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Five Welsh athletes selected for London 2012 sitting volleyball

Five Welsh athletes have been selected for the men’s and women‘s sitting volleyball teams for London 2012, it's been announced.

It will be the first time ever that Great Britain will have both men’s and women’s teams represented at a Paralympic Games.

The five athletes are:

  • Amy Brierly from Deeside
  • Jessica O’Brien from Cardiff
  • Sam Bowen from Mountain Ash
  • James Roberts from Prestatyn
  • Sam Scott from Cardiff

We congratulate the five athletes on their selection. It’s testament to their hard work and commitment over the past four years that they have made the team in a sport which is undergoing a renaissance in the UK.

– Jon Morgan, Executive Director Disability Sport Wales

"Poisoning the streets of North Wales" - Drugs gang jailed

Richard Calvert
Richard Calvert was jailed for 7 years Credit: North Wales Police
Maria Calvert
Maria Calvert, mother of four, was jailed for 3 years Credit: North Wales Police
Simon Calvert
Simon Calvert was jailed for 5 years Credit: North Wales Police
Margaret Calvert
Margaret Calvert was jailed for 21 months but given immediate release because of time she has served on remand. Credit: North Wales Police
Darren Hanashi
Darren Hanashi was jailed for 5 years Credit: North Wales Police

A Deeside man who aspired to live a life of luxury has been jailed for seven years for organising what a judge described as a conspiracy to “import drugs from South East Asia to poison the streets of North Wales."

Thirty two year old Richard Giuseppe Calvert involved his mother, brother and sister and they were also jailed at Mold Crown Court.

North Wales police foiled a plan to import heroin from Thailand via Amsterdam to the UK after carrying out covert observations and placed secret listening devices in the Calvert family home in Connah’s Quay.

His brother Simon Calvert (37) received five years.

Both admitted conspiracy to import heroin between December 2010 and June last year, and a second conspiracy to launder money.

Their sister Maria Calvert , a mother of four, received three years for money laundering and being involved in the supply of heroin.

Their mother Margaret Calvert was jailed for 21 months for money laundering – but that sentence will mean her immediate release because of the time she has served on remand.

A Cardiff man Darren Hanashi, who arranged the couriers for Giuseppe Calvert and who drove them from South Wales to Liverpool airport, was jailed for five years and seven months after he admitted the drugs importation conspiracy.

All pleaded guilty at Mold Crown Court.

As the sentences were read out there were emotional scenes in the public gallery.

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