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Child sex offender will receive ‘considerable and lengthy’ prison sentence

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AN ABERYSTWYTH child sex offender has been warned he will receive a ‘considerable and lengthy’ prison sentence after he was convicted of sexually molesting three young girls.

Owain Thomas, aged 39, of Garth Celyn, St Davids Road, had denied all the charges against him but a jury at Swansea Crown Court returned unanimous guilty verdicts after only one hour of deliberation.

One of his victims had been aged just three years old.

Catherine Richards, prosecuting, said his victims had ‘buried’ what he had done to them until later in life when they began to confide in adults they trusted.

After his arrest Thomas refused to answer police questions but gave officers a prepared statement in which he claimed all the allegations had been false.

Following the verdicts Judge T Mervyn Hughes immediately remanded Thomas to jail.

The offending had been serious, he added, and only a ‘considerable and lengthy’ prison sentence could be the outcome.

Thomas will be sentenced on March 25.

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Former AM charged with child porn offences

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SIMON THOMAS, the former Plaid Cymru AM for Mid & West Wales has been charged with three offences of making indecent images of children.

Mr Thomas, aged 54, was charged with the offences earlier today (Sept 18) at Aberystwyth Police Station.

He has been bailed to appear at Aberystwyth Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday, October 3.

At the time of his arrest, Mr Thomas was his Party’s spokesperson on Rural Affairs and Energy policy and had recently taken up a role which would have seen him perform a significant role in Plaid Cymru’s future campaigns.

His arrest in July was a shock both to his political allies and those in other parties in the Assembly.

Following his arrest, Mr Thomas resigned immediately as an Assembly Member and from Plaid Cymru. He was replaced as regional AM by Helen Mary Jones.

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Storm Helene could bring 70mph winds

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WINDS of up to 70mph could batter the county on Monday and Tuesday (Sept 17-18) with a yellow weather warning issued by the Met Office.

Storm Helene is set to arrive on Monday evening at around 6pm and last until Tuesday at around 8am.

Operational Meteorologist for the Met Office Martin Bowles said: “An issue is that trees are in full leaf and so are more likely to be blown over in strong winds than they would be in the middle of winter.

“That could be a problem.

“The storm will head straight up through the Irish Sea and across the North of England on Monday night, bringing some heavy rain and some strong winds.

“We have updated some areas to a yellow warning.”

Motorists are advised to allow extra time for their journeys and take extra care on the roads.

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Police confirm body found following Belgrave House fire

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POLICE have confirmed that remains of a male have been recovered during the search at Belgrave House Hotel, Aberystwyth.

The remains have not yet been identified.

The family of the missing Lithuanian man have been informed of this development.

H.M.Coroner has been updated and a Home Office post mortem has been arranged

The search of the scene continues.

Police are in consultation with the Crown Prosecution Service over this development.

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