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Taxi driver’s night in prison for wrongly admitting crime



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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Shock in Carmarthenshire as it’s named as one of the top locations for most reckless young drivers in UK



CARMARTHENSHIRE has landed some unwanted publicity after being named as home to some of the most reckless young drivers in the UK.

According to comprehensive analysis by Adrian Flux, the county is one of the areas with the speediest teenagers on the road. On average 87.1% of FluxScore users there will receive a serious warning about their speeding compared to less than one in five in Conwy (17%).

The warnings are triggered by a black box that sits in the driver’s car to monitor their performance in the hope of improving safety and saving them money.

“This gamification style approach has helped sensible drivers save up to 60% for year-long safe driving upon renewal,” said Scott Goodliffe at Adrian Flux, one of the UK’s largest specialist motor insurance brokers.

“Unfortunately, some users are less attentive or cautious and their behaviour is a cause for concern because it leaves them more likely to make a claim or hurt themselves or others.

“It’s disappointing when alerts have to be sent but we’re proud that they are helping to change behaviour behind the wheel. We already know FluxScore is reducing the number of speeders across the board by 70% and hopefully this analysis will help address the small number who negatively impact these already impressive figures slightly.”

There are also considerable concerns about how quickly youngsters are travelling in Rhondda Cynon Taf with the area also being named and shamed in the top 10. It’s a much better picture in Conwy though with youngsters there being rated amongst the most careful drivers in the UK.

Adrian Flux’s self-fitting black box sits on the inside of the windscreen and tracks journeys. It helps reward safe driving by providing daily updates on the FluxScore app to show how the previous 24 hours’ driving has affected a driver’s renewal premium.

FluxScore sends alerts to drivers who it deems as driving dangerously or above the speed limit. The findings focus on Alert 2s, which are considered serious speeding events and take into account other factors such as the type of road. If a driver receives three Alert 2s, this will result in their policy being suspended.

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Local specialist contractors needed for countryside works



CARMARTHENSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL is seeking local specialist countryside contractors for work on Public Rights of Way and conservation sites throughout the county.

Businesses in Carmarthenshire are being encouraged to tender for the countywide framework, which is for two years, starting in September with an option to extend for a further two years.

The work will include the management of nature reserves, mitigation for development and government funded habitat projects on sites with challenging conditions, ecological constraints, wet land and difficult access.

Examples of the work include path maintenance, installation of countryside furniture (stiles and gates), mowing overgrown fields, chainsaw and strimmer work, excavator work, woodland management, fencing and tree planting.

A proven track record and a good understanding of working in the rural and natural environment and knowledge of conservation is essential, as is an understanding of the way that the land changes in challenging weather conditions.

Applicants will need to make available vehicle inspection documents and maintenance records, certificates of operator competency (in relation to plant hire with operatives), health and safety policy and relevant insurance documents.

Any suppliers interested in tendering for this work need to be registered on the National Procurement Portal Sell2Wales website, where they can express their interest and receive further information.

This is a free online service and allows businesses to promote their organisation not only to the council but to other Welsh public sector bodies, and to receive notifications about contract opportunities suitable to their field of work.

The council also encourages businesses to register on the Business Wales Business Directory – a free resource where businesses can advertise their services.

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Police appeal for information after vehicle collides with two pedestrians



POLICE say they are appealing for witnesses following a road traffic collision which occurred on College Street, Newcastle Emlyn just after 4pm on Monday 20th June.

A black coloured Honda CRV vehicle collided with two people on the pedestrian crossing.

A 70-year-old female sustained serious injuries and was airlifted to hospital.

A 50-year-old female was taken to hospital by ambulance with what are described as minor injuries

The 64 year old female driver of the vehicle was arrested on suspicion of causing serious injury by dangerous driving, and has been released under investigation pending further enquiries.

Anyone who witnessed the incident, or has information that could help officers with their investigation, or anyone who was driving in the area at the time and has dashcam footage, is asked to report it to Dyfed-Powys Police, either online at:, by emailing, 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-20220620-283.”

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