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​​Carl lands TV role as evil ‘Gay Slayer’​



A HAVERFORDWEST man who has, over the last five years, worked as extra in TV programmes – such as ‘​Casualty​’​ and ​’​Stella​’​ – has just landed his first lead role in a television docudrama about the ‘Gay Slayer’ serial killer Colin Ireland.

As he coolly told police that he had murdered five gay men – because he had taken the decision to be a serial killer one New Year’s Eve – Colin Ireland​ gave what he thought was a credible explanation for his campaign of brutality.

The former soldier became known as the ‘Gay Slayer’, reportedly posing as a homosexual to be taken to each of his victims’ homes, where he tortured and murdered them in the summer of 1993.

He also chillingly stayed with several of the bodies over night, possibly taking enjoyment in reliving the violence he had inflicted.

CBS Reality’s ‘​Voice of a Serial Killer​’​ programme, broadcast for the first time this week, focused on the case of the ‘​Gay Slayer​’​.

Carl Sykes, 38​, who was brought up on Baring Gould Way, and attended Tasker Milward School, now lives in Risca, Newport, told The Herald that he ​’honestly did not want to be an actor’.

“I never have”, he said.

Known back in the day by his school friends as a gentle giant, he is perhaps the last person people who know him in Pembrokeshire would expect to see on the screen portraying an evil murderer.

But the lead role – which he seems to have landed very much by accident – really challenged him, he said.

Carl went on to say: “I love being a supporting artist, and this role was suggested to me by my agent but I wasn’t aware at the time how involved it would be. It was fun to do but quite demanding, especially the lip-syncing with Ireland’s police interview.

“But I’m happy to step back and carry on being that guy you might recognise wandering around in ‘​Casualty​’​ from time to time!”

hen asked what he found most challenging about playing the role of the serial killer he said: “Listening to the recordings of Ireland’s police interviews.

“He is so cold and calculating – he actually read books on serial killers beforehand to see how he could kill and get away with it, whilst at the same time​,​ he tried to put the blame on his victims​.​

“At one point he says that if one of his victims hadn’t approached him, he’d have probably just gone home and nothing bad would have happened.

Dr David Holmes, a psychologist, tells the Voice of a Serial Killer programme: “He decided one New Year to make a resolution – I am going to be be a serial killer, that’s my new career, and set about it.

“It’s fairly complex as to whether Ireland was gay himself, which he protests he isn’t, and this was some kind of smokescreen ​… his way of engaging gay men then clearing his conscience.”

Dr Donna Youngs, directors of the International Centre for Investigative Psychology, said Ireland may have been picking up on the ‘vulnerabilities’ of gay men in the 1990s, who felt they had to be covert, and exploited it.

She said he was obsessed with being in control in the way he carried out the murders as well as throughout his police interviews.

She said: “He is proud, he thinks he has managed to achieve dominance and a freedom of expression of what he wanted to do to people in a way that very few others have the nerve to follow through on. He is proud, that’s why we get all the details we do in his confession.”

After confessing to all five murders, Ireland was given a whole-life tariff in 1993.

He died at the age of 57 from natural causes in the healthcare centre of Wakefield Prison in West Yorkshire in 2012.


Calls for help over VHF radio may have been a hoax, say RNLI



THE ANGLE All-Weather Lifeboat was requested to launch on service at 10:23am this morning, Monday (July 22).

Following a call to the Coastguard from Milford Haven VTS, the crew were tasked after the VTS operators overheard a female voice calling for help on VHF channel 12.

After narrowing down the transmission to having been received on the Pembroke aerial site, the crew were requested to conduct a search.

Launching at 10:30am, the lifeboat made best speed to the moorings at Hazelbeach, and a hasty search was requested by the Coastguard of any moored vessels. The crew began making their way amongst the moorings, heading up to the moorings off Neyland. With nothing untoward sighted, the crew proceeded to search the moorings off Hobbs Point, Barnlake Point, Burton, Llanion and Rudders Boat Yard.

With nothing found, the Coastguard requested that the crew continue their search up river to Picton Point. The lifeboat continued searching up the western shore encompassing Llangwm before altering course just past Landshipping and searching the eastern shore back down the river, calling in to Lawrenny on the way to check any vessels moored there.

The RNLI said that the search continued back down as far as the Cleddau Bridge.

On Facebook the organisation posted :”Following a thorough visual, communications and radar search the crew were subsequently stood down when no further information or calls had been received.

“The tasking was therefore deemed to be a hoax call.

“The lifeboat was back alongside and readied for further service by 1pm.”

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Police investigating after man injured during altercation in cemetery



POLICE have confirmed that they are investigating a report of an altercation which occurred in the cemetery off Gelliswick Road, Hakin, Milford Haven sometime between 4.30 and 5.00pm, Wednesday 17th July, 2024.

Following the incident, a 32-year-old man went to hospital for treatment and was later released.

A 19-year-old male has been arrested on suspicion of assault and released on bail pending further police enquiries police have confirmed.

The incident caught the attention of locals, who said there was a large police response to the incident included armed officers.

Anyone with information that could help officers with their investigation is asked to report it to Dyfed-Powys Police, either online at:, by emailing [email protected], or by calling 101. If you are deaf, hard of hearing, or speech impaired text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908.

Quote reference: 394 of the 17th

Alternatively, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously by calling 0800 555111, or visiting

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West Wales man jailed for rape after victim’s cries heard



A WEST WALES man has been sentenced to six and a half years in prison for raping a woman in an attack that ended only when her cries for help were heard by others. Charlie Evans, a 22-year-old former Exeter University student, ignored his victim’s repeated pleas for him to stop during the 45-minute ordeal.

The incident took place after Evans and his victim had attended a party, where both had been drinking. The court heard that after kissing, the pair left together, with the woman under the impression that Evans lived in a flat with her friend.

Upon returning to the flat, the woman used the toilet before Evans raped her, despite her repeatedly saying no. The prosecutor described the victim as crying hysterically and added: “She did not want these things to happen.”

During the attack, one student testified they could hear the victim not consenting and begging Evans to stop. Another person said they were so concerned they inquired about what was happening.

Police were alerted after the incident was reported to campus staff, who then contacted the emergency services. Evans was told to leave his flat and was subsequently removed from the university. He denied the offence during his police interview.

Evans, of Victoria Avenue, Mumbles, Swansea, was convicted earlier this year at Exeter Crown Court of rape and sexual assault. He was sentenced on July 12. In a victim statement, the woman said her life had been forever changed by Evans’s actions. She expressed feelings of fear, confusion, and shame during the incident and continues to suffer from nightmares. She now feels distrustful of men and has sought support to cope with her trauma, the court heard.

Christopher Quinlan KC, defending, presented multiple good character references for Evans, describing him as a “kind and respectful” young man who was “always positive, compassionate and thoughtful.” He argued that his client’s life was “in ruins” as a result of his actions.

However, Judge Stephen Climie told Evans he had “completely misrepresented” his victim’s position, adding: “She was so far away from wishing to engage in your sexual activity that the only explanation for your attitude and approach was alcohol that blinded you to what was clearly and obviously the word ‘No’.” He continued: “So far as your life is concerned you will be crushed as a result of the sentence I’m required to impose.”

Following the sentencing, DC Michele Hicks from Devon and Cornwall Police’s major crime investigation team praised the victim for her courage and resilience throughout the investigation. She said: “I hope this case reassures the community how seriously the police take reports of sexual violence against women and girls and gives people the courage to come forward in future.”

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