A MAN who had a computer tower hidden in his wardrobe when police searched his home has been jailed for making and sharing indecent images of children, as well as inciting a girl under 13 to engage in sexual activity.
Dyfed-Powys Police officers executed a warrant at the Ystrad Meurig home of Dean Lyster Harper, aged 61, after receiving intelligence that he had uploaded and distributed indecent images of children online.
A number of electronic devices were seized, including a computer tower which he had kept in a wardrobe. Digital forensic investigators from the Digital Communications and Cyber Crime Unit (DCCU) examined a laptop, mobile phone and the computer tower, looking for evidence that Harper had committed these crimes.
As well as examining the hard drives of these devices, analysts were able to look back through Harper’s messenger conversations, where they found that he had downloaded more than 1,300 indecent images of children between category A – the most extreme – and category C, some of which he had been distributing.
From the evidence gathered, it could also be seen that Harper was using chat rooms to talk to people who told him they were girls as young as 10, and continued to ask them to send images of an indecent nature.
Following CPS advice, he was charged with six counts of making or distributing indecent images of a child, and one count of attempting to cause or incite a girl under 13 engage in sexual activity, and was summonsed to court.
On Friday, June 22, Harper was sentenced to two years in jail and was placed on the sex offenders register. He had a sexual harm prevention order placed on him for 10 years.
Officer in case PC Damon Watmough said: “This is an excellent result, and I would like to thank the investigation team for their thorough examination of Harper’s devices.
“This is an offender who has been committing the despicable offence of making and sharing indecent images of children from their home with the belief he wouldn’t be caught. He had no previous offences, and although he admitted to viewing images of young girls online, it took a full investigation using the expertise of our DCCU to uncover the scale of his wrongdoing.”
DS Mathew Davies, of Dyfed-Powys Police’s Police Online Investigation Team, added: “This sentencing shows the impact the force can have when investigative teams work together to secure a conviction.
“By going through not only Harper’s hard drives, where images were saved, but his messenger history, we have been able to secure charges against him which have resulted in a custodial sentence.
”Viewing and sharing indecent images of children online is not a victimless offence – children somewhere have been groomed or forced into taking these images, which are then distributed online. We urge anyone with information about people involved in offences of this nature to report it immediately, ether by calling Dyfed-Powys Police on 101 or speaking anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”
Parents warned to look out for respiratory illness in children
RESPIRATORY Syncytial Virus (RSV) is circulating amongst children and toddlers in the Hywel Dda area (Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire)
Hywel Dda UHB Medical Director and Deputy Chief Executive Dr Philip Kloer said: “Because of the COVID restrictions, there have been few cases of RSV during the pandemic, but this virus has returned and in higher numbers now people are mixing more.
“RSV is a common respiratory illness which is usually picked up by children during the winter season, and causes very few problems to the majority of children. However, very young babies, particularly those born prematurely, and children with heart or lung conditions, can be seriously affected and it’s important that parents are aware of the actions to take.”
Parents are being encouraged to look out for symptoms of severe infection in at-risk children, including:
*a high temperature of 37.8°C or above (fever)
*a dry and persistent cough, difficulty feeding, rapid or noisy breathing (wheezing).
The best way to prevent RSV is to wash hands with soap and water or hand sanitiser regularly, dispose of used tissues correctly, and to keep surfaces clean and sanitised.
Most cases of bronchiolitis are not serious and clear up within 2 to 3 weeks, but you should contact your GP or call NHS 111 if:
- You are worried about your child.
- Your child has taken less than half their usual amount during the last two or three feeds, or they have had a dry nappy for 12 hours or more.
- Your child has a persistent high temperature of 37.8C or above.
- Your child seems very tired or irritable.
Dial 999 for an ambulance if:
- your baby is having difficulty breathing
- your baby’s tongue or lips are blue
- there are long pauses in your baby’s breathing
New Quay RNLI rescues person cut off by the tide
NEW Quay RNLI’s inshore lifeboat was launched on service on Saturday September 11 following a report of a person cut off by the tide at Traeth Gwyn, New Quay.
With three crew members on board the inshore lifeboat Audrey LJ it launched on service at 11.15am and did an extensive search of the beach before finding the casualty who had been cut off by the high spring tide.
Brett Stones, New Quay RNLI’s helm said, “There was an initial confusion on the location of the casualty but an update from the New Quay Coastguard Rescue team, who had fought their way down from the cliff top through thick undergrowth, allowed us to locate the person.
“We then transferred the casualty and two of the coastguard team onto the boat. We dropped the casualty off at Llanina Point and brought the two coastguard officers back to the lifeboat station. The inshore lifeboat was then rehoused and ready for service by 12.25pm.
“Remember if you see if you see anyone in difficulty or you find yourself in trouble on the coast call 999 and ask for the Coastguard.”
Ben Lake shows support for farmers on Back British Farming Day
BEN Lake MP has today shown support for British food and farming on Back British Farming Day, recognising the crucial role farmers in Ceredigion play in producing food for the nation.
The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) provided MPs with the emblem of the day – a wool and wheatsheaf pin badge – to enable them to join the celebration of agriculture. Food and farming is a key business sector, worth more than £120 billion to the UK economy and providing jobs for almost four million people.
The NFU chose the day to launch a new report which asks for Government to complete a comprehensive report on UK food security later this year, covering the country’s production of key foods and its contribution to global food security. This would be the first meaningful assessment of UK food security in over a decade.
Commenting, Ben Lake MP, said: “I’m proud to wear a pin badge today to show my support for Ceredigion’s fantastic farmers and growers. The day presents an opportunity to thank the farmers who feed us, as well as take care of our countryside and maintain our iconic Welsh landscapes.
“I fully support the campaign which is asking us all to value locally produced food. I will be calling on Government to adopt agricultural policies that ensure farming in Ceredigion can thrive and ensure our self-sufficiency does not fall below its current level of 60%, alongside a greater ambition in promoting Welsh food to aid UK food security.”
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