A CARMARTHENSHIRE man has pleaded not guilty to 28 charges of possessing explosives and chemical weapons at Newport Crown Court.
Russell Wadge, aged 58 and from Trimsaran, pleaded guilty to five offences relating to the possession and manufacture of hydrogen cyanide – one of the most lethal of poisons – in December last year.
Officers from the Wales Extremism and Counter-Terrorism Unit (WECTU) supported by Dyfed Powys Police executed a search warrant at the property near the village of Trimsaran on June 11, 2019.
Armed officers from WECTU, supported by officers from Dyfed Powys Police, attended the property to execute a search warrant.
After finding chemicals at the property, Police Russell Wadge on suspicion of offences relating to being concerned in the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism.
A specialist search of the property took place, which was cordoned off for an extended period after the initial raid.
Opening for the prosecution, Tom Little QC told the Court that during the raid on Wadge’s property, Police found significant stocks of chemicals which could be used to manufacture explosives and poisons.
Mr Little said that, when interviewed by Police, Wadge admitted making hydrogen cyanide, which Mr Little described as ‘one of the most rapidly-acting poisons known to man’.
The prosecuting QC told the jury during the search of Wadge’s property and his computer, Police uncovered evidence that Mr Wadge had a significant interest in White Supremacy and extremist positions around Brexit.
Tom Little QC, said: “There were those frustrated by the delays to the Brexit process who were agitating, but they did not have access to this range of chemicals.”
The Police raid also found hydrogen cyanide stored in a freezer on the premises and liquid in a container labelled ‘poison’ in the accused’s fridge
When interviewed, Mr Wadge denied any belief in extremism but claimed a ‘keen interest’ in chemistry.
The prosecution says that the nature of what was uncovered at Wadge’s property far exceeds any scientific enthusiasm. Books were found describing how to make plastic explosives.
Ingredients to make the explosive used in the Manchester Arena bombing were also found at Wadge’s property.
Police found boxes of grenades, mines and plans for a device to release cyanide.
Mr Wadge claimed to the Police that such a quantity of chemicals and weaponry had no connection with any extremism on any intention to use the weapons he manufactured and possessed.
He said he had the weapons and chemicals ‘for the thrill of it’ and the illegal nature of what he was doing gave him ‘a buzz’.
At the time of writing, the trial continues.
RNIB brings LEGO® Braille Bricks toolkits to children in Carmarthenshire
CHILDREN with vision impairment in Carmarthenshire are set to benefit from LEGO® Braille Bricks toolkits thanks to the Royal National Institute of Blind People’s (RNIB) work with the LEGO Foundation.
The toolkits have so far been distributed to Ceredigion Council, Swansea Council, Conwy Sensory Support Service, Carmarthenshire Council, Bridgend Council, Neath Port Talbot Council and Rhondda Cynon Taf.
LEGO Braille Bricks introduce a new way to help children with vision impairment develop tactile skills and learn the braille system. The kits are made up of approximately 300 LEGO bricks that are specially moulded so that the studs on top reflect individual letters and numbers in the Braille alphabet. The bricks also feature printed letters, numbers and symbols so that they can be used simultaneously by sighted peers, classmates, and teachers in a collaborative and inclusive way.
The kits are being brought to the UK by RNIB, which worked with the LEGO Foundation to develop and test the Braille Bricks and will distribute toolkits to schools and home-schooled children in Carmarthenshire from September.
RNIB Director of Services, David Clarke said: “We are excited to bring the LEGO Braille Brick toolkits to UK classrooms to help children learn how to read and write braille in a fun and engaging way. Braille is an important tool and these inclusive toolkits will make a real difference to children with vision impairment, allowing them to play and interact with their sighted classmates.”
RNIB has also trained teachers and support staff working with children with vision impairment in the teaching concept. Although the toolkit is intended as a playful introduction to braille for younger children aged from four up, it has also proven to have learning opportunities and benefits for children in secondary school.
Senior Play & Health Specialist at the LEGO Foundation, Stine Storm, said: “We are thrilled to launch the first wave of the LEGO Braille Bricks program and get the toolkits into the hands of children. With LEGO Braille Bricks, students and educators can tailor their activities in countless different ways to meet their needs and learning goals in a fun and inclusive manner. The possibilities for learning through play are endless, and we look forward to seeing how LEGO Braille Bricks can inspire children of all ages along their journey to learn braille.”
The UK is one of several countries that LEGO Braille Bricks will launch in this year. The toolkits, or sets of bricks, are not on general sale and can only be ordered by heads of service from local sensory services. Heads of service can also nominate an education professional from schools for children with vision impairment, or a QTVI (qualified teacher of children and young people with vision impairment), to place an order on behalf of their area. For more information visit www.rnib.org.uk/legobraillebricks
Police appeal for witnesses after 20-year-old pedestrian tragically killed on A40
DYFED-POWYS POLICE is appealing for witnesses to a fatal road traffic collision on the A40 west of Carmarthen on Saturday (Sept 26) in which a 20-year-old man, a pedestrian, lost his life.
The police have asked The Pembrokeshire Herald to publicise this appeal.
A spokesman for the police told this newspaper: “At around 9.40pm, a white VW Transporter was in collision with a pedestrian on the A40 westbound, near the junction of Llangynog, Carmarthen.
“The pedestrian, a 20-year-old male, died as a result of his injuries.
“It appears the pedestrian had left his vehicle, a black Seat, following a single-vehicle collision further along the westbound carriageway shortly before.
The police have asked that if anyone has any information on either or both collisions, or may have been travelling along the A40 at the relevant time, please contact the serious collision investigation unit, quoting reference DPP-20200926-339.
This can be done by email: email@example.com, by phone on 101 or by text: If you are deaf, hard of hearing, or speech impaired text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908.
Tir Coed build outdoor classroom for Cross Hands Primary
The local charity Tir Coed teamed up with Cross Hands Primary School to design and install a locally
grown woodland shelter to enable primary school pupils to benefit from outdoor lessons-even when
the rain pours!
Last year Cross Hands Primary School received funding from Carmarthenshire is Kind for their
intergenerational project. The project brought the schoolchildren together with older people in the
community. Through intergenerational activities, everyone involved increases social connectedness,
reduces social isolation, learns from one another and has a great time!
Before the lockdown, Tir Coed was contracted to lead a group mainly made up of parents from the
school on a shelter-building course. The attendees would gain knowledge and skills and the children
and the older people would be able to use the shelter, a third generation now included in this
fantastic project. The plans, however, had to change due to restrictions and in an effort to have it
ready for the children when they returned to school, three intrepid Activity Leaders braved the wet
August weather to build the beautiful shelter .
Studies have shown that being in the outdoors significantly reduces the risk of spreading the Corona
Virus. With this addition to their already impressive outdoor area, it is hoped that more learning can
take place outside the classroom. Deputy Head, Emma Walters said, “It looks amazing! I am very
impressed with the shelter and I cannot thank Tir Coed enough for organising this. Additional
covered space in the outdoors will mean that we can take more learning into our lovely nature
If you would like to find out more about the work of Tir Coed or have a project you would like our help
with you can contact Nancy, the Carmarthenshire Coordinator: firstname.lastname@example.org
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