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Top international award for S4C drama

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Richard Harrington (DCI Mathias): during a break in the filming

Richard Harrington (DCI Mathias): during a break in the filming

THE DETECTIVE crime series Y Gwyll/Hinterland has won the top award at the 2016 New York International Film and Television awards.

The Grand Award is given to a select group of the highest scoring programmes from among all the entries – and among the top scorers this year is Y Gwyll/Hinterland.

Three productions have been chosen for the Grand Award this year, they are; Y Gwyll, ‘Earth is Yours’ (BBC Worldwide / Singapore), and ‘The Roosevelts: An Intimate History’ (PBS / USA).

Fiction Factory-produced Y Gwyll also won a Gold Medal in the Crime Drama category.

The news will be welcomed in Ceredigion where the cast and crew are currently filming the third series, to be broadcast first on S4C in the autumn and by BBC Wales at a later date.

The Grand Award and Gold Medal crowned a very successful night for S4C with two further Silver and Bronze Medals awarded to Welsh language content. The ceremony was held in Las Vegas on Tuesday, 19 April and received entries from 50 countries.

The Silver Medal went to the Boom Cymru documentary film, Patagonia Eric Jones ac Ioan Doyle in the Sports and Recreational category. The film followed the two rock climbers from Gwynedd on a journey to the Argentine province.

The documentary Dagrau o Waed: Rhyfel Corea won the Bronze Medal in the National / International Affairs category. The documentary is a co-production between S4C, Awen Media and JTV in Korea. It is one of several programmes made as part of a partnership with Jenonju Television and tells the story of two soldiers who fought during the Korean War – Meirion Davies from Ammanford and Young-Bok Yoo from South Korea.

Also nominated in the awards was the Green Bay media youth series, Llond Ceg who has received the commendation of a Finalists Certificate.

S4C Director of Content, Dafydd Rhys, is overjoyed with this year’s success at the awards. Dafydd Rhys says, “This is the most successful awards in recent years for S4C content at the New York International Film and Television awards and we congratulate everyone on their medals. Once again the talent and creativity of the production sector has flown the flag for Wales on the international stage bringing praise for both Wales and the excellent programmes made here. Well done everyone.”

S4C has enjoyed success at the New York International Film and Television Awards in recent years. In 2015, Adam Price a Streic y Glowyr (Tinopolis) won a Bronze Medal and there was a Silver Medal for Gwirionedd y Galon: Dr John Davies (Telesgop). In 2014, the series Taith Fawr y Dyn Bach (Cwmni Da) won Silver and Karen (Cwmni Da) took a Bronze Medal. And, in 2013, a Gold Medal was awarded to the documentary Fy Chwaer a Fi (Bulb Films, Part of Boom Cymru).

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Stoned Dihewyd driver reached ‘frightening’ speeds of 120mph

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A DRIVER who raced along country roads at speeds of up to 120mph has today received a suspended prison sentence and a driving ban.

Nico Royan, aged 37, admitted dangerous driving, driving with an excessive amount of cannabis in his blood, driving with a tyre without the required degree of tread and possessing a small quantity of cannabis.

Swansea Crown Court heard how shortly before midnight on April 19 Royan overtook an unmarked police car on the A487 near Llanrhystud at 100mph.

The officer began to pursue Royan, who reached 120mph on a narrow, twisting road with high hedges concealing entrances to properties.

After a mile the officer activated blue lights and Royan pulled over.

The court heard the officer could smell cannabis and Royan admitted he had been smoking the drug. Just over 5 grams of the drug were found in a bag in the front passenger footwell.

And an inspection showed the the rear offside tyre was below the legal limit for tread.

During police interviews after his arrest Royan, a sound engineer, accepted that his driving had been dangerous.

His barrister, Ian Ibrahim, said Royan now understood he had been stupid. But he knew the road well and at that time of night there was no other traffic about.

His only motive, said Mr Ibrahim, was that he was in a hurry to get home.

Royan, of The Caravan, Felinfeinog, Dihewyd, was jailed for 12 months, suspended for 18 months, and banned for three years.

He must also complete 200 hours of unpaid work for the community and £480 in costs and a surcharge.

Judge Keith Thomas said the speeds reached by Royan would have been dangerous even on a motorway and, on country roads, were positively frightening.

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£12,000 found in drugs bust to be retained by police

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POLICE have successfully obtained an order allowing them to retain £12,000 in cash seized in a drugs bust in Aberystwyth for six months whilst they investigate.

On October 19 at Llanelli Magistrates’ Court, the CPS, on behalf of Dyfed-Powys Police, said that they had reason to believe that the money they found in a raid at a residential address on St Davids Road, Aberystwyth, is recoverable property – as it was found with a substantial amount of prohibited drugs.

The money had been seized from Sadik Miah – he was not in court for the hearing.

The order was made under section 295(2) of the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002.

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Police release new CCTV image of murder suspect

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DYFED-POWYS POLICE has released a new CCTV image of Steve Baxter, who detectives are keen to speak to in connection with the murder of Simon Clark from Pendine, Carmarthenshire.

The image was captured in Glynneath on Saturday, September 29. He is believed to have traveled to the west Wales area shortly afterwards and is believed to be in the Haverfordwest area.

Baxter, also known as Steve Tidy, Steve Rowley, Wayne Tidy or William Tidy, is aged 52, 5’5” (1.65cm) tall and has tattoos on his forearms – the name Chez and entwined circles on his left arm and a serpent on his right arm.

He is bald, but was last seen wearing a hat and wig, as shown in this image. He may have made other attempts to alter his appearance such as growing facial hair or wearing glasses.

Detective Superintendent Huw Davies said: “We’re releasing this CCTV image from the latest confirmed sighting of Steve Baxter to give people the most up to date example of how he may be dressed and how he may currently look.

“Time is passing and we really need to speak to Steve Baxter to build a more accurate picture of what happened in Pendine.

“To anyone that may know where he is, please pass this vital information to police.”

The independent charity Crimestoppers is offering a reward of up to £5,000 for information leading to Steve Baxter being found. Information would be taken by the charity anonymously.

If you see Steve Baxter call Dyfed-Powys Police on 999.

If you have any information on the whereabouts of Steve Baxter call Dyfed-Powys Police on 101 immediately.

To pass on information anonymously, contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or through the non-traceable anonymous online form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org.

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