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Restraining order for stalker

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Alex Jones: Victim of a 17-month long harassment

Alex Jones: Victim of a 17-month long harassment

A MAN who sent Ammanford-born One Show presenter Alex Jones a series of vulgar tweets in a 17-month long harassment campaign was given a restraining order on Monday (Feb 8).

Shane Goldsmith, 44 and homeless, was accused of sending The One Show host messages on Twitter and also expressing his love to her while visiting a filming at BBC Broadcasting House.

Miss Jones, 38, was due to give evidence against her alleged stalker from behind a screen at Westminster Magistrates’ Court.

She was fearful of appearing at court and left ‘nervous, anxious and vulnerable’ by his actions.

The CPS instead offered no evidence against him on the condition he accepts a restraining order.

Miss Jones was said to be ‘happy’ with the course of action, as she and the other witnesses did not appear in the court room.

Goldsmith, who resides at mental health hospital Cygnet Hospital in Stevenage, Hertfordshire, is not to contact Miss Jones, her fiancé Charlie Thomson, and her parents Alun and Mary Jones.

The campaign of harassment against the Welsh presenter, lasted between April 1 2014, and September 20 2015.

He sent tweets to her account, @MissAlexJones, saying she has “fantastic #t***s” and inviting the “darling lovely lady” for a fry-up.

He was also accused of verbally abusing her colleagues after turning up at a recording of one of her shows in BBC Broadcasting House, in Portland Place, west London.

Goldsmith accepted that he sent a “number of public tweets over a number of months, and accepts with hindsight that this contact was unwanted”.

He also accepted he was outside BBC Broadcasting House “on a number of occasions” which caused Miss Jones “harassment, alarm and distress”.

The restraining order was imposed to prevent further harassment.

Senior District Judge Howard Riddle heard how he had 31 previous convictions for 62 offences.

Nicola Flint, for the prosecution, said: “The most appropriate way to deal with this is by way of a restraining order being imposed. The defendant will accept that restraining order.

“We have discussed this with the complainant and she is happy with this course of action.

“On this basis the Crown offers no evidence.”

The judge said: “The court considered the matter independently and saw from the agreed facts that the appellant was akin to harassment.

“The long and short of it is you are found not guilty of a criminal offence but you are to have a restraining order.

“I am glad you are having the care in hospital. You have been there for some months and will be there for some time to come.”

He banned Goldsmith from approaching her as well as from going to Miss Jones’ home or places of work.

Miss Jones was born in Ammanford, Carmarthenshire, and presented Welsh-language shows for the BBC before succeeding Christine Bleakley to co-present The One Show in August 2010.

Goldsmith denied one count of harassment between April 1, 2014, and September 20, 2015.

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

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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

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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

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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: 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-20220620-283.”

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