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Saundersfoot: Youth cleared of ‘teen rape’

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Swansea Crown Court

Swansea Crown Court

A YOUTH  has been cleared this afternoon of the underwater rape of a teenage girl.

The 17 year old, who cannot be named because of a court order, was accused of pulling aside her swimming costume and forcing himself on her while they were in the sea off the beach at Saundersfoot.

The youth told a jury at Swansea crown court that while there may have been some kissing involved there had not been any sexual contact.

Ian Wright, prosecuting, said the pair had been in a group enjoying a day out at the beach.

At one stage the rest of the group stopped swimming and returned to the beach, leaving just the youth and the girl in the water.

The defendant was alleged to have touched her legs and to have pulled her with such force that she went under the water.

Then, said Mr Wright, he exposed himself while holding her around the waist.

Despite trying to bite him, added Mr Wright, he managed to pull her towards him and to have sexual intercourse with her.

Mr Wright said he stopped only when other members of the group re-entered the sea.

Mr Wright said the girl immediately complained to her cousin about what had happened.

The cousin told the jury she had been surprised to see them kissing while in the sea.

She confirmed the girl told her that the boy had had sex with her. But when she advised her to be careful before making allegations she appeared to brush away the matter.

She said she had watched the couple while they had been in the water and had not been aware of anything sexual taking place.

The jury returned a verdict of not guilty, which sparked celebrations of relief amongst members of the public.

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Masks now advised in all secondary schools

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PUPILS across Wales are now being advised to wear facemasks in all communal areas of secondary schools (including playgrounds), colleges and on transport to and from places of learning by the Welsh Government.

Although not compulsory, the new recommendations have been made by ministers to ensure a consistent approach in tackling COVID-19 across Wales.

People picking up and dropping off children are also advised to wear face coverings too to minimise the risk of catching or passing on COVID-19.

The new guidance, aimed mainly at secondary schools, which the Education Minister has described as ‘easy to follow’ was announced today and now means that the only spaces where staff and pupils can safely remove their facemasks is in the classroom.

The majority of councils already require secondary pupils and staff to wear masks in corridors and on most school transport with those rules extended to primary pupils too in some areas.

Education minister Kirsty Williams said: “It is vital that young people, parents, adults and the workforce feel confident that all measures are being taken to ensure the educational environments are as safe as possible.

“We have been clear that we will keep every policy under review and will continue to follow scientific advice. The policy we are announcing today does just that”.

The new advice has been recommended by the Welsh Government’s Technical Advisory Group (Tag), which has been looking at the “possibility of wearing face coverings for older age groups in more circumstances, including on public and dedicated transport” and could “even include in the classroom on a risk assessed basis…. balancing benefits with harms to overall wellbeing of students.”

Tag is also looking at how feasible a mass asymptomatic testing programme in schools and colleges could be, the Welsh Government has said it is considering that approach.

Debbie Thomas, Head of Policy at the National Deaf Children’s Society Cymru, said: “Face masks and coverings in communal areas could have serious consequences for Wales’ 2,500 deaf children, almost all of whom rely on lip reading and facial expressions to communicate.
“Socialising in corridors, break time chats and playground games are all rites of passage, but deaf young people now risk missing out because they can’t understand what others are saying. They’re also more likely to experience loneliness, isolation and bullying.
“Public health is the priority, but schools and colleges must move quickly to introduce reasonable adjustments to help deaf young people during this difficult time.”

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Two day centres to close temporarily as a precaution

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TWO north Pembrokeshire Day facilities for older people and people with learning disabilities are to close temporarily as a precaution following the rise in coronavirus cases in Ceredigion.

Bro Preseli Day Centre in Crymych and Wintern Day Centre, Goodwick, are to close temporarily from tomorrow (Tuesday, November 24).

The decision to close each site will be reviewed regularly.

It is emphasised that there have been no positive cases of Covid-19 detected at either site and the temporary closures have been put in place as a precaution.

 

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North Pembrokeshire schools remain closed

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THE SIX North Pembrokeshire schools which were closed today (Monday, November 23) as a precaution following the increased spread of coronavirus in South Ceredigion, will remain closed tomorrow (Tuesday, November 23).

The Pembrokeshire schools are:

• Ysgol Preseli
• Ysgol y Frenni
• Ysgol Llandudoch
• Ysgol Eglwyswrw
• Ysgol Cilgerran
• Ysgol Clydau.

The Pembrokeshire schools are closed as a precaution as they share services – such as transport – with the Ceredigion schools.

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