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Deported man caught at Fishguard attempting to board ferry

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A MAN who had previously been deported from the UK was apprehended at Fishguard Port as he attempted to board a ferry to Ireland.

Lukas Citavicius, 26, was stopped by authorities on May 29, after it was discovered that he was trying to travel to Rosslare, Ireland. Swansea Crown Court heard from Prosecutor Emily Bennett that Citavicius had been issued a deportation order on May 22, 2022, yet had managed to re-enter the UK.

“The defendant stated he had been in the UK for one month when he was discovered,” Bennett reported.

Following his arrest, Citavicius was taken to Haverfordwest Police Station, where he explained to officers that he had returned to the UK for family reasons and was attempting to leave the country to return to Lithuania.

Judge Huw Rees queried the defendant’s choice of travel route, asking, “Why was he going to the Republic of Ireland?”

Dan Griffiths, representing Citavicius, responded that his client believed it was the safest way to leave the UK without being detected. “He was less likely to be discovered going that way,” Griffiths said.

Griffiths further elaborated that Citavicius had returned to the UK out of concern for his mother’s health. “He did this only after his attempts to get her to return to Lithuania fell on deaf ears,” Griffiths explained.

Citavicius, who is married with children and employed in Lithuania, was eager to return there with his family. Griffiths added that Citavicius’ mother’s health had improved, and she also intended to move to Lithuania.

“He simply wishes to return to Lithuania to return to life with his family,” Griffiths stated. “It’s noteworthy he was detained attempting to leave the UK.”

The court was informed that Citavicius, who has no fixed abode, had seven previous convictions for 12 offences.

Judge Rees expressed concern over Citavicius’ illegal re-entry into the UK, saying, “The illegal entry into this country is a matter of great concern. The sooner you leave the country, the better.”

Citavicius was sentenced to two months in prison. Judge Rees explained that this sentence aimed to minimise the burden on the British taxpayer, and he confirmed that the deportation order would be enforced immediately after the sentence is served.

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Welsh Snooker star Michael White jailed for assaulting partner

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A WELSH snooker star has been jailed after assaulting his then-partner. Michael White, 33, of Penshannel, Neath Abbey, assaulted the woman, causing actual bodily harm, on two separate occasions. The first incident occurred on February 12, 2022, and the second on December 10, 2022.

White pleaded guilty to the charges. A further charge of intentional strangulation on December 10 was directed to lie on file. White, whose snooker world ranking peaked at 15 in 2016, was sentenced at Swansea Crown Court on Thursday, July 11, 2024.

He received a total jail term of 36 months – 19 months for the first incident and a consecutive 17 months for the second. The World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association has announced that White has been removed from the world ranking list and the World Snooker Tour with immediate effect.

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Man admits to threatening woman with deactivated firearms

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A WHITLAND man has admitted to threatening a woman with deactivated copies of an AK-47 and an M16 assault rifle.

Craig Woodworth, 39, appeared at Swansea Crown Court charged with two offences. It was alleged that Woodworth, previously of St David’s Avenue, threatened a woman with a deactivated copy of a Kalashnikov AK-47 semi-automatic assault rifle and a deactivated M16-A1 semi-automatic assault rifle in Carmarthen on February 18 last year.

The prosecution alleged that Woodworth’s behaviour caused the woman to believe unlawful violence would be used against her.

He was also charged with sending communications conveying a threatening message, relating to a video, on that same date. Woodworth, now of Tarvin Road in Chester, pleaded guilty to using the firearms to make the threats but denied sending a threatening message.

Prosecutor Dean Pulling said these pleas were acceptable, as the threatening message “was the mechanism of the threat” in the charge Woodworth had admitted.

“The defendant is realistic about his position,” said defence counsel David Singh.

Judge Geraint Walters ordered a pre-sentence report to be prepared. “This case plainly passes the custody threshold,” Judge Walters said.

The defendant was granted bail and will return to court on August 7.

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Crime Commissioner Llywelyn launches of public consultation

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DYFED-POWYS POLICE and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Dafydd Llywelyn has formally announced the launch of a public consultation for his updated Police and Crime Plan for 2025-2029. This consultation seeks to engage the community in shaping the future of local policing, reaffirming his commitment to creating safer communities and enhancing public trust in the police and criminal justice system across Mid and West Wales. 

One of the key roles of a Police and Crime Commissioner is to produce a Police and Crime Plan which sets out the direction for policing for the next four years. This is a legal document that the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC) must produce under the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011. The Police and Crime Plan is a blueprint for local policing, developed through extensive public consultation, research, and assessments of local needs and resources. 

“Our communities’ safety and trust in our policing are paramount,” commented PCC Llywelyn. “This consultation is a crucial step in developing our updated Police and Crime Plan. By listening to the voices of our community through surveys and focus groups, we ensure that our strategy aligns with their needs and concerns. 

“My overarching vision for the next four years is to improve public trust and confidence in the policing service, making Dyfed-Powys a safe place to live, learn, work, and travel. To achieve this, I would like to focus on three key areas: supporting safer communities and preventing harm, supporting victims, and preventing victimisation, and delivering justice. 

“Every action taken by the police and justice services is geared towards providing the best support for victims. Preventing harm and addressing issues at their root is crucial. Through effective collaboration with public sector partners and leveraging specialised knowledge from our commissioned services, we aim to deliver a justice system that truly serves and protects the public. 

“Victims’ needs must be central to all our efforts and Your feedback is vital in shaping our policing priorities. By participating in the Police and Crime Plan Consultation, you have the opportunity to influence critical policing decisions, ensuring that Dyfed-Powys Police can continue to safeguard its communities with the highest standard of service available. 

“I am honoured to continue serving as your Police and Crime Commissioner. Together, we will build a safer, more resilient Dyfed-Powys.” 

The survey and its results will guide the PCC in identifying priority areas and proposing actions to address them in his Police and Crime Plan. To complete the survey, visit:

https://forms.office.com/e/JdTZThwawF?origin=lprLink
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