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Milford Haven gardener’s ‘paedophile tendencies’ exposed by undercover police operation

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CUSTOMERS of Clearways Garden Services in Milford Haven have been wondering why their local gardener, David Richard Badham, hasn’t turned up for some of his rounds recently, but all has now become clear following his sentencing at Swansea Crown Court.

He was keeping a low profile following a police operation run from Northern Ireland set up to catch paedophiles.

The seemingly respectable green fingered businessman had spent months engaged in sordid and disgusting online chats with what he believed to be a schoolboy. But in fact, his intended victim was an undercover police officer – engaged in a sting operation set up to snare dangerous online offenders.

David Richard Badham repeatedly told the imaginary online victim in very graphic terms he wanted sex with him and asked him to travel to Carmarthen so they could meet and “play”.

Swansea Crown Court heard Badham’s online activities have cost him his good name, “his business, and his family”.

Stephen Rees, prosecuting, said Badham was caught in an undercover operation run by police in Northern Ireland.

Between January 2019 and June 2019, the defendant engaged in highly sexualised conversations with someone he believed to be a 14-year-old boy.

Badham sent a series of graphic messages describing what he wanted to do to the boy and what sex acts he wanted the boy to perform on him.

Despite knowing the age of the would-be victim, the defendant requested photographs of his genitals and sent him videos of a man, believed to be the defendant himself, performing a sex act.

Dyfed Thomas, defence barrister, said the behaviour and resulting conviction was a “substantial fall from grace” which “had cost him his good name, business, and also his family”.

It was only a letter from his wife which saved him from an immediate custodial sentence. The letter, which the court heard showed there was “another side to this man”, who had no previous convictions.

Judge Paul Thomas QC told Badham he had “paedophile tendencies towards young boys” and said the sooner he came to terms with that and sought help the better.

Giving the defendant a one-third discount for his guilty pleas the judge sentenced him to a total of 16 months in prison suspended for two years and ordered him to complete the Horizon sex offenders programme, a rehabilitation course, and 150 hours of unpaid work.

Badham will also now be a registered sex offender for the next 10 years and was made the subject of a sexual harm prevention order for the same length of time

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Johnston: Police appeal after boy on scooter injured in collision

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POLICE are appealing for witnesses after a collision in Johnston, near Haverfordwest, on Wednesday (Aug 5).

A boy on a scooter sustained minor injuries during the collision, which took place at around 4.20pm.

A red 4×4 is also believed to have been involved.

Anyone who was in the area of the St Peters Road pelican crossing, or nearby Langford road, and either witnessed the collision or who has CCTV that covers this area is asked to get in touch with Dyfed-Powys Police

As spokesman said: “You can telephone 101 or email contactcentre@dyfed-powys.pnn.police.uk. If you are deaf, hard of hearing, or speech impaired you can text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908. Please quote Dyfed-Powys Police Ref DP-20200805-249.”

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Police ask communities to stay alert to prevent raves this weekend

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Police are asking communities to stay alert to prevent raves this weekend.

As we head into the weekend, police are urging members of the public in Pembrokeshire and Carmarthenshire to help them prevent illegal raves from setting up in their communities.

A police operation, called #OpFlamenco, is urging people living in rural communities, including farmers and landowners, to report anything suspicious to Dyfed-Powys Police.

The information will help police respond swiftly as illegal raves arise and hopefully prevent them from happening or at the very least allow police to respond before they become established.

Superintendent Jon Cummins, Head of Specialist Operations for Dyfed-Powys Police, said:

“We know raves can cause anxiety to the community they are held in, and if not dealt with swiftly are difficult to stop due to the sheer numbers of people involved. There is also a safety concern involved in breaking-up such events. And as we’re currently faced with the pandemic, it is absolutely crucial that these types of gatherings do not take place.

“As a force, action is taken as soon as we gather any intelligence of an event being planned. We will continue to respond swiftly to reports of illegal gatherings, and where appropriate will prosecute those responsible in order to protect our communities. Officers will also be conducting proactive patrols of areas identified as possible sites for these types of gatherings.

“However, these types of illegal events are carefully co-ordinated to avoid police attention, and organisers will always try to find new ways to avoid being found out.

“We rely on the support of communities to report any suspicious activity immediately, so action can be taken to disrupt illegal gatherings swiftly. And there has never been a more important time for us all to look out for each other, and report anything that seems suspicious.

“I would encourage farmers, landowners and local communities to report anything they feel is suspicious or out of the ordinary either online at: http://bit.ly/DPPReportOnline, or by email at: contactcentre@dyfed-powys.pnn.police.uk, or by calling 101.”

Know the signs:

Unusual numbers of vehicles, especially camper vans, vans or trucks, seen in the locality.
Illegal trespassers may recce sites in advance of any rave

People may approach landowners and ask around for land, in the guise of hiring it for acceptable activities such as gymkhanas or scout camps.

If you suspect anyone who approaches you for land hire might not be who they say they are, please do not hesitate to contact police.

Social networks make it easier for organisers to spread the word – rave attendance numbers can grow hugely in short spaces of time, and locations can change quickly.

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Haverfordwest: Appeal for information following incident at Morrisons

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POLICE are investigating a shoplifting and assault allegation which occurred at approximately 3.20pm on Saturday (Aug 1) at Morrisons, Haverfordwest.

A teenage male was involved in an altercation with the store security guard after he and two older people, a male and a female, were stopped for the purpose of checking receipts as they exited the store.

All three had left the store before police arrival.

Police said: “There were a number of customers of the store who may have witnessed the incident.

“Anyone with information which could help the investigation is asked contact police.”

“Police can be contacted at contactcentre@dyfed-powys.pnn.police.uk, or 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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