on flash holidays, Swansea Crown Court heard this week.

Clayton Rumbelow was running a loan shark operation from his modest council house, a property which boasted “very significant and substantial security measures” including security fencing and gates, a CCTV system, and a reinforced front door. Inside the house were thousands of pounds in cash, along with a baseball bat and air guns.

Swansea Crown Court heard Rumbelow – whose only legitimate source of income was benefits – was charging customers interest rates of 30 to 40 per cent on loans of £100, and had spent some £32,000 on holidays in just two years.

Sentencing, Judge Catherine Richards told Rumbelow he had been “profiting from the misery and misfortune of others” over a significant period of time, charging rates of interest of 30 to 40 per cent on loads of £100. She said she accepted the defendant had a gambling addiction and mental health issues, but she noted those mental health issues were not linked to the offending.

With a 15 per cent discount for his guilty plea Rumbelow was sentenced to 10 months in prison suspended for 12 months. He was also ordered to complete a rehabilitation course.

Lee Reynolds, prosecuting, said a search warrant was executed at Rumbelow’s council house in Llanelli in August 2019 as part of an investigation into illegal money lending. He said the property had “very significant and substantial security measures” in place including fencing and gate, a CCTV system, and a reinforced front door. A search of the house uncovered £5,000 in cash along with a baseball, two air guns, and counterfeit clothing. An examination of the defendant’s bank account showed some 600 cash deposits amounting to £162,000 – though the prosecutor said it was accepted the defendant had a gambling habit which could explain “some of the financial activity”. The court heard the defendant’s gambling habit had resulted in him losing almost £29,000 over the previous five years.

Stop The Loan Sharks Wales said after the case: “Today, Clayton Liston Rumbelow of Llwynhendy, Llanelli was sentenced to 10 months in prison for illegal money lending, suspended for one year.
“The defendant and his wife lived a lavish lifestyle that could not be accounted for through legitimate income, which included over £27,000 spent on foreign holidays.
“His bank account saw cash deposits totalling £124,308.53 from unknown sources between 2013 and 2019.
“If someone has borrowed money from a loan shark, or knows someone who has, please get in touch – the support we offer is safe and confidential, and we don’t want people to suffer in silence.”

Sarah Smith from the organisation explained: “Loan sharks target people when they are desperate and use threats and intimidation to fund a lifestyle their victims can only dream of. This was a welcome result in a difficult case as we were unable to convince any victims to come forward.

“We’re predicting that the current cost-of-living crisis will see victims of illegal money lending increase, with loan sharks taking advantage of people who find themselves in precarious financial situations. There’s been a shift over the last couple of years where the primary reason for borrowing now is to pay for everyday essentials like food and household bills.”

Llanelli loan shark ‘made his victims’ lives a misery’

A LLANELLI-BASED illegal money lender “profiting from the misery and misfortune of others” was spending tens of thousands of pounds a year on flash holidays, Swansea Crown Court heard this week.

Clayton Rumbelow was running a loan shark operation from his modest council house, a property which boasted “very significant and substantial security measures” including security fencing and gates, a CCTV system, and a reinforced front door. Inside the house were thousands of pounds in cash, along with a baseball bat and air guns.

Swansea Crown Court heard Rumbelow – whose only legitimate source of income was benefits – was charging customers interest rates of 30 to 40 per cent on loans of £100, and had spent some £32,000 on holidays in just two years.

Sentencing, Judge Catherine Richards told Rumbelow he had been “profiting from the misery and misfortune of others” over a significant period of time, charging rates of interest of 30 to 40 per cent on loads of £100. She said she accepted the defendant had a gambling addiction and mental health issues, but she noted those mental health issues were not linked to the offending.

With a 15 per cent discount for his guilty plea Rumbelow was sentenced to 10 months in prison suspended for 12 months. He was also ordered to complete a rehabilitation course.

Lee Reynolds, prosecuting, said a search warrant was executed at Rumbelow’s council house in Llanelli in August 2019 as part of an investigation into illegal money lending. He said the property had “very significant and substantial security measures” in place including fencing and gate, a CCTV system, and a reinforced front door. A search of the house uncovered £5,000 in cash along with a baseball, two air guns, and counterfeit clothing. An examination of the defendant’s bank account showed some 600 cash deposits amounting to £162,000 – though the prosecutor said it was accepted the defendant had a gambling habit which could explain “some of the financial activity”. The court heard the defendant’s gambling habit had resulted in him losing almost £29,000 over the previous five years.

Stop The Loan Sharks Wales said after the case: “Today, Clayton Liston Rumbelow of Llwynhendy, Llanelli was sentenced to 10 months in prison for illegal money lending, suspended for one year.
“The defendant and his wife lived a lavish lifestyle that could not be accounted for through legitimate income, which included over £27,000 spent on foreign holidays.
“His bank account saw cash deposits totalling £124,308.53 from unknown sources between 2013 and 2019.
“If someone has borrowed money from a loan shark, or knows someone who has, please get in touch – the support we offer is safe and confidential, and we don’t want people to suffer in silence.”

Sarah Smith from the organisation explained: “Loan sharks target people when they are desperate and use threats and intimidation to fund a lifestyle their victims can only dream of. This was a welcome result in a difficult case as we were unable to convince any victims to come forward.

“We’re predicting that the current cost-of-living crisis will see victims of illegal money lending increase, with loan sharks taking advantage of people who find themselves in precarious financial situations. There’s been a shift over the last couple of years where the primary reason for borrowing now is to pay for everyday essentials like food and household bills.”

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3 arrests after car hit with baseball bat in road rage attack following crash

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Dyfed Powys Police have arrested 3 men after an incident following a road traffic accident at traffic lights in Hendy near the M4 junction 48 sliproad.
The initial collision between a white Ford Transit van and a white Vauxhall Insignia took place around 3.15pm on Wednesday (12 October).

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Two men from the Transit are then reported to have damaged the white Vauxhall Insignia car with a baseball bat and threatened the occupants.

The white van then drove off in the direction of Hendy.

Three men, aged 46, 24 and 21, have been arrested on suspicion of affray, criminal damage and possession of an offensive weapon.

Dyfed Powys Police report that all three remain in custody.

Police are urging anyone who may have witnessed the incident or may have dash-cam footage from the area at the time to get in touch with them online, by emailing 101@dyfed-powys.police.uk or by calling 101 quoting reference DP-20221012-217.

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Thousands in cash and drugs seized in Operation Coupland

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DYFED-POWYS POLICE has seized over 100g of cocaine, 10,000 valium tablets, ecstasy tablets, cannabis and £11,600 in cash in Carmarthenshire over the past week.

As part of Operation Coupland, seven houses in the Ammanford area alone have been searched for illegal substances. This is alongside a number of warrants being carried out at addresses in and around Llanelli, where two men were arrested for possession of class A drugs with intent to supply.

During the operation, which is focussing on the Chief Constable’s priorities, a woman was also arrested on suspicion of money laundering.

Others have been dealt with for cannabis possession.

T/Chief Inspector Rhys Jones said: “We’ve seen some very good results over the past week, and thanks to our officers’ work we’ve taken a huge amount of drugs out of the supply chain.

“These were destined to be dealt in our communities, causing untold amount of harm. Our work will continue to investigate those we believe were supplying these drugs

“As always, we ask anyone with information about the use or supply of illegal substances to contact us so we can investigate.”

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