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Mjadzelics 'vindicated' by Watkins IPCC report

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Joanne Mjadzelics says she has been 'vindicated' by an IPCC report which found that paedophile popstar Ian Watkins could have been brought to justice sooner.

South Wales Polce officers were found to have made "errors and omissions" and in some instances failed to "carry out even rudimentary investigation" into reports of Watkins's wrongdoing made by his ex-girlfriend Joanne Mjadzelics and other witnesses between 2008 and September 2012.

It is nine years since I first reported the crimes of Ian Watkins to South Wales Police. The IPCC report published today finally vindicates me and accepts that from the outset I was telling the truth and trying to bring a serious criminal sexual predator to justice. It has been a long and difficult road for me over these years during which I have at times been ignored and dismissed whilst at others maliciously handled and prosecuted by the police. All this has badly affected my health and welfare but far worse than the effect on me is that there was a four year delay between my reporting Watkins to the police and his arrest, time during which he remained at liberty able to perpetrate further crime.

– Joanne Mjadzelics

Mjadzelics was cleared of possessing indecent images of children in January 2015, having told Cardiff Crown Court she was trying to entrap the depraved singer.

She says she is seeking legal advice.

The IPCC report is alarming showing the widespread failings of the South Wales Police in dealing with me and others as witnesses in a case when the allegations are made against a celebrity. I truly hope that lessons have been learned by the South Wales Police as suggested and that others brave enough to come forward and make reports of serious crime against a celebrity or indeed anyone else are treated with the respect and professionalism they deserve and not, as I was, dismissed and defamed because they are not deemed to be the “perfect witness”.

– Joanne Mjadzelics

Police appeal for help to locate swimmer in Caswell Bay

The man was last seen at 2.30pm yesterday. Credit: Google Maps

Officers in Swansea are appealing for the public’s help to find a man who went swimming at Caswell Bay at around 2.30pm yesterday.

The man who is described as white, late 40s, bald and wearing dark board shorts was seen by the coastguard entering the sea at the far west of Caswell Bay beach coming on to the foreshore from the public footpath near the Redcliff Apartments.

He then went swimming during high tide and swam breast stroke towards the rocks at the headland before swimming further west around the headland towards Brandy Cove. He was not seen again.

The coastguards have carried out an extensive search of the area but without success.

Cardiff rapist jailed for 21 years

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A Cardiff man has been jailed for 21 years after being found guilty of rape and the possession of indecent images of children.

49-year-old Brahim Mohammed was sentenced at Cardiff Crown Court on Wednesday July 19th.

Mohammed carefully and methodically groomed this child over time, leading to the sexual assaults. He knew the victim’s age and despite that he continued. Any person, regardless of the relationship they are in, has a right to say no. Failure to respect their decision is a criminal offence.

– Wendy Brady, CPS


Reports of armed officers in Cardiff police incident

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There is a heavy police presence in Canton, Cardiff, with reports of armed police and a helicopter in use.

The junction of Atlas Road was cordoned off and Lansdowne Road closed. The cordon has since been lifted but there is still a police presence.

The nature of the incident is unclear at this time.

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