Police investigation launched into threats against Welsh author and columnist
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."