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Mugshot of Howard Williams/James Daniels in Press Release from South Wales Police

Controversial South Wales Police (SWP), have finally responded to major questions about a jailed South Wales conman exclusively exposed by The Eye, who had his legs broken when a drugs deal soured and tricked innocent people out of thousands of pounds, but the reply came in the form of a Press Release (PR) more than THREE WEEKS after the queries were first submitted, and without addressing key issues. Crucially they have not said which assets were seized by officers.

Howard Williams (who changed his name to James Daniels and has ‘run’ cafés or take-aways in South Wales as well as Spain, and has posed as an estate agent), was sentenced at Merthyr Crown Court for serious drug offences, and in announcing his latest brush with the law (there have been several), SWP said on Facebook (FB): Two men (Williams/Daniels was one) behind multiple cannabis factories worth up to 600k have been put behind bars”.

Howard Williams/James Daniels’ Ferrari – major questions were asked about what has been seized

Williams/Daniels was sentenced to four years and six months in prison for conspiracy to supply and produce cannabis.

On January 15 The Eye asked: “We note that no mention is made in your news release of any equipment, vehicles or cash seized when these arrests were made. We would be grateful if you would therefore state the value of items confiscated in this case subject to Proceeds of Crime legislation, and whether such proceedings have commenced and if there has been an outcome.

We further note that this case involved six properties, and that Williams had previously to our knowledge held himself out to be an estate agent specialising at one time as a rental agent.

Howard Williams/James Daniels told people he was an estate agent

“Were the properties secured by him as a rental agent and then used by him to cultivate cannabis, rather than be let to bona fide third party renters, or were they secured by other means?


“The Eye have also received reports that Williams was driving around the Valleys in a blue Ferrari valued at thousands of pounds new, no later than July 2021 having only returned to this country after a business failure in Spain in 2019.  Indeed his own Facebook Page and that of his mother recorded the same.


Howard Williams/James Daniels’ jetski was ‘for sale’. He said…

“In addition, his company Hubark Ltd. (Company No. 12454940), incorporated on February 11 2020, shows assets in its accounts a mere year later of almost £2 million including £750,000 in cash.

“Were the car and these assets seized also? Finally can you confirm that the defendants pleaded guilty before trial, and that they were previously held on remand, and the date of their arrest?”
On January 17 in response to a query from The Eye asking how consideration of an answer was progressing, came verification that the police officer involved in the case had been informed: Morning – I’ve dropped the officer a chaser email.  I’ll come back to you once I’ve heard from them….
Clearly the key questions asked by The Eye have helped the Press Office (PO) in publishing some (although not all) crucial information – but doing so after more than three weeks of the issues being raised, seems an awfully long time!

The memories of our Editor, Welshman Phil Parry’sremarkable decades long award-winning career in journalism as he was gripped by the rare and incurable neurological disabling condition Hereditary Spastic Paraplegia (HSP), have been released in a major book (including how he unmasked other criminals) ‘A GOOD STORY’. Order the book now!

Regrettably publication of another book, however, was refused, because it was to have included names.

The police confirmed that one of their vehicles was involved in a chase which prompted the riot

Tomorrow – more controversy for SWP, with details of how legal sanctions against youngsters supporting two teenagers who died after a police chase which prompted huge rioting in Cardiff, put centre stage questions about this extraordinary incident, and high-profile errors by the same force.