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Police investigation launched into threats against Welsh author and columnist

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: February 04, 2013

By Rupert Hall

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POLICE are investigating complaints of harassment against a prominent Welsh author and columnist.

Julian Ruck has run an online blog publishing his thoughts on an almost daily basis for the past 18 months.

Mr Ruck claims his internet-based musings get around 1,500 views a week and last year attracted 33,000 views.

The Swansea-born author is also a Llanelli Star columnist and has recently been vocal about tax payers' money going to what he calls the Welsh literati.

He claims this has attracted criticism and, most recently, insulting and threatening comments on a rival blog created to mimic his own.

Mr Ruck reported this to Dyfed-Powys Police and received a visit from officers after rival bloggers posted threats to throw dog excrement and copies of his books at the windows of his home.

The author said: "I am perceived by some as being a serious threat to the old Labour Welsh establishment.

"Over the past few weeks I have been in several national newspapers and featured on television programmes because of my exposure of where tax payers' money has been going to the Welsh literati.

"That has caused a huge stink and, Wales being Wales, one isn't allowed to criticise.

"I'm not the flavour of the month with the Welsh nationalists.

"I was on the radio last week and my position is clear, I am not anti-Welsh language.

"Anybody can speak whatever language they like, what I am against is where the Welsh language is pushed and coerced in such a way that it is having a negative impact on the economy of Wales.

"Billions of pounds have been thrown at the Welsh language over the past 15 to 20 years with signs and radio stations and yet it is in decline."

A spokeswoman for Dyfed-Powys Police confirmed an investigation is now under way into the threats made against Mr Ruck via the websites of rival bloggers.

Sergeant Heulwen Aston said: "We have received a complaint of harassment and an officer is currently making inquiries into the matter."

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  • johndavies  |  February 06 2013, 11:00AM

    Neathboy, ref your statement – ( "97% of scientists agree that man made climate change is happening" ) Thanks for providing your source & actual numbers - (The 2009 Doran & Zimmerman study, 97.4% (75 of 77) agree that human activity "is a significant contributing factor….) That statistic alone has caused me to change my mind, you have now convinced me that ALL statements that you make, are from a naïve idiotic fool,… no wonder you believe that man can change the climate by erecting windmills. I would expect better from a 9 year old. You have 75 for man made climate change, - here are 31,000 against http://tinyurl.com/5zky2p

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  • sheryl_dobson  |  February 05 2013, 10:21PM

    uptil I looked at the draft which was of $5714, I accept that my mom in-law could really erning money part-time at there labtop.. there best friend started doing this less than sixteen months and as of now repaid the loans on their home and bourt a great Aston Martin DB5. read more at, FAB19. COM

  • Neathboy234  |  February 05 2013, 9:05PM

    maxmin stop digging mate, we all know who you are. I guess some find it entertaining, personally I'm unmoved by it all

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  • maxmin  |  February 05 2013, 8:00PM

    And of course we mustn't forget that according to you I'm also half a dozen different posters, you need to get your story straight.

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  • maxmin  |  February 05 2013, 7:58PM

    Yes of course Neathboy CLM you are "more cleverer" than me! Yes I know there was only one D T Phelps born in Glos it's called a legend. So your position is you are right and I am indeed D T Phelps but at the same time I'm impersonating him - yeah that makes sense. You've been banging on for ages about how clever you have been to have found out all the information about me - and now you find out it's all been wrong. Fool you once, good grief man I'm fooling you all the time.

  • Neathboy234  |  February 05 2013, 4:22PM

    BTW maxmin you never told me that your middle name began with the letter T, thanks for confirming it though. There is an old saying which you probably haven't heard of. It goes,"Fool me once shame on you, fool me twice shame on you". Now i'll be honest it's true i made a fool out of you the first time which was a little naughty of me, this time i have no pity as your doing it to yourself. Now be a good little boy and run along, and remember your playing with someone a lot more cleverer that yourself this time. BTW i would remind you for the last time that pretending to be someone else and using they're identity on line is a criminal offence. PS here is the only david phelps born in 1950 in Glou(To be found at freebdm for everyone to see) Births Mar 1950 Phelps David T Jenkins Gloucester C. 7b 686

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  • maxmin  |  February 05 2013, 4:08PM

    Poor little puppet still floundering around aren't you? As I said you are jumping to the conclusion that the DT Phelps who was born in Gloucester is the same one who lives in Llanelli - it isn't. Thats another erroneous conclusion you have jumped to. If you wish to publish Mr Llanelli Phelps number on line that's up to you - but before you make an even bigger fool of yourself why don't you ring him and ask where he was born? I guarantee it won't be Gloucester because I know exactly where that Mr Phelps is now - and it's not even in this country, but keep making yourself appear a clown if you wish. If you want to report me to the police go right ahead, mind you they will probably charge you wasting police time!

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  • Neathboy234  |  February 05 2013, 3:30PM

    No maxmin you stated that that your name is David T Phelps and that you were born in Gloucester in 1950. There was only one person born with that name at that time. What you have committed is identity fraud, a very serious offence. I may decide to contact the police over this issue. In the meant time i hope the EP get in touch with the man you are claiming to be. I take it you have no objections if i decide to post Mr Phelps' phone number on line!

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  • maxmin  |  February 05 2013, 3:01PM

    No actually you were the one who jumped to the conclusion that the D T Phelps who lives in Llanelli is the D T Phelps I claimed to be. They aren't the same people. Dance puppet dance!

  • Neathboy234  |  February 05 2013, 2:47PM

    maxmin it seems you may have committed a criminal offence. I'm sure Mr David T Phelps will be very interested to hear that you are using his identity.

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