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Tenby: Company director jailed for drunken assault on paramedic



statue_2689572bDRUNKEN company director from London who assaulted and abused the female paramedic who tried to help him when he passed out after a stag night has been jailed for 15 months.

Samantha Dalton, 36, was trying to assist 33-year-old James Richardson when she found him face down and unresponsive after a stag do in Pembrokeshire, West Wales.

The paramedic and her colleagues had physically carried him to the ambulance and taken him to Withybush General Hospital before he lashed out.

Richardson then grabbed shocked Mrs Dalton by the arm and told her: ‘I want to ram my c*** up your punani,’ the Old Bailey heard.

Company director James Richardson, at the Old Bailey.

Company director James Richardson, at the Old Bailey.

Mrs Dalton, who has worked for the Welsh Ambulance Service for 13 years, said it was the most ‘horrible and disgusting’ experience in her time as a paramedic.

Richardson, who ran a family firm providing building maintenance for estate agents, was spared jail in 2013 for glassing a senior sales negotiator in a Chelsea nightclub.

He launched the unprovoked attack on 37-year-old Edward Peers during an after-work drink on King’s Road leaving his victim with 22 stitches.

But Judge Rebecca Poulet, QC, activated 15 months of a 20-month suspended sentence after Richardson pleaded guilty to a public order offence and common assault.

‘She had carried you to the ambulance and in return she and the others were kicked at and embarrassed by you,’ she told bespectacled Richardson.

‘Mrs Dalton was shocked, dismayed and disgusted. It was the worst conduct she had ever experienced working as a paramedic for 13 years.’

Prosecutor Catherine Picardo said Richardson had been drinking at a stag party on the night of 14 June 2014.

Mrs Dalton was in the middle of a 12-hour night shift when she was called out to his friend’s address in the early hours of the morning.

‘The defendant was heavily intoxicated and had fallen flat on his face and appeared to be bleeding from the nose,’ the prosecutor said.

‘Mrs Dalton and her colleagues placed him in the ambulance with some difficulty, he was incoherent and was combative.’

Ricardson was taken to hospital and put on a trolley where he urinated despite being offered a receptacle to use.

‘He was struggling to get up off the trolley and the medical team were trying to take blood, but that was proving to be very difficult,’ Ms Picardo continued.

‘He was extremely aggressive and said “get away from me you f***ers”.’

Richardson then grabbed Mrs Dalton by the wrist causing her pain and reddening and launched a torrent of abuse described by his victim as ‘disgusting’.

He said ‘I want to f*** you’, ‘I want to explore you’, ‘I want to get my c*** up you’ and ‘I want to ram my c*** in your punani’.

Richardson also kicked out at her in an attempt to get her away from the trolley.

‘When officers arrived the defendant was still aggressive and swore at the police as well,’ the prosecutor added.

He later made full and frank admissions to police and apologised for his ‘disgusting’ behaviour.

Richardson, of Capital House, Michael Road, Fulham, southwest London, admitted a public order offence and common assault.

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Ongoing incident closes busy Haverfordwest road



A MAJOR road in Haverfordwest has been closed due to a police incident this afternoon (May 5)

A man was seen holding onto the outside railings of a bridge, talking to police officers.

The police said: “We are dealing with an ongoing incident, with concern for the welfare of a male, which has meant the A487 between Cartlett Road and Thomas Parry Way in Haverfordwest has been closed.

“Motorists are asked to avoid the area and find alternative routes.

There are reports of long queues for motorists in and around Haverfordwest with some drivers messaging The Herald saying “Town is gridlocked.”

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James Oulton found not guilty of 30 counts of sexual assault against 11 ex-pupils



JAMES OULTON, 34, the primary school teacher who was accused of 30 charges of sexual assault against pupils has been found not guilty of all charges at Swansea Crown court today, following a lengthy trial (May 4).

The charges, now dismissed, had related to his time as a Haverfordwest primary school teacher, between 2012 and 2018.

Mr Oulton had described the accusations as a “witch-hunt”.

He confirmed he had made a formal complaint against one officer involved.

Speaking after the verdict, James Oulton said: “I am glad two years and eight months of hell for my family, colleagues and friends has come to an end.”

“I’m just glad it’s over and that the jury came to the right verdict.”

The press was only able to report on the prosecution case, but not the defence case – because Oulton him self via his barrister had made an application to the court for a press restriction.

The Herald feels that this press restriction on the reporting of both sides of the case, once granted, was unlawful, and is appealing to the Court of Appeal on a point of law.


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Nineteen arrests and weapons seized during knife crime action week



NINETEEN people were arrested and a number of weapons were seized as police took part in a national week of action against knife crime, police have said.

Dyfed-Powys Police has released its results from Op Sceptre, which ran from April 26 to May 2, during which officers across the force took part in activity to crack down on crime involving blades.

The week was led by the force’s roads policing units (RPU), with a focus on targeting operations in key areas throughout the four divisions.

Neighbourhood policing teams were instrumental in engaging with shopkeepers, creating educational videos for communities on social media, and working with RPU on joint patrols in crime hotspots.

Inspector Andrew Williams said: “There have been some excellent results forcewide  from this year’s Op Sceptre, and as a result of the increased proactivity in key areas, there has also been a vast amount of other offences detected.

“This was thanks to some outstanding work by roads policing units, neighbourhood policing teams, the joint firearms unit and response officers.

“Our approach was to educate our communities on the laws around carrying and selling knives, and the dangers associated with having a blade on your possession, which was backed up with operational activity across the force.

“This has been very well received, and will be continued during the next operation.”

During the week 20 stop searches were carried out, resulting in seven arrests and numerous weapons being seized.

Twelve people were arrested for drug driving following stop checks on vehicles, one of which led to the discovery of a cannabis cultivation in the Cardigan area.

Traffic offence reports were issued to 41 drivers, and two people will be dealt with for failing to stop for officers when requested.

Neighbourhood policing activity saw engagement with 95 shop owners and community leaders, with officers and PCSOs reassured to find that most businesses were complying with the Challenge 25 policy. Those who were not will be dealt with accordingly.

Insp Williams said: “Our work to tackle knife crime will continue as we consider intelligence logs that were submitted during the operation and develop targeted plans to deal with concerns in our communities.

“We would also like to remind people that while our knife amnesty has now concluded, the best way to dispose of an unwanted blade is to take it to your local recycling centre.”

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