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Custody for man who threatened to rape police officers’ wives, mothers and children

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A COURT has heard how a man spat into the mouths of police officers and threatened to rape their wives, mothers and children after being conveyed to hospital for treatment.

Police were called to Glangwili Hospital on June 1 after paramedics reported that the man they were attempting to treat had become aggressive.

When they arrived, they discovered Christopher Evans lying on the floor, being restrained by several paramedics.

“He kicked out at one of the officers to the chest and told him to f*** off,” Crown Prosecutor Abigail Jackson told Haverfordwest magistrates this week.

“He then spat towards one of the officers, making direct contact with his face.  And some went directly into his mouth.”
Ms Jackson said that Evans, who is of no fixed abode, continued to spit at the officers on three separate occasions.

A victim impact from one of the officers was read out to the court.

“It never crossed my mind that trying to help a person  in need would result in an incident like this,” he said.

“I now live in continuous fear of an illness or a virus that I may have contracted as a result of the spitting.

“This could have an impact on me for the rest of my life.”

Ms Jackson said that Evans’ unacceptable behaviour continued after he was placed inside the police van cage.

“He started kicking out and on several occasions he made threats that he was going to rape the officers’ mothers, wives and children,” she said.

She quoted him as saying to the officers, ‘One day I’ll be standing in your garden to kill you and your family.”

On June 30 Evans was seen to take two sandwiches from Greggs, Carmarthen, and walk out of the store without making any attempt to pay for them.  Officers then received a report from Tesco Extra stating that Evans, who had been banned from entering the store, had taken two bottles of beer from a shelf and was throwing them around the store.  He then left after stealing beer worth £3.18.

Miss Jackson concluded by saying the offences were committed within two days of Evans being granted conditional bail by District Judge Mark Layton at a previous hearing at Llanelli magistrates court.

Evans pleaded guilty to two charges of assaulting emergency workers by beating, two charges of theft and a charge of criminal damage at Tesco Extra, Carmarthen.

He was sentenced to 26 weeks in custody. 

 He was also ordered to pay £200 compensation to each of the police officers, £6.56 compensation to Tesco Extra and £6 compensation to Greggs.  He must also pay £170 costs and a £154 court surcharge.  

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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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