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74-year-old received death threat

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AN AMMANFORD man appeared before magistrates at Llanelli Law Courts on Thursday (Nov 1) to face three serious charges against a 74-year-old man, as well as additional charges for drugs possession.

Christopher Paul Evans, aged 35 of Coopers Road in Tycroes, pleaded guilty to a charge of causing harassment alarm or distress, threatening to destroy property and threats to kill.

He was also charges with the possession of morphine, cannabis and diazepam. Evans pleaded guilty to all the charges.

Prosecutor, Abul Hussein, said: “The matter was adjourned from October 24 so that all matters could link up.
“The complainant is 74-years-old which is an aggravating feature. He is the father of the defendant’s landlord and had attended Evans’ home address to meet plasterers. Whilst he was there, the defendant came out of the property and was very angry. He picked up some scaffolding and threw it in rage, and also picked up a gate and threw that too.
“He picked up a petrol can and said ‘I will burn your house down’. The public order offence is imposed by the demeanour of the defendant.”

Mr Hussein continued: “The threats to kill were made at the police station in an interview. the complainant said ‘If he comes to my house tomorrow I’ll f***ing kill him. I don’t care. Put it on tape’. All he says in his statement is he wanted to sort the matter out.”

Mr Hussein explained that the new matters of drugs possession occurred in July at Station Road. Police attended Station Road for an unrelated matter and searched him, leading them to find controlled drugs.

Defence solicitor, Laura Sherwood, said: “I represented Evans on the last occasion on October 24 for the previous matters and he entered a guilty plea at the earliest opportunity, so should be awarded full credit.

“It came to our attention that there was a matter listed today for drugs. A report was requested for the benefit of group sentencing. He’s done that and this is the first opportunity he’s had to plead guilty for the drugs matters and he has accepted them in full.”

Speaking of the initial matters of violence, Ms Sherwood said: “Evans lives at a rental property and there does not appear to be any issue in relation to the defendant and the landlord. The landlord does not live in this country and the property is sometimes overseen by his father.

“The landlord does not permit his father to be there or get involved and I think the boundaries were overstepped. Tensions were rising, and the defendant doesn’t want him coming near his property.

“An argument took place and he has been in touch with his landlord, and he is more than happy for the defendant to return to the property. The landlord has spoken with his father and told him only to attend with regards to construction work.”

Ms Sherwood said she was ‘exceptionally grateful’ for the probation report written by probation officer, Tim Jenkins, and went on to explain Evans’ history with regards to his drug use.

She said: “Evans has still got a habit introduced to him by his mum when he was 13. He suffered abuse on many fronts which made his development in school suffer. He has not sought help in recent times and is trying to work through it. He has received medication from his GP by was of antidepressants.”

Ms Sherwood explained that Evans takes cannabis to help with his mental health issues, and rejects ‘any notion’ that cannabis doesn’t help. She explained that Evans is a ‘skilled tattoo artist’, and although he does have an income struggles with finances.

She added: “He fears a relapse where his mental health may go if he doesn’t get to see someone”.

Magistrates told Evans: “We’re dealing today with a variety of offences. Some of those are so serious that a custodial sentence could be imposed.”

Magistrates imposed an 18 month community order with a 10 day rehabilitation activity requirement. He must also complete 180 hours of unpaid work, pay £170 prosecution costs and £85 victim surcharge.

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Cold temperatures likely to lead to icy conditions

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A YELLOW weather warning is in place over Wales from 10pm tonight (Jan 16) and 11am tomorrow morning (Jan 17).

As temperatures drop, there is a strong chance of ice patches causing dangerous conditions for motorists.

Icy patches developing with wintry showers also affecting some areas.

What to expect

  • Some injuries from slips and falls on icy surfaces
  • Probably some ice on some untreated roads, pavements and cycle paths
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Next stage of works to clear Cwmduad landslide

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PHASE two of the works to stabilise a landslide in Cwmduad has begun following the recovery of a lorry from the river below.

Carmarthenshire County Council is leading the operation to clear the site and re-open the A484 for traffic travelling between Carmarthen and Newcastle Emlyn, following the landslide in October.

Phase one, which commenced before Christmas, created a safe zone for the recovery of a lorry that was swept in to the river during the storm.

That recovery took place earlier today (Monday, January 14, 2019).

Phase two, to permanently stabilise the embankment, involves complex drainage and geotechnical works.

The highway structure will then be assessed before any indication can be given as to when the road will re-open.

The council has thanked the community, and affected commuters, for their patience whilst site assessments and works have been underway.

Ruth Mullen, Director of Environment for Carmarthenshire County Council, said: “We are now making progress in what has been a highly complex operation and legal process between the council, partner agencies and the landowner.

“We fully appreciate the impact this has had on the community, and we wish to reiterate that we have worked without delay to undertake site investigations in the immediate aftermath of the landslide, along with clearance and construction works to make the area safe.

“We are working as quickly as we can to re-open the road as soon as possible, and would like to thank those affected most sincerely for their patience.”

Until the road is re-opened, traffic will continue to be diverted along the B4333 Carmarthen – Newcastle Emlyn.

Additional bus services remain in place:

  • A shuttle service currently runs from Cwmduad to Tycoch to catch the 460 service at 7.25am, 9.35am and 10.55am. Return journeys are at 2.25pm and 4.45pm.
  • The 460 service is currently operating on a diversion route
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Three seriously injured in A40 crash

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DYFED-POWYS POLICE is appealing for information about a collision which resulted in serious injuries.

The collision which happened on Sunday afternoon (Jan 13) involved a silver Ford Fiesta and a Silver BMW 120 and at approximately 4pm on the A40 between Pont-y-fenny and Whitland roundabout.

The Silver Fiesta was travelling towards Whitland and the BMW was travelling towards Carmarthen.

A 67-year-old woman has been taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries.

A 71-year-old man and a 68-year-old woman were also taken to hospital suffering serious injuries.

Anyone who witnessed the collision, or was driving along the road around the time or with dash cam footage, is asked to contact the Serious Collision Investigation Unit by calling 101.

If you are deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired, please text 07811311908. Please quote reference DP-20190113-199.

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