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Community order for Pembroke Dock man who downloaded 6570 child abuse images

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A 46-YEAR-OLD man who downloaded over 6,500 indecent images of children, has narrowly missed going to jail.

Brett Johnson on Finch Close, Pembroke Dock, appeared at Swansea Crown Court today (Oct 4).
He was convicted of two charges of downloading one indecent image of a child of Category B, and downloading 6,570 indecent images of children of Category C at Ceredigion Magistrates’ Court on August 27.
He also appeared at Haverfordwest Magistrates’ Court on September 16, when magistrates decided to decline jurisdiction.
Prosecutor, Dean Pulling, said: “Officers from Dyfed Powys Police executed a search at the defendant’s address on June 27, 2018. The defendant was present and the reason for the search was explained.
“A number of devices were found – 22 devices in total were seized. He was interviewed that day and night and answered no comment to all questions.
“The devices were given to Alan Morris who wrote a digital forensics report, and this was his findings: Five separate devices were found to be used for downloading 6,571 indecent images of children that had been deleted, but we’re recovered. The images were in Category B and C.
“There were 520 images on a Dell laptop, 3,558 on a Buffalo hard drive, 1,484 on a SanDisk USB stick and 807 on a red USB stick.
“The photos depicted girls between six and 10 years of age, and were downloaded from 2005 up until the seizure. File sharing software, uTorrent, was used to download the images. Google searches were made that were all indicative of the downloading of underage indecent images.
“Johnson had searched for ‘pre-teen’, ‘seven year old girls’ – He had also searched for websites associated with underage material, which dates back a number of years. There is abundant evidence that he visited these websites on a number of occasions.”
Mr Pulling continued: “Police subsequently spoke to his family and asked them about their access to the devices. He then gave a prepared statement on April 28 this year, to say the he downloaded the images and he didn’t share them with anyone.”
The court heard that the offences have had a ‘detrimental impact’ on his life, and has put a strain on his relationship with his wife.
He now lives out of the family home and has supervised access to his son. He also resigned from his place of work.
The judge told the court that he felt Johnson needs to ‘admit the problems’ he has, as he had originally said he was sent the photos without having asked for them. The judge called this ‘ludicrous’.
Johnson was sentenced to a two year community order, with the requirement of completing a 30-day rehabilitation activity requirement to address his sexual activities.
The devices used to download the images will be destroyed.
Johnson was also placed on a sexual harm prevention order, which prohibits him from using a computer unless it retains history, and must notify of police within three days of any device he uses or obtains.
He is prohibited from any private browsing, and must not destroy any electrical equipment without informing the police first.
He was placed upon the sex offenders’ register for five years, and ordered to pay £340 prosecution costs in 56 days.

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Consider the benefits of living in a community-led housing scheme

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NO one could have missed the Extinction Rebellion protests around the world in recent months, but a little-known low-impact eco-community in Pembrokeshire is also working hard to spread the sustainability message.

The Brithdir Mawr community grow their own food, generate their own electricity and provide low cost rented housing, as well as sharing ideas, resources and skills with people who want to learn more.

More than 100 people have lived there over the past quarter of a century and the current residents have an innovative way of living.

One such resident is Lea Trainer. He moved here a few months ago and feels the move has changed his family’s life for the better after he left his job as a project manager in London: “My wife Kirsty and children Brianna and Frankie have been here since June but the community has been around for more than 25 years. My wife brought the children here last year for an educational trip and they were texting me about birds and insect-spotting and I had a bit of an epiphany.

“Our life is incomparable to before. We now live a lower impact life and have reduced our footprint on the Earth. I’m learning all the time about nature, renewable energy. It’s fantastic to be part of a community contributing towards the development of a regenerative culture, farming using organic methods and preserving and increasing biodiversity.

Living at Brithdir Mawr has also brought personal benefits to Lea: “Now I can spend quality time with my children and my wife. I’ve already noticed a real difference in the children. They have really developed their personalities and freedom of expression. They know much more about nature and have really come out of their shells in the time that we’ve been here.”

“Each day is different here. We do all meet as a community at 11 for coffee and then again for dinner. Some people have part-time jobs, others will tend to the garden and our children are home-schooled. We have a community day each week where we do activities together, like apple-picking.”

Brithdir Mawr is being supported by the Wales Co-operative Centre, which has been supporting and championing the growth of co-operative and community-led housing since 2012. In April this year, it launched its Communities Creating Homes programme which aims to stimulate demand for community-led housing throughout Wales. The programme is funded by the Nationwide Foundation and Welsh Government.

With more than 30 schemes already in place across Wales, communities can be created for various purposes and shared visions. Where some schemes have been created to make housing more affordable for residents, others have been developed for people who want improved eco-friendly lifestyles.

Meanwhile, Brithdir Mawr community is planning for the future. It has been there for 25 years but wants to make sure it’ll be there for future generations and continue the message of sustainability by purchasing the lease for the 80-acre site. The residents have launched a crowdfunding campaign to try and raise funds to buy the land they live on and are hoping to raise £1million to purchase the site.

Go to www.crowdfunder.co.uk/save-brithdir-mawr for more information and how you can support Brithdir Mawr. Visit https://wales.coop/co-operative-community-led-housing/ for more information on community-led housing schemes and how they work.

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Firefighters tackle blaze at St Clears

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A FIRE broke out in a commercial garage at Lower St Clears this morning (Monday).

Firefighters were called to the fire in Bridge Street at around 8.18am. Crews from Carmarthen, Whitland, Tenby, Crymych and Pembroke Dock attended to tackle the blaze.

A spokesperson for the Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service, said: “Firefighters extinguished the fire using four breathing apparatus, two hose reel jets, two thermal imaging cameras and one safety jet. Two environmental kits and small gear were also used by crews during the incident.

“The police, ambulance service and Western Power were also in attendance. The fire service left the incident at 11.33am.”

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Haverfordwest man accused of robbing a teenage boy

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A HAVERFORDWEST man is to stand trial accused of trying to rob a 13-year-old boy.

Ry Robert Williams, aged 27, was before Judge Keith Thomas at Swansea Crown Court today via a video link with the city’s prison where he is being held on remand.

Williams, of Peregrine Close, denied attempting to rob the youth of an unspecified amount of money on July 5. Judge Thomas said on Friday (Nov 15) that his trial would begin on January 30 and Williams was further remanded in custody.

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