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Neyland: Man arrested for possessing indecent images of children

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A 49-YEAR-OLD man from Neyland was arrested, charged and admitted possessing and distributing indecent images of children within days of a warrant being carried out at his home.

Officers from Dyfed-Powys Police’s online investigation team (POLIT) and Pembrokeshire joint investigation unit (JIU) executed a warrant under the Protection of Children’s Act at the home of David Leonard Smith, in Kensington Road on Wednesday, February 28.

Smith, who is subject to a sexual harm prevention order, was requested to provide all mobile and computer devices to officers to be examined. A number of devices were triaged by POLIT at the scene.

Indecent images of children were located on a computer tablet belonging to Smith, who was arrested and conveyed to custody.

During examination of the tablet, a large amount of text-based chat on social media was found, and further work established that Smith had been distributing indecent images of children online.

He was charged with possession of extreme images, making indecent images of children, distributing indecent images of children and breaching a sexual harm prevention order.

He appeared at magistrates court on Thursday morning (March 1) where he pleaded guilty to all charges. He has been remanded in custody until sentencing at Swansea Crown Court on March 30.

Detective Sergeant Mathew Davies said: “The swift and thorough examination of David Leonard Smith’s internet devices has resulted in an arrest, charge and guilty plea just a day after a warrant was carried out at his home.

“This is an individual who was already subject to a sexual harm prevention order, but was determined to continue offending.

“Thanks to the hard work of officers, he is now in custody awaiting sentencing.”

Dyfed-Powys Police would urge anyone with information about people involved in offences of this nature to speak to police in confidence on 101, or report their concerns anonymously to Crimestoppers by calling 0800 555 111.

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Success for pupils on A-Level results day

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THE OVERALL Pembrokeshire pass rate at A-Level was 96.6% compared with the Wales national average of 97.4%.

Nationally there has been a slight decrease in the pass rate compared with last year.

The percentage of pupils gaining A* and A grades in Pembrokeshire was 20.2% compared to a Welsh average of 26.3%.

There has been a good improvement in the percentage of pupils achieving A* and A grades since last year in Ysgol Greenhill School at 24.3%, Sir Thomas Picton School at 24.7% and Tasker Milward School at 30.3%.

The overall Pembrokeshire pass rate at AS-Level this year was 85.2% compared to a national average of 90%.

Pembrokeshire County Council’s Director for Children and Schools, Kate Evan-Hughes, said: “Most of our students have achieved the outcomes they require to take the next steps in their journey whether that is university, apprenticeship or employment.

“It is good to see improvements being made in a number of our schools, particularly at the higher grades of A*/A in Tasker Milward, Sir Thomas Picton and Ysgol Greenhill School.

“We are pleased that the strategies to support the most able and talented learners continue to show good results.”

Councillor David Lloyd, Cabinet Member for Education, said: “We continue to work committedly with our schools to achieve better outcomes for learners in Pembrokeshire. We are confident of achieving this.

“It is especially reassuring to see successes in particular schools for our most able pupils. At the same time where there are weaknesses we will acknowledge them and dedicate bespoke resources to remedy them.

“In conclusion I would like to wish all students every success with their future ventures and thank the teaching staff for their ongoing commitment to our young people.”

SCHOOL A*-A A*-E
Ysgol Greenhill School 24.3 95.7
Milford Haven School 9.0 96.2
Pembroke School 11.0 99.0
Sir Thomas Picton School 24.7 95.8
Tasker Milward School 30.3 95.5
Ysgol Bro Gwaun 5.5 92.7
Ysgol Dewi Sant 13.0 98.6
Ysgol Y Preseli 24.8 97.9
Pembrokeshire (overall) 20.7 96.6
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Saundersfoot: Two elderly people allegedly assaulted

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POLICE are investigating an allegation of assault which occurred at approximately 10.30pm on Saturday, August 4.

Two elderly people were assaulted by a male. One of the victims required hospital treatment.

A 20-year-old male was quickly arrested in connection with the incident and has been released under investigation.

PC Corissa Smith said: “This was an isolated incident and officers quickly arrested a man. We are appealing for any witnesses to come forward.

“We are especially looking to speak to a female who may have had contact with the male suspect moments before the incident.

“She is described as being in her mid to late twenties, large build, with blonde hair and wearing dark clothing. She may have been with a smaller female friend.”

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.

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Haverfordwest: Lorry blocks Clay Lane

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A LORRY has blocked Clay Lane in Haverfordwest this morning (Aug 16) shortly before 9am.

Motorists reported a delay on the road and were forced to turn around.

Several large vehicles have blocked the road over the last year.

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