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Getaway driver arrested after year ‘on the run’ following burglary



THE GETAWAY driver at the scene of a burglary at Dinas Cross has been traced and arrested after a year ‘on the run’.

Paula Hynd, aged 36, had driven away David Solley after he had been confronted by brave shopkeeper Mary Simpson, who found him inside the living quarters at the Kiel House store.

Solley ran from the scene and was suddenly picked up by a Ford Fiesta driver.

Tom Scapens, prosecuting, told Swansea Crown Court how police spotted the car on the A40 near St Clears.

Hynd was driving and several times responded to instructions to pull in by turning into a lay by and then racing away.

The chase ended in the centre of Carmarthen where Solley was arrested trying to hide on the roof of a local government building. Hynd was still in the car and in possession of a quantity of £1 coins taken from Kiel House.

Both were charged with various offences–Solley with burglary–and were due to be sentenced on March 3, 2017.

But only Solley turned up and he was jailed for 19 months.

A warrant was issued for Hynd’s arrest but it took a year for police to trace her to the George pub in Shoreham, near London, where she was arrested last Saturday (Apr 7)

She admitted failing to answer to bail, making off without paying for £10 worth of fuel belonging to a petrol station in Dinas Cross, taking a hire care without consent, and driving without insurance or a licence.

Her barrister, James Hartson, said at the time both Hynd and Solley were from north Kent and had been in west Wales for treatment for addiction to Class A drugs.

She had failed to attend her sentencing hearing a year ago, he added, because she could not afford to travel to court.

But during her year ‘on the run’ she had managed to find and hold down her first ever job and now had her drug use under control.

Judge Geraint Walters told Hynd she had been ‘extremely foolish’ to think she could skip bail.

“Did you think they would not catch up with you in the end? They always do,” he added.

Hynd was jailed for six months, suspended for 12 months.

Mr Hartson said Solley, having served the custodial element of his sentence, was sitting at the back of the court ready to drive her back to Kent if she did not receive an immediate jail term.


Tenby: Discarded BBQ on beach burns feet



COASTGUARDS in Tenby have asked people to safely dispose of their barbecues after a beachgoer suffered burns to their feet while on North Beach.

Coastguards were alerted to assist a casualty at 5:40pm on Wednesday (22 May).

The casualty was located in Castle Square.

The casualty was given first aid in before being taken to Glangwili Hospital in Carmarthen for further treatment.

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Milford Haven: £40,000 benefits fiddle admitted in Crown Court



A MILFORD HAVEN woman has this afternoon admitted fiddling almost £40,000 in benefits she was not entitled to.

Elizabeth Haines, aged 59, of Cromwell Heights, kept quiet about her savings and investments which put her over the allowed limit.
Haines appeared at Swansea Crown Court via video link with Haverfordwest magistrates’ court for a plea and case management hearing before Judge Geraint Walters.
She admitted failing to notify Pembrokeshire County Council and the Department for Work and Pensions that she had the capital and received £39,281 in housing benefit, council tax relief and employment support allowances between April 2012 and November 2016.
Judge Walters agreed to sentence Haines on June 19 to allow a probation officer time to prepare a report on her.
Judge Walters said the starting point was a jail sentence but other options could be considered.
Haines was granted bail meanwhile.
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Behave or Be Banned scheme returns to tackle disorder



Dyfed-Powys Police is working with licensees across the region to relaunch Behave or Be Banned (BOBB) – a scheme which sees people banned from pubs, clubs and bars for bad behaviour.

The scheme re-launches in time for the bank holiday weekend (May 25) and Neighbourhood Policing Teams (NPTs) across the force area are closely linked with businesses to reduce violence and disorder in pubs and clubs.

Chief Inspector Mark McSweeney said: “BOBB is an effective tool to help prevent, reduce and combat alcohol-related offences within communities.

“If anyone is arrested for a crime of violence, disorder or anti-social behaviour in licensed premises, or after leaving a licensed establishment in the Scheme, they will be banned from not just that licensed premises, but all licensed premises that display the Behave or Be Banned sign within the area.

“The message is simple – Behave or Be Banned!  In addition, if someone is a persistent nuisance for a licensee but their behaviour doesn’t merit arrest, licensees can also put them forward to receive a ban from all licensed premises.”

Problem customers are banned not just from the one pub but all those in the area that have signed up. It also tackles underage drinking and the use and supply of drugs.

Mr McSweeney added: “BOBB works.  It is not uncommon to see people being more concerned about whether they can get into a pub with their friends than they are about being arrested.

“Licensees will not tolerate anti-social behaviour in their premises and BOBB keeps such people out, making it safer and more enjoyable for everyone else.”

Dyfed-Powys Police’s summer campaign – #EnjoyDPP – encourages people to enjoy what the area has to offer, safely and with respect for others.

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