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‘Unscrupulous monster’ stole Pomeranian

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Stolen: Silky the Pomeranian

A PONTYATES man was found guilty of stealing a pedigree dog following a trial at Llanelli Magistrates’ Court today (Jan 13).

Silas Jamie Lee, of Herberdeg Road, pleaded not guilty to a charge of theft by finding when he appeared in court at the start of December. He maintained that plea at his trial.

Magistrates considered Lee’s claim that he was acting in the interest of the dog’s welfare to be ‘difficult to believe and implausible’.

Prosecuting, Sian Vaughan said that the Crown’s position was that the complainant, Sandra Roberts, had her pet Pomeranian bitch, ‘Silky’ stolen from the grounds of her Llanybri house.

Ms Vaughan told the court that Ms Roberts had been at home on the morning of November 1, having returned from taking Silky to the vet in Swansea.

The dog had been scheduled to have an operation on a long-standing leg problem, but this had been cancelled because she had been unwell and had lost weight.

She had answered the door to Lee, who asked if she had any scrap batteries. Lee then noticed Silky ‘running around making herself known’.

Lee said that she was ‘a lovely dog’ before asking Ms Roberts if she bred them for sale. Ms Roberts said she did, and Lee asked her for a contact number so she could get in touch when any pups were ready for sale.

Ms Roberts went into the house at Lee’s request to get a pen and paper. While she was gone, Lee picked up the dog and handed it to the passenger in his pick-up truck.

Ms Roberts did not initially notice that the dog was missing, but after a short while became alarmed and watched cctv footage which clearly showed the theft.

After the complainant and her family ‘bombarded’ social media, the dog was returned at around 8.30pm.

In a police interview, Lee said he was concerned about the dog’s condition and had taken it to a vet in Carmarthen, only to find the practice had closed down. He then worried that if he took it to another vet they might think it was stolen, so returned Silky by dropping her outside her house.

In her statement, Ms Roberts, a registered breeder said that she had become concerned quickly because ‘Silky never leaves my side’.

After viewing the CCTV, Ms Roberts phoned her son, who posted an image of Lee taking the dog on social media.

PC Brown, who arrested Lee, said that when they arrived at his house he said ‘I’ve been waiting for you guys to turn up – I know what this is about’.

Under cross-examination in court, Lee said that he had visited a friend to try and get a waste car battery for an electric fence to protect his chickens. The friend had been out, and on the drive back he had stopped to ask Ms Roberts if she had any scrap batteries. When asked why he didn’t buy a new battery, he said “I’m not paying £80 for a battery for an electric fence”.

Ms Vaughan asked why, if Lee had concerns for the dog’s welfare, he had said nothing to Ms Roberts, he answered that he ‘wasn’t thinking straight.’

When Ms Vaughan asked why Lee was unwilling to pay £80 for a battery but took a dog for treatment which would have cost far more, he admitted that he was going to leave the dog at the vet.

“You were just going to give the dog to a stranger?” Ms Vaughan asked.

“No, I was going to give it to a vet,” he replied.

Ms Vaughan also pointed out that Silky could be seen on the CCTV footage ‘jumping around and wagging her tail’, which contradicted his claim that she was badly injured.

Lee disagreed. His claim that he was aware there was a cctv camera recording his actions was not accepted by the prosecution.

Lee accused Ms Vaughan of not believing what he was saying.

“I don’t believe it because it is a ridiculous story,” she replied.

However, Lee said that on this occasion he had taken the dog with good intentions. “When I have done wrong in the past I have always put my hand up,” he said.

Representing Lee, Richard Morgan said it was ‘important to consider what was going through Lee’s mind when he took the dog’.

He pointed out that Lee’s claim that the animal appeared injured was borne out by Ms Roberts, given that she was due to have had an operation that morning, and asked why Lee would have left his telephone number if he had been committing an offence of dishonesty.

Ms Vaughan pointed out that the mobile number Lee had left did not work.

Magistrates took an hour to find Lee guilty of dishonestly taking Silky. “The CCTV footage was compelling, and we do not accept you were aware of the CCTV,” they added.

“Your account is difficult to believe and implausible”.

A victim impact statement from Ms Roberts was read out, in which she said that ‘I believe that without the social media posts I believe this unscrupulous monster of a man would not have brought my dog back.

Ms Roberts added that she feared Lee or his associates would return and take her dog again.

After hearing a report from the probation service, Lee was given a 12 month community order, with a 15 day rehabilitation activity requirement, fined £120, ordered to pay Ms Roberts £100 compensation for distress caused, along with prosecution costs of £620.

 

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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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