Connect with us
Advertisement
Advertisement

News

Swinger fell into hands of blackmailers at ‘underage girl’ meeting

Published

on

A BUSINESSMAN from Capel Bangor fell into the hands of blackmailers as he arrived in a McDonald’s car park to meet a contact from a swingers’ website.

Robert Stacey, aged 58, dialled 999 to complain he was being threatened – and blurted out that he had arranged to meet an underage girl.
 
Stacey ended up being arrested himself.
 
But he was cleared of attempting to entice a child to engage in sexual activity and attempting to meet her after sexual grooming following a trial at Swansea Crown Court.
 
Stacey, who runs the Daisy Chain plant nursery, told the court he and his partner Deborah Fryer were swingers.
 
He said they had met 100 couples and individuals via the fab swingers web site and had had sex with about 20 of them.
 
Stacey said he began swapping messages with someone who claimed to be a teenage girl and asked her if she wanted to lose her virginity to an older man.
 
She replied ‘yes, but I’m nervous’ and he arranged to meet her in Sutton Coldfield.
 
But as soon as he parked his Mercedes estate two men blocked him in with a white Transit van.
 
One got into his car and told him he had been set up and that he would get 10 years for trying to have sex with a child.
 
But he added: “Look, we can make this go away for money.”
 
Stacey refused to pay and called the police to say he was afraid.
 
“I have arranged to meet someone who is underage and they are trying to blackmail me,” he said.
 
The blackmailers left the car park.
 
But the following day police turned up at Stacey’s home at Tanrallt and took away a mobile telephone and an iPad–and found dozens of sexual messages he had swapped with the ‘girl’.
 
In some he asked her to send him photographs of her naked and and added: “How would you like to meet an older man in a hotel for the joys of sex?”
 
In one he asked her what she was interested in.
 
She replied: “Naughty old men. You?”
 
Stacey said: “Naughty young girls.”
 
On being told she was 15 and still at school,  Stacey wrote: “That’s a bit young. Illegal. Do you want to lose your virginity?”
 
Stacey said that by that stage he thought he was taking part in a ‘fantasy’ conversation, which was not uncommon in the world of swingers.
 
The ‘girl’, he added, had given different ages and by the time he turned into the McDonald’s car park he had had no real idea who he might meet.
 
It could have turned out to be a man, or no-one at all, he said.
 
But he had had no interest in meeting a schoolgirl.
 
And, he added, he and his partner had a understanding that there would not be sex during a first meeting, which he always abided by.
 
Stacey had always denied the charges and was found not guilty unanimously.
 

News

Tregaron: Spider landed on driver before fatal crash

Published

on

A SPIDER landing on a woman’s hand caused a car crash which resulted in the death of her 11-year-old son, an inquest heard.

Tristan Silver was being driven to school by his mother Cloud Younger alongside his sister Branwen on May 4 2018, when the crash occurred near Tregaron.

The inquest in Aberystwyth on Wednesday (Jun 19) heard that the blue Subaru Legacy estate car drifted on to the wrong side of the A485 and hit a black Mitsubishi Shogun towing a trailer.

Farmer David Glyndwr Jones had loaded 60 lambs into the trailer before setting off for a market in Builth Wells with his wife. Around 8.45am Mr and Mrs Jones saw the Subaru driving towards them, and having seen that the vehicle was not slowing down, Mr Jones decided to pull his car into the verge and brace for impact.

When the cars met head-on, Mr and Mrs Jones, Mrs Younger and her daughter were left with minor injuries, but Tristan suffered serious head injuries. He was airlifted to hospital in Cardiff where he was pronounced dead.

After an interview with the police in June 2018, where Mrs Younger answered ‘no comment’ to each question, a prepared statement to police later explained that a spider had landed on her left hand as she was driving. This caused eight-year-old Branwen to start screaming, and Mrs Younger then tried to calm her daughter down, whilst continuing to drive.

The statement said that the Subaru had recently passed its MOT and all three people in the car were wearing seat belts. The inquest heard that the speed of the vehicle at the point of impact could not be ascertained, but Mr Jones said that his car was nearly at a standstill at the time of the crash.

Ceredigion Coroner Peter Brunton recorded a conclusion of misadventure.

Continue Reading

News

Plaid Cymru Cardigan hold event to support local initiatives

Published

on

MP Ben Lake led the evening

THE CARDIGAN plaid Cymru branch held a successful evening at the Fisherman’s Rest, Cardigan on Friday June 14 2019 to help share information and the experiences of local community benefit groups, as well as grant opportunities available to support such initiatives.

The evening was led by County Councillor Clive Davies and Member of Parliament for Ceredigion, Ben Lake. During the evening a presentation was given on far-reaching grant opportunities available for such community groups – drawing from examples of societies and community enterprises created in Cardigan over the last 5 years – and how they got started, grew from strength to strength, and received funding to achieve and support their objectives.

Following the meeting, Cllr Clive Davies said: “The success of local initiatives and groups have played a key role in Cardigan’s success as a vibrant market town over recent years. I welcomed the opportunity to further raise awareness of the opportunities and avenues of support available to such groups and enterprises to help them to continue to make an invaluable contribution to the town and local area.”

Ben Lake MP added: “Cardigan boasts a successful array of lively community projects and small businesses that have brought an added vigour to both the town and Ceredigion as a whole. It was useful to have the opportunity to discuss the challenges these groups face, as well as share information regarding the wide array of support and funding available to support and maintain their important work”.

Continue Reading

News

Ben Lake MP pledges support for advancing MS research

Published

on

BEN LAKE MP for Ceredigion has shown his support for investment in MS research, after visiting an exhibition by the MS Society in Parliament this week.

The exhibition, ‘Multiple Sclerosis – The Research Story’, gave parliamentarians the opportunity to hear from people living with MS and leading MS researchers around the UK. It featured personal objects from the MS community, representing what it’s like to live with the condition, alongside the latest developments in cutting-edge research.

Ben Lake, MP said: “I am delighted to have attended the MS Society’s parliamentary exhibit and see first-hand how close we are to stopping MS”

“MS is an unpredictable and challenging condition, which can be painful and exhausting. I want to see investment in this area of research continue to rise so everyone living with MS in Ceredigion and across the UK has access to effective treatments.”

Over the past 20 years MS research has led to major advances, including more than a dozen licensed treatments for people with the relapsing form of MS. But more investment is needed to find more, and better, treatments for everyone – including ones that can slow or stop MS from progressing.

Dr Susan Kohlhaas, Director of Research at the MS Society, said: “We’re really grateful Ben Lake MP has pledged their support for our work. More than 100,000 people live with MS in the UK and many are still left without treatment options that slow or stop progression. But we are at a turning point in MS research and the UK is at the forefront of this. We are closer than ever before to having treatments for everyone with MS, and stopping MS for good.”

The MS Society is the UK’s leading not-for-profit funder of MS research and is currently supporting over 70 active projects worth more than £20 million. To find out more about the MS Society and the vital research it is funding visit www.mssociety.org.uk

Continue Reading

Popular This Week