Welsh­men make cut for Team GB

Caernarfon Herald - - PUZZLES -

A man who spent nearly three hours stand­ing knee deep in wa­ter at a Gwynedd har­bour dur­ing a po­lice stand-off has been jailed.

Toby Humphreys, 25, of Pen­sylflog, Porth­madog, sparked a large po­lice re­sponse af­ter walk­ing into the wa­ter at Pwll­heli Har­bour on Au­gust 1 shortly be­fore 7pm.

He was heard shout­ing and scream­ing at po­lice of­fi­cers dur­ing the in­ci­dent, mag­is­trates at Caernar­fon were told.

Rhian Jack­son, pros­e­cut­ing, said a po­lice ne­go­tia­tor was drafted in and the Pwll­heli in­shore lifeboat launched in case Humphreys harmed him­self as he was threat­en­ing to do.

She said dur­ing the in­ci­dent he took his t-shirt and train­ers off and threw them into the mud.

“He walked about 50 me­tres into the har­bour and re­fused po­lice re­quests to re­turn to the shore. He then walked fur­ther into the har­bour and re­fused to en­gage with of­fi­cers and the RNLI in­shore lifeboat was launched,” added Ms Jack­son.

At about 9pm he got into the lifeboat and was taken to the RNLI sta­tion ALL-WELSH team will rep­re­sent Great Britain at next month’s Stihl Tim­ber­sports World Cham­pi­onships in Liver­pool.

Led by four-times Bri­tish cham­pion El­gan Pugh, from Bala, the GB team will be com­pet­ing for the first time on home soil.

“Home ad­van­tage can play a cru­cial part,” said El­gan.

“It will feel in­cred­i­bly spe­cial walk­ing out in front of a sell-out crowd in Liver­pool.”

Join­ing him at the Echo Arena on Oc­to­ber 19-20, will be fel­low Welsh­men Glen Pen­ling­ton, David Thomas and An­drew Evans. Craig Golder, also from Wales, is on standby as a re­serve team mem­ber.

The world cham­pi­onship will see the best ath­letes from more than 20 nations test them­selves in dis­ci­plines in­spired by the log­ging in­dus­try. where he was checked by paramedics.

“Emerg­ing from the build­ing he again made for the wa­ter and was spo­ken to by his brother who tried to rea­son with him,” the prose­cu­tor said.

When po­lice ar­rested Humphreys he strug­gled and bit one of­fi­cer on the hand. He was re­strained and taken to Ys­byty Gwynedd, Ban­gor be­cause of fears for his men­tal health.

Ap­pear­ing via vide­olink from cus­tody Humphreys ad­mit­ted two pub­lic or­der of­fences and as­sault­ing a po­lice of­fi­cer. He also ad­mit­ted the theft of a bot­tle of wine from Home Bar­gains ear­lier that evening.

Humphreys also ad­mit­ted tak­ing part in an as­sault on a man at Pen­rhos near Pwll­heli on April 28. The vic­tim had been punched and kicked re­peat­edly. The court heard an­other man had de­nied the offence and was due to stand trial.

He was jailed for 12 weeks for as­sault­ing the po­lice of­fi­cer and a fur­ther 12 weeks for as­sault­ing the man at Pen­rhos. Both terms to be served con­sec­u­tively. He was or­dered to pay the of­fi­cer and the vic­tim of as­sault £115 in com­pen­sa­tion.

The Welsh hope­fuls will take part in the team event on Fri­day, Oc­to­ber 19. The fol­low­ing day El­gan will take his place in the in­di­vid­ual event as the world’s top 12 ath­letes com­pete against each other in six dis­ci­plines.

El­gan, who last month de­fended his Bri­tish ti­tle, au­to­mat­i­cally qual­i­fied for the team, while Glen, from Knighton, is a sur­viv­ing mem­ber of the 2017 team.

Tak­ing the third spot is former Royal Marine com­mando An­drew “Taff” Evans, Bethesda, who has years of ex­pe­ri­ence as a com­peti­tor and trainer.

Team new­comer Dave Thomas earned his place af­ter smash­ing per­sonal bests in five out of the six dis­ci­plines at this year’s Bri­tish cham­pi­onships.

An­drew can’t wait. “I have been in the team since 2007 and cap­tain for the last three years, so to make the team on home turf was a must!”

Last year’s in­di­vid­ual win­ner Jason Wynyard and team win­ners New Zealand will be hop­ing to re­tain their ti­tles.

The GB team is aim­ing to be the top Euro­pean team. ■ Tick­ets start from £22.25 for one night, or £38.50 for both nights.

● Toby Humphreys has been jailed af­ter a stand-off with po­lice at Pwll­heli Har­bour

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