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Community café hit by break-in

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A NEW project which aimed to offer training and services to local residents has been targeted by a break-in.

Less than a month after opening its doors, thieves broke into the Emma Street Community Café on Tuesday night (Apr 18).

Jonathan Williams of CETMA, who run the café, told The Herald that the safe had been taken, along with several hundred pounds.

“We opened the café to provide facilities like an internet café, and café training formembers of the community,” he added.

“The place is run by volunteers, and the money we make goes towards paying bills.

“A volunteer went to open the café today (Apr 19) and everything looked ok, but when they went into the back room they found that the safe had gone.”

It appeared that the burglar had gained access through the main door, and had also tried the till, before leaving by the same route.

Mr Williams added that the loss of revenue as a result of the café being closed would have a negative impact, given that they opened so recently.

A statement put out by Cetma said: “Sadly we won’t be open today. During the night, someone or some persons broke into the cafe and stole our safe.

“What people might not know is that we’re a charitable organisation and the cafe was being run by volunteers for the benefit of the community.

“Sadly, someone or some persons from the community have stolen a significant some of money and have damaged this community project.

“It’s a setback but we know that there’s more good people in the community than there is bad and with your help and support, we can carry on.”

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Appeal for information about burglaries

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DYFED-POWYS POLICE is investigating a number of burglaries that occurred during the afternoon and evening of Sunday, October 8, in the Llanelli and Five Roads areas.

Sometime between 1pm and 8:30pm there was a burglary to a cottage on the main road through Five Roads; the intruder searched the property but no items were stolen. Sometime between 5:15pm and 7:30pm a similar incident happened at Trinity Road, Llanelli.

An attempted burglary to a property at Heol Hen, Five Roads, happened between 8:50pm and 9:30pm on the same evening. It appears someone has attempted entry by forcing the window with a tool.

Police are treating the three incidents as linked.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Dyfed-Powys Police by calling 101, or speaking to a local officer by visiting Llanelli Police Station. If you are deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired text the non-emergency number: 07811 311 908. Alternatively, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously by calling 0800 555111, or visiting crimestoppers-uk.org.

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Storm Ophelia warnings issued

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WINDS of up to 80mph are expected to batter Carmarthenshire and cause ‘significant impact’ as Storm Ophelia hits later today (Oct 16).

The Met Office has warned that there could be a danger to life due to flying debris in the high wind.

There could also be disruption to travel as roads could be flooded and fallen trees could cause obstruction.

The Cleddau Bridge may also close high-sided or all vehicles.

Those living by the coast have been told to stay away from the water to avoid risk of being blown or swept into the sea.

1,200 soldiers are on standby across the UK to respond to any significant incidents caused by the storm.

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Police support Hate Crime Awareness Week

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DYFED-POWYS POLICE will show its support and commitment to the National Hate Crime Awareness Week by raising awareness within communities as to what a hate crime or incident is.

Additionally, they will be encouraging members of the public to ‘Make Hate History’ and to report hate crime as ‘reporting works’.

Chief inspector Rhiannon Ivens said Hate crimes and incidents have a significant impact on victims and can cause serious distress, confusion and fear. By their very nature they are hostile and prejudice, targeting a person or people merely due to their disability, religion or belief, race or ethnicity, sexual orientation or transgender identity. We have to unite to stop this – together.

“By reporting these crimes and incidents when they occur, our residents and communities are joining us in the fight against crime, supporting us to investigate, identify offenders and bring them to justice and to stop this from happening to someone else.

“I want to encourage anyone who is a victim of hate crime to report it to us at Dyfed-Powys Police so we can investigate and offer as much support as possible. We also need to know where it is happening so we can understand the extent of hate crime in the area and be better equipped to diffuse community tension before it can escalate.

“We all share the responsibility to stop hate crime. Challenging perceptions and attitudes and encouraging others to ‘think for themselves’ is something we must all do consistently to drive out Hate and positively influence our environment.

“Whether you are a victim or a witness to hate crime, adult or child, please report it to us, we want to hear from you and stop this – together.”

Police and Crime Commissioner Dafydd Llywelyn said  “Hate crime can destroy lives, instil fear and can break down the fabric of our communities and neighbourhoods. Hate crime affects all communities and if not tackled can lead to the isolation and victimisation of individuals and vulnerable groups along with the polarisation of communities.

“I would like to see everyone challenging the underlying attitudes and behaviours in society that lead to hate crime being committed.”

During the week, officers will be out and about in the community and speaking to the public to raise awareness of hate crime.

Victims are encouraged not to suffer in silence but to report hate crime by speaking to Neighbourhood Policing teams or via the 101 non-emergency number or 999 during an emergency.

Victims can also report electronically on the True Vision reporting system – www.report-it.org.uk

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