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Taxi driver’s night in prison for wrongly admitting crime

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shutterstock_223464757AN AMMANFORD taxi driver has ended up in jail for admitting a crime he had not committed.

Andrew Evans, 24, told police he had been driving his father’s Skoda Octavia when it crashed into two parked cars.

He even went to court to admit leaving the scene and failing to notify the police of an accident.

But by then officers had discovered CCTV footage that showed the collision and Evans climbing out of the passenger seat.

Evans denied attempting to pervert the course of justice. But he was convicted within 20 minutes after a trial at Swansea Crown Court.

Dyfed Thomas, prosecuting, said it was still not known who had been driving or why Evans was willing “to take the rap for someone else.”

But his explanation had been “a load of nonsense.”

Evans, of Mynddynfych Drive, Tir-y-Dail, Ammanford, told the jury he had been driving and wanted to admit it.

He said his mobile telephone had begun to vibrate as he turned into Brynteg Terrace, Ammanford, late on April 5 last year.

He tried to answer it but knocked the phone into the passenger side footwell and was reaching across to retrieve it when he drove into the parked cars.

By then, he said, he was so far across that it was easier to get out of the passenger side than the driver’s.

The footage showed Evans walking around the car and getting into the driver’s seat and someone else “shimming” across and into the passenger seat.

That person, said Mr Thomas, had been the driver at the time of the collision.

Evans claimed to have had a fare paying passenger in the back and, after the collision, to have told her to climb into the front.

“Really?,” asked Mr Thomas. “So a woman climbs over the car seats instead of getting out of the door.”

“He knows who else was in the car but to this day has not said.

“Maybe it was alcohol. For whatever reason he lied to police and lied to the court,” he added.

Two days after the collision Evans was stopped by WPC Leah Evans in the centre of Ammanford. He told her he had been driving on the night of the accident and would plead guilty.

On December 16 Evans attended Llanelli Magistrates’ Court to enter guilty pleas but the hearing was adjourned because by then police knew he was lying.

Evans told the court he had met the woman passenger a few days after the accident in Ammanford and she had asked him to “leave me out of it” because she didn’t want anyone to know where he had picked her up from at that time of night.

The judge, Mr Recorder Greg Bull, said, “Somebody has got away with a crime.

“If everybody went round doing favours for guilty people the justice system would be in chaos.”

Evans, he added, had “lied, lied and lied again” about who was really driving and must have had his reasons.

Evans spent a night in Swansea prison before Mr Recorder Bull passed a sentence of 12 months in jail, suspended for 18 months, and placed him under supervision for 12 months.

Evans was also ordered to pay £600 in costs and a surcharge and to carry out 200 hours of unpaid work for the community.

He was also placed under a 8pm to 6am electronically monitored home curfew for the next six months.

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Llandeilo gas works to begin say Wales & West Utilities

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WALES & West Utilities will shortly begin work to upgrade gas pipes in Llandeilo.

Wales & West Utilities has liaised with Carmarthenshire County Council to plan the work and it has been agreed that work will commence after the town has celebrated the Festival of Senses.

The £123,000 investment scheme, which is essential to keep the gas flowing safely to heat and power local homes and businesses, will begin in New Road on 21 November. This section of work will be complete before Christmas and Wales & West Utilities will return to the town next year to undertake further work in the Crescent Road area. Barring any engineering difficulties, work in the town will be complete by the end of February next year.

Wales & West Utilities Adam Smith is managing this gas pipe upgrade work. He said: “Working with the Council, we have planned this work to accommodate the needs of the town.

“While most of the gas network is underground and out of sight, it plays a central role in the daily lives of people across Llandeilo. Whether it’s heating your home, making the family dinner or having a hot bath, we understand how important it is for your gas supply to be safe and reliable and there when you need it.

“We know that working in areas like this is not ideal, but it really is essential to make sure we keep the gas flowing to homes and businesses in the area, and to make sure the gas network is fit for the future. We’ll have a team of gas engineers on site throughout the project to make sure our work is completed as safely and as quickly as possible while keeping disruption to a minimum.

“This work is essential to keep the gas flowing to local homes and businesses today, and to make sure the gas network is ready to transport hydrogen and biomethane, so we can all play our part in a green future.”

Our Customer Service Team is ready to take your call if you have any questions about our work. You can contact them on freephone 0800 912 2999.

Alternatively, you can contact us on Twitter @WWUtilities or Facebook.com/WWUtilities.

Wales & West Utilities, the gas emergency and pipeline service, brings energy to 7.5m people across the south west of England and Wales. If you smell gas, or suspect the presence of carbon monoxide, call us on 0800 111 999 straight away, and our engineers will be there to help any time of day or night. Before visiting, we’ll ask you to let us know if you or anyone in your household, is experiencing Coronavirus symptoms or self-isolating. We’ll still come and help you: but our teams will take some additional precautions to keep us all safe.

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Police appeal following theft of items from Home Bargains Crosshands

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OFFICERS from Dyfed Powys Police have confirmed that they are investigating the theft of items, including a Christmas Nutcracker Ornament valued at £129.99, from the Home Bargains store in Crosshands, Carmarthenshire.

The theft occurred at about 12:40pm on Tuesday, 27th September 2022.

Officers have carried out all possible lines of enquiry, and are now appealing for help from the public.

They would like to identify the people in the CCTV image, who may have information that could help the investigation.

Anyone who knows who the people are, or if you believe you are pictured, contact Dyfed-Powys Police.

This can also be done either online at: https://bit.ly/DPPContactOnline, by emailing 101@dyfed-powys.police.uk or phoning 101.

If you are deaf, hard of hearing, or speech impaired text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908.

Please quote reference DPP/2006/27/09/2022/02/C

Alternatively, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously by calling 0800 555111, or visiting crimestoppers-uk.org.

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Witness appeal after car is stolen and burnt out

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DYFED-POWYS POLICE is investigating the theft of a car from a property in Lando Road, Burry Port, which was later found burnt out in Pembrey Country Park.

Officers are appealing for witnesses to the theft of the blue Ssangyong Rexton, which took place sometime between 5pm on Friday, 11th November, and 9am on Saturday, 12th November, and would like to speak to anyone who may have information or CCTV or dashcam footage.

Anyone with information that could help officers with their investigation is asked to report it to Dyfed-Powys Police, either online at: https://bit.ly/DPPContactOnline, by emailing 101@dyfed-powys.police.uk, or by calling 101. If you are deaf, hard of hearing, or speech impaired text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908.

Quote reference: DP-20221112-109

Alternatively, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously by calling 0800 555111, or visiting crimestoppers-uk.org.

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