A MASKED man armed with a samurai sword who put six people through a “petrifying ordeal” has been jailed today for four years and eight months.
Kyle Poole, aged 26, admitted kidnapping Luke Jones and his girlfriend Hannah Wright, and causing affray at the home of Carwyn Jones.
Parick Griffiths, prosecuting, told Swansea crown court how Poole, from Stockport near Manchester, had visited his aunt, Michaela Jones, in Cardigan and had been told that Carwyn Jones, then her boyfriend, had been involved in a minor act of violence.
Poole decided to take revenge and drove to Mr Jones’ home, Hafod Llwyd Farm, at Llechryd.
He used a scarf as a mask and put on a pair of latex gloves before bursting into a caravan in the grounds of the farmhouse and “scaring the daylight” out of Mr Jones and Miss Wright.
Poole punched Mr Jones to his eye and demanded to know where he could find Carwyn Jones.
Poole then placed two large kitchen knives in his left hand and a three foot long samurai sword in his right hand and marched the couple to the farmhouse.
He burst into the living room where Carwyn Jones was watching television with his three children, aged between seven and 14.
“It is not difficult to imagine the terror they would have felt,” said Mr Griffiths.
Poole told Carwyn Jones he was going to “slice him up” and lunged at him with the knives and the sword. Mr Jones grabbed the blade of the sword but Poole “kept on coming” and cut his hand and his cheek.
Carwyn Jones managed to push him away and all six victims fled in different directions.
Carwyn and Luke Jones locked themselves in the caravan, three minors who were also present ran out onto a road, and Miss Wright spent twenty minutes hiding behind a wall “scared out of her wits” that Poole would find her.
A motorist rescued the children and telephoned the police.
Poole was seen to drive away from the farm in a Vauxhall car, which he crashed into a fence and abandoned. He was arrested later in Cardigan.
Poole maintained he had intended to frighten Carwyn Jones but not to harm him.
Judge Keith Thomas said when people armed themselves with knives then serious injury can follow.
He said Poole had been “masked and armed to the teeth” and had put his victims through a petrifying experience.
Judge Thomas said he regarded the kidnaps and the violence at the farmhouse as separate incidents.
He jailed Poole for 32 months for the kidnaps, with an additional 24 months for the affray.
Annual Canvass to go ahead despite the coronavirus pandemic
The 2020 annual canvass is required by law and will continue despite the coronavirus pandemic.
Ceredigion’s Electoral Services are continuing their service, however staff will be working differently due to the coronavirus.
Electoral Registration Officer, Eifion Evans said: “This year’s canvass, which we have to carry out by law, is taking place during a challenging public health situation. We are working to ensure that we take account of public health guidelines, including the continued importance of social distancing.”
If we have sent you a letter that asks you to respond or complete a form, you can help us by replying to it quickly and, online, rather than posting it back to us if possible. This will save Council resources and reduce the number of letters that have to be handled by Council and Royal Mail staff.”
The link to respond is on the first page of the A4 letter you will receive with part 1 and part 2 security codes.
Residents who have any questions can contact Ceredigion’s Electoral Services on 01545 572032.
CCTV cameras to be installed in Newcastle Emlyn
Three new cameras are being installed in Newcastle Emlyn as part of the Dyfed-Powys Police and Crime Commissioner’s key pledge to reinvest in a public CCTV system.
The work on the installation programme in the town will begin on Monday, August 10.
Cameras will be cameras installed in Sycamore Street, Emlyn Square and Heol y Bont. The camera locations have been decided following a review of a crime pattern analysis and in consultation with partner agencies.
The work is being carried out by contractors Baydale Control Systems Ltd. The hi-tech cameras are being supplied by Hikvision UK & Ireland.
Police and Crime Commissioner Dafydd Llywelyn said: “Brecon is the next town in Powys to benefit from my key election pledge to re-install public space CCTV. This is a busy town, and I am confident the cameras will prove to be a valuable asset in keeping the town safe and assisting with the detection of crime.
“The CCTV project is continuing across the force, with three cameras also installed in Newcastle Emlyn last week. The number of towns we have now included in the CCTV project is 23.
“I am confident the cameras will prove to be a valuable asset in keeping these towns safe and assisting with the detection of crime.”
Ceredigion Commander, Superintendent Robyn Mason, said: “This is a positive move for Newcastle Emlyn. Having the cameras in place while we experience an increase in visitors to the area during the holiday period will help us to keep everyone as safe as possible and assist us in carrying out quality investigations when required.”
The CCTV project is bringing over 120 state of the art CCTV cameras to towns throughout the police force area of Pembrokeshire, Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion and Powys.
‘Cam Nesa’ project provides wellbeing packs to 16 – 24 year olds
The Cam Nesa project is part of European Structural Funds (ESF) Operational Programme and work’s with young people aged between 16 and 24 by providing them with options to access a range of tailored personal support and work-related opportunities to meet their needs and aspirations.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Ceredigion’s County Council Cam Nesa team have been busy putting together wellbeing packs for its participants. The Well-being packs have been put together to support young people who may be experiencing loneliness, isolation or other vulnerabilities during this difficult time.
The wellbeing packs have been distributed to Ceredigion’s young people in recent weeks, over 3 months since the pandemic began and our usual way of life dramatically changed. Throughout the pandemic participants has also receive weekly calls as part of Porth Cymorth Cynnar’s keeping in touch service and it is hoped that the well-being packs support the work already done by this service by bringing some comfort and reassurance to Ceredigion’s young people.
Wellbeing packs included newsletters, leaflets, important contact details, information letters, puzzles, newspaper, hand cream, stress ball, calming art and colouring pencils, Shampoo/Shower gel, toothbrush, toothpaste, sanitary products, confectionery and a motivational quote card all in a reusable cotton bag.
One Cam Nesa participant you who received a wellbeing pack said, “Thank you so much for the wellbeing pack. Its very kind thank you very much!”
Another participant said “Thank you for the welfare pack, I am very impressed with its contents, especially the chocolates”
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