‘Ter­ror raid’ at vil­lage farm

Man, 57, charged with of­fences

Llanelli Star - - FRONT PAGE - Laura Cle­ments @lau­ra­j­clem 01792 545547 laura.cle­[email protected]­line.co.uk

A 57-YEAR-OLD man who was ar­rested at an ad­dress in Trim­saran, Car­marthen­shire last Tues­day has been charged with of­fences re­lat­ing to ex­plo­sives and poi­sons.

Rus­sell Wadge of Baglan Farm, Trim­saran will ap­pear be­fore Haver­ford­west Mag­is­trates’ Court to­day charged with one of­fence con­trary to sec­tion 4 of the Ex­plo­sive Sub­stances Act of 1883 and four of­fences con­trary sec­tion 3 of the Poi­sons Act 1972.

Of­fi­cers from the Wales Ex­trem­ism and Counter Terrorism Unit (WECTU) sup­ported by Dyfed-Powys Po­lice, West Mid­lands Counter Terrorism Unit and part­ner agen­cies ex­e­cuted a search war­rant at an ad­dress near Trim­saran where a spe­cial­ist search took place af­ter chem­i­cals were found at the premises.

There was no risk to neigh­bour­ing prop­er­ties or to the gen­eral pub­lic.

While a search of the prop­erty has con­cluded, a po­lice cor­don re­mains in place.

Vil­lagers in Trim­saran said they were in the dark about the cir­cum­stances sur­round­ing the raid, which took place ear­lier in the week, but re­vealed by po­lice on Fri­day night.

Peo­ple in Trim­saran de­scribed how they had known noth­ing about the raid un­til de­tails started to emerge through news out­lets on Satur­day morn­ing

One el­derly gentle­man, who didn’t want to give his name, said he had seen some po­lice ac­tiv­ity on Tues­day, but not much else.

“I saw two he­li­copters cir­cling around and around ear­lier in the week,” said the man, who lives on a hill above the vil­lage.

“I don’t know the peo­ple liv­ing there, but I used to know the peo­ple who lived there be­fore.”

In the lo­cal pub, the Bird in Hand, regulars popped in for their usual Satur­day lunchtime pint.

It was busier than usual be­cause Trim­saran was on the route of the OVO En­ergy Women’s Tour, and the cy­clists were due to pass through at around 1.30pm on Satur­day.

Po­lice con­firmed they were carrying out a “spe­cial­ist search” af­ter chem­i­cals were found at the premises.

One man, stood out­side the pub wait­ing for the cy­clists to pass through the vil­lage, said: “I didn’t see or hear any­thing on Tues­day, the first I knew about it all was when it popped up on the news.

“I’ve lived here for many years, and I haven’t seen any­thing like this be­fore.”

The man, who pre­ferred to re­main anony­mous, added: “Not much hap­pens around here – this cy­cling event is prob­a­bly the most ex­cite­ment we’ve had all year.”

Pictures: Jonathan My­ers

Po­lice at the lo­ca­tion of the farm on Satur­day.

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