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Aberystwyth paedophile caught again

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swansea-crown-courtAN ABERYSTWYTH paedophile caught for a second time trying to arrange sex with an underage girl has been jailed today for three years and four months.

David John Williams, aged 54, was caught in a sting operation run by a member of the public.

Williams, of Corporation Street, admitted attempting to arrange the commission of a child sex offence and breaching a sexual harm prevention order imposed for earlier offending.

Robin Rouch, prosecuting, said Williams had been jailed for 21 months in September, 2015, for arranging to meet an underage girl for sex. She turned out to be a police officer.

In October, 2016, shortly after his release from prison, Williams joined an internet chat room and made contact with “Louise,” who in fact was James Agius from St Helens near Manchester.

Mr Agius had posted a photograph of a young looking female friend in the hope of catching paedophiles.

Mr Rouch said “Louse” told Williams she was aged 14 “but that did not deter him.”

Williams went on to send “Louise” a photograph of his penis and to tell her he wanted to take her virginity.

“Louise” agreed to meet Williams at Aberystwyth railway station on October 29. At that point Mr Agius contacted the police who went to Williams’ home as he was preparing to leave for the meeting.

Officers examined his mobile telephone but could find nothing incriminating. They asked him if he had any other devices capable of accessing the internet and Williams replied, “No.”

But a second mobile was found during a search and that contained all the messages he had exchanged with “Louise.”

Williams’ barrister, Dyfed Thomas, said he wanted to take advantage of any courses that might help him change his attitude towards under aged girls.

Judge Geraint Walters said Williams was a man who was “addicted” to young girls and who “lived and breathed every day” the thought of having sex with them.

“As soon as you came out of prison you went back to doing the same thing,” added the judge.

“It is a blight these days that grown men take to the internet to have sex with children, sometimes under the noses of their parents.

“The courts have to protect those children, not just from people like you but also from themselves.”

Judge Walters said he accepted that Williams could not have carried out the sex acts he had wanted to because “Louise” had not existed.

But the next time he tried it the girl could turn out to be real.

Judge Walters said he was satisfied that Williams posed a significant danger to young girls. He extended the licence period by three years meaning that Williams could be recalled to prison after his release anytime until August, 2021.

Judge Walters also issued a fresh sexual harm prevention order to run indefinitely.

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Another man charged in Ifan Owens assault case

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Ifan Owens: Seriously assaulted in January

ANOTHER man has been charged and remanded into custody in relation to the serious assault of Ifan Owens, aged 19, in Aberystwyth on January 14.

Michael Arwyn Jones, 24, has been charged with S18 Grievous Bodily Harm with Intent and Possession of Cannabis.

Last week, Billy Valentine, 19, of Terrace Road, Aberystwyth, and David Lloyd, 25, of no fixed abode, entered no pleas when they appeared at Haverfordwest Magistrates’ Court.

The pair were sent to trial at Swansea Crown Court on May 11 at 10am.

Due to the serious nature of the offence, Lloyd’s bail was revoked.

The court found there was a real risk he would abscond or re-offend.

As well as being charged with grievous bodily harm, he was also charged with having a blade exceeding 3 inches in a public place without good reason or lawful authority.

Valentine was also charged with being in possession of herbal cannabis as the time of his arrest. This was by Magistrates, who gave him a 12 month conditional discharge, and ordered him to pay £20 to fund the victims of crime, and £85 to the Crown Prosecution Service.

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Consultation to launch today on future of health services in Ceredigion

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HYWEL DDA UNIVERSITY HEALTH BOARD are formally announcing the launch of their consultation at County Hall in Haverfordwest this morning (Apr 19).

The proposals, the Board say, will shape the future provision of health and care services to the general population.

These provisions will be ‘safe, viable and offer an improvement to what is currently provided’.

The Herald will be attending the event, which starts at 9:30am.

You can watch a live stream here.

The 12-week consultation, which is clinically-led, will involve a number of events for communities, both general and targeted, as well as an awareness raising campaign.

It is expected that the announcements will have big changes for Withbyush, Glangwili, Prince Philip and Bronglais hospitals.

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Issue of lifeboats raised to Prime Minister

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BEN LAKE MP made his Prime Minister’s Questions debut, raising the important issue of the future of Cardigan Bay’s lifeboat provision.

On Thursday (Apr 18) Mr Lake commended the valiant efforts of RNLI staff and volunteers at New Quay lifeboat station who have been safeguarding those who venture out into the bay, be it for work or pleasure, since 1864.

He also expressed concern at the possibility that there will no longer be an all-weather lifeboat in Ceredigion from 2020.

Mr Lake asked the Prime Minister whether she would agree ‘that the invaluable work of the RNLI serves as a fourth emergency service, and that as such it is essential the coastline of Ceredigion, like every other populated coastline, has access to this service whatever the weather?’

The Prime Minister responded: “Search and rescue at sea is provided by several organisations, including the coastguard and the RNLI. The RNLI has a proud tradition, and we should be grateful for its record on search and rescue at sea. It is obviously independent and decides where best to put its resources, but we are supporting the work of independent lifeboat charities through our Rescue Boat Grant Fund, which has allocated more than £3.5 million since 2014 to increase capacity and resilience by providing new boats and equipment.”

Ben Lake said: “I was glad of the opportunity to raise an issue that is of great concern to communities across Ceredigion with the Prime Minister. I look forward to working with the RNLI and campaign representatives in search of a long-term solution, and in particular seek to ascertain whether the Rescue Boat Grant Fund could be of benefit to ensuring the retention of an all-weather lifeboat at New Quay.”

The RNLI has decided to downgrade New Quay Lifeboat Station to an Inshore Lifeboat when the service life of its Mersey-class All-Weather Lifeboat expires in 2020.

The proposed new lifeboat will not be able to launch in conditions exceeding Force 7 in the daytime or Force 6 at night.

After 2020, there will be no All-Weather Lifeboats in the whole of Ceredigion, leaving a gap of 70 miles between the All-Weather stations of Barmouth and Fishguard.

The latest generation of All-Weather Lifeboats can travel at 25 knots in 30 minutes in calm conditions. In a challenging sea, the nearest boats at Barmouth and Fishguard would take more than an hour and a half to respond to an emergency off New Quay or Aberaeron.

The mission statement of the RNLI reads: “Our crews aim to launch their lifeboats with 10 minutes of being notified and can operate up to 100 nautical miles out at sea. We aim to reach at least 90% of all casualties within 10 nautical miles of the coast within 30 minutes of a lifeboat launch – any weather.”

The Ceredigion Lifeboat Campaign are questioning how local rescues can take place in a challenging sea to meet this aim of the RNLI. Over 10,000 have currently signed a petition campaigning against the proposed changes.

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