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Paedophile’s Heatherton outing

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heatherton outingA PENSIONER from Pembroke Dock was remanded in custody at Haverfordwest Magistrates Court on Wednesday.

Barry William Hollingsworth, 71, of Old Coronation School, Meyrick Street admitted to one charge of breaching a Sex Offenders Order. The order, issued by Chester Crown Court following a previous conviction, prevents Hollingsworth going to a place frequented by children under the age of 18.

The prosecutor told the court:

“Between July 18 and July 21 the defendant was at Heatherton seeking to approach a child which was a breach of the order imposed in Chester on June 25, 2009.”

“Hollingsworth is a registered sex offender who in 2004 was found guilty of three charges of indecent assault against a five year old girl. He had befriended her family when he was a Meals-on-Wwheels delivery driver, regularly dropping off hot meals to the girl’s grandmother.”

“In 2009 he exposed his penis to a 7 year old girl, and indecent images were found on his personal computer. He was jailed, but released on August 24, 2012. Detective Constable Lovett was appointed as his dedicated police officer to supervise his behaviour post release, and he was further subject to notification requirements.”

The prosecutor continued: “On July 25 this year, police received a telephone call from Andrew McDonald at Heatherton reporting the suspicious behaviour of a male on his own, that male being the same man who had aroused the suspicions of a customer the previous week. Witnesses had observed Hollingsworth avidly watching children.”

“Another witness had said that the same man had been watching children for prolonged periods of time. A Heatherton employee had noted that Hollingsworth had followed a party of school children to the Scalextric track at around 3pm on July 19. Hollingsworth had been standing about 1 metre to 1.5 metres away from a young girl” he said.

“The police approached Hollingsworth and after they carried out a computer check realised that he was in breach of an order. He was arrested and conveyed to Haverfordwest police station.

In interview, Hollingsworth told police: “I was watching them and having fun. I get mentally aroused by girls of between 8 and 10 years old. I have fantasies of touching them and cuddling those youngsters.”

“This man should be remanded in custody” the prosecutor concluded.

Defending solicitor Phillip Huxtable from Wilson Devonald Swansea said:

“I concur that my client should be remanded in custody. He has 20 convictions, including 7 of a sexual nature. Most of his recent offending has been of a sexual nature. Your sentencing powers for this breach of order are six months in the magistrates’ court but five years in the crown court.”

Hollingsworth was remanded in custody to be sentenced at Swansea Crown Court on November 22.

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Drug drive arrest following routine check

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A MALE has been arrested following a positive roadside test.

The vehicle, which was stopped this morning, June 6, by the Pembrokeshire Road Policing Unit (Pembrokeshire RPU) was part of a routine check.

Traffic officers suspected the driver may be under the influence after smelling cannabis coming from the vehicle.

A roadside drug test was performed with a positive result with the drugswab provided. A small quantity of cannabis was also found inside the vehicle.

The cannabis was seized and the driver was arrested, later released under investigation, pending the male’s blood test result for the drug drive offence, out of court disposal for the possession.

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Campers from Cardiff sent packing

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PEMBROKESHIRE Road Policing Unit (Pembrokeshire RPU) have this morning, June 5, reported nine individuals for breaching coronavirus regulations.

The occupants of the three vehicles, all from the Cardiff area, had moved barriers that had been in place to close off the carpark to the public and set up camp for the night.

A Pembrokeshire RPU spokesperson said ‘Three vehicles from the Cardiff area located at Abereiddy this morning.

“The occupants of the vehicles, who’d travelled down overnight, had moved the barriers that had been used to close the car park. Having done so they then set up camp nearby.

“All nine persons present were reported for breaching coronavirus regulations. One was further dealt with by means of an out of court disposal for possession of cannabis.

“Rubbish cleaned up, car park closure reinstated, vehicles escorted out of Pembs.”

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Police urge visitors to ‘check the rules’

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POLICE in Powys are reminding people to check the rules before they travel, as tourists from the Midlands, London and Bristol continue to visit despite lockdown restrictions.

Last weekend more than 1,000 cars were turned around by police in the Brecon Beacons after visitors attempted to access the area around Ystradfellte known as ‘waterfall country’.

Many of those stopped claimed they thought the rules around travel were the same as in England, while others had deliberately flouted them.

Seventy-two per cent of people reported for breaches of Covid-19 restrictions in Powys since March 27 have been from outside the police force area.

“I would like to thank the communities of Powys for their cooperation in recent months in complying with requirements of the Covid 19 legislation and also reassure them we are still working hard with our partners to police the restrictions that remain in place across Wales,” said Superintendent Steve Davies.

“Our officers have worked hard to engage with the public at every opportunity throughout these unprecedented times by explaining what we are doing and why, and encouraging people to make the best choices to protect public health in Wales.

“But where people have clearly flouted the rules we have dealt with them appropriately and issued fines.”

He said officers will continue to conduct stop checks throughout Powys and across the force area this weekend.

In England, people can now travel an unlimited distance for exercise and to access so-called ‘beauty spots’.

But the Welsh Government has said people must remain local – ideally not travelling further than five miles from their home – for exercise or limited leisure pursuits, and this also applies to anyone travelling across the border.

Wales’ three national parks – which include popular sites such as Snowdon, the Elan valley and the Pembrokeshire coast – currently remain closed to the public, as do all National Trust car parks and properties.

The latest Welsh Government advice is available at gov.wales/coronavirus.

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