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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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Police advise ‘hang up on suspicious callers’

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A NATIONAL telephone scam, aiming to steal money, has reached residents living within the Dyfed-Powys area.

Paul Callard, of Dyfed-Powys Police’s Financial Crime Team, said: “Action Fraud has today  made us aware three people living in Dyfed-Powys have been contacted by fraudsters claiming to be from BT, in the past four days. While three people have reported, we suspect many more have been targeted.

“Victims receive a telephone call from someone pretending to be from BT who is calling due to a problem with the victim’s internet connection speed. During the call the victim is asked to open their online banking, eBay, Tesco and other accounts. The scammer then tries to gain remote access to the victim’s computer to empty the victim’s bank account.

“BT will never ask for remote access to your computer or access to your online bank account. We urge anyone who receives unsolicited/cold calls from any company hang up immediately. Do not enter into conversation with them, provide them with any personal details or send them any money. You should only phone the company back using a trusted phone number.”

If you have been the victim of fraud, attempted fraud, or cyber crime, or have received a potential scam message or computer virus but no money has been lost or you haven’t responded to it, report it to Action Fraud either online or by calling 0300 123 2040.

For further advice and information on how to avoid being scammed visit www.actionfraud.police.uk.

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Four arrested as man remains in ‘critical condition’

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FOUR men have been arrested after a man was hospitalised in the early hours of Sunday morning (Jan 14).

19-year-old Ifan Richards Owen is in hospital in critical condition after the attack.

The incident took place in High Street, Aberystwyth, at approximately 2:20am.

Four men, aged 19, 20, 23 and 25 have been arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm with intent.

They are in police custody.

Police are now appealing for witnesses to contact them as a matter of urgency.

DCI Anthony Evans, of Dyfed-Powys Police, said: “We are issuing a fresh appeal for witnesses to the assault on Ifan Richards Owens, aged 19, which occurred on High Street, Aberystwyth at around 2.20am on Sunday, January 14.

“In particular we would like to speak to anyone who gave first aid to Mr Owens before emergency services arrived.

“Mr Owens remains in hospital in a critical condition.

“We would urge anyone with any information that could assist in our investigation any witnesses to the incident or anyone who may have any CCTV or video footage of the incident to contact police on 101, quoting incident number 402 of January 14. Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

“Four men, aged 25, 23, 20 and 19, have been arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm with intent and remain in police custody at this time.”

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£750,000 funding for highway improvements

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CEREDIGION COUNTY COUNCIL has recently been awarded almost £750,000 of additional grant funding from the Welsh Government’s Local Transport Fund and Road Safety Capital Grant to carry out further highways improvement schemes in the County.

£596,000 has been allocated from the Local Transport Fund for various schemes across the county which will include removing the pinch point on the C1010 at Gogerddan, near Penrhyncoch. £249,000 of funding is allocated for active travel improvements in Aberystwyth to create an improved shared use path along Boulevard St Brieuc which will continue along the side of the Police Station and up Park Avenue towards Glyndwr Road. A pedestrian crossing on Boulevard St Brieuc will be upgraded to a new toucan crossing, which cyclists can also use alongside pedestrians. This will be the first of its kind in Ceredigion.

The funding will also purchase a new scooter shelter at Plascrug Primary School. Head Teacher Menna Sweeney said: “This is great news because the shelter purchased just 16 months ago following grant funded works on the Avenue cannot cope with current demand due to the amount of children scooting and cycling to the school every day. This is really helping to alleviate the traffic congestion problems previously experienced in the area”.

Two new public cycle repair stands with integrated cycle pumps will be installed in Aberystwyth. One will be placed outside Plascrug Leisure Centre and the other on Aberystwyth University Penglais Campus.

Councillor Alun Williams, Cabinet Member for Transport said: “I’m delighted that we’ve managed to obtain funding to further improve facilities for pedestrians and cyclists. The work will complement the new Parc Kronberg Skate Park and improve the look of this important gateway into Aberystwyth by increasing the number of trees and spreading them wider along Park Avenue as well as renewing the currently uneven section of pavement on the street.”

Additional funding has been allocated to the Cardigan Active Travel Area Year 2 Scheme,  which earlier this year saw a new 20mph zone with traffic calming outside Cardigan Secondary School and a new footway link and pedestrian refuge crossing on Aberystwyth Road. The extra funding will fund footway widening on Pontycleifion Road and the provision of new dropped kerbs to assist mobility and pushchair users to improve the link between the Town Centre and Parc Teifi Industrial Estate.

Deputy Leader of the Council Cllr Ray Quant MBE and Cabinet Member for Technical Services said: “I’m delighted that Ceredigion residents will benefit from a further three quarters of a million pounds funding from the Welsh Government for transport schemes throughout the County and I look forward to seeing the improvements which should be completed by the end of March 2018.”

A Road Safety Capital Grant of £149,963 will fund the replacement of 15 Vehicle Activated Signs. These signs alert drivers exceeding the speed limit to slow down at locations with a history of personal injury collisions.

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