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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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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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