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Hakin paedophile jailed for 1200 sick films and pictures of children and babies

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A HAKIN man took an indecent’ tribute’ picture of a young girl and sent it to fellow paedophiles, Swansea Crown Court has heard.

Graham Thomas, 58, a former security guard, also downloaded more than 1,200 sick films and pictures of children and babies being abused. He also engaged in online chats about his sexual fantasies with children.

At a previous hearing last month, Thomas admitted seven charges of taking, distributing, and making indecent photographs of a child. He also at the time pleaded guilty to a further charge of possessing ten extreme pornographic images portraying a person performing an act of sexual intercourse with a live or dead animal.

The offences took place at Milford Haven between October 8 and 10 when Thomas admits taking four category C indecent images of children; distributing one indecent Category A image of a child; distributing ten indecent category B images of children; distributing 34 indecent category B images of children; making 298 indecent category A images of children; making 475 indecent category B images of children and making 471 indecent category C images of children.

Judge said that images and videos were “vile” and “simply stomach-churning”

Sending him straight to jail at his sentencing hearing, the judge at Swansea Crown Court said that the images, some of children as young as just 18 months old, were “vile” and “simply stomach-churning”.

Barrister Craig Jones, prosecuting for the CPS , explained that the defendant was arrested in November 2020 at the house he shared with his mother. Thomas’s laptops, phones, and tablets were seized

A full search of his electronic resulted in 1,244 indecent images and videos, including 298 Category A images, the most serious, as well as 10 extreme pornographic images being found.

Detectives from Dyfed-Powys Police were shocked to discover online chat logs where it could be seen that Thomas had discussed his child abuse fantasies with several other like-minded individuals, and discovered he had shared a small number of indecent images with other paedophiles.

Defending, John Allchurch, said Thomas was remorseful for what he had done. He had worked as an oil refinery security guard, spending spent a lot of time alone; leading him to develop an interest in online pornography which led to more extreme material.”

Judge Paul Thomas QC said the children in the images found were real children somewhere in the world being horribly abused.

Thomas was sentenced to two years and four months in jail, and will be a registered sex offender for 10 years.

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Fishguard RNLI launch to attend injured fisherman 13 miles offshore

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FISHGUARD’s RNLI’s all-weather lifeboat launched early on Monday (Jan 17), with a full volunteer crew, to rendezvous with an Irish scalloper fishing boat which had an injured crew member aboard. The 14-metre fishing boat ‘ Golden Fleece’ had requested assistance by making radio contact with HM Coastguard. 

The lifeboat launched at 7.30am in calm conditions and headed to the fishing boat positioned approximately 13 miles north of Cemaes Head. Once on location the injured fisherman, who had suffered a significant finger injury, was transferred to the lifeboat. No further medical assistance was necessary from the lifeboat crew but he was kept under observation during the return journey to Fishguard where he was transferred to an awaiting ambulance upon arrival at 8.30am.   

 

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Brains’ £100 million sell-off plan includes local pubs in Pembrokeshire

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SA BRAINs is close to completing a £100m deal which will see the sale of 100 Wales pubs, including Pembrokeshire locals, it has been reported.

It is reported that Wales most prominent brewers will sell the freeholds to 100 of it’s pubs to a consortium.

Brains currently has a portfolio of 200 pubs across Wales and the South West.

Sources within the pub industry said that the transaction could be signed in the next few days.

The deal is to be made with Song Capital and Cerberus Capital Management, the former owner of Admiral Taverns.

The deal, which is thought to be around the £100m mark, is expected to be used by the Brains’ family shareholders to pay down debt.

The hospitality sector has been hit severely by the Coronavirus pandemic, being forced to close for long periods at a time and then reopening with strict restrictions.

In 2020, Brains struck a deal with Marston’s to operate 141 of its pubs, under the Welsh brewers brand, following financial pressures of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Six Pembrokeshire pubs are earmarked to be included in the transaction; The Ferry Inn, St Dogmaels, Crown Inn, Tenby, Grove Hotel, Narberth, Waterman’s Arms, Pembroke, Harbour Inn, Solva and The Galleon, Broad Haven.

The sale will see the Brains pub estate as a family-owned brewer with a small residual pub portfolio.

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St Clears’ McDonald’s opening delayed for a week

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THE OPENING of the new 100-seater McDonald’s in St Clears has been delayed by a week. 

The restaurant, which will be built along the main approach road to Pembrokeshire, aimed to open its doors on Wednesday, January 19. 

However, the company has confirmed that the opening has been postponed until Wednesday, January 26. 

The new McDonald’s will join Haverfordwest and Pembroke Dock McDonald’s as the only members of the company located west of Carmarthen. 

It hoped to provide over 80 full and part time jobs due to being open around the clock. They hosted a recruitment day in December 2021. 

The original applications had previously stated that the McDonald’s would be open 24 hours a day. A premises licence application is currently being made to the County Council for the “provision of late-night refreshments” which, if accepted, would allow the restaurant to be open 24 hours a day.

It will open on the opposite side of the road to Travelodge and Starbucks, which replaced the Little Chef restaurant in 2017.

The restaurant was initially going to include a separate building which would have accommodated a Costa Coffee. However, it will now host a Greggs. 

Alongside this, planning permission has been granted separately for a petrol station with six electric charging points.

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