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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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Road closed in both directions following collision between car and tractor

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THERE was a collision between a car and a tractor with a trailer at just past 12am today (Friday, June 21).

The road was closed in both directions from St Clears to Carmarthen while emergency services dealt with the incident.

Two men – the driver and passenger of the car – have been taken to hospital. One is in a critical but stable condition.

Anyone who witnessed the collision, who hasn’t already spoken to the police, is asked to contact the serious collision investigation unit at Dyfed-Powys Police on 101.

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Parc Howard shortlisted for national award

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PARC HOWARD has been shortlisted for the prestigious Family Friendly Museum Award.

Charity Kids in Museums awards the prize annually to one museum, gallery, historic home or heritage site in the UK that goes the extra mile to provide a great experience for families.

Throughout April and May, families across the country voted for their favourite heritage attraction on the Kids in Museums website. It is the only museum award to be judged by families.

A panel of museum experts whittled down over 800 nominations to a shortlist of 15.

The museum will now be visited by undercover family judges who will assess the museums against the Kids in Museums Manifesto. Their experiences will decide a winner for each award category and an overall winner, our Family Friendly Museum of the Year 2019.

The council’s executive board member for cultural services, Cllr Peter Hughes-Griffiths said: “It really is exciting times for Parc Howard Museum. To have been nominated for such a prestigious award is just superb and is testament to the family friendly environment we have been working to create within the museum.”

The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony in London in October.

Emmajane Avery, Chair of Kids in Museums, said: “It’s great to see Parc Howard Museum on the shortlist for this year’s Family Friendly Museum Award. To make it to the shortlist in our most competitive year yet is a fantastic achievement and a testament to the hard work staff have put in to create an enjoyable experience for families. We were inspired by how this ambitious museum works with community organisations to bring the museum to families on a low income. We wish the museum the best of luck in the next round of judging.”

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Trimsaran: Man charged with offences relating to explosives and poisons

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57-year-old man who was arrested at an address in Trimsaran, Carmarthenshire on Tuesday 11 June has been charged with offences relating to explosives and poisons.

Russell Wadge of Baglan Farm, Trimsaran will appear before Haverfordwest Magistrates Court on Wednesday (Jun 19) charged with one offence contrary to section 4 of the Explosive Substances Act of 1883 and four offences contrary section 3 of the Poisons Act 1972.

A police spokesperson told The Herald: “Officers from the Wales Extremism and Counter Terrorism Unit (WECTU) supported by Dyfed Powys Police, West Midlands Counter Terrorism Unit and partner agencies executed a search warrant at an address near Trimsaran where a specialist search took place after chemicals were found at the premises.

“There was no risk to neighbouring properties or to the general public. While a search of the property has concluded, a police cordon remains in place.”

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