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Abuse victim calls for Caldey monk’s remains to be removed from island

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Father Thaddeus Kotik: One of his victim's wants his body removed from the island

A WOMAN who was abused by Father Thaddeus Kotik on Caldey Island in the 1970s and 1980s has said she wants his remains to be removed from the island and for an inquiry to be held.

The woman, who wished to remain anonymous and spoke to the BBC under the pseudonym Charlotte, said that the she was threatened by Kotik as a child.

She told the BBC: “I still think that the island itself is one of the most beautiful places on earth, I just feel sad that it’s inhabited by a monastery.

“I feel sad for the island that it’s had to harbour revolting creatures. I have nothing against the physical island, it’s a piece of nature and it’s absolutely beautiful but I think that Father Thaddeus needs to be removed.

“That’s just the first step. The abbey should be thinking about that themselves. They need to get with the programme and start realising that this is a very, very serious issue.

“It changes how you grow up. It changes how you see the world and most importantly, it changes how you see your place in the world.

“It’s very important for me to not just have my story told. I don’t want anybody to say to me ‘oh you poor thing, oh that’s really sad, that must have been really hard’.

“I want the whole world to say this is an outrage, and it’s happening and why is it still happening?

“We are destroyed souls and we are left to do our own healing. And it’s an epidemic. There are thousands and thousands and thousands of people like me.”

Angela Burns AM has also called for an inquiry into the abuse. She said: “I think they’re burying their heads in the sand. They know it’s awful and they’re hoping that if they just keep up a wall of silence it doesn’t impact on them.

“I think they need to be really clear about their motivations. Are they protecting their faith or are they protecting the body of the church? If it’s just about protecting the body of the church they should be ashamed of themselves.”

Charlotte visited Caldey Island until the age of 11 and was one of six women to receive compensation for the abuse.

The Abbot of Caldey Island, Daniel van Santvoort, said that any allegations of abuse should be sent to the police of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse. He added that he would co-operate fully with any investigations.

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Police searching for 80-year-old last seen in Pembroke

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DYFED-POWYS POLICE is concerned for missing 80 year old Ellis Pollard. He has been staying in Pembrokeshire for the past few days, cycling as part of a group.

He was last seen yesterday (May 26) at approximately 5pm, whilst cycling with the group on the B4320 near Pembroke Castle.

He is described as a white man with white, thinning hair, is approximately 5’3 tall, and walks with a stoop. He is also described as looking very frail. He was wearing a plain red lycra top, and a pair of blue and yellow shorts. His bicycle is described as a road bike which is a polished silver colour.

A police spokesperson said: “We are appealing to anyone who has seen someone matching Mr Pollard’s description, or have any information that could help find him to contact police by calling 101.  We’re also asking the public in Pembrokeshire to check their outbuildings and sheds, or anywhere that he might have been able to shelter in.  If you are deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908.”

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Police trying to track stolen tanker

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DYFED-POWYS POLICE is investigating the theft of a fuel tanker containing approximately 8,500 litres of diesel (4,000 litres of red diesel and 4,500 litres of white diesel).

The vehicle was taken from Tan Y Foel Quarry, Cefn Coch, Welshpool, between 5.30pm on Wednesday, May 23 and 6am on Thursday, May 24.

The police are asking people to see if the tanker is now in this area.

Anyone with information that can help officers with their investigation is asked to report it by calling 101. If you are deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908, quoting Ref: DPP/0006/24/05/2018/01/C.

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Nearly £10,000 of illegal drugs off the streets

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Police: In an operation at the Mount Estate, Milford Haven, this week

THE POLICE have now confirmed that, as reported in the Herald today, they have been carrying out a large operation to prevent the sale of drugs in the Milford Haven, Neyland and Pembroke Dock areas.

£10,000 worth of drugs at street value has been seized across the county over the last five days, as part of what the police are calling a ‘targeted operation against drug dealing’ in our county.

We have been reporting how police used chainsaws to smash down the front doors of suspected drug dealers this week using American-style SWAT tactics for the first time in Pembrokeshire.

Drugs and cash have been seized from suspected drug dealers in Milford Haven, Neyland and Pembroke, following a week-long targeted operation (May 21-25).

Six people were arrested for possession with intent to supply illegal drugs with a street value of £9,720.

The drugs seized were:

  • £9,000 worth of cannabis;
  • £500 worth of psychoactive substances;
  • £120 worth of amphetamines; and
  • £100 worth of heroin.

£6,500 in cash has also been seized, suspected of being money made from criminal activity.

Pembrokeshire Problem Solving Team Sergeant, Reuben Palin, said: “The message from the community is clear – illegal drugs cause misery and they need to be taken off the streets. I’d like to thank the public for giving us information so we can target drug dealers who take advantage of the most vulnerable in society.

“I encourage anyone with any information or concerns about drug misuse to contact us – as you’ve seen, we will take action.”

Investigations are ongoing into the six arrested people.

A further three people are due to be voluntarily interviewed about drug possession.

Anyone with information about the use or supply of drugs can contact police on 101. If you are Deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired, text the non-emergency number on 07811 311908. Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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