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Ammanford man threatened to shoot police officer

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AN AMMANFORD man with ‘deep seated animosity’ towards the police made three telephone calls to Dyfed-Powys Police threatening to shoot their officers dead.

During one call Paul Anthony Evans, aged 32, named the officer he would kill.

In the following two calls he taunted the officers he was talking to by telling them that he was already looking at a policeman and if she spoke a ‘secret’ word he would pull the trigger.

Evans claimed to be holding a shotgun at the time.

Evans, then of Tycroes, admitted making three threats to kill and was jailed for 18 months.

Ian Ibrahim, prosecuting, told Swansea Crown Court how Evans telephoned Dyfed-Powys Police HQ in Carmarthen on February 20 and asked to be put through to Aberystwyth police station.

The call was taken by PC Sian Davies. Evans, who had programmed his phone not to display caller number, told her he was going to kill ‘PC Ayres from Newcastle Emlyn.’

Evans made two further calls to police HQ. During both he claimed to be holding a shotgun and looking at a police officer sitting in a car. If the officer he was talking to spoke a certain word then he would pull the trigger.

Evans used the words: “Pick your words carefully or someone will die. I’m serious.”

Mr Ibrahim said that despite Evans withholding his number police were able to trace it to his home.

And PC Ayres, who had been told immediately about the threat to his life, had already told fellow officers ‘It’s probably Paul Evans.’

Evans was arrested one hour and three minutes after making his final call.

He claimed during police interviews that his telephone had been stolen and someone else must have made the calls.

But when they were played back to him he admitted ‘it sounds a bit like me.’

Tom Scapens, the barrister representing Evans, said he had made all three calls from the lounge of his home and had never been looking at police officers or holding a shotgun.

Judge Paul Thomas said he noted that Evans had two convictions for assaulting police officers, and at least one for resisting an officer.

He said: “You have a deep seated animosity towards the police.”

Judge Thomas said Evans had caused ‘the maximum apprehension’ not only to PC Ayres but to others at Dyfed-Powys Police who were made to believe that if they spoke a certain word, which Evans never revealed or had never existed, then they would be responsible, indirectly, for the death of a colleague.

“You were taunting them. You are a disturbed individual and a dangerous one,” added Judge Thomas.

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‘Knife attacker’ remanded into custody

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A CARMARTHEN man accused of ‘repeatedly’ stabbing another man in Bridge Street on Friday (Dec 8) was remanded into custody until January.

Gareth George Edwards, 44, of Priory Street, indicated two guilty pleas to charges of maliciously wounding Michael Byard with the intent of causing grievous bodily harm and possessing a bladed article in a public place, namely a kitchen knife.

Representing Edwards, David Williams made no submissions at this stage.

No application for bail was made, and Edwards was remanded into custody until he appears at Swansea Crown Court on January 8.

A Dyfed-Powys Police spokesperson said: “Following an incident in Bridge St, Carmarthen on Friday afternoon, Dec 8, at around 4.30pm, three people have been charged.

“A 44 year old man has been charged with Section 18 Assault and Possession of an Offensive Weapon and is due appear at Llanelli Magistrates court today, Dec 11.

“A 50 year old man has been charged with Common Assault and bailed to appear at Llanelli Magistrates Court on Thursday, Dec 28.

“A 43 year old woman has been charged with Assault and bailed to appear at Llanelli Magistrates Court on Thursday, Dec 28.”

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Snow causes school closures across county

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SEVERAL snows across Carmarthenshire are closed today (Dec 11) as heavy snowfall overnight has caused hazardous conditions.

The current list of schools closed in Carmarthenshire this morning consists of:

  • Beca
  • Brynasaron (Llangeler)
  • Cae’r Felin
  • Carreg Hirfaen
  • Llanllwni
  • Llanybydder
  • Rhys Prichard Llandovery
  • Talley / Talyllychau

All of the closures cite snow as the reason.

The council’s website states for Talley / Talyllychau: “The majority of staff are unable to make it in, plus the taxi service have informed us that they are unable to collect the children from the most rural areas.”

Over the weekend a weather warning was issues for the majority of the UK as snow fell and temperatures dropped.

You can check the status of your child’s school on the Carmarthenshire County Council website: http://www.carmarthenshire.gov.wales/home/residents/education-schools/emergency-school-closures#.Wi5Sokpl_IU

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Christmas parcel delivered to Glangwilli Hospital

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BLISS, the UK’s leading premature and sick baby charity, has donated Christmas parcels to every neonatal unit in Wales – including Glangwilli Hospital – to make sure that babies and their parents know that they are not alone this Christmas.

The Christmas gifts will arrive at the neonatal units this week and will be distributed by unit staff and volunteers.

The parcels, which also contain gifts for parents, comprise of: a Bliss teddy bear, dungarees, photo frame, children’s book, snacks and toiletries. The parcel includes additional information about the support parents can receive from Bliss. The majority of these gifts have been donated by Bliss’ corporate partners including Pampers, Mothercare, Barnack Confectionary and Mush.

Caroline Lee-Davey, Chief Executive at Bliss said: “Having a baby on the neonatal unit can be an isolating experience for parents – especially at Christmas. We hope through this small gesture, we can let parents know that they aren’t alone.

“Bliss would like to thank all of our corporate partners who helped to make this project possible. We hope that if the scheme is successful we will be able to roll the Christmas parcels out nationwide in future to reach all parents with a baby in neonatal care at Christmas.”

Head of Nursing for Children’s Services for NHS Wales Eirlys Thomas said: “On behalf of all the parents and babies we would like to thank Bliss for their kind donations. They will certainly cheer up all the parents who will need to spend Christmas in hospital with their babies.”

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