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Payback £5 - woman who stole £20k from OAP told

A woman who stole nearly £20,000 from an elderly neighbour has been ordered to pay back just £5 - because it has all been spent.

Kelly Ann Billen. Credit: South Wales Police

Kelly Billen, 35, ripped up floorboards, lifted attic insulation and overturned furniture looking for valuables when 94-year-old Richard Jones was away.

Billen plundered the home of dementia sufferer Mr Jones - now living in a care home - to steal anything she could find. She managed to cash in his premium bonds worth £19,426 saved for years

Mr Jones's niece visited his home to check on the property and left in "disbelief because there was such a mess".

Billen left a footprint at the scene in Hirwaun, near Aberdare in the South Wales Valleys and was identified by tests on her Nike trainer. Mr Jones's financial documents were found in her shed.

At Merthyr Tydfil Crown Court she was ordered to pay a nominal £5 within six months or face a further seven days in custody because she was a woman without any assets.

She was jailed for three years and three months after admitting burglary and eight counts of fraud.



Hain calls politics "a mission" in final Commons speech

In his final speech in the House of Commons, Neath MP Peter Hain said politics is "not a career but a mission".

Hain used to final speech to pay tribute to his father. Credit: PA

The veteran Labour MP and two-time Welsh Secretary is standing down after 24 years. Hain also used his valedictory address to quote his father, who he described as the "best in the world" and Nelson Mandela.

"What counts in life is not merely the fact that we have lived, it is what difference we have made to the lives of others."

– Peter Hain

He said he was proud of the achievements of the last Labour government - particularly bringing peace to Northern Ireland and devolution to Wales.

"It is not about a career, it is a mission. We should never be in it for ourselves but for our values. For me these are equality, social justice, equal opportunities, liberty and democracy in a society based on mutual care and mutual support, not the selfishness and greed now so sadly disfiguring Britain. Progressive change only comes through the combination of extra-parliamentary and parliamentary action."

– Peter Hain

Police appeal after city knifepoint robbery

Officers are appealing for information after a man was robbed of his wallet in the Cathays area of Cardiff on Wednesday night.

The attacked happened in the Cathays area of the city on Wednesday night. Credit: Google Street View

Police say the attacked happened on Northcote Lane at around 10.45pm and the victim was threatened by a male who was holding a knife. The suspect took the victim’s wallet before running off.

He's described as dark-skinned, 5’8’’tall, aged between 40-50, with a trimmed beard. He was wearing a long thigh length coat. He had what’s described as an Arabic accent and carried a knife with a 3-4 inch blade.

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