WE will be reporting live from the Selwyn Samuel Centre, providing live updates on the results as they are announced.
The first two results announced were both Plaid Cymru gains. In Betws veteran Labour councillor Ryan Bartlett was defeated by the Party of Wales’ Betsan Jones.
In the most surprising result of the election so far, long-serving Dafen Councillor and Labour stalwart Tegwen Devichand has lost by 50 votes to independent (and paramedic) Rob Evans.
In Abergwili, finding someone to follow in Pam Palmer’s footsteps was always going to be a challenge for the Independents, and Plaid Cymru’s Dorian Williams took the seat by a convincing margin.
Herald columnist Matthew Paul failed in his bid to shake things up at County Hall, finishing third in Cilycwm (191 votes) behind Independent Thomas Arwel Davies (307) and Labour’s Maria Carroll (284).
In Cenarth Executive Board member Hazel Evans retained her seat with a convincing (712-115) win over Lib Dem challenger Phillip Gibbons.
Deian Harries held onto Ammanford for Plaid Cymru, beating Paula Treharne by 613-298.
In a battle of the David Jenkinses, Plaid Cymru’s Executive Board member David Michael Jenkins defeated Labour challenger David Emyr Jenkins by 430-376.
In Llangeler, Ken Howell unsurprisingly held the ward, Defeating John ‘the beekeeper’ Wigley (ind) by more than 500 votes.
Labour have picked up another seat from Plaid Cymru, in the Carmarthen North Ward. Town Councillor Ken Lloyd took the seat at the expense of former executive board member for education Gareth Jones. Peter Hughes Griffiths retained the other seat for Plaid Cymru.
Jim Jones was re-elected to the council by receiving 323 votes. Labour candidate Stephen Donoghue received 168 of the votes. With 98 of the votes going to the Conservative candidate, Siôn Davies with Plaid Cymru candidate John Williams receiving 251 of the votes.
Labour have held on to Tycroes with candidate, Tina Higgins receiving 534 of the votes, Plaid Cymru received 388 of the vote.
Penygroes was held by Plaid Cymru candidate, Dai Thomas with him receiving 582 of the vote. Labour candidate, Paul Blackwell received 239 of the votes and UKIP candidate Timothy Dean received 150 votes.
In Bigyn, Independent candidate Nigel Bevan received 414 votes and Terry Morris an independent candidate received 428 votes. Conservative candidate, Robert Thomas received 230 votes. Stephen Bowen, an independent candidate received 181 votes. Plaid Cymru candidate, Mike Burns, received 333 votes.
With the Llandybie results, independent candidate William Davies was elected with 744 votes along with Plaid Cymru candidate, Dai Nicholas having 725 votes. UKIP candidate, Nigel Humphreys received 128 votes. Labour candidate, Anthony Jones received 500 votes Sandra Jenkins, the Conservative candidate received 165 and Pat Jenkins, an independent candidate received 108. Plaid Candidate, Karen Davies received 451 votes.
In Burry Port, Labour candidates John James and Amanda Fox won, with 728 & 825 votes. Tomos Lloyd-Evans, the conservative candidate received 237 votes. Independent candidate Lisa Mitchell received 412 votes and Mike Theodoulou, an independent candidate received 548 votes.
Gareth Thomas held Hendy for Plaid Cymru with 432 votes, fighting off a challenge from Labour’s Steve Lloyd-Janes (385).
Long-serving Independent councillor Jane Tremlett held Laugharne by a comfortable margin.
In Llandeilo, independent candidate Edward Thomas held the seat with 798 votes. Conservative candidate, David Webb received 77 votes, and Liberal Democrat candidate, Lesley Prosser received 268 votes. Plaid Cymru candidate, Keri Lewis received 249 votes.
Plaid Cymru gained Trimsaran with candidate Kim Broom taking the seat with 225 votes. Labour candidate, Lisa Williams received 187 votes. Independent candidate, Neil Burman received 61 votes and independent candidate, Naomi Wilmot received 216 votes.
Carmarthen Town West Plaid Cymru candidates Emlyn Schiavone and Alan Speake, won the seat with 739 and 661 votes respectively. Labour candidate, Julia Ault received 238 votes with fellow Labour candidate, receiving, 255 votes. Independent candidate Arthur Davies received 510 votes and Russell Sparks had 454 votes.
Labour held on with Lliedi with candidates Rob James and Sahana Najmi with 890 votes and 629 votes respectively. Conservative candidate, Stephen Davies received, 312 votes and fellow Conservative candidate, Stefan Ryszewski receiving 191 votes. with UKIP candidate, Bram Richards receiving 184 votes. Plaid Cymru candidates, Colin Jones ad Dyfrig Thomas received 264 and 244 votes respectively.
In the Tyisha ward, Labour candidates Suzy Curry and Andrew McPherson won the seat, with 543 and 407 votes respectively, gaining the seat from the independents. Plaid Cymru candidate, Terry Davies received 362 votes and independent candidates Jeff Owen and Roger Price, received 288 and 189 votes respectively.
In Hengoed, Plaid Cymru candidate Jennifer Phillips and Labour candidate Penny Edwards, became the county councillors for the ward after receiving 394 and 408 votes respectively. Fellow Plaid candidate, Martin Davies received 315 votes. Conservative, Kelvin Flynn received 230 votes. Independent candidate Clifford Jones having 304. Sian Caiach lost her seat, and received 372 votes.
Long-serving councillor John James and newcomer Amanda Fox won comfortably in Burry Port, maintaining the two seats for Labour. The duo beat off the challenges of two independents and a Conservative candidate, with Fox finishing 180 votes clear of third-placed Mike Theodolou.
In another shock result for Labour, long-serving Llandybie councillor Anthony Jones was heavily defeated by PLaid Cymru and the Independents, finishing in third more than 200 votes behind second-placed William Davies.
Lisa Fearn (Independent) – 448
Dorian Williams (Plaid Cymru) – 629
Alun Harries (Plaid Cymru) – 613
Paula Treharne (Labour) – 298
Betsan Jones (Plaid) – 402
David Barlett (Labour) – 309
Krishna Seunarine (UKIP) – 77
Terry Morris (Independent) – 428
Nigel Bevan (Independent) – 414
Mike Burns (Plaid Cymru) – 333
Robert Thomas (Conservative) – 230
Stephen Bowen (Independent) – 181
Jeff Edmunds (Labour)
Kathryn Lodge (Labour)
Eryl Morgan (Labour)
Amanda Fox (Labour) – 825
John James (Labour) – 728
Mike Theodoulou (Independent) – 548
Lisa Mitchell (Independent) – 412
Tomos Lloyd-Evans (Conservative) – 237
Deryk Cundy (Labour) – 539
Ian Wooldridge (Plaid Cymru) – 373
Ceri Morris (Conservative) – 218
Dai Hughes (Independent) – 49
CAMARTHEN TOWN – NORTH
Ken Lloyd (Labour) – 805
Peter Griffiths (Plaid Cymru) – 765
Gareth Jones (Plaid Cymru) – 581
Les Clark (Independent) – 489
CARMARTHEN TOWN – SOUTH
Charlie Evans (Conservative)
Phil Grice (Labour)
Gareth John (Plaid Cymru)
Alun Lenny (Plaid Cymru)
Barry Williams (Independent)
CARMARTHEN TOWN – WEST
Emlyn Schiavone (Plaid Cymru) – 739
Alan Speake (Plaid Cymru) – 661
Arthur Davies (Independent) – 510
Russell Sparks (Independent) – 454
Matthew Thomas (Labour) 255
Julia Ault (Labour) – 238
Hazel Evans (Plaid Cymru) – 712
Philip Michael (Liberal Democrats) – 115
Thomas Davies (Independent) – 307
Maria Carroll (Labour) – 284
Matthew Paul (Independent) 191
Glyn Evans (Plaid Cymru)
Henry Jones (Independent)
Steven Holmes (Conservative)
James Williams (Plaid Cymru)
Rob Evans (Independent) – 508
Tegwen Devichand (Labour) – 452
David Darkin (Labour)
Sion Davies (Conservative)
John Jenkins (Independent)
Ruth Price (Plaid Cymru)
Julia Evans (Conservative)
David Richards (Independent)
Bill Thomas (Labour)
Nigel Jerrett (Plaid Cymru) – 167
Kevin Madge (Labour) – 494
David Michael Jenkins (Plaid Cymru) – 430
David Emyr Jenkins (Labour) – 413
Beatrice Roberts (Labour) – 702
John Prosser (Labour) – 537
Sean Rees (Plaid Cymru) – 536
John Jones (Independent) – 333
George Herbert (Plaid Cymru) – 328
Alison Carter (Independent) – 280
Chris Wilson (Independent) – 182
Jim Jones (Independent) – 323
John Williams – 251
Stephen Donoghue (Labour) – 168
Sion Davies – 98
Anthony Frost (Conservative)
Gary Jones (Labour)
Wynne Jones (Labour)
Aled Owen (Plaid Cymru)
Darren Price (Plaid Cymru)
Gareth Thomas (Plaid Cymru) – 432
David Erasmus (Independent) – 77
Steve Lloyd-Janes (Labour) – 385
Keith Perry (UKIP) – 59
Penny Edwards (Labour) – 408
Jennifer Phillips (Plaid Cymru) – 394
Sian Caiach (Independent) – 372
Martin Davies (Plaid Cymru) – 315
Clifford Jones (Independent) – 304
Kelvin Flynn (Conservative) – 230
Jeanette Gilasbey (Plaid Cymru) – 623
Philip Thompson (Labour) – 553
David Edwards (Green Party) – 109
Jane Tremlett (Independent) – 382
Abi Thomas (Plaid Cymru) – 300
Don Avery (Independent) – 273
Steve Morris (Labour) – 134
Bertram Phillips (Plaid Cymru) – 504
Ellis Evans – 259
Lionel Phillips (Independent) – 142
Jean Myers (Labour) – 127
Celia Davies (Plaid Cymru)
Edward Thomas (Independent) – 798
Lesley Prosser (Liberal Democrats) – 268
Keri Lewis (Plaid Cymru) – 249
David Webb (Conservative) – 77
Handel Davies (Plaid Cymru) – 583
David Long (Labour) – 240
Julian Dutton (Liberal Democrats) – 124
Cliff Johnson (UKIP) – 75
William Davies (Independent) – 744
Dai Nicholas (Plaid Cymru) – 725
Anthony Jones (Labour) – 500
Karen Davies (Plaid Cymru) – 451
Sandra Morgan (Conservative) – 165
Nigel Humphreys (UKIP) – 128
Pat Jenkins (Independent) – 108
John Mansel (Plaid Cymru) – 754
Monica French (Liberal Democrats) – 231
George Reid (Independent) – 169
Carol Jones (UKIP) – 70
Cefin Campbell (Plaid Cymru)
Richard Hart (UKIP)
Linda Evans (Plaid Cymru)
Andrwe James (Independent) – 421
John Morgan (Independent) – 309
Elizabeth Barlow (Plaid Cymru) – 240
Christoph Fischer (Liberal Democrats) – 54
Ken Howell (Plaid Cymru)
John-Y-Gof Wigley (Independent)
Gary Jones (Labour)
Paul Lockwood (Conservative)
Jacqueline Seward (Labour)
Gwyneth Thomas (Plaid Cymru)
Ian Williams (Plaid Cymru)
Michael Maynard (Labour)
David Watson (Independent)
Dewi Williams (Plaid Cymru)
William Evans (Plaid Cymru) – 825
Sion Davies (Labour) – 393
Emlyn Dole (Plaid Cymru)
Dot Jones (Labour)
Rob Owen (Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition)
Alun Owens (Independent)
Margaret Thomas (Labour)
Philip Williams (Plaid Cymru)
Anne Jones (Plaid Cymru)
Hywel Thomas (Independent)
Roger Van Praet (Independent)
Ieuan Davies (Independent)
Rob James (Labour) – 890
Shahana Najmi (Labour) – 629
Stephen Davies (Conservative) – 312
Dyfrig Thomas (Plaid Cymru) – 264
Colin Jones (Plaid Cymru) – 244
Stefan Ryszewski (Conservative) – 191
Bram Richards (UKIP) – 184
Fozia Akhtar (Labour) – 582
Sharen Davies (Labour) – 574
Theressa Bowen (Independent) – 275
Meilyr Hughes (Plaid Cymru) – 154
Robert Davies (Plaid Cymru) – 150
Amy Evans (Independent) – 135
Ruth Elvins (Conservative) – 117
MANORDEILO & SALEM
Joseph Davies (Independent)
Catherine Nakielny (Liberal Democrats)
Dr Rhys Thomas (Plaid Cymru)
Hugh Shepardson (Independent) – 845
Shirley Matthews (Labour) – 836
Peter Freeman (Plaid Cymru) – 491
Bob Walpole (Labour) – 352
Dai Thomas (Plaid Cymru) – 582
Paul Blackwell (Labour) – 239
Timothy Dean (UKIP) – 150
David Evans (Labour)
Trevor Smith (Plaid Cymru)
Barrie Wiltshire (UKIP)
Liam Bowen (Plaid Cymru) – 660
William Skinner (Labour) – 236
Keith Evans (UKIP) – 184
Tom Addey (Labour)
John Davies (Plaid Cymru)
Alan Cooper (Labour)
Alun Davies (Plaid Cymru)
Carl Harris (Plaid Cymru)
Steve Jeacock (Labour)
David Jones (Conservative)
Nia Owen-Lloyd (Conservative)
Philip Hughes (Independent)
Hywel Thomas (Plaid Cymru)
Meinir James (Plaid Cymru)
Lydia Stephens (Independent)
Susan Webb (Conservative)
Anthony Morgan (Independent) – 498
Paul Harries (Labour) – 272
Betty Jones (Conservative) – 99
Jordan Randall (Plaid Cymru) – 76
Jean Lewis (Plaid Cymru)
Kim Broom (Plaid Cymru) – 225
Naomi Wilmot (Independent) – 216
Lisa Williams (Labour) – 187
Neil Burman (Independent) – 61
Tina Higgins (Labour) – 534
Mike Nicholas (Plaid Cymru)
Suzy Curry (Labour) – 543
Andrew McPherson (Labour) – 407
Terry Davies (Plaid Cymru) – 362
Jeffrey Owen (Independent) – 288
Roger Price (Independent) – 189
Sue Allen (Independent)
Bryan Haddon (UKIP)
Natalie Jones (Plaid Cymru)
Vivienne Morris (Labour)
Police appeal following assault in Llys Glan Y Mor
POLICE in Llanelli are investigating an assault which occurred in the vicinity of St Davids Close and Llys Glan Y Mor, Llanelli sometime between 9.00pm on Saturday 10th April and 1.30am on Sunday 11th April 2021.
A 45-year-old male was taken to hospital with facial injuries.
Officers have carried out all possible lines of enquiry, and are now appealing for help from the public.
They would like to identify the people in the CCTV image, who may have information that could help the investigation.
Anyone who knows who the people are, or if you believe you are pictured, contact Dyfed-Powys Police either online at: bit.ly/DPPContactOnline, by emailing email@example.com, or by calling 101. If you are deaf, hard of hearing, or speech impaired text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908. Quote reference DPP/0006/11/04/2021/01/C.
Police trace burglar who left trail of oil leading to his home
A MAN was charged with burglary after leaving a trail of oil from a stolen generator leading police from a victim’s home to his own.
Dyfed-Powys Police officers were able to quickly trace Dominic William Oliver after he went on an overnight burglary spree in Burry Port in March.
The force received reports of two garage burglaries and a theft from a car overnight on Monday, March 8, with a generator, fishing rods, and two bags containing passports among the stolen items.
The combined value of the items taken was estimated to be around £800.
Sergeant Gemma Davies said: “An officer attended the victims’ homes, and was made aware of a trail of oil, which was believed to have come from the stolen generator.
“She followed it along several streets – one of which was where Oliver had stolen two bags from a car – and discovered that it ended outside a property on Dandorlan Road.
“Oliver agreed to a voluntary search being carried out, and as officers entered the property they immediately noticed a rucksack with a distinctive pattern that had been described by one of the victims.”
The search was completed, with further items suspected to have been stolen recovered from the address, and the 31-year-old was arrested on suspicion of burglary within six hours of the incidents being reported.
While being conveyed to police custody, Oliver made a significant comment linking him to the theft of the generator.
He was charged with two counts of burglary and one theft, and appeared at Swansea Crown Court for sentencing on Friday, April 30.
He was sentenced to 12 months in prison suspended for 18 months, must complete a rehabilitation requirement, and must remain at his home address between 8pm and 6am for three months.
Sgt Davies said: “This was an excellent response, which resulted in the swift arrest and charge of Oliver, and the recovery and return of stolen property to the victims the same day the offences were reported to us.
“This has no doubt had a positive impact on the residents of Burry Port, who have commented positively on how the matter was investigated.
“Community engagement, patrols and a crime prevention leaflet drop was carried out following the investigation to offer reassurance and advice.”
Further coronavirus restriction relaxations brought forward
FURTHER changes to the coronavirus restrictions have been announced by the First Minister Mark Drakeford today.
The Welsh Government has confirmed further relaxations will be brought forward from 17 May to 3 May – including the resumption of indoor supervised activities for children, indoor organised activities for up to 15 adults, such as exercise classes, and the re-opening of community centres.
This means Wales will have completed the move to Alert Level 3 by Monday 3 May.
From Saturday 24 April, the rule of 6 will allow for up to six people from six households to meet outdoors, not including children under 11 years of age or carers from those households.
The Welsh Government has also confirmed the relaxations that will take place on Monday 26 April. Outdoor attractions, including outdoor swimming pools, funfairs and theme parks, will be allowed to reopen, while outdoor hospitality can also resume, including at cafes, pubs and restaurants.
Organised outdoor activities for up to 30 people will be able to take place and weddings receptions can begin again outdoors for up to 30 people.
Wales has the lowest coronavirus rates of the UK nations. The successful vaccine programme continues with a higher proportion of people vaccinated in Wales than other nations of the UK for both first and second doses.
Changes from Monday 3 May:
- Gyms, leisure centres and fitness facilities being able to reopen;
- People will also again be able to form extended households with one other household.
Relaxations planned for 17 May will be brought forward to the 3 May, including:
- The resumption of indoor supervised activities for children;
- Indoor organised activities for up to 15 adults (such as exercise classes and swimming lessons);
- And the re-opening of community centres.
The First Minister said:
“The sacrifices we have made continue to show results. By us all working together and sticking to the rules, combined with our vaccination programme, mean we continue to make progress. Rates of the virus continue to fall and the public health situation is improving.
“Due to these efforts we are able confirm more easing of the restrictions from 26 April and for early May we are again able to bring forward some of our plans. However, this progress is dependent on all of us continuing to work together to keep Wales safe.
“At the last three-week review, I set out a forward-look of how the restrictions could continue to be lifted in the weeks ahead, if the public health situation remains stable.
“It will be for the incoming Welsh Government to confirm these arrangements at the next three-week review, which will be held on May 13 – a week after the election. It is my assessment that the hospitality sector – bars, pubs, restaurants and cafes – will be able to open indoors from May 17, together with all other tourist accommodation, indoor entertainment and attractions.”
Further possible easements are subject to the public health situation remaining favourable.