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Sex pest gets suspended sentence

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courtA Llanelli man who traced local girls via their Facebook pages and sent them indecent photographs of himself has today received a suspended prison sentence.

 

Daniel Owens, aged 20, asked the girls to send him photographs of their breasts. One did and even met up with him and Owens had his hands down her knickers within minutes, Swansea crown court was told.

 

Owens, of Llys yr Onnen, admitted indecency with a child and the sexual grooming of underage girls.

 

Stephen Rees, prosecuting, said Owens had made contact with three girls, one aged 14 and the other two 13, all of whom lived locally.

 

He sent pictures of his penis to the 14 year old and she sent him photographs of her breasts. Her parents became aware of what was happening and managed to trace Owens and warn him to stay away from her.

 

But he contacted her again and the girl agreed to meet him outside a school, where he kissed her and put his hands down her knickers and onto her vagina.

 

Despite being arrested and released on police bail, Owens contacted a 13 year old girl and sent her a video of him masturbating.

 

Mr Rees said the girl told him she was only 13 but he replied that he didn’t care.

 

A friend became aware of the messages from Owens and soon she found herself receiving similar images “from a creep who should know better.”

 

Catherine Richards, representing Owens, said he was immature and identified with girls much younger than he was.

 

Judge Paul Thomas said Owens had been grooming the girls in the hope of meeting them.

 

“You were arrested but that did not put you off.

 

“You were determined to carry on even though you knew the police had become involved and that you were in big trouble,” added the judge.

 

Judge Thomas said he took into account that Owens had already spent four months in jail awaiting sentencing.

 

Owens was jailed for 16 months, suspended for two years, placed under supervision and made the subject of a sexual offences prevention order.

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M4 closed westbound following lorry fire near Swansea

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A SECTION of the M4 near Swansea was shut on Monday (Aug 8) due to a vehicle fire.

The westbound section of the motorway, between junction 47 at Penllergaer and junction 48 at Hendy closed.

Emergency services were called to the scene, and there was queuing traffic in the area.

Traffic monitoring service Inrix reported: “M4 Westbound closed, queueing traffic due to vehicle fire between J47 A48 (Penllergaer / Swansea West Services) and J48 A4138 Pontardulais Road”

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Police appeal after Llanelli assault: victim required hospital treatment

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DYFED POWYS POLICE is investigating an assault which occurred on Regalia Terrace, Llanelli, Carmarthenshire at about 12.05am, Sunday 3rd July.

The victim required hospital treatment.

Officers have carried out all possible lines of enquiry, and are now appealing for help from the public.

They would like to identify the person in the CCTV image, who may have information that could help the investigation.

Anyone who knows who the person is, or if you believe you are pictured, contact Dyfed-Powys Police.

This can also be done either online at: https://bit.ly/DPPContactOnline, by emailing 101@dyfed-powys.police.uk or phoning 101.

If you are deaf, hard of hearing, or speech impaired text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908.

Please quote reference DP-20220703-011

Alternatively, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously by calling 0800 555111, or visiting crimestoppers-uk.org.

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Successful camping and riding weekends raise £1,400 for lifesaving charity

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MEMBERS from the North Wales branch Trail Riders Fellowship have presented the Wales Air Ambulance with a £1,400 donation following its successful camping and trail riding charity weekends.

The successful fundraiser, which was held for its members near Dolgellau, attracted around 60 members who took part over two weekends.

During both weekends donations were collected from each rider taking part. The riders took to the lanes both north and south of River Mawddach, where they were blessed with lovely weather.

This is not the first time they’ve supported the Wales Air Ambulance. They’ve raised around £3,000 during two previous events.

Reflecting on why the Wales Air Ambulance helicopter charity was chosen to benefit from the event, treasurer for North Wales TRF group, Mike Rowlands said: “We chose the Wales Air Ambulance knowing what a difference it can make when called upon to attend emergencies to all members of the public. It can’t be overstated how important our members see the value of this wonderful charity to the people of Wales.

“The club members are proud to contribute towards keeping the Wales Air Ambulance flying.”

The North Wales branch of the Trail Riders Fellowship promotes responsible trail riding on legal routes around North Wales.

The Wales Air Ambulance Charity emergency service offers advanced critical care and is often described as a ‘Flying ED’. The on-board consultants and critical care practitioners are highly skilled and carry some of the most pioneering medical equipment in the world. They can deliver blood transfusions, administer anaesthesia, and undertake emergency operations at the scene of the incident, before flying the patient directly to specialist care. 

Wales Air Ambulance’s Community Fundraiser Debra Sima was recently presented with the cheque of £1,400 by the North Wales Trail Riders Fellowship members at The Parrot, Drury.

A delighted Debra said: “A huge thank you to all the organisers and riders who took part in the two weekend events. We’re delighted that the North Wales branch of Trail Riders Fellowship has once again decided to support our lifesaving 24/7 charity. In total they’ve raised £4,400 for our Charity during three separate fundraisers, which is amazing. Their continued support will enable us to keep our helicopters in the air and our rapid response vehicles on the road. Thank you so much.”

There are several ways that the public can continue to support the Wales Air Ambulance. These include online donations, signing up to the Charity’s Lifesaving Lottery or by coming up with their own innovative ways to fundraise at home. Further information can be found via www.walesairambulance.com.

Alternatively, a £5 text-message donation can be made by texting the word HELI to 70711.

For more information on Trail Riders Fellowship visit http://trf.org.uk/

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