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Jail follows road rage knife threat

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A GWENDRAETH Valley man who pulled out a knife during a “dramatic” episode of road rage has been jailed today for 10 months.

Keith Wesley Robinson, aged 34, was spotted by an off duty detective inspector as he tried to force his way passed a driver he thought had braked too hard while approaching a junction.
When that driver pulled off the road Robinson threatened him with a knife.
Robinson, of Gerytmawr, Carway, admitted possessing a bladed article in a public place and dangerous driving.
Carina Hughes, prosecuting, told Swansea crown court how Leroy Hutchinson had been driving towards Pontyates on the Carmarthen to Llanelli road when Robinson pulled up behind him in his Vauxhall Corsa.
He tried to overtake in the face of heavy oncoming traffic and Mr Hutchinson could hear him shouting despite the noise of passing vehicles.
Robinson got passed but then pulled off the road and Mr Hutchinson followed him to speak to him about the manner of his driving.
But he stayed in his vehicle after he saw Robinson approaching with a knife in his right hand. He told Mr Hutchinson to get out because he wanted to cut him.
Robinson drove off but a short while later could be seen at the aside of the road waiting for Mr Hutchinson to pass.
Mr Hutchinson also pulled in but this time the detective inspector intervened and told Robinson he had already reported his driving to hq.
Robinson was arrested shortly afterwards.
Judge Paul Thomas told Robinson he had put other people’s lives at risk after being “wholly overcome by road rage.”
“It is not difficult to imagine the fear and distress that Mr Hutchinson would have felt when you appeared at his car window telling him to get out and threatening to injure him.
“You lost all self control.
“Road rage accompanied by threats with a knife must be treated very seriously by the courts,” he added.
Robinson, who had lost his job two weeks before the incidents, was also banned from driving for 22 months and must take an extended test before getting back his licence.

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Plaid Cymru MP campaigns against martial law

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PLAID CYMRU’S Defence Spokesperson, Jonathan Edwards MP, has spearheaded a campaign to stop the use of troops on the streets and the imposition of ‘martial law’ post-Brexit.

Working with the Peace Pledge Union, Mr Edwards, MP for Carmarthen East and Dinefwr, has tabled a motion calling for the Defence Secretary to rule out the use of armed forces personnel for police functions or for social control, and to make clear that the imposition of martial law is not under consideration.

In December 2018, No. 10 sources said that 3,500 armed forces personnel were being put on standby to deal with any disruption in the event of a disorderly departure from the EU. In January, The Sunday Times revealed that Whitehall officials have been gaming a state of emergency and even the introduction of martial law in the event of disorder after a no-deal Brexit.

Alongside the motion – known as an Early Day Motion – Mr Edwards also tabled a series of questions to the Secretary of State for Defence seeking to clarify whether he has any plans to impose martial law and if he will rule out the use of troops on the streets in place of police.

As well as serious concerns about the economic and democratic implications of imposing martial law, Mr Edwards questioned whether the army is appropriately equipped to deal with roles normally reserved for the police or civil agencies.

The effects of police cuts and whether this plan puts the public at risk must be considered, the Plaid Cymru MP said. The last time states of emergency were declared in the UK was in the early 1970s to deal with the effects of strikes in essential services.

Plaid Cymru’s Defence Spokesperson, Jonathan Edwards MP, said: “It is both absurd and terrifying in equal measure that the British state is considering putting soldiers on the streets as a result of their own bungled Brexit policy. The British Government must clarify the mission statement it has sent accompanying the call up and calling for it to be published.

“Martial law is probably the most serious domestic decision any government could make and is not to be taken lightly.

“The economic effect of imposing a state of emergency would be catastrophic. That is not to mention the democratic and social implications.

“Of course, brutal police cuts have left our law enforcement services with little or no spare capacity. Replacing them with soldiers is, however, neither sensible nor safe – they do not have the appropriate training, experience or, fundamentally, function in our society.

“Contemplating putting soldiers on the street is surely proof enough that the Westminster Government cannot continue with their dangerous deal or no deal gamble.

“Imposing martial law wasn’t on the side of a big red bus in the 2016 referendum. Now the facts have come to the fore, it’s time the people had the opportunity to make an informed decision and the chance to stop this Brexit mess.”

Symon Hill, spokesperson for the Peace Pledge Union, said: “Gavin Williamson has so far failed to deny reports that the UK government is looking at using troops for social control, or even considering martial law in the event of civil unrest.

The chaos over Brexit must not be used to present the armed forces as the only institutions that can save us in a crisis. Both leavers and remainers emphasise their belief in democracy. A democratic society is not a militarised society. Sending troops onto the streets is no alternative to listening to people’s grievances.”

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Kitten rescued from telegraph pole

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A KITTEN that was stuck up a wooden telegraph pole in Carway, Kidwelly, after being chased up there by a dog has been safely rescued.

The eight-month-old tabby and white cat – named Nala – became stuck on Monday evening and the RSPCA was contacted when she wasn’t able to get down. Due to the height and nature of the pole, the fire service were called to assist, with a crew from Pontyates fire station attending Bron Gwendraeth in Carway on Tuesday (Feb 12).

RSPCA animal collection officer (ACO) Ellie West said: “Poor Nala had been up there all night and was not able to get herself down. She had perched herself on a light and looked quite scared. She must have been around two storeys high.

“The fire service, as usual, were absolutely brilliant and came along with their specialist equipment for this rescue.

“Initially they tried a big set of ladders and it was hoped she would come down of her own accord as she was showing interest, but unfortunately it didn’t work. They then used different ladders for one of the firefighters to go up and rescue her who carried her down safely. We’d very much like to thank the fire service for their assistance and continued partnership working.”

ACO West added: “Nala was returned to her owner and then tucked into her late breakfast after her ordeal. I’m sure she will keep away from the pole in future and hopefully the dog won’t be chasing her again!”

If you do see an animal in distress please call the RSPCA on 0300 1234 999.

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Tributes paid to ‘kind natured’ man who was killed by falling tree

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TRIBUTES have been paid to Llanelli man who tragically lost his life after a tree fell on his van in Carmarthenshire.

Mid and West Wales Fire Service confirmed the tree had fallen on to a transit van on Friday (Feb 8) just after 10am.

Police were called to the B4306 between Pontyberem and Llannon where the driver was pronounced dead at the scene.

Darren Davies, a father of three, from Carmarthenshire, was driving his Yodel work van when he was killed by the falling tree.

He has been described as a ‘kind natured’ man, with his family describing him as ‘caring, thoughtful and have the ability to make everyone laugh’.

He has worked at the Yodel depot in Llanelli for a number of years, Yodel have said he would be ‘sorely missed’.

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