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Man thanks magistrates for their ‘leniency’

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A CARDIGAN man who invited doormen to have a fight with him and later told a police officer to ‘touch [him] and see what happens’ thanked magistrates for their ‘leniency​’ after he was fined on Tuesday (Oct 24).

Aaron Nathaniel Simpson, of Poppit Sands,​ ​admitted resisting police and a further public order offence at Haverfordwest Magistrates’ Court.

The 26-year-old was found in the street bleeding by police after getting into a fight with doormen after a night out​ on October 8 in Quay Street​.

The police then witnessed Simpson trying to get back to the doormen so he could offer them outside to continue the altercation.

Prosecutor Vaughan Pritchard-Jones outlined the ​incident, which took ​place at​ around​ 3am​,​ following Simpson having a fight with doormen.

He said: ​”​He was trying to get back to those doormen. Inviting ​them to go and have a fight with him down the lane. ​​PC Morris, for his own good​, said​ he should walk away. The defendant became abusive. When​ the​ officer tried to lead him away​,​ he said​,​ ‘touch me and see what happens​’​. He was then arrested to prevent further public disorder and​,​ as he was taken hold of by the officer​,​ he pulled away causing officer to lose his grip.

“Other officers came to help​. Two officers helped​,​ but ​t​he​y​ ​were​ struggling to ​arrest him as he was wriggling.​”​

“He appeared to be very strong. He was sprayed and then stopped resisting​,​ and he was handcuffed. He was using foul and abusing comments to all the police officers around him. He was taken to A&E but when he was presented he ​t​old everyone to ​’​f*** off​’​and put his head down so he could not see the injury to his head. The doctor said he was fit to be detained and he was taken back to the police station.​

“He has a long list of previous convictions, some of them are similar.​”​

Defending Mike Kelleher said: “Your Worships, Mr Simpson was out for a night out he was assaulted and cut badly above the eye, ​there is a ​scar left now​. He was kicked in the head. The police found him wandering around intoxicated and bleeding quite badly.”​

He was arrested as you have heard and he made very rude and inappropriate comments as you have heard. However he was never interviewed and the police did not ask why he was injured.

“What came over my client was a feeling of self-righteousness. A simple misunderstanding – he could not understand why he was being arrested when he was the victim of the assault.

“He cleans caravans in Tenby and is a carer for his mother. This is a regrettable incident and in the circumstances,​ despite a very bad record​,​ you might consider that this could fit into the category of a financial penalty. He has calmed down a lot from his younger days.”

On sentencing the magistrates said that despite his criminal record being ‘horrendous’, Simpson has been out of trouble, save for cannabis, over the last two years.

The defendant was given a small fine of £80. Simpson also had to pay £85 costs, and £30 victim surcharge to help the victims of crime.

From the dock he said: “Thank you very much ma’am for your leniency.​”​

“We can see that you are turning a corner, and at 26​-​years​-​old you should be turning that corner​,” said the chair of the bench. ​

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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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