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Pedlar jailed for selling knives in Pembrokeshire

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A PEDLAR has been jailed for six months after admitting selling knives and scissors door-to-door in the Saundersfoot area.

Lewis Hill, 32, was seen approaching a property near Pentlepoir on July 4.

“He was seen going around houses selling kitchen utensils,” Crown Prosecutor Abigail Jackson told district judge Mark Layton who was sitting at Haverfordwest magistrates court on Tuesday.

“Police received a call about the defendant, who was claiming to be a salesman.  But when one of the residents refused to buy off him, the defendant called him a f****** c***.”

Three more calls were made to the police by other nearby residents.  Each reported that the door-do-door pedlar had been behaving in an aggressive and abusive way whenever people refused to buy items from his black holdall.

“He got very aggressive and threatened to knock somebody’s head off,” added Ms Jackson.

When officers subsequently arrested the defendant, they searched his holdall and discovered three pairs of scissors and a kitchen knife.

Ms Jackson said that in January 2023, Hill was sentenced to a Community Order after being convicted of selling items door-to-door in the Thornbury area without an appropriate pedlar’s certificate.

“He sold a packet of cloths to an elderly lady who was vulnerable,” continued Ms Jackson.  “But he then became abusive, calling her names such as a slut and a c***. 

“He said, ‘If you call the police, this will be the biggest mistake you’ll ever make in your life.  You’ll be a dead woman walking.’  Hill then spat into the woman’s face and onto her clothing.”

Hill, who pleaded guilty to four charges of possessing a bladed article in a public place and of peddling without a pedlar’s certificate, has four previous convictions for peddling without a certificate.

This week he was represented in court by solicitor Mr Adam Scott.

“He was going from door-to-door selling the items, but they were not, in any way, to cause fear,” he said.

“He’s done this since the age of 18, where he’s being paid to go from door-to-door selling wares.”

Hill, who currently resides in Middlesbrough, was sentenced to 26 weeks in custody.  He must pay a £154 court surcharge and £85 costs upon his release.

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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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