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Trial set for DJ accused of distributing racist and anti-Semitic podcasts

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A TRIAL date has been set for a man accused of distributing racist and anti-Semitic podcasts from a Pembrokeshire-based internet radio station.

James Allchurch, 49, who told the courts he wants to be known by his DJ name, Sven Longshanks, appeared at Swansea Crown Court on Wednesday morning (Sept 15).

He is currently of no fixed abode, but is formerly of Chapel House, Gelli.

The defendant denied 15 charges of distributing a sound recording stirring up racial hatred on or before May 17 2019 to on or before March 18 2021, and spoke only to confirm his name and reply “not guilty” as each charge was read out.

The charges allege that he distributed recordings with titles including Rivers Of Blood, Banned In The UK, The Leftist Supremacist Mindset, and The Usual Suspects.

Judge Paul Thomas told him: “Your trial will be on June 27 but there will be a further hearing either in March or April.”

The defendant, of no fixed address but originally from Pembrokeshire, was released on unconditional bail.

Harpreet Sandhu appeared for the prosecution during the hearing, while Laura Miller represented Allchurch.

At the previous hearing in Haverfordwest Magistrates’ Court James Cable for the CPS said “The charges relate to the ownership and hosting of an online radio station, a website with podcasts which were available to the public without the need for any paywall or passwords.

“The station was called Radio Aryan until November 2019, then it changed its name.”

Mr Cable continued: “12 of the charges relate to material allegedly offensive to people from black or ethnic minority communities.

“The remaining three relate to podcasts said to be anti-Semitic.

Longshanks, dressed in a protective suit, dark glasses, and rubber gloves, openly admitted that he ran the station, which he called in court his “life’s work”.

Indeed, he told the judge the reason he changed his name from James Allchurch to Sven Longshanks was that it was his “life’s work that is on trial” and “that’s the name that my work is published under.”

Defence lawyer at that hearing, Kevin Smallcombe, said the issues in the case would be “academic research, freedom of speech and journalism”.

The CPS agreed in Haverfordwest that the case did not need to be dealt with in London in the terrorism list, but could be heard at a local Crown Court.

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Two vans and outbuilding broken in to in Milford Haven – Police investigating

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DYFED POWYS POLICE is investigating reports of two vans and an outbuilding being broken in to sometime overnight on Tuesday 12 to Wednesday 13 October, at Vaynor Road, Milford Haven.

Items including tools, cash and bicycles were stolen. Following enquiries, two men have been arrested on suspicion of burglary and theft. The 20-year-old and 23-year-old, both from the Milford Haven area, remain in police custody at this time.

Anyone with information that could help officers with their investigation is asked to report it to Dyfed-Powys Police, either online at: https://bit.ly/DPPContactOnline, by emailing 101@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. Quote reference: DP-20211013-043. Alternatively, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously by calling 0800 555111, or visiting crimestoppers-uk.org.

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Nathaniel Nuttal charged over serious assault in Monkton

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A 32-YEAR-OLD man who was arrested following a serious assault in Monkton on Wednesday Morning (October 13) has appeared in court this morning charged with Grievous Bodily Harm with intent.

Police were called to a property in Tenby Court, Monkton, at approximately 5.35am on Wednesday Morning following a report of a serious assault.

A 40-year-old man has been taken to hospital with serious injuries.

32-year-old Nathaniel Nuttal from Monkton was arrested at the scene and has subsequently been charged with section 18 assault (GBH with intent).

Nuttal appeared at Llanelli Magistrates’ Court this morning.

A Dyfed-Powys Police spokesperson told this newspaper: “The 32-year-old man that was arrested at the scene, was subsequently charged with Section 18 Assault.

“Nathaniel Nuttal from Monkton, appeared before Llanelli Magistrates Court this morning (Friday, October 15).”

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Schools gearing up for Shwmae Day

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THE Criw Cymraeg (Welsh Crew) at our schools in Pembrokeshire have been busy preparing a whole host of exciting activities to celebrate ‘Shwmae Day’ today! (Friday, October the 15th). 

Shwmae Day is a celebration of the Welsh language and all things Welsh. Seren and Sbarc (the Welsh Language Charter mascots) are asking children to dress as Welsh superheroes or in their best red, white and green outfits to celebrate the day and kick start their Language Charter journey this year.

Bro Ingli Welsh Crew (pictured) have organised several activities for Shwmae Day. Every child and even the staff will come to school dressed in a Welsh cape like Seren and Sbarc. The Criw Cymraeg have arranged a competition between each year for one winner to win a specially designed Seren a Sbarc water bottle. Parents will have the opportunity to have a cup of tea and Welsh cakes when dropping off their children at school in the morning and having a Welsh conversation with the Criw Cymraeg or even being taught a few phrases! The donations will be given to the Wales Air Ambulance. The Criw Cymraeg have also arranged with the kitchen for everyone to have Welsh soup and Welsh cakes for lunch.

Roch School are also dressing up as superheroes. Their Criw Cyrmaeg have arranged lots of exciting activities throughout the day for children to use their Welsh skills from crafts, mocktail making, listening to Welsh music and quizzes to teddy bear picnics. Children will have an extra surprise as they host some special superheroes at their picnic who will join them playing Welsh language games in the playground and sharing a sandwich at the teddy bear picnic.

Scores of teams have also registered for the Big Welsh ‘Dim Clem’ quiz hosted by Menter Iaith Sir Benfro for our English medium primaries. We’ll see which school will be crowned the winner!

And finally, to top off the excitement, all schools will have access to an online gig by Welsh artist Gwilym Bowen Rhys to enjoy during the day.

“What a fantastic effort by our schools to celebrate the Welsh language and to kickstart their Language Charter journey,” said Cllr Cris Tomos, Cabinet Member for the Environment and Welsh Language. “I wish everybody a great, fun-filled day.” 

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