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Mother accused of feeding son only oats and carrots denies neglect

A mother has appeared at court in Swansea, to deny child neglect and child cruelty by feeding her teenage son a diet of nothing but porridge oats and carrots.

The woman, 49, denied two counts of child neglect and one of child cruelty, during an appearance at Swansea Crown Court this morning.

She cannot be named for legal reasons.

She is also accused of forcing the schoolboy to sleep on cardboard sheets on a wooden floor.

She was granted bail ahead of a trial set for June.

Swansea man on list of wanted fugitives in Cyprus

A campaign to track down some of the UK's most wanted fugitives hiding in Cyprus, including a man from Swansea, gets underway today.

Swansea native Martin Evans led a group supplying drugs between '99 and '01. Credit: National Crime Agency

'Operation Zygos', led by the crime fighting charity Crimestoppers and the National Crime Agency, features 6 brand new appeals for fugitives on top of the 5 remaining suspected criminals from a previous campaign.

Included on the list of 11 is Martin Evans from Swansea who is wanted for conspiracy to supply Class A drugs and for fraudulent trading.

He's described as around 5ft 11ins tall, of stocky build and with short brown, greying hair, He also has a tattoo of the letters 'ME' on his arm.

Pictures of the fugitives featured can be found here.


Olchfa school 'shocked and saddened' by pupil's death

The headteacher of Olchfa Comprehensive School in Swansea says the school is "shocked and saddened" by the sudden death of a 15-year-old pupil.

At this time we are unaware of the circumstances that led to his death but we are acutely aware of how it will affect his friends, his teachers and the wider school community.

It is impossible to describe the sense of grief we feel for his family and our hearts go out to them at this time. There is nothing we can say to take away their pain. He has been taken away from them, from us, in the most tragic of circumstances and we are all struggling to come to terms with it.

– Hugh Davies, Headteacher at Olchfa Comprehensive School

Support is in place for pupils and teachers, Mr Davies added.

Read: Police investigating death of teenage boy in Swansea

Police investigating death of teenage boy in Swansea

Police in Swansea are investigating the sudden death of a teenage boy, whose body was found in an area off Gower Road in Sketty.

Officers were called to the scene at 9.30am this morning.

The death is being treated as unexplained but there do not appear to be any suspicious circumstances at this stage.

HM Coroner has been informed and trained family liaison officers are supporting the family at this sad time.

– South Wales Police


Dylan Thomas notebooks to return to Wales from US

Thomas sold his notebooks to the University of Buffalo, New York, in 1941 Credit: Topham/Topham Picturepoint/Press Association Images

Notebooks belonging to Swansea-born poet Dylan Thomas will go on show in Wales - more than 70 years after he sold them to a US university.

The move comes after a museum dedicated to the poet received a grant of almost £1 million.

The money - £935,700 in total - from the Heritage Lottery Fund will go towards the redevelopment of the Dylan Thomas Centre in Swansea.

It means memorabilia, including a love letter to his wife Caitlin, will be able to be brought out of the archives and put on show alongside the notebooks, which Thomas sold to the University of Buffalo, New York, in 1941.

Thomas, whose work includes Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night and the play Under Milk Wood, died in 1953 aged 39.

Phone salesman saved customer's nude photos

Lee Hawkes from Swansea, admitted one charge of voyeurism. Credit: Wales News Service

A mobile phone salesman secretly copied naked photos of women customers from their phones - then transferred them onto his own computer. Sales manager Lee Hawkes, 35, downloaded dozens of images of two women who took their mobiles in for repair at his shop in Brecon, Powys.

Police raided his shop and found 48 images of a woman in her twenties in a series of different nude poses. There were a further 135 sexually explicit images of a woman in her thirties.

Merthyr Crown Court heard a colleague at the Get Connected shop was "gobsmacked" when Hawkes showed him the images and said it happened "industry wide" and was normal behaviour." Police were brought in after a complaint by staff at the shop.

Hawkes downloaded the images a shop in Brecon. Credit: Wales News Service

Hawkes, from Swansea, admitted one charge of voyeurism and two of unauthorised access to data.

Judge Twomlow jailed Hawkes for four months but suspended the sentence for 12 months. He was also put on the sex offenders register.

Pc Gareth Tanswell said after the case, "People's mobiles carry a vast amount of personal data and images these days, and they expect to be able to trust those that they give access to them for repair, maintain or for advice purposes."

Woman rescued from house fire in Swansea

Three police officers have rescued a woman from a burning house in Swansea.

Officers were called to a property in Severn Road, Clase, on Saturday following reports of a house fire.

They found the house ablaze and after entering the smoke-filled property, rescued a 22-year-old woman from a bedroom.

The woman and the three officers were taken to Morriston Hospital for treatment for smoke inhalation.

The brave actions of the officers undoubtedly saved the life of this woman.

The officers entered a smoke-filled house and rescued the woman. They even re-entered the terraced house in an effort to prevent the fire from spreading to adjoining properties before being supported by the fire service who extinguished the fire.

This was an outstanding act of bravery by the three officers who will be commended for their actions and decision-making at the scene.

– Chief Inspector Tony McAlinden

Swansea's Maccarinelli in WBA title bout

Maccarinelli (right) goes into the bout in good form. Credit: Peter Byrne/PA

Swansea born boxer Enzo Maccarinelli takes on German Juergen Braehmer this evening, hoping to bring the WBA light-heavyweight title back to Wales.

33-year-old Maccarinelli goes into the fight in decent form with three wins leading to the opportunity against Braehmer at the Stadthalle in Rostock.

The fight's expected to get underway at 10pm BST.

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