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Police: This kind of exploitation has no place in modern society

Darrell Simester Credit: Wales News

Gwent Police have paid tribute to the '"remarkable courage and resilience" of Darrell Simester as Dan Doran Jnr was jailed for four-and-a-half years.

The years of exploitation of Darrell Simester by Dan Doran Jnr was an appalling betrayal, which took advantage of Darrell’s vulnerable and timid nature.

This conviction is a culmination of the Police, CPS and partners working closely together, and the strength and fortitude of the Simester family. Throughout this investigation and trial, Darrell and his family have shown remarkable courage and resilience and I again pay tribute to them for their determination to help to bring an offender to justice.

I sincerely hope that they can now move on with their lives.

Whilst this kind of prosecution is rare, incidents of slavery, servitude and forced labour continue to be identified across the UK. The police remain committed to working with partners in supporting vulnerable victims and prosecuting the offenders.

This kind of exploitation has no place in our modern society.

– Detective Superintendent Paul Griffiths, Gwent Police

David Daniel Doran 'exploited a vulnerable and timid man'

Following the sentencing of David Daniel Doran, the CPS said they are "working hard to ensure that those who seek to exploit others in this way face the consequences of their actions."

David Daniel Doran Credit: ITV Wales

Over a prolonged period Darrell Simester was forced to work extremely long hours for no pay, in pitiful conditions and in a poor physical state. At the conclusion of the prosecution case in the trial, David Daniel Doran changed his plea to guilty. He thereby accepted that he deliberately exploited Darrell Simester, a vulnerable and timid man.

There is no place for any form of modern day slavery in our communities. All of us within the criminal justice system are working hard to ensure that those who seek to exploit others in this way face the consequences of their actions. If there is a positive to be drawn from this case, I hope it will be to raise public awareness of this issue.

People in the heart of our local communities are often the ones best placed to spot the signs of exploitation taking place. I would urge anyone who may have any such concerns to contact their local police immediately.

Today’s sentencing concludes the criminal justice process and I hope that this will help Darrell and his family as they seek to move forward with their lives.

– Catrin Attwell, CPS

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Labourer would have earned £200K had he been paid

The judge has said that had Darrell Simester been paid for his work, he would have earned around £200,000 over the period covered by the indictment.

ITV News Correspondent Rupert Evelyn reports from Cardiff Crown Court:

AMs unite over cross-party statement on Ebola

The Ebola virus has already claimed 4,500 lives Credit: PA

Ebola continues to ravage Africa, with Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea among the worst affected. Today, the First Minister, Carwyn Jones, has given his backing to Oxfam's appeal for action to tackle the virus.

The number of Ebola cases, and suspected Ebola cases, is almost 9,000, claiming more than 4,500 lives. The number of cases is doubling about every 20 days, and the World Health Organisation is now reporting that there may be 10,000 cases a week by early December without major action.

Many Assembly Members have put their names to a cross-party statement on the crisis.

It says the National Assembly for Wales:

  • Notes the United Nations and WHO's appeal that "the international community has a 60 day window to stop the spread of the Ebola virus from reaching catastrophic levels".
  • Recognises Welsh civil-society's longstanding relationship with the people of Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone.
  • Calls on the people of Wales, as well as other nations, to support the work of NGOs such as Oxfam in their effort to deliver humanitarian aid and undertake preventative measures to stop the spread of Ebola in those communities.
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Forced labour victim was 'scared of being hurt'

ITV News Correspondent Rupert Evelyn reports from Cardiff Crown court:

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Forced labour victim was made to wash in a trough

Cardiff Crown Court is hearing evidence in the sentencing of David Doran, 42, who has pleaded guilty to forcing a man, Darrell Simester, to perform unpaid labour for 13 years.

ITV News Correspondent Rupert Evelyn reports:

First Minister backs call for action on Ebola

Training sessions on how to tackle Ebola have been taking place across the world Credit: PA

The First Minister, Carwyn Jones, has given his backing to a charity's call to combat Ebola. Oxfam is calling for continued and sustained pressure to stop the spread of the deadly virus.

I am delighted that the First Minister is able to support this appeal. Oxfam and other NGOs are currently working to prevent a crisis from developing into a tragedy.

The situation in West Africa could be turned around but this requires an extraordinary outlay of resources, effort and political will, in recognition of the huge long-term impacts of this crisis, in West Africa and beyond, if the UN plan is met, and the unimaginable consequences if the epidemic is not contained.

– Kirsty Davies, Oxfam Cymru

Appeal for information after Hengoed break-in

The break-in happened on Penallta Road Credit: ITV Wales

Police are appealing for information following a break-in at a property on Penallta Road, Hengoed. The incident happened at about 2.15pm yesterday.

The two offenders are described as being white men. One was in his 20s, approximately 5’5” – 5’6” tall, of stocky build, with a round, clean shaven face. He was wearing a dark cap without a peak.

The second offender was taller and slimmer than the other, and wore dark clothing.

The men drove off in a dark grey car in the direction of Cwm Calon and Gelligaer.

Anyone with information is asked to call 101 quoting 253 23/10/14.

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