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Man trapped in car

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A MAN is trapped in his car this afternoon (Oct 11) after an incident on the road by Llanelli library.

Several emergency service vehicles are at the scene, including the Welsh Ambulance Service and Dyfed-Powys Police.

Motorists are advised to avoid the area if possible.

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Biker with toddler on the tank was over drug-drive limit

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A MOTORCYCLIST caught riding his bike with a toddler sitting on the petrol tank was over the prescribed limit for cannabis at the time, it was later revealed.

In October, 26-year-old Christopher Haslam, of Ynys Las, was fined £200 and disqualified from driving for a year for carrying a two-year-old child a short distance on his motorbike – which he was not licenced to do.

Appearing in court on Thursday (Dec 28) he admitted one charge of drug-driving.

Prosecuting, Sian Vaughan told the court that after police noticed him turning sharply down a lane in what looked like an attempt to avoid them on September 28, he was stopped, and following a positive drug-wipe test gave a sample of blood, which showed almost double the prescribed limit of 2mcg.

Following some confusion with the date of the offence Haslam, who was representing himself, clarified that all charges had arisen from one incident.

“I have no idea how it was still in my system – I hadn’t smoked cannabis within 10 days,” he added.

Haslam was disqualified from driving for 12 months, fined £120, and ordered to pay a £30 victim surcharge.

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Llanelli: Are you are interested in becoming a police officer?

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ANYONE interested in joining Dyfed-Powys Police is invited to attend a workshop at Llanerch Community Hall, Llanelli, SA15 3PA between 2:30pm until 4:30pm on January 6.

Becoming a Police Officer is a challenging and rewarding career, but it is not just any job. The officers appointed will work directly with and make a very positive contribution to communities across Dyfed-Powys. Policing with the Community is at the very centre of everything we do as a police service and as such, it is vital that we are representative of our communities. Dyfed-Powys Police is therefore particularly interested in recruiting more people from our diverse communities in order to be fully representative of the communities we serve.

As part of the focused campaign to recruit, a series of Application Workshops will take place across Dyfed-Powys. The sessions will provide information and encouragement to interested applicants to guide them through the recruitment and selection process.

These workshops are aimed at promoting awareness of the role of a police officer, how to write a successful application form and encouraging applications from under-represented groups.

Included in the sessions will be a presentation from an assessor of Police Officer applications around completing the application form and information from the force Positive Action Officer

Also present will be police officers who will be able to talk about their role.

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Police launch Operation SANTA

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IT’S the start of December, which marks the start of the countdown to Christmas and also the launch of Dyfed-Powys Police’s Christmas campaign Operation Safe and Nice to All (SANTA).

‘Presence not presents’ is the message the force is sending to people in the Dyfed-Powys area this Christmas.

Sergeants Steve Glynn and Andrew Oxley, Llandeilo Police Community Support Officer (PCSO), Donovan Kerr, and Police Dogs (PDs) Jazz and Aly launched the campaign at rural Carmarthenshire village, Bethlehem.

The seasonal campaign emphasises the force’s commitment to the community and reminds people how to enjoy themselves safely by providing a mix of ingredients of safety advice, reminders of the consequences of committing offences, an insight to life behind the scenes at Dyfed-Powys Police at Christmas and a sprinkling of fun and surprises along the way.

Police officers will be increasing their patrols throughout the festive period to deter anti-social behaviour and crime as well as offer reassurance and advice in their communities to help people to feel safe.

T/Assistant Chief Constable Claire Parmenter said: “Christmas can be a difficult time for some, particularly for those who are lonely or vulnerable. Our focus this year is on presence not presents, so nobody feels they are without help over the festive period.

“We take pride in being a police force of and for our communities, and will take a strong stance against those who cause misery for others at this time of year.

“We’re very fortunate in Dyfed-Powys to live and work in a safe place with low crime, but at Christmas time it is easy to forget to take the sensible safety steps we would usually take. Through Op Santa we will be reminding people of the things they can do to keep themselves, their loved ones and their property safe and secure.

“Our crime figures show the offence we tend to see the most significant spike in over Christmas is common assault. We know this is often fuelled by excessive alcohol. While we don’t want to dampen people’s Christmas spirits, part of our policing duty through Op Santa is to remind people of the very real consequences of committing this type of offence.  They include: permanently damaging or even killing a victim; a criminal record or prison sentence, which could affect future career and travel plans and being banned from participating pubs, bars and clubs. The best thing to do when faced with confrontation or aggression is to walk away.

 “I hope everyone enjoys our Op Santa campaign and also finds the information provided of use in keeping them safe during the forthcoming festivities.”

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