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Pontyberem pensioner jailed for string of historical sex offences

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A CARMARTHENSHIRE pensioner has been jailed for a string of sex offences against children which date back to the sixties.
70-year-old David Allen Davies, of Pontyberem, was today (Thursday, 30 May 2019) sentenced to six-and-a-half-years in prison at Swansea Crown Court for offences against two child victims. He has been put on the sex offenders’ register indefinitely.
Davies, known locally as ‘Dai Love’ and ‘Dai Trout’, was arrested by Dyfed-Powys Police in July 2016, after one of his victims found the strength to report the abuse, she suffered nearly fifty years ago – when she was only seven years old.
During the investigation, a second victim told officers how Davies had paid her to perform sexual acts on him when she was aged just eight.

The girls were not known to each other and had never met before, and both reported the offences happening at his homes in Pontyberem and Carmarthen.

As the investigation went on, officers learned concerning details about Davies’ behaviour, and heard how he was known for propositioning young girls.

They are urging anyone who has been a victim of sexual abuse by Davies, or anyone else, to report it to them.

The officer who led the investigation, Detective Constable Lee Davies, said: “This has been a complex enquiry, which has taken the investigating team across England and Wales.
“It was extremely painful for the victims to dredge up these memories, and I want to thank them for their bravery in coming forward. I hope they can now begin to move on from this chapter in their lives.
“Sadly, Davies has never accepted responsibility for the crimes he committed all those years ago. Now we know about his behaviour, we believe there could be more victims out there.
“I urge anyone who has been affected by him to come forward. We have specialist police officers who will be there to support you.”
On 8 April 2019, a jury at Swansea Crown Court found Davies guilty on 13 charges of indecent assault and gross indecency on girls who were under the age of 14 at the time.

Are you a victim?

If you have been a victim of non-recent child sexual abuse, or abuse that is happening now, report it to Dyfed-Powys Police by calling 101 and ask to speak to an officer in confidence. You will be listened to and you will be taken seriously. An initial report can also be made online via our website: https://www.dyfed-powys.police.uk/en/contact-us/report-an-incident/.
Regardless of whether you choose to report the crime, Goleudy Victim and Witness Service can provide you with further support and assistance. Call 0300 1232996 or email goleudy@dyfed-powys.pnn.police.uk

Victims of child sexual abuse are also encouraged to think about sharing their experience with The Truth Project, which is part of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse cases (IICSA). It was set up in 2015 to investigate organisations and institutions that have failed to protect children from sexual abuse. By sharing their experiences, victims and survivors make an important contribution to the work of the Inquiry and their experiences will feed into and influence the findings and recommendations. Visit www.truthproject.org.uk for more information.

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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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