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Llandysul: Four years jail for 82 year old sex attacker



swansea crown courtAN 82-YEAR-OLD Llandysul man who had the nerve to sexually assault an eight year old girl while travelling in the same car as her mother has been jailed for four years today (Dec 19).

Swansea Crown Court heard the mother was unaware of what was happening and only discovered the truth years later.

William Bryant, of Pencader Road, Pontwelly, denied the accusation but was convicted by a jury following a trial.

The jury heard the offending went back more than 30 years but the girl did not reveal the truth until she was an adult suffering psychological difficulties.

Bryant had been born in Pencader but left to live in the Hull area. He returned in the 1970s to take over the family’s blacksmith business and later retired to Llandysul.

His barrister, Frank Phillips, said Bryant’s offending had had a devastating effect on his family and on the local community where he lived.

He said Bryant would find prison very difficult to cope with and urged Judge Christopher Vosper to consider a suspended sentence or a community order.

Judge Vosper said that at the time the offence was committed the maximum sentence was only five years, but it was now 15 years.

Judge Vosper said there could be no alternative to an immediate jail sentence.

He said he took into account Bryant’s age and good character, and the fact that he had not offended again.

But he also had to abide by sentencing guidelines laid down by the government.

Bryant was also banned from working with children and ordered to register with the police as a sex offender indefinitely.

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Police and Crime Commissioner’s Office wins prestigious national award for its custody visiting



The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Dyfed-Powys has won a prestigious national Gold award for the quality of its Independent Custody Visiting Scheme.

The Independent Custody Visiting Scheme is a volunteer scheme that is run by the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner.

Arising after riots in the 80s centred around public distrust in policing, and in particular the policing of black communities, independent custody visitors (or ICVs) are volunteers who give their time to make unannounced visits to police custody across the UK, ensuring the rights, entitlements and wellbeing of detainees throughout the country.

In Dyfed-Powys, there are currently eighteen volunteers who act as Independent Custody Visitors, and make unannounced visits to police custodies in Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire, Carmarthenshire, and Powys. 

They report their findings to the Police and Crime Commissioner, who in turn holds the Chief Constable to account.

The Independent Custody Visiting Association (ICVA) Quality Assurance Awards were presented at a ceremony at the Old Library, Birmingham on 29 November.

ICVA is the national organisation which supports, leads and represents locally-run custody visiting schemes. Schemes manage teams of independent volunteers who visit those detained in police custody.

There were four graded levels of award, and the Dyfed-Powys Scheme was delighted to have received the Gold standard; meaning their Scheme provides an excellent standard of custody visiting and volunteer management. The Scheme was established in Dyfed-Powys in 2001, and since its roll out, thousands of visits have been made to custody suites across the force area.

Welcoming the award, Dafydd Llywelyn, Police and Crime Commissioner for Dyfed-Powys told The Herald: “I am thrilled to announce that our Independent Custody Visiting volunteer scheme in Dyfed-Powys has been honoured with a prestigious national Gold Award.  This recognition reflects the commitment and dedication of our volunteers and the high standards of custody visiting and volunteer management in our region.

“It is a testament to the collaborative efforts of our community, Dyfed-Powys Police and my Office, reinforcing our commitment to excellence in ensuring the welfare and rights of individuals in Custody.  I would like to congratulate and thank all of our volunteers for their hard work – we are proud of this achievement and will continue our efforts to maintain this gold standard in the service we provide to our community”.

On a blog, published following the awards ceremony to congratulate volunteers, ICVA Chief Executive Katie Kempen said; “I am so grateful for all of your incredibly hard work on the Quality Assurance Framework, in what for many have been quite challenging times.

“At the opening of the assessment window, many of your schemes were still in a period of Covid recovery and getting schemes back up to resilience, recruiting and training new volunteers all over the country.

“As we have moved through the process, many of you have come into post and as well as getting accustomed to your new role have taken on the Quality Assurance Framework too. I am so proud of each and every scheme and their award.

“It hasn’t happened without a commitment to the scheme, to the amazing volunteers and ultimately to the fair and effective treatment of those deprived of their liberty by the state. Thank you all so much.

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Poo would have thought it: 60 of 68 toilets in Pembrokeshire survive the axe



SIXTY of Pembrokeshire’s 68 public toilets will be kept open despite fears many more of them were under threat of potential closure, senior councillors heard yesterday, December 4.

Due to financial constraints, the February meeting of Pembrokeshire County Council’s Cabinet listed 34 of its 68 toilets at potential risk of closure if community asset transfers to town and community councils or other sources of funding weren’t agreed.

Since then, there has been good news for some of the closure-threatened toilets, with Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority agreeing to fund 10 coastal facilities for two years, and the county council funding Dale facilities from its car parking budget.

At Pembrokeshire County Council’s Cabinet meeting of December 4, members – along with receiving an update on the situation – considered eight exception requests for toilets at risk of closure from town and community councils who feel they have been disproportionately financially affected.

Cabinet members backed a recommendation to continue to fund Tenby North Beach, with investigation of income-generating opportunities such as charging to use or linking to other sources of funding.

It is also backed Abereiddy’s toilets remaining open until March 31, 2025 while funding avenues are fully explored.

Cwm yr Eglwys has been given a June 30, 2024 date, with the facility at Pwllgwaelod to continue.

An April 8 closure date was backed for several other facilities if funding can’t be found: Carew, Moylegrove, Newgale South, and Nolton Haven (the latter both currently closed for the winter).

Conversations are ongoing for town and community councils to either fund, lease or asset transfer seven facilities, including Newport Parrog.

Facilities at Abercastle, Amroth East, Bryn Road St Davids, Creswell Quay, Kilgetty, and Neyland Marina will stay open until April 8, after which time they will be closed unless funding has been agreed.

An exception was made in the case of Newport Parrog, with an extension to September 30, due to complexities at this site.

A 50 per cent funding offer for Bosherston toilets for two seasons by the National Trust was refused, with an April 8 closure date on the cards.

Cabinet Member for Residents’ Services Cllr Rhys Sinnett said positive progress had been made “in seeking to sustain a network across the county,” with “complex and delicate negotiations with stakeholders”.

Cllr Jon Harvey said he was proud of the work that had gone on, adding: “To get to a situation where we have saved so many through cooperation is extremely positive; 60 of 68 are effectively remaining open, an excellent, excellent result.”

He asked if further negotiations with the “rather wealthy charity” the National Trust could take place over Bosherston, with the possibility of the trust funding the toilets 100 per cent, with Cllr Sinnett agreeing to further discussions.

Cllr Neil Prior said the potential toilet closures were “a difficult decision driven by the funding crisis we’ve been facing,” adding: “Officers and members have worked incredibly hard to get us to this point, nobody wanted to close any toilets.”

Council leader Cllr David Simpson said: “It’s wonderful we’re saving 60 out of 68 toilets, a very reasonable and sensible solution in the end; we might be able wangle a few more to stay open.”

Legal avenues are being explored for two facilities with a view to close Burton and Oriel Y Parc St David’s, with facilities at Marloes village now closed as no alternative funder has come forward.

The decision on the Tenby toilets was welcomed by Mayor Cllr Dai Morgan and local county councillor Sam Skyrme-Blackhall after the meeting.

Tenby Town Council have agreed to fund costs of keeping the toilets open in Upper Frog St, which means that there will be no toilet closures in the town.

Cllr Morgan said: “This is good news for the town, and I am grateful that Pembrokeshire County Council Cabinet listened to our strong case.”

Cllr Skyrme-Blackhall praised the decision and thanked the cabinet for their support, adding “Sometimes things take time to sort out, but we have been working hard behind the scenes and I am delighted at the outcome.”

In the north of the county, Cllr Huw Murphy welcomed the news the Pwllgwaelod public toilets will remain open.

“Cwm yr Eglwys toilets (seasonal opening) remains a work in progress but will remain open until at least June 30 while efforts to secure funding to retain permanently are ongoing.”

Pictured: Mayor of Tenby Cllr Dai Morgan and County Councillor Sam Skyrme-Blackhall celebrate on hearing the news Tenby’s North Beach toilets will remain open. Picture: Cllr Skyrme-Blackhall (Image: Tenby Town Council)

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Man overboard turned out to be illegal immigrant, say police



A MAN who went overboard from an oil tanker in Milford Haven sparked a significant multi-agency search operation.

The incident, which occurred at the Valero oil terminal, led to the deployment of various rescue teams, including the Angle lifeboat, port authority pilot boat, and Coastguard Rescue Helicopter R187 from St Athan.

The search began on Sunday night (Dec 3) following the discovery of signs indicating someone had fallen into the water from the tanker. Teams from Dale and Broad Haven coastguard were also involved in the extensive search, which included the use of search lights, image intensifiers, and FLIR thermal imaging equipment.

Despite the intensive efforts, the initial search was called off in the early hours of Monday. However, the Angle lifeboat was relaunched later Monday morning, though this search also yielded no results.

In a surprising turn of events, police and coastguard authorities confirmed that the individual was found ashore, safe and well on Monday afternoon.

Following his discovery, he was arrested on suspicion of being an illegal immigrant and was subsequently handed over to the Border Force.

A Dyfed-Powys Police spokesperson told The Pembrokeshire Herald: “Police received a report on Sunday evening, December 3rd, that a man had gone overboard from a vessel docked on the Milford Haven waterway. The man was located safe and well onshore on Monday afternoon, December 4. He was arrested on suspicion of being an illegal immigrant and handed over to the Border Force.”

HM Coastguard also confirmed the incident, noting the man reported to have gone into the water at the Valero oil terminal on December 3rd was safely located the next day.

The Coastguard was alerted around 9.55 pm and sent the RNLI’s all-weather lifeboat from Angle, coastguard rescue teams from Dale and Broad Haven, and the search and rescue helicopter from St Athan.

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