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Welsh drunk in English police cell insists on interpreter

A drunken man who was arrested in Manchester demanded an interpreter after telling police he would only speak in Welsh. Officers spent four hours trying to find a Welsh language expert to deal with the man, 26, who could speak perfectly good English.

But they failed to find a translator and had to let him go without charge.

Officers went onto Twitter to blast the "difficult and time-wasting" prisoner who was arrested at 2am for a public order offence in Sackville Street, Manchester.

Their official tweet said: "Drunk and disorderly - despite speaking English in custody, insisted on Welsh interpreter which we struggled to find.

"And no, it's not a dig at the Welsh, just frustration and feeling that someone was being difficult needlessly."

The un-named man was bailed to return to the police station when sober and he accepted an £80 fixed penalty fine - written in English.

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We spent several hours trying to find an interpreter for the man who has Welsh roots. He's wasted his own time and our time. At least he saw sense in the end.

– Greater Manchester Police

Mum-to-be jailed for three years over sex crime

A mum accused with her partner of taking advantage of a boy of 15 for “depraved sexual desires” has been jailed for three years and criticised by a judge for becoming pregnant again with the case hanging over her.

The mother-of-two became pregnant again during the investigation. Credit: Andrew Price

Mother-of-two Nicola Mason, 25, a former chip shop worker, and her partner John Ford, 47, a taxi driver who was jailed for four-and-a-half years, were told by Judge Rhys Rowlands at Caernarfon crown court that their behaviour had been “totally perverted.”

The judge remarked that her third child was on the way and declared :”Your behaviour in seeking to expand your family shows at best precious little judgement on your part.” The couple, of Rhydwyn, Holyhead, must register as sex offenders indefinitely and a sex offences prevention order was made. She appeared tearful as she left the dock. Ford had pleaded not guilty to inciting sexual activity and she denied sexual activity with a child. Judge Rowlands told them :”A jury saw through your lies.”


Welsh Secretary Stephen Crabb quizzed by Welsh Affairs Select Committee on NHS row

Welsh Secretary, Stephen Crabb has been questioned this afternoon on the ongoing row between Westminster and the Welsh Government in Cardiff over the health service. The MP for Cardiff South and Penarth ,Stephen Doughty ,asked him if the continuing war of words was was damaging morale?


Appeal after gang sex attack on teen in Cardiff park

South Wales Police is appealing for information regarding the sexual assault of a teenage girl in Gabalfa Park, College Road, Cardiff last week.

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The incident is reported to have happened between 10pm on Thursday 16th October and 2.30am on Friday 17th October. The 17-year-old was walking home after a night out when she was approached by a group of five to six youths of around the same age, who shepherded her into the park where the attack happened.

One of the youths was wearing an all-grey tracksuit and two were on bikes - one is believed to be a BMX while the other was a slightly larger bike say police.

The victim had initially been walking along Station Road with a friend before walking alone along Gabalfa Avenue and then College Road.

If anyone spotted a group of teenage boys hanging in or around the park that night or in the early hours of the morning, please get in contact as we would like to hear from you. I would also stress to the community that while this was traumatic for the teenage girl in question, incidents like this are extremely rare.

– Detective Inspector Lloyd Williams

Detectives are also looking for the victim’s house key, which is a distinctive all-black single Yale style key and was lost on the night.

New M4 road "threatens future" of Newport Docks

The owners of Newport docks, which supports 3,000 local jobs, say they are concerned about its future because of plans to build a new M4 relief road south of the city.

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Associated British Ports says the route could impact on its existing operations and "future development of the Port of Newport."

Newport is Wales’ leading general cargo port, handling in excess of 1.5m tonnes of cargo per year. Its operator, ABP, is repeating its concerns over the Port’s future on the day that Assembly Members prepare for a debate in the Senedd on the wider importance of ports to the Welsh economy.

ABP says the route would mean building a bridge which would bisect the North and South Docks, creating a height restrictions and a report found that 58% of vessels entering the North Dock during 2004-2008 would not have been able to access it if the proposed bridge had been in place.

This height restriction would be introduced against a backdrop of a global trend of increasing cargo and vessel size...The M4 bridge in its current proposed ‘black route’ position will also limit how mobile cranes and other large plant are deployed across different areas of the port.

– Matthew Kennerley, Director of ABP

ABP says the plans are "a real threat" to the future of Newport docks.

ABP has proposed an alternative crossing point several hundred metres further north of the current proposal, but says this has not been accepted by the Welsh Government.

Man guilty of murdering another for bank pin-code

A jury at Cardiff Crown Court has found a man guilty of murdering a musician for his bank pin code. Gareth Jones, 28, had been out of prison for five days when he attacked the singer-songwriter as he walked on a river bank in Cardiff.

Gareth Jones had just been released for stabbing his girlfriend. Credit: Wales News Service

Keen guitarist David Lewis, 45, was beaten to death for his bankcard by brutal Jones.

A court heard how he was hit around the head more than 100 times until he revealed his pin code. He was then strangled before his body was thrown into the River Taff in Cardiff. Jones then tried to go on a spending spree using his victims blood-stained money.

Prosecutor Vincent Coughlin QC said: "This was a calculated and premeditated killing done for gain."

Jones was released from a prison in March this year after serving half of a six-year prison term for stabbing his girlfriend in the head with a fork.

David Lewis was beaten before being drowned. Credit: Family Photo

Cardiff Crown Court was told that he admits killing Mr Lewis, of Ystrad Mynach, but claimed he was suffering from a "psychotic episode".

But prosecutor Mr Coughlin claims he "knew what he was doing" and had even been boasting to friends about shortly after the attack.

Jones, of no fixed abode, admitted manslaughter but denied murder on the grounds of diminished responsibility. A jury found him guilty. He will be sentences later.

Waiter stole from Cardiff widow after holiday meet

A holidaymaker was preyed on by a 28 year-old waiter she met during a trip to Tunisia - and he followed her back to Wales. The widow, 67, befriended hotel worker Nebil Jouini and told him to give her a call if ever he visited the UK.

Tunisian waiter Nebil Jouini was jailed for nine months. Credit: Wales News Service

A court heard that just weeks after the woman returned from holiday she found Jouini on her doorstep. She agreed to let him stay while he found work - but made the mistake of giving him his own key.

The court heard Jouini preyed on the "decent and generously minded" woman by using her bank cards and stealing her belongings.

Prosecutor Gareth Jones said Jouini asked if he could stay on a long term basis, paying towards bills, but she limited the agreement to just a few days.

Mr Jones said: "While staying at her address he ate her out of house and home.

"She was then contacted by her bank who reported fraudulent activity on her credit card. When she checked, she found Jouini had booked a holiday in his own name valued at £744.64, a flight for £175 and a hotel room in Bracknell, where his estranged wife lives. She also discovered he had stolen her bank book, mobile phone and a gold bracelet."

Jouini was jailed for nine months after admitting fraud and theft.

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