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Convicted stalker posing as Labour parliamentary candidate

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A CONVICTED stalker is posing as Labour’s parliamentary candidate for Carmarthen East and Dinefwr, despite being suspended from the party a year ago.

Chris Hardy claims to be the constituency’s parliamentary candidate for Welsh Labour, delivering leaflets door to door and even having his own website – www.labourchris.com.

His website reads: “Hello! My name’s Chris Hardy and I’m your local Labour Party candidate for the Carmarthen East & Dinefwr Constituency.

“I am a self-funded candidate, which means everything from this website to the leaflets delivered to your door are all created and funded privately by myself, and not through the usual constituency and party fundraising means.

“I’m a 34-year-old single gay man and I’ve lived here in Carmarthenshire since 2012, moving here from Manchester, England. I’d never really considered living here in Wales before, but fancying a change of scenery from city life, I made the move.
“I’ve been causing trouble ever since but in a good way I hope – by being an advocate wherever possible for standing and speaking up for what’s right.”

In February, Hardy was convicted of stalking an 18-year-old man. Hardy had denied the harassment charge.

The jury heard how Hardy had met the victim when he worked at a garage.

The young man told the jury how he quit his job to escape Hardy’s unwanted attentions. But Hardy tracked him down to his home, left unwanted gifts and letters on his car and repeatedly visited, despite being told to stay away by his parents. Hardy continued to try and contact the teenager even after police had arrested him, and at one stage visited his home pretending to be canvassing for the Labour Party.

The victim said he was not gay and had been ‘freaked out’ by Hardy’s pursuit of him. Hardy admitted he had become infatuated with the young man and said he believed he was under pressure from his family to pretend he was straight.

After the jury returned a unanimous verdict of guilty, Judge Paul Thomas told Hardy, who represented himself, that he was ‘deluded’ and briefly sent him into custody because he refused to stop talking and listen. Judge Thomas issued a restraining order, preventing Hardy from contacting the victim or his parents by any means. Hardy received a 12-month prison sentence, suspended for two years.

Welsh Labour has reiterated that the party’s candidate in Carmarthen East and Dinefwr is Maria Carroll, who was elected by local party members. The party also stated that Mr Hardy is not and never has been a parliamentary candidate. Whilst disciplinary cases are not discussed, it is understood that Mr Hardy was suspended from Labour party membership in summer 2018, with allegations of criminal behaviour also made.

Despite this, Mr Hardy has handing out leaflets door to door in the Carmarthen East and Dinefwr constituency as recently as March 24.

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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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