ALEXANDER Giles, 33, has been remanded in custody following his
appearance before Lllanelli Magistrates Court today (Friday 15th
Giles faces 36 charges relating to offences under the Explosive
Substances Act 1883, which relates to chemicals and components that
could be used in the manufacture of explosive substances or devices.
He has also been charged with three offences under Section 5 Firearms
Act 1968 offences including possession of a Taser, two charges
concerning the manufacture of Class A Drugs, and two charges of
possession of Class A drugs.
He was arrested following a pre-planned operation at his home address in
Port Talbot area in October 2017 undertaken by WECTU with support from
South Wales Police, South Wales Fire and Rescue Services and The Welsh
Detective Superintendent James Hall of WECTU said: “This was a
significant and complex inquiry for the police and partners, to safely
deal with these volatile items and seek to establish Giles motives for
storing them. A thorough investigation found no known links to terrorist
offences and we believe Giles was acting independently. However, he
showed utter disregard for the occupants of surrounding buildings.
Giles’ activities went unnoticed for a period of time, demonstrating the
importance of community vigilance in our efforts to keep Wales safe.
“The public already contribute intelligence to around a third of the
most serious investigations. Communities shouldn’t be concerned about
wasting police time or getting someone into trouble.
The message is clear – ‘don’t worry, don’t delay, just act’ by:
reporting suspicious activity to the police by calling confidentially on
0800 789 321 or at gov.uk/ACT.”