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Blackmail accused branded complainant ‘dirty old man’



A CARDIGAN woman accused of blackmailing a man in his eighties told the police he was ‘a dirty old man’, a jury heard.

Linda Mary Thomas told the officers sent to arrest her that she had intended to contact them herself with a complaint of her own.

Thomas, aged 61, of St Dogmaels, has denied blackmailing the man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, out of £10,000 and of demanding a further £10,000.

The jury at Swansea Crown Court has been told that she threatened to make false claims about him unless he paid her.

Thomas is alleged to have told him that she would tell the police that he had touched her breasts, and that he became so frightened that he gave her £10,000.

Thomas is also alleged to have threatened to tell the police he had tried to rape her unless he paid her a further £10,000.

But staff at Lloyds in Cardigan became concerned about the amounts of cash he was withdrawing and contacted the social services, who called in the police.

The jury heard today about what Thomas told the police after she had been arrested.

“I think he’s madly in love with me. I think he needs company more than anything.

“He’s touched me but that was ages ago and I just brushed it off.

“I feel sorry for him.

“There is no way I have had money off him in that way.”

Detectives told Thomas they had CCTV footage showing the man handing her a package, which the prosecution claim contained £2,000.  She said he had given her vegetables, not money.

“I’m shocked that he said that about me. I think he’s having a breakdown,” she added.

The jury heard that despite four police officers searching her home no sign of the £10,000 was ever discovered.

The trial continues.

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Stereophonics to play Swansea gig



ONE of Britain’s best live bands Stereophonics has announced a special performance at Singleton Park, Swansea on Saturday, July 13, 2019.

The stadium rockers will perform in their south Wales heartland to celebrate 20 years since the career milestone show in Swansea at Morfa Stadium to 55,000 people and the release of ‘Performance and Cocktails’.

It will be the band’s first time back in south west Wales since their Morfa Stadium show in 1999. This now iconic album, which was the band’s second studio release, gave Stereophonics three straight top five singles in the British charts with ‘The Bartender and the Thief’ reaching No.3, and both ‘Just Looking’ and ‘Pick a Part That’s New’ reaching No.4.

Over the past two decades, Stereophonics have played at some of the biggest venues to fans all across the globe, amassing over 10 million album sales in that time.

More recently in 2018, the band performed to sell-out crowds across the globe, including a huge 15-date arena tour, summer homecoming gigs in Wrexham and Cardiff plus headline shows at Kendal Calling, Y Not Festival and Victorious Festival.

Speaking about the latest announcement, Kelly Jones said: “Performance and Cocktails put us on the world map, and also on the TV and the Radio, which meant a lot of people went back to discover Word Gets Around and made our first album platinum! Morfa Stadium was where we set Performance and Cocktails alight, and it was a one off day that can never be beaten. It was perfect. I’m not a man that likes to go backwards, this event is merely a birthday party, so come along and help us blow out the candles.”

Stereophonics are Kelly Jones (vocals/guitar), Richard Jones (bass), Adam Zindani (guitar) and Jamie Morrison (drums).

Tickets go on sale on Friday (Dec 14) at 10am via

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Heroin could be linked to Aberysytwyth supply



A LIVERPOOL man has admitted possessing heroin that could be linked to drugs supplied in Aberystwyth.

Jack English, aged 20, pleaded guilty to possessing a quantity of heroin with intent to supply when he appeared at Swansea Crown ccourt for a plea and trial preparation hearing before Judge Keith Thomas.

The court heard the drugs could also be linked to English’s father, who had been a heroin user who had ‘gone to Aberystwyth on many occasions’ and who had died since his son’s arrest in October 2017.

Judge Thomas said he would sentence English on January 11.

English, of Storrington Road, was granted bail meanwhile but warned that a jail sentence was the most likely outcome.

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Mark Drakeford named next First Minister



THE NEXT First Minister of Wales will be Mark Drakeford, it has been announced this afternoon (Dec 6).

Mr Drakeford, a Cardiff West AM, was named as the winner of the Welsh Labour leadership contest at the Principality Stadium.

The contest was triggered when Carwyn Jones, the current First Minister, announced he was stepping down.

Mr Jones will officially step down on Tuesday (Dec 10).

Mr Drakeford will then be officially confirmed as the new First Minister of Wales by the National Assembly next week.

In the first round of voting, the results were:

Mark Drakeford – 46.9%
Vaughan Gething – 30.8%
Eluned Morgan – 22.3%

Eluned Morgan’s votes were then redistributed on voters’ second preferences, with the following results:

Mark Drakeford – 53.9%
Vaughan Gethin – 46.1%

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